Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 - Just in time for School Holidays

The school holidays are imminent.

It is winter.

I swear my palms are already sweating at the thought of being locked up indoors with the little treasures for 2 whole weeks.

My kids love the Kung Fu Panda series.  They've just about worn out the first two movies.

Thankfully, the universe has taken perfectly-timed pity on me (or them)....

Kung Fu Panda 3 is out now on iTunes

You can download it here.

I had promised Mstr7 that I would take him to the movie when it came out in cinemas.

I totally forgot.

Unfortunately, he did not forget.

Allow me to use Kung Fu Panda 3 to demonstrate how that all went down......

Me :

Mstr7 :

Today's iTunes release of Kung Fu Panda 3 not only saves my poorly parenting, but it also pleases me greatly for providing me with an in-home viewing option - my preferred method when kids are involved.

Top 10 Reasons Why I Prefer In-Home Viewing:

  1. No brushing of hair
  2. No putting on of make up
  3. or daytime clothes
  4. No whispered threats to shut up / sit down while maintaining a loving smile in case anyone is looking
  5. No refereeing fights over who got one more kernel of outrageously over-priced popcorn
  6. About that - no paying for over-priced refreshments
  7. No 38 trips to the toilet....before the main movie even starts
  8. or 129 trips during the movie  (they never ever need to go when you watch a movie at home)
  9. No judgy eyes from more responsible parents for my consuming wine at a kids flick
  10. The ability to pause and rewind if the fighting and bickering gets too loud and I have to take my attention away from the wine and movie to intervene.

I plan to put this gem of a movie on repeat throughout the 2 weeks of winter school holidays.

I expect we'll all be quoting the movie by the time school returns.

Obviously I'll have to lie to their teachers about being incapacitated or the like, to excuse my 2 weeks of digital parenting.

Don't judge.  Just join me - get your iTunes download of Kung Fu Panda 3.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is coming to Blu-ray™ & DVD on July 6, 2016.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition Includes 2 All-New Kung Fu Panda Animated Shorts, Everybody Loves a Panda Party Karaoke and Much More Fun Making it Perfect for Family Movie Night! 

Monday, May 2, 2016 on a tangent of outrage and vindication

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You guys.

Last night I was all WOOHOO because we're off on our cruise this morning.

I was full of anticipation and much excitement.

Until #1Hubby spoke to my Mother in Law.

#1Hubby and I have long had an ongoing feud over who was responsible for the Twin Tornado.

He claims to have no history of twins in his family.

As did I, except my Grandmother on my Mum's side was adopted, and we don't actually know anything of her family history.

So it's fair to say that ever single time the twins fail to display any sort of twin bond (ALL THE TIME), #1Hubby gives me a look that says WELL DONE, GOOD GENES, HAD TO CREATE TWINS, DIDN'T YOU....

And I shoot him back a death stare plus 2 finger salute, and by the time our silent debate is over, the twins are usually happily playing together again.

Passive parenting.  That's what I'm calling it.


So anyway, last night, packing and preparation has been completed.

I was enjoying a bubbly beverage in the bath to slip in to cruise ship mode.

#1Hubby calls his Mum for Mother's Day, since we won't be able to call on Sunday.

Then I listen as they go off on some tangent, and suddenly twins comes up.

Those that have come from more than one relative on HIS side.

Son of a.....

HE is responsible for the two-fer.

Not me.

HIS genes.

I was like a giant, sopping wet yeti springing from the bath the second he put the phone down.

I've warned him that the on-board duty free better have something pretty and sparkling come Mother's Day, because clearly I deserve it for putting up with his bloody multiple birthing genes providing me with a total of 3 kids when I was expecting 2.

I mean, obviously they're awesome and I love them and wouldn't swap them etc etc.

But still....I feel vindicated - it wasn't my fault.

And also wish I'd thought to do this....even though mine are not identical:

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Now I am off to turf half of #1Hubby's two dozen pairs of shorts out of the suitcase, to make myself feel better before the taxi arrives to take us to the ship.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Anchors Away : We're going on a cruise

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After extensive research, I came across a cruise ship with kids club hours longer than my go-to resort.

That was enough to tip #1Hubby over the edge.  We were all "take our money!".

That was almost a year ago.

#1Hubby marked the one-week-to-go countdown by repeatedly advising the kids of just how many hours the kids club is open.

Miss7 is psyched.  She's keen to swim in a pool on the ocean.  She was planning on taking the cat swimming with her, until advised pets are not allowed on cruise ships.

Mstr7 wasn't too fussed either way, until we told him about the Lego room in the kids club, and now he won't shut up about it.  God help us all if that one feature doesn't live up to his expectations.

Miss10 is pre-tween, so she can't decide if the kids club equals being parent-free (and is, therefore, uber grown up), or if she's being lumped in with the little kids in a Daycare type scenario.  Thank the Vodka Gods for the iPad room, where I expect she'll park herself when not trying to covertly drown her sister in the pool.

For my part, I selected the all-inclusive drinks package, so no matter how it plays out, I will be merrily bobbing up and down in the ocean for 12 nights.

I figured the kids are fairly well travelled, and getting older, so I put their suitcases on their beds yesterday, and told them to pack what they thought they'd need for a 12 night cruise around Indonesia.

There was a Catfish marathon on TV, so I wasn't really paying attention, and this is what I found when I surfaced for air/wine....

Miss10 : The Tween's Essentials

Miss10 packed herself FIVE pairs of shoes (plus her slippers), TWO iPads, her collection of lip gloss, a box of Oreo's, and her recent karate trophy that she, clearly, can't part with just yet.

No clothes.

 Miss7 : Bringing her entourage and looking fabulous

Miss7 opted for her version of the essentials - her enormous, life sized doll (would love to see how that suitcase xray went down...).  Plus the mandatory pink flashing crown headband (obviously), and matching pink heart shaped sunglasses.  There is a pink blanket, but it's not for the doll.  It's for the cat.  Because she thought she could get around the no-BYO-pets policy, by packing him in her case.  Again, I'd love to see that suitcase xray go down.

Also, like her sister, no clothes.

Mstr7 : The Boy's Basics - Lego and clean undies

Mstr7, and finally, a child that isn't a full nudist.  He's packed a single pair of jocks.  Just the one.  Plus his bathers, and a half a suitcase full of Lego.  He's obsessed with the Lego aspect of the trip.  Probably won't realise we're on a cruise ship at all, because he'll spend his every waking minute in the Lego room (pending room service agreeing to deliver there).

I can't even...

For such well travelled kids, they certainly take after their father when it comes to packing.

He once demanded to pack his own suitcase, and forgot to pack any jocks or pants.  Lucky for him, I am totally OCD and snuck a peek in his case and repacked it for him.  It was back in our honeymoon phase, so I kindly packed the missing essentials.  Which totally would not happen these days.

The grown-ups

#1Hubby and I are currently locked in tense, United Nations worthy negotiations, over just how many shirts he needs, versus how many clutch purses I can't live without.  It's not really going well (read: I'm not winning), so we will probably literally mark a line down the middle of the suitcase and cease all communication from here on out.

Fingers crossed he forgets all his pants again.

Pacific Eden, are you ready?  You have until Monday to stock up on the bubbly, medicate the Kids Club staff, and generally brace your crew for all of this awesomeness.

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