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Making Memories for Mom   I’ll let you in on a secret: Mother’s Day is not my favorite holiday. There’s something about forced recognition that, well, just isn’t cool. I don’t desire matching jewelry sets embellished with symbols recognizing my children’s birthdates. I don’t...

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Shhh… Don’t Tell the Girls   I’m trying something new this week: I’m asking you for advice on where to go. I admit it: there are two islands near and dear to many Lagunans’ hearts that we have never visited. One we look at almost every day, atmospheric conditions...

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Shhh… Don’t Tell the Girls I’m trying something new this week: I’m asking you for advice on where to go. I admit it: there are two islands near and dear to many Lagunans’ hearts that we have never visited. One we look at almost every day, atmospheric conditions permitting....

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Snowless Ski Week   Back east, skiing is a sport for tough people. Conditions are usually granular; powder is unheard of. Basically, you are skidding down a hill of slick snow (um, ice), trying to stay warm. Sure, you can have fun while you’re doing it, but it’s a totally...

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Seal of Approval Izzy and the other El Morro fourth graders recently made their pilgrimage to the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, a place she has visited many times before. Apparently, I was the only mother who chose not to accompany their child. Usually, there is an enforced cap...

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When Life Gives You Pumpkins, Make Pumpkin Pie It wasn’t a good sign when the bearded man in plaid and a neon orange vest made the hand motion for “keep going.” The next volunteer relayed the bad news, “Sorry, folks, parking is full. You’ll have to go down the road to the old...

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Friendly Monster at the Performing Arts Center   Instead of urging my girls into their baths and beds, last Tuesday I ushered them into the car. The occasion? We were on our way to see “Shreck: The Musical” at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.   I was a...

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Let me state the obvious: Theme parks are fun. But do you know how to make them more fun? Go without your kids. Seriously. I went to Knott’s Scary Farm with a girlfriend and had a blast.

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Wishes Do Come True   After weeks of wishing for the school year to begin, my wish came true. Surprisingly, both Meekma girls were as anxious to get back to El Morro as I was to send them. Now, they’re not perfect students who spend recess working out the next year’s math...

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When Crème Brulée Isn’t Good Enough There are the milestone moments that we think are the important days of our lives:  graduations, weddings, anniversaries, etc. We photo document the event and now we Facebook or Tweet it while it is still happening, as if it is so important...

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Finding a Slice of Heaven Two weeks ago I shared my experience of being a Pageant mom. The one thing I didn’t mention is the huge commitment that participating in the Pageant requires.  Maggie is in the show seven nights in a row, alternating weeks through the end of August. This...

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Summer Pageantry I’ll admit it here. I’m a pageant mom. Not the “Toddlers and Tiaras” kind, thankfully, but a Pageant of the Masters pageant mom.  And speaking of pageantry, we recently attended for the first time that spectacle of pageantry, Medieval Times. While these two...

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Sum, sum, summertime!It seems that Mother Nature is going to allow Laguna to have a summer this year.  After last year’s disappointingly gloomy non-summer, the Meekmas have gotten more sunny beach time in the 10 days since school’s been out than we did all of last summer. If the...

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Summer of Change  We have recently learned that Maggie’s four closest friends will be moving away from Laguna sometime this summer. Three are moving to Newport and one is going all the way to Arizona. This is a lot of change for one little girl to handle and we’ve had some very...

Scouts Salute a Special Flag

Local American Legion Post officers Richard Moore and Dave Connell were on hand this week during a bridging ceremony for Laguna Beach Girl Scouts ready to move on to the next level of scouting. Legion representatives took part in the ceremony to describe proper flag etiquette to...
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