Don't laugh - I'm going grocery shopping today for Thanksgiving.
It's not as bad as it sounds. Dinner is at my sister's and I just
need a few things. But yes, I did wait until Tuesday before the big
day and I know that I'm headed into a grocery firestorm. Especially
since school was canceled today. Help me out here. Where are the
best deals, moms?
So, weeks ago I got on line at
Fandango and bought tickets for Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows part 1. My son and I went to the last one also at
midnight and he was so excited. Something new a different and
very grownup I might add.
Last night we went out for dinner to
his favorite place (Panda Express for the Orange Chicken) and then
headed to the theatre in Albany about 8pm. That's right...8pm
for the midnight movie. I knew how cold it was going to be
and wanted to make sure we got a place in line inside the
building. We took books, game boy, etc and settled in for the
wait. To my surprise the theatre got it right this
time. They cancelled all shows that had a roughly 9pm start
and sat people in their appropriate theatres as the last shows got
out. It was great because we got to sit in the theatre seats
for at least 2-3 hours which is way better than the ground!
Tanner and I got awesome seats right
behind the wheelchair ramp about halfway down which usually means
there is no one infront of him for 3 full rows and he has an
awesome view. We talked, giggled, drank caffeinated pop to
stay awake and generally had a great time as mom and son.
The movie was one of the best I
thought. It had a great deal of darkness to it as it leads up
to the finale and the epic battle of good and evil. But, this
was probably the funniest of the movies. There was a good
combo of the two.
*****If you are thinking about taking
your kids there are a few scenes with the large snake that are
super frightening. You might want to wait for DVD so you can
fast foward or be prepared to cover eyes and ears. If the
scenes had been in 3-D I think I might have wet my
I have had a few people ask why I
would take my 11 year old to a movie at midnight on a school
Well, my answer is that I only have 1
year until he gets to middle school and by then he might not want
to talk to me...ever! So, I try to take the opportunites I
can to show him how much I love him and want to spend time with
him. A midnight movie is no small undertaking. We
didn't get home til after 3 am and he is still sleeping now at 1230
in the afternoon. But, I guess breaking the rules about going
to school is ok every now and then. We spent some awesome
time together and it was special just me and him. In 5 years
no one will remember that he missed a day of school but HE will
remember his mom took him to his first and 2nd midnight
movies. Priceless memories.....
We are excited already for the final
installment of Harry Potter in 2011. Tanner has it on his
calendar so I can get tickets right away...Amazing...he is already
planning our next "DATE NIGHT".
Hope you have a great weekend....I
will be catching up on some sleep! Melissa
I love it when it gets cold outside. I love it even more
when it snows and I get to cuddle up in front of my fireplace and
I am ususally a crock-pot/slow cooker kind of gal in the
winter. But this soup is one you make on the stove. We
are just getting out of Halloween and Thanksgiving is next
week. So we have pumpkin coming out our ears! This
recipe for Pumplin apple soup is one I have used in the past and it
Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
From the Desk of
Mid-Valley Healthy MOM Dr. Ilana Dickson
This is a very interesting yet
controversial article concerning ways to combat obesity. Some
Michigan schools are banning cupcakes in order to fight obesity
seems to me a first step in the right direction. Although this is
not the answer to our overgrowing obesity epidemic in the United
States, it is a first step to send a message that junk food is not
tolerated or promoted in the public school system. An overhaul of
the food we offer in our public school system also seems like
a good place to start however due to funding, politics, lobbying,
etc. this has proven to be a very difficult task. I remember my
daughter being in a class whose teacher would not allow any junk
food during any of their celebrations. As a result, my daughter as
well as many other children in the class felt very deprived of this
privilege as other classes were allowed unlimited amounts of junk
food associated with birthdays and holidays. At the time it seemed
reasonable to me yet unfair to the children that one classroom
would be singled out as such. If there was a school policy that did
not allow classes to bring unlimited amounts of junk food
during the special occasions no one would feel left out. What
parents do at home is certainly at their discretion and only we
can, as the medical community, try and educate folks on how to
limit foods that are contributing to this ever growing
problem. However, we can certainly try and take
responsibility in our community, i.e. the public sector, to
advocate healthy food choices and exercise.
I was online today looking for some fun craft projects for the
kids to do. I found these adorable Marshmallow Pilgrim hats that
are not only cute but edible.
My daughter McKenna always likes to make sure to have place
cards for everyone at the table. I think you could write
peoples names on the brims and set them at each table
Let me know if you try these. I think it will be the
perfect craft for when Grandma comes this weekend!
Check out the link below to see a video and ingrediant
Need a push to get in the holiday spirit? Head to North
Albany Village tonight! Santa Claus will be in North
Albany Village to celebrate the annual Holiday Open House on
Thursday, November 18 from 6 to 7
Holiday carolers, kid's coloring area, and holiday treats of
cookies, candy and egg nog will be served. A free drawing will be
held for a 7' flocked Christmas Tree, gift baskets, poinsettias and
a 30" holiday wreath. In The Lens Photography will be on hand to
take photos of Santa with the children. See you there!
If your kids are itching to get out of the house even as the
weather turns cold, take them to a fun and interactive exhibit with
murals that will make them feel like they're outside on a beautiful
spring day. Open most Thursdays from noon to 4 pm, Cooper's Corner
is an educational bicycle and pedestrian safety exhibit free for
kids up to age 12.
Using scooters, kids learn about stoplights, traffic safety,
railroad crossings and crosswalks while they zoom around colorful
murals depicting buildings, the Columbia River, businesses and
more. The stoplights and crosswalks are operational, and your
pint-size travelers can even cross a miniature cable bridge.
This is a great way for parents to help their children
understand traffic safety while instilling good habits. Kids can
also park their 'cars' to check out the police station, firehouse
and hospital buildings around exhibit.
Cooper's Corner is named after Cooper Jones, who was tragically
killed in a bicycle accident in 1997. This great exhibit helps
carry on his legacy while sending home a powerful message about
safety. Cooper's Corner is run by volunteers and is located near
the JCPenney store entrance inside the Columbia Center Mall.
Don't forget to take care of mom during this holiday season.
We're giving away a luxurious pedicure at Nouveau Day
Spa to ease those tired shopping feet.
Nouveau Day Spa Express Pedicure
A refreshing aromatherapy treatment to rejuvenate tired
(30-45 Minutes) $45 value
Answer this question in the caption section below for a chance
to win. Winners will be drawn randomly from all entries at 5 p.m.
on Dec. 15. Be sure to check back to this page to see if you're the
We know how busy all of you moms are going to be for the
holidays. Here is a quick greeting to let you know that we're all
in this together. Remember to take time to enjoy this holiday
season, and maybe even do something special for yourself!
Have fun with your holiday greetings.
Yourself today! It's fun and really easy.
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