Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: Angry Birds Go! Pig Rock Raceway

Noah's an Angry Birds nut. The Hubs has him hooked. We have every version of the game on the iPad. We've enjoyed the Angry Birds Star Wars Telepod playsets. The latest in the Angry Birds family is Angry Birds Go!  The birds get mobile now!  In this game, the birds have go-karts to help them triumph over those pesky pigs.

Noah was over the moon when our friends at Hasbro Games sent us Angry Birds Go! Pig Rock Raceway to play with.  From a set up perspective, this was a pretty easy one to put together.  Noah probably could have done it himself but there are a few stickers that needed to be added so I took over the set up responsibility. I have a thing about the stickers being put on correctly. The kids played for hours with it.  It's still set up in Noah's room, weeks later.  Santa even brought him extra Angry Birds Go! carts for Christmas to use with this playset.  And what I love most about this set.....both kids can play at the same time! There's no fighting over who's turn it is or yelling over not sharing. Noah and Emmy loved seeing who's kart would cross the finish line first!

Angry Birds Go! Pig Rock Raceway allows you to race head to head in order to topple the pirate pigs. Obstacles and pirate pigs stand between your kart and the finish line! Then use the Telepod technology to teleport your favorite kart into the Angry Birds Go! app. Angry Birds Go! Pig Rock Raceway retails around $29.99.  It comes with 2 kart, one that is exclusive to this set. Make sure to download the app for your electronic device, grab your kart and GO!

Thanks Vanna!!!
All set up, ready to race
Hello Mr Piggy
They loved it!!!!
Thanks again to our friends at Hasbro Games for this opportunity! Noah just can't get enough of it!!!

Disclaimer: I was provided an Angry Birds Go! set in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% mine (and Noah's) and 100% honest. 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

My best NYE ever

I spent yesterday in my pajamas enjoying everyone's NYE pictures and stories.  I loved seeing everyone all dressed up and having a good time.  I even found myself wishing I was in some of those pictures.  But the more I found myself drifting away with those thoughts, I was brought back to reality by the voices of my sweet children.  And you know what?  In that instant, it hit me.  I wouldn't have traded our NYE for anything in the world.

After I got home from work (which ended up being a few hours later than I had hoped), we took the kids to our favorite pizza place.  My gluten intolerance didn't like this choice but I wasn't letting that get in the way of our fun.  After having a great time at dinner, the kids wanted dessert but Yogurtland and the ice cream shop near by were closed.  So on to our back up plan....McDonalds ice cream cones!  My kids can eat ice cream like its their job.  On the way home, the Hubs and I were trying to explain the significance of NYE to the kids.  On a whim, I said that this would be the only night that they can stay up as late as they want.  You would have thought I gave them the keys to the world.  Noah exclaimed "I'm a grown up now!!!" Emmy was just excited that we weren't going to force her into bedtime.

The Hubs watched some football and the kids watched Disney Channel.  I finally got to see Up and Wall-E.  Noah looked like death warmed over but he was determined to stay up til midnight.  I might have cheated a little and took a quick 30 minute nap on the couch.  We switched the channel just in time to start the countdown to 2014, although I'm not quite sure Noah saw it drop.  He was practically asleep on the couch.
Still hanging in there
As the ball dropped, I got to share a New Years kiss with the loves of my life.  I wasn't out watching fireworks and sipping champagne in my sparkly outfit.  I was in baggy sweatpants, hair a mess, covered by my children on the couch with my husband on the loveseat. I wasn't at a swanky party but I was at the most amazing party I can think of.  I was with the people that bring me the most joy and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014

As the world welcomes in 2014, I can't help but look back on the past year and think it was a good one. Sure there were some rough spots and even some things that I would like to forget. But over all, I'm pleased with where 2013 has taken me. I've been able to make amazing memories with my family and friends. I've made career changes that I'm thankful I made. I was constantly reminded how brave and strong my patients are. I've also been reminded how fragile life is.

While I'm sure I made resolutions this time last year, we all know I haven't kept a single one.  So this year, I'm not going to make resolutions.  I'm not going to make promises I can't keep.  I'm not going to set myself up for a feeling of failure come this time next year.  Instead I'm going simply enjoy this next year.  Make memories with my family. Do everything to make myself a better wife, mother, and most importantly, a better version of myself.

I know what I'd like to accomplish.  I know where I'd like to see myself a year from now. And I know I can achieve all of these things.

Here's to an amazing 2014.  May it be filled with love, laughter, and memories!