Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday : Travel

Just a few thoughts today. Craig and I often say that we would rather spend our money on experiences than stuff. Making memories are priceless.

So honey, let's go. I'm ready!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To dye for

Like most everyone else last week, we dyed Easter eggs in preparation for the big day. We celebrate Easter as the day our Savior conquered the grave, but we see no harm in getting a visit from the Easter Bunny and having egg hunts for the kiddos. We decorate the house with spring decor and dye eggs to our hearts content. Or at least we dye as many as we need for the potato salad and evil eggs*.

*Note: "Evil eggs" are so called because my youngest brother, as a wee lad, couldn't remember the name "deviled eggs". He just remembered they were bad, so they became "evil eggs" and have been that ever since.

I decided to try a couple of different ways of dyeing eggs this year, since I had seen a couple of new ways of trying things. Craig, Canon, and I used the usual color-tablet-in-water-with-vinegar method and got some pretty bright results. I didn't take any pictures of us in the process, probably because I was trying to be "in the moment" bad.

However, our dear and favorite neighbor, Sonia, had previously sent me a new way of dyeing eggs (via facebook or pinterest) so I invited her over to help with that method the next day. It involves shaving cream and food coloring swirled together and is supposed to leave a marbled effect on the eggs.

The idea is to cover your pan with shaving cream, at least an inch thick. Then put a couple of drops of food coloring in it and swirl it around with a toothpick. It should look like this when you are done.

Next, you roll your eggs around until they are heavily saturated with shaving cream. Put them aside for 5-10 minutes while the color soaks into the egg.

The blue and green coloring worked great with this method, but the orange coloring wouldn't stick so Sonia decided to try a different way. I should note that she is a nurse and has surgical gloves out the wazoo, but guess what she didn't bring with her.

Note: Both of these egg dyeing methods are rather messy so if you work in the medical field don't plan on seeing any patients the next day unless you want to freak them out. Oh wait, sorry Sonia.

While Sonia was busy taking one for the team getting elbow deep in color, Canon was hard at work supervising. See?

The cracked egg in the back dove off of the table before we started and Canon didn't help it at all. You believe me, right?

Me thinks Canon didn't understand the whole "hold up an egg to show off your artistic skills" thing.

Personally, I think the hand crafting that Sonia did really came out well. The shaving cream method worked too, so I am thinking that we will be dyeing eggs with food coloring instead of those kits from now on.

Many thanks to Sonia for making this day so fun and memorable. We love you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bay Day

Man, I missed this blog last week! I apologize for my absence. We actually started the first part of last week taking care of my best friend's baby. They live a little over an hour away so Canon and I got up super early to get there before business hours and spent our time playing superheroes and villains with an extra cute little dude. Of course, that was only the first two days, so what did we do with the rest of the week? Well, all three of us got sick and spent our week resting up and trying to get well. Fun times. In any case, we are back and almost better than ever. If that's possible. #kidding

Back to the task at hand, though. A few weeks ago I asked my mother where she wanted to go eat for her birthday. We decided to take her out to celebrate and I assumed she would say that she wanted mexican food. Fajitas are a staple in her diet and she may as well have her own booth permanently reserved for her at her favorite restaurant. However, she is also a sun lover and the weather was especially beautiful that weekend so she stated that she would rather take a picnic down to the bay and spend some time playing in the sand and water. It turned out to be the perfect idea.

Being spring, we saw some "animalistic behaviors" going on, which left me singing a little Ella Fitzgerald. Birds do it, bees do it... I will spare you the more graphic photographic evidence. You're welcome.

While my mom and Canon played in the sand, Craig took a little nap. Hey, you have to take advantage of the time when you have it.

I think this means "WHO'S THE MAN?! I'M THE MAN!" Of course, I am just speculating.

"And draw!"

In the end, it was a perfect day that celebrated an amazing mother and grandmother. I love you mom! Happy birthday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Funnies : Around the web

In honor of the fact that we are currently going through phobia and sleep issues with Canon, which causes my patience to wear thin much more quickly, I give you these funnies. You know, to help remind me to find the humor in things.

I used to laugh at those parents that acted like this, but now I am so serious. If this child goes to sleep, you better arm yourself if you plan to wake him up.

We have found that spankings don't usually work with Canon, but time-outs do because he HATES being alone. Sometimes though? Sometimes I will wear his behind out if he is acting a fool.

Ok, so Canon doesn't do either of these {and the day he tries, he will feel the wrath of me}, but I do have to remind myself how happy I was to have him on those longs nights of low sleep.

And finally, what do you say honey? Let's do this!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Better than The Piano Guys?

This morning I was lucky enough to be invited to not only experience, but also participate in, a concert happening in my very living room. I felt like I had hit the jackpot - one of the most amazing acts in music - a guy so talented that he can play two instruments at once! I was sneaky enough to catch a little bit of it on film for you because I knew you wouldn't believe me if I didn't have proof.

This guy has told me {in not so many words} that his inspiration comes from The Piano Guys. Ever since seeing them in concert last October, he has practiced the "cello" just like Steven Sharp Nelson, and the piano as played by Jon Schmidt {in that other group - ppssshhhh}.  Let me just show you how close he came to perfection. Here's a little taste of the other guys.

And here is the magic that I experienced this morning, in my very living room. Hold on to your hats, folks.


Jealous? Yeah, you should be.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday : Music Edition

So I am fully aware that we have an overdose of all things Disney in this house, but I am not ashamed to say that I love the movies and songs so much. With that said, this girl is amazing. I mean, her range. Seriously. Just check it out.

See what I mean? She is for real.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

So apparently a movie that shares the title of my blog post came out in 2012. I have never heard of it, but it looks fairly dark for a comedy. I wouldn't put it on the top of my "to watch" list. Of course, I don't really tend to gravitate towards comedies anyway, so don't take my word for it. {A little Reading Rainbow throwback for you.}

Back to the post at hand.

I can state though with utmost certainty that our life right now is much more dramatic than a Simon Pegg movie, and the fears are very real - however fantastical or silly. Let me give you some background.

Canon has this amazingly beautiful imagination. He will make up these wonderfully detailed worlds where dragons and knights and dogs go into battle with superheroes. All seems hopeless until Sir Canon the Dragon Slayer comes in with his trusty sidekick, River. {See Sonia? He loves your dog!}

Sorry for the terrible quality. Blame it on the phone. Yeah, yeah! Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more horrible quality, but fun, pictures of our everyday adventures.

But wait, there's more. Then a band of pirates comes along to steal his sword for their treasure and he has to ride on the backs of humpback whales to retrieve it. {I am assuming that River is surfing too, but he may have stayed behind to coral the large lizards.} Sir Canon the Dragon Slayer outwits the pirates and gets away just in time by having his pterodactyl pick him up and carry him back to the dragon's lair. All in time to save the village from the fire-breathing beasts.

Or something like that. His imagination is better than mine. Obviously.

Most of the time, his imagination is such a wonderful gift. I am so thankful that he has the ability to dream up play with such creativity. Lately, though, his imagination has become quite a problem for him - and us - at nap time and bedtime. I'll admit that at first I thought he was simply playing up the whole "not wanting to go to bed" with saying he was scared. We have learned, though, that his terrors are real. In his closet, under his bed, and outside his window something is just waiting to get him. When we ask what exactly is lurking, he doesn't know. A bad man? A monster? The only thing that he has spoken about is a snowman that doesn't melt. Apparently, he saw that on a cartoon that solves mysteries. They saw a snowman that wasn't melting on a hot summer day, and after following all of the clues, they finally found that it was a guy dressed as a snowman. He was supposed to be in a commercial for an ice cream parlor. It was the least scary thing ever. I mean it was on Busytown Mysteries. Geared toward preschoolers. Based on the Richard Scarry book series. Seriously. But that one episode somehow made a horrible impression on him.

You can see how scary it looks, right? Yeah, me neither. I don't know if that truly is what he is scared of or if it is just the first thing that came to his head when we asked him what was wrong. Regardless, it has made for some sleepless nights. We have taken to reading him a book at bedtime with no pictures. We have told him that he has to lie down and close his eyes to listen so that he will fall asleep. Otherwise, he is up for hours worrying about the invisible terrors around him. Yet, he still wakes up around 3:30 every morning and panics because no one is in the room with him. So then I am up making sure Canon can get back to sleep and doesn't wake up Craig. Fun times.

I feel like we are reverting back to the epic Battle of Sleeplessness, that went on during 2013 for six months and tested our patience - and our marriage - to the brink. We learned during that time why lack of sleep is a torture form used to break down prisoners. We are so scared to revert back to this time that we are desperate to fix this as soon as possible.

Obviously, we don't want Canon to be scared either so there's that. #priorities

Have you ever dealt with utter terrors spawning from your children's overactive imagination? How you did you combat it? We are willing to try anything to help him - and us - get through this tough time.

Oh, and Busytown Mysteries, Scooby Doo, and any show, movie, or book even remotely closely-resembling something that could possibly be construed as scary to a four-year old, has been banned until further notice.

Fun times are happening here, let me tell ya.

P.S. - Send help immediately. Some suggestions are as follows: {1} Children's Benedryl, {2} bourbon, or {3} boring documentaries such as How Different Paints Dry. Or all of the above. If you can suggest it, we will consider it.