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Visit from El Nino

Dear Js,
It was my birthday. You surprised me, or tried to anyway. J told you, “Don’t tell daddy about our secret.” j: “Okay, I won’t tell daddy about the cheesecake.” J: “NO!!! Don’t tell daddy about the cheesecake!!! If you EVER do that again…

j’s first day at preschool

Dear Js,
I love how comedians tell stories. I love how they can capture an audience and make them laugh. Here’s an example with Louis C.K. telling a story about his boat disaster with his kids — it’s from Jerry Seinfeld’s new series Comedians in

2 more ways to fail at dadding

Dear j,
The life of a parent is being worried about when you’ll screw up next. You fear that one of those goofups will result in your kids losing a finger, a tooth or an eye. Sometimes, no matter how much you worry, one of

Happy Thanksgivings

Dear Js,
Happy Thanksgiving! OK, confession time. I’m a grinch. Holidays make me sad. I don’t really know why. One of the reasons could be because it feels like everyone is trying to force me to be festive. JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE BELLS! Come on! Why

Hell is a Dim Sum with kids. But I think I’m falling in love

Dear j,
You’re so cute. I think I’m falling in love all over again. Has this old man gone soft?
What I realized is the more time I spend with you, the more mellow you get. If our contact is limited to the few moments

First swimming pool (+a new business is born)

Dear Js,
(I’m going to apologize up front, in case you were expecting some cool pictures or videos of us at the pool. Cameras, water, children and concerned/suspicious parents just don’t mix.)
We’ve been struggling to get back into the routine after Abu left. Mama’s

Mama’s hero week

Dear Js,
The letter today will be mostly about mama. I know, what a relief, right? Yea yea, I get tired of me too.
Anyway, we pulled you from your daycare ~2 weeks ago. Mama wanted you home before your new school started to have

I’m losing it (+what people spend on most)

Dear Js,
I’m losing it. Children have no off switch. Almost every day, I open the garage door to a crying baby, a yelling toddler, a howling dog and a frustrated mama. As the day wears on, our tanks run empty. When they run empty,

“I want a different daddy” (+ the meaning of life + a golden ticket to unlimited opportunity)

Dear Js,
Wow, that’s a big promise in today’s title. The meaning of life? Yup. It’s here. I don’t think I’m exaggerating. The key word of that sentence is “meaning”. As in, whenever life elbows you to the floor, kicks dirt in your face and

Return from a family adventure (+ why children ask WHY – solved)

Dear J,
And then it was time to say goodbye.
On our last day, we visited Abu Jose’s farm. They call it a farm in Spanish, but it’s not one where farmers farm. He didn’t have animals but his neighbor did. But they had a