This post was written by P Ling, who is a travel writer for Uptake and also runs the Triphow blog. A ‘Kamaaina’ in Hawaii is someone who is a native or has lived in Hawaii for a long time. President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu and spent most of his childhood and youth in […]


It has been a long year of hard work for both of my kids in pursuing their passions, but they are each about to pursue the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. PONY Thunder The passion that drives my oldest son is baseball and his pot of gold is the PONY baseball […]


Ho Ho Ho :: Was Santa Good To You?

by derek on December 26, 2008 · 24 comments

Christmas has come and gone for another year. The wrapping paper that was so delicately folded and taped has been shredded by eager hands – and the kids had fun too! Unlike previous years, our kids really were not asking for much of anything this year. Our oldest had asked for books (he absolutely loves […]


Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hopefully you are enjoying this holiday season and have the opportunity to share some quality time with the people that are special to you – as I am doing today. This time last year, my wife surprised me with a Nikon DSLR so I thought that it was […]


Giving Thanks…And Books

by derek on November 27, 2008 · 19 comments

Happy Thanksgiving! While we hopefully take time throughout the year to give thanks for all of the things we have in our lives, today is the “official” day of giving thanks here in the United States. In recognition of today, I wanted to take a moment to share a few things that I am thankful […]


Speedlinking – Focus On Family

by derek on November 10, 2008 · 14 comments

After missing a few editions of Speedlinking due to my Disney vacation and then sharing my October recap last week, I am happy to get back into the swing of things with this edition of Speedlinking. This week the focus will be on family as we explore the blogosphere. From celebrations to tragedy, childhood values […]


Adventures Of The Road Trip

by derek on October 28, 2008 · 33 comments

As many of you know, I have just returned from a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. What some of you might not know is that we drove there, that’s right – road trip! The sign above literally could have applied to our return trip home, as we encountered a fair share of […]


Since moving into our home in 2000, we have been hosting an annual 4th of July party and had another great time this year. This year the party started early down at a neighbors house with a round of WIFFLE ball for the kids and then a little ladder ball for the dads. The ladies […]


Take a look at the daily news and you will likely find at least one or two stories about advances in medical technology that will leave you amazed. Tonight I had the opportunity for something that seems somewhat simple in this day and age yet I still found to be rather impressive, at least considering […]