Scout mom/den leader/ committee chair

Somehow someway I went from being a standard scout mom to the den leader, and then committee chair. Don’t give me wrong it’s an amazing adventure with our boys and I love every moment we share together but I will admit I have nightmares about popcorn.  And the popcorn nightmares won’t end for a while I just picked up our show and sell order. The order took up most the space in my truck and now it fills my sons room.

It all started when my oldest was in 1st grade and came home talking about shooting bb guns and bow and arrows. So we went to the meeting to see what it was about. The then cubmaster talked about the end of the year trip to Kennedy Space Center to camp under the space shuttle Atlantis. I told my son – I didn’t care if he wanted to join now because we were and we were going to go to the end of the year trip. (mom goals – camp under space shuttle check!)  The year was fun. As parents we just helped out and hung out while the boys learned. The trip to Kennedy was amazing. Sleeping under the Atlantis was so breath taking and well awesome!

So we show up to the first meeting of the 2nd grade year and the cubmaster comes up to us and says that we are so involved and helpful and that the other den leader left so they chose us to lead the wolf den. In scouts you get voluntold to help. I was skeptical but we did it and had a great group of kids. By their bear year we were in the groove and my husband stepped up to assistant cubmaster. WEBELOS year my youngest started as a tiger. The next two years flew by as my oldest finished up with cub scouts and crossed over to boy scouts.  But as a den leader it wasn’t only my son but all the other boys in my den that had been with me for years. They will always be my boys! I’m so proud of the young men they are becoming and hope that I did something right in their cub scouting adventure.

Now my youngest is a bear and I stepped up to the committee chair position to run the pack. Not sure how it all came to be me leading the pack but somehow here I am. Stacks of popcorn boxes fill my sons bedroom as we how each weekend to sell more and clear them out.

We returned to kennedy this last May as another end of the year trip 5 years later and it was just as awe inspiring as i remember it. And this go round I got to share it with my husband and youngest son as well as all the wonderful friends we have made through scouting.  The families that I have come in contact with through working with the scouts are now like family. I am happy we started this journey with my oldest and hope it continues on for many year.


MegaCon 2018

This past weekend we attended MegaCon in Orlando this is our fifth year attending. We only get to go one day with the convention being on memorial weekend which is sad because when we started going it was during spring break and we got to attend all three days. Memorial day weekend is just so crazy and hectic to begin with and then Orlando everything is going on memorial weekend in the hotel we stayed in alone there was a FAMU event, a wedding, a river dance competition and who knows what else it was crowded.IMG_7191

Our first year of MegaCon we went because I had been following Wil Wheaton’s blog and he was going to be there. Now I may or may not of had a crush on Wil Wheaton when I was younger so we went and we had a blast. Now here we are my boys are a little older and love to cosplay, I love to make cosplay and we love going to these events. Unfortunately like I said it’s not convenient to attend on memorial day weekend but we still pull stuff together so we can get there for one day which is never enough time to see everything and we always miss the busy day with all the great costumes.

We have met Wil Wheaton, of course, Stan Lee, part of the cast of Flash, part of the cast from firefly. Sat in on some wonderful panels met some great people we also got a picture with the late Adam west the Batmobile & Robyn. Felicia Day was one of my favorite to meet! Her kids come first policy was so surprising helpful and wonderful! She was so sweet and smiley! This year we got a picture with Jason Momoa which of course was awesome! We had hoped to meet Jeff Goldblum but he did not stay for Sunday, the only day we could make it. My 10 year old was heart broken! He loves Jurassic Park! Dressed as Owen from Jurassic world to meet him.

I do like that they now offer family passes which are helpful!

The artist that attend are amazing! I wish I had unlimited wall space for all the great art!

We didn’t get to go to any panels this year. In the past we have gone to Wil Wheaton’s panel and my youngest while waiting in line to get into that panel threw his captain America shield and almost tripped will Wheaton which I tweeted and he return the tweet saying he’s just doing his job as a cosplayer and trying to take the bad guy down was awesome!

Adam West panel was hilarious and entertaining and such a joy that we got to go to it. The firefly panel was fun and Alan Tudyk came out and sat in to the crowd in the very beginning and joked around and just seeing people be real and knowing they’re not just stuck on the screen is refreshing. Michael Rooker was also a great panel listen to his behind the scenes of walking dead and guardians he was just funny. We have also been lucky enough to sit in to some Cosplay panels on how to and stuff like that which were really informative.

If you’ve never been to a con I say you at least need to try it once! People are so creative and to see the effort and enthusiasm and love that they pour into the costumes it’s just inspiring.

More on my Plate

So I’m making myself get more crafty and pushing to make amazing things! I’m currently working on making staffs, skirts, more bracelets, stickers, mugs and glasses!

I just want to immerse myself in the crafty, nerdy section of life! It is so much more alive and fun that office work. 🙂 I feel energized working on my projects.

When I get all this rolling well I will start offering custom costumes & cosplay.  It is so enlightening and exhilarating to see the finished product. So far I’ve created many for my boys and won a few costume contests with them. Look forward to helping others look great!

Also want to start making these mermaid blankets. Love how this one turned out!


Saturday was the second Mandarin MiniCon. This time I set up a booth to sell & show off my bracelets. Non sold but my costumes were a hit. The boys dressed up as Hiccup (younger & older versions) and Adeline allowed me to dress her as Astrid! 

I made the younger hiccup a few years ago for MegaCon. Made the older Hiccup for this years MegaCon. Made Astrid’s costume last week! I have fallen in love with crafting costumes! I don’t know how to put myself out there to do costumes for others though! Working with Worbla is so rewarding! 


Getting things Done

a selection of my bracelets... Hulk, Storm themed and various beads.
a selection of my bracelets… Hulk, Storm themed and various beads.

I’ve tried to keep myself busy lately, besides getting the kids in school and working my regular job, i’ve been making 1-2 bracelets a night.

I want to keep them all! I’m loving these combinations but I’m upping stock to have a booth at the Mandarin MiniCon Oct 3rd.

This will be my first experience with booth sales and I’m a little nervous. I’ve updated my Etsy shop and created a photo website. When the last server dropped I never made a new one – didn’t have the time. So now I’m trying to catch back up with everything!

So visit  my web pages, and my etsy shop, let me know what you think!!!


Getting myself in gear

With the start of the school year and my youngest now in kindergarten, I have set goals!

Posting more is one of them, crafting, and photography are others! It is time to take back me! Not just time to be a mom (which I love being) but time to be me!


Well where has the time gone? I blink and Halloween is almost here. Luckly my boys have picked out their costumes… No theme this year, Xander is going to be Kai from Ninjago and Lucca an army man (i may color him green) They want me to dress as Nya from Ninjago – we will see!  I want to dress as Laura Croft but may save that for Megacon. 

I have had so many blogs written in my head but my desk is buried and not so easy to write at!  I need to start writing down my ideas! Christmas craze, Black friday madness, customer service, gifted, Infinity game, etc…  to just name a few Ideas 🙂

Currently my sons and i are watching Pirates of the Caribean because we just got the lego Pirates game and they are wanting to learn more about the characters 🙂 

So Off i am to spend time with my boys!

Where is the Customer Service Universal?

What a summer we are having! The last few weeks have seem like non stop going and doing! My son turned 6 last week and I had an entire week planned for him. His dad had a work meeting for 3 days in Orlando so we planned around that.  I’ve been planning this vacation since my husband received the dates for his meeting back in early June. We drove down to Orlando saturday night & stayed at a Hampton Inn off Hwy 27 & I4. My boys thought that was the greatest! Sunday we got up and arrived at Legoland as they opened! Check my other post for all the goodies on the day!!!

Monday my husband had to check into to his meeting at 4pm so we planned the morning til 2:30 at Universal Islands of Adventure. Currently we are reading the first Harry Potter book  and Xander was so excited to go to that section even though he has seen a couple of the movies – reading it brings a whole new level of excitement. We knew we couldn’t go to the Universal studios side because my husbands pass has blackout dates since most of the time he has to work during blackout times anyways but the boys and I have regular prefered passes. We have been annual passholders for 3 consecutive years, plus on & off for 3 more before I had my boys. Image

We have always loved Universal & encourage friends and family to go their over other parks in the city. Big Universal supporter so imagine my surprise when my husbands pass said “BLOCKED” and he was told to go to guest services to resolve what ever issue caused the block. The universal guy standing at the entrance to the line asked what we needed so he could direct us properly. We explained what just happened and he said oh your pass is a power pass well you are blocked til next week. I informed him the website said only Studios was blacked out and he said it doesn’t matter what that says the parks mirror each other. That made me mad that the website would post incorrect blackout info. Though that turned out not to be the case, the worker was just ill-informed and didn’t seem concerned to have the correct info.

When we got to the window the employee checked the pass, she informed us that his pass had been canceled due to non-payment. I had forgotten that because he did not come to the park with us when I first got our passes his was purchased on a different card. That card was stolen in the spring and canceled. Upon receiving the new card we forgot the pass had been paid from it. The woman informed me that we were notified which I did not get any notification that there was a nonpayment on the pass. No email, snail mail or call. I’ve gotten other member info fliers and such in the mail but nothing informing me that the pass was about to be canceled.

Ok so all aside I asked her what we had to do to get current with his pass so we could enjoy our day. My son’s birthday outing with his dad before his dad had to go to work. This day had been planned for a while and now we were being told we couldn’t.

She checked the account and said because of the pass being canceled we would have to start all over with the down-payment on a new pass plus we would owe the back payment for the last pass. So to enter the park it would cost us $148.00. I could have walked away and to a ticket counter & purchased a day pass for $92 plus with my annual passholder discount. I tried to explain the situation but the woman said so sorry there is nothing she could do. Xander and my sister (who had also gotten a pass for the day) were already inside waiting on us. I asked again was there any other option and she said no we had to pay the back pay and the $100 to start a new pass. I was in tears – this was for my sons 6 birthday and now the day was ruined! I didn’t have $148 budgeted in for the park. So I ran in to take Xander to get a butterbeer and let him get something from the candy store in the Harry Potter section and we left not to return as I had planned the rest of our trip.

Since they were unwilling to work with us we went to the Lego Store at downtown Disney & let Xander spend his birthday money there. I’m still in deep thought on if I want to continue my sons and my own passes. If Universal cares so little about its customers that spend money to return again and again to their park then why do I bother?

I am extremely upset about the whole ordeal! A friend had a similar thing happen at Disney and they let them in anyways… Talk about a difference in customer service!

What would you do?


Lego Addict

Hello, my name is Susie and I’m a Lego addict! I can’t help myself, luckily my boys enjoy them as much as me!


We have many set and many many mini figures! I’m obsessed about making sure that I get the whole set for each mini figure series, we have 7-10 completed (except for mr. gold in set 10 😦 ) My husband and I have built 2 Lego tables and 6 frame shelves for mini figures. At first it was just one table in the corner now they are on 3 tables in 2 rooms 🙂 and I can’t stop. Unfortunately I got into the game late (started with regular Legos last summer when my son turned 5, we had Duplos before that) I missed out on all the Harry Potter Legos which made me very sad, also wanted the large space shuttle Lego set to hang next to my Space Camp group photo but missed that also! It’s the little things, makes me sad!!!

I’m not sure why I find them so addicting, I don’t build them really. I help my boys organize the parts and just set up what is needed for each page. I guess I’m the Lego contractor overseeing the build :). I love watching my sons play, they get so creative and the stories they create while they play are awesome and funny! If I could video tape no stop I would.

We play almost all the Lego video games, I play the Harry Potter Lego games on my iPad and my boys play StarWars, Batman, Indiana Jones on the Xbox. I LOVE the Lego movie “The Adventures of Clutch Powers” wish they would continue the story and go in search of his dad! We also Have the “Batman” & Starwars” Lego movies. You could say we are a Lego family. My husband has his set of video games he plays with friends though the other night when I asked him who he gamed with he said he didn’t play his games he played the Lego Batman game instead. So it’s not just me 🙂 Also we have the Lego movie app on the iPhone/iPad and are trying our hand at making movies. Got my 10 yr old nephew into it also, he isn’t doing bad at all! I have him publishing his on YouTube. Zombie Attack

To add to that next weekend we are going to go down to Legoland Florida. My sons are overly excited. My oldest turns 6 in 2 weeks so it is for his birthday. We can’t wait. I wish they had the hotel here also like in California that would be amazing! Hopefully one day. I’m looking forward to walking through all the shops and seeing everything! I will be taking my big camera, have to get pictures of all the amazing builds! What I can’t decide is if we want to go ahead and buy an annual pass or just do the day, with free kids.

So tonight I’m thinking about letting my boys build another set, yes we have a few unbuilt sets and a list of ones I want. The Family that builds Legos together has a great time 🙂

I hope to photo document our trip to Legoland 🙂 stay tuned for the trip!


The shelf we build for Misc mini figures from build sets :)…