Posts Tagged ‘movies’

A Frozen Adventure in NYC

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Is it ironic that we’ve been so busy doing totally bloggable stuff that I haven’t actually blogged any of it? I need to get better about posting things sooner, since right now it looks like I’m going to put the kids Halloween photos up some time around Thanksgiving.  Although at this point I’m mostly still updating the blog because it’s the only baby book I have, not because anyone is reading. When you almost never post it turns out all your readers get bored and wander away.

Maybe I’m also blogging because sometimes it still leads to super cool stuff, like an invitation to see the new Disney movie Frozen in NYC on Monday from Samsung and The Moms. I’m getting to be an expert at taking the kids into the city alone and they had Veterans Day off of school so of course I jumped at the chance.

Disney's Frozen

We took the Metro-North into the city and got lucky with one of the fancy new trains. I plugged in my phone in our own private outlet and the kids played games on the tablet the whole way in.

Processed with VSCOcam

Processed with VSCOcam

 

I got a little bit lost on my walk from Grand Central to the theater, but it was a pretty nice day and the kids were happy to ride in the stroller. My arms are KILLING me from pushing that much weight around for an hour. I convinced them to get out and walk in the park, but then had to hustle them back into the stroller every time they saw a playground. And then we got held up when a construction foreman with an amazing Irish accent who wanted to chat with me and the gingers about Santa and how blessed I am to have redheads. It was actually not at all creepy or weird, and is exactly the sort of thing that always seems to happen to us and I love it.

We made it to the Samsung/Frozen event just in time to get some popcorn and give the kids a chance to try out the new Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Tablet. Caroline would have stayed out there playing all day if I hadn’t convinced her there was candy in my purse to eat during the movie. On our way in she practiced her step-and-repeat pose, for when she is famous some day.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Tablet

Samsung Frozen The Moms

She’s a paparazzi pro already

frozen in 3D

3D glasses in 2013 are way cooler than the blue/red ones I remember growing up.

 

This was the first movie I’ve seen in 3D where I actually wore my glasses the whole time. Even the kids liked it, and they usually take off their glasses within 30 seconds at the mini-theater at the aquarium. It made the already deep-looking (do you know what I mean by deep-looking?) animation pop right off the screen (and there wasn’t a ton of things flying out of the screen at my face, which is why I generally don’t like 3D). I was surprised Frozen was sort of a princess movie, since I hadn’t seen much marketing for it with that spin, but it was definitely the kid of princess movie even the anti-princess crowd can get on board with. It was easy to tell it was made by the same people as Tangled, but the snow and ice made it feel original. The music is sort of opera-like, with lots of talking-turns-into-singing and songs that really tell part of the story. I really, really liked it. I might take the kids to see it again when it’s released, especially because they both keep begging me to see the cute little Mickey Mouse mini-movie they played before the main feature again. Of course I like it a little extra because one of the two main characters is a ginger, but even if she wasn’t a ginger the story would be fresh, fun, and beautifully animated.

After the movie we stayed for the Q&A with Idina Menzel, where I couldn’t think of a single Q because I was too starstruck that she was in the same room. It was ok though, because there were plenty of NYC stage kids there who were THRILLED to ask her adorable questions about being on Broadway. And then she sang for us and I almost died. She’s so pretty.

idina menzel frozen

After our event we met my friend Sara (Aunt Sara to the kids) to go to a giant candy store/restaurant but it was closed so we went to one of the many Greek diners where the menu is 40 pages long. Caroline ate a giant cheeseburger and Evan attempted to eat this giant doughnut but failed.

Processed with VSCOcam

By then the kids were absolutely insane, hopped up on soda and sugar from their movie treats and exhausted from a busy day, so Sara walked us to Grand Central and we caught an old train home, which meant no charger for my dead phone. Luckily the people who made room for us to sit down were super nice and their 5 year old played with Evan and Caroline the whole time. We made it ALMOST all the way back to our house before Caroline fell asleep (Evan never did) so they slept like rocks and I lay on the couch and moaned about how old I am and how exhausting it is going to NYC alone with 2 kids. That’s not going to stop me from taking them back for Christmas stuff though – we still haven’t done FAO or the big Toys R Us or seen the tree or the Macy’s Santa. Having kids makes things like movies and Christmas way more fun.

Big thanks to Samsung, The Moms and Disney for the invite! We will happily come back for more movies any time! This is not a sponsored post, we just had a really good time.

 

Related posts:

The war will be fought with Swiffers and Lemon Pledge
Fresh Baked Baby: Brand New
My Week(353) in iPhone Photos

Look At This Stuff, Isn’t It Neat? {GIVEAWAY!!!!!}

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Please excuse the exclamation points and the fact that it is apparently giveaway week here on my blog (I haven’t done any in months and then BAM! THREE AT ONCE!) but I had to resort to Twitter begging for this one and I don’t regret it one bit.

THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy

How would you like to win THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy? Oh, a whole bunch? That’s what I thought.

For the record, Caroline has never actually seen The Little Mermaid. My copy is on VHS (still have it though!) and our library doesn’t have a copy from the last release Disney did. They do, however, have The Little Mermaid 2, the prequel in which Ariel’s mother dies on screen and we’ve seen it one million times. We also have four different Ariel dolls and as of yesterday Caroline has started asking for an Ariel dress. which I will probably cave into and buy her immediately. Because how do you tell your tiny red-head toddler she can’t be the best of all the princesses? You can’t. Or at least I can’t. Maybe you’re dead inside.

Check out The Little Mermaid website, where you can watch clips and play games, including Ariel’s Dress-Up, which I definitely did NOT play on my own for 20 minutes last night. Nope.

To enter to win your very own Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy: Leave a comment on this post. For inspiration, let me start… “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?” (YOUR TURN!)

Official stuff: 1 entry per eligible household, winner must be 18 or older and a resident of US or Canada (no PO Box, please). Giveaway ends October 3rd, winner will be drawn with Random.org. I get my own copy in exchange for hosting this giveaway, which is why I am doing it. It’s been in my Amazon cart for MONTHS and now I can exchange the movie for the mermaid dress-up set. All opinions are my own.

Related posts:

Wordless Wed...wait, what day is it?
Happy Mother's Day
Happy 30th Birthday Cabbage Patch Kids!

My Week(117) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

It’s cold in Connecticut. It doesn’t really matter HOW cold, since there isn’t some sort of contest for who-can-complain-about-being-the-coldest and once it gets down to below freezing everyone loses the contest anyway. As long as it’s too cold for outside activities my weeks are going to be especially uninteresting.

Sunday:

sunday1

Self portrait in the crosswalk button (Evan and I walked to church)

sunday2

It’s amazing how quickly I am turning into a crazy coupon lady

sunday3

WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S BEDTIME????

Monday:

monday1

She insists these boots fit

monday2

Most amazing non-Disney animated film of all time

monday3

I took some pictures of a baby (not mine)

Tuesday:

tuesday1

She loves him…

tuesday2

…she loves him not…

tuesday3

…she loves him (and will copy ANYTHING he does).

Wednesday:

wednesday1

My kitchen window

wednesday2

I don’t even know.

wednesday3

She totally passed out while drinking my water

Thursday:

thursday1

She is 1000x more fashionable than I am

thursday2

2 year well-baby checkup

thursday3

Pirate Captain Evan will drive his pirate ship into your face while you are trying to nap

Friday:

friday1

Stretching at Stroller Strides

friday2

Healthy choices are boring.

friday3

She electric! (Do do do-do do do, do-do do do do do)

Saturday:

saturday1

It is hard to sleep in with this on your bed.

saturday2

Look, Ma, no hands!

saturday3

The casino might not be the MOST child-friendly place, but it is warm and good for running.

  E had to work today, but the kids and I met up with some old friends at Foxwoods for lunch and games and ice cream. It’s crazy to think when I met them I wasn’t even engaged to E and now between us we have 4 kids 4 and under. They’re moving to Guam in a few days (I am ONLY jealous because I’m so sick of the cold) so we’re trying to squeeze in another visit tomorrow – although Evan is going to be heartbroken when he finds out his new BFF can’t come to his birthday in April.

Did you take iPhone photos of your week? Link up with one or several below! Please consider joining, even if you haven’t done it before – it’s really fun!



Related posts:

Chalkboard Globe Tutorial
My Week(52) in iPhone Photos
My Week(274) in iPhone Photos

My Week(115) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Like I said on Monday, there was a lot of couch-and-tv time this week. When I go back through my photos and SEE it I always feel worse than when it’s actually happening – because when it’s happening I’m relaxing on the couch, so I don’t care. I think my goal for next week will be to leave the house with the kids every day, even if it is just to run out for more clementines (srsly, we go through a box every two days).

Sunday:

sunday1

Bag lady

sunday2

Fashion statement

sunday3

Aladdin was a hit with the kids

Monday:

monday2

The kids discovered tins make excellent drums…

monday1

…and for some reason Caroline learned to plug her ears. Weird.

monday3

Tandem relaxation

Tuesday:

tuesday1

Mommy this is my rocket ship and I am going to blast off forever so good bye!

tuesday2

Snappy our turtle friend

tuesday3

Very proud of the bird feeder he made at school

Wednesday:

wednesday1

I managed to sort out enough of my old clothes to fill just ONE of the green tubs. It’s depressing to remember how cute I dressed in college.

wednesday2

Busted by a toddler with an iPhone

wednesday3

Bath time fun

Thursday:

thursday1

Lazy Caroline was still asleep when it was time to take Evan to school

thursday2

Posing for my picture

thursday3

She undressed herself then sat in the timeout chair for 20 minutes. I have no idea why.

  Friday:

friday1

Weirdos.

friday2

Super weirdos.

friday3

More weirdos.

Saturday:

saturday1

My little fox was annoyed we weren’t getting to the “an-mals” faster

saturday2

I love them

saturday3

Practicing her swimming

Pst, are we friends on Instagram? I tend to post my best iPhone photos over there because I can’t wait until Saturdays to share them but I hate to repeat them here in case people get bored. My user name is “bebehblog” and I promise I post very few photos of my own face.

Did you take iPhone photos of your week? Link up with one or several below! Please consider joining, even if you haven’t done it before – it’s really fun!



Related posts:

More, More, More
Four Eyes
My Week(256) in iPhone Photos

My Week(64) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Apparently the only things I took pictures of this week were my kids, so I hope you enjoy those.

Sunday:

Oh hi Mom, Let me just take that for you

I watched the Golden Globes with Twitter, which made it much more fun

I'm a cat lady at heart

Monday:

Caroline's new favorite part of Stroller Strides is pretending to ride the carousel

Dirty face. Happy kid.

First snow since Halloween.

Things Caroline likes: Baths. And everything.

Tuesday:

Caroline kidnapped this doll, perhaps because she thought it was her twin sister

We've upgraded from Nemo. I'm very happy.

Caroline's been wearing a lot of leggings. I think she likes it.

Wednesday:

This time she stole a wallet. I'm afraid I have a tiny klepto on my hands.

Stylin' in Mommy's sparkle aviators

I own a lot of ridiculous sunglasses

Thursday:

Running stairs at Stroller Strides is not my favorite

Not my idea of a fun game but Caroline loved it

You know your friends read your blog when they see the kids stacking blocks and go "Look! Block stacking! TAKE THAT BABYCENTER!"

Friday:

Cart safety fail. Again.

My beautiful, well organized craft area is now...not so much.

Toddlers are gross, man.

Saturday:

If you've seen Toy Story 3, you know this is near the END. At 6 am. Guess what time we got up.

What do you mean it's too early Mom?

Must be beautiful this time of year...all that snow. (FINALLY)

Happy Snow Day! I need to knit myself a new hat.

Our plans for today were rescheduled due to the storm, which means we get a day at home. I’d like to say it’s all hot cocoa and fireplace cuddles but a) my kid HATES hot cocoa, b) E spent most of the morning fixing the world’s most disgusting kitchen sink clog and c) there’s no couch in the fireplace room so we never use it. I have Really Big Plans to rearrange our entire first floor in the next few weeks and I’m looking forward to a day when we CAN have a fire and a movie at the same time. But first I need a baby gate for the bottom of our stairs – there’s a wall on one side but a bannister with spokes and a twirly thing at the bottom. (Terrible description, if you care you can look at my home tour.)(WOW, my house was clean. It doesn’t look like that AT ALL anymore.) Any suggestions?

Related posts:

My Week(3) in iPhone Photos
Wordless Wednesday: Life, Recently
Easter Photo Overload
Get Adobe Flash player