I figured I’ve shared these just about everywhere else, so why not throw ’em up on the trusty, old blog, too?!

In a word, Christopher’s 1st birthday party came together spectacularly awesome. She’ll tell you that we did a lot of it together, but Sara was really the driving force behind a lot of the colorful fun seen here below, from the rainbow-assorted sugar cookies to Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Punch to all of the other sweet Sesame Street ideas that she collected on Pinterest and got a “Sure!” from me about in a typical man’s reply. 😉

It’s hard to believe that this little guy has already been around for an entire year – in that time he’s gone from an extremely expensive little science project to this almost Muppet-like, silly personality that giggles and laughs at just about everything and is due to start tearing into anything not bolted down around our house pretty much any day now!

Happy Birthday, little dude! I, for one, would be more than happy to tell you how to get to Sesame Street. 😀


October 28, 2013 7:45pm
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So good news, everyone … this is officially happening…


And also for a more sugary take on it all…


What to say, what to say?! :mrgreen:

It’s all still very surreal to me, even though we’re technically now out of the first trimester and are 1/3 of the way to having a baby.


It’s definitely going to take a while to get used to seeing those words in the present tense instead of merely wishful thinking!!!

There’s a lot of back story behind all of this that I promise we’ll talk about eventually … it’s been quite the ordeal over the last couple of years, to say the least … but for now I’d rather focus on the crazy, insane, unbelievable positive that in roughly 187 days I’m going to be a Daddy! 😯 😯 😯

Needless to say, I’ve already started on the first of many new humor columns that are to be written about the mere idea of me being a parent. It’s wild, and the one thing that I’m starting to realize from talking to other people who are already classified as such, it’s that as much as I feel like I’m not ready, I’m starting to get the impression that most people never are, and it’s just one of those things where you roll with the punches and just kind of see what happens…

And so that’s what we’re going to do! There’s so much to do, and a lot of it honestly makes me feel equal parts excited and terrified, but I’m just trying to take it one day at a time as Sara and I slowly prepare for one of the biggest things that will ever happen in our entire lives … no pressure.

Current Baby To-Do List:

  • Put “bun” into “oven”
  • Announce said 9-month baking process
  • Panic
  • Calm self down from panic by buying toys
  • Read through 100,000 baby names and, in collaboration with wife, pick 1
  • Buy stock in Babies ‘R Us in preparation for their huge stock increase after we buy pretty much buy every single item they have in stock
  • Sell lots and lots … and lots of books so that I don’t later have to rob a bank to pay for above-mentioned purchases
  • Teach Cleo not to eat babies (work in progress)

187 days and counting… 😯 😀 😕 😐 :mrgreen:

Let’s Make Cake Pops!

June 15, 2013 12:06am
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Today was fun!

Hung out and did family stuff up here in Michigan all day, the highlight of which was making cake pops which ended up being extraordinarily messy and yummy and fun, as you can clearly see in the picture above from my niece, Madelyn. (click through for more pics!)

My only complaint was that the glaze didn’t work out quite well and the cake wouldn’t stick to the sticks … not sure if the cake wasn’t dense enough or the glaze thin enough or what, but it make decorating them afterwards quite the ordeal. Eventually we all just sort of gave up and dug in with our hands, following Madelyn’s lead, and there was much rejoicing.

Also, apparently kids get super hyper when you let them eat half a dozen cake pops in a row and god knows how much icing and “beans” (sprinkles) off of the rest…  🙄

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