Conner's been on a roll lately. Here's some of his latest gems.

PC250029I walk in the door from work. All the kids are hiding behind the Christmas Tree. Normally no presents go under the tree till Christmas Eve.

Conner: [Stern Voice] Daddy, there's nothing under the tree for you!
Alex: Conner be quiet!!!
Me: There isn't?
Conner: No Nothing!
Conner: Can we open it and build it tonight?

PC260089Usually I'm the person that builds Legos with Conner because I really enjoy it. Conner and Christine are talking.

Conner: Mommy, last night Lydia (the babysitter) helped me build a lego ship.
Christine: yeah...
Conner: So girls can build legos!!! [sounding as if he caught her in a lie]
Christine: Of course girls can build Legos.
Conner: [very sweet voice] Mommy, can you help me build these legos?

Legos Part II
Conner built a bunch of Lego Tie Fighters one day. He was showing them to Christine and explaining why he added so many laser guns to them.

"Mommy look! They are fighting Yoda and Yoda's using the forest."

Guess the "Forest" is strong with him.

P7290068It snowed the other day. Some of the heaviest snow I've ever lifted. While I was at work a our driveway was plowed in. Christine went outside to shovel us out. After a few minutes Conner stuck his head out the door and said

"Mommy, can you stop digging in the snow and come play with me?"

Conner with Santa on Christmas Eve

Clarification on The Snow Man


Our latest set of family pictures featured a giant snow man and he is awesome. But the fairytale of his origin has gotten a little out of hand

Before I had even seen the pictures Christine posted I started  getting calls and emails congratulating me on building such a great snowman.

The thing is,  I didn't put a flake of snow on that Snowman.  I was at work when he came to life that day.

For the record, this magnificent snowman is entirely Christine's work. And the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me.

The Ginger Bread House

This year Christine brought home one of those pre-fab ginger bread houses and whipped the kids up into a decorating frenzy.  We opened the box to discover that it wasn't completely pre-fab.

Ginger Bread Start

The icing/glue instructions were a little complicated and required adjustments for altitude and relative humidity.  You can make a pan of brownies with an egg and some water, but for some reason this ginger bread house icing required a mass spectrometer, a digital hydrometer and static free safe room. Needless to say we eyeballed it.

Ginger bread with lego supports

Pretty quickly we realized the roof panels were not going to stay up on their own so Alex and Conner built lego supports.


We feverishly added candy as the walls slowly came apart.


And just before bedtime... Thud.


I'm no expert, but I'm guessing the image on the box was photo-shopped.

My Winning Kiva Contest Video!

Click to see my Kiva and the loans that change lives video

Best if viewed full screen (click on the bottom right of the video).

Ok, so I haven't actually won yet, but I can with your help!

Above is the video I submitted into Kiva's contest on Tongal. The contest has 2 parts:
  1. Judges form Kiva pick their favorite video describing Kiva and how to make a loan
  2. Most unique views - this is where you can help!
The winner of part 2 is the video that gets viewed by the most people viewers. Tongal (the contest website) counts each time a new person watches the video.

So please click play and have a look.

If you like the video, share it with your friends and tell them to share it with their friends! You'll be doing me a favor and more importantly you'll be spreading the word about Kiva!

Update 1:45am: A few people have already asked me how I made the video. I did it with a combination of Prezi and a little iMovie magic. I'll post details on that in a few days. In the mean time, please share the video with your friends!

Update December 21, 2009 10:41pm: The first part of the contest has ended and I didn't win. Actually I didn't even place. I was mildly bummed out about this, but Alex was in the ER yesterday after a shoveling accident and I'm so happy that he's OK and  I've got a healthy family, it's hard to get too upset about the video contest.

The second part of the contest (most views) goes until January 31st 2010, but my guess is the winning videos will get so much press from Kiva it will be very hard to compete for most views.  In the end Kiva wins, and that is good.

The View Over Boston

This week I was in San Jose, CA for work. This was the view over Boston as I took off at 6am Monday morning.

View Above Boston