Friday, May 27, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books... next?

Daeton has read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books. and.. . LOVED them.  I think the pictures breaking up the words/paragraphs make it easier for him to read.  He doesn't like 'picture books' per se but seeing a whole page of only words is sometimes overwhelming.

Anyone have any recommendations since he finished this book? Is there more coming out? Or similar authors/styles?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unique Ouchies Band-Aids

I ordered these from Mamapedia Sweet Deals. 8 boxes of band=aids. 20 in each box for $10. Eric Carle, Natural History Museum, Mad Libs, Groovy, etc.

I've been subscribing to a few 'saving money' groups via email or Facebook and this was one of them. Others, Screamin' Daily Deals (got a Jolly Jumper for Kaela's birthday for $37, even though her birthday is in August), and BOGOPOD (got large 2-topping pizza, four soft drinks and $30 in tokens at Big Z's for $17).

Also (not sure where I bought it from) Newsweek magazine for $3.99 for the year and Cosmo magazine for $2.99 for the year.

I know it is still spending money, but most are 50-71% off of normal prices!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Da Vinci Museum Pictures

A few pictures from outside the exhibit (we were at the corner of Highland and Hollywood, in the city of Hollywood. There was about 20 people outside dressed up in costumes. They would pose with people for a photo or two and ask for a few dollars in return. I got a few pictures of the kids with Freddy Kruger (sp?) on my cell phone but need to figure how to put those pictures on here next.

Daeton and Kaela in room full of mirrors. Made so people can see all sides of their wardrobe at once.

Similar to a modern-day hang glider. Picture above is a bike. Kaela was 'squeezing Daeton to death' on purpose.
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Simi Valley WAKA Kickball

Kaela took this picture of me in the dugout. I am on an adult kickball team (21 and up, co-ed). Our team is called The Free Ballers. We played a good game tonight but lost (5-0).

If this posts, I found a way to put pictures on my blog (at least one way). I have all my photos in Picasa2 and there is a box to click on to 'blog it.' So, this is a test to see if it works. If so, I'll upload pictures from the Da Vinci Museum too.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Coming Back, Again. Da Vinci Museum, Hollywood

Oh, my dearly neglected and almost forgot blog (I barely remembered the log-on password). It has been WAY too long since I have updated or posted on here! Basically since I became addicted to Facebook (FB) and started posting and playing on there all the time. Well, I've decided to try, again, to keep this up-to-date. I have long forgotten how to have the Google AdSense on the blog so deleted them. I might look into them and update at a further time. As for now, here is a brief update:

Still me in the same place, just two years older (my kids grew too!). Both of them are growing like weeds and I know it will be only a matter of time before they are both taller than me.

We have two weeks left of this current school year. Trying to do some fun things. On Friday of last week we went to the Da Vinci Museum in Hollywood. The kids got a kick out of the adults in costumes, posing with tourists with camera for a few bucks. I asked a StarTours guide if one of the local buildings paid them to be there. Her answer, "Noooooo.... they work as independents but they get in HUGE trouble if they go back without making enough money for the day." and then, as if she said too much, she changed the topic. Sounds like a new form of pimping to me! Just saying!

So, the Da Vinci... I had to DRAG the kids there! Not kidding. They both thought it would be stupid. Daeton thought he knew it all already. Kaela thought it would be boring. Well, they both really enjoyed it. We spent about 2-3 hours there. Daeton took about 40 pics and 8 videos of how some of the gears worked because he, 'wanted to buy the material and wood and use the ideas to build them himself at home.' Not sure it will ever happen but I love his ambition.

Afterwards we headed 3 miles away to Whimsical Alley (Harry Potter Store). It was open as we drove past it (big OPEN sign) but we parked on the side of the building, feed the parking meter (not used to having to PAY for parking everywhere- paid $2 after validation when we went to the museum). So... anyways, we get to the front of the building and it is 5:01 pm and the place is closed! :-(

Big MOM FAIL! I thought they were open until 6pm. That is only Sat & Sun. M-F they close at 5pm. So, we grab Indian food at a restaurant next door (took them 45 min to make it and we were the ONLY customers in the place) and Quiznos for Daeton and Kaela and we head towards the car.

The 6 miles from Whimsical Alley to the freeway on-ramp took 45 minutes and it took another hour to get home.

I let the kids watch tv in the car for the first time since we bought it (I told them it was for road trips only and not around-town-driving. It was QUIET in the car the whole ride as the munched on their subs and watched Freaky Friday.

Okay, off to cut coupons and get to bed.

My newest thing.... call me crazy but it works, is to get up at 5:30 and give Daeton his ADHD medicine and let him go back to sleep (and I do too). The meds kick in in about 1 hour and wake him up and I get up about 7am. In that 30 minutes of his own time awake he usually plays with Legos in his room or posts his own videos on YouTube (I'll share some soon). By the time I get my coupons done it will be after midnight so that is all for now! I have pics of Da Vinci Museum to upload too (I have to re-learn how). The place was suppose to close the end of May but they extended it until June. It is definitely a neat place to visit.