Monday, November 30, 2015

Now That Thanksgiving is Over...

Just kidding, I started on about Christmas weeks ago when I decorated the house and brought home Toys R Us and Oriental Trading catalogs for Claire to look over.  On Wednesday I put up her Christmas tree in the playroom, and we watched The Grinch at least 5 times in the past four days.

I started getting Claire hyped about visiting Santa and asked her what she planned to ask him for for Christmas.  I made a big deal about it, like "Santa can get you ANY THING you want!  All you have to do is ask (and then be a good girl.)"  Hey, I need leverage. 

She thought about it for a minute and then smiled hugely when she decided.

Her answer?  A yo-yo. 

I went ahead a made an actual wishlist for her on Amazon so I could get her some...cooler stuff.  So far I have an 18 inch doll, a dollhouse with 4 inch dolls, Elsa gloves (she walks around the house with socks on her hands and whispers creepily, "Conceal, don't feel"), the sequels to Spiderman and Transformers on DVD, a Good Dinosaur matching game, and a jack in the box because she asked for that too. I guess to go with her yo-yo when she pretend plays 1956. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving

We do two Thanksgiving dinners, just like every holiday.  It truly is awesome.  So first up was my in-laws.  Huge turkey spread and lots of wine.  Claire and Fiori had a blast playing even though they do that all the time.  Something is just *different* when it's a holiday.  Like it's more magical or something.

The food is definitely my favourite part though.  Everyone knows the actual best thing about Thanksgiving is leftovers.

After we ate there, we went to my parents' for more food and family.  I ate again, and we brought Fiori with us so the girls kept up there.
It was a lovely holiday and I have so much to be thankful for.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Ready

My aunt and grandma came to visit from Vancouver for the holiday.  Claire and I picked them up from the airport on Saturday, and while we waited at the bottom of the escalator, she pointed to every Canadian lady and asked, "Is that Mama?"  I told her she would know when she saw her.  And she did, because she took off running in the direction of the passengers and an automated voice came over the loud-speaker advising us that we were going the wrong way and to please step back. 

I took half a day off work on Monday, worked Tuesday, and had the rest of the week off.  And even on Tuesday, we had a 2 hour luncheon at my work and Claire had a Thanksgiving Feast potluck at her school.  I made (okay heated up, because Stouffer's) mac and cheese and Claire made cranberry sauce.  She was so excited about it too - carried it on her lap the whole way to school and then didn't want to put it in the fridge in the lunch room, she insisted on hand-delivering it to her teacher.  Of course in true Claire fashion she didn't eat any, not the night before when she cooked it OR the next morning when I spread some on a Hawaiian roll.

On Wednesday we spent a leisurely day at my mom's house with the visitors.  It was leisurely for me anyway, Claire on the other hand opted for a day of luxury as Cinderella.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Claire is a little, uh...sheltered (for lack of a better term) when it comes to regular television.  Maybe this is the way of the future?  She's definitely part of the iPad generation.  Plus we only have one tv and she is third in rank.

The first few times I put on Disney Jr. on mornings, when the show cuts to commercial she tells me, "Mom, it's over."  I had explained to her that it was commercial and the show would be back on.  Now she just yells at me, "Mom...skip ad." 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pie With Your Pumpkin

Claire's school put on a "pie with your pumpkin" social last Thursday.  So at pickup they had pie on tables in the lobby, and the kids and parents could take some and eat with friends.  It was really cool, and the pie wasn't half bad.  Claire only ate the whipped cream off the top because, well...she's Claire.

Claire is into pockets these days, which is cool because finding leggings or stockings to match all of her summer dresses that she was still trying to wear wasn't easy.  Now I can actually get her in jeans and, I don't know if you can see it, her Ant Man shirt. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oh, the Who-manity

DP was out of the country last week, in Panama for his annual guys trip with his brother and my cousin, and I feel okay posting about it now because he's back.  Being home without him is so much more alone-feeling when it's perpetually dark.  I spent a ton of time at my dad's, he was watching the big kids anyway, so it was fun. 
One evening I brought them all, plus Fiori, over for dinner.  They were ecstatic for dino nuggets and ketchup, since I wasn't in a rush-to-make-dinner mood.  Then they watched almost all of The Grinch before it was 8 and they needed to get home for bed.

Claire is so funny, she sat on her special chair in her Queen Elsa dress, clutching chocolate milk and a President Obama pillow.  The entire time.

Friday, November 20, 2015


We changed the kids in the snack area off the finish line of their race.  Because hello, second day Minnie outfit!  And of course their proud grandmas.

We had already planned to head straight for Pirates of the Caribbean.  It's my mom's favourite ride and we knew we'd be doing kid stuff the rest of the day.  Both of the kids were in strollers but Claire wasn't strapped in, and on our way to the ride Claire saw the Genie from Aladdin, jumped out in stride, and booked it for him!  I hadn't noticed right away because the stroller didn't even jolt, next thing I see her red dress out of the corner of my eye and she's almost tackled the Genie going in for a hug.  He didn't see her coming so there was a bit of a collision, and she ended up on the ground.  I picked her up and she was a little shaken up, as was I since she had just run off, and it's a split second of panic when you realize your kid isn't in eye-sight at freaking Disneyland.  But she calmed down and we went in line the proper way to give the Genie a hug. 

The wait for Pirates was only about 30 minutes, but that's long for kids.  They didn't complain though.  We were basically that family who let their kids swing on the railing and ropes barring they weren't messing with other people.  Seriously, you try telling two excited toddlers to stay still for half an hour.

On the actual ride, Phoenix was a trooper, like nothing fazed him.  Claire cried and hugged me the entire time.   Except when she saw Captain Jack at the end, then she's like waving to him and yelling "Bye Pirate!"  I wasn't sure if I felt sorry for her.

Immediately afterward we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride and then walked over to Fantasy Land.  Claire spotted the castle and became entranced.  "The castle!  The CASTLE mommy!  The princess lives there!"  We went thru it and rode the carousel and Dumbo ride.  The kids had a blast.

We also got into the Frozen show.  Well, most of us did, the grandmas had to watch from outside the seated area despite being 10 minutes early.  The kids were entranced during the entire thing, except when they were singing along to the songs. 

After the show, it was about 4 so we left for a break.  I dropped my mom at the airport because she had to fly home.  We decided we'd go have a nice dinner at Downtown Disney and then go back into the park for Toon Town, the parade, and fireworks.  We put our name down for dinner at Tortilla Jo's and then shopped at the Disney store for an hour before being seated, then proceeded to have a very enjoyable (with toddlers, who knew?) dinner complete with a couple of (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) drinks.  It was so relaxing we lost track of time and it was time to pack it in for the night.

Kamillah and I had planned to put the kids to bed and then have a couple of beers in celebration of our successful day, but in true mom-fashion we passed out cold.  The next day we had a leisurely morning in the hotel room before hitting the road back to Vegas.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kids 200m

Claire and Phoenix ran this race last year, but obviously don't remember.  Claire was excited to wear her number bib though, since she had just seen me come back to the hotel wearing mine.  Especially when I told her she would also get a medal. She wanted to be carried to the start line and fussed standing in the corral, but then all of a sudden when the guy said, "Go," she took off running!

I stole these photos from the photographer's website.  Don't worry, I plan to buy the entire package.  How many times can I say, "That's my girl!" 

Claire stopped after crossing the finish line to wave at the other runners and wait for Phoenix.  Then the two of them collected their medals like a boss.