1st Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

October 26th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in baby | Family | holiday - (4 Comments)

Our little dude was born shortly after Halloween last year so this year will be his first time celebrating the spooktacular day.  We already have the costume ready and the trick-or-treat plans have been made (and will include Grandma from Idaho!).  So, of course, we took Gavin to the pumpkin patch for the 1st Annual Carr Family Pumpkin Picking Parade (yeah, I just made that up, so what?!).

After some Internet research we decided to head to Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, AZ.

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When we first arrived we picked mommy and daddy pumpkins.

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Gavin had a lot of fun playing in the pumpkin patch and really loved the hay!  So much that he started to eat it.

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At the farm Gavin got to pick a little pumpkin and decorate it.  We turned into competitive parents and tried to find all of the best stickers for our little pumpkin head.

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After elbowing all of the other parents out of the way we strolled around to look at the animals and took a little hayride.

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We had loads of fun at the pumpking patch and are looking forward to carving them up and roasting some pumpkin seeds.  YUUUMMM…..

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Here’s the slideshow with many more pics of the little guy.

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We loved visiting the OC and LA county fairs when we lived in California, but had never been to an Arizona fair until this past Sunday.  The AZ State Fair is currently in it’s 125th year and is one of the top 5 state fairs in the country (thanks Wikipedia)!

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Our favorite part of the fair experience is definitely the food.  This year some of the new offerings were (direct from the web site):

  • Chocolate-covered bacon
  • Deep fried battered bacon on a stick with gravy
  • Reindeer hot dogs
  • Deep fried scorpion plain or dipped in chocolate
  • Deep fried grasshoppers on a stick (All bugs that are FDA approved for human consumption)
  • Sauteed meal worms served on a bun w/BBQ sauce
  • Smoked lizard on a stick

I’m happy to say that we avoided all of those and stuck with the five basic fair food groups:

  • Bread: Giant Corn Dog breading
  • Meat: Giant Corn Dog
  • Dairy: Fried Cheese Curds
  • Fruits and Veggies: Brick of curly fries, fresh squeezed lemonade, “cherry” flavored Icee
  • Sugar: Cotton Candy

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Gavin had fun checking out all of the colors/sounds and various carny folk (by the way you’ll find some interesting pictures if you do a Google Image search for “carnies”).  Chanin and I took out a loan so we could afford enough tickets to ride the big slide, ferris wheel, and a really high swing.  Thanks to Chanin’s parents for watching the baby while we rode!

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Gavin’s favorite part of the fair was when he got to see and pet the animals.  We saw a lot of bunnies, cows, goats, and piggies.

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We’re already looking forward to the fair next year and hoping Gavin will be tall enough to enjoy some of the rides then.  And next time I’m going to find the elusive “Mexican Funnel Cake” stand!

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All of the pictures are below.  Enjoy!

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Walk for Wishes 2009

March 13th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in Announcements - (0 Comments)

Well, we’ve been pretty busy with traveling around and working!  We’ll try to get back to posting some more regular updates one of these days. 


We just wanted to send out one last call for donations for the Arizona Walk for Wishes that we’re participating in this Saturday.  The walk benefits the Make a Wish Foundation.  We’ve already received some donations and are extremely grateful for those!  Thanks!


Our page is located at http://www.active.com/donate/azwalkforwishes09/jamesandchanin


And you can read about the walk we completed last year here: http://www.loscarrs.com/?p=31.


Thanks for reading and for cheering us on!

Baby Showers and More

October 15th, 2008 | Posted by admin in baby - (0 Comments)

We’ve been sooo busy getting ready and just haven’t taken the time to post recently.  Soon we’ll be posting pictures of our new arrival (due around November 10th now) and we’re really excited.  Chanin is still working on painting the room and it’s just about done.  And I recently put up a ceiling fan and will be putting up some shelves soon.  We hope to have some more pictures of the room next week but we’ll just have to see how it goes!

So, on to the baby showers:

First, we went to a baby shower which was put on by some of Chanin’s previous coworkers (at OC Child Support).  It was completely unexpected and we’re very grateful that they did that for us.  We received a lot of nice things and enjoyed some cake and punch.  The cake was really yummy!  After this shower we went on our “baby moon” vacation.

Then, when we returned from our vacation we had our next baby shower, which was thrown by Chanin’s parents and her younger sister Lori.  Most of the pictures are near the end of this post so keep reading.


We spent a lot of time preparing for this one.  Chanin prepared all of the games, which included:

  • A Candy Count
  • Make a Baby Out of Play-Doh
  • Baby Animal Name Match
  • The Price is Right
  • Baby Bingo
  • Guess What’s In the Diaper
  • Baby Food Match

The games were a blast and Chanin did a really good job getting everything ready.

For food Chanin and I made sandwiches which consisted of:

  • 2 6-packs of 14 inch wheat baguettes
  • 3 6-packs of 14 inch white baguettes
  • Salami
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Provolone
  • Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato

Luckily Aunt Roxy showed up just in time to help with the sandwiches since they were taking us much longer than expected.  We’re glad we chose to make them but we’ll remember for next time that 2 people can only do so much!  I guess this is just preparing us for a baby right?

The food turned out great so it was all worth it.  In addition to the sandwiches we had a lot of other things (some which were brought in by guests).  The other stuff included:

  • Pasta salad (thanks Don!)
  • Macaroni salad
  • Potato salad (thanks Mima!)
  • Pita and Bagel Chips
  • Hummus and Artichoke Dips
  • Fruit trays (thanks Roxy!)
  • Cake
  • Possibly some other things, sorry if I forgot you!

We have to give a special thanks to Chanin’s parents for the shower and support. And also to my Dad and Jennifer, and Mima for their special gifts.

It was great to celebrate with our family and friends and we had a great turnout.  We received many excellent, and much needed, gifts that we really appreciate.  And, our baby thanks all of you as well!

The Big Three-Oh

May 18th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

This past April yours truly turned the Big Three-Oh. Yep, I’m now 30 years old. Time sure flies. I feel like I was just in college not long ago, but it’s been 8 years since I’ve graduated. On the plus side I don’t really feel any older. Sure, I’ve already had two open heart surgeries, which are usually reserved for those about 35 years older than me, but I’m feeling good. I think I’ve got at least another good 50 birthdays ahead of me.

So, anyway, to celebrate the occasion Chanin threw a birthday bash at our house. We had a good turnout and about 15 out-of-town guests were able to make it as well as our Maricopa friends (our neighbors).

Chanin planned a nice menu of tasty Mexican food.


  • ♦ Pot o’ homemade beans
  • ♦ Mexican rice
  • ♦ Marinated carne asada for the grill
  • ♦ Fresh fruit salad
  • ♦ Homemade salsa
  • ♦ Homemade pico de gallo
  • ♦ Jalapeño poppers (mmmm…bacon wrapped)
  • ♦ Birthday Cheescake (courtesy of my Mom and Mark)
  • ♦ Margaritas

I kind of slacked off when it came to picture taking duties. Normally, I’m all about taking pictures of food but since it was my party I mostly just relaxed and hung out with everyone. I even took a dip in our pool, which was the first time I’d been in since the water has been way too cold.

The party was a hit and everyone had tons o’ fun. Next year I think I’ll throw Chanin a 30th birthday party so she can just relax and have fun!

Shout Outs

  • ♦ Thanks to my lovely wife Chanin for all of the hard work and preparation. All of the food was yumtacular. I just made that word up, I’ll try to never use it again.
  • ♦ Thanks to Eric for helping with the grill duties, the meat turned out perfect.
  • ♦ Thanks to my mum and Mark for bringing that cheescake from The Cheescake Factory. That was a nice and unexpected treat.
  • ♦ Thanks to Ruben and Karen for helping with the party supplies.  That was some fancy decoratin’!
  • And thanks to everyone for the birthday gifts and for just making the trip out here! We hope to see all of you again really soon!

Angels Spring Training Fun!

March 27th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Even though we now live in Arizona we’re still ANAHEIM Angles fans. Yeah, I said Anaheim Angels not Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That’s just lame. So, anywho, a while ago I was on a plane (reading the airline magazine) and I read about the Cactus League in Arizona. There are 17 major league teams that are a part of the Cactus league and hold their Spring Training in Arizona. We checked out the schedule and bought tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks versus Angels game. Since we’re Arizonians(?) we figured it would be cool to also see the Dbacks (as we Arizonians call them) play our old “hometown” team.

The stadium is really nice and all of the seats offer great views.


Randy Johnson pitched for the Dbacks and received lots of cheers. That guy is tall!


Figgins on 2nd.


A panoramic shot of the stadium.


The game was good and was tied through the 9th. In the bottom of the 10th inning the Angels got a run and the win.

We had a lot of fun and we’ll definitely go to a game or two next season. Aside from seeing a good game we also got to eat some tasty junk food which included nachos and cotton candy. After all, isn’t the junk food the reason we all REALLY go to baseball games? Or is it the beer? I think it’s the beer because the people in front of, and behind, us must’ve drank a combined total of 15 bud lights.

2008 Arizona Walk for Wishes

March 15th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Make a Wish Foundation and supported us in the “Walk for Wishes!” We really appreciate the support and we’re proud of ourselves for completing the 5K walk. Over $74,000 was raised this year and that money will go toward granting wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses.

The walk took place on March 8, 2008 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe AZ. The weather was a little cool in the morning but turned out to be really nice. It had been a looooong time since either of us walked that far and we were sore for a few days after. We look forward to doing it again next year!

Here’s a picture of Zack, the little guy who inspired us to get out there and walk:


The beginning of the walk:


View of the park:


Us after completing the walk: