Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 Lay's Do Us A Flavor contest

Once again Lay's would like their customers to "Do Us A Flavor" and vote to save one of their four new offerings. In 2013, finalists voted on three new flavors, Chicken and Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and Sriracha. Of those three, Chicken and Waffles was my favorite, but Cheesy Garlic Bread ultimately won.

This year our flavor choices include Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cappuccino, Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger. Not only are we getting new flavors, but there's new textures as well. The Mango Salsa chips are being offered as Wavy Lay's and the Wasabi Ginger are a thicker and crunchier Kettle Cooked chip. Let's dig in and find a favorite!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Visiting Jon, Jess and the kids in Napa - Part 2

Theresa, Ian and I are up in Napa visiting my brother and his whole family.

After spending the morning at the house, we packed a picnic lunch and headed to Alston Park. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Visiting Jon, Jess and the kids in Napa - Part 1

Theresa and I took off work a little early this week so we could drive up to Napa to see my brother and his family.

Since we were driving, Theresa and I tried to plan it out smartly. Ian goes to sleep around 7:30pm and traffic in LA is lighter at 7:30pm, so we put Ian in his jammies and took off late. By the time we got to the freeway from our house, Ian was already asleep. He stayed asleep for the whole ride which meant for the entire 6 hour drive, we didn't have to stop once. The drive itself was uneventful besides a few stretches of the road where there was a strong crosswind that was blowing all the 18 wheelers all over the road. We arrived around 1:30am with Jon greeting us in the driveway and we immediately went to bed. Just because we haven't slept, I don't think Ian is going to give us a break. He'll still be up at his usual 6:30am.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Disneyland After Dapper Day

Good morning! After a nice long night of sleep for Theresa and Ian and a short night of sleep for me after getting in late from hanging out with friends, Ian woke us up at 6am.
Peekaboo!

 He's always so happy in the morning.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort - Part 2

Let's see, where did we leave off I think we had just finished swimming in the pool and headed back up to the room. I can't remember exactly what time we headed up to the room, but we've been running around all morning and once we got there Ian passed out. We had discussed meeting Sean and Kelly at 4pm, but he just kept sleeping. By 4:15 T and I stopped being so quiet and started getting ready ourselves. He woke up not long after that and we headed in to the parks. I checked with Kelly and it turned out Sophie had the same idea about sleeping late.
The Disneyland Band was making their way down the street as we were headed in.

Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort - part 1

It's Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort. Well technically it is a Fall Evening Soirée this time. The organizers realize that it's still really hot in September in Southern California and instead of being a full day event, most of the meetups are held after sunset. Since we've got a home base at the Grand Californian, we're going to be changing into our Dapper clothes later today.

It's unfortunate that babies don't understand the concept of sleeping in. Even though we're on vacation, Ian still insists on waking up by 6am. Ugh. At least he sleeps through the night. It's very nice having a Starbucks in Downtown Disney right outside the hotel. T and I both grabbed coffee and went looking elsewhere for breakfast. Wetzels was still closed and we really just wanted something quick.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The day before Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort

Tomorrow is Dapper Day at Disneyland. What is Dapper Day? It's an unofficial event that started back in February of 2011 where people come to the park dressed in their best stylish outfits.
Definition: dap·per
Adjective: neat and trim in appearance; very spruce and stylish
One of the great perks of coming to the park during this time are the deep discounts at the park hotels. By getting a convention rate, the DapperDay.com organizers have been able to offer rooms at very reasonable prices. Normally rooms at Disneyland's nicest hotel, the Grand Californian, start at $450 per night. Theresa and I have always wanted to experience it, but living just 30 minutes away, that's always been hard to justify. With the Dapper discount that dropped to only $225 per night. Still expensive, but much easier to swallow.

Theresa and I left work a little early, picked up Ian, and showed up about an hour before the 3pm check-in time.