Birthday Party Lessons Learned

We had Ella’s birthday party yesterday.  Her birthday isn’t until May 12th, but with Mother’s Day and us vacationing in Hawaii, this was the best weekend to do it.   We went to Adventureplex. If you’re in the South Bay area, well worth going.  Think of a giant McDonald’s playland structure except nice with padded floors and beams, not plastic, and fully enclosed in netting.  You go, let the kids go, sit back,  and don’t see them again for two hours.  Plus there’s a nice area for kids under three. We used to have the girls’ parties at our house. […]

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Another Shot at the Gene Pool

One thing I think a lot of  parents do during pregnancy is imagine what their children are going to look like. Whose eyes will they have? What color hair will they have? It’s fun to speculate and decide what characteristics you hope to pass on and which you’d maybe rather they not get. Since Sean is Japanese, I figured they would have darker hair, darker eyes, and darker skin than I do.  But still, I thought I’d get something.  There would be some way that just by looking at them, people would know they were my children.  Yeah, not so […]

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The Milk Incident

As parents, there are so many opportunities to really mess up our children and send them to years of therapy, rehashing how their mother scarred them for life. Like the time we kissed them good-bye in front of their friends when they decided they were too old and we hadn’t received the memo. Or the time we tried to use some slang in front of their friends and we were too old to pull it off. Or maybe the time we chaperoned the school dance and actually danced ourselves. There are countless opportunities to embarrass or otherwise permanently damage their […]

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