Brian's Brain

My blog started as a way to keep distant family up-to-date about the antics of their new relatives, born in 2006 and 2008. I also write occasionally about biking, photography, and computers.

2021

February

  • Snow
    February 16, 2021
    Snow
    The snow came quickly and it left quickly. While the grocery store parking lots are still piled high with dirty slushy mountains, most of…

2018

August

  • Hazy Shade of Summer
    August 15, 2018
    Hazy Shade of Summer
    Last week, the smoke was from California. This week, it’s from British Columbia. No matter which way the wind blows, it seems that the…
  • Chess
    August 14, 2018
    Chess
    Last year, I bought myself a nice wooden chess set from the House of Staunton for my birthday. It was something I’d wanted ever since high…

June

  • Happy Father’s Day
    June 18, 2018
    Happy Father’s Day
    Two years ago, my dad died after suffering from lung cancer for years. My grandmother and grandfather also died from cancer. It’s a terrible…

May

  • Pie-Billed Grebe and Chick
    May 30, 2018
    Pie-Billed Grebe and Chick
    I’ve been going to the Union Bay Natural Area pretty regularly for a year, and I still get to see new things.

2017

June

  • June 12, 2017
    This Week in Urban Nature
    A crow watches a juvenile bald eagle with the 520 bridge and the skyscrapers of Bellevue in the background. Minutes later, the crow worked…
  • June 04, 2017
    Cottonwood
    For a home in the heart of the city, we are close to a lot of nature. While I’ve always loved nature in the abstract, and when I get to go…

May

  • May 26, 2017
    Eagles
    One of the unexpected pleasures of our new home: We can see a bald eagle nest from our bedroom window. Since moving, I’ve seen eagles flying…

2016

October

  • October 28, 2016
    A Gruesome Death
    Squirrel Image by Moyan Brenn. Here’s what happened. Don’t read if you’re squeamish. Our garage is not very big. It fits our car with barely…

September

  • Hello, Fall; Hello, Spiders.
    September 23, 2016
    Hello, Fall; Hello, Spiders.
    My first few years in Seattle, I didn’t pay attention to fall. Seattle doesn’t get the same over-the-top colors as the East coast, so it’s…

July

  • Halfway through 2016
    July 22, 2016
    Halfway through 2016
    We’re now more than halfway through 2016, and for the most part it’s been an awful year and I’ll be happy when it’s a distant memory. The…

June

  • Day Two in Sydney
    June 05, 2016
    Day Two in Sydney
    I didn’t think it was possible, but the weather for my second day in Sydney was worse than my first day. On Saturday, there was either…

May

  • The Ring
    May 27, 2016
    The Ring
    My dad wore this ring pretty much every day. He got it from his father, who “borrowed” it to wear at prom from his brother (or uncle? I can…

February

  • Scenes from the past weekend
    February 10, 2016
    Scenes from the past weekend
    He may be a goof, but he’s our goof: Alex still greets every camera with a thumbs-up: I’ve entered a life stage where I’m living for the…

January

  • Making his Stage Debut!
    January 29, 2016
    Making his Stage Debut!
    I forgot to note the highlight of last week: Patrick made his stage debut in the school production of The Lion King. Kids surprise you…
  • Be Careful What You Wish For, Winter 2016 Edition
    January 23, 2016
    Be Careful What You Wish For, Winter 2016 Edition
    Last winter, we didn’t ski because there was almost no snow in the mountains. The nordic trails at Hyak never opened. This winter, we missed…
  • Toothless
    January 14, 2016
    Toothless
    Patrick’s lost about 7 or 8 teeth in the past year; I’ve lost count. What’s strange is, aside from one of his front teeth, the remainder of…
  • New Year, New Hobby
    January 08, 2016
    New Year, New Hobby
    Among my still ill-formed goals for 2016 is “mountain bike.” That’s not a goal yet, it’s just a verb. It’s also a verb that required…
  • What Parenting Looks Like in 2015
    January 01, 2016
    What Parenting Looks Like in 2015
    Our kids amassed an impressive collection of Playmobil when they were younger. Pirates, knights, airplanes, helicopters, a complete…

2015

December

  • End of Innocence
    December 04, 2015
    End of Innocence
    The next generation disappoints me a little. Patrick figured out several months ago that there’s no tooth fairy (though he still puts his…

November

  • Living with a 4th Grader
    November 04, 2015
    Living with a 4th Grader
    Today: Molly leaves work early, gets Patrick to the dentist and then both kids to piano practice. I’m waiting for them to get home. The car…
  • Easiest Halloween Ever
    November 02, 2015
    Easiest Halloween Ever
    The kids did 90% of the pumpkin carving on their own. (If you can’t tell, it’s a spider. They used a stencil to get the pattern.) They even…

October

  • Remembering Corky
    October 26, 2015
    Remembering Corky
    Part of what motivated me to go through wedding photos last week was to see if I could find any photos of my uncle Corky. I found one. That…

September

  • Lunar Eclipse
    September 28, 2015
    Lunar Eclipse
    Growing up in Virginia, astronomy was one of my things. Thanks to my high school planetarium, I can identify most of the constellations and…

July

  • July 29, 2015
    A Tale of Two Trips to Duthie Hill Park
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Saturday, Patrick had a playdate with a friend he made at summer camp. I decided to use…
  • STP 2015
    July 22, 2015
    STP 2015
    The bike ride to Portland could have been a disaster. It started well enough; in spite of being awoken at 4:30 A.M., Alex was in good…

June

  • Patrick's First Grade Trip to Camp Colman
    June 01, 2015
    Patrick's First Grade Trip to Camp Colman
    Another year, another Camp Colman trip under my belt. We had excellent weather for this trip — really couldn’t ask for anything better. This…

May

  • Tooth Fairy
    May 27, 2015
    Tooth Fairy
    For both of our kids, the future is filled with dental work. Patrick’s got a bad crossbite, and Alex’s teeth have always been strange. (He…
  • Fringe Sport Weekend
    May 18, 2015
    Fringe Sport Weekend
    Some weekends, everything happens at once. There was so much happening this past weekend that I couldn’t even do half of what I wanted. On…
  • The Weekend in Pictures
    May 06, 2015
    The Weekend in Pictures
    Everything came together for an awesome weekend. We had clear skies and warm (for Seattle) weather both days. Work didn’t intrude (too badly…

April

  • Happy Belated Spring Break!
    April 27, 2015
    Happy Belated Spring Break!
    So yes, spring break was 3 weeks ago. Happy Belated Spring Break!  We spent 5 days in Phoenix, Arizona. It was everything we wanted in a…
  • April 01, 2015
    Alex's First Piano Recital
    Every famous concert pianist started with a simple polka. Every junior high piano dropout started with a simple polka, too. Time will only…

March

  • March 30, 2015
    Errandonnée 2015
    A total stranger on the Internet made the challenge: On your bike, run 12 errands in 12 days. Minimum total distance, 30 miles. This is the…
  • Alex's 9th Birthday
    March 27, 2015
    Alex's 9th Birthday
    The phone started ringing at 7:00 AM last Thursday, as distant relatives wanted to wish Alex a happy birthday. “Does it feel any different…
  • We Went to the Zoo
    March 18, 2015
    We Went to the Zoo
    We went to the zoo on Saturday; our first trip in a long time. Clouds and the threat of ran kept most people away. I wanted to see the zoo’s…
  • March 16, 2015
    Isn't It Dangerous?
    Scene: Morning in the cafeteria of Facebook Seattle. It’s a typical Pacific Northwest winter day. Heavy gray clouds hang over the Seattle…
  • Why I Bike
    March 12, 2015
    Why I Bike
    When I was in my early teens, I was lucky enough to have a good friend with a vacation house on the shore of Silver Lake, New Hampshire. In…
  • New Year, New Bike
    March 09, 2015
    New Year, New Bike
    The daffodils are out, we changed our clocks, and a new season of biking is upon us. My general goal this year is to spend more time biking…
  • March 06, 2015
    Feats of Strength and Teamwork
    We’ve passed a few silly milestones in this house as the boys have gotten bigger. A couple of months ago I was wrestling / roughhousing…
  • The Seattle Project
    March 04, 2015
    The Seattle Project
    Alex is learning about Seattle history in his third grade class. It’s been fun as a parent, too. One of his homework assignments was to go…

February

  • Chilly Hilly 2015
    February 28, 2015
    Chilly Hilly 2015
    Patrick and I were speeding downhill on Fletcher Bay Road when I saw it: The Mile 19 shortcut sign. Turn right on Lynwood Center Road and…
  • Let's Talk about Sweat
    February 21, 2015
    Let's Talk about Sweat
    Downton Abbey and air conditioning explain much of our attitudes about sweat. Farmer Drewe sweats because he works. Lord Grantham and Lady…
  • Spring in February
    February 18, 2015
    Spring in February
    Our good weather has lasted so long that it no longer feels exceptional. I expect cold mornings, warm afternoons, sunshine, and blossoms…
  • A week in the life of Patrick
    February 14, 2015
    A week in the life of Patrick
    Molly and I often tell with each other that all we want is Patrick to learn how to use his powers for good and not evil. On the positive…
  • Defy Bags "Vicious" Review
    February 13, 2015
    Defy Bags "Vicious" Review
    I’m taking a break from the regular programming of “funny kid stories” to geek out about something most readers won’t care about: Bicycle…
  • It happens in 3rd grade...
    February 06, 2015
    It happens in 3rd grade...
    At Villa, classes start at 8:30, but they don’t let the kids into the building before 8:20. If you get there early — and many kids do…
  • Raindrops
    February 06, 2015
    Raindrops
    I don’t want you to think that working at Facebook Seattle is all about dramatic sunsets. This is Seattle. Every now and then we have rainy…
  • Career Insights from 3rd Grade Soccer
    February 04, 2015
    Career Insights from 3rd Grade Soccer
    Alex’s team lost their soccer game again on Sunday, 7-2. That’s a pretty typical score. When he came off the field at the end of the game…
  • January Remainders
    February 01, 2015
    January Remainders
    Welcome to February! Here are a few things that happened this past month that never got write-ups of their own. If you live here, you’ve…

January

  • Seventeen Miles
    January 28, 2015
    Seventeen Miles
    Sunday’s weather was the most spring-like of our recent warm spell. 60 degrees, dry… much nicer than we have a right to expect in January…
  • Lord Hill Regional Park
    January 26, 2015
    Lord Hill Regional Park
    Another weekend, another hike through the woods. We took advantage of the spring-like weather and spent Saturday afternoon exploring Lord…
  • Snoqualmie Falls
    January 23, 2015
    Snoqualmie Falls
    Yet another awesome thing about working at Facebook: MLK day and President’s Day are company holidays. This is a big deal now that we have…
  • Picking Up Kids after Biking Home
    January 21, 2015
    Picking Up Kids after Biking Home
    When sea levels rise and submerge most of Seattle under the briny deep, our house will still be dry. That’s the good news. The bad news: I…
  • Best Job Ever, Space Needle Edition
    January 17, 2015
    Best Job Ever, Space Needle Edition
    Wednesday, employees of Facebook Seattle got to hack at the Space Needle. The change in scenery would have been refreshing on its own…
  • Minnesota 2014
    January 14, 2015
    Minnesota 2014
    I’m finally done with the Christmas photos. You can find my favorite selections here and here. It was an iPad Christmas. Yes, the kids got…
  • Gravity
    January 09, 2015
    Gravity
    Minnesota, December 2014: Jetlag kept Alex and Patrick from falling asleep at night. The usual parental question of “How do we tire these…
  • December Backlog: Zoolights
    January 06, 2015
    December Backlog: Zoolights
    I’ve got quite a backlog of photos from December to work through. Let’s see how long it takes to work through them. On December 21, we…
  • The best kind of indoor soccer...
    January 02, 2015
    The best kind of indoor soccer...
    …are games where there aren’t enough players for substitutes. Constant running means the kids are even more tired… which for first grade…

2014

December

  • Thoughts on Gullibility
    December 31, 2014
    Thoughts on Gullibility
    A belated Christmas story on the last day of the year. Last year, Alex asked lots of questions about Santa. He was on the verge of putting…
  • Morning Metamorphosis
    December 26, 2014
    Morning Metamorphosis
    Now that 2014 is ending, I’m celebrating my first complete calendar year of bike commuting. I’m lucky to love close enough to work that it…
  • Alex Update
    December 19, 2014
    Alex Update
    I suppose it’s only fair to follow up Wednesday’s post with a quick update about what it’s like raising this guy. Here’s a snapshot of Alex…
  • Behind those eyes
    December 17, 2014
    Behind those eyes
    There is a problem with keeping a blog: I tend to write only about the positive things. You’re getting a whitewashed view of 21st-century…
  • Top Pot Portraits
    December 15, 2014
    Top Pot Portraits
    Saturday morning involved a bike trip to Top Pot doughnuts. I blame the sugar for the ensuing silliness.
  • Stuffies
    December 12, 2014
    Stuffies
    When do kids outgrow stuffed animals? In this house, anyway, it’s clearly some age older than 8. There are more animals in the kids’ room…
  • Back to the Farmer's Market
    December 10, 2014
    Back to the Farmer's Market
    Our Saturday morning trips to the farmer’s market have recently fallen out of favor. As the kids have gotten older they enjoy it less…
  • An Unexpected Victory
    December 05, 2014
    An Unexpected Victory
    An odd thing happened this past weekend: Alex’s indoor soccer team won a game. Until last weekend, they always lost. Usually quite…
  • Thankfulness
    December 03, 2014
    Thankfulness
    I am thankful for my health. I am thankful I have a job that challenges me every day. I am thankful I can do that job from anywhere in the…

November

  • Soccer Parents
    November 07, 2014
    Soccer Parents
    Well, somehow we’ve become soccer parents. We’ve done the school soccer thing for a few years now. Heck, we’ve even coached a soccer team…

July

  • Bike Commuter Confessions
    July 20, 2014
    Bike Commuter Confessions
    Friday, on my bike ride home from work, I came within a centimeter or two of hitting a pedestrian. I’ve been thinking about it a lot ever…
  • Easter in July
    July 16, 2014
    Easter in July
    I’ve been taking photos, I just haven’t done anything with them. So now there’s quite the backlog. Here are my favorites of the boys at Mary…

March

  • Our Birthday Boy
    March 19, 2014
    Our Birthday Boy
    Molly had her most inspired birthday party planning yet. Invite 3 of Alex’s friends over, buy a nice Lego set for each of them, and let them…
  • March 04, 2014
    Bike Commuting, 1 Year In
    Monday, 8:40 AM. February in Seattle: The skies are dark gray and it’s doing that weird Seattle thing where millions of tiny water droplets…

February

  • Super Bowl Sunday
    February 05, 2014
    Super Bowl Sunday
    We had some time to kill before the Super Bowl this past Sunday, so I took the boys to the aquarium. It turned out to be a great trip. It…

January

  • Resolution Run 2014
    January 03, 2014
    Resolution Run 2014
    This all started because I was bored and surfing the internet. I came across a blog post about the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge over at the…
  • Small Kids in Confined Spaces
    January 02, 2014
    Small Kids in Confined Spaces
    The day after Christmas, we headed back to Leavenworth for a dose of Winter Wonderland. Only Winter didn’t cooperate this year. Any bit of…

2013

November

  • The Best Colors
    November 08, 2013
    The Best Colors
    Around here, summer may get all the love, but autumn’s by far the most photogenic season. I love its palette of colors. Here are some scenes…

October

  • Halloween Preview
    October 31, 2013
    Halloween Preview
    We had a little trick-or-treat party for the kids at work today, so here’s a preview of the main event tomorrow:
  • PEPS at The Farm 2013
    October 30, 2013
    PEPS at The Farm 2013
    PEPS at The Farm 2013, a set on Flickr. We had an excellent visit with families from our PEPS group this past weekend. We had perfect fall…

September

  • Goodbye, Mo
    September 08, 2013
    Goodbye, Mo
    Thirteen years ago — the year we got married — my then-fiancée and I got two kittens, Mo and Cleo. It was our first tentative steps into…
  • Sandy Beaches
    September 01, 2013
    Sandy Beaches
    I stand on the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan and feel the sand slide through my toes. It’s fine and white and soft, unlike the harsh…

August

  • Wood Smoke and Chilly Mornings
    August 11, 2013
    Wood Smoke and Chilly Mornings
    Last Sunday night, I stared at the embers of a dying fire, then looked up. Through dense fir branches, I caught glimpses of the starry night…

July

  • Life with Kids, Version 2.0
    July 28, 2013
    Life with Kids, Version 2.0
    I’m late in remarking on this… the first phase of “life with kids” ended and a new one has begun. If I had to pinpoint the exact moment Life…

June

  • Happy Birthday, Patrick
    June 25, 2013
    Happy Birthday, Patrick
    I’m still going through photos from our recent boys-only trip to Virginia. But while I’m working on that, it’s important to note this…
  • Camp Colman
    June 05, 2013
    Camp Colman
    This past weekend, Alex went here: With these guys: It’s unclear how much parental supervision there was. He got to play with fire. But…

April

  • The Last Smile
    April 19, 2013
    The Last Smile
    I’m not too fond of this picture: I think Alex looks a little possessed. This photo was destined to die on my computer, unshared and…
  • Gap-Tooth Smile
    April 15, 2013
    Gap-Tooth Smile
    Gap-Tooth Smile, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. It’s been a long-time coming, but Alex finally lost one of his top teeth today.

March

  • They say 7 is a lucky number.
    March 25, 2013
    They say 7 is a lucky number.
    We’ll see this year, now that we have a 7-year-old in the house. Alex’s party was Saturday. This year, we had the party at our house and had…

February

  • The Real Magic of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    February 01, 2013
    The Real Magic of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Grandma Georgina and Grandpa George. This past Thursday, Molly and I picked up Patrick early and headed to Villa to watch Alex in his stage…

January

  • Skagit River Eagles
    January 29, 2013
    Skagit River Eagles
    It’s Bald Eagle Festival Time! Every December and January, both bald eagles and birdwatchers head to the Skagit river. The eagles come from…
  • A Weather Story in Pictures
    January 22, 2013
    A Weather Story in Pictures
    When I lived in Virginia, I was a little weather-obsessed. I loved watching studying the weather maps and seeing the approaching fronts, and…
  • Boys, Troll
    January 08, 2013
    Boys, Troll
    Two days before Christmas, I spent the morning hanging out with the boys and the Fremont Troll. This was an even better idea than it seems…

2012

December

  • Not our Christmas Picture
    December 11, 2012
    Not our Christmas Picture
    Not our Christmas Picture, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. One of the many that didn’t make the cut for this year’s Christmas picture.
  • Stand back...
    December 10, 2012
    Stand back...
    We’re doing science!

November

  • Tiger Cubs!
    November 28, 2012
    Tiger Cubs!
    If you live in the Seattle area, and you have kids, or if you like cute but deadly things, then head down to the Point Defiance Zoo…
  • No-Stress Chess
    November 27, 2012
    No-Stress Chess
    An unexpectedly fun purchase from our recent trip to Math ‘n’ Stuff was No Stress Chess. This set has a few tricks to make chess…
  • Thankful
    November 24, 2012
    Thankful
    Of course I’m thankful for family, and good health, and being back in Seattle instead of down in California. All of that is so obvious I’m…
  • I'll never know...
    November 06, 2012
    I'll never know...
    …if they really missed me, or if they just wanted to get presents. But whatever the reason, they seem happy to have me around. It’s good to…

October

  • Back to the Aquarium
    October 16, 2012
    Back to the Aquarium
    Alex didn’t have school this past Friday because of a teacher workday, so he and I got to hang out. Alas, Friday was also the day Augtober…
  • Pumpkin Time
    October 08, 2012
    Pumpkin Time
    This is what I imagine it feels like to visit Australia at Christmas. All of the holiday trappings are there, but the weather is just wrong…
  • I guess that would be smart
    October 04, 2012
    I guess that would be smart
    (A dialog between myself and Alex on the way to school. I’ve removed the names of other kids.) Alex: The President called E___‘s _dad. Me…
  • It's October 1st...
    October 02, 2012
    It's October 1st...
    …and I find myself expecting every day to be warm and drenched in sunshine. This can only end badly. Winter is coming, but we’ve gotten…

September

  • Here are my excuses for not writing more.
    September 25, 2012
    Here are my excuses for not writing more.
    Summer in Seattle is precious. It’s bright, and magnificent, and perfect in every way except longevity. Good habits and prudence are things…
  • Entering Lake Union
    September 09, 2012
    Entering Lake Union
    Entering Lake Union, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. We took advantage of the lingering summer weather to take a quick kayak trip through…
  • Hello, Autumn!
    September 05, 2012
    Hello, Autumn!
    Every single parent I know is happy school is starting. Somehow, when I was growing up, I completely missed out on this part of back-to…

July

  • Sun Lakes / Dry Falls
    July 31, 2012
    Sun Lakes / Dry Falls
    What I love most about living in Washington? Spend just a little time in a car and you can get to a completely different climate. This…
  • Wet at Magnuson
    July 24, 2012
    Wet at Magnuson
    We spent a lazy Saturday afternoon at Magnuson park. As you can tell, the boys didn’t enjoy it one bit.
  • Space Aliens.
    July 19, 2012
    Space Aliens.
    Space Aliens., originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. It’s that time of year again… the Sounds of Summer concert series at University Village.
  • July 12, 2012
    Future Director
    So last week, Alex was in a lego animation summer camp. Here’s what they made:  youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBimE1PnPFY?rel=…
  • Then and Now
    July 02, 2012
    Then and Now
    Still going through my photos from my trip to Virginia. But I had to post this…  Then: Now:

June

  • No More Three-Year-Olds In The House!
    June 10, 2012
    No More Three-Year-Olds In The House!
    I mean it! If your son or daughter is still three, consider yourself uninvited from all future events. Boy, I’m not going to miss this…
  • June 07, 2012
    Reader's Theater
    There’s no need to watch this video unless you’re related to Alex. Amazingly, the school year is almost over. Today, they invited the…
  • Early Morning Theology
    June 04, 2012
    Early Morning Theology
    Weekend mornings, we never set an alarm… the kids always wake us up earlier than we need and earlier than we want. On a good weekend morning…
  • Patrick the Soccer Player
    June 01, 2012
    Patrick the Soccer Player
    Our dear friend Tony bought Patrick this shirt last year. Then, it was too big; now, it fits perfectly and it’s Patrick’s favorite thing to…

May

  • If you wonder why Molly gets nervous...
    May 30, 2012
    If you wonder why Molly gets nervous...
    …when I volunteer to take the kids out of the house on my own, this pretty much sums it up: They never get into messes like this when Molly…
  • Brain Hoses
    May 22, 2012
    Brain Hoses
    Every now and then, in Patrick’s eyes, I’m not a sufficient parent. It could be he needs help with his clothes, or getting dried off after a…
  • Mother's Day Facepainting Extravaganza
    May 15, 2012
    Mother's Day Facepainting Extravaganza
    Molly spent Mother’s Day running in the Kirkland Half Marathon. (Yes, she does everything better than me.) My only job was to keep the kids…
  • May 13, 2012
    Happy Mother's Day
    Alex wishes everyone a happy Mother’s Day: youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNNJMZoXiZg
  • I'm a Role Model of Failure
    May 09, 2012
    I'm a Role Model of Failure
    I’m taking failure to a whole new level. I’m a role model of failure! Saturday morning, I was pumped… I was going to run 10 miles for the…
  • Gender Stereotypes
    May 07, 2012
    Gender Stereotypes
    Here’s Patrick, standing in a field of flowers and with painted fingernails… and carrying a toy power tool. Tell me, what’s the more…
  • What Does This Make You Think Of?
    May 03, 2012
    What Does This Make You Think Of?
    One side effect of not carpooling: Molly & I don’t have to compromise on radio choices. That means I spend more time listening to classical…
  • Double-fisting in the Parking Lot
    May 01, 2012
    Double-fisting in the Parking Lot
    When Alex gets frustrated at something, he now tries to keep himself from crying. He’ll shut his eyes tight and wipe his eyes quickly with…

April

  • April 25, 2012
    No Content Found
    Quick cross-post: I’ve had a website for more technical content for a while (mostly about my iPad apps). I just wrote a post about life at…
  • Epic Weekend
    April 23, 2012
    Epic Weekend
    I don’t need to tell people who live here how nice this weekend was. Even certain recent visitors to Seattle would agree that it was a…
  • Lord of the Flies, Again
    April 17, 2012
    Lord of the Flies, Again
    What do they say about history repeating itself? Remember this from three years ago? I wrote at the time: For two days in a row now, Alex…
  • Spring Break
    April 16, 2012
    Spring Break
    Dear Commonwealth of Virginia, Thanks for sending Grandmom and Cousin Shannon to take care of us for spring break! We had lots of fun…
  • Flying
    April 02, 2012
    Flying
    Saturday night, we were running late for our monthly food club (a monthly pot luck with six other couples… and now ten little boys and zero…

March

  • Now We Are Six
    March 20, 2012
    Now We Are Six
    When you turn six, the celebrations can last a long time. While Alex’s birthday was today, he’s been building up to this moment since I told…
  • Wait, wait...
    March 15, 2012
    Wait, wait...
    Saturday mornings, Molly takes the kids to swimming lessons. This past Saturday, after swimming, Molly came back to pick me up before…
  • With Friends like These...
    March 08, 2012
    With Friends like These...
    A quick Patrick story that I keep forgetting to write down. A few weeks ago, I pick Patrick up from school. He’s pretty upbeat and…

February

  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
    February 22, 2012
    Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
    Monday was a special father/son bonding day. Microsoft doesn’t have the day off, so it was just me and the boys. I decided to celebrate by…
  • Happy Valentine's Day from Serious Patrick
    February 15, 2012
    Happy Valentine's Day from Serious Patrick
    Serious Patrick, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. A picture from Patrick’s Valentine’s Day party at preschool. I’m not sure what this…
  • No Content Found
    February 13, 2012
    No Content Found
    Remember this? Now we have two new photos for the sequence. Here’s Patrick yesterday: I’m not quite sure why he decided to roar at me. It…
  • February 08, 2012
    Brotherly Education
    This was the conversation in the back of the car as I drove the kids to school this morning. A: Say “See.” P: “See.” A: “Three.” P: “Three…
  • A Boy and his Dog
    February 07, 2012
    A Boy and his Dog
    Today was an unspeakably beautiful February day in Seattle. I mean it: I won’t speak of it. If you live here, you know how great it was. If…

January

  • The MLK Day Storm of 2012
    January 24, 2012
    The MLK Day Storm of 2012
    We just had our week of winter. While there wasn’t a storm on MLK day itself, the week of cold / snowy / slushy / icy mix has already…
  • Great trip to the zoo
    January 10, 2012
    Great trip to the zoo
    At this point in our lives, trips to the zoo are so commonplace that I don’t bother writing about them. However, the weekend before last, we…
  • January 04, 2012
    Mind Like a Sponge for Lyrics
    Alex now has a favorite album: Peaceful, the World Lays me Down by Noah and the Whale. It’s full of catchy and upbeat tunes. He started…
  • Scar
    January 03, 2012
    Scar
    Sure, that redhead looks innocent enough. But see that scratch under Alex’s eye? It’s from Patrick, who without warning or provocation…
  • Bye Bye, Barnes and Noble
    January 02, 2012
    Bye Bye, Barnes and Noble
    The Barnes and Noble at University Village was one of my top five favorite bookstores. (Rounding out the list: Powell’s in Portland, Elliott…

2011

December

  • Maybe teaching him to write isn't such a good idea...
    December 13, 2011
    Maybe teaching him to write isn't such a good idea...
    Alex picked up a new habit this weekend. When he gets mad at me, he picks up a pen and a stack of purple post-its. He then writes “dad” or…
  • Pictures from this weekend
    December 12, 2011
    Pictures from this weekend
    Yes, there are stories behind each of these… but they’ll have to wait until I have more time. Patrick tries out ice skating for the first…

November

  • November 28, 2011
    Scientist or Troublemaker?
    Those who know me on Facebook read this earlier today: First casualty of the season: Patrick wanted to know what was inside a snow globe, so…
  • Swanson's Reindeer Festival
    November 28, 2011
    Swanson's Reindeer Festival
    Reindeer and Elf, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. One of our crazy holiday discoveries this year: Swanson’s Nursery, the great plant…
  • Turkey Toss
    November 21, 2011
    Turkey Toss
    The holidays are upon us, so Seattle parents know what that means. Turkey toss! For those not in Seattle, that’s when the animals at…
  • No Content Found
    November 15, 2011
    No Content Found
    Say what you will about Seattle weather… it’s been a beautiful autumn. Sunshine and good weather lingered well into November. Even when…

October

  • October 31, 2011
    48 Hours of Unemployment
    I’m now at the tail end of 48 hours of unemployment. For those who don’t keep track of my life through various other social media (e.g., we…

September

  • Hot Coffee on a Chilly Morning
    September 27, 2011
    Hot Coffee on a Chilly Morning
    It was my third year in a row visiting the charming town of Prosser for the Balloon Rally (you can read about trip one and trip two). The…
  • Happy First Day of Fall
    September 21, 2011
    Happy First Day of Fall
    We’re now entering my favorite month in Seattle. Mornings are chilly but you’ve got a good chance of a sunny day. There’s more and more…
  • Back to the Farm
    September 19, 2011
    Back to the Farm
    Gone are the days of shorts and sandals. Saturday morning, I slid on my beloved Ariat cowboy boots and a pair of jeans to ward off the early…

August

  • Say it ain’t so!
    August 27, 2011
    Say it ain’t so!
    This is the scene that awaited us upon returning from vacation. It’s still summer!
  • How was vacation?
    August 26, 2011
    How was vacation?
    It was wet. And warm. And sunny. We’re back!
  • Why is everybody hugging me?
    August 07, 2011
    Why is everybody hugging me?
    Alex asked that to nobody in particular on Friday afternoon as I picked him up from daycare. He knew it was no ordinary day, though. After…
  • Speaking of facepaint
    August 04, 2011
    Speaking of facepaint
    One from the archives… at the beginning of July, the whole family went to our piano teacher’s wedding. They hired a babysitter for the kids…
  • Nana’s Visit
    August 03, 2011
    Nana’s Visit
    One worry I have when family visits is our kids will realize how boring and deprived their lives really are. This past week, Alex was at…

July

  • Postscript to Strawberry Picking
    July 30, 2011
    Postscript to Strawberry Picking
    This picture’s been sitting on my computer for a few weeks now. It’s a postscript to our strawberry picking adventure from the beginning of…
  • All Wet
    July 26, 2011
    All Wet
    As you may remember – we’re not soon to forget! – Alex ruptured his eardrum back in May. The time I now call The Black Spring, with its…
  • Sounds of Summer
    July 25, 2011
    Sounds of Summer
    The blessing or the curse of having our kids at the Bright Horizons at University Village: The Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Wednesday…
  • First T-Ball Game
    July 21, 2011
    First T-Ball Game
    Alex had his first T-Ball game yesterday. We didn’t really know what to expect. It turns out that when you’re five, a T-Ball game is just…
  • Looking Harder for Summer
    July 20, 2011
    Looking Harder for Summer
    This summer, we had to look harder for summer, but we still found it in little pockets here and there. Saturday morning started gloomy, but…
  • Yay, Summer, Again!
    July 11, 2011
    Yay, Summer, Again!
    Tonight, after the kids fell asleep, I remarked to Molly, “It feels like we’ve already had more summer this year than we did all of last…
  • Yay, Summer!
    July 07, 2011
    Yay, Summer!
    Summer weather has arrived, and we’re getting outside to make the most of it. On Saturday, our friends Dawn and Eric arranged a trip to the…

June

  • Welcome to Homebase E!
    June 28, 2011
    Welcome to Homebase E!
    Patrick moved to the next room in Bright Horizons this past Friday. He’s now officially a “preschooler.” He gets to go on field trips this…
  • Happy belated Father’s Day
    June 21, 2011
    Happy belated Father’s Day
    By pure happenstance, I was the parent tasked with taking both kids out for bagels yesterday morning, entertaining them at a playground…
  • Preschool Graduation
    June 13, 2011
    Preschool Graduation
    I’ll admit I went to last Friday’s preschool “graduation” thinking, “Come on. It’s preschool. Why are we having a graduation ceremony?” But…
  • Party Time!
    June 13, 2011
    Party Time!
    Patrick’s birthday was Thursday, but we had his party at our house today. As you might expect, a house full of eleven little boys and one…
  • We now have a three-year-old in the house!
    June 10, 2011
    We now have a three-year-old in the house!
    There’s nothing quite so hyper as a newly minted three-year-old boy. Patrick was smiling and bouncing off the walls from sunup to sundown…
  • That One Is My Other Brother
    June 09, 2011
    That One Is My Other Brother
    That One Is My Other Brother, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. This has become a motif in Alex’s drawings. This picture has Daddy, Mommy…
  • Getting Better? Maybe?
    June 01, 2011
    Getting Better? Maybe?
    For almost all of the past three weeks, somebody in the house has been sick. Alex had an ear infection that turned into a ruptured eardrum…

May

  • Sick Superheros
    May 18, 2011
    Sick Superheros
    Sick Superheros, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Our household has finally recovered from having everybody sick last week. We spent a lot…

April

  • Yellow Dye #3
    April 25, 2011
    Yellow Dye #3
    Yellow Dye #3, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. I hope your weekend was as colorful as ours!
  • Popsicle
    April 20, 2011
    Popsicle
    Popsicle, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Can the world have too many cute popsicle pictures? I didn’t think so.
  • Our Hero!
    April 18, 2011
    Our Hero!
    Our Hero!, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Alex’s favorite movie right now is The Incredibles. Dressing up like a superhero is becoming a…

March

  • They say you can tell when they’re so young…
    March 28, 2011
    They say you can tell when they’re so young…
    My cousin Amber joined us for an all-too-brief visit this weekend. We spent part of Saturday evening talking about our kids, and she…
  • We now have a five-year-old in the house…
    March 21, 2011
    We now have a five-year-old in the house…
    …which is just too strange to think about. Alex had a fabulous weekend and his new loot has taken over our living room. I spent several…
  • Digging In the Dirt
    March 14, 2011
    Digging In the Dirt
    I really liked this picture of the boys until I showed it to Molly. She glanced at it, and then the first words out of her mouth: “It looks…

February

  • The Most Trouble Comes from the Cutest Smiles
    February 28, 2011
    The Most Trouble Comes from the Cutest Smiles
    Think Helen of Troy. Lindsay Lohan. And Patrick Dewey.
  • February 23, 2011
    Ski Lessons Over
    Alex’s six weeks of lessons are now over. The session ended on a much nicer note than it started. The final day brought blue skies, much…
  • Best day skiing yet!
    February 14, 2011
    Best day skiing yet!
    Clear skies, fresh snow, and the kids all got 1:1 instruction today. And that means Alex went up the chair lift for the first time! I skied…
  • February 07, 2011
    Another rainy day on the slopes
    It was another rainy Sunday at Snoqualmie. East coast, you can send a little bit of that winter weather our way, okay? It’s really not…
  • Patrick wears underwear!
    February 04, 2011
    Patrick wears underwear!
    I think it might be a while before he really understands potty training, don’t you?

January

  • January 31, 2011
    Pummelvision
    I forgot I did this… back in December, I used the website Pummelvision to create a short video of the pictures I uploaded to Flickr. It’s…
  • Ski Lesson 3
    January 31, 2011
    Ski Lesson 3
    Alex had his third skiing lesson today. He might be getting the hang of it now. As a family, we’re certainly getting the hang of heading to…
  • Darn that Pineapple Express
    January 17, 2011
    Darn that Pineapple Express
    Those who were waiting to see more pictures from Alex’s ski lessons will be disappointed. Since Wednesday, we’ve been living through a…
  • Things you might not notice about this picture.
    January 05, 2011
    Things you might not notice about this picture.
    This picture is from Roan’s birthday party on Sunday. Notice that sunshine in the window? We’ve had beautifully clear weather for several…
  • Ancient history, caught in silver
    January 01, 2011
    Ancient history, caught in silver
    For the past two years, I’ve had some rolls of film scattered throughout my work room as I’ve added film photography to my repertoire. Right…

2010

December

  • December 23, 2010
    A Rocky Road to Christmas?
    Alex decided to run a 102-degree fever today. Other than being lethargic, he has no other symptoms, and he’s had his flu shot this season…
  • Gingerbread Houses
    December 13, 2010
    Gingerbread Houses
    On Saturday, one of Alex’s friends had his 5th birthday party at our neighborhood Whole Foods supermarket. It was awesome. The party was in…
  • Mr. Fashion
    December 07, 2010
    Mr. Fashion
    The most predictable fight in our house is about clothing. Alex insists anything more than shorts and a t-shirt will make him hot. We wind…

November

  • Wizard Chess
    November 30, 2010
    Wizard Chess
    Chess, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. One of Patrick’s teachers sometimes calls him “Weasley” — which makes sense if you’ve both read…
  • White Thanksgiving 2010
    November 26, 2010
    White Thanksgiving 2010
    Things I’m thankful for, this week: White Thanksgivings and fireplaces. We’re getting festive early this year! Lazy mornings with kids in…
  • Snow… before Thanksgiving?
    November 23, 2010
    Snow… before Thanksgiving?
    Just yesterday morning, I remarked to Molly how great the Japanese maple in our back yard looked. All of the leaves had turned bright orange…
  • Continuing Education
    November 15, 2010
    Continuing Education
    For those who don’t know, I’m finally learning how to take pictures. More specifically, I’m taking the Black and White 1 photography class…
  • Sick Day
    November 03, 2010
    Sick Day
    Welcome to the cold and flu season! With Patrick, colds turn into ear and eye infections. This was such a common occurrence last year that…
  • More Halloween Photos
    November 02, 2010
    More Halloween Photos
    I went through my Halloween photos tonight, and three looked good and summarize our Halloween experience. First, we really didn’t get into…
  • Halloween 2010
    November 01, 2010
    Halloween 2010
    For those expecting Halloween pictures this year, close your eyes and imagine the pictures from last year. There! It’s even better than this…

October

  • October 29, 2010
    Knock, knock!
    Patrick told his first knock-knock joke yesterday. Sure, he was just copying the call-and-response of the famous interrupting cow knock…
  • We're back!
    October 20, 2010
    We're back!
    Molly at Saint-Chapelle, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. We’re back from our fabulous vacation in Paris. Yes, it does sound like we got…
  • Prosser Hot Air Balloon Rally, 2010
    October 02, 2010
    Prosser Hot Air Balloon Rally, 2010
    This past weekend, I made another trip to Prosser, WA for the annual hot air balloon rally. Distant friends and family, I’m telling you now…

September

  • Puyallup Fair 2010
    September 22, 2010
    Puyallup Fair 2010
    For us in Seattle, it’s been the year without a summer. According to local weather guru Cliff Mass, we’ve had far fewer warm days than…
  • Lake Easton
    September 17, 2010
    Lake Easton
    Late August, the rainy & cool weather returned. The first weekend it happened, I tried to escape by throwing the kids in the car and driving…
  • Ah, Remember Those Summer Evenings…
    September 15, 2010
    Ah, Remember Those Summer Evenings…
    …when it was warm and sunny at the end of the day? Here are a two pictures from August when the kids ate dessert outside.
  • Summer’s **NOT** over!
    September 09, 2010
    Summer’s **NOT** over!
    You can still get lots of berries at the farmer’s market. This is what one of the vendor’s hands looked like this past Saturday. And that’s…
  • Alex’s First Camping Trip
    September 08, 2010
    Alex’s First Camping Trip
    This weekend, I took Alex to his first camping trip at Rasar State Park. It’s a well-equipped campsite on the Skagit River in the western…

July

  • Carkeek Park
    July 15, 2010
    Carkeek Park
    Another photo from the archives. This is from last month. I learned that the lowest tides of the year – more than three feet below normal…
  • Luckily, our kids don’t realize…
    July 13, 2010
    Luckily, our kids don’t realize…
    …that they could have much better parents than they currently have. Just one of the many superior sets of parents they could choose: Our…
  • Want To See How Strong I Am?
    July 08, 2010
    Want To See How Strong I Am?
    Want To See How Strong I Am?, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Alex sometimes asks, “Do you want to see how strong I am?” If you answer…
  • Transition Time
    July 07, 2010
    Transition Time
    Today, Patrick moved to the next room at daycare. He’s with the same teachers that Alex had when he was two. This is really strange. I…
  • The Little Troublemaker
    July 01, 2010
    The Little Troublemaker
    Perhaps my memory fails me, but Patrick seems more inclined to cause trouble than Alex did at two years old. Patrick’s the kid you leave…

June

  • Climbing a Tree
    June 30, 2010
    Climbing a Tree
    It’s a little thing, but on our trip to the arboretum on Sunday morning, Alex was able to scramble up “the climbing tree” all on his own…
  • Working on a New Milestone
    June 23, 2010
    Working on a New Milestone
    Now that Patrick’s turned two, we’re working on a new milestone: He only gets to use his pacifier when he’s going to sleep. It’s been tough…
  • Are You Looking At Me?
    June 22, 2010
    Are You Looking At Me?
    So Alex has now seen his first movie in a theater. On Father’s day, he & I went to the morning showing of Toy Story 3. Everything you’ve…
  • Finally Done with the Virginia Photos
    June 07, 2010
    Finally Done with the Virginia Photos
    We’ve been back from our trip from Virginia for about a month now, and I’m _finally _done going through all of the photos. Here’s one of my…

May

  • Swagger
    May 24, 2010
    Swagger
    Swagger, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. He’s got his cool-dude swagger down, don’t you think?
  • Our Budding Naturalist?
    May 20, 2010
    Our Budding Naturalist?
    I made a few interesting discoveries about Patrick this weekend. First, while Alex has never show much interest for just taking a walk…
  • May 18, 2010
    Today’s Funny Alex Story
    One of the “floater” teachers stopped me as I was picking up the kids this afternoon. She told me that she had stopped by Alex’s classroom…
  • May 17, 2010
    We’re Part of the Revolution
    Our friend Dawn noticed this on Friday: http://jofrsea.com/post/534092117/teach-a-kid-to-cook-day Keep scrolling to the bottom.
  • Another Year, Another Street Fair
    May 17, 2010
    Another Year, Another Street Fair
    This is the third year we’ve brought the kids to the University District Street Fair. It’s turned into a nice little tradition. Street…
  • Red and Blue
    May 14, 2010
    Red and Blue
    Red and Blue, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Patrick clearly enjoyed his vacation!

April

  • Boy Meets Dinosaur
    April 01, 2010
    Boy Meets Dinosaur
    Boy Meets Dinosaur, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. One of our adventures in St. Louis was the Science Center. In the basement, they have…

March

  • Back From St. Louis
    March 31, 2010
    Back From St. Louis
    We’re safely home from our trip to St. Louis. This is was my first plane flight since I dictatorially imposed a travel moratorium that…
  • Getting More Vocal?
    March 16, 2010
    Getting More Vocal?
    Patrick’s language seems to be entering that rapid development phase that comes around two. Today, we were playing in the back yard when…
  • A few more Patrick notes
    March 11, 2010
    A few more Patrick notes
    From today: And yesterday. (The context: The toddlers got to do “a day at the beach” — they filled a large container with blue sand and had…
  • From The Bark
    March 10, 2010
    From The Bark
    From The Bark, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. What I think is coolest about cherry trees is how you get clusters of blossoms coming…
  • March 09, 2010
    Who's Cute?
    Today’s note from daycare: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUddkychQU&hl;=enUS&fs;=1&rel;=0
  • Northwest Railway Museum
    March 04, 2010
    Northwest Railway Museum
    The second part of our adventure to Snoqualmie Falls was a trip to the Northwest Railway Museum. It was my first time there, and the trip…
  • Watching the Falls
    March 01, 2010
    Watching the Falls
    We had another absurdly nice February weekend in Seattle. It wasn’t the April-like weather of last week, but at this time of year a few…

February

  • February 26, 2010
    Yuck, Sick.
    It’s been a week of coughs for everybody in the family. That’s made it a week you survive rather than enjoy. Tuesday and Wednesday, when we…
  • What a Nice Winter!
    February 18, 2010
    What a Nice Winter!
    Ah, El Nino! California has gotten all of our rain this winter, and it seems that all of the cold is in the South and the East. As you’ve…
  • Alex Dresses Himself Now
    February 16, 2010
    Alex Dresses Himself Now
    I hope you’ve been able to guess this fact from some of the recent photos.
  • Great Wolf Lodge
    February 10, 2010
    Great Wolf Lodge
    Wow, we didn’t have places like this when I was growing up! I have fond memories of summers spent at the wave pool at Cameron Run Regional…
  • Another unheralded January milestone…
    February 05, 2010
    Another unheralded January milestone…
    Molly’s birthday. As I’m sure the parents appreciate, with kids around, birthdays are no longer about yourself. It’s about giving the kids…
  • Patrick’s First Haircut
    February 03, 2010
    Patrick’s First Haircut
    Whoa, forgot to mark a milestone! One month ago, we finally decided that Patrick’s hair had gotten too long. Actually, it was more me that…

January

  • Cool Dude in the Tub
    January 20, 2010
    Cool Dude in the Tub
  • January 08, 2010
    Use Your Imagination
    Alex, getting out of the bathtub on Monday night. “Look! It’s my elephant trunk. Bwrerr!” (Imagine him making a trumpeting noise.)
  • A Year of Changes
    January 03, 2010
    A Year of Changes
    For those who are wondering: yes, I’m working on the 2009 book of photographs of the two boys. Don’t expect it to be done before February or…

2009

December

  • Merry Christmas!
    December 28, 2009
    Merry Christmas!
    We almost cancelled Christmas this year. We all went to church on Christmas Eve, and Alex (once again) proved unable to sit still or listen…
  • December 17, 2009
    My part of the recital
    Strange. When I created the post about our virtual recital below, I wrote the following, and I still see it on my computer, but it doesn’t…
  • December 16, 2009
    Insomnia Equals More Videos!
    For some reason, I couldn’t sleep at all last night. So here’s what you get: More videos! This one is just Patrick splashing around on a…
  • December 16, 2009
    Two Minutes of Patrick Eating
    Patrick keeps trying to use utensils more. I think the key word is trying. Here he is trying to eat pasta with a spoon. Standard disclaimer…
  • December 16, 2009
    Virtual Recital 2009
    Molly & I had our third piano recital this past Saturday. All of the kids who performed were really cute, and some were amazing pianists…
  • Attack of the Ketchup Monster
    December 10, 2009
    Attack of the Ketchup Monster
    The scene: A quiet Friday night. Tired after a long week, the parents opt for an easy dinner from The French Fry Store. The older child eats…
  • Cold Bubbles
    December 08, 2009
    Cold Bubbles
    One nice thing about being three and a half is you don’t have to worry about the practicality of your ideas. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the…
  • December 03, 2009
    It finally happened.
    In the car this morning, Alex said, F*ck. I just want it on the record that he picks up this kind of language from Molly, not me!

November

  • November 22, 2009
    Early Thanksgiving Wishes
    Here are some early Thanksgiving wishes from Alex.
  • November 22, 2009
    Patrick’s Word of the Day
    While Patrick has been making sounds for a while, we can now say that he is learning words. His learning process is a little different than…
  • Goodbye October…
    November 09, 2009
    Goodbye October…
    Autumn isn’t over, but the nice part of Autumn likely is. The weather is increasingly wet, the color is disappearing. With the end of…
  • Trick Or Treat!
    November 06, 2009
    Trick Or Treat!
    Each year, Alex gets a little more excited about Halloween. Two years ago, as you recall, it was The Halloween That Wasn’t. He wouldn’t even…
  • The Innocent Bystander
    November 04, 2009
    The Innocent Bystander
    Patrick didn’t really get Halloween. This is a kid who doesn’t like us putting his coat on him; a full-body costume was that much more…
  • Pumpkin Carving
    November 04, 2009
    Pumpkin Carving
    Halloween means pumpkins. Halloween means squishy orange pumpkin guts and messy hands. If you’re three years old, holidays don’t get…
  • Zombie Patrick
    November 02, 2009
    Zombie Patrick
    Zombie Patrick, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. I’m sure everybody’s expecting Halloween pictures, and they’re coming. In the meantime…

October

  • Pumpkin Prowl
    October 28, 2009
    Pumpkin Prowl
    Last Friday, I took Alex to the Pumpkin Prowl at the Woodland Park Zoo. The Pumpkin Prowl is a fundraiser for… actually, I don’t know what…
  • In Constant Motion
    October 27, 2009
    In Constant Motion
    Trying to photograph a three year old boy is like trying to freeze a candle’s flicker. Alex is constant motion when he’s awake. So it was…
  • October 22, 2009
    The Spark’s Still There
    Both Molly & I forgot it was our anniversary.
  • Parent of the Year Award
    October 21, 2009
    Parent of the Year Award
    Pigtails, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Why, yes, that is Alex in pigtails drinking wine from a shot glass. Why do you ask?
  • The Boys, Together
    October 20, 2009
    The Boys, Together
    My mom pointed out that I don’t have many pictures of the two kids together. I’ve tried recently to fix that, but it turns out to be…
  • Party Weekend
    October 20, 2009
    Party Weekend
    Saturday, one of Alex’s classmates had a big party for his third birthday. The family rented a room at Magnuson park where the kids could…
  • Weekend-O-Pumpkins!
    October 13, 2009
    Weekend-O-Pumpkins!
    It’s pumpkin patch time! Prior to having kids, I never visited a pumpkin patch. I’ve also never been that big into jack-o-lanterns, and I’m…
  • Seasons Change
    October 06, 2009
    Seasons Change
    Autumn’s here, right on schedule. September predictably felt like a month of Indian Summer. Sure, we had some rain (Labor Day weekend was…
  • Two Patrick Milestones
    October 01, 2009
    Two Patrick Milestones
    I picked Patrick up from his room in daycare today. He walked over to me and gave me a kiss – either that, or he was trying to eat my lip…

September

  • Prosser Hot Air Balloon Festival
    September 30, 2009
    Prosser Hot Air Balloon Festival
    This past Saturday, I convinced Molly to let me take another mini-vacation. Friday night, after the kids ate dinner, I threw my camera bag…
  • Changing
    September 23, 2009
    Changing
    Self Portrait, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. One of us is getting more hair, one of us is getting gray hair. More Patrick…
  • Monitor Glow
    September 23, 2009
    Monitor Glow
    Pasty white monitor glow starts at an early age. Ever since our trip to Rochester this summer, Alex has been fascinated with my iPhone. It’s…
  • Puyallup Fair
    September 21, 2009
    Puyallup Fair
    Although it took us twelve years to finally make it to the Puyallup Fair, I sense it’s going to be an annual end-of-summer family tradition…
  • The Center for Wooden Boats
    September 18, 2009
    The Center for Wooden Boats
    I’ve got a soft spot for the Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union Park. It’s a beautiful location. You look across the water and see…
  • Lincoln Park
    September 15, 2009
    Lincoln Park
    I’ve got the kids on my own for the next few days. Molly left for a conference yesterday afternoon and gets back Thursday. Yesterday…
  • Labor Day Weekend and the Museum of Flight
    September 11, 2009
    Labor Day Weekend and the Museum of Flight
    Long weekends today aren’t the same thing they were, say, 4 years ago. No possibilities for loafing around any more! Instead, our offspring…
  • My Three-Hour Vacation
    September 06, 2009
    My Three-Hour Vacation
    For some reason I still don’t understand, Alex decided that 5:00 AM was the correct time to wake up yesterday morning. Maybe this is just…
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Monster
    September 06, 2009
    Peanut Butter and Jelly Monster
    Patrick is a Peanut Butter and Jelly Monster. He inhales them. He’ll eat a whole sandwich faster than Alex can eat a quarter of his. That’s…
  • Skagit River Ranch Farm Day
    September 01, 2009
    Skagit River Ranch Farm Day
    Sunday morning was gloomy. Oppressive, thick gray clouds hung low in the sky. It didn’t rain, but I wouldn’t blame you if you chose to spend…

August

  • The Caped Crusader Eats a Quesadilla
    August 31, 2009
    The Caped Crusader Eats a Quesadilla
    Two weeks ago, I took Alex to our work picnic at Vasa Park. They had lots of great activities for kids. Alex loved jumping in one of those…
  • Pool!
    August 28, 2009
    Pool!
    I’ve finally started processing some of the pictures from our trip to Rochester several weeks ago. One of the highlights of the trip for the…
  • Our soon-to-be-toddler
    August 27, 2009
    Our soon-to-be-toddler
    Somehow, in all of the excitement over telling you how good Patrick is on playgrounds now, I forgot to mention that our little boy is…
  • Patrick and Playgrounds
    August 25, 2009
    Patrick and Playgrounds
    I’ve been spending more time with Patrick at playgrounds recently. Here he is, sprawled on the astroturf at the University Village…
  • How does the human race survive?
    August 25, 2009
    How does the human race survive?
    I ask this because our young have no instincts or common sense. What did our young do out on the Serengeti? Case in point: Alex. Yes, here…
  • Ecola State Park
    August 19, 2009
    Ecola State Park
    One of the fun side trips we took on our trip to Cannon Beach was to Ecola State Park. This was a much more successful trip than our ill…
  • Bunny Pee
    August 19, 2009
    Bunny Pee
    Mr. Bunny, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. For those who didn’t click through, there was a story associated with this photo. One of the…
  • First Looks and First Steps
    August 14, 2009
    First Looks and First Steps
    written by Molly – Brian finally gave me access to the blog :) Finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for – Elsa (my younger sister) had…
  • Typical Cannon Beach Weather
    August 13, 2009
    Typical Cannon Beach Weather
    I’ve mentioned how the Seattle heat wave made Cannon Beach clear, sunny, and warm. We did have a couple of more “typical” beach days, too…
  • Sorry, Mom
    August 12, 2009
    Sorry, Mom
    My mom really wanted a new picture of her grandkids together. I tried to take a picture tonight, but weekday evenings are the worst time to…
  • iPhone Vacation Diary
    August 10, 2009
    iPhone Vacation Diary
    While in Oregon, I took one picture per day from my iPhone and posted it to my Flickr site. If you were paying attention, you may have seen…
  • Back from Vacation
    August 10, 2009
    Back from Vacation
    We just got back from a two-week vacation in Cannon Beach, Oregon and Rochester, Minnesota. This vacation kept us out of Seattle for the…

July

  • Bicycle
    July 24, 2009
    Bicycle
    I rode my bike last weekend for the first time in five years. I literally had to dust it off. The nice thing about low tech things is they…
  • Picnic
    July 22, 2009
    Picnic
    When I read about the food adventures that my friends Dawn and Eric have, I must admit I get a little jealous. They recently got back from a…
  • Happiness is new dinosaur pajamas
    July 21, 2009
    Happiness is new dinosaur pajamas
    Seattle’s glorious summer continues. Of course, as we don’t have air conditioning, we don’t think summer is too glorious when it’s 8…
  • Nothing happened this week.
    July 17, 2009
    Nothing happened this week.
    Really. Not a single funny parenting anecdote to share. The kids wake up, we take them to daycare, we go to work, we pick them up, we do our…
  • Pretty Kitty, Fluffy Kitty
    July 10, 2009
    Pretty Kitty, Fluffy Kitty
    Pretty Kitty, Fluffy Kitty, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. It turns out that two days in a row, Patrick needed a change of clothes at…
  • Alex's Baseball Bat
    July 08, 2009
    Alex's Baseball Bat
    Alex’s Baseball Bat, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. Because Alex had so much fun with his friend Nathan’s baseball gear, Molly bought…
  • Our Little Troublemaker
    July 07, 2009
    Our Little Troublemaker
    Our good friend Bridget was in Seattle for the famous Potlatch frisbee tournament, and she paid us a visit when the tournament was over…
  • Reverse Psychology
    July 01, 2009
    Reverse Psychology
    When does reverse psychology stop working? When it does, we’re in trouble. Here’s an example. Tonight, Alex (also known as “bipolar boy…

June

  • About those kids
    June 30, 2009
    About those kids
    Aunt Becky leaves tomorrow. Everyone will be sad to see her go. She and Cousin Will got here on Friday, which is the traditional Movie Night…
  • The Other One
    June 25, 2009
    The Other One
    My mom told me today, “You know, I kind of remember that there was another kid living at your house. Whatever happened to him?” Geez…
  • Jump!
    June 24, 2009
    Jump!
    Alex has a new obsession. Or more specifically, he’s got an old obsession that he’s taking to new heights. Literally. The kid likes to jump…
  • June 23, 2009
    Super-Cali-What?
    Guess what movie we watched on Movie Night last Friday night? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Playing with Trains
    June 19, 2009
    Playing with Trains
    Playing with Trains, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. What is it with little boys and trains?
  • Seattle Summertime
    June 18, 2009
    Seattle Summertime
    A good rule of thumb is summer in Seattle starts on July 5th. That’s when our driest, sunniest, and warmest weather starts. Well, after an…
  • Patrick’s Latest Trick
    June 09, 2009
    Patrick’s Latest Trick
    I’d be remiss if I failed to post photographic evidence of Patrick’s latest trick.
  • Patrick’s First Birthday Party
    June 08, 2009
    Patrick’s First Birthday Party
    We had Patrick’s first birthday party today. It started as a remarkably low-key affair. The birthday boy was asleep for the first hour or so…
  • June 06, 2009
    May iPhone Wallpaper added
    I added photos from May to my iPhone wallpaper collection. Click here to see the whole collection.
  • The Passage of Time
    June 04, 2009
    The Passage of Time
    The Passage of Time, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey. You can see how Alex has changed in a little under two years. It’s odd to think that…
  • The Curse of the Second Child…
    June 02, 2009
    The Curse of the Second Child…
    The curse of the second child is that developmental milestones aren’t as closely watched as they are for the first child. We almost let this…
  • Does he look grown up yet?
    June 02, 2009
    Does he look grown up yet?
    Looking at the pictures hanging on our walls, when Alex was about 11 months old you could really see the little boy that he would become. I…

May

  • May 31, 2009
    Bathroom Humor
    We were at QFC yesterday when Alex asked, “Do they have a potty here?” The answer to this question is always, “Yes, and let’s go find it…
  • Homebase D Picnic
    May 29, 2009
    Homebase D Picnic
    I finally got around to posting the pictures from the Homebase D picnic from two weeks ago. One of the parents in Alex’s classroom organized…
  • May 28, 2009
    Contrary
    A typical conversation in the car ride home from daycare. Alex: Is tomorrow Friday? Me: No, tomorrow’s Thursday. Alex: No! Tomorrow’s not…
  • A Pretty Good Month So Far…
    May 27, 2009
    A Pretty Good Month So Far…
    I know I’m going to jinx things by writing this, but it’s been a pretty good month so far. In spite of what you hear about H1N1, the cold…
  • April iPhone Wallpaper
    May 12, 2009
    April iPhone Wallpaper
    It’s been a while since I’ve updated my iPhone Wallpaper gallery. I just went through my photos from April and made nine new wallpapers…
  • Shh! Our secret.