|January 23, 2016||
A brief photo manipulation battle between us and my nephew Sam.[read more]
|November 27, 2013||
A card Noah made at school for Thanksgiving.[read more]
|November 3, 2012||
Drawing the news
The Atlantic has a great feature called In Focus which collects amazing photos of news events. They had some great ones after Hurricane Sandy, including this one:[read more]
|September 20, 2012||
First grade impressions
At Open House, Noah's first grade teacher showed us a bunch of his work. He had written the story below based on a true incident. Glad to see he is showing our family in the best possible light.[read more]
|June 30, 2012||
Letter from camp
Eva's brief but enthusiastic letter from camp:[read more]
|June 17, 2012||
Double negatives from Noah
"I don't love anyone not more than you?" Ouch.[read more]
|September 1, 2011||
I know it's silly, but I got sentimental when my trusty Canon PowerShot A10 finally died last month. It was the first digital camera I owned, and got me started on the hobby that now fills most of these pages. It was a Christmas gift from my parents back in 2001, when Becca was pregnant with Eva. Digital cameras were just entering the mainstream, and the A10 had proud printing on the front announcing "1.3 MEGA PIXELS".
Although it's technically far inferior to the cameras I use now, it took some of my absolute favorite photos. A small selection is below.[read more]
|June 3, 2011||
Eva's morning routine podcast
For us and Eva, getting ready in the morning has been a daily struggle. We are constantly cajoling and browbeating her to stay on task and do the various things she needs to do between 7:00 and 7:30 before she comes down. We tried a bunch of different things -- checklists, reminders -- but nothing seemed to work.[read more]
|May 13, 2011||
Bid For Brother!
A snapshot of Eva's thoughts on Noah.[read more]
|December 9, 2010||
Noah's invention; Eva's observation
Eva: "If the year was only three days long, you could say tomorrow's tomorrow is yesterday."
Noah: "I am going to invent a new kind of book, with eye holes. Whenever you turn a page you will see eye holes. So you can read it on the stairs."
|October 30, 2010||
New web server
We have a new web server! Hopefully you will notice increased snappiness.
|June 9, 2010||
Noah's spring conference report
Noah's spring conference was today. Another amazingly long report from Aline.[read more]
|January 6, 2010||
Noah's winter conference report
Aline, Noah's teacher in the Green Room, put together such a long conference report that I did not have time to scan it all.[read more]
|December 25, 2009||
Becca: Did I get you at the sweet little boy store?
|December 4, 2009||
Becca, in focus
Becca models compentency in this ad for Maine Med.[read more]
|November 14, 2009||
Eva's canning class in the Cape Courier
Eva's picture was in the Cape Courier this week.[read more]
|November 1, 2009||
Hello, I would like to renew my subscription to Bad Dad magazine
Eva lost the cap for her self-inking stamp, and got frantic trying to find it, because she didn't want it to dry out. I suggested that she check whether it had rolled under the sofa. A few moments later, I heard her exclaim, with amazing calm but with that edge to her voice that instantly tells a parent a child has been hurt:
"Dad! I think someone left some snapping gum under there!"[read more]
|September 7, 2009||
So, we pull up behind this minivan at a stop light, and Becca and I immediately start laughing, uncontrollably, but as quietly as we can.[read more]
|August 23, 2009||
Some recent quotes
After a neighbor's idling car left a puddle in the street
|June 10, 2009||
Noah's conference report
We have conferences with Noah's teachers twice a year.[read more]
|April 5, 2009||
Google Maps: Global Warming Edition
Today, my iPod displayed the following disturbing map:[read more]
|February 24, 2009||
Happy Birthday, Eva!
Eva just turned seven.[read more]
|January 28, 2009||
Life with Eva is a drawing room comedy
Scene 1: Upstairs, Eva and mom.
Eva: I think dad is making crepes.
Mom: Mmmm, crepes sound good!
Scene 2: Downstairs, Eva and dad.
Eva: What's for breakfast?[read more]
|December 19, 2008||
What does Noah do all day?
You know you've wondered.[read more]
|October 4, 2008||
Noah: "Daddy, do monsters have big penises?"
I did not have an answer for that.
|September 14, 2008||
Eva: What's your favorite person in the world?
|September 1, 2008||
Eva in pundit mode
Eva hardly ever sees us watch TV -- we usually only watch movies, and only after she's in bed. So she was intrigued to see us glued to the TV during the Democratic National Convention.
She would have preferred to watch Dora the Explorer, but any TV is better than no TV, so she watched a bunch of the speeches. Here are a couple of her better remarks:
|May 25, 2008||
Eva and Noah both like a song called "Travelin' Daddy". Here is Eva singing it:[read more]
|April 27, 2008||
Noah's first sentences
One measure of cognitive development is sentence length: how many words a toddler uses in a sentence. So of course I made a mental note whenever Noah extended his sentence length: when he first used a sentence of three words, then of four, etc. Then, of course, I forgot; so I can't tell you what his first three-word sentence was or when he said it.
Here's what I know:
Four words was a few weeks ago: "Mommy eat yummy doughnut."
Five words: I don't remember.
Six words: On...[read more]
|April 2, 2008||
Meg is Eva's Kindergarten teacher. One morning, while another parent was dropping off his child, he was chatting with Meg and mentioned that he had been up all night looking after his neighbor's kids. The neighbor had been ill and had to be rushed to the hospital.[read more]
|February 24, 2008||
Happy Birthday, Eva!
Eva just turned six.[read more]
|December 9, 2007||
Eva was in a super silly mood today. A couple of funny things she said:
1. Lying on the sofa, reading a Christmas catalog, with her feet on my lap: "It's good to be tall, because you can read a magazine and have a foot massage at the other end."
2. Driving to a party, talking about housesitters: "When we go away [for Christmas], we will have someone come watch our house. And they will have someone watch their house, and that person will have someone watch their house, and that person will have someone watch their house, and that person will have someone watch their house, and that person will have someone watch their house, and only the last person will have to work, and that person is a tramp."
|November 12, 2007||
Eva's Lullaby for Noah
Eva spontaneously sang a rhyming lullaby to Noah. She and Rebecca later wrote this version down. Becca says the original was a lot better, with real rhymes instead of repetition, but I like it anyway.
My quilt on my wall
So go to sleep in the crib
So time to lay down for the night
|March 19, 2007||
At least we can still rewind.
For Eva's first birthday, I gave her a remote control. A classic selfish gift, it was intended to keep her from grabbing and chewing on mine.
Noah inherited it when he started showing the same interests (grabbing and chewing). Yesterday, Rebecca noticed that Noah, holding the remote, had something in his mouth. It turned out to be the Play button, one of two he had bitten off.
"Wow, Eva," I said, "you never managed to chew a button off this remote." She replied, "I'm not the chewing type."
|January 8, 2007||
I'm cute, now give me some pizza
The morning show on a local radio station has an ongoing feature where they ask kids to write a letter about "why I love my teacher". If they choose your letter to be read on the air, your class gets a pizza party (hosted by the three DJs themselves -- got to love local radio).[read more]
|December 12, 2006||
You shall have your veng-e-ance
Eva's new "thing" when she gets really mad at me is to do her patented angry face and loudly call me "Lord Cucuface". Those familiar with the Madeline books will recognize the reference.[read more]
|November 11, 2006||
Where have we been?
Apologies for the long gap since the last update. A lot of stuff has been happening. Not least of which, we moved to Cape Elizabeth (a suburb across the Fore River from Portland) in October. Since then, I've taken only a few pictures and haven't had time to select any for the website.[read more]
|September 26, 2006||
Two quick announcements
First: a new DVD is available. "Summer 2006" contains all photos from July to September. If you would like a copy, please let me know.
Second: following zero requests, I have added RSS feeds to the site. This means that if you use an RSS aggregator (Bloglines, NetNewsWire, Thunderbird, Safari RSS, etc.), you can include this site and see changes when they are posted.[read more]
|May 2, 2006||
Noah Hilton Abbott
Noah was born at 6:18 this morning. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.[read more]
|March 1, 2006||
Eva's conference report
At Eva's school, The Children's Center, teachers prepare reports on each child twice a year for parent conferences.[read more]
|January 5, 2006||
Pirates and Thorazine
Eva: What do pirates say?
Mark: They say "arrr", "booty", and "avast".
Eva: Why?[read more]
|August 14, 2005||
RBB in the Portland Press-Herald
A couple of weeks ago, Becca told me about a crazy case she had. Today, it was written up in the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Sunday edition of the Portland Press Herald.[read more]
|July 5, 2005||
Finally, #1 on Google
Yes, this site is the #1 match on Google. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's #1 for the search term clips of trebuchet launches.
bbott.org also shows up for videos of belly kisses, though not on the first several pages (of delightful porn links). Sadly, searching for mark abbott doesn't return anything until page 8 of the search results.
|June 24, 2005||
Becca: Eva wants to hear that chapter where Pinocchio is sick. Can you show me where that is?
Mark: That chapter is where things start to get weird; there is a fairy who tells Pinocchio that everyone in her house is D-E-A-D, so you may want to substitute S-I-C-K.
[The next morning]
Eva: I need to have a conversation about Pinocchio.
Mark: OK, what?
Eva: In Pinocchio, the fairy said, that all the people in her house, were D-O-K-T-T-R-S.
|June 17, 2005||
Eva likes to go first
Eva: Do you need a tissue?
Eva: OK, I'll get two tissues, and I can have the first, and you can have the next.
Becca: Actually, I really need a tissue. Can I have the first tissue?
Eva: OK. There will be two firsts, and I will have the first first, and you will have the next first.
|January 7, 2005||
The quotable Eva
(While eating a delicious dinner)
Becca: Eva, thank you for helping to make biscuits.
Mark: And mom, thank you for making the Chicken a la Grandpa.
(Eva thinks for a moment.)
Eva: And dad, thank you for saying "Time for dinner!"
|May 27, 2004||
Because I have a 401(k) with Fidelity, I get this cheesy magazine once a quarter. When I got the last issue, I was shocked to see Eva on the cover.[read more]
|March 31, 2004||
This is not a blog
This weekend, I saw my sister Joanna, who had a number of criticisms about the revised site layout. One of her big complaints was the "Blog" section. Joanna knows a lot more about blogs than I do -- she has a blog of her own at http://www.livejournal.com/users/joanna_abbott/. So she spent a few minutes schooling Rebecca and me.
My little online journal, I realized, is not really a blog. People can't respond to my posts. There are no "social networking" features like on LiveJournal...[read more]
|March 30, 2004||
New site design updated
After much feedback, I have updated the new site design. Here are the highlights:
I'll mention changes to the Blog in a separate post.
|March 17, 2004||
New site design
I have rolled out a new design for the site.[read more]
|March 9, 2004||
To do: add badly-implemented blog
All web sites eventually implement blogs.[read more]