Monday, August 31, 2009


I have been awake for an hour this morning, thinking about my life and what a crazy whirlwind of events has been taking place. I am at starbucks, resigned to giving up the extra 2 hours of sleep that I might normally get were I to ignore the burning feeling in my stomach. Instead I am going to embrace the feeling and go forth with purpose. It's time again for change. It's time to recognize the growing I have done and that I have more yet to do.

Today is Ireland's first day of pre-school. This week is Sean's first week at elementary school. It's going to be a big week for everybody. I know we are all a little excited and unsure of what is to come...nervous and scared to leave our comfort zone, but that's just a part of life. They will learn this. I will remember it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

In case we get lost.

My boys
Originally uploaded by daddyisaninja.
So my nephew Jeffrey is finally back in town with his mom, dad & sisters. It looks like he's here to stay this time, too as they are talking about enrolling him in school while my sister and her hard working husband await the imminent day when his new job in Reno opens up and they can pack the house in North Las Vegas and get back HOME! Needless to say we are all excited.

Sean is at the top of the list of people stoked to have them all back in town...but mostly Jeffrey, his only boy cousin! I knew Both boys would be happy to head out with Ireland and me to catch some of the Reno Tahoe Open on Sunday, so I picked Jeffrey up first and made my way to get the kiddos.

It was a short ride over with just the J-Man sitting next to me, filling me in on things and showing me just how much he has grown up since the last time I saw him. As we made our way down the hill, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a cell phone. I noticed out of the corner of my eye, but didn't say anything as he put it up to his ear.

"Hey", he said into the receiver. I thought to myself, that was odd, I didn't hear it ring...must use vibrate like me...pretty hip kid. "I'm in Reno now. OK, bye". His conversation was short...and his phone was put away as quickly as it was pulled out. I wondered: was that a real conversation? Who just called this soon-to-be 6th grader? It occurred to me that it was actually a fake phone call so he could show me that he has a cell phone now...a modern day right of passage or something. I decided not to talk about it. About a block down the road, the phone came back out again and Jeffrey let me know, "hey Brian, if we get lost or we need to know where we are, I have gps on my cell phone. This is my cell phone."

Sigh of relief.

"Awesome, dude." All of it really was awesome. My nephew is a young man now. He's not only, like every normal 6th grader, looking for attention and recognition from his elders and peers, and finding out which is which...he is also still happy, sweet and considerate.

We all went to the RTO, and he was more like a big brother than a cousin. My kids love him like he is there every day. I hope he can be.

This picture is from yesterday morning when Sean, Jeffrey and I took Bodie up on a hike...boys being boys...something Jeffrey is very good at, and something Sean recognizes as good. I know with boys like Jeffrey in Sean's life, I have no worries about what kind of awesome young man my son is becoming.