It's like family, only weirder…

Is it April Already?

I just noticed that we’ve reached the ides of April for 2009 and I seem to remember just celebrating the New Year. Four months has just flown by! Balthazar is nearing the end of his first year of grammar school. Sorscha is nearly 6 months old. We’ve just had our…Continue Reading

Kindergarten Schedule

Balthazar told me what his schedule looks like at school.  When he gets to schools, he draws, goes to lunch, naps, plays on the playground, then waits for the buses.  I guess things haven’t changed a lot in the schools since I was little.  Of course, he thinks my schedule…Continue Reading

Scientist Poop and the Epic Fail

Our son recently contracted Streptococcus within his person. We’re all familiar with such things, but the signs of this particular infection alluded us. We knew he had a stomach ache, but little else. The stomach ache became chronic and Balthazar the harbinger used is poo oracle to let us know…Continue Reading

A Baby Changes Everything

Remarkably, the biggest change at the Gradin household is simply in our perception. There are all sorts of things that change when a new child is born into your family. Your free time dries up, your bank account empties, you become more selfless. But when you already have an older…Continue Reading

Sorscha Valkyrie

The latest member of our family made her gooey entrance around noon today. She cleans up well, however. Balthazar is so happy to be a big brother, and Sorscha’s mother and I are, of course, completely in love with the new girl. She’s such a beautiful, healthy girl; I couldn’t…Continue Reading

Offspring, Part Deaux

In nine days, we’ll be a family of four, having welcomed a new baby girl into the Gradin household on the 24th of this month…at 6:00am. That’s how we role. My wife likes to plan for the unplannable. However, she has made certain assurances for this life-event, and I have…Continue Reading

The Year is 2035…

Perhaps some of you are aware of Charles Lindbergh’s other work.  Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, but a few years later he was able to get some time with the surgeon, Dr. Alexis Carrel to discuss some common interests.  It turns out that Lindbergh believed it to be…Continue Reading

It’s Like Watching NASCAR on Acid

We went out on Mother’s Day with some friends to see what we all knew would be a bad movie, Speed Racer.  Between the 9 or so adults, there were also 3 children around Balthazar’s age.  If nothing else, we thought they would thoroughly enjoy the over-the-top cheese and hyper-saturated…Continue Reading