August 26, 2016

Storks | Warner Bros. Studios

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Two weeks ago, Portia and I attended an advance screening of Storks at Warner Bros. Studios! I'm so excited about this movie and hope it does really well upon release.

Not to give too much away but...it's about a fantasy world on Stork Mountain where storks left the baby delivery business for a package delivery service called Cornerstore.com.  A new baby is accidentally made leading to a string of wild, reckless, and heart-warming events that will unite this baby to a little boy who desperately wants a sibling.  One stork and his quirky friend, the only human on Stork Mountain, head up this risky adventure while engaging the other storks to perhaps realize their true calling before the internet giant tries to turn off the Baby Making machine.  That's the gist of it!

We got to attend the reception immediately following right on the Warner Bros. Studios lot.

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

It was a movie screening bash that dreams are made of from an explosion of party vendors at every corner to an enticing food truck line up all jam packed to delight every kid and their young-at-heart parents (me!!).

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

There was an extensive menu of food.

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

First course:

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

2nd course:

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

3rd course:

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

No but seriously...the grilled Mexican street corn with chipotle-honey remoulade from The Lime Truck was outstanding!

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Whether you are an electric slide supporter or balloon art wearing enthusiast...

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Everyone was out for a good time.

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Even under extreme, sultry weather conditions!

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Thank you Warner Bros. Studios for opening up your home.

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

We had a blast!!

storks movie screening and reception at the warner bros. studios lot

Grab your flock and go see this movie in theaters September 23! It's so cute! I know you and yours will love it!!

All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

August 14, 2016

Summer break has left the building


I'm feeling reflective(again) because it's the last Sunday of summer break.  What does that mean for me? Lazy will no longer be respectable. Knowing what day it is will matter.  Extra curricular activities will come at me all at once and I'll have to figure out how to factor it in our weekly schedule again.  It means being colorless is a healthier lifestyle option even when the sun already took five years off my life.  Reversing the damage will be difficult.

You know my absolute favorite part about summer were our summer nights frolicking on our front porch, romping around our street, or inviting friendly sidewalk strays into our home.  We got to bump into neighbors we never met.  Even Mr. Pickles met some new fur friends in the neighborhood.  I loved seeing our fellow homeowners and exchanging warm feelings and stories of wonderment.  

During sundown we got yogurt drunk.  It's a thing.


We dined on our deck in our swim suits...


To make it easy to get right back in the pool when we finished.


We grabbed popsicles for the road.


Or sat on our back door slurping in slow mode.


It was Pickles first summer.


He's happy with us.  I'm sure.


We messed around in our neighbors backyards.


Produced some late night, playful selfies.


 Kept dinner conversations under wraps.


And catched more sticky drips on our laps.


Kudos to summer break...But now is the time to grow up again, be that responsible adult I know I am and start writing those school fundraising checks.

August 11, 2016

Sun, sand, and John Cena

Road trip to Palm Springs before heading back to school

I can't decide if I'm happy or bummed that the school year is starting in five days.  There is hope on the horizon, people.  After ten years, I'll have full rein of my days and more elbowroom to explore my options.  Will I get a part-time job? Aspire to be a sofa spud? Binge-watching the next four seasons of Game of Thrones is all I think about.  I'll finally have the time to put my homemaking curiosities to the test.  Does toothpaste really remove bathroom grout? Does baking soda and vinegar really clean the oven? So many vital questions that I need answers to.

On the flip side, I'm going to miss my lunch buddies so much, not so much the crumbs.  But their silly pranks, their wild stories, laughing, splashing in the pool - all the sounds of summer.  And if I had to describe summer in one(or maybe two) word it would be JOHN CENA.  They're obsessed. And they don't even watch wrestling.  I used him to my advantage though, "John Cena probably eats broccoli", "John Cena probably puts away his laundry," "I bet John Cena carries groceries."

Anyway, to resolve my mood swings by putting a temporary band-aid on it, we flew the coop and
retreated to the desert.


But first, on the way up we encountered brush fire.

Brush fire on the side of the freeway

Pit stop at Cabazon.  Tip: Morongo has the cheapest gas around.

Morongo gas in Cabazon is the cheapest gas around

The kids club, sandy beaches, water slides, spray pads, and playgrounds at The Marriott Shadow
Ridge in Palm Desert did not disappoint.


Marriott Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool

Marriott Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool

They preferred sand over slides.  I was surprised.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool

Pool food is yummy even when it's not yummy.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool eating at Snake Bites

Baymax meet and greet.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool meet and greet with Baymax during the dive-in movies night.

Dive-In movie at dusk.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool during the dive-in movie night.

We went out for drinks.

Babe's BBQ in rancho mirage

Took naps.

Babe's BBQ in rancho mirage

More drinks.

Sammy's in El Paseo mall in rancho mirage

More naps.


Our room had a good size kitchen.  Probably designed by a man.  Because which wife/mother cooks on vacation? Not me.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves kitchen

Perk: We had two TV's in our room, one on the kids side and one in our bedroom.  Also devised by a man.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves living room

One morning while we were all still sleeping David went out to get us breakfast.  The food is just SO GOOD in Palm Springs.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert

Presley learned how to play ping pong.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool area playing ping pong.

Pretty sneaky, sisbro.  Anybody remember that??

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool area playing life size connect four.

You know you're on summer vacation when you're sitting down for dinner at 10 p.m....with kids.

Lulus California Cafe in downtown Palm Springs

Enjoyed twilight activities right outside our room.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves mini golf.

Kids learned what it was like to wait for public transportation.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves shuttle stop.

And I had the best Thai chicken pizza in town.

Sammy's rancho mirage at the El Paseo mall

All this horsing around would not be possible if not for this man.

Lulus California Cafe in downtown Palm Springs

Prior to our escape, David was on a business trip in Miami for four days, came home and then drove us to Palm Springs a day later.

Marriot Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert in the Enclaves pool at the Snakes Bites

I appreciate and just LOVE him so much....when I'm on vacation.