Dropping Nate At College

I wrote a blog post over at Homeschooling In Real Life today. I shared a little of my experience dropping Nate off at college and the advice I gave to him as we parted ways. Are you wondering what we talked about?

Let me give you a hint. It's Fletch, all my conversations boil down to the same thing: The Gospel.

Click on the picture to read: What I Said To My Son When I Dropped Him Off At College.

Quietly making noise,

Father's Day - the Fresh Maker!

On Father's day this year, I was treated to the great Diet Coke with Mentos experiment. (If you don't know what I mean, google it and watch the videos).


"Houston...we have liftoff"


"Notice how Nate is projecting it toward Jack.


"...Also note how Hayden has left the scene"


"Jack with a mouthfull of used Mentos and Diet Coke...mmm...yum"

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Eeek! Large Walking Mice!

theMangoTimes has taken another quick trip to Southern California for a few days of pirates, honey-pots and Tomorrowland adventure.  This was just a trip for the two oldest Mangoboys...they had two full days of scouring Walt's place, jumping between the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure.  We had a great time together with a lot of laughs...our guys had a great time together and the two of us felt like we were on an extended date with time to stroll and enjoy the warm sunshine (and churros!).  One interesting note is the large amount of overheard crying and whining from kids that weren't quite getting what they wanted (so much for the happiest place on earth?).


Mangoboys pose with "Mater"


"Where is Alice?"


"Avast ye Scurvy Scum!"

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Raising Boys

Tonight's post-dinner conversations...the fine art of cannibalism.
Mangoboy#1: "Dad, if we were cannibals...what part of the body would you eat first?"
Me: "I'd probably start with the hands, because they'd be easy to hold and you could eat them a finger at a time and dip them into ketchup"
Mangoboy#2: "It would probably taste like chicken...everything tastes like chicken."
Mangoboy#3: "Would we eat people like chicken...you know...breasts, thighs, and would their arms/legs be like wings and legs?"
Me again (because I am getting "that look" from Kendra that seems to be asking me how old I am behaving):"Okay...that's enough of this wonderful discussion...let's focus on a better topic."
Mangoboy#3:"If I had to eat you dad, I'd eat your eyes...because they are very wise and have seen a lot of things."
Me again:"Thanks, that's good to know you have my preferred body parts chosen...but this topic is now officially over..."
Mangogirl#1:"If i was a "can of bull" I'd hate to eat dad...I'd rather eat McDonalds."
Me: Launching nose contents as I laugh at my lovely daughters phonetical learning style...

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me...

Due to my busy schedule and late night meetings,

Talk Like A Pirate Day

was a bit of a dud.  Most of my dental patients today did not fully appreciate (or maybe comprehend) my efforts to support TLAP day either (and my staff did not appreciate being called land-lubbers, scurvy gums - go figure).  So, I don't have any pictures from yesterday, but I do have some great pirate pictures from a birthday party we threw for the boys a few years ago.


Avast ye mateys!  Preparing to find me buried treasure!


Searchin for the map in Deadman's Lagoon


Shiver me timbers-these scallywags found me loot!

Quietly making noise,