Eleven Months of Twinning

Fawkes and Phoenix hit eleven months today. I celebrated by dropping them off with their Nonny and Pappy. It was a productive day. Summer Sands had some renovations after the Hurricane Florence and needed some updated room pictures. Since my mother-in-law is the manager, I was able to coordinate dropping the boys off with her after their first nap so I could go take care of that. Craig, the aforementioned Pappy, was at the hotel and left a parking ticket on my windshield as a joke. I was pretty confused about it until I went to ask Earl, who was manning the front desk, about it. I had noticed that the license plate number on the ticket wasn’t mine, but …

Our Third Anniversary

Here’s what I posted to Facebook today: To my smoking hot wife on our third anniversary: Normally people like to post pictures from their wedding on their anniversary, and normally that’s what I’d do. But this picture captures so much of what’s going in our lives on this, the day we celebrate three years of marriage. Milly’s growing up, Fawkes and Phoenix are keeping us busy, we’ve got New Baby (are we saying his name publicly yet?) on the way. And there we are: you and me, as in love as ever (maybe even more, if that’s possible). Thank you for telling me, “I’d say ‘yes,’” because those words opened the door to the adventure that is our life together. …

2018 Christmases and New Year’s

I really must get better about writing more often. As it is, I’m just going to sum up the last couple weeks. I probably wouldn’t even bother, but I feel like I generally should do the major holidays, especially since it was the first for Fawkes and Phoenix. Also, I should scatter some images throughout the post, but I don’t feel like going through, picking a bunch out, resizing them and all that, so just check out the photo gallery at the bottom of the page if you want pictures. I suppose we should start with parties on Saturday, December 22. Tristen, the boys, and I went to a Christmas party at the home of her co-worker, Leslie. She and …

Milly Dotsey and the Boy Who Lived

I started reading Harry Potter books to Milly when she was in Kindergarten, going on five years ago now. I remember the first few nights of reading it, snuggled up in my bed in the townhome-style apartment we lived in for a year. It wasn’t very long at all, I think the second night I read to her, when she volunteered to start reading it. I remember being impressed with her ability to read words like “muggle” and “Dumbledore” without missing a beat. Since we only read on the weekends she stayed with me (and a bit more during summer vacation), it took a really long time to get through the books. Eventually, I can’t remember with which book, I got …

Mall Babies

Phoenix is the one in the foreground in this picture, but Fawkes is in the background. First of all, I would like to give a shout out to someone who seems to be a fan of the site. I got a text message from a friend who has been going through some tough times, and I was told that on more than one occasion, this person clicked a link to this site from Facebook, read it and kept clicking on other stories at the end of that one. They said, “your blogs, I think more so your writing itself, not necessarily the content, are very peaceful for lack of a better word…. Maybe it’s the distraction of getting lost in the …