Cool Spaceship

Please admire this photo:


On the left is a cool spaceship. 

On the right is an even cooler spaceship that:

  1. Flies faster than the other spaceship
  2. Fixes the other spaceship when it breaks
  3. Has its own name: “Snappy” 

Being four is awesome. 

I Wanna Watch The Man Paint The Girl

“I wanna watch the man paint the girl!”

This is what Simon, age two years and eight months, is saying as he sits in my lap. He means that he wants to watch this for the third fourth time:

I promise that I’m a good parent. He just loves watching music videos on YouTube, because the man sings and maybe plays drums. Last session, it was a few Stevie Wonder live videos. We used to sit and make fun noises with GarageBand, but these days, it’s “watch the man sing!”

Update: We have transitioned effortlessly to this:

…which features what must be the best telephone-based song intro of all time.

Update 2: At the end of the Marvin Gaye video, he said, “That was cool!” See, I am a good parent.


Our son was born three weeks ago.

Simon James McMurry was born Tuesday, December 22, 2010 at 8:11am. Eight pounds, three ounces, 20 inches.  Lots of hair, dark eyes, chubby cheeks, ten fingers, ten toes.

Simon gives a meaningful stare from his hospital bassinet (2010 Dec 22)

Simon is beautiful and funny and I love him more than I ever dreamed I could.

Since he’s been home, the three of us have gotten to know each other in a hundred different ways. Molly and I are doing great with him so far, but I think that’s mostly because he’s a really great baby. “Team Simon,” we remind each other when adult fussiness is about to flare up.

Simon sees the toy giraffes in his Pack 'n Play (2011 Jan 02)

I am Simon’s full time PR agent. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, email, etc. There are lots of family and friends to keep in the loop. It’s been fun, but there’s a limit. I’m not interested in sharing minute details of his life to the public at large, but I suspect he’ll show up here quite a bit.

Simon enjoys a peaceful lunch (2011 Jan 11)