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October 25, 2010

I felt like a wholesome weekend was in order after I encountered this rather scary sight:

Yes friends, it appears that “Panda Express” is a now cross-dresser.  I was understandably upset.  I mean, what Panda Express does on his own time is his own business but I refuse to tolerate his behavior while he’s living under my roof.

So while Panda Express enjoyed a time out and no dessert, we took Maya to The Grove for some wholesome family fun. 

  • We shopped (or I shopped) while Maya and Ali trailed behind, wholesomely arguing and pushing each other. 
  • We had lunch at Cheesecake Factory where I wholesomely swore at the fact that Maya had to go potty  – numerous times – in quite possibly the dirtiest bathroom I’ve ever seen. 
  • We encountered not-so-wholesome Jason Alexander who once again reinforced my belief that most stars look nothing like they do on TV. 
  • We took photos at the conclusion of our afternoon, to commemorate our 4-hour wholesome family bonding marathon.

I was pleased that Panda Express was sufficiently repentant by the time we got home but then I encountered this even scarier sight, in the living room:

A scantily clad Fancy Nancy and Trampy Indian Barbie with a slit up the middle of her sari. 

I’m about to enroll my child in a strict Catholic school.  Seriously.

84 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 2:52 am

    Love the piece about the Panda. Too funny. Glad the family enjoyed the wholesome outing.

  2. October 25, 2010 3:10 am

    hahaha – you’re too funny. What kind of family would you be if you didn’t experience good wholesome fun like that?

  3. October 25, 2010 3:15 am

    Oh my God – there is too much here to laugh at! Love the panda. Hilarious. You are so pretty – I love your sense of style!

    And I still can’t believe you see all these stars…although I can imagine Jason Alexander looking unwholesome as you said…sigh, George no more (although he wasn’t ‘wholesome’ either!).

  4. October 25, 2010 3:19 am

    I wouldn’t blame Maya. I think the stuffed animals are just running rampant. Maybe it’s mating season and they can’t control their hormones. Who knows.

    At least you got a “wholesome” family weekend out of the ordeal!

  5. October 25, 2010 3:57 am

    I am so seriously relieved to read you when you write because it affirms that my daughter is acting normally and is not some freak of nature with the things she does.

    This was priceless.

  6. October 25, 2010 4:31 am

    1) I love the pic of you and Maya, so cute.
    2) I didn’t know there was an indian barbie 🙂
    3) Love the cheesecake factory, but have stopped going because about 70% of the time I get horrible stomach cramps after eating there 😦 its a shame cause i really like their eggplant sandwich.
    *kisses* HH

  7. October 25, 2010 4:42 am

    Aww sweet pic of Maya and her hot mama in the pumpkin patch!

  8. October 25, 2010 5:05 am

    Lol…Panda Express is kinky 🙂

    Okay, now you’ve got my attention: what DOES Jason look like in real life?!?

    • October 25, 2010 6:53 pm

      He looks kind of old and messy – if that makes any sense?

  9. October 25, 2010 5:06 am

    HA HA HA. It’s better than finding Barbie naked–ahem, between outfits–all over the place. She’s like that often, if I remember my childhood correctly.

  10. October 25, 2010 5:26 am

    Ameena, the picture of you & Maya is so cute. I’m in love with your outfit, esp. your flats!

    I want to go to The Grove just to look for stars and realize that they’re just normal-looking people. 🙂

    • October 25, 2010 7:11 pm

      Thank you Laura!

      I’m practicing taking compliments better…I think I’m making progress. 🙂

  11. October 25, 2010 5:36 am

    Panda is just experimenting. I’m sure he’ll turn out fine!

  12. October 25, 2010 5:36 am

    The dolls cracked me up!! Little hussies 😉

    Well, it sounds like a fun weekend – I’m hoping that we can take the kids to the pumpkin patch this week.

  13. October 25, 2010 5:44 am

    I can’t believe how often you run into famous people! I think the only one I’ve ever really seen is Jerry Springer at O’Hare airport. And you’re so right, he looked about 20 years older in person.

    Those dolls are definitely a bit disturbing. I tend to have the more masculine problem of swords and weapons of mass destruction strewn around my house for all to see.

  14. October 25, 2010 6:05 am

    Those Barbie clothes are scandalous! Looks like a great family afternoon, nevertheless… I saw David Schwimmer once in Beverly Hills and – agreed – most people like nothing like their TV characters when you see them in person. He was super grungy!
    PS – I love your sweater in this photo – wear is it from?!

    • October 25, 2010 7:13 pm

      Thank you Emily! The sweater is from Anthropologie.

  15. October 25, 2010 6:20 am

    Your sweater is way too cute!

    Fancy Nancy however needs a lesson in fashion.

  16. October 25, 2010 7:07 am

    fun outing! and i love maya’s tutu! i wish that it was socially acceptable for me to go out in a tutu. maybe i will anyway hahah

  17. October 25, 2010 7:12 am

    good to know you are keeping those dolls on a short leash. Could be mayhem at the Din home without it!!!

    we don’t have celebrities in our town. I think I would have a heart attack if I saw one in real life.

    and we paid like 10 bucks for JJ to play in a pumpkin patch jump thing and it was literally like scrounging our pockets for cash….just for 4 measly jumpy tickets….and he got scared and wouldn’t jump. (but to be honest they only gave you 5 minutes anyways) so we paid 10 bucks for him to be scared for 5 minutes.

    not bad for Halloween!

    your outing looked like more fun!

  18. October 25, 2010 7:15 am

    Oh, you guys are so cute! And a welcome sight after that very troubling pic of Panda in his gown. I may have nightmares.

  19. October 25, 2010 7:16 am

    coming from someone who has experienced private catholic school, it will only get worse 😉

    on the bright side of things, at least they arent in compromising positions.

    cute family pictures.

  20. October 25, 2010 7:17 am

    if my comment goes up twice im sorry, but its being weird with me…

    coming from a catholic school drop-out id say it will only make things worse 😉 but hey look on the bright side, at least they werent in compromising positions, if ya know what i mean.

    cute family pictures.

  21. October 25, 2010 7:22 am

    Hahaha. I’m pretty sure the Barbies I played with as a kid had no pants 90% of the time.

    I love your sweater!

  22. October 25, 2010 7:31 am

    Oh friend, your posts make my Monday better. I’ve been to the Grove once, I think. I found it fancy and slightly intimidating- just like any good shopping experience. Is Maya wearing a tutu? If so, she seriously needs her own fashion blog. I’d be a regular reader 🙂

  23. October 25, 2010 8:05 am

    Have I told you how photogenic you and Maya are? Even when she’s about to get a pumpkin dropped on her head, she still pulls off the cutest pose. Just ADORABLE! Your family’s smiles always brings a smile to my face. Looks like a great weekend!

    I’m so glad I have your blog to reassure me that my daughter is “normal” 😀

  24. October 25, 2010 8:30 am

    hahahahaahaha. i can not deal with the couch scene.
    I love maya’s tutu!

  25. October 25, 2010 8:42 am

    Hilarious couch scene! Love the photo of you and Maya — you both are beautiful. Her tutu is amazing!

  26. Jessica permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:31 am

    It looks like Panda Express and Maya share the taste in clothing! Too cute!
    I remember turning my barbies and dolls into monsters with a pair of scissors and some glue. Terrible, terrible things happened to them.

  27. October 25, 2010 10:26 am

    Hi Ameena, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words of appreciation, love reading you laughed 🙂 cute picture of panda and very picture of you and lil girl glad you had a great day out. oh ya most welcome to Finland, am obliged to know the reason of being obsessed with Finland 😛

  28. October 25, 2010 11:38 am

    I just LOLed about the Indian Barbie! I remember getting the first one and thinking that she looked HORRIFYING! Or maybe that was the Jasmine (of Aladdin) doll? Either way – I was terrified! Love this post! 🙂

  29. October 25, 2010 11:46 am

    Haha, Fancy Nancy – I like her for the name alone!

    I always see such random celebs at the Grove and is all I want to see is the really super A list ones – maybe someday soon.

  30. Kath (Eating for Living) permalink
    October 25, 2010 11:49 am

    Ha, family time can be so nice and laborious at the same time!

    Loved the panda and puppet stories! Especially your tags are always delightful.

  31. October 25, 2010 11:49 am

    Hahaha, Fancy Nancy – I need someone in my life with that name. 🙂

  32. October 25, 2010 11:54 am

    Liv does this to her barbies and her bears! dresses them up in her dress up clothes and doll clothes.. LOL too funny!
    i love Mayas outfit.. seriously, she and Liv could be best buddies!

  33. October 25, 2010 1:00 pm

    Lol, love the panda…sounds like a pretty wholesome time to me! 🙂 Maya’s outfit is seriously adorable!

  34. October 25, 2010 1:24 pm

    I remember when they first built the grove. I went there and was like, “I think I’m in disneyland”. Turns out, its the same architect that did disneyland. go figure.
    Ali looks like he wants to shut maya up by sticking her head in that pumpkin.
    catholic school? how about boarding school. (Im totally joking because then we would not be amused by mayas daily fiascos).

  35. October 25, 2010 2:18 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! This was a cute post. I love Cheesecake factory so that made me love it even more.

  36. October 25, 2010 4:10 pm

    Funny…, this parenting business seem fraught with all manner of pitfalls doesn’t it 🙂 Glad to know Panda Express was repentant after his time out but *tut tut*; Indian Barbie needs to check her manners a little 🙂 🙂

  37. October 25, 2010 4:30 pm

    Hi! I found your blog from Lynn’s blogger meet up post and I must say that I am quite enamored by that panda! Is it the Beckett panda made by TY from Borders? If so I have the same one!

    • October 26, 2010 7:26 pm

      Hi Lin – Maya won this panda at Borders during a Beckett storytime! It must be the same one.

      • October 26, 2010 7:42 pm

        Lol I had originally bought Beckett (along with the book) for my landlord’s grandson but I liked the panda so much that I HAD to buy another one for myself 😛

  38. October 25, 2010 4:52 pm

    Bahaha! Oh the your house must be the talk of the neighborhood! And I do believe that not only is Nancy scantily clad, but she’s sitting in a very unlady-like ‘spread eagle’ position!

    I LOLd my way through this post and then guffawed at the tags (Indian barbie is a slut) oh man- hilarious!

    • October 26, 2010 6:53 pm

      I really wanted to comment on Fancy Nancy’s unlady-like position but I forgot. I guess her outfit (or lack thereof) distracted me!

  39. October 25, 2010 5:03 pm

    You gotta watch out for that Indian Barbie! Too funny.

    My dad wouldn’t let us buy Ken dolls for the longest time. Guess he was afraid there would be hanky-panky in Barbie land. 🙂

  40. October 25, 2010 5:38 pm

    Just google Catholic school girl uniforms and that idea will fly out the window :)!
    I love when little, little kids have no conception of gender or what is “thematically” appropriate. My nephew insists that his male toy action figures can birth babies, and when dress-up time happens, he’s the first to grab the feather boa. It’s soft and purple – what’s not to like?

  41. October 25, 2010 5:58 pm

    I’m just glad that no one’s photo looks forced this time around…

    Well, maybe Fancy Nancy looks a little forced.

  42. October 25, 2010 6:24 pm

    LOL…at least you got some wholesomeness for at least a few hours. Though, it was inevitable that it wouldn’t last.

  43. October 25, 2010 7:00 pm

    Oh. Ameena, when I was growing up, I made my barbies do all sorts of nasty things. They got murdered, raped, abused, whipped, and got into all sorts of cat fights. I think Maya is pretty tame! 😉

  44. October 25, 2010 7:39 pm

    I made the mistake of reading this at work earlier today. I laughed…a lot. That panda…wow, Maya. That’s all I can say about that. And the three at the end…awkward. I do applaud Maya for being creative, but sometimes creativity freaks me out.

    Cute pictures. You have a lovely family. 🙂

  45. 1lifeabundant permalink
    October 25, 2010 7:58 pm

    What a great picture of you two by the pumpkins. In reference to your last post?–you really do look very young! Got any good beauty secrets to share?

    • October 26, 2010 6:48 pm

      I’m so flattered you want advice from me!! I know zero about beauty so the only thing I can share is to avoid sugar. And the sun!

  46. October 25, 2010 7:59 pm

    Still laughing at the four year bonding marathon comment….does that mean I’ve been enduring a 14 year bonding marathon with my family?….lord help me, I can’t take much more!
    Love the pics, especially loved checking you out!..well, you didn’t post a pic and think I wouldn’t be looking you and down, and going, “Damn, she’s hot!” ‘Cause I do that!
    Good luck with the remaining 20 years of wholesome bonding marathoning with your family.

  47. October 25, 2010 9:28 pm

    Pumpkin, pumpkin every where, lovely read. Great clicks.

  48. October 25, 2010 9:41 pm

    The panda is so funny 😀

    Maya’s princess dress is so cute. I wish I would have been more like a princess than a tomboy when growing up 🙂

  49. October 25, 2010 10:09 pm

    You are hilarious!!!!! Seriously. And photogenic. Beautiful picture of you and your daughter.

  50. October 26, 2010 5:26 am

    Thanks to this post, I am laughing a wholesome laugh which is very relieving (see my post why). Beautiful family you have there – Have a Happy Trick or Treat!

  51. Leah @ Why Deprive? permalink
    October 26, 2010 6:11 am

    Haha love it! The Panda clearly has his own personal style. Its nice that he knows how to express himself. 🙂

  52. October 26, 2010 6:24 am

    i really love your sweater. Both you and maya look so pretty in that picture.

  53. lowandbhold permalink
    October 26, 2010 6:29 am

    Haha, why is it that stuffed animals and dolls always end up in skanky situations. The subconscious mind? Catholic school may not be a bad idea 😉

  54. October 26, 2010 7:33 am

    Hey Ameena! You are too funny. I can’t say that seeing the top photo would have made me think of cross dressing, but I find it hilarious that you did;)
    Oh, and I think Catholic school only worsens things (smile). I’ve heard that at least…

  55. October 26, 2010 9:45 am

    Some research shows that catholic school are MORE TOLERANT of big personalities than public schools. Something about having teacher’s more invested in individual creativity…I think private school teachers sometimes have more freedom and resources than public school teachers, sadly.
    Have you watched Waiting for Superman? I wish I was in the states to see it!

    • October 27, 2010 1:00 pm

      I was talking to my brother about watching “Waiting for Superman” but as usual I’ll probably have to wait until it hits HBO!!

  56. October 26, 2010 11:37 am

    Haha, this post was hilarious. At least your daughter doesn’t have any Bratz dolls (at least none shown). I think those are pretty gross.

    And I am so jealous of you running into all these famous people!! The only famous person I have half-seen was the cast of “Out of the Box” when I was a kid. It really wasn’t that exciting. lol

  57. October 26, 2010 11:37 am

    Catholic school??? Not so sure that would help, lol…
    I love The Grove, one of my favorite Farmers Markets 🙂

  58. October 26, 2010 12:48 pm

    Hilarious! This made me completely burst out laughing. Thanks for the giggle. 😉

  59. October 26, 2010 5:17 pm

    You are SO funny. I can’t believe Indian barbie is such a hoochie!

  60. October 26, 2010 8:01 pm

    I just pointed to your blog, and told my husband “This girl is so freakin hilarious”. Because you really are and your blog is one of the highlights of my web-surfing week. Maya and her dolls made me laugh so much. And you two look beautiful…on a more serious note.

  61. October 26, 2010 8:10 pm

    that’s funny about Jason Alexander. the (very few) stars i’ve seen in real life actually DID look the same. Gordon Ramsay and Robert Duvall come to mind. nothing to write home about, but still.

  62. October 26, 2010 8:18 pm

    Uh oh, she’s starting early. Find an all girls catholic school asap.

    I have my hands full too with my niece. I saw her the other day trying to make herself cry in front of the mirror, lol!

  63. October 26, 2010 10:30 pm

    Awww the barbies…lol. This is too cute!!

    I can remember how skanky my barbies were 😐

    Love your sweater in this pic, where is it from??


    • October 27, 2010 1:13 pm

      Thank you Kris! The sweater is from Anthropologie – do you have that store in Canada??

  64. October 27, 2010 6:58 am

    Your post cracked me up – BIG TIME!! LOL on the cross dressing panda, and the slit sari Barbie…ROFL!

    • October 27, 2010 6:23 pm

      Thank you for the compliment! I can’t access your blog for some reason?

  65. October 27, 2010 9:26 am

    All in good fun… the outing looks like so much fun, not that Jason Alexander looks much better on the photo that you included… you look more like a movie star then most of them

  66. October 27, 2010 1:13 pm

    Well that’s one hell of a post to stumble across. Great first impression. I’m so in love with your tag “Indian Barbie is a slut” that I’ve completely forgotten how I even ended up at your blog.

    New reader for sure.

    • October 28, 2010 8:18 am

      Welcome Amnah! Thank you for stumbling over here!

  67. Ayla permalink
    October 27, 2010 5:24 pm

    Oh.. um.. I think someone needs to inform those dolls that showing of your vag isn’t very appropriate. I kind of want to reach into the photo and close all their legs for them. Indian Barbie is definitely a slut, I mean, at least the other girls have clothes down there. For now.

  68. October 27, 2010 5:30 pm

    Those dolls looks demonic, don’t they?

    I saw your flats. We should exchange tips on flats ;)!

    Maya is quite the dresser-crocs and a tutu! 😀

  69. October 27, 2010 7:02 pm

    Just wanted to drop by and say hi!! Its been a long time since I have actually commented but let me tell ya, I have not missed any of your posts.

    The slutty Barbie reminds me of my barbie liking phase!FYI my Barbie was not allowed to meet boys 😉

  70. October 28, 2010 12:50 am

    Yeah that Indian Barbie…yowza! And shouldn’t Fancy Nancy know better than to sit so unlady like?

  71. October 28, 2010 9:47 pm

    LOL. I think it’s your tags that made me laugh the most. I’m wondering if anyone has come across this post by googling “Indian barbie is a slut.”

    The two photos in the middle are so precious 🙂

  72. October 31, 2010 7:58 pm

    Ameena, you are absolutely stunning in that picture of you and Maya! GORGEOUS! *as always!

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