Every year, around this time, Asheville's Highland Brewing releases their seasonal holiday beer, Cold Mountain, as well as a host of delicious varieties. It's an event we make room for annually, and today we brought not only Miles with us, but also (God help me) Brie, who after being on bedrest for almost two weeks … Continue reading Year 5, Day 260
Veterans' Day brought with it a horrifying situation this year -- I was off work (Jaclyn was not), Miles was out of school, and it was raining outside. The latter came after I had suggested to Miles that Friday might be a good day for a hike, which he had completely latched onto. The weather … Continue reading Year 5, Day 259
My time with Miles was limited today, as I arrived home with very little turnaround time to get to a 6:45 showing of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I still did my best to find out some information about Miles's day, even as he tinkered away at a paper project he had (I guess?) brought home … Continue reading Year 5, Day 258
Miles chose his own haircut style today. Get a load of this guy. Just ridiculous.
I met with some friends after work last night, but it wasn't long into the evening (maybe two minutes after I had arrived) that my phone rang. Jaclyn was nearing the end of her rope, faced with a child that was hungry but wouldn't eat, wanted a shower but wouldn't bathe, and was very obviously … Continue reading Year 5, Day 256
From an early age, we've tried to establish a degree of political awareness in Miles. Political mindfulness and activism are big parts of our lives, and we want Miles to grow up understanding that voting and being aware of the people representing us are every bit as important as PAW Patrol. Over the weekend, Jaclyn … Continue reading Year 5, Day 255
Trying to manage the behaviors of a four-year-old is one of the most insanity-inducing experiences one can endure. Between the screaming, arguing, and general defiance, it feels like every moment is a battle of wills with the least rational human being on Earth. But that's not to say Jaclyn and I always respond well, to … Continue reading Year 5, Day 254
Over the course of my years in Charlotte, I've had the pleasure of enjoying some outstanding shows at Ovens Auditorium. Sufjan Stevens. Rent. John Cleese and Eric Idle. John Prine, for God's sake. Well today, we took Miles to that same venue for his first live show ever, and Lord help me, it was PAW … Continue reading Year 5, Day 253: Baby’s First Live Show!
Our regularly-scheduled Family Movie Night got punted this week, as Miles needed to finish decorating a lantern for his German School's impending lantern festival tomorrow. He spent a lot of time coloring...the inside of it (I tried to tell him), but this didn't bother him because the part he was most excited about was gluing … Continue reading Year 5, Day 252
One of the concepts Miles has loved learning about the most at school so far this year is compound words. Throughout our recent trip (and even before it), Miles would spontaneously toss little nuggets out like, "Hey Daddy, guess what? If I have a pine and I have an apple, guess what I have...A PINEAPPLE!" … Continue reading Year 5, Day 251