jared 

Oh, those pesky pants!

Sometimes, you just have to shake your head in wonder and ask yourself where the time has gone. What happened to the innocent little boy I used to know who would stare in wonder at the three stars in a row on Orion's Belt and run down the hall, arms...

How not to stop a sled

Yesterday morning, we met up with our friends at a small ski resort that also had a nice sled hill. It was a little pricey -- $9 per person -- but it there was an easy path up the hill, lots of room to come down, and it was conveniently located for...

A little bit of snow

We arrived at Lake Tahoe late yesterday afternoon, after an early morning packing frenzy and a long day parked on I-80. I have a very generous friend who graciously lets us stay at his house by the lake, so we've been going up every February for a...

Career Choices

When I was in high school, I had grand plans to become an electronics engineer. I was going to go to the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree, followed by graduate work at MIT. I was going to design computers and robots and all manner...

Chickens, roads, and children

We had been in the car for a while and Jared and Sara had been providing a non-stop litany of knock-knock jokes and reasons why the chicken crossed the road. Now, I'm as big a fan of surrealism in humour as the next guy, but after half an hour of...

Jared Bueller's Day Off

Rachel finds it difficult to fall asleep in silence, so she turns the telly on at night. I'm usually still up working, and do my best to ignore it in the background. The other night, however, she turned on Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a truly great...

The best baby names EVAR!

Okay, so we have names for the new kid. Not just any names, though. Simply the best names ever in the history of naming things. Or people. There's no question about it. Oh, you want to know what the names are? Okay. If it's a girl, the name will be...

Jared's new revenue stream

One of the many things I've done for a living over the years was working as a technology application consultant -- identifying new sources of revenue and new products based on a company's existing products. I'm thinking Jared and I could be partners...

How children influence buying decisions

I got a gift card from the company gift exchange at work this past holiday season. We were downtown to take care of some things, including letting me pick up an album or two with my gift card. We made it to the record store and I began looking...

Belly Button philosophy

Sometimes, kids can be very insightful. Sometimes, not so much. Children expect the world to be fair and notice when it isn't. As a parent, I do my best to even things out, but unfortunately, there is much that I have no control over. Jared...

Five minutes more

I have never been much of a morning person. Even before I had kids, I had trouble getting up in the mornings; now that I am permanently enveloped in a haze of parental fatigue, it's even worse. I easily sleep through alarms and the idea of waking up...

The first day of kindergarten

Yesterday was Jared's first day of kindergarten. It was a new school, a new teacher, new kids... Just before bed Sunday night, as we were getting ready for bedtime stories, he confided to me that he thought he would miss home when he went to school....

I still carry a torch

It was just over a year ago that I started writing for BloggingBaby, the precursor to ParentDish. (I got it in my head that it was the 26th, but it was actually the 21st.) The first story I did was "The night the lights went out at Ikea" and, yes, I...

Jared's new bed

For Jared's fifth birthday, we got him a new bed -- the one pictured here. We like the fact that it combines clothes storage, a work area, and the bed in one unit with effectively the same footprint as a more traditional bed. The fact that it...

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