New Year


We kicked off 2017 with a… well, nothing, really. Celebrating a new year seems so random. I suppose some people really need it in order to hit the reset button, but we’re not really one of those.

The new year does quickly usher in a birthday for me, which, since we have kids, means that we have to at least acknowledge it. Any excuse to make cupcakes. For the record, I’m forty-three now. Basically “a million” in kid years. My beard has big chunks of gray, I’ve long since stopped pulling random gray hairs out of my head, and I’ve got thousands of smile wrinkles—but, I’ve got a great family, a rolling home, a few bucks in the bank, no aches or pains, and all of my hair. All-in-all I feel like I’m doing all right.

There hasn’t been a whole lot to do. America is in a deep freeze, and that includes Portland. The kids have been baking. We think by next year they should be able to make the cookies on their own. The kids like making cookies and cupcakes, but neither of them really eats much. When we make chocolate chip cookies we have to make some with no chocolate chips for Lowe. Ouest eats one, and then promptly forgets they exist. But, while they might not be too excited about eating the final product, they always enjoy making them, and eating some of the raw ingredients along the way.

Lowe didn’t eat any of these. “Too sweet.” he says.

They continue to get a big kick out of writing poop jokes on birthday cards.

Snow is finally coming down.


6 Comments on “New Year”

  1. Happy Birthday, brah!!
    Holy cow I don’t think I’ve seen that little hair on your head for years!! You’re looking, dare I say….fashionable!
    Here’s to another awesome year in the lives of the Bums.
    Can’t wait for you to head South!
    Hau’oli la Hanau!! 😀

  2. Don’t refer to those as gray hairs. They are silver and mark every valuable event in your life. Cherish them just as you would a sliver coin.

  3. Oh my gosh, Ali! I love the family photo—looking outside—too bad you couldn’t be in in too—that would make it perfect. Conjures up images from Norman Rockwell. Do you ever sell photos?

  4. Happy New Year, Happy Birthday, enjoy the cup cakes and poop jokes! Ouest and Lowe sure look like they enjoy the baking. That’s healthy that they don’t want to eat too many sugary things but fun that they like the cooking part.

  5. Just a small thing, but good to see the kids wearing Patagonia. Sure, they are a massive retailer, but they don’t make things with “little fingers” and respect and take care of their suppliers.

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