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Christmas Day 2012

Posted on December 27, 2012 by under Family, Movies.    

Just some highlights from Christmas Day…

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We opened presents after breakfast. We had no idea that Aunt Sandy and Cousin Tracy had sent us gifts so that was a wonderful surprise. Aunt Sandy sent us a beautiful angel ornament that now adorns our tree.

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Cousin Tracy and Jeff sent us a combination wine stopper/pourer and a wine decanter. Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift.

We got lots of goodies from Mom and Dad B that I can’t even name them all. Even though it was just us, it took hours to open presents. When we were finally done, it was time for lunch. Donna prepared a delicious feast. Brian and I ate so much that we didn’t have room for any food when we got to the movie theater.

We selected Les Misérables as our Christmas movie this year, which worked out great because it was what was showing in the balcony and I’m not sure that I could have convinced Brian to go otherwise. Brian despises waiting in line at the theater. Anyway, I absolutely adore the musical specially since Lea Salonga has been a part of it. She played Éponine in the 10th Anniversary Concert (The Dream Cast in concert at Royal Albert Hall) and Fantine in the 25th Anniversary Concert (at the O2). She isn’t in the movie, but she’s the main reason that I’m familiar with the musical. If you are not familiar with the musical or the novel, just follow the links for more information. I also linked to the full concerts in YouTube above for your musical enjoyment.

I thought the movie was pretty good. They told the story pretty well. I was really impressed with the big name actors in the movie. I had no idea they could all sing. Well, except for Amanda Seyfried because I had seen her sing in Mama Mia! I’m glad they kept Samantha Barks as Éponine. She played Éponine in the 25th Anniversary Concert and is amazing.

The two songs that always get me are “I Dreamed a Dream” sung by Fantine and then “On My Own” by Éponine. These solos never fail to make me cry. Of course, you guys know I’m a crier so there were several parts of the movie that moved me. Hugh Jackman is a skilled actor who was quite convincing as Jean Valjean.

Speaking of songs, “One Day More” is another really good one. I cued it to that part in the embedded video above. They did a good job of it in the movie, but it doesn’t compare to the rendition in either of the two live concerts I posted above. Be sure to check it out if you want to see some fantastic singing. These performers are truly talented. I get goose bumps listening to their beautiful voices.

I highly recommend catching Les Mis if you haven’t seen it yet. If you’re a fan of the musical, it may not live up to your expectations. I still found it enjoyable though. Plus, I’m glad they made a movie because it brings the musical to people who wouldn’t otherwise know about it.

Anyway, I was grateful that we caught a matinée because the theater was completely packed when we got out of the movie around 6 pm. It was complete and utter mayhem both inside the theater and outside in the parking lot. There were hardly any parking spots available. It wasn’t that bad when we got there in the afternoon. Brian and I actually got a good parking spot.

Thank you to Mom and Dad B for watching the movie with us and for a wonderful Christmas Day celebration from start to finish. I really hope we get to celebrate together again next year.

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Here’s Something to Make You Feel Old

Posted on November 12, 2012 by under Movies.    

Then…

Now…

When did this happen? I feel like I’m 60 all of a sudden. In case you’re curious, Machete Kills comes out in 2013.

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Logan at the Movies

Posted on July 31, 2012 by under Family, Movies.    

I posted about taking Logan to the movies on Facebook the other day, but I wanted to share some of the photos we took with you guys.

Upon arriving at Warren Theater, the three of us — Brian, Logan and I — get out of the car and Logan proceeds to walk to the door. Here’s a picture that I took of him because he was way ahead of us.

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ME: Wait up Logan!
LOGAN: Okay.

But instead of coming back towards us, he just stands there.

ME: Look, the sign says “No Loitering.”
LOGAN: I am not loitering!

Brian tries to explain to Logan what loitering means and argues that he is, in fact, at the moment, loitering.

LOGAN: I’m waiting for you guys! You’re making me loiter!

Children are so adorable. LOL. Here’s Brian and Logan in the auditorium.

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And playing games in the game room after the movie.

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I wanted to go bowling and ride go karts at the Alley afterwards too, but it was time to take Logan home. Maybe we can do it next time and then we can take Eli with us also.

BTW, we went to see The Dark Knight Rises. It’s really good. I was glued to the screen and loved the plot twists at the end. Logan seemed to enjoy the movie also. You all should go see it.

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Pool Time with the Dills

Posted on June 17, 2012 by under Life, Movies.    

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Jay and Becca hung out at the pool with us on Saturday night. There’s never anyone at our pool on Friday and Saturday nights so we pretty much had the pool to ourselves.

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We had a good ol’ time frolicking in and out of the water.

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Afterwards it was time for flaming quesaDILLas.

Chicken QuesaDILLas

Okay, so they weren’t really flaming. But they were delicious. Good job, Jay and Brian. We all agreed this was the best batch of quesadillas the boys ever made.

Then it was time for The Vow, which made me cry but that doesn’t really say much. Almost every movie makes me cry. It starts out really rough and hokey. I mean, what was up with Rachel McAdams’ hair in the beginning of the movie? She looked like she was wearing a wig. The movie does get better towards the end. About the same time that Rachel’s hair starts looking normal. LOL. I don’t know if you guys saw Serendipity with Kate Beckinsdale and John Cusack a few years back, but how The Vow ends kind of reminds me of that movie.

Anyway, Becca is completely enamored with Channing Tatum. He’s got a nice body and everything, but he just doesn’t seem that attractive to me. It could be that he’s too young. I mean, if I had a choice between Jason Statham and Channing Tatum, I’d pick JS every time. Now, that’s one sexy man.

Speaking of, Brian and I hung out at the pool again today and saw a guy who resembled a young JS. I think it might have been the shaved head and the aviator glasses he was wearing. I told Brian we needed to get him some of those. LOL. Although, I think Brian will look more like Bruce Willis than JS when the time comes. Either way works for me. I think BW is sexy too.

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Who wants to go swimming with us next weekend?

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Brian’s Birthday Movie

Posted on June 13, 2012 by under Movies.    

Earlier this year Brian said that he wanted to see Prometheus for his birthday movie. Yes, so even though I took him to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, I still had to take him to the movies on the weekend of his birthday. Brian is a spoiled brat. That is all I have to say about that. At least we compromised on a 3:45 pm showing, so I didn’t have to miss my workout. Ever since I started teaching Zumba, I only get to see Amie on Sundays. I hate missing Sundays because it’s my favorite workout day. We do an hour of intense, high impact Zumba, followed by 15 minutes of gut-wrenching abs. I’m not exaggerating either. Amie’s ab workout is so tough that the times when we do just plain, ol’ crunches feel like a break.

Anyway, the compromise (attending Amie’s Sunday Zumba class at the West Central Genesis) meant having to go straight from the gym to the theater since we were coming from way out West to way East where 13th Avenue Warren is… Don’t worry. We showered at the gym. LOL.

Brian’s mom and dad joined us for the movie. It was good, but not great. The positives and negatives stemmed from the same thing. I thought it was good that the movie could stand alone, meaning you don’t really have to be familiar with the Alien movie franchise to understand what’s going on. At the same time, I don’t think there were enough references to the other movies in the series for the hardcore Alien geeks. The movie was just okay for me. Plus, how do you put someone like Charlize Theron in a movie and not show her in her underwear? That was so disappointing!

[CORRECTION] They did show her in underwear, but it was brief and they weren’t the sexy kind. LOL. [/CORRECTION]

Kidding aside, Philly D was right when he mentioned there were lots of random outbursts of emotion. I liked Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and she did a good job in this movie, but she would have these random emotional outbursts that sometimes seemed out of place. I’m sure she was just following the director’s instructions, though. [spoiler alert] In one scene, she and her boyfriend got into an emotional conversation about her being infertile and not being able to bear children. I was like, “Is she sure that she’s not pregnant because she’s been very emotional since the beginning of the movie?” LOL. She does end up getting impregnated with this alien thing, but I won’t say any more in case you actually want to see the film. [/spoiler alert]

Anyway, Brian decided to take a vacation day today to celebrate his birthday. As if we haven’t celebrated enough already. LOL. Because I’m a fantastic wife, I took a vacation day as well to keep him company. Brian is a hardcore movie geek so, naturally, we’re going to the movies again. This time we’re going to go see Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize happens to be in this movie also. Maybe I’ll get to see her half-naked in this one. LOL.

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