Friday, May 27, 2011

All Hail the Chick Flick

So I'm on a bit of a blogging frenzy this week. It had been 3 months and my little blog was looking a little neglected. I joined the "Update your blog" swap on swap-bot thinking that would encourage me to get back to my blog. Then I joined the "All hail the chick flick" swap. I am supposed to come up with a list of 15 favorite chick flicks and share them with fellow swappers. What better way to share my list of favorites than on my blog?

So here is my list of favorites. They are in no particular order. I think most of us define a chick flick as a movie our husbands/boyfriends have no interest in watching...well, unless they are trying to earn some "brownie points"...right??

This is the only movie on my list that is enjoyed by both my husband and me. It's one of those movies that you don't really understand and probably don't even find romantic until you've experienced married life with children.

The first time I watched this movie I was slightly confused. There are several different stories going on at once. The second time through (with a little less distraction) was much better. This story makes you feel heartache and bliss and everything in between. And isn't that what we all feel in love?

No one wants to believe they can be replaced, certainly by a step mom! Those of us who are in shared family situations know that it's not easy for everyone to get along all of the time. This movie shows one of the best possible outcomes. There is no room for selfishness or jealousy when the true concern is the children. So much of the time when conflict is involved, it's out of selfish behavior on the part of the adults. I can only say this because I'm guilty.

The first time I saw this movie was right after my divorce. Talk about bad timing! If you don't want to be forced to go back through all of your major life decisions and think "what if", this is not the movie for you!

Isn't Andy Garcia a cutie??! This is a great movie about a couple who goes through some very tough times. One of my favorite scenes is when Meg Ryan's character is in rehab and the dad is trying to get everyone ready in the morning. After the dad's noble attempt to fix the little girl's hair, she says "My hair hurts." I think our guys prefer not to watch this movie because they'd rather not think about having to carry the family through such a tough time.

This was the movie that made me fall in love with Patrick Swayze. The scene with the pottery wheel...whew! I wasn't allowed to watch Dirty Dancing (and still have never seen the whole movie), so this was my first Patrick Swayze movie.

Who doesn't love Reese Witherspoon? She is so adorable in this movie. This is one that guys don't like to watch because it shows another guy reacting with such sensitivity to the loss of a girl. I think that goes against "guy code".

Who doesn't have bad memories from high schoool? And who wouldn't love to face some of those tough times with the wisdom we've gained from adulthood?

Well, here's Drew Barrymore movie #2 on my list. What girl does't daydream about being Cinderella?

This is a long time favorite of mine. Hellen Hunt before Mad About You, SJP before the days of Sex in the City, and Shannon Doherty before 90210!

This is one of those movies that just left me feeling so sad at the end! A tear-jerker for sure. Another one that our guys don't like to watch because we see a guy who is in pain over the death of his wife. We girlies love to see the sensitive side, though, even if we only see it in movies.

This is another long time favorite of mine. The nerd gets to popular pretty girl. Little did we know when this movie came out, Patrick Dempsey would become Dr. McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy!

No doubt, many of us love this movie for the beautiful screenplay. I love the many beautiful outfits of Scarlett. Most of us women love seeing another woman in difficult circumstances prevail. And as much as we want Scarlett to get everything she wants, we know she can't. For this reason, the book that follows GWTW was a real let-down. It's not supposed to be "happily ever after" for Scarlett!

This modern-day version of The Taming of the Shrew is another favorite. I love Heath Ledger and should probably have more of his movies on my list...oh well, maybe I should make a "Favorite Heath Ledger Chick Flick" list.

I love this book far more, but the movie is a great Christmastime favorite of mine. And who wouldn't love to watch a movie with both Gabriel Byrne and Christian Bale. Again, we gals like to see women show strength and grace through difficult circumstances.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my list. I enjoyed compiling the list. Now I'm thinking I need to re-watch some of these!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Many graduations take place this time of year, celebrating the past and anticipating the future. We have had the pleasure of seeing our older 2 graduate. These graduations are more like promotions, but are no less exciting.

Gavin graduated from 6th grade this week. It is so hard to believe how much he's grown. Those of you who have been on this journey with us for several years know how far he's come. The big change in his life...MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Isaac recently graduated from preschool. He has spent the last 3 years attending a terriffic preschool and is ready for the big change in his life...KINDERGARTEN!! (But is Kindergarten ready for him?)

Asher hasn't graduated from anything yet. He did just turn 2, though. His next adventure...DAYCARE! (part time) We have been so fortunate to be able to keep him at home. Now we're giving him the opportunity to spend time with other kids his age.

And for the hubby and big changes for us. It's a good thing, too. We have our hands full preparing our boys for the new adventures that lie ahead.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clever Little Guy

This is a picture of my 2-year-old after he pulled a little trick on Momma. He ran into the living room asking for a cup of mook (milk). He had a real sense of urgency. He was asking almost frantically as if he needed it RIGHT NOW! Well, I went into the kitchen to get his desperately needed milk. I looked over my shoulder to see him happily sitting in my seat. He had grabbed my soda and was drinking as fast as he could. I had to stop and smile. He looked at me with such a look of pride! If he could put all of the words together, I'm sure he would be saying "Tricked ya Momma!"

I just love this kid.