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Adventures in Pinewood Derby Racing

  For many years I would not consider letting the boys join Cub Scouts. The reason was the organization’s stance against allowing gay members from joining, that policy ended in 2013 and our boys joined scouts last year. What I didn’t realize is that there is still in-place today a policy against allowing gay leaders. Hopefully, that […]

I Played Frogger for an Afternoon and Loved It

We are gamers.  That’s why we were high-fiving each other all week counting down the days for the Neon Retro Arcade to open last week.  It’s a new arcade that opened in Old Town Pasadena. It’s full of classic arcade games like Mario Bros, Q-bert, Frogger and many more. You buy unlimited play for $10 […]

Adding Some Activity to Time Outs

So our latest parental attempt at trying to reduce the battle royal that is brotherhood is to do the Bart Simpson Chalkboard thing.  Write the behavior you will no longer do multiple times. With no chalkboard in our home, a scrap piece of paper works good enough. It remains to be scene if this is effective; […]

Let the Robot War Begin!

Our son Theo told us about a year ago that he wants to be a “robot builder” and race car driver, when he is not building robots.  Oscar decided to join in the idea too. Fortunately, our move to California br0ught us a 10 minute drive to a Rolling Robots store where robot building can […]

Notes in a Lunchbox

No surprise to anyone who knows us or reads this blog regularly, but we rarely have the boys buy lunch from the school cafeteria. This is great in so many ways: #1: We control what our kids eat, not some school lunch meal planner. #2: I think it’s cheaper though doubtful with all the organic […]

Trying New Food and Instant Feedback

There is pretty simple voting system when it comes to trying new food in our house.  Our identical twin boys Oscar and Theo do their best Siskel & Ebert impressions. Instead of a dull thumbs up or thumbs down they add their own twist.  Basically there are three votes: Yummy: Thumbs up. Yucky: Thumbs down. […]

Family Cooking Time: Pizza Balls

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 […]