We Got the FUNK: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WW: Auntie Ashley

Ok seriously!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Remembering

February was a very tough month for my family.  Not only did we lose my grandmother, but a very close family friend.  My sister and my dad took his loss very hard.  I think Jason and I are handling it better only because we have lost far to many close loved ones and our grieving process is quicker now.

My dad really wanted to get his family and ours back together like the good ol' days for a BBQ.  It was the BEST IDEA EVER!  I so miss hanging out with this family like that, with no real plans, just food and conversations and laughing and enjoying each others presence.

Here are some fantastic photos of our fun riding ATV's and enjoying the day, remembering a great man!






On a side note, today would be my grandmothers birthday.  Happy Birthday Grandma!  I love and miss you terribly.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

10 Tips for Traveling to DISNEYLAND with kids 3 and younger

On this day last year we were hopping on a plane to Disneyland to celebrate my little guys 3rd birthday! In memory of that, I thought I would bring you my list of traveling to Disneyland with younger kids. When we went, Eyan was 3 and Emberlynn was 6 weeks.

Disneyland, Younger Kids, Babies at Disney, Traveling

Without further adieu here are my 10 tips for Disneyland with younger kids!
  1. Umbrella strollers are easier then the giant ones...they have stroller parking, but sometimes it is hard to find a "larger" spot to park.  I highly suggest a smaller stroller, also baby wearing is a lifesaver.
  2. Download the "Mousewait" application to your phone. It tells you line times (on rides and restaurants!) so you don't have to walk the entire park to discover a 3 hour wait and also you can get on more rides this way.  It is also free.
  3. Don't try to do and see everything. Pick 4-5 things you must get done on your trip, the rest is bonus!  For us it was to meet Mickey Mouse, ride the Radiator Springs Racers, ride the Buzz Lightyear ride, see the parades, watch the fireworks and see World of Color.  We did all of that and TONS more.  In addition to this, have a realistic plan of action to move through the park. Go online for an updated park map and study the layout as well as the height requirements for each ride.  Planning to ride the Buzz Lightyear ride in Tomorrowland and then jumping over to Frontierland for the Winnie the Pooh ride is not the best planning and is quite a walk.  Instead have a couple attractions in each land picked out as musts and work your way through the park.
  4. Take advantage of the child swap option if you have little ones. Basically you wait in line only one time, you tell the cast member at the front of the ride that you would like to do the child swap and your family goes on while one waits back with the littlest member that cannot ride (due to height restrictions), then when they come back you get a fast pass to go right back on again.  Bonus: your older kids get to ride the ride 2x!  Now we didn't actually use this, but I watched many people use this option and love it.  I will tell you that tons of the rides are baby friendly.  We took Emberlynn on most of what we rode.  If it doesn't have height restrictions, the baby is good to go!
  5. Do a character dining experience to meet the main characters that you want to (have to make reservations through Disney).  They have tons of these, they are not cheap, but MUCH easier to eat and meet the characters instead of waiting for hours in the heat.  With little ones this is crucial.  
  6. Bring snacks...inevitably you will be in line when your oldest children decide they've had enough...a sugary snack usually got us through. 
  7. If you plan on seeing the fireworks or the World of Color go into the parks later...those are LONG days! (both are awesome but the World of Color is ahhhmazing!)
  8. Get fast passes for the World of Color and arrive about an hour prior to the show to get even better seats.  No one told us to get fast passes and it was a LONG wait to fight over the good seats, while the "fast passers" walked right to reserved seating about 30 minutes before the show.
  9. If you plan on riding the Cars Land ride (Radiator Springs Racers) the fast passes are notoriously gone by 11 each day so head there first. (Fast passes are free but you can only get one at a time)  Also, the height requirement is 40'' and they are super cautious about this.  They check heights 3 different times and not all the rulers are exactly 40''.
  10. Everything is within walking distance...we rented a car because we flew into LAX but its not necessary unless you plan on going to the ocean.  I am not joking when I tell you that Disneyland and Disney's California adventure are literally across a common area (500 ft?).  Also Downtown Disney is also about 500 ft away. 
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Update on the Peanut and FTT

So a week ago we started the iron supplements along with a multivitamin.  I am filtering questions about failure to thrive ALL the time and how Emberlynn is doing.  Well although we do not have her weight or height measurements, we do think she has actually gained!

She feels heavier and even her clothes (6 months mainly!) are fitting MUCH better.  She even is starting to get more toddler-esque features.

In just the week that we have done the iron and multivitamin, I along with Jason and Jen have noticed that her temperament is much more calm.  This weekend was full of family events and truthfully I am normally having to hold her all the time with constant tantrums and death grips on me when someone else grabs her.  God forbid I need to use the restroom and need to put her down.  However, this weekend I was able to hand her off, pee in peace and even put her on the ground for her to have some independent play time.  Jen has also noticed that Emberlynn has been calmer.

Our pediatrician told us that one of the reasons she could be acting so dramatic (yes! That is a great descriptor of our peanut) is because low iron can cause mood changes and even depression.

I am eager to get her weighed next month and eager to run some more blood work and see if the iron really was the issue.  Until then we just keep trucking along, hoping for more growth.  I am shooting for her to be in size 2 diapers by the end of May!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Eyan's Mini 4th Birthday

My baby boy is not a baby and I am so not handling that very well. I am planning a birthday party for my guy in May.  April is just too hectic this year for us.  So for his actual birthday I took a day off work, and spent it with my big guy!

He just looks 4 now.  (also look I am getting better at the DSLR!)
We took cupcakes to his classroom!

He sang "Happy Birthday" to himself as his friends sang to him lol!


Then Auntie Ashley came over and spoiled the boy with this:


Not sure how this is so blurry...

They see me rollin'

 Then we took off to Ammi & Papa's for some cake, presents, and dinner!

We told him that this was for Grandpa...jokes on him!

Realizing what is in the package!

OMG!  Interactive R2D2!

"Hey R2" (he talks, dances, plays tag, patrols the house and so much more!)



Happy Birthday my big guy!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amazon $100.00 Gift Card Giveaway {Pinterest}

This week to enter, all you have to do is follow the Pinterest pages in the entry form below!  Good Luck to my awesome readers!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

Our Easter plans are generally the same each year.  We wake up, enjoy a nice home cooked breakfast. Do a small egg hunt and check out our Easter baskets.  Then it is a frantic rush to get everyone ready and drive up north and hour to hang with our family.  The kids up there then do a huge egg hunt around our other family rink and we eat and enjoy each others' company.  It is truly one of my favorite times!

Enjoy the photo dump!


Ok this photo cracks me up!

I went more practical for Easter this year.  Spring infused with band-aids, chalk and bubbles and a toothbrush too!

The baby was torturous to take pictures of today.
First taste of her chocolate bunny, love that its on her face!
Yeah this is the best photo I got today of them both.  Bonus, no naps for the baby either (even with a two hour drive!)
My Dad's side of the family...look at all the babies! 
This picture seriously cracks me up!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Pet Feeding Station

So I made you wait.  I apologize...kinda!  However, it was well worth it.  Jason and I turned the ugliest part of our house into something that we are both so proud of and that is much more healthy for our dogs.  I had a general idea of what I wanted, and Jason had an idea and so together we just went to town.  So here is a basic idea of what we did to create the pet feeding station that perfectly matches our style!


I debated posting this picture, but I figured every construction project is a bit dirty.  So here goes, first we cleared out our old crappy plastic mats and wrought iron dog bowls that we had.  The previous dog bowls had rusted and stained my floors and were a magnet for ants (sidenote, the brown on the walls is from cinnamon to chase those pesky ants away and it totally freaking worked)!  I then mopped the hell out of the floor to pull up some of the rust and cinnamon that stained and then washed the heck out of the walls.


Next Jason and I hung the removable chalkboard decal and began to measure for the pet feeding station.  The plastic bin is for food storage.  Also if anyone knows how to get rust and cinnamon stains out of tile floors and baseboards I would love some pointers here.


We then built a frame.  Through much discussion we decided we wanted a couple cabinets, so this is the frame we came up with. 


I wanted to make sure that this station was easier to clean, so we purchased some cheap sticky tile to place on top of our feeding station and then traced our old bowl holders with a sharpie and used a jigsaw to cut out the holes.


Jason built the cupboards after a bit of frustration.  But this is what they looked like under them.


I added some final touches and this is the final design!  We are totally in love.  The dogs are much happier.  I love storing the dog food under the bowls for easy access and I am truly excited that it is a much cleaner option for all of us!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Removable Chalkboard Wall Decal {Review}

Recently Jason and I undertook the most horrid eye sore in our house (details to come).  The place where we feed our dogs. Basically it was a hot mess of ugly and we really needed to make it match the rest of our house.  I was elated when I was sent these awesome Removable Chalkboard Wall Decals from TheLuckey as I knew exactly where I was going to put it! 


What you thought I was going to show you what the pet feeding station looks like...not yet.  We still have a bit of work to do.  However, these awesome chalkboard wall decals have seriously spruced up our lame space.  I love several things about this.  I love that I can draw all over it.  I love that when Jason and I are out of town and people are watching our pets, we can easily leave the feeding and medication directions on the board.  I love that they are easy to clean, easy to apply and easy to remove without residue.


These boards are also pretty cool for kids.  I put a couple leftover scraps by the kids area in our living room and Eyan drew all over these for HOURS.  He keeps writing his name and it is such great practice and fun for him. 


My favorite however is that I can totally use these sheets of decal and my Cricut to make adorable decals for my house!  One thing to note is that this decal adheres better to semi-gloss paint over flat paint and that the surface MUST be clean.  Otherwise these are great.  The price is great too!  Right now these decals are only $11.95 for a 6ft x 2ft sheet of chalkboard decal that has numerous uses!

Head over to TheLuckey right now to purchase this awesome decal and make sure to like them on Facebook!

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TheLuckey provided me with the decal for free for review.  However all opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.