Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Who Let The Dog Out?

BOLT is Fully Awesome!!!

And Totally 3-D!!!

Calling all Moms!
In search of fun for the kids?
Need something to keep them busy during the winter break?

has arrived at

Bolt is the must see this holiday season, and at the El Capitan Theatre you will get an extra special treat! Not only is the movie in super cool Disney Digital 3-D, you will also see an all new live stage show. Disney's Holiday Spectacular, but you can only see it at the El Capitan Theatre.

As we headed off to the theatre in Hollywood, my son asked if we were going to the "real Hollywood". I realized that living in L.A. we take for granted things like Hollywood history. I sat up a little higher in the driver's seat and told Nick we were going to see something great! We were headed for an adventure and maybe we'd see a movie star!!! He spotted the stars on the sidewalk without prompting, and squealed with delight! As luck would have it, they were shooting on the street right across from the theatre, so we got to see all the lights, cameras and Jimmy Kimmel. It was very exciting to my 8 year old! I showed him the old style of the El Capitan ticket booth and the lights on the marquee are beautiful at night. There were ushers that helped us take our seats (another thing not recognized by kids these days). Disney songs were played by a live organist on the stage. Then the Christmas stage show began and the kids eyes lit up and so did mine, I love the parades at Disneyland and this is the same idea only here you have a really good seat! The whole gang were there, Mickey and Minnie, Buzz and Woody, Stitch and Pooh Bear and all the Princesses!!! What fun it was to get a high five from Goofy dressed as Santa as the show ends, the characters walk up the isles waving and blowing kisses.

The movie was incredible in 3-D, I felt like I was watching a James Bond movie. Check out the Totally action packed first scene! This is not the childhood Disney film we remember as kids. It's Disney on Red Bull, which is right up my family's alley. We munched our popcorn, which tastes much better in that neat Bolt pail (that you take home). From the moment he came on the screen, Rhino the hamster was the hands down favorite. The kids got the jokes and my sisters and I were rolling! (pun intended)

The movie ends in Classic Disney fashion, with an Excellent feel good song
performed by Miley Sirus and John Travolta(here's the adorable video)

Upcoming Events on the Marquee:

January 9th- 22nd ................Oliver and Company (20th Anniversary)
Jan 23rd- Feb 12th.................Pinocchino (70th Anniversary)
Feb 27th- Mar 12th ...............Jonas Brothers : The 3-D Experience

Confessions of a Holiday Overachiever

For those of you reading this that don't know me, I can get a little Christmas crazy, my house is fully decorated, a tree in every room, you know the type. Christmas music is the only music allowed in my car for 2 months. A highlight of the holidays for me driving through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. We fill the thermos with hot cocoa and turn on the seat heaters (yes, we do use seat heaters in CA) and of course, listen to Christmas music. Someone always ends up begging to go home but I always seem to find "just a few more streets" to go down. Buying gifts and wrapping: I pride myself on finding the perfect gift and wrapping is the perfect mix of presentation and conservation. This year we will be exclusively reusing last year's gift bags. Under our tree is an assortment of Christmas print fabric bags that my Grandma Helen made for us which we have been using to wrap our gifts for years. I plan the holiday school parties and take my son Christmas caroling with the Boy Scouts. We have a speciall family day at Disneyland to see the Christmas snow fall and special holiday parade. I host an Annual Holiday Open House at my home for my clients. We buy and give gifts to families that need extra blessings this time of year. These a few of the many on the to do list for the month of December.

That's when the reindeer sh*t hits the fan. I get sick, like can't get out of bed, sick. The few times I managed to stay well, my whole family felt as though we dodged a bullet.

Now that you have some background, you can truly appreciate my ironic story. I am trying to be more aware of myself these days and change things that aren't working for me and getting sick on or before Christmas does not work!!! I was in a particularly good holiday mood on November 1st when my Mom who was staying with us suggested we "get a jump on Christmas this year". You would indeed be correct if you guessed that we decorated my entire inside of my house that day. The house looked beautiful and what a great feeling to be done with the house.

Thinking I had this all figured out, I had given myself a 30 day head start. My schedule was too much for one person in 30 days so, I thought starting early would prevent any sickness. I mean "It's the most wonderful time of the year", right? (I'll give you a hint: I'm typing from my laptop in bed) The shopping started, the buying began, the wrapping was almost finished when I felt it coming on, I couldn't believe it... The sh*t hit the fan, but this year it was more like turkey sh*t than reindeer sh*t. Yep, I got sick for a week. Although I got sick, the timing was better. It would appear, I changed the timeline of my holiday routine 30 days earlier.

I am grateful to be over my holiday yuck. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with the family. Not to mention a lengthy trip to Vegas with hubby before Christmas and I will surely be sharing Christmas with family and friends in good health!!!

Wishing you and your family good health now and always~

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Shutter Sister


You are an amazing shining woman.
Last night you sparkled, like a flash bulb from the camera you have used to capture so many other's life moments.

It is now your turn to glow in the same light you create for others. I am so proud of your openness to receive the gifts that are yours.

Your Illustrious Dreams are your Reality.

i love you,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Good & Plenty

That's right folks, 7.2 pounds of candy. Who knew my 8 year old roaming our neighborhood with his friends and their Dads could come home with such a candy haul?!?

*Please Note: The Moms hung back to pass out candy and catch up gossip about our favorite show Lipstick Jungle while sipping grown up beverages! Now that's Trick-or-Treating "Happy Hour Mom Style"!
Lipstick Jungle is moving to Friday Nights... Set your tivos ladies (ch. 4 @ 10pm)
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