Monday, June 28
Toy Story 3 Movie
Have you seen the new Toy Story movie? We have been counting down Toy Story 3's release and probably know all the words to the previews. The girls like to quote the Barbie and Ken exchange: "Nice leg warmers. Nice ascots!" Daddy took all three of his girls to Toy Story 3 last Monday! Princess G adores Jessie so I think she was the most excited, though all of us could hardly wait for the movie to start. Daddy also got popcorn and a lemonade, by the time it was passed down to me there was not a lot left,
I loved the movie and I did tear up for the ending. The ending was a little surprising to me but a perfect fit. I know that we will be buying the DVD when it finally comes out. We saw the regular movie not the 3D since Princess G and I feel uncomfortable wearing those special glasses, they just hurt our ears by the end of a movie.
Tree Top Review
My family has been enjoying Tree Top since I was a little girl. I never knew that Tree Top is a fruit-processing co-op owned by over 1,000 apple and pear growers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Tree Top is now celebration its 50th anniversary! As part of that celebration they want to encourage everyone to enjoy more apples. In our home we eat lots of apples, applesauce and apple juice. Princess A loves to have applesauce in her lunch and the Tree Top 4 oz cups are perfect, I just wish our local store carried the strawberry and raspberry flavors too. We always have a large jar of the Tree Top Natural Apple Sauce in the refrigerator. The girls call it Mommy apple sauce since I warm it up in the microwave and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Sometimes I substitute butter or oil in a recipe with applesauce when I bake, it taste really good in banana bread or oatmeal cookies. We also drink apple juice and when having a tea party for their little friends who do not drink tea it is the perfect substitute in a tea pot (it is the perfect color for pretend tea) and I have never met a kid who did not like Tree Top apple juice. During the summer I also freeze apple juice in ice trays and use it when making smoothies, yummy!
Tree Top is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary with two contests. First is the "America’s Secret Ingredient” contest: share your apple-themed recipe for a chance to win a trip for 2 to the Big Apple, to Food Network’s NY Wine & Food Festival and to meet a Food Network celebrity. I would love to win, can you imagine the food that will be there! The second contest is an instant win you can enter every day through July 31st for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card! One gift card is given away each day! I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Tree Top and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Sunday, June 27
Summer: Great Time for Old Friends
Princess A has a great friend from pre-K but they have not played together since her birthday in August (we did see her for a few minutes in the Spring to give her Girl Scout cookies). Her friend lives about 20 minutes away and has a completely different and busy schedule. We have not been able to get all of the girls together in too long and she couldn't even make it to Princess A's tea party birthday in March. We finally got together this week. We met at a library for a pirate concert (it was really cute) and then we went home with them a visit. I just found out they also have a membership to the Pacific Science Center so we will have to plan a trip with them this summer and have them over many, many times.
Saturday, June 26
Best Day Ever!!
According to Princess A Thursday was the best day ever!
In the morning we went to the library for story telling and a craft. The girls also picked up many more books to add to our giant pile of library books, cds, audio books and DVDs. After the library we stopped at the grocery store and I picked up a few treats for them, raspberries (2 12oz packages), peaches, watermelon, honeydew, apples, grapes, more fruit, pinwheel cookies, cotton candy, Klondikes and Drumsticks. I know I did spoil them a little. After we got home we had lunch and then scrubbed their pool. The girls wanted to help so I put them to work. They scrubbed the pool really well, there were only a couple of spots I had to scrub myself. The girls of course wanted to try the Klondikes even though they were not quite sure they would like them. They loved them and quickly finished them off. We went inside and the girls watched a movie, a DVD of the ballet Copelia. We had dinner and soon they wanted to go outside and play in the pool and sprinklers again. While outside we heard the ice cream truck, at least it came before bedtime. Last week we heard the ice cream truck a few times but it was always after they had been put to bed though they were not awake since they came to tell me they heard the music. I purchased each of them their own snow cone. They both started to get a little cold so I carried the chair cushions into the sun on the lawn. As we were sitting their we noticed some small clouds forming and disappearing over and over again. We had lots of fun thinking of what the clouds looked like. Princess A announced at bed time that this was the best day ever in a long time! After the snow cones (I got to have the very end when they became too cold.) They soon headed inside for a bath to warm up a little. Soon it was bedtime. I read them lots of stories and it was off to bed. It really was a wonderful day, full of simple pleasures.