Holiday Decoration Nightmares

Holiday Decoration Nightmares

Halloween is the season for some truly terrifying decorations.


Happy Halloween, everyone!

A video posted by Techy Dad (@techydad) on

Now that Halloween over, though, it’s time to set our sights on the next major holiday in the United States. No, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. Technically, that is the next one up, but retailers are quick to skip right over it to get their Christmas on.

You normally wouldn’t think about Christmas as having terrifying decorations. At least, not unless Jack Skellington was responsible for them. While this doesn’t look like Jack’s handiwork, it is still plenty terrifying:

This is the stuff of holiday nightmares!

A video posted by Techy Dad (@techydad) on


A Green Screen Birthday Adventure

When one is having a birthday celebration for your kids, there is one big rule: Always take photographs so your kids will remember what happened.  For example, I made sure to take plenty of photos since NHL, JSL, and Cousins S and B had a huge adventure to celebrate NHL turning 11.

First, we boarded an airplane.  Note: Keep an eye on your kids at all times when on airplanes.  I looked away for a second and found them on the wing of the plane.

Kids On An Airplane Wing

Don’t ask me how they got there or how they withstood the force of the air against them.  Getting them back in was tricky, but we somehow managed it.

When we landed, we immediately went to our destination: Disney World!

Kids At Disney World

Um, kids, I don’t think you’re supposed to stand there.

Kids In A Parade

Hey, get out of that parade!

Kids On The Monorail

Again, don’t ask me how they got atop the Monorail… Or why they looked so big atop it.  I was too busy at the time worrying that they’d fall off.  (And taking a quick photo or two.  Priorities, people!)

Next, we went on a safari drive in Animal Kingdom.  You’d think that by now I’d have learned my lesson about looking away.  The kids pointed to an ostrich in one direction, though, and when I looked back…

Kids On A Giraffe

Long story short, we’re not welcome back there again.  Thanks a lot, kids!

At least we were able to go to Epcot, though.  You know, the park with the iconic Spaceship Earth…

Kids On Spaceship Earth

WHAT?!!!  How’d they get there?  No wonder people were screaming as I took this photo.  That also explains the security guard who dragged them back to me.  Silly kids.

At least that’s the wackiest thing they could possibly do, right?

Kids On A Flower

Nope.  They just *had* to sneak backstage and find Wayne Szalinski’s shrinking machine from the old Honey, I Shrunk The Audience attraction.  It took us a few hours before we spotted them on this flower.

At that point, we decided to cut our losses and get home before the kids decided to leave the planet or something.

Kids On The Moon

Wait, was *that* where they disappeared to when they took my camera?  How did they even get to the moon anyway?  (I *thought* I saw a blue phone box in Epcot’s England area next to the red ones!)

Thankfully, we got everyone back home and back to the proper size…

NHL on His Cake

Uh oh…..  Well, happy birthday anyway, NHL!

NOTE: All photos above were taken by me with the exception of the Moon photo which comes from NASA.  (All NASA photos are public domain.)  The "green screen" originals are thanks to a green screen in the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, NY.

A Quick Post About An Exhausting Weekend – Caption This Cat

This weekend was an exhausting one.  We went to B’s aunt’s house by the lake every day where we swam in the pool, played on the beach, went out on a boat, had fun with our relatives, and ate a lot of food.  This weekend was also mentally exhausting because my mother rushed to the ER with severe stomach pains and nausea.  After thinking it might be appendicitis, the actual cause was determined to be gall stones.  Luckily, she passed them.  Not-so-luckily, once a gall bladder starts making gall stones, it will just make more of them and they can be fatal.  So her gall bladder had to come out.  Surgery was scheduled, she was operated on, and – after a day – she was allowed to go home.

Though I took a ton of photos over the weekend, I was physically and mentally wiped out at the end of each night and just climbed into bed.  Sunday night, I finally got the chance to look them through.  Still, though, I might need awhile to process through them and see what will get posted.

Until I do, here’s one I knew I wanted to post.  It’s of Aunt S’s new cat, Oliver.  The kids had fun playing with him and his other kitten sibling during our time there.  The kitten really loved chasing laser pointers and playing with toys.  Oliver even let me pick him up.



But this photo was my favorite.  I caught Oliver mid-meow and this expression was priceless.


I feel like this should have a witty caption, but my brain is still too tired to come up with one.  So I’m leaving it up to you.

What would you caption this photo?

1 2 3 60