Monday, December 19, 2011

Pumpkin carving

I have more pictures and events to blog about than I know what to do with, so my strategy at this point is to get the "easy" posts done as I have time, and then chip away at the epic posts (i.e. Disney World) when I am a little more motivated to tackle them.

So, back to Halloween...

Pumpkin carving with kids always sounds like more fun than it actually turns out to be. This year, Alex was very excited for me to open his pumpkin, then he took one look inside and emphatically stated, "I am not touching that."

Isaac, on the other hand, dug right in. Problem was, he didn't get the concept of actually removing the pumpkin guts. Instead, he found it much more exciting to pull out a handful of slimy pumpkin only to immediately throw it back in, then he would applaud himself for making a "basket".

Once Mommy had done all of the dirty work and removed the guts, Alex went to town with a Sharpie marker and sketched the face that he wanted me to carve out. He was very proud of his design.

Sad pumpkin :(.

(And here's a gratuitous shot of Mommy's little Zombie and littler Astronaut.)

Little Goldilocks

So Isaac is 18 months old, and we still haven't taken him for a haircut. I have trimmed his sideswept bangs and snipped away at his mullet, so I think technically that counts as his first haircut. But we have yet to take him for a "real" haircut and chop off his baby curls, and what it really comes down to is that Isaac has the hair that Tim has always dreamed of. I have literally been forbidden to cut his hair, and I'm starting to wonder if Tim's plan is to grow Isey's hair out and turn it into a wig for himself. If that ain't a scary thought, I don't know what is...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Disney World or Bust: Part 3

Since we were only going to be at Disney World for two full days, we decided to spend the first day at Magic Kingdom and the second day at Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom, as promised, was magical. My family went to Disney Land once when I was a teenager, but it was an entirely different experience going with my kids. Although, to be honest, I think I was more excited than they were. And they were pretty excited.

Since we only had one day to fit in all of the fun things we wanted to do, we made a schedule and mapped things out as much as possible. With Alex navigating, armed with a park map and his father's indian sense of direction, we knew we'd be right on track and right on time (too bad Alex is the only one who would get that awesome Sir Topham Hat reference, and he's probably not even going to read this...).

When preparing for this trip, Alex had picked out a special pair of Lightning McQueen sunglasses from Target to wear at the park which, of course, he left at home. So we weren't two minutes into the park before we had to make an unscheduled stop at the overpriced-doodads-and-chachkes kiosk, where A picked up a new set of shades.

Alex scoffs at the mere mention of anything princess-related, but he was super excited to see the castle that appears before the opening credits of all of his favorite Pixar movies.

Isaac, meanwhile, kicked back and went along for the ride. Even if he didn't appreciate the magic of Disney World, he loves to be outside and to watch people and see cool new things.

Our first scheduled stop was Tomorrowland, which promised fun kid-appropriate rides and shows, so we headed that way.

Needless to say, Alex was psyched at the prospect of riding roller coasters featuring his favorite Pixar characters. Word had it that there was an awesome ride featuring Buzz Lightyear up ahead...

Coming up next: Tomorrowland