Monthly Archives: October 2012

Goodbye, car seats!

Travis turned 8 years old last week, and with that milestone the state of North Carolina deemed him qualified to ride in cars without a carseat. Kelly’s been dragging her heels on making this switch but I’ve known for a while that T has been ready for it.

I didn’t know the right time to introduce this carseat-less adventure but it presented itself to me anyway. Travis’s birthday party was at the newly-opened Buffalo Road Aquatic Center and I was tasked with taking him and his two friends, Patrick and Jacob, to the pool. When both of his friends told me they didn’t use carseats that was all it took for me to take Travis’s out of the car.

T made the trip like it was no big deal and, so far, it hasn’t been. It is an end of an era, though. From their very first days, the kids have seen the world from a carseat. The day we did away with the seats brought me back to those earliest days, and how our lives have grown since then. It’s pretty amazing how quickly we’ve gone from then to now!

A year of no posting

It’s sad that Travis’s 7th year (and half of Hallie’s 9th and 10th) has gone undocumented here. It’s not like our kids haven’t been as important to us. In fact, we’re more engaged as a family than we have ever been. I suppose you could say we’ve been so busy living life that we’ve not found enough time to document everything. I hope to change that.

Consider this my reintroduction to the Hallie and Travis site!

Travis’s wishes

I was making lunches for the kids this morning when Travis walked in.

“Daddy, if I could have wishes I would wish for:

1. Peace in the world
2. Enough food for everyone on the planet to eat, and
3. The environment to be protected.”

Wow. That is some pretty heavy stuff from an 8 year old. I would’ve expected something like “unlimited Legos” or something but this really touched and surprised me. That’s our guy!