Saturday, October 27, 2012

Free Ice Cream

How could anyone say no to free ice cream?

My wife told me that there was a new blog event for the Connective Circle coming up that would be held at Sub Zero Ice Cream. I am so there! This time, I did remember to ask what else is going on at the event. Not too bad, I think I could handle it. So when Thursday comes around, we are rushing to get there in time as our babysitter was a little late. We decided to go to McDonald's drive thru so we could hurry up and get food. Hurry was not in the cards of the workers that day. After 10 minutes of waiting, we were on our way again. I may or may not sped a little to get there on time. We got in line to check-in and then waited our turn.

When we got to the check-in table, I thought I was so cool because I had my own blog. Yes - I was an official blogger. When I told them that I was there with my wife and that I had a blog I was told, "Oh you most be one of the 'plus ones'". Did I look like a plus one? OK, in this case, I probably did. I informed them that I was registered as well. I was cool. I even got a bag full of cool stuff all to myself. We found a seat with Summer from Thanksgiving Point (one of the sponsors for the event). I noticed that I was one of about 3 guys at this event. Not too bad!

The other two guys were from one the sponsors. As soon as they gave away the gift that they had, they escaped out the door. I still didn't think that this was too bad as I was getting free ice cream and it was yummy. Then, they started to give away more gifts and my number was called. Yes, I won! As I started to go up, I learned that the stares that I got were the stares of "how did he win?". I hurried and ran back into my corner. I won a Connective Circle t-shirt and a bag of chocolate-covered cinnamon bears from Utah Truffles. My wife called dibs as soon as she saw them.

I got to meet a lot of great people at this event, like Shannon from Lucky Red Hen
and Jonie from Just Between Friends.


I can't wait for the next time.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tanks For You


My wife and I were talking one day about what we should do for our daughter's Halloween costume. The ideas started to fly. The year before, we found a duck costume at Costco for cheap. So, of course we went as hunters. Knowing that we had to up the stakes for this year, a scuba diver popped up. Since I love to scuba dive i joked about how we could take her on a dive with us.We both started to laugh. Yeah, we should use it when we go on a cruise and go diving. We were joking and trying to figure out how it could be made. What could we be that would go with it? We had a tradition going that we are the bad guys so, yep you guessed it - sharks.

We had the ideas now how would we build a scuba diver costume? My scuba gear would be way too big. Besides, the tank alone weighed more then she did and was taller than she was. Do they make kid wetsuits? How does a almost two year old walk in fins? Wow, this was going to be complicated. So, I kinda put it off thinking we were done with this idea. Little did I know that the wheels of crafting had started.

I went to work the next day not really knowing that this idea still had wings. When I get home, I learned the power of Pinterest. My wife had ideas on how to make the costume and has a list of everything that we needed. Ok, I guess she is going to be a scuba diver!

So it begins. The costume had to be painted first. If you know my dad, you know that painting is fun enough in his garage (not). But then I accidentally got spray paint on the floor. Crap how do you fix that? The light bulb went off move wood over it. Then I could at least have a chance to blame someone else.

After painting all of the pieces it was time to put it together. I learned that a glue gun can be your friend and enemy at the same time. Glue hurts when it finds your skin. After a lot of fun and challenges we finally were able to get it finished. If you want to see the tutorial visit my wife's site Artsy-Fartsy Mama