Category Archives: Family Adventures

Little Hoppy Visitor

Greys Tree Frog

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00470

We had a hoppy little visitor to our house today. No, it wasn’t a late Easter Bunny. It was a gray tree frog. This little guy appeared on our back patio after last night’s wind storm. I’m pretty sure that he got blown out of the tree or was on one of the branches that fell from the tree.

There were a large number of good sized branches that had come down from the tree. I picked up the largest ones early in the morning. Later on, andy wanted to play basketball so he picked up a bunch of the smaller one and when he was picking them up he accidentally picked up this frog and got a bit freaked out. I’m pretty sure the poor little guy was stunned from his falling from the tree. I nudged him over to the stone wall and then picked him up and put him in the leaves near the tree. He’d hop away on his own time.

We checked on him later and he was gone.

Later in the afternoon we went for a walk/bike ride. Andy had seen his younger cousin tooling around on her bike and he’s felt embarrassed that he does not know how to ride a bike without training wheels. So he asked me to take them off.

Mistake number 1.

I took them off and let him see if he could ride with a little help. He’s got no sense of balance on the bike, the bike is too small and he’s very afraid of falling. Oh, and I have no patience for teaching this. So I put the training wheels back on. However, the left wheel is loose and keeps moving. Andy leans on his left side the whole way around the block. Leans, nearly falls freaks out, over and over. We make it around the block and I tighten everything up again. Then the kids want to go around again. I say yes.

Mistake #2

Despite the left training wheel being nice and tight and rigid Andy now leans to his right the entire ride around the block. That wheel apparently was even more loose than the left one. He does not lean to his left at all on the very same route that we just took. By the time we got back around the corner I nearly put a free sign on that thing and stuck it in the yard.

Eva was a saving grace during the second trip around the block. She comforted Andy and encouraged him. I just couldn’t do it. I tried, I really did. I could not get into his head space of being so afraid of falling. When he did fall he was okay but he was just more afraid of falling. It was the longest trip around the block ever. I did not handle it well.

We’ll have to find an empty parking lot or some area where he has space to ride around and learn without being along the road. He also needs a larger bike. He was pretty much outgrowing his when he originally got it.

Meanwhile, Eva is riding really well. She spent most of her time on the ride waiting for us at every stop sign.

Family Night in Boston to See Onward

Onward and Onward

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00428

Tonight we went into Boston to see the movie Onward. It arrives in Theaters on Thursday. We adored this movie It was so heartfelt and genuine with great characters and complex family dynamics. It is an excellent family movie. We had advanced press screening passes to see the movie and I am very glad because this was a movie that Andy has been looking forward to seeing or a while. He’s been reading the books, mostly the one of puns and jokes, and mentioned it every time the commercial came on TV. I think he even convinced Allison to take him to McDonald’s because there was an Onward Happy Meal.

The movie stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as elven brothers Barley and Ian Lightfoot. They are on a quest to bring their father back for one day. As you can see from the commercials the spell does not go quite as planned so the go on this journey. There is so much more to the journey than what you see in the commercials. Here are a few videos that delve behind the scenes of the movie, but no spoilers.

The cast speaks about the movie.

Teaser Trailer

Oh and these guys are hilarious as they do a reaction video to their own movie trailer.

The movie was directed by Dan Scanlon who was the first Pixar director that I had ever met back on my very first Pixar trip with Disney. Back when I was a part of that crew. The trip was for Monsters University and I got to have a great conversation with Dan. The guy knows how to make emotionally touching movies from the heart. Or rather from his heart’s fire. This movie was inspired by livfe with his own brother. You can read the interview about the Monsters University Event and then please go and see Onward. It was very special. When the movie was over we all had our favorite part and it was the same for everyone. I bet it is for you as well. More about the movie below


U.S. Theatrical Release Date: March 6, 2020
Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Producer: Kori Rae
Composers: Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna

When teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, they embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed. Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020.