National Lampoon’s Cross-Country Vacation

"Well I'll tell you something, this is no longer a vacation...it's a quest. It's a quest for fun! I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun! We're all gonna have so much f***in' fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our damn smiles! You'll be whistling Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah out of your assholes!!!!"- Clark Griswold, National Lampoon's Vacation Yesterday, I packed the car for what will not be…
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Our San Franciscan Day

You probably figured we’d be halfway across the country by now, huh? Surprise! We are still in the same state we started, only eight hours North. We wanted to visit Bex’s side of the family for a few days. It's been a lot of fun. Of course I love spending time with family but I always look forward to a day in San Francisco. It’s on my list of Top 10 Favorite Cities in the world. Here’s…
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A House Is Not A Home

We moved out of our apartment today. After weeks of packing, trashing, and cleaning, this was a really big deal for us. Obviously it was not as big of a deal for our landlord who never showed up for our move-out appointment. Martha, if you’re reading this, we left the keys and garage remote on the kitchen counter. Good bye and good luck! Maybe you remember me describing our apartment two years…
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Simple Distractions

IncreiMom and I like to treat Boy Wonder to the fine dining experiences of Red Robin, IHOP, and occasionally Arby's. It's really a great deal. He shares off of my plate, which cuts calories for me. Then I burn off whatever I am able to shovel in my mouth (inside ten seconds) by chasing him around the restaurant after he declares "All done!". I don’t even feel guilty because it's dinner and a…
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Dance Class With IncrediDad and Boy Wonder

Up until a month ago, I thought a pirouette was a kind of cookie. Turns out, it is a dance move. You see, Boy Wonder has been taking Ballet Class once a week and we are both learning so much. For example, you wouldn’t believe how many ballet terms sound food related: Sauté (so-Tay): please sauté that chicken with peppers and onions! Battement (Bot-Mah): I know I’ve ordered this from my…
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Swimming Tips For Toddlers Under Two

If mermaids were real then my son would be Aquaman. He loves bath-time, shower-time, trips to the pool, and a day at the beach. If there’s water involved, Boy Wonder will play until his fingers are nice and pruny. Being part fish runs in the family though. IncrediMom and I are both swimmers from way back. My first job was Lifeguard and Swim Instructor at my local YMCA. That or your community…
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Auld Lang Syne

Parents, tonight when the ball drops and everyone is trying to sing the song they can't remember the words to, replace those "Auld lang syne" lyrics with "days gone by". You'll be able to sing along with confidence knowing the song's true meaning. And know that, when you refill your glass, you're celebrating not the days (because they tend to stretch on far too long) but the year gone by (and…
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The Boubons

Now that we're past Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner, we've entered that five-week stretch I like to call Cold and Flu Season. We all got our flu shots this year, so I thought we were safe, but a strange and mysterious new super-villain has invaded our house. He came without warning and struck hard. His effects are lingering and annoying. His name is The Boubons. His first…
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The Sesame Effect

How am I supposed to teach my son to embody love when we live in a country that always seems on the brink of a second civil war? Between Twitter wars,  gender politics, President Trump, and race relations, we are living in an age of outrage. How exhausting is that? Thankfully there is still one bright light shining over at PBS that can set a good example for him. Through Sesame Street’s…
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