Here’s a little 30 second video taken during one of our family chats via our quadcopter (no audio from the copter), and another one of Brady snowshoeing for the first time. Feedback on playback issues welcome. I’m still tinkering so bear with me – the goal is to be able to do this reliably.

A test video from our quadcopter

… in the last 6 months than I have used across the rest of my 46 years. I leave it to your imagination as to the whys of this, but will mention that my children are involved, and that it’s at least several times a week now that I’m reaching for said glue after the kids are in bed. It feels like it’s almost every single day.

This leaves me with my first opinion on brands, having previously relied on tubes of Crazy Glue. Gorilla branded Super Glue is actually superior and is worth the extra expense. It doesn’t dry out in the tube and it’s slightly more viscous, making it easier to work with in most cases.

…’up.’ Of course she’s been communicating with us for months, but this is the first intentional verbalization that she’s consistently using correctly, including when she wants it to happen and when she recognizes it’s about to happen to her. Susan is a bit disappointed that it’s not ‘Mom,’ a word Laura does understand and sometimes use, to counterbalance the fact that Brady’s first word was ‘Dad,’ but it is what it is, the kid wants up :)

Brady’s first black eye, from yesterday, when he fell out of a ride-on plastic boat at daycare. It’s actually a bit worse than it looks – you can’t see how swollen his eye is from this angle, and he fell onto carpeting that left him with rugburn on the side of his face that’s more painful than the bruise is. That said, he had bigger problems yesterday. Everyone in the family is fighting a throat/chest cold and he’s got it worst, with a raspy cough that’s driving him nuts. Plus he got a terrible diaper rash yesterday. When he first got home he had a full on meltdown which took a good bit of mom-time to sort out. At one point Susan had Laura screaming for dinner on one side and naked Brady screaming for comfort on the other side. Family drama ftw!

That’s right, Meatcake!!!:

Brady and me admiring the meatcake Susan baked me for my 46th birthday.
Brady and me admiring the meatcake Susan baked me for my 46th birthday.

That was made by my lovely wife and was the best birthday present ever. Truth be told I’ve been teasing her about this for years – this year she did it ;-)

She also got my recumbent bike fixed, which was equally awesome. I just need to find a kid’s bike seat for it now so I can ride into work with Brady. I’m pretty sure he’ll love it.

My Mother-in-Law also got me some delicious chocolate and, more importantly, ‘Booger Card!’ which has a picture of a little tot picking his nose. It’s Brady’s new favorite thing, and we can’t go a half hour without him asking ‘Where’s the booger card, Dad?’


Pretty exciting stuff for a parent – on Superbowl Sunday my son Brady pooped in his potty for the first time, after epic patience from my wife, who sat with him for probably an hour in total Sunday coaxing him. I took him to Atkins Farm for a special cupcake as a reward. He was pretty proud of himself, as were we. Let the record show he was just about exactly 25 months old when he did this.