Friday, May 29, 2009
- 6 apricots
- 6 nectarines
- 1.5 pounds of white seedless grapes
- pint of red raspberries
- bag of baby carrots (not sure how this works, but they had bags of baby carrots there today!)
- box of anjou pears
- red bell pepper
- green bell pepper
I feel like a produce pirate when I go there. Forage, pilage, plunder...but then I realize, hey - others are there too, getting fresh produce for a steal of a deal, so I guess it isn't too illegal. Ok, not illegal at all, but I pretend I have a little adventure in my life outside my house. Well, adventure in addition to taking both kids and my husband to the market. ;o)
Now for the plans - I had pretty much in my mind what was going to be on our menu for the coming week - and I have a drawer full of veggies that need to be cooked up and enjoyed. Plus, mom keeps bringing us the delightful garden variety treats from her neighbor who is enjoying some early harvest (we've got asparagus overflow). I almost indulged in a fresh pineapple - YUM - because I had already planned on Sweet and Sour Pineapple Shrimp with peppers sometime this coming week, but knew if I got it, it wouldn't make it to that dinner anyway - it'd end up in all four of our tummies - we love pineapple!
Have some fresh broccoli that needs to be used; I'm contemplating doing a nice premixed up and bake the next morning quiche. ANY SUGGESTIONS? I need something to do with the broccoli - I know one of you has some recipe. Anyone care to share? I anxiously await! :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We hit Playhouse Disney show first - we wanted to make sure we saw the show when the kids were rested and it wasn't full. They loved it. What 1.5 year old and 4 year old wouldn't be stoked to see a live show with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters, Little Einstein, Handy Manny characters and My Friends Tigger & Pooh characters?
We rode it the first time and he was nervous about the whole beginning, and then laughed his socks off while the tower elevator dropped and shot back up and dropped again. We stepped off, and his first and immediate question was, "When can I go again?" Once again....thrill seeker.
After dinner, we hit a few more rides, including the new Toy Story ride that is interactive - it requires 4D glasses and is like an arcade. I should say, you are in the arcade while riding and participating. It's pretty incredible. The kids both loved it. Anna actually had a blast shooting with her arcade gun at the different games - by the end she understood what she was doing and was giggling. Then we stopped in to see Buzz and Woody. Anna wouldn't go near them, Hudson wanted to stay all day.Hudson and Daddy went to ride Tower of Terror one more time for the day and Mommy and Anna hung out on the Main Street until the met us. Anna got her prized Tink purse and necklace and Daddy and Hugs met us by this awesome fountain. Mommy finished out her requisite Disney Treat Expedition with a frozen chocolate covered banana (Daddy knows what yummy treats I like!) - and the little people managed to have a few bites as well.And we leave you with this beautiful face, enjoying the sunshine at sunset - what a great trip we had!
We were successful! Yippee! But what I mean by the fact that my day was complete was that was all I wanted. I wanted to see and go on the Safari and I was happy! I spent some of the day with Anna playing and shopping while the others ventured into shows that would've scared her more than the fuzzy characters at the breakfast. Btu I was totally content with that! Hudson even tried the Dinosaur ride - he tried it. He didn't like it much (he thought it was going to be really fun to see Dinos, and we tried to explain it wasn't like the EPCOT Dino ride) - but he survived with Mommy holding his hands and promising it would soon be over.
After experiencing what we could with small children at AK (it's more an adult geared park), we headed back for late naps and then swam at the pool for the rest of the day...and we were ALL happy to do that.
That's Anna on Day 4. Well, at least with the character breakfast at the Crystal Palace. We picked the Crystal Palace for its' amazing smorgasboard of delightful culinary treats, as well as the fact that it was the site that had Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. We thought Anna would like the characters there because she loves Pooh and Piglet. We were wrong. Well, sorta. She liked them from a distance. She liked watching them with Hudson, but should they dare make a miniscule movement to approach her, her response was (can you guess?) - "Buh-bye!" and a wave.
Hudson on the other hand loved the attention from the big lovey characters. He even had a full on conversation with Tigger - as much as a conversation you can have with a non-speaking, head-nodding furry charcter of abnormal size. (Come to think of it, why am I not scared of these things?) He asked Tigger about his favorite breakfast foods and what he likes to eat. He asked some other things too, but Uncle B was holding him, so I was only privy to part of the conversation.
Aladdin's Carpet Ride
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Hudson helping his lil' sis with her shoes to go to the pool
You can see a trend in the first couple of shots - Daddy likes treats and Hudson likes to be the recipient. Hudson and Daddy really liked the "Cool Club" by Coca-Cola where you sample Coke from all around the world. After naps, everyone joined in on the fun and we were able to see Alice and Donald Duck. We liked the kids play areas, rode rides, and watched the trains for a long time. We finished up our evening with Mexican (pre cinco de mayo celebration) and a nice boat ride!
Kickin' it birthday style with the ears
Chip and Dale wish Hudson a Happy Birthday.
Back on Main Street for the Electro Magic Parade and Wishes Fireworks - after the kiddies were in bed and with Grandmom of course!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Imagine my consternation as I entered the pb aisle at Target and found the Skippy Natural to be sold out. Jif has apparently picked up on the success of 'natural', and has added it's own to the mix. So, we threw it in the cart to try it out. (by the way, also threw in some archer farms blue corn tortilla chips with flaxseed - YUM!) It has five ingredients - the same ones as SN, but an added fifth of molasses. I am pleased with the pb, but it is runny and it does actually need to be stirred to get everything all blended. It's tasty, but a little sweeter and not as 'nutty'. It's worth it, if you can't get the Skippy.
So, my winner is.....Skippy :o)
It's ok. You don't need to tell me that you really don't care that much, but this is cathartic to me. I've wanted to post some over the past 2 weeks, but my husband is trying to figure out where to upload our pictures. To the laptop which is faster, or the older computer that has all of our other pictures. It's apparently a really tough decision for him. Because it's kept me from posting.
Mainly because I've wanted to post on our amazing vacation at Disney. But I guess I'll have to do some retro-bloggin when he makes his decision. Stay tuned!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
We started off the day at a nice leisurely pace, made our way to Main Street, USA via a ferry boat and entered a world full of smiles. It was amazing to see how many people wished Hudson a Happy Birthday (as he had been given a special pin upon our arrival on Saturday night). I would venture to say over a 100 cast members and guests gave him special wishes and if they didn't, he made sure to let them know that it was his birthday! The pin also came with some unexpected surprises at various shops along the way - he got treats, but they also noticed a little sister, and she got treats too!
We made sure to stop in the Main Street Confectionery to order our birthday celebration cupcakes for dinner and then we hit the rides. (Not many, mind you, remember - leisurely!) The lines weren't long at all - 10 minutes at most - except for Dumbo. We rode Snow White first and there was a thumbs up from Hudson, snuggling and hiding for Anna. After that we rode the carousel and Dumbo. We picked up lunch at sat at a great table that allowed us to watch the parade at the same time (Mickey, Buzz, Woody and Jessie all in the same parade? Hudson was in heaven! He kept calling out, "Hi Buzz! Hi Woody!")
After naps, the kids and I ventured back to meet Uncle Bryan and Grandmom at the gate where Hudson was greeted by Chip and Dale! They wished him a happy birthday and were elated that they could hold up 4 fingers like Hudson (they only have four, check it!). Bubba got to blast away Evil Emperor Zurg and laugh at Mike Sullivan in the Laugh Floor.
Back on the boat to the cabin for a special birthday dinner (Hudson's fave - Pasta and Salad) with Daddy arriving just in time off his flight to top off the evening with a round of Happy Birthday (twice, cause he likes it so much), complete with Mickey Balloons and special icing-laden cupcakes with four candles. (just enough icing to send him into hyperdrive before bed...i convinced him that if he split his cupcake in half, we could save the other half and sing happy birthday with candles again another night - it worked! :)
He's blissfully sleeping and most likely dreaming of what will come next - EPCOT to see Crush, Nemo and Dory....maybe they'll sing Happy Birthday too!
Happy Fourth Birthday Beautiful Boy!