Category: kids

A Very Ninjago Birthday

A Very Ninjago Birthday

For the first few years having kids, I was able to pick their birthday party themes. Dr. Seuss, pirates, race cars. Subtly, I could sway them to pick a theme I liked or one that I had lots of good ideas.This year, my middle child (the stubborn one) turned four and everything changed. Six months ago he announced that he wanted a “Ninjago” birthday party and I was fairly certain that I could change his mind.

As his birthday approached, he was still resolute.… Read the rest

Four Years Later – a flashback blog

Four Years Later – a flashback blog

Four years ago I wrote a blog post about having our second child while living in Puebla, Mexico. That blog no longer exists and since we just celebrated his 4th birthday, I thought it would be fun to share it here as a flashback.


He’s here! Yes, in case you haven’t heard, Pax Elias Staton arrived on March 11 at 10:20am.Read the rest

Mixing Play-Doh

Mixing Play-Doh

Have you ever watched a Play-Doh commercial or seen the Play-Doh box front where all the colors are neatly organized?  I’m talking about the perfectly cut circle of fake red tomato paste that was set gently upon a golden brown play-doh crust followed by a play-doh crumble of mozzarella and finished off with a few tiny red circles that look just like pepperonis.

Now my wife and I are very similar in a lot of ways, but when we first introduced our kids to Play-Doh we discovered a BIG difference.  As a person who enjoys organization, perfection, and likes to keep my artistic projects “inside the lines,” my play-doh preference is to keep the colors separate. … Read the rest

Things I Find Around My House | In the Dryer

Things I Find Around My House | In the Dryer

Have you ever opened your dryer or washer to find something you didn’t expect?  You know those times you forget to check the pockets of your kids pants or maybe your own?

Sometimes the surprise is good –  like money. Other times, the surprise is bad like a pen or chap-stick.

But then sometimes, it is just plain random and weird – like today.… Read the rest

What Works for Us | Favorite Gifts

What Works for Us | Favorite Gifts

Each year without fail, Christmas and birthdays come rolling around.

They happen whether you are ready for them or not. Sometimes we feel like there is that special item our kids have been begging for or if you are a Dad like me, there is that item you gravitate towards every time you look down the toy aisle at Target.  Yep, I still love the toy aisle and I’m currently 33.… Read the rest

Days With Dad  |  You Did What?

Days With Dad | You Did What?

Sometimes my wife is watching the boys while I work, other times we are both with them, and then there are those OTHER times when it’s my turn.  I don’t claim to be like one of the dads from the movie, “Moms Night Out,” who have zero clue about how to take care of his kids and freak out when it’s game time.

I know how to change a diaper, make a baby bottle, fill-up the dishwasher and my kids have never locked me up. I can tuck my kids into bed and even make a basic meal (notice how I said basic because I am nowhere near the cook my wife is).  … Read the rest

BIG News!

BIG News!

Baby #3 is on the way!… Read the rest

My Favs – Pre-School Books

My Favs – Pre-School Books

My lil’ guys LOVE reading – which makes me a very happy  book-loving Mommy.

We take weekly trips to the library and I always hit up the book section at Savers & Goodwill for cheap books.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent finds:… Read the rest

“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

Yes, it’s a mouthful.

I know.

It’s not the shortest birthday party theme in history, but it’s cute, right?… Read the rest

“Zander be 3” – A Pirate-themed birthday party

“Zander be 3” – A Pirate-themed birthday party

As evidence of how far behind I am on blogging…this party happened in November and I am just getting to blogging about it!

First of all, I love planning Zander’s birthday parties. You can see his first birthday (a Dr. Seuss party) and his second birthday (a car-themed party) in my previous posts.… Read the rest