Saturday, May 12, 2018

Star Wars Cardinal Fan Fest

Last night as our family pulled into the Grant's View Library parking lot, we were lucky enough to grab one of the few remaining spots. A long line of Star Wars and Cardinals fans snaked along the length of the lot. The featured guests included Ashley and David Eckstein. Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano was set to talk about her new book, "It's Your Universe" while David Eckstein, former Cardinals player would also be taking autographs.

While I knew Ashley was part of the Star Wars franchise, what I didn't realize was the positive impact and role she has played in supporting girls and women who love sci-fi. She began voicing Ahsoka in 2008 and went shopping for a women's Star Wars t-shirt she could wear to conventions and events, but couldn't find any.  In 2010 she started  Her Universe - the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand. She wanted to create items girls could wear every day (not costumes) to express their fandom. Today, Her Universe is a multi-million dollar empire.

In her book, "It's Your Universe - You Have the Power to Make it Happen" Ashley shares her own life lessons, as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a way to inspire girls and boys to create big dreams and work to make them come true.

Noah was so excited to meet "Ahsoka" and have her sign his book. In fact he began reading it right away even though he is not typically a fan of "chapter books" -- he really enjoyed the positive, can-do messages she shares throughout.

When Nat was born (11/15/06) Mercy Hospital sent us home with a tiny-T featuring the recent Cardinals World Series win. At that time Eckstein was named MVP. He happily signed her shirt.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Deep Thoughts From Noah #89

Me: Are you okay?
Noah: No! I hurt my foot on the wall!
Me: Did the wall move?
Noah: No! It's because we have a small house...why do we have to have a small house?
Me: Noah, we live in this house because that's what we can afford.
Noah: Hmmff...I feel like that's just an excuse.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to our Favorite Senior Citizen!

Fifty-one tax days ago...our Steve-o was born.

"So...Dad, can we call you a senior citizen now?" asked Natalie

Steve is pretty much a 'no fuss, I don't need anything for my birthday and since I've eliminated sugar from my diet no need to make me a cake' -- kind of guy.

However, I've known this man for nearly 20 years and while he may have removed sugar from his diet, there is one dish I know he cannot say no to -- biscuits and gravy.

Oh yeah.

But since Steve is a connoisseur of said meal, Natalie and I purchased all the ingredients he would need to make it himself.

We're good like that.

Then Natalie and I shopped at Barnes & Noble. She used her own money to purchase him a gardening book to support his passion for growing things.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Musings From Natalie #154

This past weekend Steve, Nat and I enjoyed the sunshine while strolling the neighborhood. (Nevermind that tonight temps in St. Louis are supposed to dip down to the mid 20's). In any case the walk served to stir up her creative juices and she has some new material...

Hey Mom! Wanna hear some new jokes I made up?
What does a flower call its friend?
I don't know, what?
His bud-dy!

What is a frog's favorite flower?
A crocus!

Our neighbor's yard - covered in a blanket of beautiful purple crocus.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Deep Thoughts From Noah #88

Sometimes having a conversation with Noah can be difficult...most of our convos involve him re-enacting a segment from a movie or show. Or, he's asking me to listen to him mimic a cartoon character. However, recently, he's started asking me to play "Would you rather?" His pairings are often both interesting and creative and lead to better communication between the two of us.  I feel hopeful each time we play. Below are some of his recent ones...

Would you rather drown in hot lava or quick sand?

Would you rather be a mermaid or a bouncer?

Would you rather work at The Crusty Crab or The Chum Bucket?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Deep Thoughts From Noah #87

St. Louisans know temperature is temporary. In a span of a few hours numbers can fluctuate 40 degrees. While driving Noah to school he listened to the radio announcer share how the 55-60 temps we've been enjoying the last couple of days will soon be dipping into the 20' which Noah exclaimed, "What?! That's harassment!"

I loathe cold weather, however, I've never thought to call Mother Nature out on her offensiveness in that way...which made me want to put his thought into a sentence

Dear Mother Nature

I find your lack of temperature stability offensive. Please stop harassing St. Louisans.

Thank you.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Deep Thoughts From Noah #86

School morning rush (though I seem to be the only one in the house moving...Noah is taking his time to enjoy his daily, 3 course breakfast while Natalie is staring off into space -- trying to wake up.)

Noah: "Mom, would you sit with me?"
Me: "Honey, I have to get ready."
Natalie: "Mahhhmmm -- please sit with me."
Me: "You guys need to get up earlier. I don't have time now.  I need to get dressed and fix my hair and put on my make-up."
Noah: "But, Mom...God doesn't care about that."

(I win...again)