After last night's false start, we finally gathered as a family to decorate the Christmas tree this evening. A big part of that was having Jaclyn keep Miles's grubby kid hands off of the more delicate ornaments, but once we got going (ie, dug out the less-breakable stuff), everyone was able to contribute. As longtime … Continue reading Year 4, Day 277
Miles getting hype about the new wall decor in his bathroom. In fact, his whole living space is coming together pretty nicely. (Great job, Dad! Thanks, Dad!)
With COVID still limiting social events, and finding ourselves without a spacious backyard in the new home, we...I mean...the Easter Bunny decided to hide eggs in the house this year. I figured we'd wake up Easter morning, have a nice family breakfast, then reveal the presence of hidden eggs to Miles. Well, by the time … Continue reading Year 4, Day 38
It's been over a year now since we last drove to Myrtle Beach to see my parents, and while video chat has helped keep my parents in Miles's life, we thought that we would make a quick trip down for his birthday. Despite the eight hours of driving it meant for me today, everyone was … Continue reading Year 4, Day 2: Miles’s Third Birthday – Part 2
Trader Joe's is far too generous with their stickers. Miles looks like a well-traveled suitcase from the '50s.
"Nice job decorating your gingerbread tree, Miles! Smile for the camera!" He also ate almost every gumdrop off the tree as he decorated.
After last night descended into madness, we decided that tonight would be cookie decorating night. Using my mother's time-honored sugar cookie recipe, I did the baking while Jaclyn and Miles took care of the frosting and sprinkles. Miles could not wait to get started...eating. And, with Jaclyn's guidance, Miles decorated the cookies with the...magic...and wonder...of... … Continue reading Year 3, Day 300
There is a rite of passage, one that is more clear to me with each passing year, for fathers languishing through Christmastime. I think there's a degree (varying from person to person*) to which the holidays lose their luster as we get older, but for fathers, there are absolutely escalating bouts with abject misery associated, … Continue reading Year 3, Day 279
Miles is in full Halloween (and occasionally Easter) mode right now, and we continued to celebrate the season with a small family project this evening, building a haunted gingerbread house. Here's Miles moments before being told that we were BUILDING the house, not EATING the pieces. ...and here he is after. I took care of … Continue reading Year 3, Day 236
Easter is never a big holiday in the Martin household, and if it weren't for the presence of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs in my home I likely could've completely forgotten it's even happening this weekend. Jaclyn, however, really wants Miles to have as much of an Easter as he can given the stay-at-home mandate in … Continue reading Year 3, Day 46