Meet the Lane Family!
An upper-middle class neighborhood in a Southern California beach community. A comfortable house, tastefully decorated. Photos of two children - a boy and a girl, at various ages. Artwork created by the children and proudly displayed. A wedding picture. A plaque that reads, “There Is No More Perfect Union Than A Good Marriage”. Archetypal suburbia.
But, on closer look, the wedding picture is of…two women. Welcome to the Lanes’ home, where Judy and Pepper are respectively “Mama” and “Mommy” to son, Corey (9), and daughter, Shea (6). Pepper and Judy have been partners for 19 years. Although they both work as event planners, their life is devoted to their children, in whom they strongly encourage independent thinking and creativity. While Pepper feels strongly about discipline and order, Judy is a self-admitted softie who just cannot say “No” to her kids.
Although they don’t believe in flaunting their sexual orientation, Judy and Pepper live their lives openly as lesbians. They strongly believe that neither Corey nor Shea have experienced any backlash about having gay Moms because the Lanes are so matter-of-fact about their relationship. By not acting self-conscious about their sexual orientation, they take away any reason for others to feel discomfort. Thus, they are accepted for what they really are: two loving parents whose lives are guided by strong family values.
Meet the Chase Family!
Sarcastic banter is the name of the game in the Chase household. Mom, Julie, and her teen-age daughters, Kaci and Cynthia, have turned practical joking and teasing into a way of life. Their dad, Charlie, is often cast in the role of the gracious victim. Their home is generally filled with the sounds of fun and laughter, tricked victims’ shrieks, food fights and other games.
Julie and Charlie have been married for 20 years. They are diehard, outspoken sports parents, who proudly spend all of their energy and spare time focusing on their daughters’ high school sports careers. Although Charlie sometimes feels that he and Julie have spoiled their children by giving them everything they want and by giving in whenever they’re being punished, they are very proud of their daughters’ scholastic and athletic achievements.
Charlie and Julie own a coin-machine business, which Charlie operates. Quite artistic, Julie loves her job as a saddle maker because it allows her to be creative. She also dabbles in watercolor and photography. Julie strongly believes that her family should spend time together, especially during dinnertime. More often than not, the dinner table is loud and chaotic, with everyone talking over each other, food being thrown around the table and milk being stolen from each other for fun.