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New Mickey Mouse animated shorts

If you’re a fan of the short cartoons staring Mickey and his friends, check out the new set of animated shorts. Disney Animation has been hard at work this year producing an entirely new set of short cartoons. Even though they’ve all been created with modern animation technology, these new shorts harken back to a retro Mickey Mouse and an animation style from the 1930s, with wonderful backdrops from the ’50s and ’60s.

Apparently, there are more than 20 new animated shorts in all. The newest one, O Sole Minnie, features an Italian Mickey pursuing Minnie through the canals and city life of Venice. Watch the new short below:

The animators used a lot of old, classic Disney animated pieces for inspiration for this new series of cartoons. Inspiration included the prolific work of Mary Blair, who created tons of concept art for Disney. In fact, about halfway through the short above, you see a building that looks nearly identical to Disneyland’s It’s a Small World that Blair originally created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Catch many more shorts in this same series on Disney Video.

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

January – Nana and Papa Bowman visited from Florida. Unfortunatly, Emma got Roseola so we spent a lot of time indoors. We still managed to take Nana and Papa to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, one of Emma’s favorite places. She got to show them all her latest tricks and had a great visit.

February – Emma is officially a year and a half old! We can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. We can barely keep up with Emma anymore. She is running around like crazy and starting to use a lot more words. Cam’s mom finally sold her house and is moving to San Francisco.

March – We were suppose to head to San Diego, but Doug got the flu. Emma and momma made new friends in the neighborhood and had fun play dates each week. Emma has two new friends her age, and it’s fun to see them walking around the neighborhood.

April – Cam’s mom is now living full time in San Francisco. Emma nicknamed her “MiMi” and loves having her¬†around. Doug also had his first accident on his scooter, causing all of us to have heart failure! Life is never dull in the Bowman household.

May – We spent Mother’s Day in Las Vegas. Had a great time with our friends Nick and Yvonne who were also there. We had a great time at Mandalay Bay where they have an amazing shark exhibit. But wouldn’t you know it, this time, Emma got the flu. We spent the later part of the trip taking turns watching over Emma and helping her recover.

June – Let the birthday parties begin! Emma had a ton of fun visiting her friends T & N for their 2nd birthdays. They are the first in the baby group to hit the 2’s! Father’s day was also fun this year with both Doug’s b-day and Father’s Day occurring on the same day! We has a fun filled weekend of celebrating.

July – July was a really busy month. We went to Seattle for a conference where Doug spoke, and then over to Spokane to see Cam’s Aunt C and Cousin K and family. It was a great trip. Emma fell in love with her cousins and can’t wait to visit them again. Cam’s niece also came to visit and spent 3 weeks with us. Emma loves having her here. She would yell every morning for “Chy-Chy” to “GET UP” and come play with Emma!

August – Happy Birthday Emma! We now have a 2 yr old. Sometimes it’s so hard to believe. Emma had a jungle safari birthday party with all her friends. It was a great time. We had lion, tiger, and monkey cupcakes going around. I think Emma actually ate two full cupcakes that day. Grandma B came from Ohio, and Emma had a blast. We also bought a new home and Emma started her first soccer class.

September – Moving day is here! Emma has now lived in 4 different bedrooms in her short 2 years! We spent a lot of time getting the “NEW HOUSE!” ready and Emma declared “No more OLD house!” Emma is also loving soccer and having a great time when we’re not rained out. This has been one of the worst summers in SF history. We spent a lot of time seeking out the sun by driving about 30 minutes south to a park. We still managed to have a great time.

October – We continued on with soccer, but switched to a weekend time so Doug could take Emma. He loves taking her. Emma is really starting to show her real spirit. Who knew we had such a huge baseball fan? Emma cheered on the SF Giants all the way to the World Series. She would yell “Go Giants Go!” It was awesome. We also held the first annual “Bowman Halloween Bash” for the neighborhood. It was a huge hit. We have gotten to know so many people, and feel so fortunate to live in this friendly neighborhood.

November – Another busy month for us. We flew to NYC for another of Doug’s conferences, and met up with Emma’s BFF Charlotte. We had such a great time. The girls were so fun to watch. It was another tearful good-bye until we get to see them again in the Spring. Cam’s sister and family came for Thanksgiving in our new house. We also had Cheyenne here too. Emma had fun playing with her 3 yr old cousin Sienna, and giving Cheyenne a hard time again. We took a trip to Cal Academy with the whole crew of us, fun times!

December – Soccer was rained out all month. We still managed to get in some fun play groups though. Christmas came too quickly but it was fun to have Grandma B from Ohio here for a visit. Between Grandma B, Nana and Papa, and Grandma Mimi, Emma was very spoiled this year. We got Emma a new tricycle and we’ve been spending every sunny moment outside. We had a Disneyland trip planned for after Christmas that turned into a nightmare. We drove to Southern California on Wednesday, but had to return two days later after we all got sick. Needless to say, that was the beginning of the end for the Bowman’s. We all ended up sick for the next two weeks, ringing in a very sad New Year.

Good bye, 2010! Here’s hoping 2011 brings lot of joy, laughter, and fun times ahead.

This is the way we brush our teeth…

Emma has been doing a great job with brushing her teeth. She tells us “Emma brush teeth too.” So every morning and night Emma brushes her teeth with Doug. Doug will sing, “This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth” and Emma brushes her teeth. So cute!

Two year check-up

Emma had her two year check up today. We’ve had to postpone Emma getting vaccinations several times now. Every time we go to the dr. she conveniently has a cold or allergies. Today was no exception. However, I was really excited. Emma is now in the 5oth percentile for hieght, 50th percentile for her head and we are holding strong at the 12th percentile for her weight. She is tiny but perfectly healthy, minus the cold/allergies.

On a much happier note, today was our first soccer practice. Check out our girl learning foot action!

Swinging in the park

Emma's first time on the swing

This month is bringing lots of new fun. We have had rain for the last two weeks and I have been waiting for the sun to break through so we could go to the park. We have a great little community park right outside our front door and it’s been calling us to play.

Yesterday was a beautiful day and Emma and I were able to go to the park. We finally got to try the swings for the first time. Emma loved it. It was so much fun watching her kick her little feet and squeal with delight. At first she wasn’t so sure. But after a while, she couldn’t get enough.

The rain has returned for another week. But you can bet we will be back to the park on the next sunny day!

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