The Momma Diaries

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team Review #HolidayGiftGuide

It's been a long time since I really played a video game.  I was a die hard Nintendo fan back in the day.  I was recently sent the new Skylanders Trap Team, and boy how things have changed!  The technology behind this game is incredible, and the graphics are beyond astounding!  Completely different than my old Mario days!  

I wasn't sure if Lincoln would be able to play this, or if it would be too old for him.  What I didn't expect to discover, was he was actually way better at this game than myself!  He was teaching me how to play!  He definitely prefers to play with Daddy - because Daddy can keep up with him!  

Skylanders Trap Team Review Holiday Gift Guide

Here's some background info on Skylanders Trap Team:

"Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!"

Skylanders Trap Team Review Holiday Gift Guide

So, basically you're trying to "trap" the villains, and turn them into "good guys."  Can I just tell you how much Lincoln LOVES this concept?! I really do too.  

Here's what's included in the starter kit:

  • The video game
  • The Traptanium Portal™
  • Two Skylanders Crystal Guardian Figurines
  • Two Crystal Traps
  • Two character sticker sheets with secret codes to unlock Skylanders characters in the Skylanders mobile and tablet games.
  • Two collectible trading cards.
  • One collector’s poster
Skylanders Trap Team is available on the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, as well as Tablets!  Something else that is really cool, is if you have other Skylander games, such as Swap Force, their figures will work with Trap Team!!

Want to know my favorite thing about this game?  It's expanding Lincoln's vocabulary.  He has studied the poster that is included with the game, and he can tell you the name of every single character.  He still receives speech therapy in school, so I think this is just great! 

I'm including Skylanders Trap Team in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  It is definitely "Lincoln approved." He now wants all things Skylanders!! 

Disclosure:  I received a Skylanders Trap Team starter kit to facilitate this review.  All opinions are mine.




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mommy & Lincoln Date

Last week I had a very important date.  One I have been looking forward to for a long time.  A special date with my sweet boy, Lincoln!  Ever since we heard about Big Hero 6 coming to theaters, we started to plan our special day out.  Lincoln would seriously talk about it every single day.  He was so excited.  And honestly?  I think I was even more excited!! 

I was looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with my biggest.  While we love going out as a family, I think it's important to have these special little dates individually with your children.  Every so often, they crave that undivided attention...and I love giving it to them! 

Our day started off with a trip to Michael's.  I needed to get some craft supplies for their upcoming birthday parties.  He of course also managed to get an Angry Birds coloring book and some fox earmuffs out of me. We also picked out some fun holiday crafts to do together.  

Next we hit up Walgreen's - and we may have went a little bit candy crazy! We chose some of our favorites - Swedish Fish, Gummy Bears, Skittles, and TWO boxes of Reese's Pieces...because we both love them so much!  We also each got some iced tea.  

Then it was time to go to the movie!! We were armed with our iced tea and candy!!  We took a quick potty break before the show started....and took a little Mommy/Lincoln selfie ;)


The movie was fantastic, and I must say that I had the cutest little date in the theater!

On the way home Lincoln asked when we could have our next Mommy/Lincoln date - and he told me I drive better than Daddy.  He said Daddy's a crazy driver!  Silly boy!

I am definitely looking forward to many more of these special dates with my sweet boy.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Letter to my Baby Avery on his First Birthday

My sweet, sweet Avery bug,

Today you are ONE!  One year ago, I held you in my arms for the first time.  One year ago today, I stared into those beautiful big blue eyes.  One year ago, your little hand grasped my finger for the first time. One year ago, you snuggled your head against my chest, and I breathed in that sweet newborn smell on your tiny head.  One year ago you captured my heart and filled it with so much love.  One year ago you completed our family.






This year has been the fastest year of my life.  I knew it would be.  I've been told that with each child you have, the time passes all the more quickly.  The days are long and the years are short.  That saying cannot be further from the truth.  No matter how many times I tried to hit the pause button, time kept on ticking.  It seems like we are always in a constant battle with time.

You're our last baby.  I knew this from the very beginning.  I knew that all your firsts would be all of my lasts.  That's why I really, I mean really tried to soak up every single second.  I just don't ever want to forget.  There are so many things I have tucked into my memory.  So many sweet moments with you.  One of my favorites is in the middle of the night when you wake up crying.  Literally the second I pick you up, you rest your head on my shoulder and curl yourself right up in the fetal position. It's like you remember where you lived those first 9 months.  You close your eyes, and you smile.  Every single time.  I can't bring myself to put you back down.  I have to hold you close and rock you.  I stare at your sweet little face, and watch your eyelids flutter.  I stroke your head, and your tiny lips form into a sweet smile. You grasp my shirt with your chubby little hand.  I kiss the top of your head and inhale deeply, all while thinking to myself, "This is what it's all about. These little things.  These are actually the big things in life. Remember this moment!"  Your heavy body completely relaxes.  You know you are safe.  You know you are loved.


And oh how you are loved.  I thank God everyday for blessing me with you.  You truly are the sweetest baby ever.  You are the perfect final little piece to our family.  You are so incredibly happy. Your giggles and big belly laughs can always bring a smile to my face.


I adore watching you with your big brother.  Lincoln is absolutely your favorite person in the whole world. You light up whenever you see him, and your biggest laughs come from him. I can only hope the bond between the two of you will continue to grow stronger everyday.


Thank you for giving me the privilege to be your Mommy.  Thank you for completing our little family.  Happy First Birthday my sweet little buggy.

I love you to the moon and back.  To infinity and beyond.  Always and forever.

Momma




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