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The Saw-Grass Adventures (Chapter One)

This is the beginning chapter of a little book I began working on for my boys 10 years ago.  I thought I'd share it with you.

Lawrence found himself in the middle of the most beautiful autumn day he could ever imagine. The blue sky above him was without a cloud and the sun, after a chilly start, had finally warmed everything up handsomely. That unique smell of autumn, a musty mixture of slowly dying foliage and hints of smoke from a few fireplaces, permeated everything.

You may think that Lawrence is a strange name for a praying mantis but he would think that your name is just as strange for a human. Anyway, Lawrence was just that, a praying mantis. Now, if you’ve never seen a praying mantis I suppose I should describe one for you. They are peculiar creatures, insects rather, with bodies that are about six inches long and an inch wide. Like most insects they have six legs but they only use four to walk upon. The other two legs are folded at the joint, like your knee or elbow, and t…

2017 Father's Day Gift Ideas

* Contains affiliate links.  No, that doesn't mean that the kids should leave the room.  Rather, it means that if you click on a link, and if you purchase something, I may get some financial remuneration for that click and buy.  All that means is that my kids will finally get to eat, just kidding but I may get something, just so you know...

Father's Day is right around the corner and if you are like me, you are probably reading this on the Saturday before Father's Day wondering why Amazon hasn't got that whole delivery within an hour or drone thing going on.  If it is the day before Father's Day, I may be able to help you out but I'd suggest bookmarking this article for next year.

Below you will find a list of ideas for dad on Father's Day.  These ideas are based on the things that I've received, bought, or coveted over the years.  They may not be right for your dad or baby daddy, or grandpa or baby grandpa (is that even a thing), but then again, they mi…

Our new CEO

The Young Entrepreneur In the Fall of 2016 our 2nd son, Christopher, enrolled in the Young Entrepreneur's Academy (YEA!) hosted and sponsored by local businesses.  This 8 month course is designed to help young men and women learn about the world of business.  Each participant is encouraged to come up with a business idea, research what would be needed to start the business, create a business plan, and actually create the business.

After the business is created, each student is required to present their idea to a panel of investors.  These young people put countless hours into their presentation with the help of a professional speaker/presenter.

The investor panel, made up of local business owners, listens to each presentation, asks questions, and when the presentations are finished, meet privately to discuss which businesses merit funding and how much.

Christopher wowed the audience of about 60 people including family, friends, investors, and government representatives.  His pres…

Catherine's Mobile Stander

I've once again learned to not underestimate this girl.  At school she has been receiving therapy using this stander to help her gain strength and stamina.  We brought it home for the summer and I'm simply blown away.

I'm amazed at how proficient she is at maneuvering such a device.  She is able to roll around corners, through doorways, over carpet and more.  Catherine makes it look easy and she does so with the hand-eye coordination of a professional gamer.

However, what really amazes me is her disposition when she is in this contraption.  There are tons of books and videos addressing the power of posture, the power of physical positioning and it's influence on the mental position and mental health.  
These short (35 minute) sessions that Catherine experiences twice per day confirms the theories.  Each time she is placed in the stander her demeanor changes.  She's happy, smiles more (if that's possible) and is more outgoing.  She wheels around the house greet…

New Bunk Beds for the Boys - 2

Sorry for the delay but here you will find the mostly finished bunk beds we were working on in April and into May.  The boys are always helpful when I start a project like this and I am sincerely grateful for that.  I'm planning on offering a PDF download of the plans in the near future if you'd like to make something similar.

The bunk beds aren't perfect but they suit us very well.  They give each boy their own bed with ample storage space for all of their treasures.  The next step will be installing shelves and reading lights for each bed.  Thanks for reading!

New Bunk Beds for the Boys

There comes a time in every man's life, who has multiple children, when he must build bunk-beds.  That time came years ago, but now it's here again.  In 2009 I built two sets of bunk-beds for the boys.  They've stood the test of time and I believe will continue to do so.  However, since 2009 we've added 3 more children two of which are boys.  So, we now have 6 boys who need to sleep somewhere.
Poor Daniel (7) has been sleeping on a futon mattress folded over and placed in the bottom of a closet.  Think giant dog mattress.
Add to that the fact that in June we'll be housing 20 children and 8 adults for a week (go ahead and read that again if you need to) and I found the drive to add more beds.

These beds will be very different from the previous design and they'll be designed by dad and built by the boys.  The frame is 40"x 77" with a support in the middle and made with 2x6 lumber.

On the bottom of each frame we've stapled and glued a 1/4" OSB …