Whit's Blogs

Whit wrote the blog post Back to School Shopping? Already? (August 12 at 5:59pm)

It seems like only yesterday that I was posting about the pending days of summer and the subsequent shopping for them. It was a time of happiness and innocence. There were smiles and endless laughter. Remember that?

And now we're looking down the barrel of school days, and my parental duties call for new shoes, shirts and backpacks. It's a vicious circle, this clothing a child.

But I make it work.

My kids are pretty cool. They appreciate a good pair of...

Whit wrote the blog post Theme Park Survival (July 25 at 2:36pm)

Whether you live near a theme park or you're busting out the Family Truckster for miles of road trip fun, chances are your family will be eating an $8 churro at some point this summer. I want to help.

The key to any successful theme park outing is in being patient and prepared, or as I like to call it, the PP Plan. Which reminds me, if you have small children make them use the restroom before you get in line for anything. You'll thank me.

Being prepared depends somewhat...

Whit wrote the blog post Carmageddon Shopping (July 15 at 4:20pm)

Carmageddon is upon us, so I'm pressed for time. I have a city to flee. However, if you're bunkered down for the weekend then the time for online shopping has never been better. People are trapped in their homes and the internet is on. Assume the position.

I was going to write a post about how you should run out and shop for toilet paper, bottled water, generators and canned goods, but if I had then there may not have been enough left for me, and I need that stuff. Like Gloria...

dreamcatcher LOL love the beer holster! (July 15 at 6:13pm)
Whit wrote the blog post The Dog Days of Summer (July 6 at 3:32pm)

Regardless of what Florence and the Machines may have told you, the dog days are not over. It's hot outside and I have the air conditioning on to prove it.

And then there are our four-legged friends. It's always dog days when you're a dog, and frankly, they are sick of the negative connotations surrounding the term. Being a dog is a good thing.

We've got two mutts. They are about as smart and sweet as you could ever imagine. Their names are Valentine and Love,...

Whit wrote the blog post Sunny Days and the Shopping for Them (June 30 at 11:55am)

You may recall an earlier post where I waxed poetic about our move from Seattle to Los Angeles. Well, it's happened. We've moved. And now is the time to turn my waxing from words to surfboards. Also, learning how to surf.

We've lived in the L.A. area before, but after spending the past two years in Seattle we've grown accustomed to a different way of life. For instance, I forgot that cars get hot while sitting in a parking lot. Well played, melted chocolates, well played.

Andrew Congrats on the move! You'll also need plenty of fun car games to play while sitting in what-should-be-illegal amounts of traffic. (June 30 at 12:20pm)
DaveB Living in LA... this type of jar might come in handy: http://scoutcrossing.net/pretentious-jar/ (June 30 at 12:46pm)
Whit @Andrew - This month they're shutting the worst freeway in the history of mankind for an entire weekend. They're calling it Carmageddon and there are warning signs posted as far away as the Oregon/California border. I got here just in time!

@DaveB - That is awesome. You could buy a lot of English tea cookies with the money in that jar. (June 30 at 12:51pm)
Whit wrote the blog post How to Raise Penguins Like Mr. Popper (June 8 at 8:13pm)

I was recently invited by 20th Century Fox to a screening of their upcoming movie Mr. Popper's Penguins (in theaters June 17) in Los Angeles, which is a live-action family comedy event starring Jim Carrey, whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six adorable, lovable and mischievous penguins. It happens. The whole thing was a lot of fun and I'll be writing more about the film and the experience they provided over at BabyCenter later this week. In the meantime, I...

Andrew I just saw this preview and have to admit it looks pretty cute. Real clever post, by the way! (And good luck with the family...) (June 8 at 9:13pm)
Whit Thanks! Penguins make everything better. (June 9 at 1:08pm)

So you be liken' the pirates, matey? So does I.

Me wife and I were bein' the guests of Disney at thar special screenin' of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and we was enjoyin' it.

The film may be a bit too harsh for the wee ones, but that be a decision for you to be makin' and ain't a none of me business. I'll let me lads (ages 5 & 7) watch it on the Blu-ray when that time be a comin'.

Is this pirate jargon as hard to read as it is to write?...

Whit wrote the blog post The Lawn Mower Man (May 13 at 12:48pm)

The thing about having a lawn in Seattle is that your window for mowing it, at least during this, the wettest spring on record, is not big. Either it's pouring down rain or the grass is an exposed bed of seaweed, tangled and soaked with said poured down rain. The grass, however, does not give a care and continues to grow faster than a love affair in a movie montage. Grass grows, be there rain, sleet or snow. Funny story, last month we had one sunny day and I actually stood outside in the...

dogsrock Lol, great post! (May 13 at 1:54pm)
Whit Thanks :) (May 13 at 3:53pm)
Andrew Hah. Good one! And the moral of your story is much simpler than what you said... Make sure your gas can is always full. :) (May 13 at 4:08pm)
Whit wrote the blog post Picking the Perfect Anniversary Gift (May 5 at 1:03am)

You have probably heard that the big deal this weekend is Mother's Day. I still have to shop for that. Normally I would just send my mom a card, maybe some flowers, but that's because we are usually a few states away. This year she is coming for a visit, which ups the ante on my end. Also, I need to take the boys shopping so they can buy something for their mother. They are leaning towards comic books, or anything with Hawkgirl (see left), which she would actually love. And yet, as hard as...

dreamcatcher Aww, how very thoughtful! what about an e-reader, like a Kindle or something? (May 5 at 5:32pm)
Whit She's very much about a book being a book and has gone on record that she has no interest in Kindles or Nooks. Thanks for the idea, but not for her. (May 6 at 3:29pm)
dreamcatcher honestly, I am the same way :) btw, love the pic you posted here (May 6 at 3:39pm)
Whit wrote the blog post Building a Warmer Wardrobe: Swimsuits for Kids (April 27 at 6:22pm)

According to my calendar it is spring. There are bits of Easter candy on the counter and fresh white blossoms on the cherry trees outside my window. However, there is a noticeable lack in the quantity of sunshine. Turns out that spring in Seattle is just a nice way of saying "more winter." Frankly, I'm against it.

That's why my family and I will be returning to Los Angeles this summer. It's time to put the "beach" back in my "life is a ______" t-shirt. This also means that I need...