Monday, July 29, 2013
1). When you purchase a hard and soft taco dinner kit, make sure it says "KIT" on it, otherwise, you're just getting a bunch of shells. Having a bunch of shells and a bunch of ground beef does not a delicious taco make!
2). When you realize you goofed and don't have seasoning for your tacos and you pack your kids up to go to the store just to buy taco seasoning, don't cheap out and buy the generic store brand. I'm generally all for store brands and often can't tell the difference from the "good" stuff...not true of taco seasoning. I spent a good 10 minutes adding cumin, paprika, salt, onion salt, and garlic powder to make it edible.
3). I have spent years making tacos for me and the hubs. Always the same. One taco kit, one pound of ground beef. We eat as much as we want and still have leftovers for another day. Now that Aidan is eating tacos, I need to buy 2lbs of ground beef for taco night from this day forward. This is just the beginning of the changes to my grocery planning raising 2 boys (and their dad!).
Quite an educational dinner tonight!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
every. aisle. we. went. down.
This is a way of life now. I don't try to stifle their passion. There are worse things they could love at this very impressionable age. I'm embracing this love of all things fire rescue!
God forbid I didn't notice...its nearly unforgivable at this point.
I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the highlight of my kids' summer has been getting to climb around a real life fire truck, push buttons, try on helmets, fasten seat belts, ring bells, turn on sirens, and ask lots and lots of questions to a real live fireman at our town's Family Fun Day!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Aidan's been on rides before - he went to Disney at 16 months, Canobie Lake last summer, Marshfield Fair last summer...he loves going on rides. But there was something especially exciting watching him at Carowinds yesterday. He's older, so there's more understanding of what's going on. He has more opinions of what he wants to ride and doesn't want to ride, and his enthusiasm is just really adorable! Carowinds' kiddie section is called Planet Snoopy. Being his father's son, Aidan's been watching Peanuts shows for sometime now, and he loves Snoopy and Charlie Brown! So, this made Planet Snoopy even more thrilling for my little guy. Every corner we turned, "Mom, there's another Snoopy!" It is indescribably fun seeing your children experience things that excite them so. He rode the carousel (with Daddy and Liam), the boats, a train ride, and a helicopter ride with Mommy (twice). I think the helicopter was his favorite - it was just precious watching him play the role of pilot. He told me at the start of his first helicopter ride "I'm having a great ride today Momma!" Love.
Mommy had a great time too! Despite the incredible heat and humidity, and significant amount of time spent in Planet Snoopy, I got to ride a couple coasters - my favorite! I rode The Intimidator - a race car inspired roller coaster. It is, hands down, the most incredible roller coaster I've ever been on! The seats are shaped like race car seats - deep bucket seats. The only restraint is a v-shaped padding attached to a metal lever in the ground that lowers over your legs/pelvis. Your head, arms and entire torso are completely unrestrained in anyway. I've never experienced anything like it! I rode this coaster just anticipating the padded lever over my pelvis to fail and my body to go catapulting through the air...my body felt weightless as it spent the greater portion of this coaster lifted off the seat. I screamed and laughed my way through the whole thing simultaneously...I loved it!