Category: Family

  • Birthday Fun!

    So, recently we were at our Safeway grocery store getting a birthday cake for Luke.  Going through the checkout lane, the cashier asked who the cake was for.  Luke quickly stepped up and report that it was his birthday and his sister’s birth day was last week.  The cashier’s eye lit up and she said,…

  • A Lego Miracle

    Somehow, I managed to pick a Lego set for Luke for Christmas that was already part of his massive collection. He was happy enough to rip into it and build it again, but I was able to talk him out of that and return it get a different set instead. So, a few days after…

  • Should I be worried?

    My almost 6 year old son has never seen Stranger Things, but he draws a pretty mean Mind Flayer. He says it’s a “robot octopus”, but I don’t believe him.  Anybody got Hopper’s number?

  • Maybe We’re Doing Something Right?

    On Thursday, I was picking up #1 at school.  A teacher from the classroom next to hers came up to me and said “are you Jilly’s Dad?” “Yep, that’s me.”  Hmm, where’s this going? The teacher said Jilly is so cute and says the funniest things.   The teacher said her classroom is special needs kindergarten and…

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park

    Another weekend, another park visit.  This one was only a 15 minute drive from our place.  It wasn’t obvious where to park;  there’s a small lot right at the trailhead, but it filled up just as we rolled in.  Better to park at the big (but unpaved and full of craters) lot you pass on…

  • Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

    We’re slowly trying to get to know our new area.  Our first major park like stop was Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.  Its about 25 minutes away from our place. The hills, even though all burnt up from the drought are still very pretty.  Would have liked to take the kids on the mine tour,…

  • The Stinky & Dirty Show

    Kids loved the pilot, hopefully more good stuff to come. (For preschool-aged children) – The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. Based on…

  • Happy Fathers’ Dad

    Well, that’s pretty epic… Happy Father's Day! — Chris Hallbeck (@ChrisHallbeck) June 21, 2015

  • My son, the doctor 

    Using the crane from the train set at our local library as a stethoscope, he listens to my heart. He then informs me, “Dad, your heart is gonna throw up.” I should probably get a second opinion.

  • Hacking “Chutes and Ladders”

    In depth analysis of the game that never ends quickly enough Source: Hacking “Chutes and Ladders” using R | Ethan R. Markowitz