The Goonies Family Movie Night

Sometimes a fun family movie night is just what the doctor ordered!!

The Goonies

Did you know Sean Astin played Mikey from The Goonies, Rudy from, well, Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings?! I am an 80’s movie fanatic. Ferris Bueller. The Breakfast Club. Back to the Future. I love it all, and I want to introduce these movies to my kids. My hands-down favorite is The Goonies. I also love having a family movie night. And believe it or not, The Goonies is such an easy movie to adapt for a fun family movie night. All you need is pizza and ice cream.

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Home Alone Family Movie Night

“Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!” Kevin McCallister is living the dream. He can sled down the front steps, eat popcorn while jumping on the bed, even snoop through his brother’s things. There is just one problem. He is home alone on Christmas, oh and some robbers are trying to break into his house, but STILL! A kid without his family on Christmas is heartbreaking. No presents. No Christmas dinner. Did I mention, no presents!!

If you haven’t caught on, I am talking about the movie “Home Alone.” I LOVE this movie! It’s a nostalgic holiday movie from my generation I love sharing with my kids. It is a must see during the holiday season. Kids and adults can both enjoy this movie during holiday family time.

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August 19, 2004

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

I started this blog on August 19, two years ago, in hopes of creating some good karma for the day. My father-in-law died on August 19th, 2004 and it has been a hard day ever since. I know it’s just a day, a number, and the 19th doesn’t make him any more dead than any other day of the year. But it’s still brutal. The teens of August are miserable for me. The 19th. It’s the last teen so it seems endless til the day arrives, we grieve once again, and then life seems normal again.

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a stressful time of year for parents: gifts, family get-togethers, baking, parties, concerts, and more gifts. Now that our girls are a little older, they can verbalize what it is they want for Christmas (naturally), but also their favorite things about the season.

As parents, we may notice our children’s greedy behavior during this time of endless toy commercials and Christmas ads. But if you look a little deeper, you will see your child’s desire for something different during Christmas: family traditions. When Fofo talks about Christmas she says, “I love decorating the tree!” “I love looking at the Christmas tree!” “I can’t wait for Mama’s peppermint cookies!” Bear freaked out at the first sign of Christmas lights. “Mama! Christmas lights!!”

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“This is why you have kids.”

Hi all! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We headed out bright and early on Thursday morning for an extended family celebration at my sister’s house. I love this yearly tradition. Family from our side of the family and my sister’s boyfriend’s side of the family get together for holiday shenanigans: food, cocktails, tons of cuddles with my nephews, and lots of laughs.

Thursday was the traditional holiday fare: turkey, stuffing, potatoes. FYI, Pioneer Woman’s perfect mashed potatoes are indeed that. We got the recipe from her latest cookbook, but the one I linked is pretty close. I’m a bad blogger and didn’t take pictures of my food. That, and I was starving. Sorry, not sorry 🙂 Oh wait!! I did get a picture of the kids making chocolate covered strawberries. Coincidently, it was the only food they ate that day. FYI, just because all the adult love Thanksgiving food, doesn’t mean children do. *Eye roll*

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