Saturday, April 25, 2009

Boatboy's first swing

Video embedded below...

Can you tell LA wants his little brother's turn to be over at the end of the video?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

invisible children to the rescue

Here at BPM we talk, reflect and work to live out lives of relational reconciliation. If you do the same (even if you don't)'s not a far reach to come to realize that abducting children as slaves and forcing them to kill other people for your greater good is about as evil as evil gets.

That's where Invisible Children comes in. Their latest project called THE RESCUE is outstanding in concept. Check it out.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Eco toys your kids must have

I have found an amazing line of toys for our boys. We are so impressed that all of the toys are child-safe, battery-free (which ultimately means cheaper too, right?) and bio-composite Sprigwood material (made from recycled wood and reclaimed plastic). We are always trying to buy affordable eco-friendly products. Sprig has met that need.

Sprig got started in 2007 by three toy designers that got fed up with the waste created by the toy industry and laziness other manufacters were instilling in children through what Sprig calls the creation of "watch-me" electronic toys. Instead of just complaining, they became the change they wanted to see.

Sprig toys are good laying in sand and dirt, the bath tub or just playing around the house. These toys are for active preschool age children to build, grow and power their imagination!

We received the Sprig Hollow set that just hit the shelves in April. It's a farm design with a dump truck, helicopter and some little characters to go along. Like any toy they create, they're great for outdoor and indoor play. Sandbox. Bedroom. Bathtub. You name it.

Award-winning Sprig toys are intended for kids ages 3 and up. But, LA (2.5) and Boatboy (11mos) both enjoy their time with them now...

Get some Sprig: Pick up Sprig toys just about anywhere. No, for real. Look. Toys R Us. Amazon. Etc, etc.

For you Tweeters and Facebookers, they're socializing with you too. And, check out these free coloring book pages. Happy Earth Day!

Eye before "p"

To all optically-challenged BPM readers,

If without your eye-corrective wear, you see this 1.5 inch tall bottle and think it's a bottle of eye drops... is not. It is a small bottle of antibiotic numbing agent for our toddler's recent ear infection. In fact, much pain will ensue if you use said liquid as eye drops. And, by much pain I mean a level of burn discomfort likened to what a newborn chinchilla would feel should it be birthed on the surface of the sun and immediately vaccinated with 63 ammonia injections. Imagine a full grown 200lb man doubled over trying not to scream like a little girl working to peel a 2ml thick piece of plastic out of an eye who's eyelids are in such despair they will under no circumstances short of death seem to release their hold on the liquid fire engulfing the eyeball.

What eye I should have seen to have avoided the scenario...

Never again will my brain process OTIC as OPTIC when in a blurry hurry.

Special thanks to poison control, the very kind eye surgeon who took our call, overnight eye ointment and the sink for 20 minutes of eye rinsing for helping restore my vision to a mostly normal state.

- Mr. Blonde