July 13, 2018 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan technically doesn't turn 13 for another week, but as he's heading out to Rochester tomorrow, we've been throwing various celebrations for him this last week.  First up was a gathering of other teenage boys.  They went to VR, played a ton of Jackbox games, ran around the park and ate pizza, and eventually got to sleep sometime after 1 a.m. in the morning.  I think he had a great time.

Last night we had a family gathering, with Sam coming over for dinner.  Duncan got some computer and video related goodies - a green screen holder and custom filters, a copy of Jackbox to play with his Rochester crowd, and Emma swapped her new monitor with Duncan's.

Duncan's been really great this year and I try to tell him how much I appreciate how good natured and funny he's become.

Birthday Boy

July 18, 2017 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan had his first birthday celebration this weekend.  He and a bunch of his friends went to Pixel Battles, where Joanna had rented out the entire place.  I actually had a pretty good time, as I got to play with both the Oculus Rift and Playstation VR.  Virtual reality is pretty cool and I had a couple "wow" moments along the way.

Duncan was his usual funny self.  Joanna refreshed his rainbow hair for the occasion.  No one would stop playing video games, so presents were opened up later that day.

Bood on the Saddle, Blood on the Ground . . .

June 28, 2017 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan likes to go down into the play room and jump around, flinging himself off furniture.

For the first time in eight years we had the carpets cleaned.  The next day Duncan stubbed his toe, said "ow!" and continued to leap around, spraying blood everywhere.  Eventually we found him watching Berry play video games, surrounded by bloody footprints.

That's what led to Joanna and I crawling around the basement floor with our cell phone lights and wads of wet paper towels looking for blood spatters on our freshly cleaned floor.

Duncan seemed somewhat amused by the whole thing.  Fortunately Joanna and I appreciate a good case of irony on occasion.

5th Grade Graduation

June 15, 2016 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan graduated from elementary school last night.  It was quite the crowd, with my mom showing up too.  There was the reflective speeches by teachers and the principal.  I think the best part was hearing the little poems that each kid wrote for the kid ahead of him.  My main takeaway from the poem someone wrote for Duncan is that he's a potato.

Half Birthday Boys

January 25, 2016 by Adam in Duncan

Last week Duncan and I celebrated our half birthdays.  I got a cool ViewMaster version of Google Cardboard and Duncan got Joanna's old tablet.

Back to School

September 14, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan has finally started his first day of actual school, returning late Saturday from his camping trip.  I think he had a really good time based on the stories he's told so far.  His favorite activities were archery and axe throwing.  They also put on skits for the other groups.  Hopefully his adjustment to the real world goes well.

Canoe Island Adventures

September 10, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan continues his Canoe Island adventures.  They're sleeping in tipis and apparently sailing around the islands as well.  I can't wait to hear about his adventures when he gets home.

Canoe Island

September 08, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan headed off to Canoe Island for his 5th grade trip.  He's been doing fundraisers every year until today, and now it's finally time for him to go.  They're driving up to Washington and taking a ferry over to a tiny island in the San Juans.  Somehow he managed to carry two backpacks full of stuff.  Hopefully he has a great time.

Quick update - they made it to the ferry in time and are on their way to Orca Island. The bus had issues and they ended up leaving late, but apparently made good time on the way up to Washington and didn't miss the 3:30 p.m. ferry.

Birthday #2

July 27, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan had a good time at his birthday party with his friends.  We headed down to Washington Park and I brought the drone for some aerial shots.  Joanna made a YouTube themed cake at Duncan's request, which was both tasty and hip.

10 Years Old

July 21, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan is ten - it's official.

We put together a little birthday celebration for Duncan yesterday, one in the morning with Emma and then later that evening with my mom around.  He got a good haul of books, Mad Libs, pool toys, and online classes in graphics development.  He was very excited about the latter - he's very much a computer boy.

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