Category Archives: Mom and Dad

Watching Daddy Cook

Watching Daddy Cook

Yesterday the boys decided to climb up on the bar stools and watch Steve peel some potatoes for dinner.  They have been very interested in watching Steve cook lately.  Especially Anthony.



They’ll even go and grab chairs and bring them over so they can get a front row view of what daddy is doing.  However, Nathan tends to lose focus and his attention pulls him towards something else after more than 30 seconds.


Your mommy is an Author!

Your mommy is an Author!

…and I dedicated my first book to you boys.

I just did an update to my kickstarter project explaining the whirlwind of a weekend that Steve and I just had dealing with fulfilling around 500 book orders:

Here’s the story again:

The books arrived last Tuesday just as I was in the air headed to a work event.  It was the longest 4 days… waiting to rush home and see how they turned out.  The books are absolutely beautiful.  There are a couple minor things I would’ve changed had I seen them in person before printing.  However, there has to be something off for a first edition, how else would they be recognizable and worth millions some day?!?  😉

I spent the entire weekend, with the help of my husband, stuffing the books into their envelopes.  Luckily I was prepared and had already put my nanny to work in the previous weeks stamping return address labels.



I spent a lot of time signing each book


Matching tshirt sizes with order,


stuffing envelopes, verifying addresses, and double checking orders.

I think my husband’s instagram feed this weekend sums it up best:





I even put the boys to work!


So your books will be in your hands in the next two weeks or so.  Just have to make a few trips to the post office to hand off over 1,000 pounds of books.  Thank you Ann and Steve for your help in my shipping operations!

Because I view Kickstarter as a learning experience for all of us I wanted to share a little info about the importing experience.  I weeded out over 20 different printers from China and finally picked one based on 1. their website 2. other books they’ve done (pics) and 3. price.  I had a pretty good experience with the printer.  It was relatively fast from when I sent over the artwork and paid the book costs before they were shipped.  Part of the price of the books with the printer was the cost to ship over seas from the China port to the Baltimore port.  This did NOT include the cost to import.  The import cost was an additional ~$1,000 I didn’t expect.  Think of it as adding an additional $1 per cost of book.  If I had known about the import fees I might’ve ordered more books since the import fees didn’t have to do with quantity.  Anyways, here is the breakdown of the import fees I had to pay:

36 Customs Entry Services $125
56 Overnight Courier Services $20
142 Importer Security Filing $25
146 ISF Bond $150
35 Est. Duties/Taxes/Fees $2
20 Ocean Freight/THC Services $205.09
10 Warehouse Services $195
33 Domestic Freight Services $187.20 (delivery to my house)

I wanted to share this with you all incase you ever decide to import goods from another country and/or you decide to do a Kickstarter campaign of your own.  If you ever have any questions about the process you are welcome to send me an email.

Overall I viewed my first Kickstarter project as a success.  You have not seen the last of me!  Thank you all again for making this project possible!

<3  Lisa

Mothers Day 2014

Mothers Day 2014

momboysbestYesterday was Mother’s Day, my second one as a mother.  I guess the novelty has already worn off for Steve who stated “It’s not Mother’s Day if your kids can’t say ‘Happy Mother’s Day'”.

At least Anthony gave me a few extra hugs:


We spent the afternoon at Oregon Ridge park again where the boys saw their first live frog.  Anthony bent down and touched him and the frog got scared and jumped into the pond.  We then went to Ikea where we bought a bookshelf for the boys new room.

Steve redeemed himself by preparing this delicious dinner:


Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!  I love you mom!  I know the Crows are taking care of you.  Can’t wait to see you in about two months!!



Sometimes my sister will post pictures of her two boys wearing the same outfit and say “twinning”.  I think it’s really cute and decided to “twin” my boys today.  Check out these handsome little devils in this outfit grandma Seacat sent them.









IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year


IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year 

Date added: 14 Jan 2014

IBM received a record 6,809 U.S. patents in 2013, marking the 21st consecutive year in a row that the company topped the annual roundup of patent recipients. More than 8,000 IBM inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries patented a range of inventions in 2013 that are expected to enable the company to compete and lead in strategic areas-–such as IBM’s Watson, cloud computing, Big Data analytics and the new cognitive computing era. IBM Master Inventor Lisa Seacat DeLuca (pictured) received nearly 50 U.S. patents in 2013, including patent #8,494,851, which depicts a system that continuously analyzes terms and topics discussed during a phone conversation, and automatically identifies and displays contextually relevant social networking information (courtesy: IBM)