But if you don’t have TV (like us) then you can watch my fifteen minutes of fame here. Well it’s actually 2 minutes of fame (from 3:10-5:10, mom).
If you like the show be sure to contact COX3 to tell them you want more OC Family TV!!
Looking for something fun and Halloween-y (ha… weenie!!) to do with your kiddos tomorrow? Look no further! Bring the kiddos to Pretend City in costume (to see the NEW Curious George traveling exhibit), get their teeth checked, take part in fun activities and the first 40 kids who participate get a goodie bag.
Inside the museum you’ll find the Curious George Costume Party, trick-or-treating throughout the “city,” pumpkin decorating in the art studio & Early Literacy Program volunteers will be reading to kids while they wait for their dental screenings.
(The free 10 minute dental screenings run from 10am-12pm, but do not include admission to the museum.)
Saturday at 6:30pm you can enjoy OC Family TV on COX3 with awesome crafts from me!! Yes folks, I’m a cable TV star. Not really. But the crafts I’m sharing are awesome. REALLY!! I’ll post my segment Saturday
A little black felt and orange spray paint can turn anything into a jack-o-lantern!
After the pirate par-tay we hopped on a shuttle to the Tall Ships Festival.
It was our first year and we weren’t disappointed! Eli was in HEAVEN. He got to hold real weapons, meet real redcoats and chat with real pirates. It was a dream come true for the little fellow. We are so blessed to live near Dana Point’s Ocean Institute.
(It still sounds so strange to say “boys.” As in plural. As in I have 2 sons!)
At home Eli got to open his presents. (Since we request “no gifts,” we open ours after the party!) Eli loves cards just like his Daddy. He admires each one and we save them in a basket to read throughout the week. It’s pretty cute… and that means a lot coming from an anti-card-person like myself. This years favorite card was from Yaya and Papu with pop out windows of a pirate ship picture.
We are so proud God chose us to be your Daddy & Mommy! At 4 years old, you continue to grow in physical strength as well as in strength of character. Watching your compassionate spirit is inspiring! Thank you for reminding us of God’s unconditional love and grace daily. You are brave and full of joy. We are so glad you are YOU, and you are OURS!
All our love,
Daddy & Mommy
I haven’t posted about some big events around here: Eli’s bday, Cora’s bday and Cy’s actual birth. It’s one of those things where you want to spend some time on it, so you put it off till you actually have time, but you never have time, so it never gets done. (Does that make sense?) I’m sure that never happens to you but it happens to me daily. REALLY!
So I’m doing it now!
If you’re new around here you may not know that I’m big on matching coordinating the family’s outfits for parties… or anytime we are out together. I’ve even been known to match us to a party theme we are going to… yes I’m that lame.
Boys in aqua. Girls in purple. Kiddos in Eli’s Lids Pirate tees.Everybody knows Eli is obsessed with all things pirate. (Arrgh!) And this year’s Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point was his bday weekend. Some call it coincidence. We call it destiny! (Arrgh!)
We gathered at Thunderbird Park in Dana Point to break some bread, (aka eat cake) then guests had the option to hit up the Festival. (Arrgh!)
You know you have awesome cousins when they come to every kiddo bday party even though they are cool and have better things to be doing on a Saturday afternoon don’t have kiddos. My kiddos adore them and they are cuties to boot… Guess who Cora Jane loves the most? You know that annoying mom who insists on getting every child together for a huge group shot at EVERY gathering???
That’s me. (Arrgh!)
I will admit, it’s kind of a pain… but so worth it later. Who knows, these could be part of a wedding slideshow someday. Not that I’m pro arranged marriages or anything… but I totally am. Not really… really… now you’ll never know!
I mean, look at all the little pirates saying Arrgh… My friends and I are very good at making babies. (Take a look at last year’s group shot) Here are the kiddos who couldn’t sit up for the group shot…
More birthday updates coming next time…
I have never bought paper throwaway plates/cups before… till baby#3’s arrival in June.
(Guilt about excess waste and the environment and all.)
What a sanity saver.
It saves so much time on clean up at lunch and breakfast.
The winner of the Discovery Science Center & unlimited rides at the Pumpkin Factory is…
If you didn’t win get your coupons here!
(now you have the ROSS song stuck in your head)
This week I got a cute leaf bowl and vintage looking turkey plates at ROSS… We were at ROSS to pick up some shoes for Eli, because he only has one pair at the moment – Rainbows (filp flops) that are 2 sizes too small (once again I get the Mother of the Year Award). I saw the bowl and plates and instantly fell in love. I ran over to Hot Hubby to show him my amazing find and the conversation went like this…
Me: OMGosh! Look at these! The plates are only $2.50. Is this an awesome find or what??
HH: What are we going to use the plates for?
Me: Um… to eat off of… duh!
HH: We have plates.
Me: Yeah, but these look like vintage plates and we can use them in the Fall. It will be festive! It will totally become an enduring memory for our children… they’ll remember our Autumn candlelit dinners with these plates forever. Then when we die they’ll fight over them.
HH: Um…OK. What are you going to do with a leaf bowl? Me: An easier question to answer would be, what can’t I do with a leaf bowl?? I can put anything in it for potlucks and when I have to make something for big family gatherings. AND everyone will say how awesome it is because it’s a bowl that looks like a leaf… are you not seeing how adorable that is??
HH: You never have to make anything for big family gatherings because everybody knows you suck at cooking aren’t blessed in the kitchen.
Me: So you think I shouldn’t get the delightful leaf bowl?
HH: Well, if you can find a good use for it…
Me: I’ll eat my cereal out of it if I have to…
And I did!
If you don’t win our awesome giveaway for the Cube and Pumpkin Factory then I can at least offer you some awesome coupons… click HERE for 1 free ride at the Pumpkin Patch (expires 10/31) and $5.00 off your ticket at the Discovery Science Center (expires 11/30)… and since I’m throwing coupons around how about one for Eli’s Lids? Enter the coupon code ILovePumpkins at checkout for $4.00 off your order!
One of the kazillion reasons we love living in Orange County is all the fun places to go! Last week we got the chance to check out The Discovery Science Center’s (aka The Cube) Bug Invasion and The Pumpkin Factory. They have paired up to offer an awesome Trick or Treat Candy Quest.
I was a little flustered after arrival because someone was having an emotional day, someone was starving for a bottle and someone wanted to run around the Cube to check out all the awesome exhibits.
(I’ll let you guess which someone is which)
I was basically feeling like the worst mom in the world because Cora Jane had an accident (thankfully #1) and I didn’t have a change of clothes, Cy was screaming unless I stood up in one place swaying and Eli had probably been kidnapped because he had been roaming The Cube alone for at least half an hour. Then Dr Sue said I made mothering my 3 small kiddos look so easy. I wanted to kiss her! Anyway, she’s my new BFF!
Eli said the Bug Invasion Exhibit was “GREAT!” It actually sounds more like “GWATE!” It’s super cute!
See the “gwate” video all about it…
The Pumpkin Factory has all sorts of rides, a petting zoo, and of course, loads of pumpkins!! GOOD PRICES TOO! Those big giant jumbo pumpkins for only $20. It’s a better deal than a grocery store and you are supporting a local business!!
4 general admission tickets to the Discovery Science Center AND 4 unlimited ride wristbands at The Pumpkin Factory! (You know you want to win this because you are already taking your kiddos to a pumpkin patch anyway and then you won’t have to shell out any extra moo-la for rides!)
Mandatory entry: Leave a comment with your best Pumpkin Carving Idea.
Extra entries: Leave one comment for each extra entry. One extra entry per item below…
**Giveaway ends on Tuesday October 19th at 10pm!!**
Thank your Discovery Science Center for letting us hang at The Cube!
Thank you Pumpkin Factory for the perfect pumpkins!
(And the giveaway too, of course!!)
Dear neighbor who returned our BOO,
I drove past your house after we went BOOing in the neighborhood and noticed the Halloween bowl on your front bushes. Even though we don’t know you, we thought you would be into the whole BOO thing because your house is one of the most Halloween decorated houses in the neighborhood. You know you could have just kept the goodies and not BOOed anyone else or better yet just used all my BOO stuff and put it on someone else’s doorstep. Even though you have made it clear to the world just how LAME you are I wanted to say thank you for returning our BOO. Now we get to go BOOing again!!
Your holiday loving neighbors!