Saturday, June 22, 2024

2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival - DisneyMon - Day 1

It's Day 1 of the Pasadena Chalk Festival and we're all super excited to be drawing together as a family! 

When we were trying to decide what to do, the kids deferred to me, saying "you always do Disney, so we should do something you like. Like Hercules." While I do love Hercules, I think we should do something that we all like. We thought on it a little more, and I don't know who it was that ultimately suggested the Pokemon and Disney collaboration, but when we heard it, we knew it was a great idea! 

What would it be like if the Pokemon gang went to Disneyland and all dressed up! We started imagining what characters would go, which costumes each would wear, and all sorts of fun idea. Some haven't been implemented in the final design, but we'll see what kind of time we have when we're done. 
"What about hidden Mickey Dittos! We'll call them Middos!"
"We could have Rayquaza dressed as Tinker Bell and flying over the castle!"

Whew! Some wild ideas, but let's start on Day 1. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

Day Before the Pasadena Chalk Festival

It's the day before the Pasadena Chalk Festival, and we've got nothing to do until later tonight! Our day is our own! 

To start our day, we made our way to the Colorado Street Bridge. 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pasadena Chalk Festival Spot Selection and Artist Dinner

It's almost time for the 2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival! It's coming up this weekend, but on Thursday there's a couple important things going on. We've got to pick our spot and later tonight is the artists dinner! Sweet! 

2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival Painting

 Come out to the Pasadena Chalk Festival this weekend to see us and hundreds of other artists! We’re going to do a mural with a combination of Disney and Pok√©mon! Pikachu is just going to be a small part of it! There’s lots of characters planned!

All the artists are asked to donate a 1’x1’ painting to be auctioned off to benefit the Lightbringer Project.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day to me!

It's Father's Day and I sure am lucky to be the dad of these two awesome kids. They certainly make life a lot of fun! They both made me cards to celebrate my special day! 

Happy Father's Day - Manitou Incline hike with Dad

Happy Father's Day! We're currently in Colorado which means I get to spend Father's Day with my Dad! And one of his favorite things to do happens to be hiking the Manitou Incline. Let's go! 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Chick-fil-A Garden of the Gods - Rapunzel & Pascal's Enchanted Evening - Daddy Daughter Date Night

Tonight, Alli, Avery, Patrick, and I all got to attend Rapunzel & Pascal's Enchanted Evening at the Chick-fil-A in Garden of the Gods Colorado. It's a Daddy Daughter Date Night! 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Sour Patch Kids Oreos - Taste Test Comparison

Any time I see a new Oreo flavor out, there's a pretty good chance that we're going to try it. But what is this new flavor I see?!? Sour Patch Kids!!! We taste every single Sour Patch Kids items that we can get our hands on! 

From Sour Patch Kids Ice Pops, Ice Cream, Sour Patch Kids Cereal, Marshmallows, Yogurt, Sour Patch Kids Chips Ahoy Cookies, Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Ice Pops, Sour Patch Kids Freezer Pops, Sour Patch Kids PopcornSour Patch Kids Gelatin to Sour Patch Kids Gum! There's even a big Sour Patch Kids taste test that I haven't released yet that will be even more epic! 

But getting back to these Oreo Cookies, I knew we'd be tasting them as soon as I could find them. 

And just like we always do, we'll compare the Oreo Sour Patch Kids Cookies to real Sour Patch Kids Candies and see how the two compare to each other. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Monday, June 10, 2024

2023 Road Trip - Abby's Wedding Prep and Rehearsal - 2023/04/21

It's 2023 and we've left Florida to start our summer of travels. It's going to be a very busy start though because there's a lot of big events happening! 

The first major event - Abby is getting married! 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

2023 Road Trip - Tennessee - Burgess Falls - 2023/04/20

We've arrived in Tennessee as we are starting our 2023 Road Trip. Our RV is parked at Whispering Falls RV Park and we can definitely tell why it's called that. There is a general background roar of thundering water that we can hear from where we're parked. Let's go on a hike!

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Reese's Caramel Big Cup Taste Test

While visiting our friends, Danny and Gayle, in Sunset Holler, I already had a few taste tests planned, but when Gayle mentioned her favorite candy was Reese's I went back to the RV and pulled out yet another taste test. (I've always got something on hand for anyone who wants to be a part of a Flowers Taste Test). 

So today we get to try the new Reese's Caramel Big Cup, and we'll be comparing it to the tried and true, good ol' Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It's my favorite candy too. 

It is summer in Alabama, and unfortunately the chocolate was sitting just a little too long before I opened it up for pictures. It's a little messy with the melted chocolate. 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Doritos Late Night Sizzlin' Cheese Burger - Taste Test Comparison

It's time for another new Doritos flavor! Patrick found one called Late Night Sizzlin' Cheese Burger!

And for dinner, I'm making cheeseburgers to go with it to compare it against! 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Sauerbeck Drive-In Movies - Harvest Host - 2024/05/22

Today we've got a fun one planned. Whenever Theresa looks at our route and places to stay, she's always looking for something fun to do. And so, when she saw that a brand new Harvest Host popped up in Kentucky that was a drive-in movie theater, she knew we'd be stopping! 

But first, we've got to get there. We left our friends Danny and Gayle early in the morning at 8am. It was requested by the drive-in to arrive by 6pm and have everything set up before 7pm so as not to interfere with the people coming to watch the movie. Sadly we're coming from the Central Time Zone back to the Eastern Time Zone, so it required an early morning departure from Sunset Holler. Let's hit the road! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Dole Whip Pineapple Frozen Treat - In the Freezer Aisle - Taste Test compared to the real thing

It's time for another fun Dole Whip taste test! 
I've been seeing posts about this new frozen treat in the freezer section of the grocery store! All the Disney enthusiasts are posting all over Facebook about Dole Whip that you can take home! But my big question is how does it compare to the real thing? 

And so, to test it out and compare, we bought a bag of the actual real thing! This is the real Dole Whip mix that they serve at the Disney parks and in Hawaii. All you have to do is mix it with water, freeze it, then process it! With our new Ninja Creami that's super easy! 

The best people to try it with are friends who also love Dole Whip! We're visiting friends in Michigan who we previously did a taste test to compare Disney's suggested recipe, Dole's suggested recipe, and the real thing to see what comes closest. I wrote all about that taste test here! Now we're together again to give this new frozen treat a shot!

The frozen Dole Whip treats can be found in grocery stores for about $7 for 4 cups (3.6 fl ounces each), making each cup $1.75. The entire bag of Dole Whip mix costs $32, but makes 13 containers. Each container holds 24 ounces, making each equivalent 3.6 ounce serving about $0.37. 

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Leaving Florida 2023 - 2023/04/18

Okay, fair warning, this year might get a little confusing on the blog postings. I am pretty far behind writing things up, having missed writing most of our adventures in 2023. Since we're starting 2024, I need to write those up too. So, it'll be a mix of 2023 and 2024 posts simultaneously until 2023 gets finished. Here we go. 

It's mid-April and we've got to get traveling North! Reasons will be in the next post, but regardless we've got to head out soon! 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Chuck E Cheese Summer Fun Pass

 Thank you Chuck E. Cheese for offering the summer fun pass again! Ian and Alli were on a mission! Day 1 clean out the claw game. Day 2 with their cousin Aubrey, clean out the claw machine again. 

They gave balls to every kid they saw inside Chuck E Cheese and still came home with a bunch!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Happy 24th Anniversary Theresa!

Happy 24th anniversary Theresa! We’ve had lots of fun adventures and I’m looking forward to many more!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Anniversary Trip to Tahiti and Moorea 2023 - Pt3 2023/01/12

We're coming up to the end of our amazing Moorea vacation, just Theresa and me. There's a few more things we've got going on before we leave though. Let's go have some fun. 

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Anniversary Trip to Tahiti and Moorea 2023 - Pt2 2023/01/09

Earlier in the vacation, Therea and I were on the island of Moorea at the beautiful Hilton Moorea, but our room was on the land. The great news though was that we were told an upgraded room was available after a couple days! 

And so, Theresa and I are moving all our stuff over to our favorite location. A fantastic over-the-water bungalow! Just look at the amazing turquoise water! 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Starting our 2024 travels - Visiting Sunset Holler - 2024/05/20

It's time to start our 2024 travels! We love Florida during the winter, but when the summer comes along, it's time to travel the country! We've got a lot of fun things planned already! Lots of fun adventures to come. We'll meet up with some old friends and hopefully make some new ones too! We've got just 6 more states to fill out on our USA map for the RV too, and the plan is to complete them all this summer! Let's go! 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ian and Alli's Gymnastics USA Olympics Event 2024

Since we got back to Florida, we've really wanted to get the kids into some sort of physical activity. Ian used to love bouncing on the trampoline, and Alli has really enjoyed watching gymnastics on YouTube. Lucky for us, we happen to be near the largest gymnastics school in Florida! Gymnastics USA! 

So, ever since November, Alli and Ian have been attending multiple times a week, trying out different disciplines to see what they like and where their skills lie. 

Ian spent the first few months in Ninja Kids, and then moved into Tumbling. Alli has progressed through Beginner Gymnastics all the way up to Advanced Gymnastics! She's strong and determined! 

For the past couple of months, they've been learning a specific routine to perform at their end of the season Olympics! It's a big event for them and so we invited all the family to come out to watch! Although many would have liked to attend but couldn't, we still had a very strong turnout with both sets of grandparents and Uncle Donald! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Anniversary Trip to Tahiti and Moorea 2023 - Pt1 2023/01/05

From January 2023. 

Theresa and I are going to a trip to celebrate our anniversary! We've been to a lot of fun places, like Curacao, Bora Bora, a motu beside Bora Bora, and Hawaii, but there's one that we can't help but compare all our get-away vacations to. It where we went for our 10-year anniversary. The island of Moorea near Tahiti! Now, for our 23rd anniversary, we're headed back! We stopped in Colorado to leave the kids with Gram and Pop Pop.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Visiting Gatorland Florida - 2023/04/08

On a beautiful Saturday in April, our friend Nicole invited us to join her at a classic Florida theme park. 


Monday, April 29, 2024

Pizza at Home - Breakfast Pizza

Time for another Breakfast Pizza? Absolutely! 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Buffalo Wild Wings Parmesan Garlic Sauce flavored popcorn taste test comparison

While wandering around Sams Club, Theresa texted me a photo of a new offering from Smartfood Popcorn! They've previously given us Nacho Cheese Doritos popcorn and Cap'n Crunch Berries Popcorn.  

Today though we're trying a match-up with Buffalo Wild Wings and their Garlic Parmesan wing sauce! I loved BW3 wings in college and Garlic Parmesan was definitely something I'd get on 25 cent wing night. It was even better on 50 cent chicken leg day! 

So if we're going to try this Garlic Parmesan sauce popcorn, I'm going to make my own drumsticks and cover them in the real Buffalo Wild Wing Garlic Parmesan sauce!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

International Snickers Taste Test - Fruit & Nut, Kesar Pista, Butterscotch

We've been able to try so many different Snickers bars! 12 unique flavors that I've written about on the blog so far including Original, Hazelnut, Almond, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Creamy Peanut Butter, Creamy Almond Butter, Peanut Brownie, Dark Chocolate Almond Brownie, Snickers White, Snickers Ice Cream Bar, Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bar and Snickers Cinnamon Bun. So how did we find 3 more unique flavors? For that we had to go International! 
Aubrey and Jared were recently out and found an amazing little shop that has imported different snack items from all over the world! 

So today we'll be adding Snickers Fruit & Nut, Snickers Kesar Pista, and Snickers Butterscotch to our list of items we've tried!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Friends and Family visiting Florida!

It's always fun when we get visitors coming to Florida! 

Disney World is a top vacation spot for many, so when our friends come to that, we get to see them too! 

Monday, April 22, 2024

Visiting Don, Amy, and Abby in St Pete Beach - 2024/03/16

Every year for the past few years, Donald has a conference down in Florida in St. Pete Beach! On the weekend when they're done with all their meetings, we get invited to come visit! 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Peeps Filled Ropes Taste Test Comparison

As a family, we've tried a whole lots of different Peeps. 

Original Peeps to homemade sugared marshmallows, Cotton Candy Peeps, Hot Tamales Peeps, Pancakes and Syrup Peeps, Fruit Punch Peeps, Blue Raspberry Peeps, Sour Watermelon Peeps, Party Cake Peeps, and Root Beer Float Peeps. We compared all those flavors in a Peeps Face-off Taste Test challenge. We bought the chocolate dipped Peeps. We tried Peeps cereal back in 2019, and then again in 2021 when they changed the cereal marshmallows. And when Pepsi came out with a Peeps flavored soda called Peepsi, we tried that too! There was Peeps Cotton Candy, Peeps Gummies, and Peeps Lollipop Rings

So, when I saw another version of Peeps on the shelves this Easter, I knew we'd be trying it. These are Peeps Filled Ropes!

And right off the bat, the kids and I saw that they got the colors wrong. Sure Peeps are blue, pink, and yellow. But not that color blue, pink, and yellow. And Alli wanted to know why there was only one red/pink one. 

Friday, April 19, 2024

The 2024 Eclipse from Houlton Maine - 2024/04/08

The moment we've been planning for is here! Time for the solar eclipse! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Chasing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Maine - Pt 2

Continuing our journey to see the 2024 Solar Eclipse! 

We're in Maine! The End Is Here! Literally!

Houlton Maine is the last location in the USA that the eclipse covers. The very stop on the freeway is the border crossing with Canada! 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Mommy-Son Day - 2024/02/22

Just like Alli and I were having our special day out together, Theresa and Ian are off doing their own thing for the entire day! 

This boy doesn't really like to eat breakfast. But a morning start with McDonald's french fries is good! 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Chasing the 2024 Solar Eclipse - Part 1

We've been excited for the 2024 Eclipse for years now! It's been on the back of everyone's mind since we flew out to Missouri to watch the 2017 Eclipse

This year, the Eclipse is traveling across the US from south to north, from Texas to Maine. And look at all those major cities it is going through! 

The kids were so little for the last one! 

They don't really remember it, except from my previous write-up. Alli was 1 and Ian was 3! Can't blame them I suppose. But this one, hopefully they'll remember, now that they're 8 and 10! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Oakland Nature Preserve Firefly Walk - 2024/04/10

Theresa saw on Facebook that the nearby nature preserve had a bunch of fireflies coming out this time of year. The preserve is right by the kids gymnastics, so we stopped by!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Chasing the 2024 Eclipse

More to come in a future post, but we’re in Maine for the solar eclipse! 

Our Hotel Hangout Day in Orlando - 2024/03/05

Sometimes the kids will surprise you. When we asked what their favorite part about Japan was, Disney, Universal, Tokyo, the zoo, etc., they said they really liked hanging out at the hotels with the lounges with all the free food and drinks. Okay... Well Theresa happened to have a free night stay that is expiring soon and there's a hotel with a lounge here in Orlando. Let's make a couple fun days out of it!