Monthly Archives: April 2015

My mom got this terrifying screech owl for my daughter and we love it

This is in our house now. My mom got it for my daughter’s fifth birthday. It is motion-sensing. The eyes light up and it screeches whenever anybody walks by, turns a light on or off, or thinks about something too … Continue reading

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Dr. Scott sighting: Raise a Wild Child

You probably either know Dr. Scott Sampson if you have kids. He’s the host of PBS’ “Dinosaur Train,” possibly my favorite children’s show of all time. He’s a paleontologist, but his passion is the same as mine: Getting kids away … Continue reading

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For Geneva, on her fifth birthday

Aprill 27, 2010 – I sat, shivering and praying, in a dim hallway while the doctors prepped my wife in another room.

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Updated: A death of a champion

Update: The Copperhead District of the Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, has posted information about Chuck’s services. Pasted here: Visitation on Wednesday from 6-8pm at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home: 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 Funeral Services … Continue reading

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Lunch reads: Planning a trip with kids

One of our favorite things to do is to travel with our kids. They are so enthusiastic about the road trip and the ride in the car… for the first 5 minutes.

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Hiking with Kids: Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, and The Windows

After you’ve done the hike to the world-famous Delicate Arch, how else to round out your time in Arches National Park? Spend the afternoon exploring the park’s longest-spanning arch, Landscape, play in the giant sandbox of Sand Dune Arch, and … Continue reading

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Hiking with Kids: Delicate Arch

“This is the most beautiful place on earth.” – Ed Abbey, Desert Solitaire

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Camping With Kids: Bridger-Teton, hot springs & orange-slice eating carsick kids

Jim Bridger the Mountain Man never fed his toddler too much orange slice candy, only to have her spew her stomach contents out all over the backseat of your 2009 Ford Focus in the Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming.

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Will run for beer

“You should do a half-marathon this October.” “No.” “They give you three free glasses of beer at the end of this one in Moab.” “OK, I’m in.” That’s how my wife managed to talk me into the “sport” of long-distance … Continue reading

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Hiking With Kids: Ensign Peak

There are plenty  tougher hikes, more secluded hikes, and other hikes close to home. But for a good leg-stretching hike up to the best views around, and a hike that can be done on the spur of the moment, there’s … Continue reading

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