Happy Saturday!

I went to work today in the morning.  I am in the process of cleaning our Burn-In Department.  Over the last year, we had a lot of construction in this department.  The place needed cleaning and a couple of people volunteered to come in.  I spent about four hours cleaning the area up all by myself.  My volunteers were nowhere to be found. 

I came home and played WII MarioKart with the kids.  After their nap time, we visited some old friends.  We got home a little late and now the kids are fast asleep.  Hopefully the kids sleep in tomorrow. :>

Tinkerbell – DVD Review

tinkerbell

We decided to buy the new DVD, Tinkerbell.  I was not to sure how the movie would be.  I was never a Peter Pan fan growing up but both my kids sure know who Peter Pan is.  Saturday night,  we sat down and watched the movie.  It was a very good straight to DVD movie from Disney.

Here is the basic description of the plot. Tinker Bell will speak in an original film that reveals many of the mysteries of nature through this Disney story.   Tinker Bell opens the doors to Pixie Hollow, a secret hideaway deep in the heart of Never Land, where the Disney Fairies make their home. 

I enjoyed the message from the film of recognizing who you are and what your talents are and how you can help the world with your own talents, instead of wishing for another person’s talent. Also a nice theme theme of dreaming for things that other people say you can never have, and having the will to work for it anyways is written into this story.

The animation is really good and the movie had a great story with some good themes. My 2 1/2 year old daughter sat through most of the movie as well as my four year old son.   If you are thinking of pick it up, I would highly recommend it.  I would give this movie a 4.5 stars out of 5.

Halloween Etiquette

We decided to take our kids to the mall this year for trick or treating. The first time we went, my son made out like a bandit but the last two years, it seems the stores in the mall are being cheap.  I now have two kids trick or treating and they are getting about half of what he got that one year between the both of them.  I was shocked to watch some stores give out only one tootsie roll.  These stores charge us an arm and a leg when we shop at them and why can’t they spend a few bucks on candy to hand out to the kids, get real!  Please note, there were a few small shops that had closed their businesses for the evening but sat in front of their shop just to pass out candy, that was very cool.

Around seven, we made it back home and we took the kids trick or treating around our neighborhood.  We live in a townhouse complex and it was a great spot to hit a lot of homes in a short amount of time.  I told my kids the rule:  if the light is on, then we can knock.  The first place we went to, the neighbors were outside talking and had their porch light on,  so we my kids said “Trick or Treat.”  Well the ladies who were outside, ran into their place and one of the guys kindly said that they have no candy.  I would like to warn anyone that if you don’t have candy, then please stay inside and turn off your porch light.  This will make for a less uncomfortable situation.  We did end up with a lot of the other neighbors giving my kids much more candy than I had expected.

A Mouse in the BBQ

It was not the weekend we planned.  First, my little princess got sick.  My son was sick most of last week and he gave her what he had.  We struggled giving her medicine and she would say, ” I don’t want it.”  To be honest, I was a bit worried at night time on Friday and Saturday with her fever and cough.  It seems that her fever is finally going away today (Monday). 

Sunday, I decided to use the BBQ.  I had been marinading the steak for a couple days and was ready to fire up the grill.  I open the grill and saw a field mouse lounging on the coals.  I closed the lid and ran into the house.  After a few minutes I went back outside and opened the grill.  It looked like the mouse was gone.  I fired up the grill and the next thing I noticed, a mouse was still in the grill.  He was trying to jump out of the top of the grill but he could not fit.  Well, it seemed like I waited an eternity but I finally ventured outside with my wife to see if the mouse was dead.  As we approach the grill we saw the  mouse drop out of the bottom of the BBQ and run out of the yard.

After the excitement, my wife and I decided not to BBQ the steak.  We ended up picking up pizza from a hole in the wall pizza place down the street.  My kids barely ate any of the pizza.

My Little Princess is going through the terrible twos

I have to say, that my son seems to do well when we go out.  My little princess on the other hand is a wild one.  I know, it is the terrible twos and this is going to be one long year.  My daughter can also scream. 

Our day started good with a trip to the LA Zoo.  It was very cloudy today with some sprinkles, not your typical LA weather.  While walking around at the zoo, we did get a little bit wet.  It may have been wet but the gorillas were fun to watch and they were quite active.  Both my son and daughter got tired and did not want to walk, they both wanted to be carried.  I guess we should have brought the stroller.  My son likes to ride on my shoulders and my daughter likes to be carried.

We finally made it back to the car and my wife wanted to go check out the studio lots.  I guess Ellen has a billboard on the WB lot and she wanted to check it out.  Ellen had replaced her billboard with another picture, The George Clooney Watch.  Ellen has offices next to Clooney but has not met him yet.  Alas, she is watching out for George Clooney.  We found the lot after a few minute of driving but the Clooney Watch billboard was gone, bummer. 

After stopping by McDonalds, we set off for Ikea.  Yes, the store you could spend an entire day in and still not see everything in it.  I call this the store of torture for men.  It has a lot of cool furniture and stuff but it is just too much square footage to walk around.  We were actually looking for two items specifically, a loft bed for my son and a Futon.  My daughter was not too happy sitting in the shopping cart but at least my son was doing really good in the shopping cart.  My daughter was crying and screaming as we walked through the store.  We were able to look at the loft beds but it took us awhile to find the futons.  (Again too much square footage.)  We were almost at the futons and a kind IKEA employee offered us two coupons for free frozen yogurt for the kids.  That was nice but I wonder.  We were on the second floor and the the frozen yogurt is down stairs by the registers by the exit.    HMMMMMMMMM.

We rushed through IKEA, with our crying/screaming daughter, who by the way did not have one tear, grabbed a few items, and picked up our free frozen yogurt.  I took two large items to the car while my wife took the kids to get the frozen yogurt.  We had a few small items left in the cart so after we ate the frozen yogurt, I took my little princess with me to the car and my wife took my son to the bookstore. Parking for IKEA in Burbank is across the street in a parking structure.  I decided to take the stairs up to my parking space.  Half ways walking up the stairs, my little princess decides she does not want to walk.  Since I am the softy, I pick her up in one hand and carry the items in the other hand.

After we load up the car with the small items, I tell her we are going to the bookstore.  Of course, she has no problem walking down the stairs.  We spent about 15 minutes at the bookstore before we made our trek home. I suggested letting the kids watch an episode of the Backyardigans in the car and my son fell asleep imediately but my daughter was awake for the whole show.  I decide to turn it off and of course, she threw a fit for about five minutes.  Both my daughter and son took a good nap in the car.  Two sleeping kids in the back of the car, priceless.

It may have been a long day but it was still a fun family outing!

WB Studio Lot

WB Studio Lot

Kids are cute

We have recently been playing a match game with my son. 

Usually we will play with about 15 matched pairs of tiles…so a total of 30 tiles. Mix up the 30 tiles and then arrange them FACE DOWN in a 6 by 5 grid. Play starts by having one player turn over 2 tiles. If the  picture of the 2 tiles is the same, the player picks up these 2 tiles and turns over 2 more. If the 2 tiles are not the same, the tiles are turned back face down in the same place they were and it is the next player’s turn. The object of the game is to remember where similar tiles are located and to pick up as many pairs as possible. The winner of the game is the one who has the most tiles at the end of the game.

The other night, our four year old son was teaching his two year old sister on how to play the game.  it was so cute to watch them play.  The boy was helping his sister and she did really good with his help.  After they were done, my son counted out  how many pairs he had and how many his sister had.  Of course he won, but then he asked his sister to give him a high five for a good game played.

Moments like this is priceless.  It is interesting to see the habits our kids pick up from us.  After I would finish playing the game, I would always tell my son to give me a high five.  After watching the kids play, my wife and I joined them for another game.

Squirrel Bridge – Longview, WA

On our trip home, we decided to stop by Longview in Washington to see the only known Squirrel Bridge in the world.  It was a good distraction for the kids and a good stop for us to stretch.  They knew our first stop on our trip would be the Nutty Narrows Bridge and the boy was looking forward to it.

 

Squirrels seem to be a running joke in my family. At my mom’s old house, my mom had a birdhouse full of seeds for the birds.  The bird house was more like a bird mansion.  Many times the local squirrels would hang out, eat up the seeds, and leave a huge mess.  Anytime my mom saw a squirrel eating the bird seeds, she would scream, run outside, and then choose her weapon of choice: a broom or the water hose.  Today, my mom no longer has squirrels in her backyard but we, her loving family, love to give her anything that has to do with squirrels.

Longview is about two hours south of Seattle and 1 hour north of Portland.  My mom and brother told us about the squirrel bridge and we knew we had to go.  My brother was planning to drive down there with us but he got sick.  Of course, as we drove it began to rain but when we arrived in Longview the rain had passed.  It took us awhile to find the street where the squirrel bridge is located at.  Eventually we drove back to the library and looked up.  We saw the bridge.  It is quite small but it is for squirrels.  The park next to the library does have a statue of a giant squirrel.