Christmas morning at my parents' house has long been a sluggish affair. Sure, there were the days of yore when I would wake up early (like, 3 AM) out of excitement for what was under the tree, but as my brothers and I got older (not to mention my parents), Christmas gradually became a late-morning … Continue reading Year 5, Day 304: Christmas ’22 in Review!
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 tale begins, dear reader, with a familiar scene. Familiar...and yet BONE-CHILLING for five-year-olds everywhere. Imagine, if you will, a child...left to his own devices for the better part of the afternoon. As the sun begins to set and the ghouls begin to emerge and wander the streets of a suburban hellscape, this child -- … Continue reading Year 5, Day 248: Miles’s House of Horror V!
When we asked Miles what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, he considered a modest list of approximately 50 possibilities before finally settling on the obvious answer we always expected. If you guessed "Chase from PAW Patrol holding the head of Chase from PAW Patrol," you are correct. As was the case last … Continue reading Year 5, Day 246
For the last couple of weeks, Miles has been asking me to put his tent up for a "camp out." Since Jaclyn was hosting a ladies' night downstairs this evening, I thought tonight would be the perfect time for a camping trip. Of course Miles's grand plan was for BOTH of us to sleep in … Continue reading Year 5, Day 197
Having accomplished most of what I set out to do this weekend (and spent about as much money as I possibly could) by COB yesterday, today's final day of HeroesCon 2022 was wide open to be completely focused on one thing -- making it an experience that catered completely to Miles. Surveying an exhibit hall … Continue reading Year 5, Day 121
It was a rainy morning this week when Miles and I were wondering how to get to the car without getting too wet. "Wait!!" Miles exclaimed. "I know!!!" The only thing that makes this kid happier than splashing in puddles is getting the chance to try out his new Paw Patrol umbrella!
After a long day of work and hosting trivia, all I want to do is come home and collapse into bed, and today was no exception. I hauled my aching body upstairs and into the bedroom to find-- ...oh. Given that he was sleeping with the ENTIRE PAW Patrol, I quickly accepted that there was … Continue reading Year 5, Day 18
Miles has proudly assembled the entire PAW Patrol to watch over him at night. And I wish I could say he was finally satisfied after getting the rest of the set for his birthday, but the first thing he said after seeing them all together was, "Hey! Why didn't I get Ryder?!" For the record, … Continue reading Year 5, Day 6
In an effort to get Miles out of the house this morning, Jaclyn made some...promises. "Daddy!" Miles said as he sprang into the bathroom, WAY more excited than he usually is at 7:30 am. "We're going to fly to Adventure Bay on a plane and meet the Paw Patrol!!!" Hoo boy, I thought. Jaclyn's really … Continue reading Year 4, Day 335