Nov 17 2014
So, I’m going to be a LEGO.
I never thought I’d ever utter those words. Like, at all.
With the announcement that there will soon be a “The Big Bang Theory” LEGO set, it seems my children will get to taunt and torture me not only in real life, but in miniature now.
I resisted telling them that I was going to be a LEGO for a good week after the news surfaced, because it just was too darn surreal. I didn’t expect to be this “famous” ever. I started acting again after I had my second child, with a 3-year-old tagging along to auditions; I was teaching for several years after getting my PhD; I did not expect to be a full-time working actress, much less one who ended up nominated for Emmy and SAG awards and turned into a LEGO, for Pete’s sake. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 3 2014
I have written here before about why we love LEGOLAND California over any other amusement park, but I wanted to restate it. Because we just went to celebrate Firstborn’s 9th birthday with two buddies of his, and it was honestly the best birthday time ever.
(Full disclosure: I’m not getting paid to say any of this. I paid for this trip like every other haggard parent who kept trying to decide the whole time if the trip was worth it. Conclusion: yeah. Totally.) Read the rest of this entry →
May 30 2014
I took my sons to the opening of the California Legoland Resort last week. No ex, no mother-in-law, just me and my boys.
Carlsbad is about two hours south of Los Angeles, and Legoland is, in my opinion, a wonderful place to take small children who enjoy Legos and who have never seen a Disney movie, except for “The Prince of Egypt” (which I wrote up here) and thus aren’t particularly enthralled with Disneyland per se.
Chima, in case you’ve been living under a rock which is not made of Lego, is a fantasy world created by Lego which is featured in a popular cartoon in which you can buy numerous (expensive) Lego sets of. In the world of Chima, crocodiles, lions, ravens, rhinoceroses, and bears all live in a world governed by an energy force called Chi which they need to harvest and protect in a variety of fascinating situations. Yes, that was a tiny bit of sarcasm. But all sarcasm aside, I kind of like that Chima does not involve an already existing movie or set of characters that simply now exist in Lego form. Rather, this is an entire world created out of the imagination of Lego which I kind of dig. Read the rest of this entry →
Mar 20 2014
The ex and I took our sons to their very first movie theater movie. That’s right, our 8 and 5.5-year-old sons have never been to a movie theater. And their dad shows them some cartoons and they have seen a few short animated films as well as “The Muppet Movie,” but not in a theater. I know: we are horrible parents. We have deprived them for years. They have missed out on so many irretrievably incredible experiences in movie theaters. Whatever. We finally took them to the movies. Yay. (And just think of all the money we saved not taking them to the movies all of these years! Yay!)
Firstborn loved it. Little Man was trepidatious but did great which is astounding considering that the Harlem Globetrotters game near broke his and my spirit with its loudness and overstimulation on so many levels.
Here’s why “The Lego Movie” was awesome for me as well as my boys. Read the rest of this entry →
Mar 10 2014
Adar is the month of the Jewish calendar we are in, and it is the month when Purim falls. Purim is the holiday of merry-making, things being turned upside-down, things not being what they seem, desires revealed, identities shifting, and the reminder that a month from now, kitchens will be turned upside down as we prepare for Passover, with all of its delightful obsessive-compulsive cleaning and fastidiousness.
This month for me has definitely been Adar-ish. Lots of shifting of identities, and feeling upside down and trying to right myself. Caring for my sons amidst a book tour that has taken me away from them more than I like has been hard for us all, and we are trying to recalibrate.
Since I have always claimed I am a normal mom, I wanted to share some pictures of a normal mom weekend with my boys. Here’s how it shook down. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 16 2012
My older son turned 7 last week. He’s the one who made me a mama, unless you count my hairless cat Esau who I consider my true first son, but you probably don’t.
I’m actually off of work from The Big Bang Theory this week and my hand, although still super compromised and fairly useless, is better than it has been in the 8 weeks since my accident.
We asked Miles what he wanted to do for his special day a few weeks ago. He told us he wanted to do our every week Wednesday activity which is go to PE class, French class, and open play day which our homeschool community holds at a park. I was surprised he wanted to do “regular” stuff on his birthday, but also thought it was sweet he wanted to see all of his friends and have a normal day. Read the rest of this entry →