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Family Movie Night: Brother Bear

I will admit, Brother Bear is NOT my favorite Disney movie. By a long shot. But I was planning out movie nights at Gymnastics one day, and I had to go by memory of what movies we own. So… Brother Bear it was.

On the menu:

Genna’s been playing with the neighbor boy most afternoons, so we didn’t make a craft today. πŸ™‚

In exciting news, Teddy has started eating chicken nuggets. It’s his first/only meat so far. So he got chicken for dinner. πŸ™‚

Yeah, Genna was expected to eat one bite of broccoli. This single bite of broccoli was preceded by 30 minutes of crying.

The mousse wasn’t very smooth. I’m not sure why. Probably because I’m not skilled.


Family Movie Night: A Bug’s Life

A Bug’s Life is an underappreciated Disney movie. Wally went through a period where he REALLY loved this movie when he was a preschooler, but we haven’t watched it since then.


On the menu:
– Grasshopper Juice (lime sherbet + 7up)
– Nuts and Seeds
– Caterpillars (grapes speared with toothpicks)
– Ants on a Log (raisins and peanut butter on celery)
– Fried Beetles (we ended up with popcorn chicken)
– Flik’s Grains (corn)
-Bug Cookies for dessert (which we didn’t make because it was 18 million degrees that day and I couldn’t turn on the oven)

Family Movie Night: Frozen and Mulan



OF COURSE we’ve seen Frozen. 18 billion times. But I’ve wanted to serve Soup, Roast, and Ice Cram for a long time, lol. (Like Anna says will be at her wedding.)


So, on our menu:

– Soup (Yep, I did good old Campbell’s)
– Roast (just regular Roast in a crock pot)
– Sven’s Carrots (but I cooked them, because that’s how Genna asked for them)
– We finish each other’s Sandwiches
– Ice Cubes in water
– Ice Cream
– Chocolates

OF COURSE, right? I can’t think of a movie besides Beauty and the Beast that has more obvious food choices. (Ok, Ratatouille…)


Our activity was going to be making Frozen sparkly gloop, but guess what? If you make gloop using sparkly glue because you think it’ll be a nice shortcut… yeah, no. Doesn’t work. And that was all the glue we had, because my husband bought us the wrong glue at the store… so we moved to Plan B: Assemble your own Olaf.




OK, well, we did Mulan on a hot day when I was really tired. We ordered Chinese take out from the grocery store and took zero pictures. Yay us.

Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo and Up


I’m a little behind in blogging these, but that’s ok. πŸ™‚Β  Our next movie night was Finding Nemo! I think we’ve all seen it several times, but I was in the mood for fish, so Nemo it was!

The menu included:

  • Fish sticks – though I got lazy and we ended up with fillets.
  • Octopus – hot dogs sliced up to look like octopus
  • Sea Shells – macaroni and cheese made with shell macaroni
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Watermelon cut to look like a shark
  • Ocean Water (ok, really, just water.)
  • Fish-shaped Cookies


You can see that I could have done a better job with the watermelon, lol.


Goldfish crackers are one of the foods Teddy eats, so that was his dinner.


And our craft for the afternoon was making a fish from a TP tube. Generally speaking, the eye goes on the flat side there, but whatever!



Up is one of those movies we don’t watch much. It’s just never been anyone’s favorite. We chose Up for our movie night on vacation, since the menu was easy to make away from home.

Of course we decorated with lots of balloons. Teddy, however, has a thing with balloons. They’re not allowed to stay inflated.

On the Menu:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Watermelon
  • Corn on the Cob
  • French Fries
  • Grape Soda
  • Helium Balloon Bunches

The Helium Balloon Bunches were Rice Krispie Bars made with Trix instead of Rice Krispies and shaped into balls on straws. Tip: wear gloves and butter them well.


Onbuhimos to the Rescue!

Looking for a great, fast, easy-up carrier for your older baby or toddler? Look no further than a traditional onbuhimo from Wallypop.

We have many customers who prefer an onbu over a mei tai or ssc for back carries with their older babies and toddlers (generally, babies with good head control on up). Onbus can also be worn on the front for nursing or for snuggles. πŸ™‚

We just finished up these lovely Onbus, which are now available for purchase – babywearing.wallypop.netΒ  Many come with hoods and suck pads. πŸ™‚

Family Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast

After discovering that I was the only person in our family to have ever seen Beauty and the Beast, we decided it needed to be our next movie night. (PS, what’s up with the Human Again song? They added that after the original release, I’m assuming? Lame.)

We decorated the table with candles and my teapot. We’re keeping it classy with shot glasses as candle holders, lol. I own fancy candle holders, but I evidently don’t know where they are. Gee, haven’t used them much in the last 12 years. And my fancy teapots are all in storage, so we settled for my everyday workhorse teapot.

Also note that we spent the better part of dinnertime relighting the candles and blowing them out again, followed by demands to make a cake to go along with the candles (Teddy thought it might be his birthday).

Dinner was:

Soup Du Jour (chicken noodle)

HotΒ Hors D’Oeuvres (we just bought some frozen ones because me = lazy)

Cheese Souffle (ok, it was on the menu… but then I did a reality check mid-afternoon and realized that there was just no way I was actually making that. I’m a very inattentive cook, and souffle requires some level of focus.)

Beef Ragout (recipe here)

The Grey Stuff (it really is delicious) (recipe here)

Wine for the grownups and Grape Juice for the kids plus me

For our activity, we read a few stories in the afternoon, but honestly… that’s not entirely unusual for our house, and I don’t think anyone really linked the two.

We tied our napkins ’round our necks, Cherie.

The Grey Stuff

Family Movie Night: Planes: Fire and Rescue

I decided it was time to watch one of Teddy’s movies for Family Movie Night. Usually, I’ve tried to pick movies we don’t watch very frequently, but I thought Teddy would appreciate watching one of his favorites. And by “favorites,” I mean, we’ve watched it at least 1000 times, and that’s not an exaggeration.


So the menu for the night was:

Airplane Smokies

Corn Festival Corn on the Cob

Dottie’s Favorite Vegetable, Green Beans (betcha didn’t know that, didja?)

Fire Extinguishing Fluid to drink (water)

Fire Jello (layered red and orange jello topped with fire retardant, aka Whipped Cream)

Red Warning Lights (so… we had strawberries that needed to be eaten…)

and for a snack during the movie, we had Fire. Fire was supposed to be Cheetos, but we had a last-minute inspiration with red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers instead!

The airplanes were super fun. Little Smokies wrapped with Crescent roll dough (yeah, from a can) and baked, and then small popsicle sticks stuck through them.

For decorations, I asked Teddy to get out all of his Planes toys and put them on the table. This lasted for a while, but ultimately, all the planes ended up at Teddy’s spot, of course.

We did zero activities. Teddy fell asleep mid-afternoon and Genna played with the neighbor boy and it was actually quiet and I had orders waiting for me, so we just didn’t worry about it. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what we’d have done, anyway.


Family Movie Night: Peter Pan

Peter Pan’s a movie with a little bit for everyone. Good music. Sword fighting. Tinkerbell. Seriously racist depictions of native populations. It’d been a while since we’d watched it, so I chose it for our next movie night. I delegated dinner prep to Randy while the kids and I made Peter Pan hats from green construction paper.

The menu:

Pirate Ship Hot Dogs

Tinkerbell’s Favorite Dip

Lost Boys Swords

Mermaid Lagoon

Sea Water


The pirate ships were just hot dogs in toasted buns with pirate sails. I had intended for the pirate sail making to be a family activity and everyone could decorate their own sail, but we had another afternoon of peaceful sibling play and it seemed a shame to break that up. Yeah, I’m a firm believer in leaving well enough alone.

Tinkerbell’s favorite dip turns out to be ranch dip – who knew? And the Lost Boys swords were carrot and celery sticks.

Mermaid Lagoon was just blue Jello, and the Sea Water was just blue water.


Teddy mostly ate cheese, but he did lick a hot dog – one of only a handfuls of interactions with meat that he’s tolerated. So that was happy.

I didn’t have a chance to take pictures, but we did some Walking the Plank before the movie – we have a small balance beam (it’s a 2×4, lol) and we draped it across various sturdy and not so sturdy household objects and took turns walking across it.


Genna put on her Tinkerbell dress and shoes and got her plush Tinkerbell from Teddy’s Wish trip to DisneyWorld before we settled down to watch the movie.

Family Movie Night: Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is one of my favorite undervalued Disney movies. It just doesn’t get the lovin’ that other Disney flicks do, and I don’t know why. The story is awesome. The music is fun and catchy and I love basically every song. Features a smart kid. Unconditional love. “Keep Moving Forward!” What more could you want from a movie?!? Our next trip to Disney, I fully intend to DisneyBound (like casual cosplay) as Franny.




Our planned activity was making a robot head at least sort of like Carl to use as our centerpiece, but then… First, the kids had trouble getting their chores done, and then they were all three playing together and getting along and there was no yelling or anything and I just couldn’t interrupt that, so we had no craft or activity today. Related, we also had no centerpiece. We survived.

Our menu for the evening:

  • Cheese Pizza from Art’s Intergalactic Pizza.
  • Fruit Hat Salad
  • Juice Boxes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • Bowler Hat Cookies

For the pizza, we just used a take and bake from our grocery store and put it in an old PapaJohn’s box that I’d saved. The artwork on the top of the box came from here.


The fruit salad is inspired by the silly fruit hat worn by Lewis to cover up his hair in the future. The juice boxes are obviously because Goob drinks juice boxes. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich from Lewis’s disastrous meeting with the potential adoptive parents.


Bowler Hat Cookies – the idea came from this website. Hot Tip: Krispy Kreme doughnut holes are too crumbly and irregularly shaped. Learned that one the hard way.

Someone was sampling the frosting when she was decorating…

Family Movie Night: Wall-E

Last week, our movie was Wall-E. My own Wally needed a more masculine movie after The Little Mermaid. πŸ™‚


For dinner, we had:

  • Meatloaf Trash Cubes – meatloaf baked in a cake pan and cut into cubes. I was actually hoping for more cube-y cubes, but we got flat-ish cubes instead. Whatev.
  • Potato Cubes – just potatoes cut into squares and baked. Then fried, because the meatloaf was done but the potatoes were still hard.
  • Garden Salad – um, salad. To represent the food they’d grow on Earth, since we couldn’t grow Pizza.
  • Jello Cubes. My kids have never had Jello. Even Teddy took a few bites. πŸ™‚
  • Robot Oil to drink – chocolate milk. Turned out to be sort of chocolatey milk, since we were nearly out of chocolate syrup all of a sudden.


For decorations, we got out Wally’s plush Wall-E. Genna colored a picture, too, but I didn’t get a picture of it, I guess.


We had planned two activities for the afternoon: picking up trash in the yard, and making our own robots out of recycling. But, well… first, it rained all day, so all the pizza wrappers and cups from the gas station that the teenagers throw on the sidewalk on their way home from school will just have to wait for another day.Β  And then, everyone just sort of got busy running around and playing and forgot about the robots they were making. Which is fine.


Why is Mater there? Because Teddy couldn’t stand the thought that Wall-E was going to get to sit on the table at dinner but Mater was going to remain in the bed.