creativity

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 →

Minted, Helping Step our Announcement Game up

  With our first two kids Beautiful and had not been on top of our announcement game. We had the usual Facebook updates and phone calls but we didn’t send out a formal announcement. This time we thought we would raise the bar and get IndieImage to get a photo and actually make that birth announcement and when I was… Read more →

A new gig

Check out the new Portland Family Magazine’s new Dad Columnist, a ruggedly handsome, funny, multi-talented guy with his finger on the pulse of modern fatherhood. Wait no, that guy wasn’t available so they got me. My first piece is in the March issue, plus all the summer camps you didn’t know were available are detailed as well. Check it out:… 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 →

Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Cushion Concert for kids aged 2-8 this Sunday

This Sunday, March 16th, take your family on a fun, musical adventure from the Portland Youth Philharmonic! Just hop on the MAX train and bring your little ones and your comfy cushions to this affordable, interactive, 45-minute concert designed for children aged 2-8.  Arrive a half-hour before each performance to experience our “instrument petting zoo” and try instruments in the string family.… Read more →

But don’t worry daddy, we took care of the problem

It had been a long day. Not that there was any one thing that I could point at to say this is why I needed a break, it had just been a long day. So when my sister-in-law left for the store and I was left responsible for my nephew and my two boys I took the opportunity to grab… Read more →

Instajunction gift ideas from Instagram photos

I have started to amass quite a collection of photos on instagram, some of them even pretty good. I was talking to a friend about this box at my parents house that holds all of these family photographs and how I love going through that box to find old pictures and letters. Holding the photos and shuffling through the stacks… Read more →