We brake for billboards

Poor James. My youngest son, that is. This is his final year as a too-young-to-drive teen, and he has to put up with just two more semesters of me dashing out the door like a crazy person to drive him to school on time. We’ve been cutting it close lately. Or, rather, I’ve been cutting…

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Travel tales

November is IAAPA Expo time around here. Several of us head to Orlando as speakers, committee chairs, or buyers. It’s an incredible trade show. Here’s a series of HoliBlog posts from November 2007′s trip to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo: Destination: Orlando.  The night before I left, I told my youngest…

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My coaster-crazy kid

It was getting close to bedtime for James last night. My second grader had grabbed a good book and made himself comfortable on Daddy’s side of the bed. (Stories from the good book, actually.) It seemed a good time to sneak in for a cuddle, so I slipped in on my side and got ready…

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Snow day!

…well, there’s snow, but we’re here. If you haven’t already, you might want to take a look at our Kima Bay Construction Cam, as the sweep of the area shows some lovely precip. (I refuse to call it “the white stuff.”) Last night at home, when I realized it was snowing, I turned on the…

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…with boughs of folly!

I’ll bet every parent has a sweet and funny story about a little one not quite fully capturing the lines of a Christmas song. James came up with “boughs of folly” last night. Didn’t have the heart to correct him. Years ago, when our John was five or six, he had one of those little…

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Trip report: Part 1

We always get such a kick out of receiving "trip reports" from our guests; thought maybe you'd enjoy hearing about a trip some of us just took. Coming back from a business trip and back to the office, it's always hectic "catch up" time, so this report will come in several chunks. The trip was…

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Coming soon

As a public service, we offer the follow rather startling information: Thanksgiving is two weeks from today. How did that happen? Actually, it's the earliest that Thanksgiving comes. It's always on the fourth Thursday of November, and since this month started on a Thursday, it moves the holiday up as early in the month as…

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When numbers mean, well … not much

Although my career choice doesn't make it obvious, I really like math. My math SAT score was 80 points higher than my English. Go figure. Our three sons are all math-heads. Tom, a math major, just started a position at JPL. (Now we can't joke with him, Hey, it's not rocket science! Sigh.) Tom and…

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Out of sight, but never out of mind

It was getting close to bedtime for James last night. My second grader had grabbed a good book and made himself comfortable on Daddy’s side of the bed. (Stories from the “good book,” actually.) It seemed a good time to sneak in for a cuddle, so I slipped in on my side and got ready…

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“Are you out of your mind?!”

Lovely. My seven-year-old just hollered, “Are you out of your mind?!” to his teacher. Teachers, actually. Swim teachers, to be precise. They laughed and encouraged James to try. And off he went, paddling away. Still “beating up” the water too much, but a vast improvement from a week ago. Some of the Splashin’ Safari lifeguards…

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A mother’s prerogative

… is to be really rotten once in a while. Yesterday evening, my son James and I headed down to The Voyage. I had to check on a few things in preparation for media coverage on Opening Day. Then I saw it. That sign. The “Are You Tall Enough To Ride?” sign. Now James has…

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One last day for the auction

The excitement is just beginning for our eBay charity auction. We’re down to the last day, so it should get wild in the coming hours. We’ve received lots of wonderful feedback as well as a few emails asking for some coaching so that they are sure to win. No big secret: Bid more money than…

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