Thursday, 17 August 2017

My Kids in 140 Characters (Or Less)

We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh. Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't. One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

  1. J: Why did Magneto kill his son? Me: Cause he didn't clean up his , even after he was reminded 3 times
  2. J: The doughnut kicked the jelly out of his home. Where's he going to live mommy, where?
    Mr. Donut Image Courtesy of Tumblr

  3. M: Do you think if you ate a she would taste mostly like fish and only a little like human? Future ?
  4. Ur proud of the unstructured play u give ur kids. Until they start talking about digging up the pets buried in ur yard
  5. J: my heart is happy but my brain is nervous.
  6. M: I need to go to the splash pad because I'm melting, I'm melting (becomes puddle) The penchant for drama is strong with this one
  7. Fashion forward moment: when your son wants to wear a bike helmet to camp because it matches his shoes (we walked there)
    Image Courtesy of Giphy

  8. M: There's this type of wrestling called tuna ...Me: You mean ? M: Let's check both out & see which we like better
  9. If u told me 10 years ago I'd be running around a playground yelling about being Dr. Octopus I wouldn't have believed it
  10. M: I have some news about plums I still don't like how they taste but I enjoy when they look like little purple butts

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Don't Want To Grow Up: Reflections On Turning Six

Each year I've written a little bit about Molly and Jack on their birthdays. I started this tradition on their third birthday, when they were old enough to answer some questions themselves, so I started asking.  Along with their annual "night before birthday" photo, I've added this annual list of questions to the many traditions we want to enjoy with the minions.  Here is what they had to say this year.  I can't believe they turn six tomorrow!

What happens when you ask your children to pose nicely

Molly Age 6

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favourite toy?
My favourite toys are Barbies.  I love my Ariel Barbie and the two Barbies I got with daddy at the garage sales this spring.

What is your favourite food?
Mashed potatoes and Caesar salad.

What is your favourite song?
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Each time I hear it I feel proud and kind.

Molly was so proud to walk Lola all by herself this spring

What is your favourite movie?

What is your favourite animal?
Bunnies because they are so cute.

What is your favourite book?
The Princess In Black Series and Captain Underpants Series

What is your favourite drink?

What do you sleep with at night?
Blankie and my stuffed donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A delivery girl for food and toys like Lego for children.

Jack Age 6

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favourite toy?
Lego Scorpion

What is your favourite food?
Chocolate Ice Cream and spaghetti with spaghetti sauce and pizza, cheese

Daddy and Jack enjoying a moment at an Outdoor July Talk Concert Last weekend

What is your favourite song?
The metal version of the wheels on the bus (we've been watching this YouTube video daily since he discovered it - to check it out click here)

What is your favourite movie?
Star Wars

What is your favourite animal?
Jupiter (a corn snake that Jack 'met' at his visit to Reptilia Zoo)

What is your favourite book?
Captain Underpants, basically anything by Dav Pilkey

What is your favourite drink?
Fruit punch

What do you sleep with at night?
BB8 the big one and books so I can read when I'm not tired.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a space man

To read their answers from age three to see how much has changed click here

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Symbol In My Driveway: The Emoji Movie Review

We wanted to take the kids to the Drive In this summer. In fact, it was on our summer bucket list, so despite the abysmal reviews on Rotten Tomatoes we decided to give it a go and check out The Emoji Movie. We went to the Drive In on 5 in Oakville and were all able to see the film for under $28 for the entire family, and added in $10 worth of slushies from the concession to share.

Image Courtesy of YouTube

The Emoji Movie

What's in it for the Kids?
A story about characters that have been marketed to kids since they were capable of understanding ads.  Meh has one job, to be Meh, only he's full of a bunch of emotions. Poop Emoji, Romeo Love Emoji and plenty of jokes to match. If your kids enjoyed Inside Out they'll probably also like this movie which has the feel of a lesser, recycled app ad adaptation of Inside Out (try saying that three times fast).

What's in it for the Adults?
Not much.  There are some familiar adult voices in the film, but it's mostly geared towards kids. Voices you will recognize include Ana Faris, T.J. Miller, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart, and Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge).

Image Courtesy of The Emoji Movie

Best Parts of the Movie
This movie was pretty formulaic, boring and forgettable. You could see where it was going from the opening credits, but just the same my kids liked it.  There is a 'like who you are message' which is something?

Worst Parts of the Movie
T.J. Miller is an excellent sidekick or foil, but he's no leading man (love him in Deadpool and Silicon Valley).  Hearing him even attempt to voice vulnerable (granted in a pretty meh script that we can't blame him for) is grating.  For a movie about emotion, there are no characters here to really care about - basically they picked the most annoying possible traits for each specific emoji and run with it for an hour and a half.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 2/5, it wasn't leave the theatre bad, but I have no interest in ever watching it again.  Molly and Jack say they liked it, but couldn't point out anything specific they enjoyed, and I'm guessing more of that had to do with the novelty of being at the Drive In and seeing a movie than anything remotely to do with the film.

To Read My review of Despicable Me 3 click here

To read my review of Captain Underpants click here

To read my review of Boss Baby click here

To read my review of the Lego Batman movie click here

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