Halloween and Hollywood

•November 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Well, we had two big event a few weeks ago, and I haven’t had a chance to get pictures up about them until this day off where I’m cooking and not working…  :)  So here’s event #1: Halloween.

Premiere Halloween_0111First event was the school parade.  They have two male teachers this year, so I went to school and helped out in a room where we took all the girls to get ready.  Notice no princesses?  So happy!

Premiere Halloween_0140Jacob and friends before parade.

Premiere Halloween_0150Molly really committed to the character for the afternoon.

Premiere Halloween_0148And not that you can tell, but that’s Jacob as Kylo Ren.

Premiere Halloween_0055Next up, Halloween!  Leaving our house… I have two shots of Mol and none of Jacob, as he refused to pose.

Premiere Halloween_0059But we forced them into a picture at trick or treating.

IMG_3225And with their 2 friends they went out with (Dumbledore, sand wig, and Cyndi Lauper)

Premiere Halloween_0079They have cool friends.

Ok, other event was the huge GOLD (as Molly will correct us both every time we say red) carpet premiere of Chuck’s show.  It was really windy and really fun.  It was a big deal!  Cameras, lights, movie stars, press – the works.  (So, drinks, too.  Which, it’s turns out do NOT mix super well with 6″ heels.) Jacob took this picture of us before we left the house.

Premiere Halloween_0220And here’s Chuck under one of the hundreds of posters of the show up at Sony.

Premiere Halloween_0226And on the carpet…

Premiere Halloween_0228And with one of the stars, and a good friend.

Premiere Halloween_0237Oh, I forgot that between the two events, we had Friday night.  Where we went to see the Sound of Music.  So fun.

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Cute kids!Premiere Halloween_0178We got our own box.  Jacob was pretty thrilled with that.

Premiere Halloween_0190And Molly just loved Daddy time. And the show.

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Finally, couple of other little things…  Mol is taking tennis again:

Premiere Halloween_0045And she earned her “Detective Badge” in Girl Scouts.  So everyone got into the act wearing mustaches at the last meeting.

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Even the brothers.

Premiere Halloween_0036(Chuck and I have decided we’re going to be on the lookout for if they need a kid to play John Hodgeman as a child…)

And finally, the kids had a publishing party at school.  They each picked their best pieces to publish, illustrate and share with the class and parents.  We read all the stories and left comments on each piece.

Premiere Halloween_0015They took it very seriously.  Then we ate cookies.

Premiere Halloween_0014And last random picture… we were out shopping in Beverly Hills, and snapped the kids with their Dad.  That’s one good looking family I have.

Premiere Halloween_0050I love how it shows everyone off: proud dad, silly boy and ladylike girl…

Aunt Debbie’s Visit

•November 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This feels like a million years ago!  Because in the past two weeks we’ve also had Halloween and a certain Hollywood premiere… which is also why I’m so slow in updating.  But let’s start with two weeks ago, then soon I will post Halloween and party pictures.

lateoct_0247I’m going to start here.  The day Debbie came was picture day at school, so they were all dressed up.  And darn cute.

lateoct_0246Then Debbie got here and it was a whirl wind.  Soccer and the pumpkin fest, brunch at Inn of the 7th Ray and getting ready for Halloween (with costume shopping, trying on and pumpkin carving)…  so here are some of the pictures.  I’ll start with a slide show of the kids with Deb.

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Then here are some of the Pumpkin festival.  The kids danced to Thriller, and we grownups all worked the Franken Bear booth, with Chuck and I hawking and Debbie saving our butts by helping us all sew…


lateoct_0130Molly and her friends.

lateoct_0190Jacob as a Thriller Zombie.  He worked on the dance at school, practicing.  Molly doesn’t like an audience and refused.  Until her friend Tessa pulled her in.

lateoct_0201Zombies rise!lateoct_0107Then we went to the Inn of the 7th Ray.  Heaven!  There are some pictures above in the slideshow of it.  Then we went to a pumpkin patch.

lateoct_0042Molly found one.  Then Jacob found one.

lateoct_0052Then Molly made a friend.

lateoct_0059And finally we all realized we didn’t want to spend $20 on a small pumpkin and we left.  (Got them at the store on the way home…)

THEN!  Best part: stopped at the antique store and went crazy trying on costumes. My favorite:

IMG_3131Steam Punk something?  Or maybe it’s this little king:

IMG_3135Or the two of them together…

IMG_3123Or separately.

IMG_3121Thing One.  And Thing Two:

IMG_3125And a last parasol twirl on the way out…

IMG_3113And at home, trying on their actual costumes…lateoct_0076And then a couple pictures of other times… Like when Chuck caught a cute snap of the kids getting bread.

IMG_3108Or when they did their Native American dance at school.

lateoct_0002And Mol (on stage, farther and blurrier…)


Whew!  Next time I get a chance I will upload pictures from Halloween and the Art of More Premiere!

Apple Picking When It’s 100 Degrees…

•October 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last weekend we escaped the 100 degree LA weather… by heading to Palm Springs!  It sounds like a terrible idea, but ended up being accidentally brilliant.  It was the exact same temperature there as it was here, and it was drier, with no humidity, lots of freezing AC and we stayed at a hotel with a huge pool.  So it was indeed an escape from the heat!

The reason we went was to go apple picking in Oak Glen.  And since we were celebrating our anniversary and Chuck’s show premiering next month, we decided to stop in the outlets on the way.  Though we didn’t actually get anything except stuff for the kids and a few little things for us…  but I got a great picture of my green eyed boys:

oct_iphones_0159And one little storm trooper (someone can tell me I’m totally wrong with what this mask was…  all I know is it was in the Star Wars section!).

oct_iphones_0160Then off to Palm Springs for a day of swimming, out for a shockingly awesome sushi dinner, and then up in the morning for a day of apple picking.  I’m going to upload those pics as a slide show (right click on any you want to see bigger), and you can just know that the kids spent a lot of time in awe of their own picking prowess, or sneaking up on each other while tractor driving.  And I love their faces at the sticky caramel apple eating and Jacob, when he’s standing in front of the giant bunny cage.  It is truly the biggest bunny ever.  He’s duly impressed (and looks like a little professor).

Tonight is Jacob Daddy night (I’m not sure what they’re doing except I think it involves burgers and sci fi movies – two things I don’t like) while Molly and I head off to a Girl Scout sleepover at the zoo!  And we started our girls weekend a little early by taking the early part of the afternoon to go shopping for a dress for me to wear to the premiere of Chuck’s show.  We’re pretty excited for that…

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Grandma Rose’s Visit

•September 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Well, that was perfect timing!  Grandma Rose’s visit happened to coincide with getting new instruments, first soccer game and bridging to Girl Scouts.  I wish I could say we planned that, but it just happened.  What we all could have done without was the extreme heat, but on the other hand, it gave us excuses for multiple ice cream outings, so at the end of the day, who’s complaining?  (Ok, me, but still…)

Grandma Rose came in Thursday and we met her at the airport afterschool, then zipped home to dinner, Get Smart and lots of hugs.  Then Friday the kids had school, but came home with their new instruments:

Grandma Rose_0165Then Jacob ran off and Molly posed, playing.

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I know I’m biased, but I think they both have real talent (after one lesson, could I sound more like a Mom?) and they played with the instruments all weekend.

Saturday morning we had breakfast, and everyone played games

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(James Bond Monopoly) And word puzzles…

Grandma Rose_0098And here we tried to get them to look at the camera:

Grandma Rose_0100Until it was time for Jacob’s first soccer game.  His team is he Warriors, and the uniforms are awesome.

Grandma Rose_0110Yes, those are biking gloves.  Yes, it was almost 100 degrees and he’s wearing gloves, an undershirt and the socks pulled up like thigh highs.  Yes, he almost got heat stroke and realized that those weren’t the best choices, and sometimes Mommy might have a point.

Grandma Rose_0120Molly isn’t so much the soccer fan.

Grandma Rose_0119She’s more a lay in the grass and snack or read fan.

Grandma Rose_0135Ice cream!  Had trouble getting them to look at the camera at the same time.  Too busy eating…

Grandma Rose_0134But got a cute one of Molly and her Daddy.

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And one hot boy very intent on his ice cream.

Grandma Rose_0153Then we went to dinner at Miceli’s, which everyone enjoys, always.  Sunday was Girl Scout bridging from Brownies to Juniors.

Grandma Rose_0030Waiting…

Grandma Rose_0036Doing a poem about crossing…

Grandma Rose_0060And literally crossing the bridge!

Grandma Rose_0027Jacob was just there for the pizza.  :)

Monday the kids had to go to school, but when they got home we went for more ice cream (had to get Grandma Rose her coffee ice cream- the place we went Sunday didn’t have it!) and souvenir shopping.  Then dinner, a movie and bed and it was already time for Grandma to leave early the next morning.  Another wonderful, packed, and too short visit…

And today (Yom Kippur) we had the day off, so we went to the El Capitan to see Aladdin as a treat for a very brave little girl who had her first Orthodontist appointment today.  Relief: nothing to do but monitor it for the time being.  So Molly and I are making dinner while Jacob and Chuck are at soccer practice…  and another busy weekend coming up, one packed with sleepovers, so we have kids in a high state of anticipation!

August in Pictures

•August 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Third grade!  Orchestra starting, wonderful new teachers, trying to cram a whole summer of fun in LA into three short weeks, and oh so happy Daddy is home to stay…  So much has happened since we got home from our whirlwind summer of travel that I haven’t had a chance to update anything, so here goes with another month’s worth of pictures in one dump.  :)iphone aug15_0101We couldn’t wait to get to the beach once we got home!

iphone aug15_0102And we took the kids to the Minion movie for their half birthday “Yes Day”, which was actually a huge sacrifice on my part, and I really can’t stand those yellow creatures.  This display was in the lobby.

iphone aug15_0056I love Molly’s expression – she looks like she was yelling at Snoopy.  Actually, she was turning from me because she didn’t want her picture taken.

iphone aug15_0057It was the summer of Shakespeare.  We saw Romeo and Juliet. (which both kids loved the first half, and Jacob just didn’t watch the second half- he went to roll down the hill, but Molly was in tears and yelled, “This is so sad.  It’s a horrible, horrible play!”  But she loved it.) Then Molly and I saw Much Ado About Nothing.

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And the kids and I went to see Harry Potter Hamlet, which they both adored.  We were actually going to go again today, but it was 95 degrees, and it turns out our love of Shakespeare does in fact have a limit.  That limit is sitting mid day in the broiling shadeless park.  But this is Molly’s shining face as the show was about to start:

iphone aug15_0061It was a pretty great show.

iphone aug15_0064And we hiked up to a natural fed lake in the mountains for an ice cold dip on a super hot day.

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We also went to the Hollywood Bowl for a rehearsal, and got to hear the Bugs Bunny show, which was a treat.  While we were there we got tickets to the closing night, to take the kids to their first evening at the bowl.  I can’t wait!  (Partly because the B-52s and Psychedelic Furs are playing, along with the LA Phil and fireworks!) We spent a day wandering Venice and I just liked this image of them in a tee pee on Abbot Kinney.

iphone aug15_0049And as part of the Shakespeare kick, we watched the movie of Much Ado, and it put us grownups in the mood for an Italian villa, so we took a trip the next day to the Getty.  This one is a slide show, so click through.  Molly was obsessed with picking all the grapes.

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And then it’s time for back to school!

First day:

photoClose up on the teeth:

photo(1)And a single of Mol:


And one of Jacob:

photo(2)Finally… they’re in school and orchestra is starting!  So they had to pick instruments.  Jacob decided on violin, and Molly wants the clarinet.  I was hesitant – I have reed issues.  So we took her to a clarinet store to try it out, and she’s in love.



IMG_2901We can’t say no to that face, so those are the instruments for the year.  Plus soccer and fencing for Jacob, tennis and Girl Scouts for Molly, and after school classes (we’ll see what they get into!) and we have a very full fall.  Not to mention highly anticipated visits from Grandma Rose, Aunt Debbie, an apple picking adventure all planned and a certain show debuting in November…  what wonderful things we have to look forward to, all in the upcoming months!

Trip #3: Visiting Daddy on Set in Montreal

•July 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This was one exciting trip for us all.  It was amazing to see how the show that all came out of Chuck’s head has taken over Montreal.  Literally-it was so cool because there were signs everywhere to basecamp, set, and closing off the roads for the production.  It was cool to meet the unbelievably nice cast and crew who were uniformly kind and wonderful to the kids (ok, not entirely uniformly, because while everyone went out of their way to be nice to the kids and talk to and engage them, none were as amazingly friendly and kind and engaging as Cary Elwes, who is a fencing hero to Jacob and took tons of his own time to really play with and listen to him and I will never forget how happy that made Jacob).  And amazing for the kids (and me!) to see Daddy at work.

AOMSet2aThis was our first visit to set, as they were shooting an Iraq war flashback.  It was so cool.  Ask the kids about the explosives… they’ll happily tell you stories.  Scarily, Molly will also tell you how much she enjoyed meeting all the “army men.”  She has no idea why that gives her parent’s pause.


Then we visited the “Davenport mansion” (that will make sense when you see the show, in November, on Crackle…) which was a stunning estate outside the city.  Stunning!

IMG_0079Jacob was rather entranced by the huge cameras.  This one was part of the “behind the scenes” documentary stuff that was getting shot.  The guy shooting that footage was so kind, letting Jacob have free reign with the camera.

IMG_0085Molly was SO happy to be with her daddy again.

IMG_0086There’s a lot of downtime on a set, so Mol read.

IMG_0089And Jacob showed Cary pictures of himself fencing on my phone.

IMG_0091And then engaged him in a match.  Made his summer.

IMG_0101Did I mention, nicest man ever?

photoSomeone lost a tooth.  After a day playing video games at the exhibit at the Science Center.  That was a day that made him VERY happy.

Mont Royal ParcWe did manage to squeeze in a little off-set time in with Daddy, too.  This is at Mont Royal Parc.

Montreal VistaAnd this is at the vista at the top of the park.

Montreal15_0129And this is boat sailing, second favorite activity in town for Jacob (first being the video games).

Montreal15_0125We also did a fair bit of exploring while Chuck was writing.  Like a boat tour…

Montreal15_0190In the Vieux Port


Which both kids enjoyed.


And a visit to the Biodome, where there were sloths

Montreal15_0003And puffins

Montreal15_0053and crocs (real ones, too!)


and hatching chicks

Montreal15_0051And a boat environment.

Montreal15_0050It was amazing.  We also went to the botanical gardens.

Montreal15_0075Where Molly posed.

Montreal15_0064And Jacob took in the art.

Montreal15_0095It was gorgeous.

Aside from all the stories (Molly refusing shyly when Dennis offered to buy her the mansion, both kids refusing to be in an episode, even when Dennis offered to pay them; “I don’t much care for money” Mol said!, Jacob telling everyone out of the side of his mouth that Molly might be the older twin, but he was both bigger AND stronger, and all their palling around with all the cast and crew), that’s pretty much an overview of the trip.  Though, purely for posterity, I have to mention that this was the trip (to be specific, dinner at Le Serpent) that pushed us into the world of fine dining.  We ate at a couple of very nice restaurants, and basically no place had a kids menu (yay! must be an American thing!) and at Le Serpent Molly ordered Duck with hazelnuts and spelt and Jacob had Lobster Risotto with yellow beets and marscarpone and literally licked the plate clean, and Chuck and I realized we can now eat anywhere we want, with the kids.  It doesn’t sound huge, but it felt it.

Jacob took this picture of Molly and Chuck.  She basically didn’t leave his side, and cried all the way to the airport.  Luckily, he’ll be home for good in a few short days.


Trip #2: Portland

•July 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Two weeks in Portland is usually a treat of perfect summer weather and a break from the hot LA summer… but while this year was a treat of course, the weather was hot, hot, hot!  For the first 10 days it hovered between 95-100 every single day.  So we did a lot of inside cool things, or rocket blasting in the early morning, or water gun fights in the late afternoon when the back yard was shaded.  Hence, fewer pictures.  But loads of fun and family (a sleepover at Nathan and Lisa’s and getting to check out Cory’s new pad were total highlights) made the heat immaterial.


This is Grandpa Jim’s own rocket from when he was 12.  In perfect condition.  You mix baking soda and vinegar and it powers the rocket to a good 50 foot take off in the air.  Jacob will never forget these morning lift offs with Grandpa.  I don’t think he will either.

Portland15_0120This is one way to cool off!

Portland15_0146Direct hit!

Portland15_0172Molly aims.


And Jacob scores a butt shot.

Portland15_0176I missed this trip to the bird sanctuary, but sent Jacob to document it with my camera.

Portland15_0093He got a lot of cute shots (and a lot more blurry ones…)

Portland15_0022Our to dinner with Uncle Cory, who was so nice to spend so much time ninja wrestling with two tireless monkeys.

Portland15_0186Not sure what was going on here…  :)  Jacob was dressed up for dinner with his new tie, and he slicked down his own hair.  He and Grandpa went shopping while the girls did our own shopping, and they got shorts and a belt, and then Jacob insisted on picking our “tuxedo pants” and a tie, which he proceeded to wear all week in the broiling heat.  He is into being dapper these days.

Portland15_0183That’s all the pictures I took!  It was hot, and I was working.  Jim has a few more, and I’ll post those eventually…Hopefully they include a couple of pictures of Nathan and Lisa who were so wonderful with the kids, and I just never took my camera out!


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