Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Date Night Challenge: Grooveshark is in the Heart

Guess what time it is!?!?  That's right, it's time for another...

Date Night Challenge!!!


If this is your first time reading about "Date Night Challenge", check out my Features Page for all the background.  And if you'd like to participate, grab the button and link on up in the comments!

This week, Scott and I decided to mix it up a bit with our Date Night Challenge theme...

Grooveshark is in the Heart

When I revealed this week's theme on my last Date Night Challenge post, I got a few emails and questions from faithful readers along the lines of "What the hell does that mean?" Well, now you can all put your wondering minds to rest, because I am going to tell you what it means.

Or, I'll just remind you of this classic song by Deee-Lite instead...

...and then tell you about one of my favorite websites in all the internet-land:  Grooveshark.


Grooveshark is basically free on-demand internet radio, which I assume is legal because you do not actually download anything - you just listen and leave, no commitment necessary.  I'm not entirely sure, but I think most people use Grooveshark to create playlists of their favorite songs.  However, Scott and I use it to COMPETE.  That's right folks, we're putting the challenge back in "Date Night Challenge" this week!

Here's how our Grooveshark challenge worked:

First we went outside and built a fire in our fire pit.  All Grooveshark challenges need a good campfire feel.


Then we broke out the beer.  No fancy mimosas for this date night challenge!


Then we got down to Grooveshark business.  One of us had to choose a song to begin with.  Scott gave me first dibs so I searched for and found Angel Dream, by Tom Petty.  It's been our song for forever.   

After we listened to Angel Dream, the game really began.  Scott had to find the next song, with one rule:  the title of his song had to begin with the first letter of the last word of the title of my song.  In this case, D for Dream.

He chose Devil Went Down to Georgia.

Then I went with the Goo Goo Dolls version of Give a Little Bit.

Then he picked the Bon Jovi classic Born to be My Baby.

So I picked the Sir Mixalot classic Baby Got Back.

He countered with Born in East LA, as sung by Cheech and Chong.

Then I got worried that maybe we needed to turn the volume down on the laptop so the neighbors wouldn't start to worry.

Love Story by Taylor Swift, Stop in the Name of Love by the Supremes, and Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band all quickly followed.

Then we decided this game was too easy, so we changed the rules:  the title of the next song had to begin with the last word of the last song.

So Scott went with Down in a Hole, by Alice in Chains.

And I thought to myself, what the hell song begins with the word "hole"?  I couldn't think of any, so I cheated and went with A Whole New World from Aladdin.  Gotta love those lawyerly problem-solving abilities.

Scott next picked The World Has Turned and Left Me Here, by Weezer, which I followed with Here Without You by 3 Doors Down.  We were going strong, with no loser in sight.

And then our date night got crashed.



by one...


by one.


I think it might have been the Aladdin song that woke them up.  Or maybe Baby Got Back.  Who knows.


Actually, I'm pretty sure it was just the lure of the campfire.  My kids are drawn to flames like a moth is drawn...to a flame.  Heh.

Once it burned out we put all the kiddo's back to bed.  And maybe played a million more rounds of the Grooveshark challenge.  At the end, we called it a draw - and then of course shared a good night kiss.  Turns out Grooveshark was in the heart!!!  See how it all comes full circle?  Aw.


You know, this date night challenge wasn't the most exciting of our date nights, but honestly I think I've had the most fun so far on this one.  It was just so chill and relaxing.  Good ambiance, good music, good drinks, good company...what more can you ask for?


And now for next week's Date Night Challenge theme....


Pizza and a Puzzle

No mind-benders this week, people.  We're literally going to eat a pizza and do a puzzle.  We might have to put on our thinking caps to make this one a bit more creative.  We'll see what we come up with. 


Sunday, August 29, 2010

To the Louvre and Beyond

When you are a mom to three children aged 5 and under, you spend a lot of your "free time" on the weekends doing things you wouldn't normally do.

Like, wiping poopy bottoms.

Making three different breakfastes.

Brushing Barbie hair.

Losing on purpose at Sponge Bob Squarepants Connect 4.

Prying crusty play-doh out of the play-doh ice cream maker thingy.

Putting on Buzz Lightyear costumes.

Taking off Buzz Lightyear costumes.

Watching Yo Gabba Gabba.

Denying marshmallow snacks.

And water-coloring ten million pictures.

I think I'm getting pretty good, though.  Think I could sell any of these?  For at least enough to pay for a babysitter?





Hmph.  Although I guess all the great artists were unappreciated during their lifetimes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere


This little boy has me figured out

Whenever I wear a dress,

or a skirt,

or do my  hair,

or put on lipstick,

he now tells me...

"Mommy, you look boo-yee-ful." 

I love it.

I can't get enough of it.

I may have been wearing dresses a little more often lately.  Just to hear him say it. 

And I may ask him constantly "Hey Owen, how do I look?"

And I may actually say "Squee!" when he says it.

But come on!

Can you blame me???


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Date Night Challenge: A Real Date

Guess what it would normally be time for this week?  That's right, time for another Date Night Challenge!!!


Except Scott and I actually went out on a real date last weekend since it was our eight year wedding anniversary.  And I left my camera at home.  Boo.

So instead, you can reread all of the previous installments of Date Night Challenge, which I've conveniently linked up to on my Features page.  Or, I can inundate you with photos from our wedding eight years ago.  And by "inundate", I really mean post the 3-4 pictures I scanned a few years ago before I got bored of scanning wedding photos.  Dude, you young brides who had digital camera technology back when you got married were so darn lucky!  Back in my day, if I'd asked my wedding photographer for a CD of my wedding he would have just handed me a copy of Monster Ballads.

But I do love breaking out my dusty old wedding album.   Sigh.  Maybe next year I'll scan more to share.






Ah, young love. And Scott with a goatee! Fun.

I wish I had more to post, but I told you I got bored quick.  Just be thankful I posted wedding pics instead of recapping our anniversary dinner at Red Lobster.  Which was wonderful, until our waitress asked us to fill out a survey at the end of the meal that asked us if the Crab Lover's Dinner was "moist enough."  Um....ew.


Next week we'll be back up and running with Date Night Challenge.  The theme will be....

(Aren't you just dying to know????)

Grooveshark is in the Heart

Trust me...it'll be good.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Royal Birthday Party

 Ashley Belle, just shy of two months old

My baby turned five.years.old.


I find this unacceptable. But alas, I am not in charge of the hands of time. As will be further evidenced by the epic freak-out I will have when I turn 35 later this year.  A storm is brewing, my friends.  Just you wait.

Anyways, back on topic.  To celebrate, we had a little party and invited all of the neighborhood girls.  Princess-wear optional.


Thankfully she's not too old to pose for a mommy and me shot before her friends got there.  Am I holding on to her a little too tight?  My baby!!  *sob*

The neighborhood girls range in age from preschool to middle school, so I struggled to find a craft that would keep them all entertained.  I think I did pretty well.  We made jewelry boxes.  Huzzah!


I bought these babies from Michael's for $1.99 a pop, and then had Scott spray paint them silver to make them more fancy-treasure-chest-looking-ish.  Although in retrospect, I probably should have kept them plain and just let the kids color them in with markers.  Oh well, I can do that the next time my baby girl turns five and has a princess party.  Except she'll never turn five again!!!!  *SOB*


I bought all sorts of doo-dads for the girls to glue on those suckers.  Poof balls, jewels, stickers, etc.


Ooh, sparkly.  I wish I'd bought an extra jewelry box for me to decorate too, dangit.  The girls focused on this craft for 45 minutes, so I call success!  Which thank goodness, because I used up all my creative juices on coming up with the craft and didn't plan any party games.


We also decked the table out with plenty of princess party paraphernalia. 


When I was buying all this stuff at the party store, the check out girl tried to kill me via emotional breakdown.

Check Out Girl:  Is this for your daughter's birthday party?

Me:  Yeah.

Check Out Girl:  How old is she gonna be?

Me:  Five.

Check Out Girl:  Oh, she's getting big.

Me:  Yeah.

Check Out Girl:  Don't you wish you could keep her a baby forever?

Me:  Yes.  *SOB!*

Check Out Girl:  Cuz if she stayed a baby, then you would stay young forever too.

Me:  YES!  *SOB!* *SOB!*  *SOB!*

Check Out Girl:  Have a nice day.

Me:  *SOB!*

Oof.  Luckily Scott purchased the princess cake, so I didn't have to break down in more than one public place.


The "cake" was really just 2 dozen cupcakes all frosted together.  Cheaper and easier set-up/clean-up than a regular cake, so I tip my tiara to your princess cake selecting skills, Scotty.


Ashley had to do a double take when I reminded her to make a wish before blowing out her candles, so I'm pretty sure she made a good one.


If I had to wager a guess, I'd bet it involved Barbies.  Or maracas.  She has diverse interests.

After the cake and present opening (which I didn't get any pictures of because I was too busy reminding Ashley that the presents came from actual people and maybe she shouldn't run willy nilly from gift bag to gift bag throwing tissue paper and cards to the wayside), the girls took advantage of the 10 minutes of party-time remaining and ran all over my house screaming at the top of their lungs about dragons and towers and evil witches and beautiful princesses.


Let me tell you, nine little girls can be freakishly loud.  It's really quite extraordinary, when you get right down to it.  Note to self:  Next time, have an emergency party game ready.

Except there won't be a next time!  *SOB!*  Next year she'll probably want a party theme with Hannah Montana or Diana South Carolina or Alexis Texas or whatever Disney teen star is in at the moment!  *SOB!*  Although I do like that Party in the USA song.  It's so dang peppy.  Hmmm.  Maybe Ashley growing up isn't so bad after all.

Yes it is.  *SOB!*


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Date Night Challenge: Breakfast in Bed

Guess what time it is!?!?  That's right, it's time for another...

Date Night Challenge!!!


If this is your first time reading about "Date Night Challenge", check out my Features Page for all the background.  And if you'd like to participate, grab the button and link on up in the comments!

This week, Scott and I decided to go a bit old school with our Date Night Challenge theme...

Breakfast in Bed

Exciting, no?

After we shipped the kids off to bed, we slipped into something a little more comfortable (p.j.'s) and started things off the way all good breakfast dates should...with a bottle of champagne.  The $6 kind.  Fancy!


We combined it with orange juice to make Mimosas.  Seriously the easiest drink to make in all the world and tres delicious.


Don't the strawberries look like puffy little hearts?  I didn't even intend to do that, I swear!

But let's get serious, people.  We all know that breakfast isn't breakfast without one very important item.


Bacon.  Yum.

Scott banished me to the table to sip my mimosa after a wayward bacon grease splatter almost killed me.  Breakfast in bed is dangerous stuff.


After a minor disagreement about whether or not to make pancakes in addition to the eggs and hashbrowns and bacon and toast (I voted yay on the pancakes, he voted nay - spoilsport), we decided it was time to eat.


So we headed upstairs to the "bed" part of the equation.


So comfy. And delicious.  And simple.  Which is always a plus when you're planning a date night at home.


Of course we didn't stop there for the night.  But what else can you possibly do on a "Breakfast in Bed" date night challenge, you ask?

Well, lots of things.

But we decided to watch the classic 80's movie starring Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson - The Breakfast Club.


Which was fun for awhile, until we realized we'd have much more fun if we reenacted it instead.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Breakfast Club, starring Scott and Megan. 

Watch out Molly Ringwald, there's a new teen queen in town.  Or a mid-thirties queen.  Whatever.

Anyways, we had a lovely night, as always.  Of course I can't leave out the goodnight kiss.


What can I say?  He makes me feel like I'm back in high school all over again.  Minus the acne and the angst.


And now for next week's Date Night Challenge theme....

(What will it be?!?!?)

A Real Date

No, seriously, my mom is actually coming over to babysit and we're going out on a real date this weekend.  It seems a little anti-climactic after all these fantastic home dates, though, doesn't it?  Oh well, I'm sure we'll figure out something to do.


Monday, August 16, 2010

So You Think You Can Tap

Last night I asked Ashley if she wanted to take dance classes this fall.  She told me she already knew how to dance.

Then she put on her flip flops and performed a tap dance recital in our hallway.

"See mommy?  I told you I knew how to dance," she said breathlessly as she stutter stomped and clattered away.

Then she fell down.

"I'm okay!" she called without me even asking.  Phew.

And then she was up again, tapping furiously.  "Mommy, you have to cheer really loud, so I can hear you over my tapping," she helpfully instructed.

So I cheered.

"No, mommy," she sighed, exasperated.  "You have to say 'Encore!'"

So I yelled encore! encore!

Which of course, made her dance more.

Then, she started naming her dance moves.  "Mommy, I call this one the 'Turny Aroundy.'"

I would ooh and ahh.

Then she would fall down again.

"I'm okay!"

And so on and so forth.

Finally she took a sweeping bow.  I'm surprised she didn't make me throw roses at her.

So I think the answer to my question is yes, she would love to take dance classes.  Now I just need to find a dance studio.  God bless whoever I pick.  They're gonna need it.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Police Cozy Coupe Review

I recently got the opportunity to review a product from CSN Stores...the Little Tikes Ride-Ons Tikes Patrol 30th Anniversary Edition.

Or better known as -  the Police Cozy Coupe.

The boys loooooooooove this thing.  Love.  Although I think what they really love is the air of authority it gives them.  In fact, I think it might be starting to go to their heads.

Take this afternoon, for example.  Owen was just cruising along on his motorcycle, minding his own business, not causing any trouble.


Well, maybe he was causing a little trouble.  "Look Ma, no feet!"


But he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was in Cozy Coupe police territory.  During Aidan's shift.


Did you know that the Cozy Coupe police force also serve as firemen?  It saves a lot of taxpayer money.


"Do you know how fast you were going back there?"


"I clocked you going 2 mph.  That's too fast for this town, son."


Owen is thinking "This sucks.  When is it my turn to play cop?"


Or maybe something more along the lines of "Eh....kiss my pull-up."


But it's all in a day's work for Aidan.  "Just doin' my job, ma'am.  Just doin' my job."


***I received a free Little Tikes Ride-Ons Tikes Patrol 30th Anniversary Edition from CSN Stores in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.***