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Happy 80th Birthday, Lego!

Lego is celebrating its 80th Birthday today and man, the company doesn't look a day over 30, does it? I've loved (read: Obsessed over) Legos my whole life. I spent many a childhood on the Lego Moon with all my Lego minifig astronauts. I customized my own Lego superheroes (with a little imagination, those astronaut jetpacks can also work as capes). As an adult, I still love Legos. My kids love Legos. The toys, the keychains, even the insanely fantastic Lego Video Games. In fact, it's always tough when I get a new Lego set (like the superawesometastic Avengers Quinjet) and want to just sit quietly and put it together. How do ...

One Dad + Three Kids = One Colorful Birthday Cake

Yesterday was my wife's 29th birthday, give or take a dozen years. Granted, she doesn't look a day over 32 if you ask me. I first met Allie during my freshman year of college wayyyy back in 1990 and obviously have learned a great deal over the years. The most important, above all else is this... Birthday cakes must be homemade. And I must use Duncan Hines yellow cake mix and Pillsbury vanilla frosting. Deviate from either of those two and you might as well start claiming your sleeping quarters on the couch. Granted, the cakes always taste awesome. Kids and adults love them. We've been to so many kids parties where ...

Happy 70th Birthday, Dad

Today is my dad's birthday. He's 70 years young. It's funny, when you're little, even hearing that someone is 30 or 40 years old sounds ancient. Fifty or 60 is crazy old, and anything beyond that is nursing home city. Now that I'm 40 myself, I don't feel that old. I still feel young inside. And no way do I picture my dad as 70 either. Luckily, he's still in great shape and doesn't look a day over 55, maybe 60. In honor of your birthday, dad, I've put together a list of the 10 biggest memories I have (so far) of you in my life. These aren't the most important ...

Of Superheroes, Sushi and Poop – My 40th Birthday Rocked the House!

I may've turned 40 on Saturday, but I feel like I'm 12 again. This weekend, my wife and kids pulled out all the stops. And I do mean all. The day started bright and early at 7:02 when my alarm clock (a.k.a. Ryan, my super-excited 6-year-old) jumped into bed screaming it's my birthday. He then proceeded to watch an episode or two of T.U.F.F. Puppy on TV while I dozed in and out of dreamland. Fast forward an hour later when my groggy head finally woke up a bit. And so did my older son Jason. We all headed downstairs for breakfast and that's when I saw this mountain of gifts ...