As a kid who grew up in the 80s, I am very familiar with old school video games. I pretty much lived and breathed Mario Brothers, Q*Bert, Pacman, and other familiar gaming friends from the days. This weekend, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph opened and all of the boys and I are excited to finally see this movie.
I just know this is something that the kids, TechyDad, and I are going to love. It just seems like the type of movie that we can all enjoy together and talk about after. Who knows maybe later we will even pull out some of the old video games to let them see what we grew up playing.
These are not the only memories that have been flooding back this weekend. The iPad that I won during a Twitter party arrived and it was loaded with Sweet Pickles books. I spent so much time reading these books as a child and now JSL will be learning to read with them. Last night before bed, we sat together and let the book come alive before our eyes.
Lots more about these coming soon. Now, I am off to enjoy the weekend with the boys. If you have seen Wreck-It Ralph, I would love to know what you thought. Oh and do you remember Sweet Pickles and their bus?
This week you were home from school for a while because of Hurricane Sandy. It was just too windy here to go outside on Tuesday, so we decided to pile on the couch to watch The Lorax.
We had seen it this summer while at a library program and enjoyed it a lot. When the movie was over, JSL wanted to go back to a craft activity. While we went off to do that, you watched some of the extra features on the DVD. One was learning to draw the characters from the movie. The only reason I knew was because you came asking for paper, pencils, and a clipboard. You were busy for a long time and I knew you were listening carefully to the instructions. Later on, I went over to your drawing and was very impressed.
You have shown an appreciation for step-by-step drawing books and videos. It really is fun to see them at the end and realize how you have worked to get to that point in the drawing. I can’t not wait to see more in the future with all of your other drawing books.
Twenty three years ago, a group of women that we probably never pictured together burst onto the movie screen and created a classic film. Enter Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts who brought us Steel Magnolias. It was a movie that taught us about true friendship, motherhood, challenges, and more. All of these years later, the movie still holds up.
Lifetime Original Movies has remade Steel Magnolias and it will be premiering this Sunday.
Once again an amazing cast of strong women are playing the characters that we have known for over two decades. The actresses include Queen Latifa, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, Phylicia Rashad, and Condola Rashad.
As a Lifetime Mom affiliate, I had the opportunity to get a screener of the movie. The story is the same, the lines practically identical, the acting very powerful. Some items are a little more updated (there is a mention of Facebook), but honestly the only real difference is that it is set in our current time and now there is an all African American group of actors. Since I adored the original, I wanted to see this new version. Would it live up to my expectations or would I hate it? Could I get past recalling Shirley MacLaine playing Ouiser?
Truth be told, I am not entirely sure what I think of the movie. The acting is strong, and the story is identical and scripted words the same. I guess I wish a few inaccuracies had been corrected from the first movie to this new one. Still, I did enjoy seeing new actors showing their interpretation of a classic role. Once again, these beautiful actors (inside and out) show the strength, courage, and compassion needed when being a lifelong friend. Yes, I admit it…I found myself crying with this movie even though I knew all along what was going to happen.
So my question to you this week:
Are you a fan of movie remakes? Let me know why you do or do not like them. I would also love to know if you plan on watching the Lifetime version of Steel Magnolias.
Disclosure: I am a Lifetime Mom affiliate. As a part of this, I was offered a screener DVD of "Steel Magnolias" to view. No compensation was given and the opinions expressed are my own.
Each year, I ask the boys to think about the kind of cake and theme that they want for their birthday. Every year, I hold my breath waiting and wondering what they will select. Last year, NHL wanted lions and it was a challenge, but we made it happen. This year, he is really into Harry Potter and the Muppets. I was not too sure where this would go. At first, I was going to attempt sorting hat cupcakes, but as time crunched for the family party on Labor Day, my patience dissolved. Thank goodness NHL agreed that he liked the Kermit the Frog cupcakes that I found online. The original that I saw was posted on Simply Being Mommy.
NHL agreed that he liked them. Before we settled on anythingm I wanted to purchase items to make the crucial Kermit eyeballs. They were the focal point of these cupcakes. To do this, I ordered black edible markers and we bought some Mentos. The black marker worked beautifully on the Mentos, but there was a catch. The kids did NOT like the strong mint flavor. I reached out to my Facebook and Twitter friends for ideas on other possibilities. In the end, I finally let go of my type A personality and settled for cute, functional, and something the kids would like.
Yes, I settled on white chocolate melting wafers. They were not perfect because the texture was not as smooth as the Mentos, but they worked. I had to go quickly because it was a warm day and the marker did not dry on the rough surface of the chocolate. Once they were done, they were placed inside the refrigerator to chill while I baked some cupcakes. The band-aids shown below were simply inspiration and were not used since baking went smoothly.
Cupcake baking went according to plan. Once they were all cooled, the cupcakes were placed into the amazing Cupcake Courier that I finally bought (will write more about that another day). Getting the frosting really green took patience. If I made these again, I may check out a gel based food coloring to get a stronger green color.
I found that it was easiest to frost and decorate the cupcakes while they were sitting on the shelves of the courier. Trying to place them back in after they were finished was not the easiest. Here is how they looked as I was working and finishing up.
The best part was that transporting the cupcakes was easy. I put the entire courier into the refrigerator for the night before, then pulled it out, and we were ready to head to the lake. The cupcakes made it all the way there and it was easy to pull out the trays to display for everyone to select the Kermit that they wanted.
Now, I brace myself to see what cupcake creation the boys ask for next, or what I may try now that I have my new courier, corer, and other goodies. If you have any suggestions, I would love to know.
It isn’t every day that a movie can make you feel old, but bring back happy thoughts at the same time. I do believe that Wreck-It Ralph may just do this.
The boys, including TechyDad, and I can not wait to see this movie. Just watching the trailers has opened up old gaming dialog. Of course, as you can see from the picture above, old school video games meet new school gaming in this movie coming to theaters November 2. Here is the latest trailer that was released from Disney Animation to help you get excited. Try to see how many characters/games you recognize. Ready? Go!
Now, what I really want to do is learn how to speak Q-Bertese. I think it would be a great code language for parents to use when they can’t “talk” in front of their children. What do you think and are you excited about going to see Wreck-It Ralph?
Disclosure: Disney PR notified me of the Wreck-It Ralph trailer. I was not compensated for this and simply wanted to share since I adore all things Disney. You know we will be going to see Wreck-It Ralph when it is released November 2, 2012.