Thursday, February 16, 2017

Universal Studios

I think baby boy was less then a week old when Dr. J turned to me in bed one night and said, "So what are we going to do from Fall Break.  Fall Break, those random nine days off your kids get in October.  J had gotten the nine days off and he wanted to do something.  So five days after I had a baby we booked a trip to Disneyland.  It was nuts.  Who does that?  We do that.  So with a six week old baby we headed to California.  Originally our trip was going to be three days at Disney, one day at Legoland, and one day at Sea World (look I felt a little guilty about that one but J really wanted to go and so we went).  It was part of our city pass.  Honestly that felt like a lot but then one of our kids asked if we were going to go to Harry Potter Land.  We hadn't really planned on it, but since we were going to be in California we figured, "What the heck."  Here is the thing though about "What the heck" and Universal Studios and a family of six plus a baby, what the heck cost well over 600 bucks, but we still went and the kids loved it. 

Cheetah was able to get on a lot of the rides but there were a couple that she wasn't.  The nice thing about Universal is there is still stuff to do if you can't ride the rides.  We watched a Pets in the Movies show, think Owls from the Harry Potter movies, old Air Buds, and a bunch of animals running all over the stage, including a chicken.  We also hung out at Super Silly Fun Land.  With the other kids we watched Universal Animal Actors and the Special Effects Show.  She did get to go on Flight of the Hippogriff, Shrek, Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem, and Jurassic Park the ride, which SHE LOVED!  The kids were all going to go on Transformers as well but the ride broke down and after standing in line for 45 minutes they decided to ditch it.  J tried to get the older kids to ride The Mummy with him but the only kids we have who could finish that movie was too short to get on it so we skipped it.  The older kids also really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.  While waiting for them to finish that ride Cheetah, Baby Boy and I bought Pumpkin Juice and Butter Beer.  We also watched the Triwizard Spirit Rally.  The kids had a good time at Olivanders and the candy shop although their dad balked at $50 wizarding wands.  We went back and forth on this five or six times with Captain E.  E wanted one really bad but J told him that if he picked it that would be the one souvenir we would pay for.  He wanted it, then he didn't.  Finally he decided he didn't want it but it was an all day debate.  We did buy them each a Chocolate Frog and some Everything Beans.   
In the end we had a good time but I still go back and forth on weather it was worth it or not.  The hours the park is open in October and honestly most of the winter months are not that late.  We ended up having to leave while it was still light out and we didn't have time to eat at the Three Broom Sticks.  Also as fun as Harry Potter Land is Harry Potter Land should be it's own park.  I'm not kidding at all.  Just imagine it.  You could have a Hotel that was set up like the school.  There could be rooms in the dungeon, rooms by the kitchen, rooms up in a tower.  There would be an eating area where they projected the sky on the ceiling.  You could have a water ride where you ride a canoe across a lake, with a lake monster, and rain.  You could have a Whomping Willow Ride, a flying Car ride, a ride Quiditch Ride.  I mean every book has a ton of shows you could do or rides you could make!

Come join me in Harry Potter Land.  Check out my cute date for the park. 

Hanging out in the Candy Land.  I waited until the end of the day to buy my chocolate frogs because I didn't want them to melt but apparently I was not the only one with this idea.  
Cheetah and I hanging out at the Pet Show.  Baby boy sleep through most of it.
Hanging out with our chocolate frogs.
I can't be the only one who loves this unicorn from Despicable Me.  I want to own a huge one but I also didn't want to haul that around for a week.  I did let Cheetah play a carnival ride to get this tiny one.
Oh my gosh, look at that six week hair and belly button!  Dr. J worked up until the day we left and he was beat.  He tried to catch his zzz's when he could. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Baby Blues - The First Month

The first month of Baby Boy's life just rushed by and to be honest I spent most of it in a sleep deprived haze.  It took our guy probably two weeks to really start packing on the pounds and those first three visits I had at the doctor to check his weight were so stressful.  This was my first time having baby blues.  I don't know how I'd never had it before I haven't but this time it hit me like a train.  I was crying all the time.  Things that made me sad I cried, things that made me happy I cried, things that were just there I cried.  I went to the doctor to have his weight checked and I cried.  The doctor turned to Dr. J and said, "Is she ok?  Is she going to be ok?"  "I think so," he said.  To be honest it wasn't reassuring.  I actually went online to read about baby blues.  I saw that anything past 10 days after birth is considered postpartum depression and I started counting down.  I tried not to talk about his birth at all because every time I did I started to cry and I didn't want to tinge my happy memories with sadness.  I tried to sleep, the kids went back to school, and Dr. J went back to work and then like the sun coming out on a foggy day the sadness and frustration started to wane.  It seriously was about ten day before I could give a real smile again, before I could talk to my other children without yelling, and before I could see a commercial about kids online and not cry.  I was so relieved but I also felt so sad that 10-15% of woman suffer from postpartum depression.  If by chance you are one of those woman please, please, reach out and seek help.  Talk to a doctor, a partner, a family member.  Those feelings are real and you are no less of a person because you are experiencing them.  I have a couple of messenger friends who live far away who I always contact when I needed to feel a little grounded.  Those girls were my rock as I counted down.  It made me realize that when your doctor is asking those mental wellness questions in that post baby checkup that they aren't just boxes that need to be checked, for some they are a true lifeline. 

My OB gave me this onsie and I love it!  I did not love having a c-section but I loved her.  She was the best.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


I have negative feelings about our soon to be president and if you are excited about him feel free to call me up and we can argue about it ad nauseum, so honestly what is the point.  Personally I think there is a 50% chance he will end up being impeached.  I see you Mike Pence just bidding your time quietly.  I do have three things to say though.  One, get your kids into coding and robots.  I don't care what the president has half the country convinced of, automation is the future and nothing is going to stop it.  So make sure sure you and your kids are ready for it.  Don't believe me, just look at how that "triumphant" Carrier Deal went down.  Two, "fake news" is not news you don't agree with.  Fake news is actually just straight up fake news.  News is suppose to be a presentation of facts. We've seen a blurring of this as we've gone more to online news presentations and blogs to receive our news.  The most innocent presentation of this is opinion pieces read as news.  Newspapers have always had opinion pieces but now they can be found on the same page as the actual news as opposed to in their own section where they are in a paper form of a newspaper.  They are usually marked as an opinion piece but I don't think people take the time to think about the fact that if you can hear the authors voice it is opinion  and should be read with a grain of salt.  The worst are stories that are just plain made up.  Because of twitter and facebook these stories can get a lot of traction.  Just because a piece says what you believe to be true, doesn't mean it is.  Check sources.  And Third, the point of this entire blog is Hamilton is so far from being "overrated" it is not funny.  You have to seriously question the judgement of anyone who who say that...sure that is just my opinion but if you want to take it as fact I'm okay with that ;)

I've been obsessed with Hamilton since last spring.  Some of my friends kept talking about it.  Andrew, Nancy and Bridget and I'm talking about you.  Good grief it got so annoying.  Why does everything have to be Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton.  They were constantly making Hamilton references, posting videos, or talking about how their kids were obsessed.  I've loved musical theater since I was a kid.  I think I watched Gigi 100 times the year I was 9.  It wasn't appropriate. I asked my mom why she let me watch it.  She told me I loved all things musical and she couldn't stop me.  So it isn't surprising I caved and finally put Hamilton on my Pandora.  The first song that came up dropped an F bomb.  I turned it off real quick because the kids were running around.  Andrew told me there was edited version.  I was like, great but I still just didn't get it.  Then I sat down and listened to the song Burn.  IT WAS GORGEOUS!  Seriously it was the female songs that lead me into this musical.  After Burn I listened to Helpless which lead me to my first Hamilton Facebook reference.  Then I listened to Satisfied and It's Quiet Uptown, That Would Be Enough, and Take a Break.  After I became obsessed with those songs I bought the edited CD's.  I started listening to the music while I did my lawn chores.  I fell in love with Leslie Odom's voice next.  "Talk Less, Smile More."  Aaron Burr, Sir, Wait for It, Washington on Your Side, Your Obedient Servant, The World Was Wide Enough...oh his voice is so good.  "I hear wailing in the streets, somebody tells me you'd better hide. I see Angelica and Eliza were both at his side when he died.  Death doesn't discriminate..."  Guys this musical is so good.  I often wake up with the words of one song or another going through my head, "I'm not throwing away my shot..."  I wonder what used to be in my head before Hamilton.  I must dream Hamilton.  I wish I could have seen it in New York before the original cast left but since I couldn't I'm extremely excited that my mother in law promised to get me tickets for when it comes to Utah.  It seriously will make my year.  If you like musicals, or music, or history it is definitely worth checking out.  You can listen hear for free or buy the cleaner version here. It takes a little bit of creative license but you can read all about Hamilton here if you want to know what was changed.    

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gigi turns 10

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Yesterday was Gigi's birthday.  I always struggle with her big day.  It is a week before Christmas.  When you are married to a student it was actually an awesome time to have a birthday.  It meant her dad had two weeks off after she was born.  Now as a student herself it means she often isn't in school over her birthday.  It also means that I'm busy and her parents friends are busy and a lot of time she gets kind of the shaft when it comes to a party but this year I asked her what she wanted and she decided she wanted to have a party at a jump place.  The jump place is pretty far from our home so we only invited a limited amount of friends we could drive down there but it turned out nice.  We had three little friends from three different places, one was from dance, one was from her class, one was her little friend from the bus.  Seriously it could have been a nightmare, someone could have been left out or felt awkward, but you know what I shouldn't have worried.  Turns out the girls were all like my daughter, and so they made instant friends and were running like a pack after about two seconds.

There are a couple downsides to this type of party.  One was just distance.  If it had been closer I would have invited a bunch more kids but because I felt an obligation to drive them all we were limited.  Secondly they split kids by height.  Technically Cheetah was suppose to stay in the under 48 area and the other kids were suppose to stay in the over 48.  They did plenty of switching around but there were some other kids who ended up narcking on them for being too big.  So then they were separated again.  She did not love being the tiny left out one.  The third thing is just places like this are dirty/gross.  I mean seriously.  Adults (mainly dads) why are you walking around barefoot.  Uck. There was wetness in the foam pit in the little kid area.  They got in and checked all the foam pieces, pulled a few and let the kids back in.  I kid you not in less than a minute a kid had puked in there and all the kids were kicked out again.  So gross.

The upside, it was zero work for me.  They provided the pizza, cupcake, and water bottles.  They provided the fun.  At one point they even took our group to the dodge ball area and kicked all the other kids out so that our group could play dodge ball alone.  You sort of felt bad for the other kids and yet their had been times when our kids were kicked out of areas for parties so we didn't feel too bad.  After our party was over we came home and did a brownie so we could blow some candles out and opened presents.  The best part for me was one the moms came and asked if the girls were ready to go and all the girls said, "NO!"  Haha.  Happy Birthday Gigi.  You are still stubborn about things that are important to you, you are kind to your siblings (most of the time), you love to play and laugh, you love to read.  You are good at school but don't worry about making a mistake here and there.  You are a super helper at home.  We are so lucky to have you as part of our family.


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