Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scoop on Thursday

Prepare yourself, Texans.  In N Out is awesome.  The prices are fantastic.  Food is fresh.  You can watch the peeps cutting potatoes to make French Fries.  Nothing frozen.  Simple menu.  Yummy shakes.  (Just ask Jack.)  A once-secret menu is now available everywhere, so know your stuff before ordering.  Check out this link.

When Caroline and I first ordered something "animal style" on vacation in La Jolla, we were totally nervous they were going to bust out laughing at us. 

Like the time we asked where the giant hedge maze was at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, where we thought they filmed The Shining.  Yeah, the movie was made on a sound stage and the maze is in England. 

Or, when Pee Wee asked where the basement was at the Alamo.

You get the point.


Jelly fish washed up on the beach last weekend.  So cool to see this.

Lainey's cute factor goes up about 100% on the beach.  There's just something about her long blonde hair and tiny little self that gets to me.  She's been asking for some more "swim-kinis".  Working on it.

Never posted about our Spring Break trip.....we stayed overnight near Disneyland and enjoyed 2 days at the parks.  Lainey introduced baby Minnie (in her hands) to Mickey Mouse.  "Here's your bebe, Mickey!"

Minnie, as a baby, is actually his wife.  Or, girlfriend.  Either way, we're going to have to explain the Disney family tree to her soon enough.  I've got that on our calendar next to "Santa Claus" and "Easter Bunny".

She doesn't care.  Little punkin was overjoyed.

We checked out the Bippity Boppity Boutique in Cinderella's Castle, where she'll celebrate her 4th birthday.  You choose from packages ranging from $45 to over $200, depending on what kind of service you want.  I'm going to go ahead and guess Laine will want to go all out. 

Thinking of buying a bunch of cheap Wet n Wild makeup, some crappy hair extensions and sequins & glue for "body jewels" and setting up camp in the parking lot.  $30 special!  Any takers?

Was nice to have a hotel suite......which we most often do not book since we live an hour away.  Left the park in the afternoon to swim and eat off site. 

Carter loved the big pool.....Jack and Lainey, too......but they mostly stayed in the hot tub since it was a bit chilly outside.

Next day......back at the parks......we finally found and bought the elusive sourdough Mickey.  Yum!

The crew.  Don't look so happy, boys! 

Blake joined us for both evenings.  I was solo during the days while he worked.

One of the advantages of going to Disney often is to find the little out-of-the way places like this.  An art studio located in the back stage area of California Adventure.  Kids sat down to learn how to draw characters.

Pretty cool.

No major meltdowns recently, but I did indulge in a glass of wine on the second day.  I earned it, peeps.  See that stroller behind me?  Little Laine is fast asleep.  Nice little break for all of us.  Boys at ice cream and toured the nearby presentations of park changes, including a new "Cars Land" (based off the movie of course).......a Little Mermaid ride......and more.

OK, done with Spring Break. 

And, on to a random little talent the Starnes kids possess.  Well, 2 out of 3 do.

Lainey can put her little lizard tongue all the way in her nose.  Carter can touch his.  Lovely, isn't it?

On the agenda:

*We have a visitor this weekend.  I know.  Shocking!  Remember The Delts from Kansas City?  The guys who lived in the house across the street?  Doug is in town and he'll be hitting the beach with us on Saturday and spending two nights.  Maybe some golf for the boys on Sunday.  Excited to see him!  Weather all weekend should be a perfect 75 degrees.

*Shopping for Subway art.  I want a simple, colorful square shaped piece, approximately 24"x24" for over my stove.  Looking on Etsy, of course.  Any suggestions?

*Thinking of joining the YMCA instead of doing the pool in the backyard.  Blake might divorce me if I sign up for another membership, though.  Decisions.......decisions......

*Must find a way to incorporate my friend, Julie S., into the blog.  Perhaps a guest blog post?  Interested?  Leave a comment to answer, ding dong.

*The water table is the smartest purchase we've ever not made.  I was brainstorming ways of creating my own because I didn't want to pay $80 for one.  Then.......voila.......a neighbor was tossing theirs out!  It's a sand & water table, but Sweet Baby Jesus, we have enough sand in our lives.  So, it's a water & water table.

*Jack's "Un-Birthday" is in a couple of weeks.  He does not want to turn 5, so we're celebrating and not celebrating his birthday.  If you attend the party, please do NOT mention the age of "5".  I'm pretty sure we totally screwed this kid up when we never told him her turned 3 in order to score another free year at theme parks and the zoo.  Damn.

Questions answered soon.  Off to help at Preschool!


donatelli98 said...

Wow - never a dull moment in the Starne's casa. All over the $30 cheap party in the parking lot for Lainey - Bippity Boppity Boutique is outrageously priced! Jack's un-birthday party - sweet! He and Sophia may make the perfect pair since she was sure she was turning 5 this year ... but would he date an older girl???

Moni said...

I'm looking forward to the local In-N-Out's to open in Allen and Frisco soon....personally not a huge fan when I had them in Cali(remember, we are in cattle land and already have a wonderful selection of out of this world burgers). I'm looking forward to the thousands of people flocking to said locations like there is nothing else to choose from and watching the mayhem it all entails. Should also lessen the crowds for a while at the other local restaurants! Yeah!!!!!

starnes family said...

Moni.....Sonic just moved into California not long ago....and there were 2-3 hour lines. Same thing.....just something different and exciting with lots of hype behind it.

Can't wait to hear what your lines look like in Dallas!

Claire Kiefer said...

Eeeeek--I love that little bun on top of her head in the pool picture! That is precious. As are "swim-kinis." HA!

(btw in my opinion, just going to Disneyland earns you a glass of wine).

Monica said...

I love their faces in the drawing class. All concentrating so hard! Cute little punks.

Dee Stephens said...

Love Disney in that they have cool classes and such. When I worked there in college we found off the beating path things in each park. Nice to have the time explore.
The Mickey Sourdough?! Was that in the CA park..the SF area? I'm thinking it was.
That's cute about their tongues. It really is a talent. I can't do it and my Mom can't stretch her tongue past her bottom lip. Weird eh?

Sara said...

Woo-hoo for In-N-Out! We're getting one in the Fort too. Can't wait. Love their fries. Never tried a shake, but I'll have to do that since Jack has recommended them.

I would have a glass (or 2) of wine every single trip to Disney. I can promise you that. It's definitely deserving.

Still loving your hair! You look darling.

Can you touch your tongue to your nose? Just wondered if that was Blake's DNA or yours.

If the shoe FITZ said...

The pic of lc is so cute and frameable!!!
Can't wait to take Liam to Disney and such!!!

San Diego Momma said...

You put me to shame!
Know what we did on our Spring Break?
SpongeBob. On TV.


Allyson and Dave said...

You shold join the YMCA! I about to quit the one here. It is all about kids. They do so much for the kids. And the one here has a huge pool with giant waterslides. I am quitting because of the kids though. It is a family place and not a place for a childless person to go workout at. I get so mad at the soccer moms when I get stuck in the carpool line while trying to park and make it to a spin class. But I know one day I will be that mom. But for now I want to run over them. So if you hear about a a crazy lady who ran over a bunch Mom's at a Y in Orlando you might want to pretend like you don't know me.

lauren said...

Finally catching up on your life! MIss you and your crazy adventures! Wish I was there to go to Disney with you.

Nate, Abbey, Noah, Blaire and Tatum said...

I love that you call them The Delts. Cracks me up every time. I heart The Delts.

Jodee said...

It looks like you had a fabulous spring break!

Too many funny things to mention in this scoop! I love, love, love your fun family!

The Lenzers said...

so is in&out coming to TX? I love those burgers. We, of course, had one while there. I can't believe you do all that DL and swimming and other stuff with those kids. You are making the rest of us look bad. You look gorgeous in your "wine" pic. HOT MAMMA

FROGGITY! said...

this post is chocked full of my favorite things. those burgers look AWESOME!!!!! AHHHHH! too bad i have to get in a swimsuit this week or i would run directly to my nearest burger joint... :)))

loving the surfboard!! AND the disney!!

merrilee said...

First of all, I love your hair....have I mentioned that? Second, In-N-Out is pretty darn good. I just recently leared about "animal style" via Darin. Ellery went to that Bibbity Bobbity salon and I HATED the way she looked.....think Jon Benet--not at all like a little girl. You deserved that glass of wine, girl. Did you stay at the Marriot? We stayed there once and it looks familiar in the pictures. Looking forward to Jack's Un-birthday!

Shannon said...

Since Payton's not a big fan of amusement parks, her one request for our upcoming Disney World trip was that she get to do Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I'm doing it w/her and we're bringing our own costumes. I'm so not a princess kind of girl but she's so happy I'm doing it with her.

Jack not wanting to turn 5 cracks me up. Can't believe he's 5 already though!

TubeYuber said...

Glad you guys had a good time! Ah, precious moments! Lol! Liked the "talent" pic! Can ya make more? Try touching chin, and elbow! Good Luck!

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