Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mommytography 365/140-146

140: Like peas and carrots

My daughter was so excited to learn how to peel a carrot.  She's been snacking on them ever since.
141:  Kid graffiti

It's hard to get mad at your daughter for writing on your mouse pad when you find this.

142:  Cats and dogs living together... mass hysteria!

So, the cat was on the bed first, but that green blanket is the dog's "spot." The dog settled in, and both were too stubborn to move. Neither one wanted to be that close to each other.  *Bonus points if you can name the movie that I named this photo after...
143: Spring Montessori program

My big boy all dressed up for his Spring program from preschool.
  144: What's in the box? Take 1

The kids have been playing with large boxes this week -- which are clearly the Best. Toys. Ever. *Bonus points if you can name the movie I named this photo after!
145:  What's in the box?  Take 2

Big boy has his own box.  *Bonus points if you can name the actor who said the quote that I named this photo after!
146:  What's in the box?  Take 3

The cat decided that the kids aren't the only ones playing in the box.  *Bonus points:  WHAT'S IN THE BOX???

Monday, May 23, 2011

Get back paparazzi! He's all mine!

It's official.  My hubby has entered the realm of the movie stars.  He's on  I kid you not.  He's soooo excited. 

For those new to kt moxie... my hubby has been pursuing a newly-found acting and stunt career (in addition to being a full-time IT geek and super-dad).  This new career has been fueled by the tax incentives offered by the state of Michigan -- which were recently hacked by our supposedly business-minded Governor Snyder.  But, I'll save that rant for somewhere else. 

In the meantime, introducing my hubby the movie/stunt star!

So, it turns out there are six -- yes SIX -- John Truongs on  So, my hubby is thinking of taking a stage name to differentiate himself.  Top runnings are Johnny Truong and JT Truong.  Or maybe he needs some more flair?  How about...
  • Joaquin Truong
  • Johnny Tru
  • Rambo Truong
  • Jet Truth
  • Wesley "As you Wish" Truong (tee hee... I had to add in that)
Oh, this is too fun.  Any suggestions or votes?

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Flashback Friday: Giraffie the lovie

Here's a picture taken about 5 years ago of my daughter and hubby:

Notice the giraffe stuffed animal?  That's my daughter's lovie.  It still is. She takes Giraffie to bed every night.  Sometimes Giraffie gets his own "tuck-in." Giraffie often gets placed on a chair or a couch with a pillow and blanket for the day while my daughter is at school.

You know what I notice about this picture?  How BRIGHT Giraffie looks!  He's gotten quite dingy over the years.  And it doesn't matter how many times we wash him!

My daughter's lovie has lead her to loving all things Giraffe.  They are a must-see at the zoo. And she now has more giraffe stuffed animals than I can count.  But Giraffie is always the most important, most loved of them all.

Head on over to Cafe Bebe for more Flashback Fridays.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mommytography 365/136-139: Wedding pictures!

My little bother brother got hitched over the weekend, so this week's photos are entirely from the event.  And it's way more pictures than one per day. I'm breakin' the rules.  So sue me. ;)

136:  Ceremony

Messing up the vows.  It's all good...

137: A few family portraits
The boys

Granny and my big girl.

Granny and Poppa
How grown up!
The kids.

138:  The reception

Yes, that's a Motocross cake topper.  And a cupcake wedding cake. Awesome, huh?

The happy couple

My niece, the flower girl.

Cuttin' the cupcake.

Pink. Cupcake. Love.

Watching the slideshow I put together for them. :)

139:  Let's dance!

First dance.

Daddy daughter dance.

My best friend's youngest is gettin' her groove on.

More dance moves.

I think the kids danced more than the adults!

Hello Mr. Cruise...

Dear Vonage,

Your voicemail to text service is the bomb. I absolutely love it. For someone who has a case of teletitis, being able to check my voicemails from my email is just amazing.


Your voice-to-text transcriptions of my last name have been less than accurate. I know I don't have a nice Anglo name like Smith or Jones, but really... Truong is a very common name. At least 27,000 Americans have this last name. That's around the same number of Americans who have the last name Hilton. It's more popular in the United States than Quincy (a name you transcribed correctly) and VanHook (another name you transcribed correctly).


In the meantime, we've been very amused with our new names...

Hello Mr. Cruise...

This is just a reminder Mrs. Strong...

Your prescription is ready John Fruit....

Mrs. Smart, I need to speak to you (why, thank you!)...

Mr. Ron, I would like to speak to you regarding...

Yes. This are all transcriptions we have received. Thanks, Vonage for keeping us entertained. But, please remember to look outside the Western heritage to find your transcriptions for names. I'm tried of being a Scientologist... or edible.

This post was brought to you by Mama Kat's weekly writing prompt.  I think I was supposed to write a poem or something about the last person I spoke to on the phone, but since I don't actually like to talk on the phone, I wrote a letter to Vonage instead!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tips for traveling with kids

The phrase traveling with kids sends some people into a fit of terror.  No, no -- not that!  Anything but whiny, crying kids in the back seat asking "are we there yet???"  In fact some just avoid travel altogether until the little ones are older.

While our vacations have vastly changed since becoming parents, we still think that taking family trips each year are very important.  We've learned a few tricks that have worked for us, so now I'm passing them onto you.

1. The car DVD is your friend.  I know, I know -- what a luxury.  "When I was a kid, they just threw us in the back of the station wagon --with no seat belts!"  However, this is not 1984.  It's 2011.  We have car DVDs.  And they rock.  Now, you just have the kids fighting over who gets to pick the next movie!

2. Snacks. Always have snacks! Nothing will keep a kid happier on a trip than having snacks readily available.  I "splurge" on vacation trips and buy snacks I will not let the kids normally have like fruit snacks and Pringles. 

A trip to Gladwin, Michigan.  S'MORES!
3. Bring activities to keep them busy.  We always have a bag of games, coloring books, etc.  Especially for a plane ride. 

4. Be flexible!  Never assume that everything will go "according to schedule."  Work with your kids' energy level.  Full of energy?  Take them to a park to burn some off.  Tired out?  Let them have a nap.

Jumping on the bed is allowed. It is a good way to expend extra energy!
5. Lodging is more important than ever.  Before kids, my hubby and I could stay almost anywhere overnight.  Seedy motel, high-scale hotel, tent, bed & breakfast, etc.  After kids, we really have to think through what is going to work for the kids.  Do we need a kitchenette?  Will there be enough room in that hotel room?  We are often opting for more space but less luxury because we know this will be best for us.  This is often a cabin, staying with relatives, or maybe a cheaper hotel with suite rooms.

Double JJ Resort in Michigan.  The kids were so excited when they got to sleep in the loft in the cabin.

6.  It's vacation -- let loose a little.  The kids will appreciate a loosening of the reins.  We usually buy the kids some trinkets and trash that we would NEVER buy at home.  It's fun.  The kids love the crap.

My son with two -- yes, TWO -- light sabers (you can't have a battle with only one!) at Hersheypark.
7. Assume your kids will whine, tantrum, be horrible. You are taking them out of their normal routine, to a place they are unfamiliar, and then walking them around all day.  This is a recipe for disaster.  Instead of yelling at the kids when this happens, just breathe and remember that you are on vacation, too.  If you need to bribe them to get them through the next activity -- do it.  It's vacation -- normal rules do not need to apply!

Williamsburg, VA.  We tried this when the whining became too much, but the park wouldn't let us leave her there.

Double JJ Resort in Michigan.  Daddy is in timeout this time.
8. Bring friends.  We take one or more trips a year where we meet up with friends or family.  Some with kids, some without.  This way, we can actually do a couple of "adults only" activities while one or more of the adults stays back with the kids.

My brother (Uncle J.), daughter, son and Hubby in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
9. Let the kids help plan.  Clearly, this depends on their age, but even my 4-year-old was able to give his opinion on whether or not he wanted to go to Dinosaur World (that was a resounding YES!). 

Trains were a winning selection in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
10. Kids think vacations are cool.  You don't have to take them to Disney World every time. As long as they are going somewhere overnight with the family -- it's a vacation.  That is COOL.  That is FUN.  Keep that mindset, and you'll have fun, too!

Daughter at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Fransisco.  My hubby kept quoting from So I Married an Axe Murderer.
Enjoy a few pictures more from some trips we've taken with the kids.

We met up with hubby's cousin and family in Hershey, PA. 

The little man gets a piggyback ride in Washington DC.

Chinatown, San Fran.  Yes, we bought her that pink parasol.  Cute, huh?


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