adventure

Twilight in the Garden of Spring

Chaos. They all start with chaos, the great games of childhood. You start in the middle with the meat of matter and work to shore up the edges with rules later. As the backyard fire crackled to life and the night sky went from blue to grey to black the boys gathered the fallen Chamilia flowers and started in the… Read more →

Teaching PE is harder than you think

When Primo’s teacher asked me if I would help out on Friday’s by leading PE I think we all knew I would do something soccer related. Teach what you know right? But as I thought about the kids in the blended 2nd and 3rd grade classroom I figured I would buck conventional wisdom and try something I didn’t know. That, it turns out, was a terrible mistake that would lead me to breaking up a fight, trying to keep one child from strangling another, and calmly talking a kid down from banging his head on the chain link fence. Let me start from the beginning though. Read more →

Off season adventuring in Kelly Point Park

This summer we hit up the park at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers a couple of times. Beating the heat with a cool swim next to ships getting loaded with cargo destined for far off places. The beaches were packed and the mood was festive. Six months later at those same beaches we found new adventures in… Read more →

My soon to be three sons

There is another kid coming and it is once again a masculine child. While this is fantastic news for Godfather type families, it does mean more fart jokes for Beautiful. We were hoping for a little more balance in this family but are very excited for this latest edition. Some time in April we will no longer be able to… Read more →

The Neighborhood is the Thing

Last month the boys and I had to clear out of the house while Beautiful hosted her book club and well timed invitation to the neighborhood block party by our old house gave us the perfect escape. I hadn’t thought about that neighborhood right by the park for a while but when we pulled up I was brought back to… Read more →

You will find us peeing from such great heights

When you’re working from home in the summer the playdate becomes key to maintaining some sanity for the boys and I. When there is another kid there to engage them I have time to work on what I need to and they get a new perspective on tired playthings. After a fantastic time at Tumbling Camp E (the kid formally… Read more →

That Summertime Sadness

This has been a summer of adventure for the boys as they have now spent more time away from home then they have sleeping in their own beds. The summer kicked off with a visit to North Carolina where we had a great time with family, I got to sample cocktails in an underground whiskey club, and the boys organized… Read more →