W.W.A.W. Saving Up My Ramen Packets #Netflix #StreamTeam

In this post for the Netflix Stream Team, there are SPOILERS FOR ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Be aware. I don’t want any hate mail.

  

It has taken me forever to start posting again and it’s all Netflix‘s fault. Actually it’s Piper’s fault. The 3rd season of Orange is the New Black has time-sucked days away from my life and I have zero regrets. It has left my head spinning with so many questions…

  • Stella. What her fate on the show now that she goes to max.?
  • Alex. Is she dead???
  • Red and Healy. WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NOW??
  • Crazy Eyes. More of her, please!!
  • SOPHIA!!!!!!! (Please be okay. I adore you)
  • WHAT THE EFF, BENNETT?!? 

The time waiting for Season 4 will drive me insane. It feels like when I was into LOST and couldn’t wait for the next season because cliffhangers SUCK!

Are you watching? You should be. It’s more than sex and drama. It’s emotional. At times, it’s haunting and beautiful. Honestly, it’s indescribable. 

Netflix is really cranking out the awesome with shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and my husband’s new favorite Senses8. He says it’s really unique and how they intertwine the characters is pretty awesome. 

In the meantime, I’ll be saving up my ramen packets. If that statement makes no sense, you better go catch up with OITNB pronto!

t.r.m. 

Blogger’s Note: I continue to write posts for Netflix as a member of their Stream Team. That’s how I got those awesome candles posted above. The perks are pretty sweet! 

  

When You Have Strong Feelings About a Certain Disney Character (part 1)

I’m happy to have developed some new friendships over the past few months. One friendship in particular has opened the door to meeting new moms. It has been pretty awesome so far as we all have a similar mind set. But, despite our newfound connections, I still have my feelers out. There are many different levels of parenting and until a situation arises that calls for some discipline, you never truly know someone until a situation happens. 

Enter my 4 year old. 

My friend has introduced me to her mommy neighbor who has a 5 year old boy and a 3 your old girl. My kids love playing with the neighbor’s kids and I’ve allowed Conner & Hallie to visit the neighbor’s home while I visit with my friend. This has gone on for several weeks with no incidents. 

This weekend, during a conversation at my friend’s house, the mommy neighbor was over with her children and we were watching Big Hero 6 on the tarp in the backyard. I mentioned that the statue that Baymax blows up was of Prince Hans from Frozen. 

Mommy neighbor said: 

Speaking of Prince Hans, Hallie told (her daughter) something over at my house.

“Oh. What happened?” 

Inside my body, I stiffened for the worst. 

Well, my mom overheard their play conversation in which Hallie turned to (her daughter) and said Did you know that Prince Hans was a bitch? 

  
I’m sorry?!?

Laughing. Yup, Hallie told (her daughter) that Prince Hans was a bitch. *smiles*

omg. Please tell me that (her daughter) didn’t repeat it. 

Nah. She didn’t even mention it. 

Oh, (mommy neighbor). I’m so sorry. I’ll talk to Hallie. She loves playing with your daughter. I hope this situation doesn’t change that. 

Are you kidding?!? When (her daughter) hurts herself, she yells out FUCK!! So, actually, I should be apologizing to you first!!

…..to be continued

t.r.m. 

To Those of You Who Never Gave Up Hope #LoveWins

Landscapes & Nature

a time to rejoice

I write this to you with happy tears and a huge sigh of gratefulness. Yesterday, on June 26th 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court passed the ruling of yes. Yes to love. Yes to equality. Yes to years and years of fighting. All that fighting was not unnoticed. Same sex marriage is now legal nationwide. All 50 states. The S.C.O.T.U.S. trumps any state ruling. All kinds of yes. 

I know you already know these facts but I wanted to put them down in print so I can feel their impact. And their impact is beyond amazing. I don’t know how it feels to be told that I can not marry the person I love. I only know how that feels through the feelings of my friends and family. I have spent many moments hearing their stories and seeing their tears. I couldn’t walk in the shoes of my friends, I could only see in their eyes and feel in their words of pain, heartache and the desire for change.

And, now, that change has happened. People are rejoicing. Tears of joy, tears of happiness. Finally, this day has come. In the pictures I see all over social media, there is so much positivity ( with a bit of stupidity and hatred mixed in) and there should be. Love is positive and it needs to be supported and honored. People have died for love. People have sacrificed for love. Love comes in many forms but alas, I’m rambling…

I want you to know I’ve been on your side. As much as a white, heterosexual, slightly manic, married mother of two children can be. I rejoice with you. I stand by you. I’ve wanted this as much as you did. Okay, probably slightly less than you did but still it was my desire…

….to see love acknowledged. All love. Love that has been waiting a very long time.

Here’s to your day. Rainbows and all.

t.r.m.

Maybe You Haven’t Noticed

Maybe you haven’t noticed that I’ve been kinda missing as of late. 

Maybe you have noticed. 

It’s okay if you haven’t noticed. Believe me, I’m not hurt or anything. I’ve been too busy doing the stay-at-home-parent thing with two crazies during summertime. I thought that I’d have a little bit of time on my hands to do the stuff I like: write, read, catch up on my binge-watching…but my kids and I have been having fun together and our days have been pretty jammed packed. 

Our summertime activities, like swimming, play-dates, puzzles, Nerf gun wars, drawing and crafts, have sucked up our living minutes like SpongeBob in water. And I don’t regret a single second.

And because of all these time-sucking events, I’m not online as much. I’m not answering the call when social media comes calling. I’m out doing. Being Mommy. Playing. Laughing. As I’m watching my children grow and mature before my eyes as they earn another year of summer education, I don’t need to post it or tweet it or take a selfie with my little ones for every freaking moment. 

Yes, it was awesome when my kid toasted his own marshmallow for his s’more and it caught on fire but Instagram has plenty of those photos lately. They don’t need mine today. Yes, it was hilarious when my daughter got a water balloon dropped on her head. Her face when it popped on her little noggin was OMG!!! But, sorry, you aren’t going to see it today either. Not to mention the hundreds of other little moments that will never been seen on any social media platform. Because those moments belong to me and my family. 

Today, and maybe tomorrow too, I’m choosing life without my phone. It’s pretty difficult. I live and breathe with my iPhone for it is the oil to my social media branding machine but I need balance and I need a summer too. My kids deserve a mom who is present. And by present, I mean focused, fully attentive and responsive. 

If my kids remember their summers as the months they spent having fun with their Mommy and that time when Mommy played with them, I did things right. I want to do things right. Don’t get me wrong  I’ll still share here and there because that’s what I do but during this summer, my links may seem a little more quiet…and that’s okay. 

So, yeah, I’ve been gone. In case you might have noticed. 

t.r.m. 

Our Summer is Starting Off Right -Part One

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Now that CP is out of school, the plans of activities have begun!! We’ll be heading to local museums and city events throughout the next few months but what I’m really looking forward to is going to KNOTTS BERRY FARM!!

Because we live about an hour away from the theme park, we can get there at opening and see as much as possible What I’m excited for??

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Voyage to the Iron Reef™ is a spectacular new interactive 4-D
ride for the entire family. Save Knott’s from mysterious creatures emerging from the
seas beneath the Boardwalk in a cutting edge media-based battle. Through enchanting
underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical
wreckage, high definition 3-D animation will surround guests at every turn.
Guests who have what it takes to become brave deep sea navigators climb aboard
submarine-inspired ride vehicles and embark on an adventure into the Iron Reef that
combines the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of high tech video
games. The submarines navigate 11 colossal scenes featuring hundreds of media-
based creatures and other special effects.
The interactive voyage reacts to the actions and accuracy of the guests onboard.
Riders aim their freeze rays at ballooning mechanical puffer fish, iron clad octopus, and
other exciting 3-D creatures as they compete against their friends and family to blast the
most sea life and save Knott’s from a watery doom. The number of creatures taken is
digitally displayed in the undock area and players with the highest scores enter the Iron
Reef’s Hall of Fame. I CAN NOT WAIT TO Take on Knott’s Berry Farm’s  NEWEST RIDE- Voyage to the Iron Reef. A 4-D interactive adventure that requires you to defeat Kraken Queen and her iron minions. 

Of course, that’s not all… The summer schedule of events for Knott’s is as follows: 
  

  Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers – Camp Snoopy Theatre

Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody!

Daily, June 14 through September 1


Big Band Swingin’ Sundays

Jump, Jive & Swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local Big Bands. 

Sunday evenings, June14 – August 30


Boardwalk Dance Party – Boardwalk Circle Stage

Dance ‘til you drop and wave your hands in the air until you just don’t care with DJ Howly, one of Orange County’s most requested “mixers & spinners”. 

Monday & Tuesday evenings, June 15 – August 25 Plus September 7


Ghost Town Streetmosphere

Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. 

New residents have put down stakes recently… Clem Culpepper, the ever hopeful gold miner, Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners & Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent. 

And as you mosey on through Ghost Town, say “Howdy” to returning favorites, Dusty Trail, who’s never without her six-shooter, Miss Ruby, the purtiest Saloon Gal in town, Miss Apple the School Teacher, and the rest of the Calico townsfolk. 

Daily June 13 – September 7


Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – Birdcage Theatre

Things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more!

It’s the perfectly krazy way to spend some time at Knott’s Berry Farm!

Fridays through Mondays, June 13 – August 23 except 6/19 and 8/6 & 29.


Salsa Bands – Fiesta Plaza Stage

Nothing says a party at the Fiesta Plaza stage better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings, June 13 through August 23, Plus August 29, 30 and September 5, 6, & 7


The Ghost Town Miners – Spurs Stage

For a “Yeehaw” of a good time you won’t want to miss the Ghost Town Miners sing and play some of the best bluegrass this side of the Rio Grande!

Tuesday through Thursday, June 16 – August 20


The Marshal Purdy Show – Birdcage Theatre

Come on in for some old fashioned, homespun fun that’s sure to tickle your fancy and bust your gut.

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 17 – August 21


The Big Fat Steve Band – Boardwalk Circle Stage


Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band-The Kings of Kool is a fun, exciting dance band with a swingin’ beat. 

Enjoy the live musicality of rockabilly, swing and classic sounds. The only thing missing is your dance moves. 

Wednesday through Saturday, June 13 – August 29 Plus September 5 & 6


The Peanuts Gang – Camp Snoopy

A chance to meet and hug one of your favorite Peanuts characters! 

Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Woodstock, or Peppermint Patty

Year round – Characters vary daily


Calico Saloon Cancan Show – Calico Saloon

What’s a Saloon without a show? Don’t miss the Calico Saloon Show for some good old’ fashioned bar room fun. We heard that the dancin’ girls even perform that new fandangled dance from Paree, France, the Cancan! You might even want to cool off with a tall cool bottle of the hard stuff…Sarsaparilla!

Daily, June 13 – September 30, Plus September 5 – 7


Fool’s Gold Stunt Show – Wagon Camp 

Will the bad guys manage to re route and steal the gold? Find out in this rowdy, comical, western stunt show presented on Knott’s legendary Wagon Camp stage.

Year round

SO MUCH TO DO!! Rides, shows, events!!

With our kids, we are only limited by their amount of energy to do everything!!

Stay tuned!! I’ll be posting about our trip as well as tips for you and your family!!

t.r.m.