Two Peas and the Ginger Zombies

2015   It all began with a little pea and not so perfect gingerbread man cut out.

Phoebe was upset that her gingerbread looked like they had broken legs well Pyper and I thought they looked like Zombies!  So to keep my littlest little stay jolly and not be upset Ginger Zombies and a Riley girl tradition was made!

We use the Pillsbury ready made cookie dough it’s much easier and actually tastier than that one year…………yikes we won’t talk about that OK we will …….. the year was 2016 the stores every single store didn’t sell the dough I thought I was late the all sold out but a quick google search would show they never sold them in the first place SO we went homemade because no one sold them!

We started this new tradition to our little Riley girl family  December of 2015 this will be out 4th year and they are now expected by some of our friends but mostly the peas Uncle Ben (my brother).

And of course we have to have just the right way to give them right?  The first year we found the PERFECT tin from Jo Ann Fabrics but we never found them again so we just look for ones we can zombify.

Ever made ginger zombies or crazy ginger bread people we did Ginger Ninjas once too but they didn’t stick like zombies? Let us know how you do them!~

In the meantime please enjoy these Ginger Zombie making day pics through out the couple of years!

2016 – We did a gingerbread house because because the homemade dough was gross.

2017 – The year the oldest pea just wasn’t interested…..

2018 – The year Phoebe added eyes!

We hope you enjoyed our zombies I’ll update after our 2019 hoard is complete!

Pot Belly …..The Pot Belly Bear

This is Pot Belly, I have had him since 1980 I was 6 years old when my grandparents got him for me.  I loved this bear he and my stuffed leopard are the only things I have of my childhood before we moved in with my grands permanently. 
This bear went everywhere with me, I took VERY good care of him. I even had jammies with his face on them LOL (come on I was 6)  after I outgrew them I put the shirt on him that helped keeping him in such great shape!
Now when you are 6 to however old I was when I put him away; you don’t think I need to keep this in order to pass this down to my children.  Yet in 2014 there I was getting into a box I hadn’t opened since I moved out of my Grandparent’s house 22 years ago. 

 

Pot Belly’s Second Life

When I decided to post about him I took a few of the now pictures I wish i could go through all of my pictures and find more through out his second life but trust me it happened. 

After the split in 2014 the first weekend away from me Phoebe was having nightmares and there was nothing I could do. (We did change the schedule up a bit to help her and have yet to change it back). When the girls came home and Phoebe was too anxious to fall asleep that night well, this was how the divorce was affecting her she never showed any other signs that she was upset over it.  But she was 6 years old and she didn’t know how to express it that’s when I opened the box. 

I told her when I was little I had Pot Belly with me at bedtime always and he kept the nightmares away.  She took him and hasn’t slept without him since.  It’s been over 4 years she is 10 now and yes I might have just ratted her out but I’m pretty sure her friends don’t read my “lame” blog LOL ! 

So here he is well loved, broken whiskers, one eye and a chewed bottom paw (thanks to Sid)

He has done his job well I think  🙂 

Thanks Potbelly for helping my kiddo when she needed it and still being her favorite pillow today 🙂 

 

Daekor manufactured Pot Bellies from 1979 to who knows when! But if you ever see one and want to send it my way please do! 

The Littlest Pea and Pancake Art

t and most fun art project we have done is because of the pancake art challenges on YouTube the littlest pea is obsessed! 

So when she asked if we could do them, that was an easy yes we can…..She didn’t even need help with the batter…..

 

We used a few more colors this time (we’ve done this a couple times) and put them in ketchup and mustard bottles and a few bottles from the Dollar Tree.

 

Always spray the skillets …..We need an electric one like the YouTubers ….

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Let the fun begin! 

When you mess up make it a swimming pool…..or if your shamrock looks like a tree add apples~  And when you make the oldest pea into a pancake don’t say that the bubbles are her pimples she gets offended LOL ! 

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We made a Pyper and her friend Kenedi who cracked up over the “Me” pancake…..

 

I love the P that Phoebe made me she was pretty proud (so was I) ! 

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Some pics from last time rainbows, Narwhals, and even the big sis helped last time  !

Making Magic with the Littlest Pea

Home without the Oldest Pea so what could the Pheebs and I get ourselves into??? 

~~~We made Harry Potter Wands~~~

We just Googled how to and saw SO many tutorials!  All pretty great, some easy, some so detailed that it was cool to watch but a little too hard for the 9yr old.  The easier tutorials were simply chop sticks, hot glue gun, and paint ….some added glitter so of course we did too~ 

I made the first one and had her watch told her not to touch the glue or the end because of the burn factor and then let her go.  Can we just look at that sheer determination and not the unbrushed hair bahaha ! 

After the glue was wrapped around the chopstick she treated it like a troll

Because we didn’t want a flat side to the wand we let them dry like this in the glitter jar:

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The dry pretty quickly and if you don’t like how it turned out you can peel it off and start again.

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Then once they are dry you do the paint and glitter. 

Our creations: 

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And one special wand for one special person.

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The week we made the wands was also Teacher Appreciation Week so she made her teacher one and then made her a sweet painting to match. 

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Add glitter! 

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~TADA~

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We hope she liked it!

We hope you like this post and let us know if you made wands and how you did it ! 

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This is the face I love my crazy little pea 🙂 

Two Peas and a Castle

Every year since I can remember nothing good has ever happened on my birthday, there has been stitches, broken bones, bruises, accidents and even heartbreak.  Last year I refused to leave my house because I didn’t want to risk it!

This year I refused to believe my birthday was cursed.  I wanted to be with the peas and have an awesome day.  I chose to visit the Loveland Castle or as it is formally called the Château Laroche.

 

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It took 90 minutes to get there not bad and the girls were in great moods so that was even better!

They are open 11 – 4 and its only $5 to take a self guided tour which I personally LOVE when you go in you are greeted by a volunteer who tells you a little about the castle and which rooms are which.  Of course the first thing we saw was the Dungeon <—– sign.

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And immediately ran to it….

They cracked up because someone placed a lucky troll in there with the “prisoner” not too lucky it seems !

The dungeon led out to the gardens but we wanted to see the rest of the castle before we headed out there.

We went back upstairs and saw Sir Harry’s office, it was amazing left just as he had left it. (behind bars so no one could disturb)

His bedroom was in the same condition so awesome…..

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Then up one more flight and the dining room was something out of King Arthur

 In the back they have a sword collection and a video playing that tells you all about the Castle and Sir Harry, all the art, the chairs, the chains, and the Suit Of Armors

But that wasn’t all there was one more floor sort of….it was blocked off but the roof area was just spectacular from what we could see and just the stairs going up there well the kids said they were way cool 🙂

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I would have loved to roamed all over the roof it did look pretty cool. So we went back down a flight look again in case we missed something.

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Also those were some of the best pics I ever took of these girls!

We found a oriel window….a small balcony to look over some of the garden.

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Look at the dragon!

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Now look at us LOL

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We ventured outside the castle and it was gorgeous…..

We loved this little trip we even ran back in for one more picture….

They weren’t too into it and the little wouldn’t sit alone I made her pretend to be royal apparently royal is a mean mug. HA!

The castle was a perfect day trip for my birthday with my girls for more info about the place go here:  http://www.lovelandcastle.com/  if you check it out let us know how much you liked it!

OH and then there was this!

Next time we go we will go on one of the castle days they host once a month is the summer….also going to go hiking right there too !~  Sir Harry lived from 1890 – 1981 his life was amazing and the way he built this castle by himself stone by stone is nothing short of amazing.   So do it Google him I feel if I start adding facts and stories I will have lifted it all from other website…I don’t want to do that 🙂

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PS……for those that believe in b-day curses……on our way home at the gas station waiting to turn into a spot to get gas…..we got hit by a lady pulling out of a parking spot……she didn’t see us.

Next year we might just might not leave the house again $1580 of damage but at least we were able to drive home…..kind of killed the day though thanks lady!

 

Update to answer a question from a follower: Phoebe’s T-shirt came from https://www.humanunlimited.com/  We all have one! She wears hers at least once a week ~ I have gotten a few from them and they are amazing to check them out!!! (also they are located in my hometown of Akron OHIO! woohoo!) 

 

Meet Sid …

We took the plunge after years of begging and the loss of our old man Pete (our 16 year old cat) I decided that maybe a dog would be good for us.  It would get us moving more, get outside to walk a lot , rescue of a fur baby and dog parks! So many dog parks!.  

I got in contact with a rescue that did not have a building for the dogs but only fostered and adopted out that way.  It was a lot of paper work and visits to the house with all these other crazy stipulations. And that was not the only rescue like that I honestly got intimidated and one point understood why people just bought dog from a pet store (I know shame on me right?)  But honestly the adoption fee through this particular agency was $350 – $500 depending on the age ect.. etc..

Still…..I met up with the foster lady 45 minutes out of my way at a pet store, the dog, a Jack Russell mix had no interest in me and we just didn’t click.  The foster mom was super nice and talkative told me all about the dog; she was jumpy and small and looked like she needed a salon ASAP the dog not the mom.  The girls were excited they knew that this was my first visit then they get to visit then the house visit. They call 4 references, your vet, your landlord, the doctor that was there at your birth, blood sample, ss # and your old high school teachers all to make sure you are a good fit.  Because as you know all the super nice and caring foster people are apparently also are a judge and counselor.  (BIG eye roll) That seems like a lot of pressure to place on a loving soul that just wants to help the animals. ANYWAY….

I came to work the next day and told my two friends who saw immediately this was not the dog for us…..she ignored me after all and I had her leash!  It was hard but she was in foster care so I felt better about passing I send an email to the foster mom and explained I didn’t think she was a good fit with out family.  She thanked me for being honest and told me with such a good head on my shoulders about adopting a dog we would be a great family for whomever we saved.  That made me feel so much better because I felt a lot of guilt.

My friend Traci knew we needed a small dog and not a puppy but a younger dog she looked at all the shelter around us our County shelter seems to only have Pit Bulls up on their website which is whatever but we couldn’t get a big dog.  I came to the conclusion that all the small dogs get adopted pretty quickly since being in a metropolis with lots of apartments those are apartment size dogs.  Which brings us to….the Ross County Humane Society….Traci sent me two pictures of small chihuahua mixes they were both adorable one female one male. I went that Saturday…..we asked to see the dogs and were pointed to a room with 10 (I think) cages it was quiet until we opened the door.  Then a rush of barking took over I immediately saw the one we asked to take him out and it was love at first sight.  He was great with the shelter cat in the hallway and was excited to go outside then rushed to get us back inside as if he said ok Mom sign me out!

So I did it literally took less than 30 minutes to fill out one form, get his chip and make an appointment to get neutered.  $132 included the surgery and his license, all I needed was his rabies shot which we got that Thursday when he went to get neutered.

I did get him a license for our county too ….

So ladies and Gentleman meet our punk rock dog …… Sid Vicious

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He was so happy on that long ride home 🙂 

He fits right in with our little family, we walked him so much the first day we had him he planted himself under out front bushes and didn’t want to go anymore LOL 

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The next day we took him to a dog park…then walked around downtown Grove City and even got him his own ice cream 🙂 

He is a cuddler…

I think he picked his favorite SHHHHH …

We have found that he is not fond of other dogs or squirrels and his arch nemesis is a pigeon that sits just beyond where he can reach and mocks him. 

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He loves people though we just need to work on his jumps and over-licking! 

 

Then there is this guy…

They get along just fine really but stubborn Paddy refused to be in the same room although he did stalk here on the stairs or in the hall way.  Today almost a month later though we have gotten to this!  My friend Traci said they look like Garfield and Odie…. ha yes they do! 

So now we are a family of one dog, one cat and one beautiful blue fish 🙂

***Update Periwinkle the Blue Beta has left the fish bowl she was a beauty and will be missed***

Spring Break 2017 Thursday

We have tried to go to the Newport Aquarium so many time the last two years that I decided nothing was keeping us from going this time ! Even the long line waiting to go in 🙂

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We were pretty excited for this one we planned on, the ice cream shop, Barnes and Noble and all the other places on the Levee!

https://www.newportonthelevee.com/

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By the time we got in we were starving so we ran past everyone (it was so crowded it was tough to get through) but made it to the cafe and looked at the brochure to see what all we could visit.

That’s when Py seen where she could walk above the sharks….so we did that first!  Or she did that first Phoebe would have none of it LOL 🙂

Once she got through that we were send out the front and had to re-enter the building it was awesome this time no one was around we could take our time and not bump into 100 people!

We walked under the sharks and saw them in a huge tank, they were amazing but not as amazing as this smiling guy ~

IMG_6726Sting Rays are my favorite (I love the Manatee tank at the Columbus Zoo just for these smiling stingers!) And if you are ever in the Sawmill area of Dublin https://aquariumadventurecolumbus.com/  these guys have some in the store!

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These fellows had a case of the smiles too!

Well one did the weird nosed turtle looks more annoyed than smiley. 🙂 HA!

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How do these kids measure up ?

Yes we saw Mighty Mike the abnormally large American alligator…..according to the website because as I write this I could not remember …. “Mighty Mike is more than 14 feet long and 800 pounds”  He had a few smaller friends in his tank too!

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Phoebe wanted to see the penguin show more than anything so when it was time we ran over and got a seat…

We watched these little $%^&*&&$%^’s for maybe 20 minutes waiting for a “show” like does someone come out and teach us about them? Is there music do they Happy Feet around?? ….Nope just wondered aimlessly and teased us by pretending they would jump and didn’t unless you looked away for one second! then they would jump.   But the 8yr old absolutely loved it ~

We were able to touch some little sharks at the Shark Central Exhibit.

The jellyfish were gone but they still had this rad lamp !~

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Glow lights! that’s a prehistoric glow thing….yeah we were just amazed at my hair glowing!

We fell in love with the sea horses and the starfish! Phoebe even made her own Seahorse at the Seahorse Creation Station they emailed it to her along with coloring pages too!

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They were just cool…the whole area was

http://www.newportaquarium.com/Things-To-Do/Exhibits/Seahorses-Unbridled-Fun

Hello there little peas!

Touching the stars ….

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Took a break and let the Pheebs play in the Frog Bog and the coolest Frogger game ever! (Yeah I played too 🙂 )

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That was fun took about 4 hours to go through maybe 5….

It was a grey day but it never rained until the ride home so we hung out at the Levee for a few hours…

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Ice Cream, Books …… and Batman 🙂 

Definitely worth the drive …. and we will be back! (lots of stores we missed!)