Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaBloPoMo done-zo!

NaBloPoMo...almost over...so close...must post...

How 'bout some more pics from my phone?

My Melody watch, currently available as part of the Sanrio watch collection in McDonald's Happy Meals! (Also available to buy w/o food)
My Melody

Earlier today I heard a big boom. Our condo complex shook and the power went out. Looked outside to discover this power line on fire, although it's hard to tell in this pic. It was too close for comfort, but the firemen arrived shortly thereafter to extinguish the flames.
Power line

Thanksgiving dinner
At Thanksgiving dinner

These gorgeous and yummy cake pops were served at a friend's daughter's birthday recently
Cake pops

A toddler, a first-grader and a turtle watch Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba & a turtle

"Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in." - Evan Davis

Monday, November 29, 2010

Steppin' Out Saturday -- 11-27-10

Here we are as we headed out the door Saturday for the Yo Gabba Gabba show.

Steppin' Out Saturday

Em:
Vest, Children's Place
Shirt, Baby Gap
Pants, Old Navy
Shoes, Target

Me:
Sweater, Gap
Tank, Old Navy
Pants, Old Navy
Shoes, Target
Bag, Ju-Ju-Be's MightyBe in Earth Leather

I'm including a bonus pic of me and Em on Thanksgiving. Old Navy was open that day, so I hit up their big sale that afternoon and got myself a nice red coat, which just happens to match Em's sweet coat. She was not in the mood for pics on our way to dinner, so this is what we got.

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"Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat." - Caecilius Statius

Sunday, November 28, 2010

There's a party in my city

Last night was the much-anticipated Yo Gabba Gabba Live show!

When we arrived, Em saw the show's characters on the theater's marquee and got so excited. She even got upset when we tried to turn her away from the sign and around for a pic.

Freakin' out

Upset...

We planned to meet up with our friends Jenny, Kelly, DG and all their kiddos before the show. While we loitered around the theater entrance for them, we spotted Leslie Hall, a recurring guest on YGG. So we scurried over to snap a pic with her and Em.
Em & Leslie Hall

She seemed genuinely touched when we explained that we've been fans of hers long before we saw her on YGG. We even saw her perform live a few years ago.

We hadn't heard from our pals, so we headed inside. In the lobby we ran into some other friends. Even though Em talks about her toddler pal all the time, they both played shy when we tried to get them to pose together. We eventually talked them into a quick hug, which lasted a hilarious minute and a half.
Hugs are fun

We went to find our seats, which were next to Jenny and her daughters, the Bean and the Teen.
Jenny & The Bean

As we waited for the show to start, Em kept asking, "Where's Yabba?" (Yabba = Yo Gabba Gabba.) Her anticipation was building, and it was adorable.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live

Then it was time for the show to start. Safe to say that she was a fan.
Cheering

Enthralled

The live show featured many of the same regular segments from the tv series, including the Super Music Friends Show.
Super Music Friends Show

Each show on the tour includes a different musical guest. Ours was OK Go, most famous for their viral treadmill music video. They performed their song, This Too Shall Pass. (I love that song, and not just because the video speaks to the band geek in me.)
OK GO

The show also featured the balloon song, including a showering of balloons over the audience.
Balloons

Brobee floats

Balloon drop

Leslie turned out to be the Dancey Dance guest, presumably replacing celebs Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz, as previously announced on YGG's Facebook page. Obviously we weren't too broken up about the replacement.
Dancey Dance Time

The show also included the song There's a Party in my Tummy, my personal favorite. I loved the giant slide for the food.
Party in my tummy

Biz Markie came out for his segment, Biz's Beat of the Day. He was like a big ol' beatboxing Santa Claus. Some kids up front took turns sitting on his lap, and he'd ask each of them his name and give them various beats to repeat.
Biz's Beat of the Day

Biz & a kid

At one point a cute little boy said his name was Kingston, and the woman behind us lost her mind. "Oh my god, that's GWEN STEFANI'S SON!" Sure enough, the little boy went back to sit with super cute Gwen. I didn't see her hubby, my longtime crush Gavin Rossdale, sadly. We also saw Jessica Alba and her family.

After the show we took a pic of Em, the Bean...and a photobombing Teen dressed as YGG's DJ Lance. Such a lovable dork.
Photobomb

The hour-long show included a brief intermission, during which the mother of the family next to us mentioned that she loved watching Em as she seemed to be having such a great time, singing and dancing along.

She truly was captivated, and I'm so glad we took her to the show. She may be too young to remember it, but it's something we won't soon forget.
Confetti

"I think about the time when I was younger. And the older that I get the more that I feel wiser, with the love of friends and family get stronger and it carries me on through." - Lovely, Love My Family, Yo Gabba Gabba

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Yo Blogga Blogga

Heading out the door for Yo Gabba Gabba.

Then we're dropping Em off at Grandma's and heading out to a late showing of 127 Hours.

Blogging time is limited, so I'll leave you with this cutie pie pic of Em playing Mommy.

Drink up

"A 3-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm."
- Bill Vaughn

Friday, November 26, 2010

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow

First it was Yo Gabba Gabba.

Then it was the Fresh Beat Band.

Em's newest musical obsession, however, really took us by surprise tonight.


That's Em watching a Fleetwood Mac concert on TV.

It's just a small slice of the half-hour she spent completely enthralled. She pumped her fists. She danced around the perimeter of my in-laws' living room. She jumped. She stared. She pounded the table. She squealed.

We were in stitches the entire time.

The best part, though, was the end of each song. You'll see what I mean about half-way through this clip.

By the time the performance ended, my mother-in-law had ordered a DVD of it online so Em can relive the show again and again. Too bad Brent and I aren't exactly Fleetwood Mac fans.

I'd like to think that tonight's excitement was a preview of what we'll see tomorrow when we take her to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live.

Ah, our sweet little groupie.

"And If I want to find the song 'Landslide' by Fleetwood Mac I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 pile, but didn't give it to them for personal reasons." - Rob, High Fidelity

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Colors, colors

Em gets a certain look in her eyes when she puts crayon to paper.

Scribble

On the ground

Table

She's learned to direct all drawing requests to Brent. He's the artistic parent, and he's more than happy to show her how to draw a circle, a square, a diamond, a flower, a birthday cake, an Em -- all frequent requests.
Square

Learning to draw flowers

I couldn't draw a prettier picture if I tried.
Cuddles

"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention." - Greg Anderson

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A few more of my favorite things

Trader Joe's meat wrapped in meat! On a stick!
Meat wrapped in meat

Creating a gift basket for my friends, who are expecting twin girls
Gift basket

Sandwich sampler from 3 Square Cafe
Sandwich sampler

Em in her little red coat and boots
Little red coat

S'mores on a stick via Jenny
S'more pops

Em & Grandpa playing "touch both sides of the doorway at once"
In the doorway

"The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it."
- William Gibson

Monday, November 22, 2010

Steppin' Out Saturday -- 11-20-10

You know when you stumble across a blog, read a few entries and think, "ZOMG! I would be total besties with this blogger if they lived nearby!"?

Oh, does that not happen to you?

Well, it happened to me last week when I clicked on Mandy's blog. I've been following her on Twitter for a while now, I suppose, but as is often the case with the hundreds of folks I *follow,* I hadn't bothered to read her site.

She's a fun & stylish mama with a super cute & sassy 2-year-old daughter named Harper. (Love, love, LOVE the name "Harper," btw!) As I spent a half hour obsessing over casually perused her archives, I fell in love with her weekly feature -- Steppin' Out Saturday. In a nutshell, it's a look at what she and Harper are sporting during their Saturday adventures. And she invites anyone and everyone to join in the fun!

It's the perfect excuse for me to ensure that I'm somewhat pulled together at least once a week. It'll also hopefully inspire me to spice up my wardrobe a bit. Despite my tendencies, Old Navy yoga pants aren't fashion forward.

I tried to plan a last-minute date night with Brent for Saturday evening, but I was too last-minute to pull it off. We had a nice date day with Em, though. I somehow convinced Brent to join me at the mall on a quest for new fall/winter boots as I had gotten rid of mine last season.

As we stepped out the door, and after Brent had commented on how nice I looked, I threw my phone at him and said, "Quick! Take a pic of Em and I! It's for this thing! I'll explain later!"

He went along with it, although Em was a little more all over the place.
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I'm sure our pics will get better as we get the hang of this feature.

Em:
Dress, Baby Gap
Leggings, Target (Circo brand)
Shoes, Payless
Bonus - Dora sunglasses, free in a packet of swim diapers we bought. She grabbed the glasses as we headed out the door

Me:
Sweater, Old Navy
Jeans, Old Navy
Shoes, TOMS wedges
Elephant Necklace, Forever 21


I did not find any boots during our excursion but did find some super cute ones via Target.com, which will likely make an appearance in future Steppin' Out posts.

(This post would've published on Saturday, but poor Mandy was having some site issues, and I wanted to link back to her.)

"You don't understand clothing, Toby! You're dressed like this amorphous blog of khaki." - Andy, The Office

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Em of a thousand faces

Curious - She says, "Hmmm...."
Curious

Angry - GRRR!
Angry

Surprise!
Surprise!

B-boy

Robot
Robot

Sad face - notice the lower lip (sorry for the blur)
Sad face

Happy
Happy!

"Pardon me, I'm not good at reading facial cues, but judging from your face, you are either sad or nauseated." - Sheldon, Big Bang Theory