Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a bit on disneyland

So, I know a post about Disneyland pretty much demands photos. However, I am not going to do photos on this post. Why? I'm not on the "big" computer, and photos take some time to upload, etc.

A short rundown on Disneyland with a baby under 6 months old and a toddler under 2.5.

Don't do it.

Okay, maybe do it. But don't have a sick toddler (which we did) and do bring a baby wrap and stroller for the toddler (which we did). But not having a sick toddler pretty much trumps anything else.

Simon managed to come down with the flu/vomiting the morning we were to leave. What do you do? For one, hope it is the 24 hour flu. e vomited in the car on the way to the airport, for goodness sakes, and we had to stop at Old Navy, buy new clothes, throw out some old clothes, and try to clean the carseat the best we could.

He seemed to be doing better later on, and our first day at Disneyland was pretty fun (seriously, thank goodness for the baby wrap to hold Eleanor, since Simon wanted to sit in the stroller basically the whole time).

On day 2 (of 3), we went to California Adventure around lunch time and were loving Cars Land (so cool—it really looks like the movie). Jamund took Simon on the flying tires ride and came out holding Simon, so happy, but with something on his shirt.... poop.

And thus began the yucky poop phase of our Disney trip. Day 3 was pretty much misery time. It was rainy, my shoes (Toms) and socks were basically wet and squelchy the entire day. We powered through a tantrum, going to Disneyland and California Adventure, and then back to Disneyland. During/after dinner we had another yucky poop on our hands (well, in his pants), so we went to the Mother/Baby area (which is great) to change his diaper and feed Eleanor. The diaper change required an outfit change and then we were out reading some books when Simon was offered and took a pretzel from some people. He took a bite and then vomited all over. Jamund caught some in his hands and on his clothes. Simon didn't have another change of clothes, so he (and Jamund) spent the rest of the cold/yucky evening in vomitty clothes. Oh man, it was awful. Eleanor also had a yucky poop right after that which required a change of clothes. If Day 3 had been Day 1, we might have only had one day at Disneyland, you know what I mean?

So we made it back to the hotel and went to bed (after trying to "wash" out clothes in the bathtub). I woke up feeling yucky and had my own yuckiness and vomit time before we headed to the airport (we also had to wait outside in the rain for our shuttle for awhile. Nice).

We made it home eventually, somehow, and I only threw up once more at home! (it's the small things).

We've now transitioned from the flu to horrible nasty colds and what I'm pretty sure is croup. Poor Eleanor. She is just miserable.

Anyway, I feel like we are under quarantine. So far it's been a pretty lousy December, though we do have a great tree with awesome frosted sugar cookie gnomes, owls, and squirrels on it...

Pictures someday. Probably. Maybe.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Giving thanks

Hello people!

So, we had a pretty good/busy Thanksgiving week. We decided to (finally) go to the "Eat Like a Pilgrim" Thanksgiving dinner at Thanksgiving Point. We've been mulling over going for at least 1-2 years now, and we finally took the plunge. It got the kids home a bit late for bed, but oh well. Basically, it was a "reenactment" of the first Thanksgiving, but I'm not convinced the food was as authentic as they claim it is/should be. We had salad, apple cider, bread, corn pudding, pumpkin (which Ellie tried a little bit of for her "first" real/solid food), turkey, pork, and berry cobbler. They also had some animals—like a little goat, calf, turkey, as well as some pilgrim-type things (exhibits/games). Also, of course, there were people dressed up like pilgrims and Native Americans. 

Other than that, the week involved this:

And this— Eleanor's first cereal:

And, naturally, Thanksgiving itself:

(inspiration for the centerpieces from here)

My sister and her family came over along with my mom, who happened to be in town, for a "Mexican" themed Thanksgiving. We made a turkey and cranberry sauce, but mostly we enjoyed eating the tortillas, rice, beans, chips, salsa, guacamole, and corn pudding. We also had some pies for dessert. Some of the kids put on a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving, complete with an after dinner dance party that the pilgrims probably should have had, if they didn't. Also, Jamund was so pleased because he somehow got almost everybody (read: not me, at least not for very long) to watch "Princess Mononoke." That, in itself, constituted a successful day for Jamund. 

Next up: our very exciting and memorable Disneyland trip with two babies! 

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Halloween isn't really our deal. In the months preceeding we talk over and over about potential costumes for our family. We could all dress up like characters from The Bernstein Bears, or Harry Potter or whatever. But our affinity for costume making or even costume designing is pretty lousy, so we usually drop the ideas and come up with something fairly last minute for the kids.

To start off Halloween for FHE that week we made some awesome Jack-O-Lanterns. Simon was mostly memorized by them.


This year was Simon's first year being able to go trick or treating. Kari and Eleanor were both a little sick so they stayed home and we left the candy on the porch. 

This year Simon dressed up like a Train Engineer. His costume was borrowed from some friendly neighbors. I think Kari made the kerchief herself.


It was our first year going out together. We had a lot of fun. Usually he'd go up to the door and stare at the people until they gave him candy :)

Trick or Treating

Eleanor was dressed up like a lovely butterfly. Simon thought her costume was a backpack and also liked very much to wear it.


That night we also had our traditional Jack-O-Lantern pizzas, but we were out of Tomatoes so we used Sausage instead to make the face. It was pretty good. I tried to make one that looked like a moon (in anticipation of this great idea I have to make a pizza company called Half Moon Bay Pizza Co.), but it didn't really work out that well. This probably spells doom for my pizza company idea as well.


We also made delicious sugar cookies we tried to make with food colored frosting. Simon loved this one. For obvious reasons.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

That Time I Remodeled The Bathroom

So Kari mentioned that we are moving to the bay area and selling the house. Part of selling a house is getting it ready for other people to enjoy. While we certainly enjoy our home there are definitely some parts of our house that aren't super awesome. One such area used to be our downstairs bathroom. With the help of Ikea and a bunch of time we made it beautiful. Below is a decent side by side photo of the transformation.

Let me outline some of the improvements:
- Removed wallpaper
- Removed old fixtures / mirrors
- Removed old vanity / sink
- Cleaned up walls
- Had some guy fix the molding along the floor
- Painted Walls
- Added new lights from Ikea
- Installed awesome Ikea vanity over the course of 2 weeks :)
- Put up a cute print above the toilet
- Added a nice mirror from Lowes
- Added new Ikea towel racks and toilet paper holder

It was a fun job. It took 2-3 weeks to finish, but we're super happy with it. Unfortunately not all of our DIY jobs have been this successful and while we saved probably $1000 over having someone else do the work, it took a lot of time and was a fairly big hassle. The good thing was the Ikea plumbing stuff was way easier than we had been warned about online. Hurray for cute houses, if only our new one can be this cute :)