Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

As fast as kids grow, keeping up with their clothing sizes is a chore. And as much as we try to keep up, one thing that consistently gets overlooked in our house is pajama upgrades. Their pajamas go from too long to highwaters seemingly overnight. And since they don't wear them out of the house, we slack on addressing the problem... and they simply learn to either appreciate or ignore that cool breeze across their ankles when a window or door is opened.

If it wasn't for the grandparents' tradition  of new pajamas on Christmas Eve, our pajama situation would be even more tragic: Ankles, wrists and belly buttons... cold and exposed for months. You see that outfit Justin has on in the first picture? Those use to be pants and long sleeves. Just sad.

Thanks, Nana and PopPop. Keep 'em warm. Keep 'em looking good.


Christmas creativity.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Yellow Belts

Don't laugh at the big kid on the left in the back row. He's got a growth disorder. And after watching him do karate for a few minutes, I'm thinking he may have a learning disorder, too.

So... this somehow flew under the blog radar until now, but at some point, I thought it would be cool to take karate with the kids. But I didn't initially have it in mind to actually take it with the kids... as in, in the kid's class. But you know what... I think it worked for us. I don't know if they'd admit it out loud, but I'm willing to bet a few bucks that it was (secretly) cool to have the only dad in the class. And for giving them that memory, I'll store this one in the thank me later category.

As for today's ceremony, congrats to all three of our awesome karate kids for making yellow belt. And yes, I made it, too!


Monday, December 18, 2017


Our household is officially 80% blind.

Truth be told, the doctor said that Naomi's prescription is so mild that we could take it our leave it (glasses, that is). He said he probably wouldn't bother getting glasses for her if they were going to be costly. They'd help... but very marginally. But then, he also said that even marginal difficulty in reading words (she's farsighted) could correlate to her disinterest in reading. Given that, and the fact that her glasses are basically free with our vision plan, I say... let the fashion show begin!