The oldest child living in our house turned 9 on July 16th.  She got to get a manicure and have a sushi lunch with her mom before coming home to bake cupcakes and open a wrapped Taylor Swift CD that she has not stopped listening to ever since. Right now, we’re in Sandestin, Florida, where I have a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar, and the children are spending each day at the beach.  Sometimes, like right now, they watch a bit of TV while I work.  And what…

One of our family’s favorite weekend activities is visiting estate or moving sales in our neighborhood.  Last summer, we got a barely used tent for like $20, and it’s bothered me ever since then that we haven’t used it, so when we loaded up to visit my parents in north Alabama in late July, I decided we’d bring the tent that is supposed to sleep 3-4 people, assuming my dad still has all the equipment we used to use when we’d go deer hunting together 30 years ago…

We boarded our train at 7am at Penn Station and began the 4-hour Amtrak ride to the Back Bay Station in Boston, where our Pathfinder was waiting on us.  We checked into a Courtyard and then dropped my bride off at a nail salon in Cambridge, so she could see her mom, little sister, and big sister (the bride-to-be).  I took the 2 older children for a walk. Naturally, we had to stop by a diner across from Harvard, so I could get my boy to say, “Well…