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Captain Underpants

Last year, D and I came home from Barnes & Noble with a book called The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, and L’s response to me was: “Why would you let him buy that book?!” Now if your’ve never heard of Super Diaper Baby or Deputy Doo Doo, among the other characters by children’s author Dav Pilkey, […]

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The Sunday Paper

We are both reading our favorite sections of grandma’s newspaper, me the Arts & Books section and D the comics. D thinks the price of tomatoes is too high, pineapples just right, and gourds too low.

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Move Over, Monopoly

Move over, Monopoly, Clue, and Apples to Apples. There is a new board game in town in time for Christmas. It has a red and green playing board with colorful lollipops, mounds of chocolate cherries and gingerbread cottages surrounded by cotton candy mountains that is best played with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies. […]

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Chill at the Queen Mary

When L told D he could only go to “Chill” if he finished cleaning his room, he got very upset, and this was his endorsement of the Queen Mary’s annual Christmas extravaganza. “Chill” is open daily from 4:30 until 11:00 until Jan. 7, and in the next two weeks, it is a wonderful way to […]

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The Really Awesome Improv Show

“Where are you?” L’s text says. As I glance down at my phone screen, a girl in her early twenties clucked like a chicken as she officiated a wedding ceremony for Michael Jackson as part of a hilarious improv comedy scene. I type the words “kids’ comedy show,” leaving out the location in Hollywood, and tap […]

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Zombie Dad

I didn’t want to go trick-or-treating without a costume since Halloween has become an annual night of father-son bonding with D, and here it was four o’clock and I had no costume. D was a scientist. He had a white lab coat, goggles, and boots, so I thought if there was any last-minute way to complement […]

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

I’ve driven by the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes many times without even giving a second thought to what I might be missing. Now, I will not. I will think about the 87 acres of blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, meadows, winding trails, benches in shady garden niches, friendly volunteers and crisp autumn air. […]

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Dance Party

It had been a long day for all of us. A homework battle, a struggle for D to get started and to stay focused on his one page of math and grammar, plus a writing graphic organizer and three-sentence introduction paragraph. Plus, thirty minutes of reading. We were all tired. Ooops!! L doesn’t like me […]

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Culver City Steps

This was one of those ideas–hiking up 279 stairs at the Culver City steps–that sounded like a good idea at the time, but it didn’t feel so great once we were  on, say, step number 133 or 208. At step number 279, I was more than grateful we’d made it to the top,  Some breaths […]

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When the Birds Come

Yep, that’s me launching an angry Bird. It was Big Brother Terrence. He connected with a pig, and the rest of birds came. Bomb. Chuck. Red. Hal. The Blue Birds. The Mighty Eagle. The Mighty Eagle swooped down and crashed into the pigs’ towers. Hal boomeranged in and activated a button on the side of a monkey’s […]

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