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Back in the Saddle

Posted by on January 18th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:48pm PST The next four days, kid. You and me. On our own. My wife and older son are heading to New York tomorrow for four days to go on an adventure. My wife rarely gets to travel let alone have time with […]

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My Wife Just Said… #298

Posted by on January 2nd, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Both of our kids have had hair that made Tarzan looks like a corporate officer. For some reason, my wife just hated cutting their hair. I can’t blame her because she made two cute, little hippies but there was a varying amount of confusion about them because of their hair. Sure, we joke about man […]

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The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

Posted by on December 29th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us. Yes, the start of a new year and a chance to rekindle our hopes for all the things. So much is riding on this moment. What if this year isn’t better? What if we fail on our resolutions? The pressure mounts. But what if it’s just another tick […]

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The Rogue Ones

Posted by on November 11th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Thank you to Verizon for giving me the opportunity to geek out over Star Wars. Though this is a paid partnership, I would’ve been writing about it regardless because that’s just how big of a nerd I am. I am seriously just this excited about it. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, you’ve […]

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Say Goodnight

Posted by on November 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I don’t feel like being funny or clever or inspirational or right or wrong or angry or sad or political or fatherly or parental or protective or judgmental. Donald Trump is a joke. But it’s never been funny. Sorry, America. I’m tired. I’m going to pick my kids up from school. I’m going sit with […]

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Always With You

Posted by on October 20th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT FINN is lying in a bottom bunk, the faint glow of a nightlight on his face. His brother is already asleep in an adjacent crib. His father approaches to give him a kiss and a hug goodnight. Finn clasps his hands around his father’s neck, unremitting. FINN Don’t go. Finn stares […]

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Seven

Posted by on October 6th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

My son turned seven yesterday and I don’t know exactly why but I’m feeling this birthday more intensely. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s grown to more than half my size or that he’s the age when my life dramatically changed, but there’s something unique about this year of his life. I’ve been capturing my […]

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Recognizing Your Parents…

Posted by on September 30th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

Arden, I've had this beard for 99.9999% of your little life. Honestly, I'm worried what would happen if I shaved it. I remember when I first met your mom I couldn't even grow this crazy thing. It was patchy and took months to even show up as fuzz. Good luck growing your own face sweater, […]

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He Just Wants To Be A Real Boy

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 13, 2015 at 4:53pm PDT How does this happen? I need answers. I feel like Geppetto and my marionette son is becoming a real boy. But the truth is I’m the dummy. Every day is a process of chipping away my own woodenness as a parent. […]

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Orangutan + Baby Bump = Magic

Posted by on September 14th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

WARNING: This video features cuteness overload but may contain vertical formatting. Vertical video is a seriously disease with long term side effects, including old age, luddite tendencies and a general disdain for the viewer. The animal kingdom is filled with examples of species that do amazing things around babies, pregnancy and female anatomy. Male seahorses […]

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