🎥 Frozen II

With Grandpa and the oldest five kids

Looking forward to a nice holiday weekend with family. Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

😂 Cal (2yo), as he picked up his dirty diaper: “Garbj. Garbj. Take it. Can I? Down.”

When I put him down, he ran to the garbage and threw the diaper away and came back. “‘Atch ‘ootball?” That’s hard to refuse, so we turned on the 49ers and watched until the next commercial.

🔗 Great retrospective format

I was intrigued by this article by Fiona Voss: My favorite way to run a retro: The leader sets up the Trello board with four columns: Celebrations Gripes Topics to discuss Actions Then everybody has 5-10 minutes to write Trello cards in the first three columns, working from their own laptops. You’re allowed to move a card somebody else wrote from Celebrations or Gripes to Topics to Discuss if you want to talk about it.

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🔗 Working with resistance

As I finished reading this article this morning, I said out loud, “That was beautiful!” And then I thought maybe I could share it so others might have that same experience. The article is from Zen Habits: Working with the Ebbs & Flows of Your Resistance. He points out that feeling resistance to new or good things is normal, but we can learn to work with it.

It can also get stronger. But it can’t maintain its strength for long. You can breathe, stay with it, wait it out. Bring curiosity to it. Give the feeling a little compassion and kindness.

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I was all excited that Oregon lost but then I realized that we wanted them to be a 1-loss team coming in to the PAC-12 championship for Utah to beat them. Oh well. We’ll enjoy the bump in rank this week. Go Utes! 🏈

Great dad moment: watched chapter 3 of the Mandalorian with my teenage daughter. “Mandalorians are so much cooler than Jedi! They’re like a happy family cult.” 😂

💮 Had the chance to share about mental health awareness in an IT department meeting today; the culmination of three months of work. It was wonderful to have the conversation be more open and decrease the stigma around discussing it at work. 🎉

📖 📱 Comanche Moon

By Larry McMurtry

So grateful for a beautiful, uplifting view every time I leave work.

Fall leaves and blue sky

A year ago, I was completely focused on what I could build myself. Now I find myself more interested in what I can help others build. It’s an interesting and satisfying shift.

😂 Me: “I love how much you help and love cooking.”

Micah (age 7): “That’s because I want to be a baker when I grow up!”

Me: “Oh great! What do you want to bake?”

Micah: “I don’t know… Just stuff in a fancy restaurant.”

What a great way to spend Saturday afternoon 🏈

College football on TV

🔗 How to be kind

This was a fantastic article on Zen Habits: How to Be Kind to Yourself & Still Get Stuff Done:

[T]he truth is, most of us are judging ourselves, beating ourselves up, looking harshly at our shortcomings and flaws, a lot of the time. It’s why we’re stressed, anxious, frustrated and disappointed so often.

A different path might be kindness to ourselves. When we see a flaw, we might see the beauty in it. Instead of always striving to be better, we can find gratitude for how great we already are. Instead of beating ourselves up, we can be kind to ourselves and see that we have tried our best, that we had good intentions, that we have a good heart.

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😂 Force feeding

I let Cal (age 2) sit on my lap and he started trying to feed me from his plate.

Me: “You eat from your plate, and I’ll eat from my plate.”

Cal: “Can I? Can I? Eat you?” As he shoved a forkful of food in my mouth.

After he force-fed me a few more vegetables, I said, “You can sit on my lap, but you have to eat your own food.”

Cal: “Ok.” And he hopped down.

I definitely love my kids, and yet, there are times when I want to grab them by the scruff of the neck and toss them in a room and lock the door.

😂 Annie (age 5) was cleaning out the dryer filter for my wife, and grabbed the lint and said, “This dryer lint is like when you guys are kissing–fluffy and disgusting.”

😂 As we were sitting together playing games, Micah (age 7) recoiled.

“Dad, you need to brush your teeth really bad!

“I smelled it by getting some in my mouth!”