Saturday, August 30, 2014

When I Grow Up...

Mommy, entering month #3 of nausea, needs hydration.

Hey, Scott, do you want to help me get Mommy something to drink?

Yes! I can do that.

Great. You're a big helper, Scott.

Yes, I like to help, because when I grow up, I want to be a man, just like you.

Nothing funny about this post. Just something to make a Daddy's eyes a little moist. Is it dusty in here?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Baby Jail

Mommy is checking us into the hotel. Baby brother begins crying uncontrollably.

Tell Nathan it'll be okay.

It's okay, Nathan! We're not leaving you in jail, it's just a hotel.

Does Nathan think this is a jail?

Yeah, it looks like jail.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Police Officer Daddy

Daddy, Tommy Ben jumped off the rail and fell down the stairs!

Tommy Ben, suave bear

Oh, no!

Yes, he got a big cut on his head.


Okay, you're the police.

Oh. Okay. Well, I guess I'll have to take your statement.


When did this incident occur?

Before now.

Okay... Could you please describe the victim?


What does Tommy Ben look like?

Like this!

Right. But what does he look like?


I know, I know, but what does he look like?

Uh, okay. He has a diaper here, a shirt here, oh! I think he pooped. Let's change his diaper.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Bathroom is Closed

In the midst of potty training...

What happened to the bathroom?

It's closed!

Why is it closed?

I don't want cars go in there and get a flat tire.

You don't want cars to get a flat tire in the bathroom?

I had to close it. Sorry!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FRiGG - Five Poems

I have five--count 'em--five new poems appearing in the new issue of FRiGG. Hooray!

Aside from the content, I've always loved the artwork the magazine uses to accompany its fiction and poetry. Here's the one they designed for mine:

Oh, and about the poems...

The Graduate as an Art House Action Flick

Written in 2006 while working at the art counter of NAU's bookstore. I had recently watched The Graduate with my soon-to-be wife and tried to re-imagine it as something a little bit different. The title explains the poem.

An Arbitrary Number of People at a Party

Written in December of 2004, an attempt to describe how I felt at large gatherings.

Paulie Gets His in Scene 27 of The Godfather

The Godfather is one of my favorite films, one of the few that I can watch over and over again. I'm especially struck by this scene, and all of its juxtaposed elements. The Statue of Liberty, almost invisible in the background. The brief silhouette of the gun. Remembering the cannoli.

Written in 2005 for Jim Simmerman's Forms of Poetry graduate class. I have to thank Logan Philips for suggesting to shorten the title (I originally had a few extra words after "his").

Don't Look

A more recent work, written after the birth of my son. A more positive tone, looking forward to the time I can look back and be proud.

And Suddenly Baby

Fathers will get this one.

Check out the magazine. Direct link to my poems here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Things to Do With A Toddler in Summer: Wildlife World Zoo

We've been taking Scott to the Wildlife World Zoo since his grandparents gave us a year pass last Christmas. This is probably the place we take him most often, and with good reason.

It's awesome.


1. It's close to our house. Unlike the Phoenix Zoo, the WWZ is on our side of town, so we can get to it in 15-20 minutes with almost no traffic. Compare that to the Phoenix Zoo, which is a good hour away (on a good day).

2. The exhibits are close together. Unlike most zoos I've visited, the WWZ is relatively small in total area. However, it still has all the animals you'd expect from a "full-sized" zoo. Monkeys, elephants, giraffes, and lions all make their home here. The upshot is that you can cover a lot more while walking less. This is great when you have a toddler in tow.

3. They have an three different aquarium buildings. They're air conditioned. This is especially useful in summer, when it's too hot to walk outside. Scott especially loves the penguin area, where they have small steps that he can climb. The animals here are also varied: stingrays, poison dart frogs, and even a white alligator.

The aquarium is also right next to the entrance, so we can zip in without being in the heat too long. Which brings us to...


1. The heat. Like any zoo, the majority of the animals are outside, which is unbearable during the summer. Again, this is where having a great aquarium comes in handy.

2. On our first few visits, our son loved the octopus. And now we can't find him.

Where did the octopus go?

3. It's expensive. One adult ticket will cost you $27.50 before tax. Membership is $100 per adult.

Conclusion: We're really glad that we have the membership. If you have young children, you know that they get tired very quickly, and I don't know if we could justify paying $60+ for only half an hour of zoo time. However, since it's so close, we zip down there often enough that I would buy a membership if it wasn't gifted to us. Great place to cool off for an hour and chill with the animals.

Thanks again, Nana and Eh! (A.K.A., Grandma and Grandpa)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Things to Do With a Toddler in Summer: Seattle

For the past week, we vacationed in Seattle. I think I can say that this was our family's best vacation yet. We really planned out each day, and enjoyed every second. But enough about us.

This is about the baby.

Best Places to Take a Baby in Seattle
  • Our toddler loved anywhere that he could see water. I'd particularly recommend the ferry rides and Point Defiance.
  • The best place we went to eat? A tie between Rainforest Cafe and The Blazing Onion. At the Rainforest Cafe, Scott was wonderfully distracted by the lights and noises (especially the gorillas). The Blazing Onion, a tasty burger joint, was very accommodating to children. One of the waitresses even picked Scott up when he was fussy and showed him the kitchen (with our permission, of course).

Places to Beware
  • If you're going to Pike Place Market, don't take a stroller--it's too crowded. We brought a backpack. Scott was up high, and we didn't run into people.
  • I also wouldn't recommend the Space Needle unless you absolutely must go. They don't allow strollers, and the line for the elevators is extremely long. By the time we got to the top, our son was already done, and we had to descend almost immediately.

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler
  • If your toddler is a lap rider on the airplane, ask at check-in if there are any empty rows and to be moved there if possible. We managed to get a whole three seats to ourselves without having to pay for an extra seat. It made all the difference.
  • Bring a variety of things to do on the plane. We brought board books, toys, and a V-Tech electronic book. None of it kept our son occupied for long, but we did what we could.
  • Don't push it--you'll upset yourself. Also, plan out where you're going to eat beforehand, as well as your agenda for each day. This was a lifesaver for us. 
  • I would really recommend the City Pass--we did almost everything in the book, even if it was just for an hour or so.
  • Finally, don't overload your days. We were able to visit one or two major places a day before Scott was done.  What we're learning is that he loves just about anything, as long he can pick it up, throw it, or put it in his mouth.

Happy traveling!