Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas Cheer Competition Jam Rancho Bernardo Broncos Dead Van Chrysler Town and Country
My family and I may have lost a minivan, but we gained an adventure.

A van full of seven.
A cheerleader competition.
Through the desert to Vegas, let’s go!

With twenty miles left.
The van ran out of breath.
Worried, we grumbled, oh, no!

We rolled into a gas station.
And shouted exasperations.
As the van barfed up it’s engine and died.

And then a stretch limousine.
Rolled onto the scene.
And offered us all a ride.

We couldn’t believe our good luck.
The kids were awestruck.
We raced to meet the rest of the team.

Guess what? They won second!
And it was worth it I reckon.
I guess things are not always bad as they seem.


#LasVegas #CheerCompetition #Jam #RanchoBernardoBroncos #DeadVan #Chrysler #TownAndCountry #BadPoetry #Comic #ParentingFail

1980’s road trip, Dad style …

road trip parenting fail family 80s yellowstone traveling with kids camping adventure nature flashback comic
Any road trip with my dad was the best road trip ever. For more go here.

In the late 1980’s my dad took my brother and I on an unforgettable road trip to Yellowstone. We spent the majority of the trip lying down in the cramped shell of his compact red pickup surrounded by camping gear, coolers, and a questionably watertight portable toilet. The cool thing about growing up in the 80’s is that you could do this, the bad thing about growing up in the 80’s is that you could do this. Today, if you were to ask me the most memorable thing about the trip, it wouldn’t be the geysers, or moose, or the camping – it would be the hours upon hours of conversation with my dad through the narrow sliding window joining the cab where my dad drove, and the bed, where my brother and I laid down.

Take care. Stay healthy. Live life. Enjoy the journey.

– Scott

#roadtrip #parentingfail #family #80s #yellowstone #travelingwithkids #seatbelts #camping #adventure #nature #flashback #drawnandcoded #comic #familycomic

You’re never quite sure…

Hotel Del Beach Kids Parenting Fail Hotel Del Coronado San Diego Beach Smores Marshmallows Bonfire Fire Pit Perfect Day At The Beach Family Comic
My family and I were invited to join our good friends for a beach party on Coronado for an end-of-summer marshmallow roast before all of our kids went back to school. The waves were just big enough, the weather was just perfect enough, and the Del provided an endless supply of s’mores. As I watched my oldest get churned up in the waves I kept expecting her to stomp out of the water, throw down her board, and give up. She never did and her reaction after we finally had to fish her out of the water for s’mores was priceless.

#HotelDel #Beach #BeachKids #ParentingFail #HotelDelCoronado #SanDiegoBeach #Smores #Marhmallows #Bonfire #FirePit #PerfectDay #DayAtTheBeach #Family #DrawnAndCoded

So, I went mountain biking …

Bike Crash Over The Hill Mountain Biking Bicycling Angelus Oaks Big Bear Mountain MTB Poetry Comic
…and I pretty much proved to myself that I probably shouldn’t go mountain biking anymore. I used to go a lot when I was younger. Key word : younger. This time I was a flailing 40-something precariously walking the line between between mortal injury and questionable control.

#BikeCrash #OverTheHill #MountainBiking #Bicycling #AngelusOaks #BigBearMountain #MTB #DrawnAndCoded #Comic

If trees could talk

Angelus Oaks Big Bear Mountain Cabin Camping Tree Swing Oak Comic
I love oak trees. Occasionally my family and I are invited to stay at our friends’ cabin in Angelus Oaks and I am always drawn to them. They are gnarled, musty, and just a little spooky. I’m pretty sure the old trees have a lot of stories to tell, too.

#AngelusOaks #BigBearMountain #Cabin #Camping #TreeSwing #OakTree #IfTreesCouldTalk #DrawnAndCoded #Comic

Don’t feed the birds …

Knotts Berry Farm Don't Feed The Birds Picnic Lunchtime Amusement Park Buena Park Anaheim
Knott’s Berry Farm ranks right up there with Disneyland for me. My dad took my brother and I there a lot during the 80s. Recently my family, friends, and I took our own kids. The park has changed a lot, obviously, but we had a great time – at least until lunchtime when chaos ensued….

#KnottsBerryFarm #DontFeedTheBirds #Picnic #Lunchtime #AmusementPark #BuenaPark #Anaheim #Chickens #Parenting #ParentingFail #Kids #Family #Vacation #DrawnAndCoded #Comic