Monday, June 20, 2011

Jason Segal & I, What do we have in common?


My apologies for the all caps. I'm just, you know, super excited! See you at the movies Thanksgiving weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Judy Moody & the Not Bummer Summer

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Last Saturday, I took my daughter and a friend of hers to see an early screening of "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer." My daughter has read many of the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. I always liked Judy because she's fiesty. Her hair is always a mess and she is always coming up with crazy schemes that never work out quite right. 

The girls loved the movie. They laughed so much and were thoroughly grossed out at some parts. One of the gross gags went a little too far for me (you'll be able to guess when you see it!) but the girls thought it was hilarious. Even though I took two girls, there were several boys in the theater as well and they enjoyed the movie just as much. ! Some movies aimed at kids are painful to watch, but Judy Moody is clever enough to keep adults entertained when the whole family wants to take in a movie.

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We were guest of the media company for the movie, but that in no way influences the opinions stated above. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Nod to Eeyore ~ Wordless Wednesday

From the 2011 Flower and Garden Festival in Walt Disney World, with a little nod to Eeyore 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Help Movie Coming in August

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"The Help", a novel by Kathryn Stockett, has been made into a movie and I am beyond excited for it's release. The book tells of the awakening of civil rights and how it affected the relationships between families and the African American "help" they hired. I was born and raised in the South so the story is familiar. My grandmother told of the competition for the best African American nannies. There was one in particular that everyone fought over. The civil rights stuggle is often glossed over when talking about "the help." The reality of the humiliation, pain and suffering that so many experienced is hard. Stockett's novel does an amazing job of representing the different relationships that developed and the complications that even the best of those relationships faced. 

Dreamworks Studios just shared a new featurette about the movie and I wanted to share it with you.

The movie opens on August 12th  (you'll find me at the movie theater!)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Milestones ~ Graduations and Growing Up

I have two children. Two lovely children that I gave birth to. I am fortunate enough to have lots and lots of other kids that I call my own. My husband and I worked with young people for twenty years. We had the honor of watching so many kids grow up from awkward middle schoolers into interesting adults. We worked with a lot of young people over the years, and they all took a little piece of our hearts. This time of year the graduation announcements start rolling in and I always get a little nostalgic. This is my letter to all of those young people.

Dear Child of Mine,

I spent a short time with you, but your presence in my life has been a lasting gift. God called us to work with young people and I was blessed beyond measure to be called to love you. Yes, you. John got to do all of the planning, paperwork, and office hours and I got to be the volunteer. I loved you when we laughed together and I loved you when we cried together. You might not believe me, but I loved you even when you were being a butthead. I was honored to know you even when I knew way too much about you. I was honored when you shared your dreams with me and when you shared your broken hearts. Oh how I wish we could escape adolescence without a broken heart, but I'm not sure it's possible.

I know that you might think I don't remember you, but I do. There are so many quote boards and funny stories. We have had charts to keep track of how many times you washed your face and charts to make sure you showered at least once on the weekend. I will always smile when I think of you trying to pull off falling down the stairs and I laugh out loud when I think of all the fun we had with the fart machine. I still can't believe you were brave enough to endure blindfolded Fear Factor Snack and I really wish you weren't brave(stupid?) enough to break a bottle over your head. I love that for a year you spoke to me only in movie quotes and I seriously love that you got my daughter to potty train herself so you would babysit for her. I love that you put all of the dishes in the dishwasher right side up, and I love that we got to teach you how to do laundry. And I love that I can still kick you in Speed, except for you, you know who you are. I love that you taught me so much about faith, and will always be grateful that you shared your faith with me.

You have grown up so much but you are still becoming who you are going to be. There is so much I would love to say, and I know it's been said before, but here is my top ten.

  1.  Remember that whatever happens, God still loves you (even when you aren't so sure about God.) 
  2.  Always Love. The world will try it's very best to make you cynical. Always Love.
  3.  Make Good Choices. 
  4. Speak the truth in love. You will have difficult things to say, say them with love.
  5. Laugh a lot. 
  6. Keep learning even when you think you're done.
  7. Take risks.
  8. Being smart means nothing without heart.
  9. Laugh some more.
  10. Remember that whatever happens, the Hodges love you(and God does too)

With so much love,

Somewhere in this post, it became a Top Ten Tuesday post! Go to Oh Amanda to see other Top Ten Tuesday posts about a variety of topics!
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Minnie Mouse of your Nightmares

I'm working on a few Disney related posts and thought I would whet your appetite. This has got to be the weirdest, scariest version of Minnie Mouse ever!