When Mommy’s Away, the Avengers Shall Play!

My wife works nights a few times a week. So those are the days I come home a little early from work ("early" meaning 6 or 6:30), to watch the kids, give them dinner, and get them ready for bed. I can't tell you how incredibly difficult it is taking care of two boys all by yourself. It's exhausting both mentally and physically. Having to slave over a hot stove for hours while kids are clawing at your feet and begging for... Okay. Okay. Fine. So my wife has both their dinner and mine completely ready by the time I get home. The kids pretty much get themselves ready for bed, ...

5 Things You Would Learn About Me if You Walked Through My House

Trisha over at MomDot.com wrote a really fun post today where she showed off five photos from her house, that each teach you something about her. She challenged everyone to join in on the fun. This is what we in the blogosphere refer to as a "blog carnival." (Don't worry, I was wondering where the elephants and Ferris wheels were too.) Anyways, here's my attempt! 1) Superhero Showdown The kids' playroom is chock full of bins (my wife just LOVES bins), most of which have various characters (superheroes, Star Wars, Imaginext). My wife used to be a tyrant with the bins and put on her drill sergeant uniform, barking orders at everyone to clean up and put the ...

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 ...

Ice Age Plush Review and Giveaway

Have you seen Ice Age: Continental Drift yet? My kids have. Weeks ago. And they're still talking about it! Tough not to love Scrat, Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the prehistoric gang. I've actually enjoyed all of the movies so far. Great voice cast, nice animation and just all-around fun stories. Of course, all the toys and movie tie-ins are pretty fun too. Right now, if you head over to your local Toys "R" Us, you'll find a special Ice Age destination. These specially designed Ice Age branded boutiques put together games, books, backpacks, toys and more, all tied to the movie. Best part of it all? The new line of ...

My 9-Year-Old Son Was a Keynote Speaker at MIT

College was always important to me as a kid. I wasn't obssessed like some Ivy League families, but I knew I had to go. I was really pushing for Cornell, but didn't rock my SATs enough to get in. Which in the end, I'm quite happy, because I ended up going to SUNY Binghamton where I met my future wife.  Anyways, places like Harvard or MIT are awesome and who wouldn't be proud to go there? But it's not like I lost sleep ever dreaming about those schools. This past weekend, however, I had the honor and the privilege of attending a Scratch Conference at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scratch is an amazing ...