Posts tagged ‘Oscar’

May 8, 2011

A Mother’s Day Adventure

Whenever possible, I enjoy finding new places to go and new things to do. I especially enjoy finding new places for us to experience as a family. So when Alex asked if there was anything I wanted to do for Mother’s Day this year, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Sandy Lake Amusement Park. This place isn’t exactly new, 40 years old to be exact. But we had never visited this old school amusement park before, even though it’s only half an hour from our house.

I found a coupon on their website allowing us to get in for free (typically costing a whopping $2 per person). Free admission? Hello, I was all over that. If this place stinks, we can just turn around and go home, no money spent.

So we pull up, hand them our coupon and drive through the gate. Where are we? And what year is it? It was surreal. We felt like we had stepped onto the set of Adventureland. (Great movie!) Simon was so excited I thought his head was going to explode.

Once you are in, each ride takes between 3 to 5 tickets, and tickets cost 50¢ each. We immediately went to the ticket booth and bought the biggest book of tickets you could get – $20 for 44 tickets. It took Simon a long time to figure out what ride to do first. It’s an important decision, you know. But once he started, he went very quickly from one ride to the next. There were no lines!!! We blew through those tickets in less than an hour. Oscar even got in on the action.
After doing the rides, we walked over and checked out the arcade, the miniature golf course and the paddle boats. At this point we were all hot and tired and decided ending the day with a train ride around the park would be perfect.

Needless to say, the kiddos crashed as soon as we got into the car. It was a successful adventure and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

January 17, 2011

Oscar Eats: Linguini with Zucchini & Carrots

Ever since Oscar was born, I’ve marveled over how different our two kids are. Simon hit all of his milestones early, and Oscar is hitting most of them later. Simon tends to be a rule follower, while Oscar does everything he’s told not to do. Simon looks like me, Oscar looks like Alex.

But one of the biggest differences we’ve noticed is their eating habits. It has always been quite a task to get Simon to sit down and eat for longer than a few minutes at a time, much less actually try any food that isn’t a bread product. On the other hand, it’s difficult to keep Oscar away from the table. He always wants to be near food. We are constantly finding him in the pantry on his tippy toes, stretching his little hands out towards all the food that is just out of reach. Or we find him under the table foraging for any bits of food that might have fallen. And he absolutely has to be held by whoever is cooking so that he can see the bounty that awaits him.

Due to Oscar’s love for food and his willingness to try most things, I’ve decided to document him eating different foods and post the recipes for anyone looking for new dinner ideas.

This week you can see how Oscar liked Linguini with Zucchini & Carrots. Then check out the super simple recipe below and enjoy!

Linguini with Zucchini & Carrots:

1 zucchini, julienned

1 large carrot, julienned

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can diced italian tomatoes

1 small can tomato sauce (sometimes we add another can to make it a little more saucy)

1 lb. ground beef


Brown the beef with the onion and garlic; drain. Return to pan with tomatoes, sauce and carrots. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add zucchini and cook until tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Serve with linguini.

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