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Malibu Wine Safari

Last year, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, D and I boarded a former World War II navy vessel (USS Iowa), walking around to burn off excess calories from eating too much food during the holidays. This year, on a picturesque ranch in the rolling hills of Malibu, we hopped aboard a custom-built, open-air jeep with tiered […]

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Teaching Responsibilty

Three hours later, and after dressing up as Stymie from the Little Rascals and making a video to send to his cousins (along with a second one on Jumaji the spider), D finished cleaning his room. I taught D responsibility (per L’s request) by not helping him.

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Pine Wood Derby

I listened to an interview with a mother on a Radiolab podcast (“The Ghosts of Football“) who said her eight-year-old son’s favorite part of playing football was the pizza party and trophy following the season. The focus of the story was that 13 members of the family played in the NFL, and despite her son’s ability […]

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Chilling out

I need to have one of these days again…to sit and look at the ocean.

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First Audition

I don’t know if he’ll get a part or not. But when I learned the children’s choir was having auditions for acting parts in the upcoming the Children’s Easter Pageant, I knew I had to encourage D to audition. He has been part of five performances, though only once in an acting role as Heracles in […]

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This Certifies That

The switch blade may have lost some of its appeal from previous generations. But D still enjoyed earning a badge for demonstrating his knowledge and skill in the use of a personal pocketknife. His Whittling Chip certificate said, “By completing these safety requirements and by promising to abide by the Knives Are Not Toys guidelines […]

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Mambo Dance

The mambo dance is an annual tradition of Pack 658…and the kids love it.

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Bird Experts

I came home from visiting my mom in the hospital, and after scarfing down a five-minute dinner, I was looking forward to spending time with D. However, he had to first serve a time out for breaking a house rule, and it took him fifteen minutes between stalling and going to the bathroom, before making it […]

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Star Eco Station

This was different than the Pet Store. Instead of seeing dogs, cats, fish, turtles, crickets, hamsters and guinea pigs, we saw an alligator, two foxes, a 100-pound boa constrictor, and an assortment of reptiles and birds rescued by the U.S. Fish and Game Department from human traffickers. And instead of D waving his hands in […]

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Biker Pig

This is a Google image of the biker pig motorcycle D and I assembled on his birthday because he smashed ours not long after we completed it. That’s fine. Really. Okay, he could have let me take a picture of our collaborative efforts before shattering it to pieces. His mom made a chocolate cake with […]

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