It’s E3 Time and the Requests Come Pouring In

On June 11, 2014, in Family, by Chris Baccus


One of the best things about my job is the respect I get at home from our two boys in early June. I get some respect other times too, though, if I’m being honest, it’s when a new Nintendo game is released. In early June Los Angeles hosts E3. E3 is basically CES for gamers and with two developing hardcore gamers at home, the attention to what I do at work increases a million fold.

This morning I decided to “reward” breakfast for the last day of Second Grade with an iPad viewing of Nintendo’s Digital Event showcasing all the coming games. They were mesmerized (see mesmerized photo below.)


After the viewing and getting dressed and ready for school, I was presented a handwritten note from Theo telling me to give this to “The President of Nintendo.”


A few things to point out in the note. I love how “from: Theo” changed to “love: Theo” after he decided to add a request for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros to his letter. Apparently, in the mind of an 8-year old, if you are going to ask for something you better end the request with some love. Smart kid.

I also like how the Mii character is going to create “Sensei” is going to be “powerful” so you better watch out per the “WARNING.”

I have yet to deliver said note, but will before E3 is over.  I’m guessing he’ll have to wait until Holiday 2014 for the game.


Fortunately, the day Theo gave me his letter was also the evening of our Nintendo team dinner. I was right on time and there was a small group already there, including Nintendo of America’s President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime. So I presented the letter to him.  Here is the result.


When I gave it to Theo the next morning and read the “No. Not Now… But Soon.”  Theo asked me, “didn’t he see my warning?”

He’s a tough and determined kid, but I know one thing is for sure… when Super Smash Bros comes out this house is going to be playing it a ton!!!


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“Robots are Cool”

On February 11, 2013, in Family, by Chris Baccus

It’s imagination like this that makes me want to be more child-like.  Theo had an assignment today at school to share what he would buy with a $100. Admittedly, it is a bit of an odd assignment.  I don’t like the commercialism of the task or the idea that it takes money to have a dream become reality.  Not that there isn’t some truth in it.  Setting the context of the exercise aside, the result is pure awesomeness!

“I would buy a robot. Robots are cool. I would buy it at Target. Red with boosters and eyes and a mouth. I will fly it to the moon!”

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Family Cooking Time: Pizza Balls

On October 10, 2011, in Family, Recipes, by Chris Baccus

Getting our boys to eat something new is never easy; though, it’s a lot easier when we include them in cooking the meal. Tonight we did a recipe my wife found from the website Weelicious: Pizza Balls.

Pizza is by far their favorite meal (unfortunately.) Making pizza a new way made it a bit more interesting for us, but for Oscar & Theo there was doubt about what it is that came out of the oven and ended up on their plates. See, it didn’t exactly look like pizza so it received some scrutiny. Fortunately, after a few bites they agreed it was “yummy” and the best part is we can control what ingredients go into this pizza.

We made a few alterations from the Weelicious recipe.  First of all, we used Eden Organics Old Fashion Pizza Sauce.  Yes it is from a can, but unlike others it has no sugar and honestly tasted fairly close to my homemade recipe. Here are the ingredients:

Organic Roma Tomatoes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Basil, Organic Oregano, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Roasted Garlic, Organic Dried Onion, Organic Thyme

Not bad. For the dough, we bought frozen pizza dough from Whole Foods. It too is pretty good and only with a few ingredients, no chemicals or sugar. For the inside we went with mozzarella cheese, sliced black olives, and diced green peppers added to the pizza sauce.

Wrapping the pizza balls is fairly simple. You just make several 3″ round discs and let the kids spoon in a tablespoon of the inside mixture. Then fold over the dough to shape a mini hotpocket looking “ball” and add to a greased oven-safe casserole pan. Heat the oven to 425 and cook for 20-25 minutes.

One change I’d make after doing this recipe is to add the cheese to the top of the pizza balls 5 minutes before they are finished cooking. Adding at the beginning, like the recipe calls for, burns the cheese.  Cooking for a small time-frame should make for a little brown coloring and keep some of the flavor of the cheese.

For the full recipe, please visit Weelicious Pizza Balls.

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