DC

Washington, D.C. is home, and has been since 2005 – first as recent college grads, then as newlyweds, and now as parents.  This is where we live big in small spaces.


May 1, 2014
I bought a bike this past weekend.  It’s blue.  I also bought a kids trailer for the bike, so I can actually go for bike rides every once in a while without having to burn any precious “me time.”  Natalie signed up for Capital Bikeshare, too, so that she can bike home from work a

January 14, 2014
“Oh man. We are so uncool.”  That was Natalie’s first comment after we got home from an objectively* cool night on the town, sans kids, to celebrate our eight years of marriage.  Although she pronounces it “coo-ool” (and always has), that wasn’t the reason she believes we’ve lost every last ounce of whatever tiny amount

October 18, 2013
As regular readers have surely noticed, I’ve fallen out of my two-year old posting rhythm lately, often neglecting to post for weeks on end.  It sucks, I really miss the writing and sharing, but it happens.  This isn’t to say I’ve just been sitting on my hands.  Instead I’ve found a few odd jobs to

September 4, 2013
We stuck around DC this past weekend and despite our best efforts managed to pack it full of noteworthy events, including trips to see a free children’s play at the Kennedy Center (highly recommend, seriously cant believe we’ve never done that before), enjoy our neighborhood’s newly remodeled playground (with SPLASH PAD!), and had a total

August 26, 2013
  A few weeks ago – just before leaving for family vacation actually – I lost my wallet.  IDs, cash, credit cards, Rx cards, Smartrip card, everything.  Earlier that day I’d driven the kids to Target to get diapers.  After paying to leave Target’s parking garage I placed my wallet in my lap as I

July 25, 2013
I’m on the top bunk.  Big brother Donnie has the bottom.  Bigger brother Steven gets the twin on the other side of the room.  Oldest brother Chris gets his own room upstairs, so does littlest (and only) sister Katie.  This is all pre-arranged by virtue of birth order, something I’d later come to swear by

July 10, 2013
We’re back from another wonderful summer trip to Minnesota, where the food and drink flows as easily and persistently as the Ottertail River.  I’ll have plenty to recount later, but I’ll need to go through the 1,000-plus photos to help jog my memory of some of the highlights before I do (not surprisingly, it’s all

May 17, 2013
I’ve been spending more effort than is probably reasonable on our first-year balcony garden. I keep reading stories about novice gardeners facing crushing failure in the early run of things – root rot, fungus and other killers destroying entire bounties before they ever get going.  For some reason, despite all the warnings, I’ve jumped head-long

April 9, 2013
[Warning:  I am now the sort of old man who seems only to talk about the weather.] At long last, we had the weather to take to laying in the grass, squinting at clouds.  It didn’t last long (the squinting at clouds part – it was hurting the boy’s eyes), but we’re only just beginning.

April 2, 2013
When we were first married, I think it was Natalie’s dad who said to us that there would come a time when we would have start our own set of family traditions. In hindsight, it should have been obvious.  We couldn’t go to bed at Natalie’s house after exchanging gifts Christmas Eve (their tradition) and

March 27, 2013
Maybe Spring is a bit fickle right now.  Maybe, after all these years, I’m still coming to grips with how the four seasons teasingly play out in the mid-Atlantic region. April is just around the corner, and the days are finally long enough to count.  Winter may still be hanging on by a thread, but

March 25, 2013
I don’t really understand what just happened.  We left for Camp Davis on Friday, filled with Spring fever – having recently potted plants around the apartment and eaten dinner on the balcony… by

March 16, 2013
I’m still up to my eyeballs in the moving transition.  With most of it behind us, real life – such as work obligations, bills, paperwork and other schmutz – is now the center of attention, which is fair considering how much we had to neglect that side of things while we were packing and hauling.

March 11, 2013
As expected, it’s been a fast and crazy couple of weeks.  The move dominated everything – time, space, energy, focus. Loren, I think, is slowly realizing that this is where we live now.  He’s long referred to our old apartment as “back-home DC.”  It didn’t matter where in the city we were hanging out, our

March 7, 2013
Obviously, I’ve had a rough time writing much of anything during this move.  That streak continues today, but I’m offering a small consolation prize: Two very cute videos of the kids. First up, enjoy a nice post-nap yawn and jabber in the afternoon sun with Ruthie.  Listen closely, as she shares with you the meaning of life.

March 3, 2013
I wanted to check-in while the kids were napping and I wasn’t actively doing any heavy lifting. We are officially moved into the new place, if not exactly finished moving.  I’d say we’re about 75% here.  There are likely several large boxes worth of Idontknowwhat stashed around our old place waiting for me.  As for

February 28, 2013
I’m 30 now, as Natalie informed you Tuesday, and with age comes wisdom.  So what have I learned?  I’ve learned that learning is a difficult process.  I’ve also learned that to learn is one thing, but to employ that knowledge is something else entirely. We move tomorrow.  This isn’t the first time we’ve changed addresses.

February 21, 2013
[Note: I know I haven’t posted this week.  Sue me.] We start the move a week from tomorrow.  Naturally, we have exactly one box of stuff packed and ready to go.  As my brother sarcastically noted during his visit yesterday, “boy, you guys sure look ready to move soon…”  Right. We’re in this weird place

February 15, 2013
Last March, Natalie, Loren and I moved into a one-bedroom apartment in our friends’ basement.  It was a sort of nutty idea, moving our soon-to-be four person family into a smaller space instead of going larger like most people do in that situation (down to about 500 square feet, compared to the 650 sq ft, two-bedroom

January 25, 2013
Both kids were sick all week.  No fevers or flu, just leaky faces and cranky, needy babies.  With temperatures well below freezing there was also a lot of time spent inside, doing the complete opposite of everything I preached last week about getting out of the house.  There is a direct causal relationship between the

January 23, 2013
If you’ve ever been there in your life, you know right away that this is the first thing you see heading into the Museum of Natural History.  I remember this Elephant statue from elementary school field trips as if it were yesterday.  I was rather pleased to see it right where I left it all

January 16, 2013
That’s what I have to tell myself, probably more often than I’d like.  Get. Out.  As in, get out of the house.  I never figured myself much of a hermit, but there are plenty of days, saddled with two kids and the insanity that situation brings, where simply leaving the house isn’t worth the hassle.

January 14, 2013
It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve made any progress on our bedroom build out.  After Ruthie was born all the building progress (predictably) stalled out.  That was six months ago.  For much of those six months it didn’t matter.  Loren’s room was more or less complete, so we didn’t have to worry

December 27, 2012
Translation: Merry Christmas.  That’s not an easy one for Loren to say. by

December 19, 2012
Alternative Title: “Nissen went to Mexico, Came Home and Threw Up on Our Christmas Tree.” He’s a bit of drinker, that Nissen. We finally decorated the Christmas tree that I carried home on my back through sheer force of masculine testosterone.  It took a few weeks to get the job done, but our box of

December 4, 2012
As I previously mentioned, I’ve never been a fan of Christmas season encroaching on Thanksgiving.  With that marvelous holiday now behind us, I’m now willing to oblige Natalie and get in the spirit. First things first, of course, is buying the tree.  That ever-present glow and Christmas smell is a must-have holiday starter, and getting

November 29, 2012
This DIY project is pretty straight-forward, so I’ll leave you to the narrative: I met John and Sherry Petersik last night. That was pretty cool.  For those not knee-deep in the DIY/Design/Home Decor/Mommy Blogger world, these two are something like the folk heroes of the bunch.  They started their blog, Young House Love, a few

November 8, 2012
I’ve been too busy to write much this week.  We had out of town guests for much of it, then there was all the election stuff happening (nothing like staying up until two in the morning watching election results), doctors appointments and sick kids, and well, writing just sort of took a back seat. I

October 31, 2012
This year, let’s grab Halloween by the seeds. It’s been a while since we’ve had a normal Halloween in the city.  Last year we were at Camp D.  Man, and what a difference a year makes when they are still this little. The year before that we were at the hospital. Loren was the only

October 30, 2012
We here in DC managed to go relatively unscathed from Sandy.  Instead of the expected power outages and tree damage we ended up with two extra days of play tacked onto the weekend. Just in case, we spent Friday through Sunday over in West Virginia, trying to do what we could to prepare Camp Davis

October 25, 2012
This incredible weather, so late in the year, left me feeling like a total jerk for having not made it outside for more than a few minutes all day (the kids were colluding against me, when one would stop crying, the other would start, and I couldn’t break the cycle).  So around 3:30, with both

October 24, 2012
We’ve been making a lot of trips to the National Zoo lately.  It being in our backyard doesn’t hurt, but we are also drawn by its newest large scale exhibit, The American Trail.  We’d seen “Coming Soon” signs for years now, eagerly awaited its unveiling, then suddenly it was opened – way ahead of schedule.

October 5, 2012
Haven’t been able to say that since…I can’t remember.  It was 1997 actually.  Anyway, through some bizarre twist of fate or precise alignment of the planets, the team of my youth (Them O’s) and the team I adopted when I moved to DC seven years ago (the Nats) have both managed to make it to

September 14, 2012
I’m tired of buying crap. No, that’s not it.  I’m tired of buying crap and then later complaining that the crap I bought is crap. Yeah, that’s more like it. In an effort to curb this recurring problem, Natalie and I made trip to Community Forklift just outside of DC in Edmonston, Maryland.  It is

August 9, 2012
Whelp, that took long: I’m packed and ready for the trip. So what’s the big deal?  Aren’t we ready to go?  Come on, Ma – why does it always take you so long to get ready?  It feels like we’re always waiting on her, doesn’t it?  I’m packed and ready, and here you are with

July 25, 2012
I first checked out the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Kid-Friendly Series back in April, after Loren’s 18 month check-up.  This past week we had the pleasure of making our way back with the whole family – all four of us – as a much needed excuse to just get out of the

July 12, 2012
Sometimes you need a good distraction.  I know I needed one after yesterday.  I also know Loren needs them…often. He especially needs them now that he shares our attention with a certain adorable little sister. by

July 10, 2012
It’s been a while since I’ve added anything to the budding American Badass Series, but thanks to a nice new shiner under Loren’s right eye (from a forward-tumble down the concrete steps out front) I have some new fodder. Those eyes, man…geez. by

July 4, 2012
But she was: That’s right, a “she” – a rare occasion in my family. Ruthie Elizabeth was born yesterday, July 3rd, at 4:30pm. Our day started like this: And within just a few seconds it looked more like this: Nothing quite like frequent contractions to wipe a smile off your face. We were at the

July 2, 2012
Millions in the area are still without power following the crazy storms we saw over the weekend.  We are among the lucky ones, with power in tact and blasting A/C like there is no tomorrow.  And it’s a good thing too.  Nat is 37 weeks pregnant today, and just about ready to burst.  She’s getting

June 25, 2012
Natalie has made it to 36 weeks – the last of the big milestones we were hoping for with this pregnancy.  That means more likely than not, we are out of the woods if this baby decides to come a little earlier than the standard 40. by

June 21, 2012
We’ve already made substantial progress on the build-out, having nearly completed Loren’s half of the baby rooms, but things have slowed since Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease took over our household.  Still marginally hobbled, I thought I’d take a little time to show you the “e-build” of our bedroom. For my project designs I’ve been

June 18, 2012
With Natalie mostly working from home for the last few weeks (and likely doing so until the baby makes its arrival), this little apartment was starting to feel a bit cramped.  Thankfully, a weekend filled with picture perfect weather forced us out into the city, where space and distraction abounds. Friday we emerged from the

June 14, 2012
Like a lot of Washingtonians you’re probably well aware of the Food Truck bonanza that takes place at Farragut Square every week day.  As the clock strikes lunch hour masses of downtown employees flood the Square for a bite to eat and a moment’s reprieve from the hectic workday.  They may be grabbing food from the

June 11, 2012
Despite being a bit mum on the subject, I’ve been buzzing along with the progress in Loren’s room.  This past week saw some major gains. We have finally retired the wire curtain divider! For just under the last month or so, this is what separated our room from Loren’s: It was enough to keep us

June 6, 2012
Too busy to do much posting today.  I could say that goes for the rest of the week as well (and last week, and probably next week too – I’m still not really certain how or when I manage to find time to write these posts).  In the meantime, here’s a few tidbits that haven’t

May 30, 2012
Last Thursday I completed framing Loren’s room, and now I’ve taken a big step toward closing-in the whole contraption.  Continuing with the Ikea “Hack” concept, I cut down the old flimsy shelf-backing material from our Billy Bookcase to fit the new width and then attached it using trim-screws. The material was fairly easy to work

May 24, 2012
Daily progress or Groundhogs’ Day?  I’ve been sucked into the time warp that is trying to finish this bedroom build out before the second baby gets here.  Nat is now 31 weeks along.  She feels great, things are looking positive for making it full(ish) term, but we really have no way of knowing just when

May 22, 2012
This weekend we kicked it with friends and slowed down a bit after a hectic last week.  It was a much needed break, but I’m afraid my brain stayed in slow-mode well into Monday.  Surely the rain didn’t help – and Loren and I were both a little stir-crazy from staying inside so much.  But

May 18, 2012
Here we are at week’s end.  I wish there was a way to go back in time and help myself understand that having children really meant firmly placing your finger on the fast-forward button of life.  I’m constantly in awe of this new sense of time.  On the one hand, it’s no longer worth the

May 17, 2012
You can see the first couple of posts on this Bedroom Build Out series here (Settling In), here (Framing Loren’s Crib), and here (Completing Loren’s Crib). I’ll get to the next step in the build out in a second, but first a little catch-up is in order: I’ve been working my rump off this week.

May 16, 2012
In the midst of running around last Friday I realized that all my tasks amounted to a mini-thesis of what this blog is all about.  I wore just about every one of my many hats in the span of 24 hours: from cooking to stay-at-home-dad-ing, to building in small spaces, to client meetings and creative

May 15, 2012
My father-in-law is something of a mad scientist when it comes to carpentry.  He’s converted their basement into his carpentry lab, where he toils away building things both beautiful and functional all year round.  He just can’t help himself. We’re lucky enough to be beneficiaries of this hobby of his.  For the last several Christmases

May 14, 2012
Over the weekend I pulled off a small miracle: I finished building Loren’s crib.  Why is this a miracle?  Normally when I have to make a second trip to the hardware store in order to finish a project, it’s common for a few months to lapse in the meantime.  Not so with this crib.  Instead

May 11, 2012
Wednesday we began the process of converting our room and settling in for a longer than planned stay in our little apartment.  Since then I’ve been hard at work with the beginning of the build out.  As Loren is already here and his little brother or sister not yet arrived we decided to start with

May 10, 2012
A while back I showed you how we were managing the transition into a smaller space, but we neglected to let you in on how we arranged the whole three-people-in-one-bedroom situation.  Here’s a little update for you. It’s kind of hard to imagine that the three of us have been sleeping in the one-time band room

May 8, 2012
We took this weekend as a chance to stay mostly local, joining my brother-in-law for a birthday barbecue, making a quick trip to Ikea (on a Saturday – aaaaaah!), and finally landing at my mother-in-law’s house for some down time.  Along the way we learned a few things. 1) Two spent glow sticks are more interesting

May 3, 2012
Wednesday found us at Teddy Roosevelt Island.  The short of it is this:  The Theodore Roosevelt Island is a wonderful place.  It is toddler-friendly (if you heed my caution and head straight to the memorial portion of the park).  The rest of the park consists of long jogging trails and swamp walks that would be

April 27, 2012
I managed to rack up 200 dollars in parking tickets in the span of nine hours yesterday.  And I didn’t even drive anywhere!  It’s seems my tags expired and two separate parking enforcement super heroes felt the need to remind me of this.  The first ticket came just after midnight, 45 minutes after my tags

April 26, 2012
Spring has sprung.  We all knew that.  Then it sorta went away for a while.  But now it’s back.  Thanks to this super mild winter and early Spring, we’ve had gardening on our minds for a while now, planting herbs and building planter boxes, but this little bit of information is about to take us

April 23, 2012
Note:  You can see more Kid-Friendly reviews throughout the DC and Baltimore areas here, here, here, here, and here. I’ll get right to it:  I highly recommend this one. The National Building Museum might not sound like the most interesting place in the world – especially for kids – but they’ve got something the rest of

April 18, 2012
Somewhere along the line Sunday turned to Monday.  Yesterday happened also, and now here we are at Wednesday already.  Friday is basically here, which means the weekend is practically over already.  When did I start counting the days like this? I have my suspicions, and his name is Loren. Life went along plenty fast as

April 11, 2012
It’s baseball season folks.  I’ve got the game on right now (Nationals @ Mets), babbling away in the background.  I’m starting to really like listening to games on the radio.  It helps keep my mind occupied while I’m cooking or while I take care of the nightly chores around the house.  I can zone in

April 11, 2012
Monday was Loren’s 18 month check up.  He’s taken to flipping out for the majority of the visit, regardless of what’s taking place during the appointment.  From the moment he strips down and stands on that deli-paper bench, he is a wreck.  He wailed when the nurse attempted to take his temperature, when she tried

April 9, 2012
This weekend I wrote a little about the clutter that was dominating our home lives.  I really wasn’t kidding. Even Loren was feeling a little disheveled. That’s actually not the first time I’ve got him up from a nap to find him toga-style with his shirt.  I don’t understand this kid sometimes. So that was

April 8, 2012
Sorry for the lack of home/DIY posts lately.  As you know by now, during the last few weeks we moved from our little apartment to a littler one a few blocks away.  We went from being homeowners to home borrowers (I’d call us renters, but that wouldn’t be true, thanks again to the impossible generosity

April 4, 2012
What I’m about to discuss lies in the realm of Hypothetical Parenting.  This subject is ripe with nonsense and rose-colored glasses, pure BS and just a hint of horsepooh thrown in.  That’s because it’s a discussion of “what I will do” or “what I plan/hope to do” in a given future parenting situation. So much

March 30, 2012
Dear Jimmy (you procrastinating jackass): Stop doing this to yourself. I’m taking this full car load of stuff to Goodwill today. The stroller stays (we keep that in the car), but everything else goes. We recently moved and instead of making inventory cuts BEFORE we lugged everything over to our new place, we put it

March 29, 2012
This past week took the wind out of my sail.  I’m trying to get back on track now, which is never a good thing to do on the Thursday before a long weekend.  I’ll pretty much need to start all over Tuesday.  Oh well. I’ll miss the F.U.N.: That was almost all of the grandkids and great-grandkids

March 22, 2012
This might have to become a series – a series in which I take Loren around the city with some sidewalk chalk, and he practices looking tough in front of things. This round of pictures isn’t quite James Dean or the punk-inspired Sid “Ish Dish” (as my brother Donnie so brilliantly called it).   No, I’m

March 19, 2012
Graffiti Artist.  Young punk. Seriously, after seeing this picture I’m mostly afraid of him.  Everything about this look says “I’m about to tag your door, you gonna do something about it?” Really though, this should be some sort of album cover.  If Loren is ever a musician, I’m forcing him to use it on his

March 19, 2012
Loren and I just returned home from a trip to the playground, enjoying yet another beautiful day in the mid-Atlantic region.  It seems with every trip he becomes bolder with the other kids.  He’s interacting with them far more than before, and he’s imitating their play.  Sometimes this is great (like when he joined some kids

March 18, 2012
That’s the only way I can describe the weather this week.  It’s also a pretty good way to describe our lives over that same week: just utter madness.  When we heard that today’s highs would “only” be in the mid-60s, we had to laugh at our disappointment.  It’s still just mid-march, do we really expect

March 15, 2012
Today was Adventure Day.  Adventure Day is a concept I picked up from my old lawschool buddy Dan.  Dan would pick a random day on the calendar to be Adventure Day, then he and his step son would go do something cool around the city – usually something they hadn’t done before.  Pretty simple criteria,

March 15, 2012
One of my favorite things about our temporary place is it’s proximity to the great and always busy Walter Pierce playground at the end of our block.  It’s so close I’m able to let Loren walk there, instead of bothering to pop him in the stroller.  Naturally this takes about ten times longer than it

March 13, 2012
Storage space is at a premium in our lives.  In our new place there is a little nook next to the fridge, that (was) home of three built-in shelves. Unfortunately, these little brackets were no match for just four of our cookbooks (granted, two were Bittman cookbooks and one was the King Arthur Flour Baker’s

March 12, 2012
While on a quasi-hiatus this past week I almost missed the news of an upcoming Pinterest Challenge being hosted by Young House Love and Bower Power.  Fortunately, in my crazy moving/remodeling tour I had inadvertently completed the task without realizing it had ever been assigned. The Challenge is simple: Actually *do* something you recently pinned.  There is no theme, no

March 12, 2012
Sure we still have a carload or two to bring over, but as far as we can tell we actually moved this weekend.  Friday was the big day, where Nat’s brother Christopher came over to help move all the furniture.  Saturday I enlisted by buddy Kirk for a trip to return the moving truck and

March 12, 2012
I didn’t think I caught it. At least, I wasn’t too confident I had. I’ve been without camera for a week now. That sort of thing normally stinks. It’s even worse when you’re hellbent on capturing all your first born’s movements, and still worse when you’ve recently started a blog that sort of relies on

March 9, 2012
Today is moving day.  After a crazy week of packing, completing projects and figuring logistics, it’s time to load it all into a moving van and take it …. five blocks west – until about six months from now, when we up and do it again. That means last night was our last spent on

March 7, 2012
We decided to put up a Craigslist ad for our apartment yesterday morning.  We’ve been in a weird limbo lately – slowly moving out of here, taking our time, with no real timetable to abide by.  I think posting the rental ad was the spark we needed to get moving on all this.  Otherwise, I

March 5, 2012
We lost our camera bag.  Which means we also lost our camera charger.  Still have the camera, however, so it could be worse.  A new charger is in route via Amazon (the company) as we speak.  In the meantime, our camera battery is officially exhausted.  That means I’ll be relying on the photo archive and

March 4, 2012
Friday night we ordered dinner from Pho 14 here in Columbia Heights.  It’s become one of our go-to’s for delivery.  With plenty of unintentionally gluten-free options (since they use rice-noodles instead of wheat noodles as a staple of the cuisine) almost everything works for Nat.  Even though they have a lot of great options, we’re

March 1, 2012
Please, please, please.  If I remember nothing else – let it be this. It rained last night.  A little at first, followed by a good bit of down pouring.  As it picked up pace I called Loren over to the window.  He hustled over from the kitchen and found his place next to me.  “Look

February 16, 2012
We didn’t make it down to the National Building Museum like I hoped (shocked, right?).  It was raining, there’s plenty we need to do here, and the nap that Loren was scheduled to take around 11 didn’t actually start until 12:30, which means he was down until 2:45.  That’s great in itself, but it doesn’t

February 15, 2012
I finally made it over to Community Forklift, the recycled building material warehouse on the edge of Hyattsville, MD.  I only learned about it six months ago, but I’ve wanted to visit every day since then.  So when I finally printed off directions, finally got Loren in the car, and finally started driving their way,

February 14, 2012
That’s more or less exactly what we did when we bought our condo in 2007.  In hindsight it’s hard not to realize just how crazy everything was back then.  Details mattered little – I was still in school (i.e. unemployed) for crying out loud; the name of the game was just buy property, wait a

February 12, 2012
We made some serious strides toward the big move this weekend; packed a lot of boxes and started getting our stuff out of here.  Even got a little emotional listening to Astral Weeks by Van Morrison while contemplating the end of our time here on Harvard Street.  This has been our little home for almost

February 12, 2012
All the preparations for moving out of here has led to some serious reflection on our time in this little apartment.  I wrote the following over two years ago, but it seems like now would be an appropriate time to share it. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” January 19th, 2010 “Hmph, y’all are friendly.”  It

February 11, 2012
When we first purchased our condo one of the main selling points for us – as eager home renovators – was that both the kitchen and bathroom had yet to be remodeled.  Of course, over time, the biggest draw back to the place was that the kitchen and the bathroom had yet to be remodeled.

February 10, 2012
That seems to be our MO when it comes to seriously altering our lives or our living situations.  The purchase of Camp Davis is a perfect example of this.  I guess “hasty” is probably the wrong word, because Natalie and I talk about life stuff quite a bit.  When it comes time to finally make

February 9, 2012
Yesterday found Loren obsessed with the clock radio and fan in his room.  They have buttons, the buttons make clicking sounds, some of them turn on the fan, the clock’s numbers are digital – you do the math. This next one might be my new Happy Hour inspiration picture: This morning he’s taking it to

February 8, 2012
Before I get into the bulk of the renovations we’ve made here in our little DC apartment over the past few years (slowly, painfully), I wanted to highlight a simple change we made that added a lot of storage in what was otherwise dead space above our refrigerator. Cruising my Reader this morning I came

February 1, 2012
Good riddance. 60 degrees yesterday. 60 again today.  I can definitely live with this weather in January/February. We got to the playground yesterday, and Loren didn’t even need a jacket or hat. by

January 25, 2012
A client meeting brought me up to Langley Park this morning, which just happens to be in the area of my favorite produce stand.  It’s nothing fancy – just a box truck in a church parking lot at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Oakview Drive (just before the exit for I-495).  I’d driven

January 25, 2012
Loren and I went to Walter Pierce playground yesterday to let loose and recap the long weekend with Aunt Q and Harrison.  It was downright spring-like outside, and parents and nannies trotted their excited kids out from all over. by

January 24, 2012
I should first offer a caveat:  When I refer to things as “kid-friendly” I most likely mean that they are toddler friendly – or whatever age Loren or his soon to be sibling happens to be at the time.  I have a toddler, not really a full-on “kid” just yet.  Bigger kids might not find

January 24, 2012
I have a hard time thinking up gift ideas for Natalie.  We’ve been together almost 15 years.  That’s a lot of gifts.  We’ve also decided to cut back drastically on the amount of money we spend on each other for Christmas and birthdays. by

January 23, 2012
You can see my previous post about converting our bedroom closet into my “office” here.  It turns out that while the office was a huge success, it created still another need: a closet to replace the one I’d just eliminated. Again, this is a 600 square foot apartment we’re talking about here.  Every little bit

January 20, 2012
Loren is a busy child. But he is napping now, and the weekend is upon us.  Man, I love it when he naps a good nap.  The kind where he doesn’t fight it, just falls asleep, and then stays that way until I’ve forgotten how long it has been.  The kind of naps that count.

January 19, 2012
This is the room where our son Loren sleeps. We live in a tiny apartment in DC, so every inch is important.  It’s also really easy to over-do a small space.  That said, small pieces can dwarf a small room.  So with that in mind we chose the less-and-big is more approach. by

January 18, 2012
As I mention in my Getting Stated post, I’m a stay-at-home-dad as well as a part time lawyer. Living in a 600 square foot apartment requires a little creativity if you expect to fit your whole life in such a little space. Fortunately, we were just crazy enough to convert one of our bedroom closets

January 18, 2012
Toddlers are a curious sort.  Loren is no different.  Like most parents, I cringe at the inevitable therapy bills I’m mounting for myself as a result of constantly repeating the same commands –  all day, every day, over and over and over again.  “No touch! No Touch! Please, for the love of god, no touch…”

January 17, 2012
Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting friends downtown at the National Gallery of Art.  What most people probably don’t realize is just how kid-friendly the place can be.  I know I didn’t.  The trick is that you need to find your way downstairs if your kids are tagging along.  The East and West wing
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