Birthday Surprise! Nintendo Switch!

My son recently turned 12, and he really wanted a Nintendo Switch. We looked everywhere for one, but they were sold out everywhere.

His birthday passed, and we couldn’t get it for him. Until one day…

I love his response (and his brother’s response). Makes me smile every time I watch it.

What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given?

My Despicable Me 3 Review

Last Friday we took the kids to see Despicable Me 3. We opted for this one over Cars 3 because we thought it would be more interesting for the parents. Not sure about that, though. We still haven’t seen Cars 3, so who knows.

Here are my thoughts on Despicable Me 3:

  1. 80s Music for the Win: One of my favorite parts was the soundtrack, especially the 80s music. Since the Villain is stuck in the 80s, the music gets a thumbs up from the parents. Who can argue with Bad, Take on Me, 99 Luftballoons, and Into the Groove? There are also eight Pharrell Williams and a few Minions songs stuck in there, too (unfortunately).
  2. Minions Bore Me: I found myself just wishing the minions parts of the movie would get over. They almost never help with the plot, and it seems like cheap filler content to get the movie up to a respectable 90 minutes.
  3. Great Villain…questionable plot: Balthazar Bratt is a former child television star (from the 80s) and is stuck in the past and bent on world domination. The character is great. His jumpsuit, shoulder pads, and parachute pants complement his mullet and give some new humor to the franchise. The plot, however, was iffy. I don’t want to give anything away, but when you bring in a long lost twin brother with a secret, you’re pretty much out of great ideas.

Overall, the movie wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would be. It could have been the fact that we waited forever to watch it because when we arrived at the theater, there were only 4 seats left. So we sat around for the next showing. By the time we got in the theater, I was sleepy. I may (or may not) have fallen asleep during part of it. But I don’t think I missed anything.

If your kids like Minions and the other Despicable Me movies, they’ll probably like this one, too. You might not, though.

Have you seen Despicable Me 3? What did you think of it?

Do You Remember “The Greatest American Hero”?

Who remembers “The Greatest American Hero”? I know I do. I used to watch it when I was a kid.

I often feel like Ralph, the guy who got the super hero costume and lost the instruction manual. Can you say “Trial and error, baby?” So often it feels like my life is like that. I guess you’ve got to keep plugging away.

Hopefully my errors are comical to others. At least they can get some laughs out of my mess ups.

Did you watch the show?

Read more about the Greatest American Hero on Wikipedia.

GoPro on a Hula Hoop

Every once in a while I get the urge to do something interesting with my GoPro. Yesterday was one of those days.

I decided to tape my GoPro to my daughter’s hula hoop and see what happens. She’s getting pretty good at the Hula Hoop, so I thought she’d be able to keep it up for a while. I was right.

We got a TON of painter’s tape (the only tape I had around the house) and just secured the GoPro as good as we could to the hoop. I set the camera up to record 60 frames per second at 1080p (I have a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition), and then after I got the video into my phone, I slowed it down a bit on iMovie and saved it again at 1080p.

I’m no DevonSuperTramp (his hula hoop video is awesome!), but it was fun to do and made us smile. I love the look on my daughter’s face as she concentrates on keeping the hoop going.

Do you have a GoPro? Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever made a video from?

Super NES Classic Coming Again?

There’s all sorts of nostalgia happening in the world right now. I’m trying to resist the urge to go to a Vanilla Ice concert at the State Fair coming up, but I might not be able to resist getting a Super NES Classic when it is released this September.

According to this article on TechCrunch, Nintendo will be releasing a Super NES Classic console on September 29.

Of the list of games that is coming with it, I’m most excited about Mario Kart and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Since my kids got a Nintendo Switch earlier this year, they’ve been playing Mario Kart Deluxe and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I need to get this to take them back to the roots of their games.

What about you? Are you excited for the NES Classic Console?

Check out more here.