Teepee? Tent? House of wonderful?

Pineapple recently received a wonderful gift from her very special Aunt Tay Tay. That gift came in the form of a teepee/tent/florally pink parachute material structure that is currently taking up the middle of her bedroom. And let me just say – she is PLEASED as PUNCH!

Pineapple has been having so much fun in her tent. And it’s a GREAT toy because it can be set up nearly anywhere, moved around easily – it’s super light – and it can even go outside in the yard on sunny days. It’s also nice because it gives her an opportunity to be creative.

Last night, she was in the tent and I was laying with only my top portion inside (because let’s be honest…I’m not exactly kid tent sized anymore) and she informed me that she wanted to go “night night.” So, I got her a blanket, we spread it out on the floor of the tent and she proceeded to lie down and say “night night mama” and shoo me out the door.

I stood outside – and peeked in the mesh at the top – waiting for her to decide what to do next. A few moments later, a toy came flying out. It was a little bug on wheels. I rolled it back in and stood back. Out it came, again. “No, no, no bug!” I heard from inside the tent. At this point, I was attempting to silently giggle.

A few minutes of silence went by and Pineapple crawled out of the tent. She looked around the room for a second and then walked over to her miniature baby bed which was full of her babies. She grabbed two miniature blankets and a couple of babies, and toted them all back inside the tent – “shutting the door” on her way.

Next, I heard “night night baby!” and some smacking noises. I peeked in the meshing and Pineapple was arranging her babies all around the inside of the tent – “tucking them in” – rather forcefully, I might add – and covering them with the little blankets. Then she got herself comfortable and informed everyone that she was going “night night” and “shhhhh.”


Too cute.

So, thank you Tay Tay for all of the wonderful adventures Pineapple is sure to have in her tent! When I was little, we built forts out of the couch cushions and created caves underneath the trundle bed. A tent would have RULED.

I know Pineapple likes it – it’s pretty obvious:

Does your kiddo have a favorite, creative-play toy? Share your ideas!


The Chipmunks & Chipettes Will Rock You Like a Hurricane…or so I hear

Did you hear? Alvin & the Chipmunks – The Squeakquel is out on DVD and Blu-Ray disc today! I know this because my friends over at Fox Home Entertainment sent me a copy of the movie and boy did we watch it!…again…and again…and again. :p

The “munk-munks” as they are now fondly referred to around our house were a HUGE hit – to say the least. A while back, I did a review of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and I mentioned that Pineapple went ballistic over the preview for The Squeakquel…well, she didn’t disappoint when the movie arrived in the mail.

As soon as we put the film on and Alvin, Simon and Theodore appeared on screen, she started the squealing – and the dancing! She was jumping and jiving and bouncing around the living room and pausing every so often to squeal and scream and point at the “munk munks.” And even better? I wasn’t bored at all.

The Chipmunks are adorable…Alvin, Simon and – my favorite – Theodore. They are too cute for words and there are some really adorable, funny moments. The songs are great, too! Particularly when the Chipettes join the scene (I seriously cannot hear “Put a Ring On It” without hearing chipmunk squeaks!)

But my favorite song from the film is Alvin’s “cheeseballs” song, sung to the tune of “Stayin’ Alive.”

SIDE NOTE: We are referring to that song as “Tay Tay’s theme song” (that’s my niece) because Alvin sings about how delicious cheeseballs are and sings “Get in my belly – cheeseballs get in there!” Given that my niece has a hollow leg and can enjoy whatever the heck she wants to eat, she thinks this is hilarious!

Even though the chipmunks deal with some pretty difficult issues – like fitting in, popularity, double-crossing, missing parents, and other family problems – they are balanced by some equally silly moments – like the boys riding in the mixer as if it were a gravitron, and dutch ovens (Nooooo! Not the dutch oven!). The girls get sucked in by that ROTTEN Ian Hawke – he is a serious stinker – and despite warnings from the boys, they stick with him until they learn the hard way that he is a serious bad guy – THAT STINKER!

It’s a cute, fun movie. Don’t expect to experience any raw emotion (though you might feel some heartstring tugs when Theodore is left to sleep on his own while Alvin & Simin argue) but do expect some laughs and the undeniable urge to jump up and dance along with the “munk munks.” If you’re lucky, like me, you’ll hear some serious squealing from your wee one(s)!

Now on to the good part….want a copy? I KNOW you do! I’ve got 5 (count ’em 5) copies from Fox Home Entertainment to give away!!!

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    XOXO Rachael

    UPDATE: Sorry I’m not getting the winners list up until today! The Easter bunny hijacked my weekend 😛 so without further ado….the winners are:

    • Commenter #40: Katie (Mostly-Mommy)
    • Commenter #71: Amber Porter (@skipthelaundry)
    • Commenter #19: Heather Garland (@hgarland)
    • Commenter #73: DEBIJOT (@debijot)
    • Commenter #6: Andrea Paetkau (@ampaetka)

    Shoot me an email with your deets (pababble (AT) gmail (DOT) com) and I’ll make sure you get your copy of the SQUEAKQUEL!


    Wordy Wednesday (Sorry, ‘word-LESS’ Doesn’t Work For Me)

    February was an interesting month for Pineapple. I was travelling quite a bit – to both the Blissdom Conference and the Mom 2.0 Summit – and then we had a memorable trip to the beach. She wasn’t sick too much resulting in an over-all pretty active time for her  (though she did develop ear infections and a bit of a cold in the last week or so – *sigh*). She also exchanged Valentines – hers were a tiny package with strawberry applesauce, 3 strawberry marshmallows, and a little card with kitties and puppies. She got to spend some time with her Aunt Tay Tay, Uncle PP, and her Lulu – all of whom have odd names, clearly, but love her too, too much! She’s walking well – talking up a storm! – and has even turned into a little mimic (last night she was crossing her arms like mommy). All of these new advances have also led to some pretty serious preferences….and fits…but with some help from my mom friends on the interwebs, Parenting, and several conversations at those blogging conferences, we’re learning to manage it. I hope everyone else had a lovely month o’ love….as you can see, everything was coming up roses for my Pineapple!

    On a seperate note – I’d love to hear what others did for their child’s Valentine exchange. Pineapple received one that was a small box of raisins with a heart sticker – I thought that was brilliant! Please share!!!