If a picture could describe how a mom feels…

This is at 7:39 PM, after dinner, after school, after a big week at summer camp, when dad has been away for 10 nights.


Mom is going to bed early tonight.


How to Change a Kid’s Life in 20 Minutes

Great scouting story!

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How to Change a Kid's Life in 20 MinutesThis story starts long ago in the dim ages, when bear and bison swarmed the forest and the prairie. Or about 2004, which ever you prefer.

I was working at a sporting goods/automotive store at the time, at the customer service counter. A father and his son, who appeared to be about 11, came in and asked where the camping equipment was.

I pointed them towards the two areas that held our camping merch, and was about to go about doing something else boring when the boy piped up, “I’m going on my first Boy Scout campout!”

Now, if you’ve read my other stories, you’ll know that I’m an Eagle Scout. I take this position very seriously, and will do everything in my power to encourage and help young scouts on their trail to Eagle. So I looked over at my boss, a nice lady who hired me because of…

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A late afternoon at Descanso Gardens

Last weekend on April 26, the Descano Gardens hosted the Congressional Art Competition Exhibition & Award Ceremony featuring many outstanding student works of art including 3 students from the Delphi Academy of Los Angeles. The art was truly exceptional, with amazing work from 9th and 10th graders.  I wouldn’t want to be the judge to decide the grand prize winner and runner-up. 

So, for me it was just a wonderful chance to see great art from “budding” artists, yet whose work is no less amateur than say Edgar Degas. 

To get a sense of the quality of the art from this competition, you can view current winners online. As of this writing, the website hadn’t updated to 2015 winners yet, but you will still get a sense at how phenomenal it is. 

Aside from the exhibition and ceremony, we got a chance to explore the magical Descanso Gardens.
Here are some snaps of the kids. 

Orion sitting by the pond


Claire imitating the turtle


This is literally my first post in years

I, too, have been annoyed at the incorrect use of “literally”, but this puts the evolution of the language in context. Refreshing and great read.


This is something that I’m sure a lot of people have noticed: there is trend toward using the word “literally” in a sentence where the speaker is not actually being literal. For instance:

“There were literally a million people at Dave’s party” (when not even 50 people showed up)
“I literally dropped dead from shock” (when of course that didn’t happen)

This is really starting to irritate people, and “literally” even appeared on a few lists of “words to ban in 2015” such as TIME and TYT. Of course, those aren’t literally attempts to ban the word (ha!), but this is definitely an indication of how annoyed people are.

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Moving In

In two days will be the three week mark we will have moved into our new rental unit in Sylmar, California to be closer to our Los Angeles based family and to allow our children to attend Delphi Academy of Los Angeles.

With our main essentials unpacked, kids settled in school and daycare, and this being the start of a new chapter in our lives, I thought it would be a great time to start a blog about this.