I’ve always enjoyed the time I spend at the Lloyd Center Mall. And what’s even greater is that I am constantly finding out new things on offer there. For example, I had vaguely heard whispers about the Momtopia program but never really looked into it. Until yesterday. And boy was I happy I did stumble upon this. It’s all about the importance of being a mom, but simultaneous to that, of being a woman with needs too. It’s about making extra time for us by either finding easy entertainment possibilities for our kids, or just doing something totally for ourselves.
So when I discovered the online section on some tried and tested ideas for kids on rainy days, I knew that would be perfect for me, as it would be something new to keep my kids busy (and out of trouble)! One of the ideas was preparing food with the kids. Now, of course Ethan is a little young (they suggested the youngest age being two) but Jayden is for sure old enough. He started by cleaning the veggies (and eating some cucumbers along the way – it’s always been his favorite food!) and also measuring the dry ingredients (although much of the flour spilled on the floor but I didn’t make a big deal out of that). And then, once we’d made a quiche (with zucchinis by the way, not cucumbers!) he was so excited to eat it. I think he ate more at that one sitting than ever before. Clearly the advice on Montopia about getting kids involved in food preparation is a good one.
I’m looking forward to learning more about how to take care of my kids – and myself – through Momtopia; another great gift from the mall, this time one that didn’t burn a hole in the credit card!
Being the movie manic I am, I’m getting quite excited about the upcoming Annual Portland International Film Festival. Now in its 35th year, there are going to be a ton of different movies to choose from and I’m for sure not planning on missing out!
It’s set to start in a couple of days’ time and run until February 25th. Featured films will be from 36 countries and there will be 140 films on show – 93 features and 46 shorts – so there has to be something for everyone. The trick is, to find something that both Daniel and I will be able to enjoy as a couple; that’s always a bit tough! But you never know, with all those movies, there must be something! I’ll keep you posted! And in the meantime, I’m for sure going to see Breathing (the one that got the Canes Best European Film award).
So of course Daniel had to watch the Super Bowl, even though the Steelers weren’t in it (did I mention that he spent the first two years of his life in Pittsburgh?) and I’m not even sure he enjoyed it so much but still, he’s American and the Super Bowl is as much tradition to American men as pie is really. I didn’t watch it and nor did the kids (although he did get Jayden to watch a bit of it – with a bribe of getting a new playmobil character!
Anyway I got involved in something so much truer to my heart but with a “Super Bowl” theme. The Souper Bowl of Caring – a charity that began over two decades ago – set up to feed the hungry. I had never even heard of this until this year when I read an article about its humble beginnings when seminary intern Brad Smith said a prayer at a Presbyterian Church in Columbia: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.”
It’s come a long way since then. So many people are involved in its cause; it’s a real equalizer. But how does it connect to Portland? Well, a guy called Brad Larsen (an ex-Weber State sports information director) started collecting cash for the Utah Food Bank last week at the Weber State-Portland State men’s basketball game, raising over $300, as part of this project.
So I’m wondering what we can do too. Jayden and I started making cupcakes that he wants to give out to anyone on the street who’s walking by (which I just thought was cute) and I just wrote a check to Souper Bowl of Caring – for $201.2! Get it, for 2012! Next year maybe I’ll get my act together and do something a bit more hands-on, but for now, this is good.
Wow, it seems like Portland really is the place to be vis-à-vis the filming of TV shows. First Portlandia, then Superheroes and now American Idol! Last week saw the show come to Portland for the first time ever! So I wanted to know, who could I maybe spot in our local supermarket who would be appearing on the show?
There was Brittany Zika. She was the one who sang with Sara Bareilles onstage (that was the one who made me laugh as she tripped trying to get up to her metal cylinder of doom). Anyway back to Zika – she had a stunning voice – everyone thought so, as she sang Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.”
So you never know, I might actually get to see her around town!
Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if super heroes were to come to Portland? Well for sure Jayden would be extremely excited and that would make me and Daniel happy too. Well, I just found out that in a way they are. Taki and Olivia are going to be starring in a show called Takio and will be fighting crime in Portland streets. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, these cool super heroes will be fitting in crime-fighting to their school schedules.
When Takio airs, I definitely want Jayden to see it. As it is, he is obsessed with Spiderman, so if he can learn about a super hero who is doing good things in our community and “pewing the bad guys” as he would say, then why not? Looks like it’s going to be fun and somewhat educational at the same time.