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Trade Day — The day after the day after Halloween

halloween trades

I truly believe the conquest, then the trades, are far more satisfying than the eating of the sugary treasure ever is.

Holy Crap. I’ve been a dad for a decade… Part 2.


Time rockets by. Perhaps it’s trite, but enjoy each and every day that you have with these little monkeys because before you know it, they’ve done full grown-up.

Happy Birthday my boy.

The definition of parenting…



Eat, throw-up, repeat. Ahhh… the life of a lab.


Yeah, so this is a great way to spend a couple of hours after school. Solution? Call in the special assistants and remove the apples by whatever means possible…


And here’s a small gif created from the above sketches.  It turned out ok though I’m not crazy about the timing… Anyway here’s the lab in action!


Being mindful… of not absolutely losing it.


The truth is I came close to swearing in the car when this little discovery was made. I didn’t, and while I was very clear about my frustration, I also made sure that everyone knew in the grand scheme of things this wasn’t a huge deal, and that if this was the biggest problem we had to overcome then we were pretty darn lucky. That’s the lot of being a parent right? Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone forgets something now and then (think about the number of times you’ve misplaced your wallet, your keys, your phone….). How could I possibly get mad at a kid who does so many things so well and with such maturity and thoughtfulness most of the time? Aren’t we really in a grand training exercise anyway? Isn’t it our job to prepare our kids as best we can so that they are competent, confident, functional adults when they leave us? If I have to occasionally drive an additional 50 kms to provide gear for a sports event, that ain’t such a hardship in the grand scheme of things. It’s the journey that should be enjoyed, not just the end goal right?

Just to be clear though, a new house routine will be enacted starting tomorrow that all materials for the following day must be laid and ready the night before… Keep your eye out for a future post about how well that is going.

It’s crazy I know but it’s true…