That Time My 2-Year-Old Daughter Gave Me a Writing Tip in Scrivener

Our daughter is in the Terrific/Terrible Twos stage. The terrible: she does things like write on the new kitchen floor in permanent marker. She leaves tons of tiny fingerprints on the MacBook and almost pushes the TV off its stand because she thinks they are both touch screens. She changes her own diaper and *tries* … Continue reading That Time My 2-Year-Old Daughter Gave Me a Writing Tip in Scrivener

The Joys of a 7-Year-Old with a LEGO Store Gift Card

Grandma and Grandpa, this post is mostly for you. (Others: feel free to keep reading if you want.) My seven-year-old son received a LEGO Store gift card from his grandparents. So we went on a Saturday morning to the LEGO Store to pick out a couple of sets. I’ve always been an indecisive shopper, and … Continue reading The Joys of a 7-Year-Old with a LEGO Store Gift Card

How My 2-Year-Old Helped Me Practice What I Preach (or, Saying Psalm 23 Through Gritted Teeth)

My two-year-old gave me an unexpected opportunity yesterday to practice what I just preached Sunday. I noted in my sermon that I had been understanding Psalm 23 as a “counter-circumstantial prayer of defiance,” a “subversive prayer when you compare it to what you see around you.” I mentioned some potential circumstances which make us feel … Continue reading How My 2-Year-Old Helped Me Practice What I Preach (or, Saying Psalm 23 Through Gritted Teeth)

A Six-Year-Old’s Review of The LEGO Movie Official Handbook and Junior Novel

Having seen and thoroughly enjoyed The LEGO Movie, my six-year-old son has been reading a couple of related books: The LEGO Movie: The Official Movie Handbook and The Lego Movie: Junior Novel. The Movie Handbook packs a lot in, both text and full-color illustrations, especially for the price. In the words of my six-year-old, “It’s really good. If someone … Continue reading A Six-Year-Old’s Review of The LEGO Movie Official Handbook and Junior Novel

What My 3-Year-Old Thought I Was Going to Feed My 1-Year-Old

Apologies in advance for the scatalogical nature of this post. But I’m trying to get back to Family Fridays on this here blog, and nothing says family (at least our family) like this actual conversation that took place in the kitchen yesterday: 3-year-old son: Daddy, can you help me? Me: Hold on… I’m getting your sister some … Continue reading What My 3-Year-Old Thought I Was Going to Feed My 1-Year-Old

A six-year-old and three-year-old bake a cake for Martin Luther King

My six-year-old suggested over the weekend that we make a birthday cake for Martin Luther King, Jr. So today, while our 1.5-year-old slept, my wife and I and two sons all went into the kitchen together. We made a carrot cake. (The part of the cake that is not frosted is because of the lactose … Continue reading A six-year-old and three-year-old bake a cake for Martin Luther King