Monday, April 30, 2012

Must See Movie Review: Chimpanzee

(image: Youtube)

My mom offered to watch my other babies (the ones that are not so much a fan of sitting in a movie theater yet) while me and Alani went to the movies for a "Girls Afternoon Out" the other day.

We held hands as we hurried into the movies.
We raced to get our "traditional movie snacks":
Popcorn
We shared a box of Milk Duds.

And Icee's.
(we don't normally get Icee's, but we went wild!)

We watched Disney's CHIMPANZEE!
At first I thought, oh this probably is going to be like watching the Discovery Channel, but nothing else was playing at the same time, but I was WRONG.
This moving is INCREDIBLE.
When, "THE END", popped up on the screen- I've never felt like I've watched a movie so quickly- I seriously thought, "hey, but we've only been watching for about 15 minutes"...the movie went by so fast because it's just amazing.

From the story of the love between a baby and it's mama to the incredible cinematography- how they film the rain falling on the plants is like nothing the human eye ever sees, to how they capture the jungle glowing at night with the neon plants- is unreal!
To seeing his "unlikely mama", that adopts him!
Seeing the parts of the jungle you never see is so incredibly fascinating.

We laughed, we cried, we saw "awwwww" a lot, we fell in love with baby OSCAR, the chimpanzee.
And then, we couldn't believe it was over already.

MY KANDEE MAMA REVIEW:
I think this movie would be great for kids 6 and over.
Blakey, who is 4, may have thought some of the parts are scary.
They don't show any violent parts, but if you're 4 years old and the Chimpanzee's fight over their territory, it might scare little guys- it get's dark and the Chimpanzee's make loud noises.
Tim Allen, does a great job as the narrator- he makes things funny and some more "intense moments" not so intense- and his voice is really calming to listen to in this movie.


Afterwards, me and Alani talked about how we both cried when Oscar lost his mama. And how much mama's love their babies.

I give this movie 2 "Popcorns Up" (like thumbs but tastier).

PS. One of our favorite parts is when Oscar is learning how to "crack open" the nuts from their treasured Nut Grove under the waterfall.

I love Milk Duds, kandee

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

My little sis and my lil baby, and her lil baby on the way


This picture may look like it's me, but it's not...
That is my little Elyse, when she was so much tinier.
But that is my sister, Tiffany seeing baby for the first time.
(yes, I know, people have asked us if we're twins our whole lives, but I'm older and wiser by 22 months-hee hee)
My sister is also ready to have her new baby girl in just a couple weeks!
I am so excited.
I hope I can be there to coach her on and encourage her- since I've gone through it 4 times already! ha ha Yesterday, we laughed about pregnancy and labor and I could hear the calm return to her voice again- the best feeling in the world. I've felt like my little "big sister's heart mission", has been to keep my sister safe and happy and calm all her fears.

My plan is to make her laugh all through her labor so she doesn't have time to get freaked out, like she made me laugh while I was on the phone (starting labor with Elyse) with her, waiting for my midwife to get to my house.

I can't wait to see my new little niece and I can't wait to be the "Big Sister Labor Coach". My sister and I have a way of making each other laugh, harder than anyone else...I don't know of too many people that could make me laugh through a contraction but her...and I hope I can do the same for her!

I'm so excited, definitely more excited than my sister probably is about going into labor! ha ha ha
I'm thinking I should do my own "kandee version" of videos (on my other channel (TheKandeeJohnsonShow) like "What to Expect When You're Expecting" but "my style"..ha ha ha

mama kandee

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday Morning Cuddlers

 The best part of Saturday mornings:
no school
hanging out in jammies
all my little cuddle-bears cuddling on the couch
and yummy Saturday morning breakfasts delights- I think I'm gonna whip up some French Toast!

 Blakey giving Ellie a kiss on the forehead....
My little loves sitting on the couch....I think the oldest of my love-bugs is still sleeping- we haven't seen Jordan come out of his room yet! ha ha ha

There is something that just feels different about Saturdays, that I love! Maybe it's that I used to love watching Saturday morning cartoons when I was little, riding my bike while my dad worked in the garage, or knowing that everyone was doing fun stuff!

Happy Saturday everyone, I'm off like a light, to make some French Toast, your kandee

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Friday, April 27, 2012

A little bit of Serendipity 3 in my kitchen....

 awwwww yeah!!!!!
I bought a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate mix pack from NYC when we were at Serendipity 3- the place famous for it's FRRROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE.
And yes, if you've ever seen the movie Serendipity, you will have fallen in love with this place long before you may have even stepped foot inside, like I did!

We put all the ingredients in the blender- and whipped it up just like at Serendipity3! Filled up the mustache mug, topped it off with whipped cream and...... heavenly!!!!
 my camera went all whackadoo and made my picture of Blakey look like this- let's just say it's artsy.
Jordan said it was the best thing and tasted just like if you froze hot chocolate! It was sooooooo good!
What a way to celebrate "post-bath-time"...ha ha ha ha!

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stache' mugs full o' frrrrrozen hot choccy, your kandee

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Diary of a Hello Kitty Party....

 Ask for Hello Kitty and Hello Kitty you shall get! Alani- the birthday girl asked for Hello Kitty, well or Ariel, but it turns out Ariel wasn't popular enough to have birthday plates made after her.
I piled balloons and paper lanterns onto the dining table light...and stacked up all her Hello Kitty wrapped presents on the table.
 I got these cute little felt flowers in the dollar section at Target (thanks sister for telling me about these! My creative sister, is actually going to frame them in my neice's bathroom- brilliant idea!)
 And may I present one of the most "interesting" looking cakes. I did not make this cake! And yes, I know I'm going to be uploading my "best chocolate cake and icing recipe" today on youtube, but Alani was in the mood for ice cream cakes! So....we ordered up this cake...

 And now may I present our "ugly" cake! ha ha ha Alani asked for an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins (AKA 31 Flavors)... and usually whenever we've got an ice cream cake from them it's cute. But not this time! ha ha ha It looks like they scraped off the pink icing then re-wrote it all wobbly and hard to read below! ha ha ha ha At least it tasted delicious! And the star candles we stuck in made it look cute!
What is more fun than showing up to school with balloons and bouquets of flowers to make someone feel extra "princessy"!?
 And I had to include this picture of my little Target birthday present-shopping helper. She picked out these rolls of wrapping paper (which we did not really buy) and she carried Alani's princess, gift bag around like a purse! Those moccasins move fast, I tell ya!

We feasted on pizza and cake! Which seems to be everyone's birthday dinner request!

Alani said it was her best birthday ever! And in my heart, I said: "mission accomplished- best birthday ever, until next year!).....

hello kitty and funny looking ice cream cakes, kandee

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, my precious ,Alani!

 Today my precious, first baby girl, is turning 7.
The moment she was born, my heart grew bigger to hold all my love for her.
She has blue eyes that twinkle, she loves to dance and sing. She puts on shows for us and her sense of style is adorable.
She's a brave and confident little lady, that is already a lil' mother at heart.
I remember taking these pictures of her when she was about 1.
I had sewn the little flower and striped ruffle sleeves onto a tank top, by hand. I glued a big flower onto a pin, then attached it to a headband, and I made her little striped leg warmers.

She stared at me with her big blue eyes (I never thought I'd have a blue eyed baby, but turns out Grampa's with blue eyes and their genes came through)....and what's funny is it feels like it was just a few months ago....not years.
My heart breaks when little girls are mean to her. When they said she was not pretty enough to be in their princess club. I wish I could protect her like I could when she was a baby, safely in my arms- away from anything that could harm her.
I fill her up with confidence, hugs, compliments, and love...so her heart is charged up to deal with everything, not nice in the world!

How I love my little Alani. She has a spark in her heart and I love all the little tickets and invitations she makes to come to her "parties" or "shows" in the living room!

And now I'm off to wrap presents in lots of Hello Kitty wrapping paper- foor her "family party" tonight! Her request was Ariel or Hello Kitty- but Target didn't have any Ariel wrapping paper.

And then, as  is always fun, I will deliver her trays of cupcakes to school- to celebrate with her class! Nothing like giving kids cupcakes before the bell rings! ha ha ha

lots of Hello Kitty decorations, kandee and her birthday girl

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Look Who's 15 Months Old!!

Yesterday officially marked the 15 month mark for Elyse (aka Cupcake- her name everyone nicknamed her while I was pregnant!)...
this was her posing next to the "almost-as-big-as-her-Hershey's-chocolate-syrup"!! You know how I love things that are way bigger or smaller than they should be! ha ha ha

I can't believe she's so big....it seems like not long ago I was still like this.....
And now my sister looks like this....hee hee hee

huge hugs and getting ready for Miss Alani's birthday tomorrow!!!!!
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hugs and cake ingredients, your kandee

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Monday, April 23, 2012

My Sister Day!!!

 This is me, "holding" my sister (Tiffany Myers') baby! Well little Miss, and the newest member of our family, will be here sometime next month...and I'm so excited!
I got to see my sister this weekend, which only felt like a minute...but I'll a take a minute over no minutes anytime!
I don't know why, but it just amazes me to see my lil' sister pregnant....I mean we grew up playing "baby dolls"...and pretending we were lil mommies...but I know the miracle and gift of a precious baby that is cozied up, all safely inside her tummy...and it's just AMAZING!
Plus, sister if you're reading this: there's still time to name her after her only Auntie Kandee!
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My little lady enjoying the warm Santa Barbara day....and just look at my neice in her bright pink tutu and cowboy boots....I love her fashion sense!

 (Me, just reading with Benjamin Franklin, like usual....I like to hang out with famous men in History)
After we had a yummy breakfast - I had the best blueberry pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup at Jeannine's Downtown- if you're ever in Santa Barbara- try to go there to it! It's so yummy!!!!!
 Elyse loved riding the mini dolphin, and you can see my neice, Sydney riding the bigger dolphin in the background with my brother-in-law, Byron and my sister and her baby belly taking pictures!  We really loved this mini dolphin statue!
 I just adore my lil' niece and her fashion sense- Tutu's, big jewelry and pink cowboy boots! She also loves make-up, and she had even drawn on her eyebrows with what looked like one of my sisters red lip liners...she looked amazing!
 How cute is this little pink baby, baby grand piano we saw in a store!?!?
 I love this...the 2 smallest ladies in our family playing the smallest piano together! A cousin duet! This was such an amazing day...to get to be with my sister before she gets ready to welcome her new little lady into the world. I can't wait to get the call she's having her baby...and I can make her laugh and smile like she did when I was in labor! ha ha ha ha

This was a little slice of heaven day! And I miss her, I miss my niece and how when I asked my brother-in-law if there were any "fun stores" around where we were....he said, well "I only think golf stores and ice cream places are fun"....ha ha ha ha ha...I miss him too.

love from me and Ben Franklin, your kandee

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cupcake in Princessland

Oh this is a special edition outfit of the day...
this is outfit of the day at Auntie's house! This is Elyse at my sister's house....in my neice's "play world"...and yes I asked her too, "where'd you get that cute rug?"....
Land of Nod- she said!

Her outfit is from Amy Coe, from Babies R Us....it was a birthday present from Nana!

We are of to go eat with my sister....oh what a dream day!!!

hugs and princess stuff, kandee

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Cupcake's Day In Pictures



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as you know, little Elyse, was nicknamed "Cupcake" while I was pregnant- she was my "cupcake in the oven"- sounds way cuter than, "bun in the oven".....
Above her outfit of the day:
Tank Top Dress- Old Navy
Purple Leggins: Walmart (aka Wallyworld)
Our favorite of all favorite shoes: her brown moccasins from Bobux
 Aren't these the cutest Carmel Apples you've ever seen?!?!

oh she just melts me....
my favorite is she says "uh ooooooh"....and she waves and blows kisses at everyone. Today this little older man, sat looking kinda sad on a bench...and she just stopped and started waving at him and blowing him kisses- his whole face lit up as he waved and blew kisses back at her. Who knew how lonely that little man was, and how a little baby brought a huge smile to his heart!

You may not be a little baby (ha ha ha), but you never know who's day you might make by just giving them a big smile or a friendly hello!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Clipboard Make-Over

Sadly I don't have a BEFORE picture of this clipboard....
but this is what it looked like after Blake had smeared some lipstick and poured some purple sparkly eyeshadow pigment on it....
I didn't realize what he was doing but should have known, when he kept saying, "DON'T LOOK OVER HERE, MOMMY! DON'T LOOK OVER HERE!"...
When I was done blow drying my hair- he showed me the beautiful design he'd done with my make-up.... It was his work of art!
 Then he asked if he could put my make-up on. He said, "I'll make you look really beautiful!"...aww my little sweetheart just melts me. This were the colors he wanted to put on.  Electric Eel eyeshadow from Urban Decay (this is on my special collection, because I think it's discontinued now- sad face)...not just one mascara but 2!  Hue lipstick from MAC- and some solid, Gold-like seriously liquid gold looking gloss, from Lime Crime.

Maybe I'll do that "have your brother-boyfriend-hubby-cousin-son" make-up tutorial with blakey doing my make-up!

Today at karate, he kept looking at me, when he was done with his moves and he just melts my heart into pieces.....

turquoise is one of our favorite colors, kandee

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Food Poisoning Diaries

Who: Me
What: Food Poisoning
Where: well, right now I'm laying on my couch curled up in a ball.
Why: I ate some, oh I cant even describe it, it makes me want to throw up just thinking about it. It was an Irish place and nothing against Irish food- I'm even a quarter Irish.

Food Poisoning is not fun because:
I couldn't sleep.
The feeling of vomiting is one of my least favorite things- the sweating, the extra saliva, the stomach muscles spasming all crazy, the dry heaving....ugh

All the lil ones are fine...
And little Elyse curled up on me and her cuddly lil', warm self, felt like a warm compress on my stomach.

I kept a little bowl next to me in case I couldn't make it to throw up in the bathroom...and baby was trying to grab the bowl while I was "throwin' up"...so I was trying to move around so she couldn't get the bowl while I was throwing up...ha ha ha  That's what I call "Fun with Food Poisoning"!

Hope my stomach is gonna get back to it's happy self soon...and if anyone is feeling yucky, I'm sending you, hugs and "hope-you-feel-better-ness", kandee

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flying with Kids & Leaving NYC- insert sad face :(

I am typing this from my good ol' living room...far from NYC, where we just were yesterday...
and we miss it already...REWIND to YESTERDAY and this is how it went down:

Blake playing his game as we waited in the lobby of the hotel with all our luggage, and our, borderline, ridiculously tall water bottle.
Elyse getting a "work-out" walking all over the lobby before we left...
it was warm in New York...
and we soaked up every bit of New York as we drove away....
FAST FORWARD to the AIRPORT
 
Fun with hand dryers...Blake is quite the fan of Dyson hand dryers- and I must say, it is kinda fun...except when your baby squeezes a pouch of mango puree all over you in the airport and you just want a paper towel to help clean up the orange mess that's all over you.... AND NOPE! No paper towels anymore just Dyson Air-blowers!

 The wonderful thing about traveling with kids, is that other people sitting next to you volunteer to move to another seat, so you get a free seat next to you! ha ha ha
We put our handrests up so it makes like one big couch seat...and even Elyse wanted to sit next to me and buckler her seat belt- well, that only lasted about 7 minutes...ha ha ha
Miss Alani, waiting while Blake dried his hands again, and again, and again....
We made it home...tired and stopped for IN-N-OUT on the way home because we were so hungry and it was so late, and we so wished we were still in New York City. 

typed from the couch on my living room, your kandee

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Monday, April 16, 2012

A Dream Day In Central Park.....

 Central park is like walking in a movie...maybe because so many of my favorite movies have been filmed there....from Enchanted to Elf to the fountain they filmed the intro to Friends in...
and in Spring time it's just incredible...come see....
(above, me and baby in her Ergo carrier)
(Alani, me and baby and Blakey)...the kids said they loved Central Park!
 see what I mean, it just looks like a movie scene...look at the beautiful trees and green grass...
 We went to the zoo in Central Park...and the kids favorite part was seeing the Seals!


I myself was pretty amazed at the Polar Bear.....
look at him swimming and the reflection of my chuck taylor's in the glass...hee hee
 I love "the dairy"...especially since this is part of where they filmed "How Do You Know That You Love Her" in Enchanted! We saw giant bubbles being blown, stopped to dance to the music of some drumming groups...and listened to guy playing accordians and felt like I was in Amelie....and enjoyed the violinist playing by the Bethesda (AKA Friends) fountain...
this city just feels like it oozes art and creativity everywhere....I love it!
 look at how beautiful the carriages are in central park....
 And the beautiful, painting-like, Bethesda fountain....are you hearing the "friends" theme song in your head too...."so no one told you life was gonna be this way..ta ta ta"
 Alani and Blake inspecting a drain.....sure there's a beautiful fountain but what is inside this drain....? ha ha ha ha
 and still fully absorbed in the awesomeness of the drain.... fountain shmountain.... ha ha ha
 I on the other hand felt like my eyes took a vacation to a far off land....I imagined I was in Europe somewhere...it's that beautiful!
Little Elyse showing off her 2 bottom teeth as she toodled around....blowing kisses at strangers...she really fancied this group of Japanese tourists that didn't speak English, but she just ket blowing kisses and they spoke excitedly to her in Japanese..."blowing kisses" needs no language- it was the language of love!
Then, to break in our already, "not-used-to-walking-so-much-west-coast" feet...we thought we'd walk to Serendipity 3 (if you haven't seen the movie Serendipity, just watch it and you'll see why I love this place!)....I've been here every time I've come to NYC!

 And I am in LOVE with this painting inside Serendipity!
Yes they are home to the famous $1,000 Sundae that has 24k gold flakes on it! Who orders that?  I just wanna know!
 I ordered Sand Tart...oh my deliciousness....I've tried the Sundaes, the Frozen Hot Chocolate and THIS is my favorite.....these buttery, crumbly, shortbread like cookie crust, coffee ice cream (and I know, I don't even drink coffee) and their home made hot fudge...oh my whaaaat!
Alani said...."I don't want to go home....I want to stay in New York City, more days!"
I feel the same way....

and we didn't even buy any "I heart NY" shirts...
dreaming of dancing through central park your kandee,

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