Monday, March 18, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Let's celebrate!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Planning our St Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap

Inspired by Phineas and Ferb, I wanted to have a fun planning, design and build session with the kids. Seeing as how St. Patrick's Day was coming up, we had the perfect opportunity. Time to make a Leprechaun trap!
First up is plan and design. We tossed around a few different ideas. Ian had an idea of a net that drops down over the leprechaun and a claw that grabs him. He's got a sad face in the middle of that net.
Alli had the leprechaun surrounded by lava. He doesn't seem too happy in there either. Love the creativity.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Celebrating Pi Day!

Because we'll use any excuse for a celebration, today we're celebrating Pi Day!

March 14, or 3/14 as we write it in the States, is known as Pi day. That's because of course 3.14 are the first significant digits of Pi π. 
I was briefly wondering if 31/4 (written with the day before the month like many other countries do) was Pi Day for the rest of the world, but, since April only has 30 days, I guess March 14th is Pi Day for everyone!
First we learned a little bit about Pi.

And then we celebrated with pie!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Fun Sunday at Disneyland including Bacon Dole Whip

Has it really been a month since we were at Disneyland? For us, that's hard to believe. But life gets busy. Between out-of-town visitors, tee ball, and work, it's been hectic. Time to change that!

Our goal is always to get to the park around opening, and we have varying levels of success at that. Today we did not meet that goal. With the time-change over night, the kids' sleep schedules are shifted an hour later. Instead of getting up at 6:20am, it was 7:20am. With the park opening at 8am, there was no way we'd get there at opening.
Thankfully the roads were clear and the parking garage was empty, and we walked through the gates at 5 til 9. Hi Lucky!

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Sour Patch Kids Taste Test - Sour Patch Kids Cereal, Sour Patch Kids Ice Pops, Sour Patch Kids Ice Cream

I love taste test days. Today we've got a fun one. Sour Patch Kids in every version I could find!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 Minnie's Moonlit Madness - An After Hours Scavenger Hunt around Disneyland #minnies2019 2019-02-21

February means that Minnie's Moonlit Madness is back at the Disneyland Resort! This after-hours scavenger hunt takes teams all through Disney California Adventure Park on a 2 hour quest for 1st place and eternal bragging rights.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Happy Platypus Day!

It's the first Saturday of March, which means it's officially (un-officially) National Platypus Day!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A rainy Thursday afternoon at Disneyland, leading up to a big event

It's a rainy day at Disneyland, but there's a very special event going on here tonight. I'll brave a little rain for that.
I got off work early enough to beat the Los Angeles traffic and made it to Disneyland in good time. Right after I parked the car, the skies opened up and it started pouring. Good thing I brought an umbrella. The entrances to stores and restaurants were crowded with people who must have assumed So Cal is always warm and sunny.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Flowerstales.blogspot.com is now Flowerstales.com

You might have noticed a change to the site recently.

Flowerstales.blogspot.com
is now
Flowerstales.com

All links should automatically update and everything should be pretty transparent. Now it'll just be a bit easier to remember.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

iFly at Universal Studios Hollywood

Today we're doing something exciting!
You might remember back at Christmas-time, we gave the kids a fun present saying they were going indoor skydiving! Today is the day!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Disneyland's Lunar New Year - Year of the Pig 2019/02/10

After a fun morning in Disneyland hunting for Valentines and celebrating Valentine's Day, it was time to come over to DCA to celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Pig.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Minnie's Valentine's Day Surprise Hunt at Disneyland - 2019/02/10

On a rainy Sunday, the Flowers headed to Disneyland to celebrate a couple things. First up, the girls are celebrating Valentines day with their princess hats with lots of hearts. Last weekend we were supposed to be here at Disneyland celebrating Lunar New Year and the Year of the Pig, but got rained out. Instead the boys are celebrating the year of the pig with pig hats this week. I'm wearing a Piglet hat from Tokyo Disneyland and Ian is wearing a Hamm hat also from Tokyo.
The photo pass cast member had us hold up our hands to spell out the word L-O-V-E.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine Oreos and Ian's School Valentines

Oreo keeps cranking them out. We keep buying them and tasting them.
As a special release this Valentine's day, Oreo has released a new flavor. Sweet and Tangy Oreos don't have a specified flavor. It's a little like the Mystery Oreo where the flavor tastes familiar but you can't quite put your finger on what it tastes like.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

New Annual Passholder Steamboat WIllie Mickey Ear Popcorn bucket

It was some time around January 28th that I saw that Disneyland was going to release a brand new Annual Passholder refillable popcorn bucket. It was madness during the last Little Green Man AP popcorn bucket release, with people waiting 2 hours in line to buy one. Those buckets went on sale on a Tuesday and were sold out within 2 days. History has a way of repeating itself.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Griffith Park Star Party

After the Chocolate Festival this morning, Theresa and I left the kids with her parents and headed up to Griffith Park. Tonight there's a star party on the front lawn! We braved LA traffic and 1:15 later we were at the base of the hill.

15th Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival

It's nearing Valentines Day, which means it's time for all things chocolate! The plan for Saturday was originally to head to Disneyland, but Jacob reminded us that the 15th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival was also on Saturday, so we knew we had to go!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Most Stuf Oreos and a comparison between all available Oreo creme filling sizes

How much creme is enough to have in an Oreo Cookie? More. The answer is always more.
Well Oreo heard everyone's cries for More and stepped up their Stuf game.

So today instead of trying different Oreo flavors, we're trying all the different creme filling sizes available.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Disneyland - Big Hero 6, Big Hero Alli!

Today is a day of celebration! Alli hit a big milestone today, but we'll get to that in a bit.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Meeting the Little Mermaid at the El Capitan Theater

Happy Friday! Today we've got a special treat planned! We're headed to Hollywood to the El Capitan Theater to watch The Little Mermaid!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2019 Lunar Eclipse

It's time for another Eclipse! We're kind of on a space kick right now with our visit to the Observatory yesterday.
The Solar Eclipse back in 2017 was absolutely amazing. I was really glad we made such an effort to go see it. 
This year, there is a complete Lunar Eclipse and we can see it right from our porch!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Griffith Observatory

After spending a fun morning at the Los Angeles Zoo, since we're in the area, one of the places we've really been wanting to take Ian is the Griffith Observatory. This boy loves his planets and all things space. I know they both had a lot of fun at the zoo, but I suspect they'll like the Observatory even more.

Spending the morning at the Los Angeles Zoo

It's the weekend and we're going to Disneyla... Wait! What's this? Someplace new?
That's right. We're visiting a different part of LA today. To start, let's check out the Los Angeles Zoo!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carrot Cake Hershey's Kisses

We're on a roll with new treats to sample. Today a friend dropped off a surprise for me. It's Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses! Could they possibly be as good as the Carrot Cake Oreos? We'll see.
Dinner was spaghetti so that's why the kids both have orange mouths.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Year - First Disneyland Visit

Happy New Year! The kids have been saying how it's been a while since we've been to Disneyland. I suppose that's true. It's been nearly a month since our last visit was back on December 16th before all the Christmas madness.
For the past year I've tried to have a theme for the hats we wear each week. I'm going to try to continue that this year as well. My Disney hat collection still have a few more that haven't been seen.
This week's theme is hats from the Asia Disney parks. Back in October, we made it out to Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. It was an awesome trip and I need to hurry up and get my write-up started.
Ian and I are wearing fez hats from Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. Alli is wearing an adorable pink pom-pom hat she picked out herself from Tokyo Disneyland. And Theresa is wearing a beret from Shanghai Disneyland.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Company D and a Minnie's Moonlit Madness Test Run

We've got a special treat today, and it's not just the ice cream we're all enjoying.
Today the fearsome foursome is back together and ready for competition!

Ian and Alli's Quilt Hallmarks

By request, here's the special messages that were sewn into Ian and Alli's Christmas quilts.

I love the inspirational sayings.

I bet we sing the Imagination song from Figment at least once a week at bedtime.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Holiday Hershey Kisses - Candy Cane and Hot Chocolate kisses

Last up, Holiday Hershey Kisses. Today we're trying 2 flavors. A Hot Chocolate Flavored kiss, and a Peppermint kiss.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Holiday Peeps - Peppermint Bark and Hot Chocolate

Next up in the product review, Peeps Delights!
Peeps aren't just for Easter anymore and that makes me happy. I love Peeps!
Today we've got two different flavors. And because they're "Delights" they're dipped in something extra. There's Hot Chocolate Peeps dipped in White Fudge, and Peppermint Bark Peeps dipped in Dark Chocolate.

Monday, January 7, 2019

New Oreo flavors for the New Year - Carrot Cake and Dark Chocolate

It's been a little while since we've had some product taste tests. Get ready for a few in a row!
What's it been, 2 months since Oreo released a new flavor? Mickey's Birthday Oreos around November 18th?
Time for 2 more new flavors. A Dark Chocolate Oreo flavor and Carrot Cake Oreos.
You'd think at this point they'd be used to looking at the camera and smiling. We're still working on it though. Eyes tend to wander and smiles look fake until I tell them to laugh. Smile kids. Smile kids!

Sunday, January 6, 2019