Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Halloween 2013: I've Got No Strings

This post is more than overdue, but as I am preparing to start on costumes for this year, I figured I'd better get pictures from last year posted! There aren't many pictures either, as I fit in a work trip to Germany and Italy right before Halloween. As a result, I didn't snap many pictures, and the ones I did aren't great.

This year, I let C decide what he wanted to be-- which was a vampire. I thought that was pretty lame, but at least I could make him a sweet velvet and satin cape with lots of fancy jewels and bling. He absolutely loved it.

My sweet little L was Pinocchio. I made everything for his costume but the yellow shirt. The hat took a couple of tries, but I ended up being very happy with it!

Halloween 2009: Where the Wild Things Are
Halloween 2010: UP
Halloween 2011: Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood
Halloween 2012: A World of Pure Imagination

For the hat, I used a Peter Pan hat to make a pattern. I cut out two, sewed them right sides together, turned inside out and finished the seam. Then I top-stitched the grosgrain ribbon.



Best picture I got of the wiggly little guy. If only he hadn't flipped his hat brim down!



Monday, November 11, 2013

Calvin Reviews: Shlomo & Vito's New York Delicatessen

 

Calvin reviews Shlomo & Vito's New York Delicatessen:
 
So, what do you think of this place?
 *Nods*

What do you like about it?
 "I like that you can go on an outside walk while you wait for your food. We saw a waterfall, chairs, and people. We also looked at the cakes."

What did you have to eat?
"Pigs in a blanket. How do they make it?!?!"

How was it?
"Good. I dropped my shoe. Can someone hand me my shoe?"

If someone asked you if you had any ideas about a good place to eat in Tucson, what would you tell them?
"Shlombitos! And if they were wondering what they should order I'd say pigs in a blanket, pigs in a blanket, pigs-pigs, pigs-pigs, pigs in a blanket!"

...a little later, muttering to himself:
"That was the goodest meal I ever had."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Calvin Reviews


Calvin reviews Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Eatery.

What do you think you'd like to order?

"Nothing. I want dessert for dinner. There's everything yucky on this menu... I want this." (points to the Cinnamon Egg Roll Ice Cream)

Upon receiving our food, the only thing he wanted to taste was the little fish eggs on top of our sushi. He wouldn't touch his teriyaki chicken.

"These little balls are kinda squishy and wet and pop in my mouth."

Will you taste the edamame? (He tentatively puts one in his mouth.)

"This bean tastes gross. I want to get rid of it."

What are you doing now?

"Just doing little peas jumping on the bed."

If you had to choose one part of your bento box that was your favorite, what would you choose?

"Nothing. I don't like salad. I don't like that kind of rice. I only like rice with garlic salt on it."

Overall, what do you think of this restaurant?

"Nothing."

Would you come here again?

"Yeah. And that time can we have dessert?"




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy 2!

Banana Cream Pie for the birthday boy!
Linus turned two in August! We had a "You Are My Sunshine" party for him since it is his favorite song and the only thing he'll sing. Sam gave my the idea inspired from this party and I just thought it was adorable. I decided to attempt a display in grand fashion like my friend, 3ReedDotters. (I am always SO inspired by her parties). I love how everything turned out!

Yummy yellow candy and treat bar for the partiers!
I've been wanting to make something like this for a while. Finally I had an idea of a design! I used burlap and my Great Grandmother's vintage yarn. It is now hanging in Linus's room.

Sneaking sunflower seeds...
Cousins ready for the party!

Mini Banana Cream Pie for Linus! He cried as we sang. He can't stand it when people unite in song. It freaks him out.

I loved his little curls! After the party, I cut them off...:( He needed a better haircut.

He has grown so much! He says a few words and strings them together in simple sentences (mostly about what kind of food he'd like). He LOVES cars and anything with wheels. His favorite thing to do is cuddle, but running around the house with toy cars while giggling with Calvin is a close second. Here is Linus throughout the last year:
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23 Months

Monday, September 16, 2013

Calvin Reviews

I am starting a new feature on this blog in which Calvin reviews restaurants, shows, and movies. I hope you enjoy experiencing these places through the eyes of a four year old.




IHOP

Could you tell me about the food?
I got a silly pancake and the best part was the syrup. The syrup tasted so so so so so so so so so so good. There are lots of syrups. The butter kind looked like our syrup. The red and yellow syrups were the best. They were too good.

How was the service?
What's that?

Would you come here again?
YES!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cruisin/Bruisin

Before we moved, we were able to go on a family cruise on Disney Cruise Line! It was very exciting! We booked it back in January during the stresses of Phantom when we saw a "Kids sail free out of Galveston!" promo. We were sold. I'll let pictures tell the story.

On the bus from the Hotel Galvez to the cruise port on the morning of April 20th!

Calvin is very excited. We all wore our Mickey ears for embarkation day! (Because how many opportunities do you have to wear those things?) 

Linus was already tired and fell asleep in the stroller by the time we boarded the boat. He spends much of his day trying to cuddle me and suck his thumb.
We had a rough start to our trip as on Sea Day #1, Calvin injured his hand getting it crushed in the hinge of a heavy ship door when it closed quickly. It was very sad. It hurt him so bad.

It got REALLY swollen and he wouldn't move his fingers or use his hand at all so we got it X-rayed on board (kind of a neat souvenir???). Luckily, none of his bones were broken, and he cheered up after a couple days. Elsa, our stateroom attendant was so sweet and delivered ice packs to our room that night in addition to our towel animals and chocolates. :)

The hinge that got him. That door is so heavy and half of his hand was stuck in it when it slammed shut. OUCH.
Character breakfast at Parrot Cay on Sea Day #2. At first Linus didn't really know what to think.

Then he decided he really liked the large stuffed animals who were coming over to greet him and hug him.

Calvin was really into it, but sad that they wouldn't sit down and eat with us. He wanted some more personal one-on-one time with the characters.

Our little spot. We found this spot on the ship one of the first days and had to visit it at least 3 times every day. Calvin and Linus would sit there forever watching the ocean and the boat cutting through the water.  

Where's Linus? Every meal went pretty much like this. Halfway through the cruise, he decided to use the tablecloth instead and almost knocked over drinks, plates, condiments, etc.

Towel animals every night! Thanks, Elsa!

The beautiful Seven Mile Beach in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. We've been to Grand Cayman twice, and it is my favorite stop I've ever been in the Caribbean. The water is BEAUTIFUL and the town feels so safe and nice.







Tendering back to the Disney Magic. The boys only lasted on the beach for about an hour.

Hooking the tender boat to the ship so we can board again.

On port days, we took advantage of the emptiness of the ship. On sea days, the pools were so crowded- to a point that they were unswimmable. On port days, however, everyone was enjoying their port adventures, so we took advantage of that and had onboard swimming experiences then.

Ice cream break!

Enjoying lunch at Topsider Buffet on Deck 9.

Linus is really into greeting animals. He said "hi" to this pigeon about 100 times.

The staterooms on the Disney Magic were so great. So clean and spacious (for a cruise ship). One of my favorite parts about it was the BATHTUB! I was so happy to not have to try to give my kids showers (they kinda freak out, screaming and crying). Yay for family friendliness!

One of the nights, Calvin played in the Oceaneer Club and Linus in the nursery and Tyler and I enjoyed the time by ourselves.

We enjoyed walking the decks at sunset.


And had an AMAZING dinner at Palo, the premier restaurant on board. The food was so good. I will not even try to describe it, but the Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Polenta with a Roasted Shallot Sauce and a parmesan crisp was one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten. When Tyler eats the most delicious food, this is the face he makes.  

Calvin turned four while we were on board! Linus went to the nursery in the morning and we let Calvin dictate his entire birthday morning. For breakfast, he ate cinnamon rolls, a PB&J Typhoon pancake, and just had to have water, apple juice, AND chocolate milk.

Chocolate mousse cake for dessert! Nuno, Edgar, and the rest of the wait staff sang "Happy Birthday" to him at Animator's Palette.

The entrance to the third rotational dining restaurant, Lumiere's.

Here is the Lobby Atrium on the Disney Magic with a huge chandelier by famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Calvin and Tyler captaining the cruise ship simulator.

Calvin in the "Friendship Rocks!" show on the last day of the cruise. You can see him just behind Mickey. He was very proud that he learned the dance and got to be on stage.

Time to disembark! We had so much fun!
I spent 8 hours by myself with the kids waiting for our flight. It was the ultimate test of endurance. We passed the time looking out the window,

laying on the dirty floor (NOT my favorite activity),

climbing behind chairs (also not my favorite),

and laying all over mommy. It was long. We were all tired. And 12 hours later, we arrived in Tucson for our next adventure.
I am so glad we all got to go on this cruise before Tyler starts his new job. And I am so glad it was such a long vacation (6 nights). The first two days were really rough. It is hard to figure out how to travel happily with kids, especially when they have broken hands and are getting sick and are tired and cranky. Two days in and I was scared that the whole week would be horrible. But, we figured it out, and it ended up being such a fun and DELICIOUS time.