Christmas 2018

The Meyers.  2018. “Did he pass out?” We are standing in a circle looking down at Cooper.  Who is spread eagled on the ground.  Eyes closed. “I don’t think so.  He’s moving.  <pause>  Is he moving?” “Cooper, are you ok?” “Mmmmm.  <silence>  Nt…ut…iss… mas.. ter.” “What did he say?” “Cooper, what?” “Mmmm.”  Groan.  “Don’t… put……

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Christmas 2015

2015.  (Ben-16; Cooper-14; Griffin-11; Christian-7) “Which way do I turn?” “Go to the high school.” “Yeah, but which way?” We are in the driveway. “What do you mean which way?  Ben, you have been going back and forth from school twice a day for two years.  Are you serious?” “Well.  When you put it that…

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Christmas 2011

“Dad!  I am so excited for my woody!”  I snort diet coke through my nose.  “Griffin, what are you talking about?”  “My Woody! It’s coming in three days!”  Polly whispers, “Halloween costume.”   Ohhh. Nice segue because this was the year of “the talk”.  I knew I might have some work to do when we are…

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Christmas 2010

2010.   “Griffin, where are your clothes?” “What?” “All you have in here is your Scooby Doo costume.” “Nooo.” “Yes.” “No, there are some socks and my toothbrush.” And… our vacation begins. “So when do people start having boyfriends and girlfriends?” “I don’t know.  I guess some people kind of do in my grade.” Really?…

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Christmas 2009

I could have sworn there was a time when driving 1300 miles with 4 boys under 10 and a golden retriever seemed like a good idea. It was the certain adventure of it all. We could almost smell Niagara Falls at 1am. Michigan was interesting in a tree sort of way. Ohio is the only…

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Christmas 2008

And then there were four.   Although I think it is frowned on to write about sex in your Christmas letter, I will say this: all of our children seem to be born 9 months after my birthday.   Christian (the now 10 mo old) arrived on Jan 20 to kick off a year of new adventures…

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Christmas 2007

I said I thought we should start a family band like the Partridge family.  So the next night I come home to find them in the bunkroom giggling hysterically.  “What are you doing?”  “Practicing for the band,” they squeal between giggles.  Cooper – “Dad, Dad, wait, ok, wait,  ok listen to this” hysterical laughter “ok, ok, Ben  – ha ha ha…

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Christmas – 2006

A day in the life….2006 So, as I sit here, Griffin is standing 6 inches from the stereo speakers dancing to the Jackson 5.  He has kind of this bouncing move with his knees and at the same time likes to hold his hands behind his back creating a surprisingly good funky chicken.  I hope…

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Christmas 2005

Merry Christmas!!  Chapter 3 (or 7 depending on how you look at it but I digress…)  2005.    A lot of change.  We are now Pennsylvanians.  Quakers.  “Friends”.  Not quite Amish.  We have been introduced to the only formal “fight song” of the NFL and many people who paint themselves green on fall Sundays.  Deer are as…

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