Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy 11th Birthday Godzilla!

It's hard to believe that it has been 11 years since baby Godzilla was placed in my arms. Godzilla is a big fan of the Discovery Channel (MythBusters, Dirty Jobs, etc). One of his favorite shows is Man Vs. Food. Godzilla has been wanting us to go on vacation to Texas after watching an episode Featuring the World's Largest Cinnamon Bun and the 2-foot Donut. Since we aren't travelling to Texas anytime soon, I thought I would bring a little Texas to coastal NC for his birthday. Introducing the Giant Donut Birthday cake using the new cake pans from Williams-Sonoma.

Follow the recipe for the cake and glaze on the back of the box. You will not be disappointed.

Make sure you get those sprinkles on quick! That glaze hardens real fast!

I couldn't push the candles in through the hardened glaze. The best I could do was to put these to "1" candles on. I just hope he doesn't blow too hard or they might fall off.

The birthday boy!

Make a wish (gently)...

What's that? A new Nintendo DS lite?? This boy has worn out 2 Nintendo DS game platforms!

New threads! Just what a growing Godzilla needs.

Go Godzilla!

Okay, well now The Princess (today she is The Princess of Pajamas) needs to offer encouragement with the present unwrapping.

Legos! Always a favorite of Godzilla's.

The entire series of "Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events."
Looks like a great way to celebrate!
Happy Birthday Godzilla!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Go Go Power Rangers

Power Rangers never die, they just morph!
We will soon be celebrating a round of birthdays here at the sand castle. Godzilla will turn 11 and Big Tuna will turn 18. I remember Big Tuna's upcoming 1st birthday! A child's 1st birthday is a milestone (that we the parents have survived the first year!). Captain Daddy and I took little Big Tuna to Toys R Us to let him pick out his birthday gift. It was 1993. As soon as we walked into the store we entered into the world of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. A big section of floor space was given over to MMPR merchandise. The MMPR TV series had just debuted in the US. I had NEVER heard of MMPR. Little Big Tuna had NEVER even seen a MMPR TV show. But we spent quite a lot of time in that section of the store. I don't even think we got past that section of the store. Little Big Tuna was entranced by the MMPR toys. He looked at, and touched everything. In the end we bought two 12-inch MMPR, a pink and a black one.
Although we had been inducted into the world of MMPR, it really took longer to "get into" MMPR. Living out in the sticks, we couldn't get cable TV (long before Satellite TV) and only received 3 TV channels, so we didn't get to watch the programming. At one point, the shows reruns came on daily in the afternoon. At that point, Big Tuna became a fan of MMPR. He spent many a day being the Red Ranger.
By 2002, the MMPR had morphed several times and were now the Wild Force Power Rangers. Godzilla was now 3 years old and discovered the MMPR NOT the Wild Force Power Rangers. I begged all of my friends with older boys for anything MMPR, and I scoured yard sales/thrift shops for the stuff. Godzilla was quite particular and he wasn't having anything but the original MMPR. A neighbor of mine gave us tons of videos along with some rather worn MMPR clothes.
My child may have looked raggedy, but he was happy.
Then a time came when the Power Rangers had morphed too many times to keep track and Godzilla lost interest. A few years ago I donated most of the videos (apparently not all of them) and toys to charity.
How was I to know that this was a BIG MISTAKE? How was I to know that 17 years later that the MMPR still had "power?" How was I to know that somehow, the original MMPR movie was still in my house just waiting for the right moment. Just waiting for Godzilla to find it and play it for The Queen and The Princess. How was I to know that my Queen and my Princess would morph into Yellow and Pink Power Rangers? Where am I going to find girl MMPR stuff????
Yes, the girls have developed a liking to the MMPR. According to the girls: The Queen is the Yellow Ranger; The Princess is the Pink (of course!) Ranger; Godzilla is the Black Ranger; Big Tuna is the White Ranger; Captain Daddy is the Blue Range; and I am Dulcea (the master warrior of Phaedos).
Rumor does have it that the original MMPR are being re-distributed this year. I'm sure Toys R Us will be there for me. Y'all have any gently used MMPR gear/toys/videos just laying around?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Life Through the Eyes of The Queen

I came across several photos on my camera that I did not take. Which means, someone else in the household used my camera without my knowledge. This probably occurred when I was taking a shower one morning as that is usually when things "occur." After interrogating the usual suspects, the guilty party turned out to be The Queen. Five year olds are just too smart. As The Queen likes to remind me almost everyday, "I am just too good for you!" Yes, she is. Here is a glimpse of the world through the eyes of The Queen.

Here is KitKat. Or FatCat as we fondly refer to her. I think she actually posed for the photo. It is funny because this cat is often at the forefront of family photos. Wherever there is something going on, this cat will be in the middle of it.

The Queen's baby doll. She doesn't look like she wanted her photo taken.

The top of the Barbie computer. Yes, Barbie is always ready to have her photo taken.

This is an interesting shot. This is our "classroom/playroom." Not sure what she was trying to express here other than it is eye-level.

Maybe this should be titled "Right brain conquers Left brain." Or "Geologists Rule, Engineers Drool" (inside joke).

Over exposed close up of Wishbone toy. Do they make that show still? This toy must be at least 13 years old.

The much loved, more precious than gold, beloved "Nai-Nai." The Queen often asks me what color it is supposed to be since it seems "colorless." It used to be pink.

Another "mood" shot of KitKat. Models can be awfully moody at times!

Princess Jasmine's Horse.

I think this is a close-up of Gabriella's Pony Castle...?

No clue.

Our living room. As it often is.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 Handbook

Happy New Year Y'all!

I am sorry for not posting sooner, it has just been so busy. While this isn't the post I wanted to start the year with, it will have to do until I can get my act together.



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.