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30 December, 2007

Sidewalk Barbeque at Our Place!


Classy!

29 December, 2007

Saturday Morning Fun


Toy Story is why they invented widescreen HDTVs and surround sound systems for the home.

Notice the Mike Wazowski mug in the foreground.

28 December, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean 'Life' Game







Last night was Game Night with Matty and Jennifer (thanks, Mom and Dad!), and we broke-in Matty's new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Life game. It was fun, although I think I prefer the regular version. It's just so classic.

That, and the doctor gets paid more than the pirates do.

26 December, 2007

We're Having LOADS of Elefun!!!


25 December, 2007

After 3 Years on the Wishlist...


...the White Album gets gotten!

It Begins!


24 December, 2007

Kyobi, Christmas Ornament Robot!

Jenni gave me an early stocking stuffer the other day, a fun Christmas ornament robot that she found at the always wonderful Earth Bones shop in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth.


I shall call him 'Kyobi!'

A close-up!




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22 December, 2007

Christmas Vacation Fun Begins!


...and 'My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Slueth Christmas' is on in the background!

21 December, 2007

Only 4 Days 'til Christmas: Do You Know Where Your Packages Are?


FedEx does!

(Count 'em, that's 1-2-3 FedEx trucks in front of our office building!)

And thanks to our awesome FedEx lady, I know, too: after she discovered no one was home to sign for one of our last-minute packages, she brought it to my work, so we'd be sure to have it in time!

Scat Jazz Lounge, Sundance Square, Fort Worth

The Scat Jazz Club is now open in downtown Fort Worth, in the heart of Sundance Square. It features old school jazz and drinks to make the Rat Pack proud.

While the club has opened to rave reviews, this particular entrance (which will be the main one for the club, which is actually underground, in the basement of the old Woolsworth building) did not get finished in time for the opening, something to do with elevator installation. Either way, it's a very groovy back-alley 'front door,' off of 4th Street, between Houston and Main.

We welcome you, Scat Jazz! Downtown Fort Worth, and Cowtown in general, has long been in need of such an establishment. Here's to many years of classic jazz and much success.

18 December, 2007

Holiday Game Un-Recommendations, from CNET!

This Assassin is not one of the Wiggles


Ah, what would a parent do without the valuable advice of those folks over at CNET, helping confused parents figure out whether Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is more appropriate for their 4 year old than Halo 3 or BioShock...

Or Assassin's Creed: My favorite bit from their gaming advice:

The good: ... Creeds can help encourage strong work ethics.
The bad: The main character is a professional killer who had his finger cut off so he could fit a spring-loaded knife on his arm. He isn't exactly one of the Wiggles.

I was rolling. Which part of the title 'Assassin's Creed' didn't give away that this wasn't a kids game?

'I'm sorry, Bubby, we were going to get you a good first-person knifing game, but CNET says we shouldn't...'

(All this poked in good fun at the folks at CNET, whose reviews and recommendations--and price-checking--on all things IT/entertainment/electronic are quite valuable and most helpful.)

I Think You Mean, 'Winter WONDERLAND!'

Bubby and Daddy at Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at MGM Studios

Hey, we're home from MGM Studios now, but we had a blast. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights is not to be missed. Basically, you want to be right there in the middle of fake 'San Francisco' on the backlot with the 'snow' falling right as the choreographed lights start to the tune of 'Christmas in Sarajevo'.

And then, you'll get down. Yeah, baby!

16 December, 2007

What Daddy Has Right Now


...cooties, and lots of them...

Cough-cough!

15 December, 2007

Inside Look at "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," via Amazon

Thanks, Amazon!

Beedle the Bard

The Beedle Bard 2

"We're incredibly excited to announce that Amazon has purchased J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an auction held by Sotheby's in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales, referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The purchase price was £1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the bard herself--all 157 pages of it. It's bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

Enjoy these first images of the book."

14 December, 2007

Dreary, Foggy Day


13 December, 2007

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

"2. Poo-pooing Snowman"...if anyone buys that for Bubby... !=^(


(via Nesting)

12 December, 2007

Christmas Cheat Sheets, by Made in ENGLAND by Gentlemen

Christmas Cheat Sheats

Your Christmas shopping may already be totally done. You may have each gift wrapped and under the tree (punctual you!).

But if you're NOT a Christmas shopping miracle yourself, these little Christmas cheat sheets by Made In ENGLAND by Gentlemen are sure to come in handy. Simply print (for boy or girl), distribute, fill out with pertinent information (like brasserie size!), and then swap with the people buying you gifts.

Right gift, right size, right color, right person, right on!


(via Tina)

10 December, 2007

At the Airport, Heading Home


...bags full of dirty clothes and loot.

Lots and lots of loot.

Photobooth Fun!


Snack Attack!


Dinosaur, Animal Kingdom


We're top left.

Dinosaurs DO Exist!!!


FastPass My...


Getting on Kilamanjaro Safari


Bubby and His DaDa Hit the Disney Pavement


After Each Ride, Bubby Says...


"COOL!!! They let us buy stuff now!"

9 December, 2007

Night-time at MGM Studios


...leaving Tower of Terror.

Bubby's Who Are GOODnin Tower of Terror...

...get CANDY!

Hollywood Tower Hotel, AKA Tower of Terror


photo.jpg, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Hungry for an Interplanetary Snack?

Blastin' Thru Star Tours!


Blastin' Thru Star Tours!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

...until they stopped the audio to make him stop blasting...poor Bubby!

The Great Movie Ride, MGM Studios

And Now We're At the OTHER Great American Institution

Soaring' At EPCOT


Soaring' At EPCOT, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

8 December, 2007

...and now we're at EPCOT!


...and now we're at EPCOT!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Sunny Day at Disney!


Sunny Day at Disney!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Mickey and Minnie...?

Bubby, Uncle Matty, and Miss Jennifer

On the monorail...

Off to Magic Kingdom


Off to Magic Kingdom, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

7 December, 2007

Finally At the Park!


Finally At the Park!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

The WDW Birthday Aftermath


The WDW Birthday Aftermath, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Compliments of the Contemporary Kitchen...

Happy Birthday, Dad!


Happy Birthday, Dad!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Columnist Dave Barry, Doing Book Signing at Contemporary Resort Foyer


We just found out that Dave Barry--yes, THAT Dave Barry--is doing a
book signing downstairs. Wild, right?! He's the guy in the light blue
shirt in the middle on the left. What you can't see is the loooooong
line of people waiting to meet him and have him sign their three book
limit.

Noah's Lunch at Contemporary Resort!

Courtyard at Contemporary Resort


Rolling in Style


Daddy and Noah, rolling' krunk-style in a LIMO to Contemporary Resort!!!

We've Landed in Orlando!


We've Landed in Orlando!, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

And as you can see, we've hit the ground running!

Airport rush


On our way to Orlando!

Many, many thanks to Mom MB.

6 December, 2007

Dallas Maverick's Game Night Fun!


Tonight's seat treat is Lightning Boltz, basically, glowy boom-boom sticks.

Tomorrow Disney World, Tonight: Mavs!

My Sister, Sarah Wilson: Published Knitty Designer!

Huge pats on the back to my brilliantly creative sister, Sarah, for her most recent creative accomplishment, having a knit design published by Knitty!

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Sarah Wilson Knitty Pattern Cables and Bits

Sarah created a fabulous doggie-size shrug, which she calls 'Cables and Bits,' and which Knitty scooped right up!

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Those are Sarah's dogs in the pictures: Don't they look great, and didn't they behave fabulously for the pictures?


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Did I mention I was proud of my sister? Check out her bio at the bottom of the pattern page:

"Sarah Wilson is Not a Yarn Snob. She is also a Stunt Knitter for Stitch Diva Studios and the designer in residence for her LYS."

The girl stays busy! And it didn't even mention her incredible Etsy shop, 5*7*9 Jewelry, which has recently been remodeled, restocked with more fabulous handmade jewelry, and which still sells just about everything for $5, $7, or $9, and where shipping is always free!



I'm so proud of my sister!!! She is so talented and so creative and she is always challenging me to get off my duff and do something awesome. After you've checked out the Knitty Cables and Bits pattern, make sure you check out her blog (where she often offers free patterns) and zoom on over to her Etsy store, and make some Christmas purchases that will be sure to thrill the recipient!

4 December, 2007

Walt Disney World, Part III

First Airplane Ride

Wow, he used to be tiny! Four years ago, almost to the day, we took Bubby on his first plane trip, and his first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I don't know how many plane trips he's been on at this point--a bunch--but I do know that in just a couple of days, he'll be making his third pilgrimage to WDW, to see Mickey and have some serious fun at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, to celebrate Dad's birthday and related stuff, and to really have a great time.

The first time we went to WDW, Bubby was just a couple months old And while the rides were lost on him at that point, they aren't now: every day brings new excited anticipation: 'How long until we go to Mickey's house?!' He just can't wait to do and see everything again, particularly Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster Spin in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.


Bubby and Mommy at Magic Kingdom, Christmas 2006

I'll be posting mobiley, so watch out for fun here AS IT HAPPENS!!!

3 December, 2007

Afternoon Snack


Afternoon Snack, originally uploaded by laughcrazy.

Bluebell Homemade Vanilla, one-gulp size.

2 December, 2007

Starbucks Christmas Blend 2007


I don't supposed coffee makes a cold any better, but it lifts spirits, so that's good enough for me...

1 December, 2007

Jingle Bell Run 2007, Fort Worth, TX


Seventh Street, view from a side window.

Jingle Bell Run 2007, Fort Worth, TX


Seventh Street, view out our corner window.