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All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time


I remember the day Ladybug started kindergarten. I took the morning off work, we put her on the bus and then her mother and I drove as fast as we could to the IMG_0946aschool to meet her and walk her to class. My first granddaughter started school.

This year, Watermelon would have started kindergarten. My first grandson. Another first added to the scrapbook in my mind. First smile, first step, first words, first day of school. All those firsts that can only exist in our imagination and wishes.

I remember him in perfection. I envy his utter joy and peace in Heaven. I have complete faith that I will see him again and it will be glorious. But I suffer while I wait. My arms ache to swing him up into my arms and cradle his body against me.


Not any easier than the others.

Happy Birthday, Collin. Grandma loves you.

Disney On Ice Toy Story 3 Giveaway

Last week, we took the girls ice skating for the first time. Ever since we attended Disney On Ice last year, the girls have been wanting to try it! First we warmed up D31 Artwith a little Mr. Potato Head decorating, then some off ice skating lessons and learned some dance moves and then onto the ice. What a fantastic time we all had and we can’t wait to try it again. The girls are even more excited to see Disney On Ice – Toy Story 3 next week! Ladybug was Buzz Lightyear for Halloween this year, that is how much she loves Toy Story.

We are attending the opening night show on the 25th, although we will be down at least one fan; as Mr. Vixen is having knee replacement surgery that day. After waiting all these years (in pain) for this day to come, when he found out it was on the same day as Disney On Ice, he informed me he wanted to postpone the surgery! That is how much fun we have t Disney On Ice.

Disney On Ice Toy Story 3 runs  January 25-29, 2012 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. You can find information and ticket prices here. I think you should all attend and then write to Mr. Vixen and tell him all about it. It will almost be like he is there with us! In fact, I have a package of four tickets for one lucky family to attend that you can win right here! The vouchers must be exchanged at the box office for certain showings and some showings do sell out so you will want to exchange them fast!

Do you want to attend Disney On Ice Toy Story 3 for Mr. Vixen? Just enter below and one (1) random winner will be selected on January 19th (you can enter until midnight the 18th and I will draw the winner the morning of the 19th) and you could be at the show with Woody and the gang. Tickets are good for opening night Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm or Thursday , January 26 at 7:00pm or Friday, January 27 at 11:00am

Check us out skating:

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A picture is a poem without words

My daughter takes fantastic pictures. Sometimes I can take a good one also. What I really love to see is photography become art. I would love to wallpaper my living room with photos (wouldn’t that be cool?) or take a few favorites and blow them up as posters. When I was approached about a review for custom canvas prints I was really excited.

And then the problem began. The choosing of the photo. I agonized for days. Then weeks. I was pretty sure the lady had given up on me ever making up my mind. I love canvas and I had it set in my mind that the photo should be one with depth and texture to really stand out on canvas. I made my husband go through hundreds of photos with me, trying to choose. In the end, I saw a photo taken by Nannygoat on her facebook. I knew immediately it was perfect. It had everything I was looking for! Depth, texture, light, dark and (of course) Ladybug!

I had her send over the higher quality file and headed to the website to order. The site is very user-friendly. Just upload your photo, choose your border options, add any image & color effects if you want and voila, you are done. My canvas was in my hands in just a few short days. I chose a deep 1.5″ wrap with a mirror image border. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The prices are reasonable, the turnaround is quick and I love my canvas.

The hunt has begun again for more ‘canvas perfect’ photos, as I am going to have several done in a larger size to decorate my living room. Probably one each of the grandkids. Of course, I am hoping they are not all grown by the time I choose! I created a mosaic of my canvas below, but to really see it in all it’s glory you should click here to see individual photos.

I would highly recommend Easy Canvas Prints for all you canvas photo wants and needs.

(edited to add: I just saw this promotion they are running, what a great deal! “Like on Facebook to receive the offer of 50% off all products and free shipping. The offer will be automatically applied to your cart when you are redirected to from Facebook. This promotional offer cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

I received a this free canvas print in return for reviewing their site. All opinions are mine.

I Think I’ll Be A Clown When I Get Growd Up

RBBB141_logoComp_rd8_colorStackwebTonight is opening night of Fully Charged presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in San Diego. Excitement is high here at The Den, as Mr. Vixen and I are taking three of the grandkids tonight for their first BIG CIRCUS ADVENTURE.

For me there is nothing better than a really, really amped up and excited grandkid (because I get to send them home later, tee hee), so we started the day early this morning with a special behind the scenes visit to the circus grounds. We were able to see all the horses, tigers, and the elephants; up close and personal. We even saw an elephant get its bath! Did you know they have special wash made just for elephants? They do and its called Safari Shampoo!

If you are in the San Diego area, run out and get some tickets to the circus! I learned this morning that the animal area is open to all ticket holders 90 minutes before each show! You can see all the animals up close before the show and meet their trainers.

Here are some pics of our visit this morning. I hope I see you tonight at the circus. If you don’t have tickets yet, the circus is here all the way through Sunday, the 17th with two shows a day on Friday and Sunday, and three shows on Saturday! Click here for schedule and ticket information.





They was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’

Guess where I was yesterday? On a Friday? In May?

Splash Zoo

That doesn’t look anything like my work, does it? You caught me. I wasn’t at work, I was at the LEGOLAND waterpark  for the new opening of their toddler SplashZoo area! Not by myself either. I thought it only fitting I bring the cutest kids I know: RolyPoly, Ladybug and WhatAboutMe!

All three of those kids adore being in the water. Our previous trips with the older two to a waterpark has been difficult because they believe A) they can swim alone in deep water B) they can do anything an adult can do. It was overwhelming to keep them happy and safe.

I adore, adore, adore the New Duplo Splash Safari with every bit of my grandmotherly being. Shallow, warm pools, kid-sized water slides, soft squishy pool bottom and a great big sprinkler area of giant zoo animals: everything in the place is made for kids to love and enjoy. And our three were no exception!

(see below for scientific/photographic proof of their enjoyment).

If you live in the area, are visiting Southern California or are planning a trip here this summer (any of you BlogHer 2011 attendees bringing your families?!?!) I suggest you take a day (or two) to visit the LEGOLAND Water Park (and of course LEGOLAND too!). The cabanas are terrific and give the family a central place to meet while your bigger kids head over to the regular sized slides and your toddlers and younger kids enjoy the fun (and easier for them to navigate) Splash Zoo!




Thanks to LEGOLAND CA for the opportunity to attend the grand opening and to the SDMomfia for helping to arrange the day for us bloggers. I was given four admission tickers to LEGOLAND, but all opinions, sunburns and fun are mine.

Better than Mother’s Day? Grandchildren on Mother’s Day.

And a new snuggie. Which draws in the youngens like moths to a flame…

Elephants and grandchildren never forget

See others: SOOC Sunday AND Unconscious Mutterings

I have two SOOC (straight out of the camera) shots for this week. The girls had their first ever horse riding turns last Sunday on Calypso. They both really, really loved it. Ladybug would have liked to “go faster”, but  What-about-me? was quite content to go “slowly”. Scroll down for unconscious mutterings.


Below, Ladybug is explaining to me the hard “leg tricks” she is performing. She had never been a horse before, yet had created her own ‘tricks’ and was performing them brilliantly.


Our prompts from LunaNina this week:

  1. Judge :: not, lest ye be judged
  2. Safe ::  zone
  3. Boulevard ::  tattoo
  4. 27 ::  Nannygoat?!
  5. Next ::  time I will be a little better
  6. Ma’am ::  Yes, Sir.
  7. Desktop ::  publishing
  8. Club :: what I will take to Mr. Vixen’s head if he ever accidentally shoots me in the leg with an air soft gun again.
  9. Violet ::  flower
  10. Enamel :: teapot

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness

As I keep saying, I have a bunch of stuff to post about. But then I never get to it. So I have decided to just throw a bunch of it into one post with bullets. So be it.

  • I am going to be a Grandma again. Nannygoat is pregnant with her third. Due in September. A bit of a scare at the beginning, which I may or may not ever get around to posting about. In the meanwhile, it looks good now and we shall continue to perform the Snoopy Happy Dance.
  • I am getting a horse. I wasn’t going to write about it until he got here, but then it kept getting delayed and people took my money to transport him and then didn’t do it. Bottom line, an extremely wonderful and giving woman whom I met online (!go figure!) gave me a horse. Like as in gifted to me. A new transporter (who has more of my money, lol) is picking him up this Monday. He should be here by Saturday (the 26th) and there is all kinds of THRILLING EXCITEMENT in my heart.
  • I have health insurance. And tomorrow I am going to start using it to it’s fullest extent. There is some weird, not-normal stuff going on in my gut that is driving me insane and I can’t seem to function much after 2-3 in the afternoon. I mean serious exhaustion. Commence medical mystery solving at 9am tomorrow.
  • RolyPoly is starting to walk. I am still stymied as to how how he grew this fast.
  • It is almost March and I still want to post about Christmas and our post-Christmas trip to a cabin with snow. Maybe this year.
  • I am dog-sitting Ladybug’s dog again while they make their annual trek to visit Utah. So far I have managed not to paralyze him this time; however, he randomly started pooping while he walks. He doesn’t seem to know he is doing it. Sigh.
  • I am was learning to quilt. I want to finish it. And post about it. And share photos. I was going great and then…well see the medical mystery bullet above.
  • Oh and there is the awesome post about our Valentine’s Day cruise to share. If only it would write itself.
  • The more I bullets I create, the more I realize how much is missing from this journal of mine and I get really depressed that I didn’t share it immediately so as not to lose some of the thoughts and memories that I want to have memorialized here for myself.
  • I better quit with the bullets now. Happy Friday.

Meet Me At The Fish Tank

That is Ladybug inside the kid friendly aquarium at SeaLife back in 2009. When we first moved to SoCal, one of our favorite places to take our (then young) kids was the aquarium. We must have gone there 100 times, but I must admit it wasn’t an easy thing to share with small kids. All that lifting and fighting the crowds. it is a wonderful place, but not all that kid friendly. The first time Mr. Vixen and I took the girls to SeaLife Aquarium we were so thrilled! It is so perfect for even the smallest toddler.  We are taking the girl’s again tomorrow, combining some fun with one of my personal crusades (some of you might remember my adventure in public service with I Love A Clean San Diego back in 2008) and I wanted to share the info in case you wanted to join in the fun.

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your kid’s tomorrow? This Saturday is Underwater Parks Day, with kid-friendly activities designed to raise awareness of the newly designated “Underwater Parks” or Marine Protected Areas. Guests will have a chance to create a personalized take-home habitat, add to the Happy Habitat Mural inside the Aquarium and visit a mini Conservation Expo with hands-on exhibits to learn how their family can get involved in caring for our ocean locally.

New to this year’s festival, families will gain a better understanding of what an Underwater Park is during The Daily Dive show at 11 a.m. in SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium’s Shipwreck Gallery.  Using an underwater communication mask, a diver will give a child-friendly presentation about these special areas from inside the Lost City of Atlantis, the Aquarium’s 200,000 gallon ocean display. 

Underwater Parks Day at SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all activities are included in the cost of Aquarium admission – $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $13 for kids 3 to 12. For more information on SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium visit

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