Friday, November 28, 2008
We spent the day in completely non-traditional fashion (for us, anyhow...) After a lazy morning, I took Lou and headed to town. I hate to admit it but we needed groceries and I took advantage of the very slow shopping day to fill our pantry and refrigerator.
Following our marketing, we met the boys at the theater. Movies in the theater are extremely rare for our kiddos and this was Cael's maiden viewing of the big screen. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. (Head's up: it's sorta stupid and the innuendo is annoying!) Everyone survived, although Cael did succumb to a nap mid-movie.
After loading up on sugar (Raisinettes and gummy worms), we headed home for a completely non-healthy dinner of appetizers. It was lovely! And great fun!
The only reason we departed so far from tradition is our family abandoned us! Jason's parents headed East to Auntie Heidi's (a long overdue Thanksgiving trek) and my dad headed West to have dinner with my extended family. It was the perfect excuse to do something different.
(We're having friends over in a few weeks for our Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Yes, I really do love turkey, potatoes, stuffing minus nasty stuff, and pumpkin pie. Stay tuned for pictures. That should be a great night!)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Maclaren Volo stroller with hood is lightweight and easy to use at 8.6 pounds. Easy and fast to fold & go with handy carry strap. Modern single position, easy to clean, self locking wheels, removable mesh seat. Ergonomic foam gripped handles and angled frame for comfortable pushing. New f...
Maclaren Volo Citrus Lime/Black Stroller
Finally... the perfect stroller!By mom2mykiddos from Montana on 11/24/2008
Pros: Lightweight, Durable, Smooth Ride, Easy To Maneuver, Easily Stowed, Easy to Set Up
Cons: Not Adjustable
Best Uses: Infants, Toddlers
Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children
I've been looking for "the" stroller to replace our collection of various kinds. We have a Graco Travel System, a few umbrella strollers, and a double jogger stroller. With kiddo #4 (the last) turning 18 months, I've passed along the travel system to a friend and thrown away the impossible-to-steer, poorly-made, no-feature umbrella strollers. The Maclaren Volo is the perfect replacement.
First, it is compact and lightweight. I no longer need to keep in the back of the van. It's small enough to slip on the floor at the kids' feet. Set up is quick and easy and, most importantly, ONE-HANDED!
Second, its features are well thought out. The single brake set & release is very easy to use. The canopy is large and provides nice coverage. A small basket underneath holds the essentials. (I did purchase the Maclaren organizer and appreciate having somewhere to keep water bottles and the cell phone.) It maneuvers very easily, even with a single hand and the wheels seem to absorb small bumps nicely. Our toddler loves to sit in his stroller, moving or not.
Third, improvements over last year's belt buckles makes securing a busy toddler easier.
Additionally, the black frame looks great and the lime (it really is a bit more "lime green" than the photo shows) & black helps hide the dirt from the wheels brushing against the canopy when folded. (The grey and white canopies on other Volo strollers readily show the dirt. Yuk!)
Finally, the 55 lb. weight limit ensures that we'll be using this stroller until #4 has truly outgrown strollers. This will make those trips to the zoo, the fair, and Disney World much more enjoyable!
I realize this stroller is not meant for newborns and it does not adjust to allow for napping, but it is extremely well made and comfortable for baby and whomever ends up pushing him along.
This was my birthday present to me. I'm a bit of a baby gear junkie and we're quickly leaving the "baby" stage behind. This is likely one of my last baby purchases. I researched and researched before buying. (I've known I wanted it since April. Yes... nearly 7 months!) But, persistence paid off. I have the newer version with features I appreciate and it's perfect!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My favorite snack ever... And, now, Costco carries it so it's actually affordable!
Yes, my birthday was before Halloween. (I'm a bit behind, as usual...) Here's the yummy lemon cake and charming note cards from my friend, Cynde. She took that picture and had the cards made. I just love them.
I had a great day and was spoiled by a bunch of people! My kids bought me a mini-Cuisinart (it matches my big one perfectly) and some other requested kitchen things. Below, you'll see Cael who found the Snickers the kids tucked into a bag of treats for me. Cael was quite unhappy to give up his find. (I was impressed that he knew it was worth opening and that he found a way to do it.)
These are photos of the wrapping paper my kiddos made for my gifts. I just loved the pictures!