Monthly Archives: October 2013

Air & Scare 2013

One of our Halloween traditions is attending Air & Scare at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. It’s a fun evening of trick or treating among the planes, as well as some crafts, science activities, and lots of Star Wars characters!

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The kids dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and Sofia the First. They quickly got a bag full of candy to enjoy as we strolled around the museum.

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We spotted the giant Marshmallow Man where Luke and Tom got a photo with some Ghostbusters.

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We checked out some exhibits and games.

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Then we got pictures with a bunch of Star Wars characters

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Luke was a big fan of the Jawa.

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(Scarlett wasn’t that interested in being photographed.)

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This is a fun event that we look forward to each year, and 2013 was no exception. Planes, candy and Jedi – what more could you ask for?




Movie Night: Alice in Wonderland

It was a little bit difficult to come up with food for our Alice in Wonderland dinner. After a lot of brainstorming, I think it came out okay. Even if it wasn’t perfectly themed, it went well together, and tasted good too!

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Our “Alice in Wonderland” Menu: 
Alice’s Shrinking Burgers (Sliders) 
Cheshire Cat’s Smiling Fries
Caterpillar’s Stuffed Mushrooms
Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tarts
Drink Me Punch

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It was an easy meal, and the kids were excited to watch the movie afterwards. I call that a success.


Afternoon Tea at American Girl

I knew I wanted to do some kind of tea party for Alice in Wonderland week. When Scarlett and I discovered the restaurant while browsing in the American Girl store on afternoon, we decided it was a great place to return to one day for afternoon tea.

Since I had taken Luke by himself to the campfire the previous week (and since he’s not a big fan of girly things like American Girl), I took Scarlett by herself to have tea. Well, Scarlett and her Bitty Baby.

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Scarlett wore her Sofia the First dress and was very proud and very excited. She loved that the whole room was pink, and that her baby could sit right up at the table.

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The waiter was super friendly. We decided to order hot chocolate instead of tea. He made it fresh for us, complete with whipped cream, and poured it for Scarlett.

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Soon after, he brought out a nice tower of food.

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It was all pretty tasty, and each item was inspired by a different historical American Girl.

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Scarlett enjoyed dipping fruit in yogurt.

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I liked the little sandwiches.

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Bitty Baby was just happy to have her own little tea cup.

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It was a nice little mother/daughter date. Scarlett had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go back. She’s definately an American Girl fan now.


Disney Movie of the Week: Alice in Wonderland

Because Once Upon A Time in Wonderland premiered on Thursday, I thought it was good week for Alice In Wonderland.

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Riding the Tea Cups at Disney World

I’m not sure what wacky activities we will do that are related to the movie. Hopefully a tea party, and maybe some croquet? Not sure if that’s a little kid game, but we’ll figure it out. Scarlett loves the Queen of Hearts, so it should be fun at least!


Disney Movie Night Menu: Up

Our “Up” movie night dinner was fun from the start, because of course we got to get a bunch of balloons! It was also fairly easy to come up with ideas, because – bonus! – there is actually a lot of food in the movie.

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Our “Up” Movie Night Menu:
Dug’s Hot Dogs
Carl’s Prunes (I actually used plums)
Kevin’s Chocolate
Russell’s Ice Cream (from Fenton’s)
Ellie’s Grape Soda


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After we ate, Scarlett spent about an hour playing with the balloons.

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Tom also looked up how many balloons it would take to lift a person. Turns out a dozen isn’t enough! We had fun anyway, even without floating away.


Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Dinner

I am planning a few different Halloween Theme Dinners for October.

Since the kids have been singing the “Boo to You” song ever since we attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in September, and have been enthralled with the Boo! for You Halloween Episodes on Disney Junior, I picked a Mickey Theme for the first once.

We called it “Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Dinner”.

Our Menu: 




Maybe someone out there can take my idea and do a good job with it! I promise to try harder on my other Halloween meals throughout the month.


Even though it didn’t look great, it tasted okay. We paired the meal with a viewing of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Mickey’s Treat which was cute. I love Halloween and it’s fun to celebrate the season no matter what!


UP Activity: More Wilderness and A Campfire

I was looking around for more Up related activities and came across another adventure fit for a Wilderness Explorer.

While we were at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, we saw a flyer for Who-oo’s at the Campfire?, a program where kids learn about owls around the campfire. Sounded pretty awesome, so the next night, Luke and I headed back to experience the Nature Center at night.


We actually ended up going into a classroom to learn about owls before we went outside. I was worried Luke wouldn’t like sitting there being lectured to, but just as I leaned over to ask if he was bored, he said “This is really fun!” He thought the teacher was great. She was really entertaining and even I learned a lot.


She showed up an owl skull, a wing, a talon and a bunch of different species of owls that were stuffed and displayed around the building.


Then it was time to head out to the campfire. Luke was very excited he got to use a flashlight.


We sat around the fire, where to teacher told us a story adapted from Native American folklore about how the owl was created. It was pretty funny.

After the story, it was time for s’mores! It was pretty fun roasting our own marshmallows.


It was even more fun to eat them!


Luke had a great time and wants to take Dad and Scarlett with us next time.

He is a proud owl expert!

The Wilderness Must Be Explored!

For our first activity for Up week, we did a little wilderness exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.


We normally play outside when we visit this nature center, but we went inside this time to see what we could learn.


There were several live turtles, which we fun to watch.


There were also rocks, seeds, leaves and wood to touch and examine under a magnifying glass or a microscope. Luke thought this was really cool.


Scarlett was really into the dress up area.



There were also lots of puzzles, animal toys, dinosaur figures and places to play.


It was really a lot of fun. Great place to play on a rainy day, or just when we’re feeling scientific!