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The family and I took a trip to Charleston last weekend (more about that in another post later). Since the Color Princess got a phone for her 12th birthday a few weeks back, I’ve been helping her get used to the technology. Along with Pokemon Go, one of her favorite new things to do is take high-quality photos with the smartphone. I’m very impressed with her eye for composition and hope she keeps up the enthusiasm as I’d love to take her out for photo-walks in the future.

Here’s one she took while we were on a boat, coming alongside the USS Yorktown (aircraft carrier museum) at Patriots Point:


And another shot through a cannon-port in the 5-foot-thick wall of Fort Sumter:


(Yes, that’s a sailboat anchored off the shore of the island – I’m not sure what they were doing there but it certainly was a nice day to be doing it!)

I’ll probably be posting more of her best shots here and there as I come across them.

Here’s the newest Metal band on the scene.  They may not play any actual instruments and their lyrics still need some work, but they’ve got an energy you just can’t deny.


Oh wait, they DO play instruments.  Here’s a clip from an alternate, more intimate venue.


My girls grow quickly.
With long office days, I’ve lost
more than just an hour.

Yes, I’m cursing Daylight Saving Time this morning just like thousands of others across the country, but as my haiku this week indicates, there’s another place where I’ve lost even more time than our government-mandated clock-changing activity can suck away from me.

The last couple of weeks (and the next couple) have been pretty crazy, work-wise. I’m working lots of extra overtime to get some things completed by deadline for my latest project, which has severely cut into the time I’ve been able to spend with my family. Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but it also gives you a big old case of the blues. I’m hoping things settle down soon and I’m able to get back to my normal schedule, so I can play with the girls in the evenings rather than get home just in time to help put them to bed.  (I’m sure my wife wishes I’d get home earlier, too, so she’s not having to carry the entire parenting load for 15+ hours a day by herself.)

Dear Santa…

Posted: 2011-12-06 in kids
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And a small plane I could ride in.

In my household, I’m usually the person behind the camera, snapping photos of the rest of the family.  Not that I have any problem hamming it up for the camera, but I like taking photos and so it often falls to me to capture activities and memories on ‘film’ to reminisce over, later.

This past April may have changed that somewhat, though – for the Color Princess’s 6th birthday, she got a Fisher-Price brand digital-toy-camera and has joined the ranks of the amateur photographers in the household.  Granted, the resolution of the digital snaps is only 640×480, but she loves taking pictures and seems to have a bit of an eye for composition already.  But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself:

Now if only I could get her to write my blog posts for me, too, I’d be all set!

Today is the Color Princess' 5th birthday.  I can't believe she's 5 years old already! (Of course, from her demeanor, you'd sometimes think she was 11 or 12, but that's the subject for a whole different post.)

For her birthday today, CP gets an afternoon of Mom and Dad all to herself – Dee's sister is coming to babysit the Tenacious Bean so we can take CP to her first movie-theater movie (How to Train Your Dragon), followed by a trip to Chick-Fil-A for a special treat of chicken nuggets, waffle-fries, and a milkshake.  She's going to be so excited!

This wasn't all of the birthday celebration the CP got this year, though.  We had a surprise party for her earlier this week when all the family could get together – it was an absolute blast:

When the Color Princess walked in the door, she was blown away by the streamers and decorations my wife had put up while she was over at her cousin's house.  Here's the CP and her cousin posing in front of the fireplace decorations:

She loved her birthday cards (this one lit up when you pushed a button) and her summer-themed presents (two swimsuits, a play sprinkler, and a giant wading-pool).

She adored her cake (princess-themed, of course), and even her sister got into the festivities a bit.  Everyone had a great time, and the CP can't stop talking about how much she loved her birthday.  I think it was a hit, don't you?

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My daughter will be turning 4 years old in a little over a week.  Now that she's big enough to actually stay focused on something for more than about 5 minutes at a time, I thought it would be fun to conduct an interview with her.  Dee was sitting on the couch nearby while I asked the questions, and I don't know which of us laughed more at the interview answers.  The questions were shamelessly cribbed from Beth at So The Fish Said, but the answers are all genuine creations of Violet:

1. What is something daddy always says to you?
I love you.

2. What makes daddy happy?
When I say I love you.

3. What makes daddy sad?
When I don't want to drink milk.

4. How does your daddy make you laugh?
By being silly.

5. What did your daddy like to do when he was a child?
Play with me. [She still doesn't quite get the concept that Mommy and Daddy were once kids her size.]

6. How old is your daddy?
I don't know.

7. How tall is your daddy?

8. What is his favorite thing to watch on TV?
The commercial show. [There was a commercial on TV when I asked this question.  I do everything in my power to avoid watching commercials, so I'm assuming this was a prop-inspired answer.]

9. What does your daddy do when you're not around?

Go around in circles round and round and round. [Pretty accurate description of my workday, actually.]

10. If your daddy becomes famous, what will it be for?
When I get sad at you. [Definitely didn't understand the question.]

11. What is your daddy really good at?
Cleaning up. [At this point Dee both laughed and "hmphed" simultaneously.  It's obvious to anyone older than 4 who in our household is really good at cleaning up, and it's NOT me.]

12. What is your daddy not very good at?
Not good at playing with the balloon. [It's true, I fail at playing with balloons.  Especially if they're tied to Violet's wrist and she is trying to keep me from getting them.]

13. What does your daddy do for his job?
Draw some special things on his paper. [Again, a fairly accurate representation of my regular workday.]

14. What is your daddy 's favorite food?
Taquitos. [If my 4-yr old notices, maybe it's time to cut back on them a bit?]

15. What makes you proud of your daddy?
I love you.

16. If your daddy were a cartoon character, who would he be?
I don't know.

17. What do you and your daddy do together?
Play, turn on fans, fix things. [So spending hours putting together a bookcase with your daughter is equivalent in value to flicking a light switch to turn on the ceiling fan.]

18. How are you and your daddy the same?
We're both girls. [News to me!  But the answer to the next question makes me think she was still trying to work something out on this question…]

19. How are you and your daddy different?
I'm a girl and you're a boy. [THERE we go!]

20. How do you know your daddy loves you?
He gives me kisses. [Glad I'm doing something right!]

21. What does your daddy like most about your mommy?

That she loves him. [She's so astute!]

22. Where is your daddy's favorite place to go?
On an airplane. [Definitely not my favorite place to go, but since I've had to do a bit of traveling lately for work, I can see where she gets this idea.]

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