Basketball Season

On Friday after Thanksgiving, we went to the lake to visit with grandparents and have Thanksgiving. The older boys watched some world cup (including the US/England game) and the younger kids were in the hot tub for awhile. It was a beautiful day! When we got home, Saturday was a big day of basketball revelations.… Continue reading Basketball Season


This weekend was homecoming at my university, and I took Harlan and his buddy to be helpers. All the other kids had games, but then Gilbert’s got residual-rained out. Porter woke up Sunday with a bad sore throat, so he laid on the couch all day Sunday. Seamus, Gilbert, and Harlan went to the batting… Continue reading Homecoming

The Grind

I was going to write a happy and upbeat post about the kids going back to school, but it turns out they weren’t actually that excited about it. Everyone is fine, but transition from summer has made a lot of them kind of grumpy and needing more sleep. However, Gilbert finally switched from Spanish into… Continue reading The Grind


I’m in Pittsburgh for the NEH summer faculty institute on Afro-Latinx and Afro-Latin American Transnational Dialogues. It’s fascinating, career changing, and I’m learning so much! Over the weekend, Patrick brought the kids up for a fun weekend so we could not have to go two weeks without seeing each other. I could have driven back… Continue reading Pittsburgh–Again

Skiing Copper Mountain

For the last few days, we’ve been at Copper Mountain during the day, and hanging out with our cousins at night. We have had a lot of snow. From Thursday until Saturday morning, it snowed and snowed. I think all told, we had about 12-14 inches of snow. We had a little trouble getting out… Continue reading Skiing Copper Mountain

Interviews with the Boys in 2021

Seamus at 12 years old favorite color: blue favorite food: breakfast favorite dessert: pie with ice cream favorite thing to do: sports with friends favorite movie: Lord of the Rings favorite video game: Rocket League favorite subject in school: Civics favorite sport: basketball and skiing favorite book: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation What is… Continue reading Interviews with the Boys in 2021