Family

Lion Guard Themed 1st Birthday Party

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Lion Guard pin he got at Animal Kingdom!

Last October, our little love nugget turned a year old, and we were ready to party.  Of course, the tricky part of a baby party is how on earth do you make it fun for both the baby AND the adults invited?

Our answer: Theme it with the baby’s favorite Disney Jr. show, and gear the games towards the adults!

My parents agreed to host, but everything else, from set up to clean up, was up to me and my husband. Of course I started by pinning all the Lion Guard and first -birthday party ideas I liked on Pinterest.  

I worked with a really good print shop on Etsy  to get the invitations.  I told them what I wanted the design to say, and they did the arranging part.  Then I printed out a bunch on cardstock at the local office supply store.  Voila!  Cheap invitations.

A family friend is a fantastic cake baker and decorator.  She even made it gluten-free, so I could eat cake, too!

She sculpted a Kion for the top, and a ton of flowers, foliage, and grubs galore!

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I bought the action figures at Toys R Us.  IMG_9536

I made a simple photo backdrop by hanging different colored streamers and taping up balloons, all from Party City!

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With his Granny and Grandda.
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With his (Great-) Gramma & Grampa.
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With his Donk (Downton Abbey fans…you understand.)

The first party game was “Name The Baby.”  I asked all the guests to bring a baby picture of themselves, hung them up with numbered clothespins, and had them write down who they thought each baby might be.  It was a good “get to know you” kind of game for those who didn’t know each other well, and I tossed some Disney babies in there for bonus points.

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I gave out the little notebooks and pens as party favors, along with a Lion Guard plastic cup.

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Cups and pens make good drums when the grown-ups are busy playing games!  (Mickey Mouse safari romper was on clearance at the Disney Store – shopping win!)

We also played a 10 question trivia game about Baby Flynn’s first year, mostly multiple-choice.  Things like “What was his first finger food?” (A sweet-potato fry!)
I bought a cute little chalkboard from Target that was the winner’s prize.

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Of course, I couldn’t resist buying him Kion.
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I know it’s blurry, but I love this pic!
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Family photo.  I have no idea what I was laughing at.  Probably something my husband said.

I made the cake repellent wall protector high-chair backdrop from a plastic tablecloth.  The banner was from several packs of colored burlap banners, and I hand-lettered them with paint pens.  Mini clothes pins and twine came helped finish it all off, and all taped up with painter’s tape, strategically hidden behind the balloons.

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YAY!
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I can’t believe they bibbed me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Man even got a smash cake covered in “grubs”…

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Though he was given a more appropriately sized piece to cut down on crumbles.

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So yummy.

Meanwhile, the grown-ups dug into the big cake.

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Someone decided to trust me with cutting the cake.

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A double-disaster because a) I love blades, and b) I cut cake pieces WAY too big.
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He definitely enjoyed his cake.
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Cutest OM-NOM-NOM.

Something that isn’t pictured is the giant letter “B” initial I bought for guests to sign with a little birthday message.  I used scrapbooking pens, laid them and the white letter out on the table, and guests could just sign whenever they got a moment.  It turned out well, though I recommend either using sharpie or paint pens if you do this. The scrapbooking pens were colorful, but took a LONG time to dry and smudged a little.  But it still turned out cool, and is part of my son’s bedroom decor!

I also bought a Lion Guard table cloth for the food table, to keep the theme going.  We had simple food: a veggie tray, a fruit tray, some chips & dip, and the cake.  (I mean, it’s really all about the cake, right? Right.)

I hope you enjoyed the look into his party (only 7 months later… Better late than never)!  What are some of your favorite party themes for littles?

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Guess who’s coming?

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That’s right, baby #2 is on the way!
Current working name: Peanut. (We like to find out and reveal the gender, but hold off on revealing the name until the birth certificate is signed.)

Little Bear seems to know something big is going on.  He occasionally points at my tummy, and seems to be getting extra snuggly.  Maybe he’s figured out his days of fitting on my lap are numbered…

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Good thing this kid likes babies!

Oh yeah…

…it’s a BOY!

We are all super excited and can’t wait to meet our new little dude!

Writing

Disney Housewife gets a makeover!

Pic: My boy and his dog.

Quick post today, y’all!

You may have noticed that not only has the title and layout of the blog has changed, but also the web address!

Why The Merry Mousewife?

“Mouse” is for two things: it’s in honor of Mickey Mouse (or as my son likes to say, “Mi-Mouse!), still sounds like “housewife” (since that’s my primary job that I love), and also reminds me of the Churchmice from Robin Hood.  Much of my growing up years were spent at church as both parishioner and as a musician, including many Holy Weeks where I would be at church every day, often more than once! My faith is still important in my life today, and a huge part of who I am, and I wanted to find a way to honor that as well.

So there you have it: Mickey, being a housewife, and my faith all came together to form this revamped blog.  I think the change will help me open up a new world of writing for myself, and I hope you enjoy!

Movies

Everyone needs a LaFou

Note: It took me forever to finally get to a theater and see the new Beauty and the Beast!  I was blown away by the reimagining, and wanted to share my thoughts here.  If you haven’t seen it and don’t want spoilers about what’s new, you probably shouldn’t read on.
Also, you may have noticed that the blog has changed.  Yes, this used to be The Disney Housewife blog! I’m trying something new that I’ll explain in a later post, and I’ll keep writing a ton of Disney-related stuffs, so please keep stopping by to see what happens!

Out of the live action movies Disney has been releasing over the last several years, I’ve seen Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, and I have to say that the new Beauty & the Beast far surpassed the others I’d seen.  Before I get into it, though, here’s my quick-takes on the previous three I’d seen:

Alice in Wonderland: Forgettable.  Pretty sure I fell asleep twice, because I don’t remember the end. I love the book, and I don’t even like the animated adaption much.  (Love the world and that other people love it, Hate the adaption.  That’s a thing, right?)

Maleficent: I was SO looking forward to this movie, and I was rather pleased with Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent.  But the overall storyline pulled a Frozen for me, aka took a turn in the middle to make an awesome villain the tragic hero.  Can’t we PLEASE let the mistress of evil be, I don’t know, EVIL?  It’s okay to like, and even feel sorry for, someone who hasn’t redeemed themselves by the end of a movie.  (Like Dr. Horrible, everyone’s lovable villain!)

Cinderella: Cinderella is, of course, a goody-one-shoe, but that’s why we all love her.  The film hilights good morals, and the movie won me over with the blue dress.  Plus, even though Cindy forgives her stepfamily, her husband has the balls good judgement to exile them.  Brownie points to Disney for fleshing out one of their most historically boring princes.  Downside: Helena Bonham Carter as the creepiest fairy godmother no one wanted.

Now that those are off my chest… I went into Beauty and the Beast with low expectations, spending far too much of the movie thinking “Oh, they’re going to mess this scene up!”
But it was amazing!

Everything that was added or taken away was obviously given lots of loving thought, and favorite minor characters were fleshed out in a way that added to the movie without distracting from the main action.

One of my favorite things in the film was seeing the relationship between Gaston and LaFou.  Everyone needs a LaFou best bro.  Someone who will pay a ridiculous amount of coin to random people at the local pub just to cheer you up on a bad day.  Someone who will offer you advice when you don’t necessarily want it, and someone who will tell you you’re horribly in the wrong, all while still loving you.  Josh Gadd definitely impressed me with a much more thoughtful version of the endearing buffoon, one who realizes Belle’s dignity more than her suitor, and who has a conscience that guides him to realize he can’t support Gaston after he crossed too many evil lines.

And Gaston was so delightfully manipulative that I wasn’t convinced I’d dislike him much by the end of the film.  In the original, Gaston is annoying and a bully, but he’s so transparent that you can’t understand why an entire village would rally with him to go attack a castle they didn’t realize was important until that day.  Now he’s so good at disguising his true, vicious personality that no one, not even LaFou sees what Gaston is capable of until he’s already acting on his impulses.  For the first half of the movie I kept thinking, “Gaston is too likable!  How will they come back from this?”  Of course, once he leaves someone to die a gruesome death because they were annoying and in his way… that did it.

But I think that’s why I liked this portrayal.  Gaston actually makes the audience believe that he’s interested in Belle for more than being a pretty prize.  At first he tries to relate with Belle about books, of all things.  Really, truly tries.  And tries to make her feel better when the townspeople are mocking her.  Granted, this is all for his own ends of marriage,  but he is so convincing, and so good at manipulating the entire town, that it’s scarily realistic.

With Beast, I’ll admit that I had low expectations after The Tragedy of Grand Moff Tarkin’s Face.   But I was again pleasantly surprised that I never questioned whether or not Beast was real.  He was just Beast.

And I love that he’s now good, and actually as nice as his staff keeps claiming he is.  Beast isn’t a bully who has to be changed by a woman, he’s just battling a horrible childhood, years of depression from isolation and hopelessness, and a case of DAMMIT DON’T STEAL MY PRETTY ROSES, YOU THIEVES! (Come on, if you live in a castle and someone breaks in, protocol is that you toss people in dungeons.)  He’s never truly mean to Belle, just annoyed that she’s there.  He’s lost any hope that a woman would love him, so why even bother with breaking the spell?
Plus there’s the addition of Beast being literate and having a sense of humor.  He’s not just won over by Belle because he’s impressed by her, they actually have things in common that they can bond over.   And they even already have little inside jokes to giggle over when they’re an old married couple, like the “grow a beard” comment.  #totesadorbs
And to top it off, I got a happy case of “Matthew’s back!” warm fuzzies when Beast transformed, and no one called once called him Adam.  Win-win.

This version of Beauty & the Beast blew me away, but it wasn’t just seeing something I loved as a kid be performed by live people (though yes, my inner little girl squealed with delight a lot).  It was seeing my favorite characters fleshed out to become more than characters with simple motivations and simple personalities, but the whole people that I grew up wanting and believing them to be.

 

 

[Note for parents: it’s a great movie even for kids, though probably not the super littles because there are a lot of intense, surprising or just darker-themed scenes, including finding out how Belle’s mom died.  And for anyone worried about that hyped-up “gay moment,” it’s nothing worse than what was in the original film.]

 

 

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Moana = Shiny

 

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That darn SHINY song.

Why?  WHY did they make that song?!

In the middle of our first viewing I turned to my husband and asked “So, did David Bowie do this song before he died, or did they bring him back specifically to write it?” Because seriously, that song is full-on, Labyrinth-swamp-scene-headless-bird-weirdness.  And it won’t get out of your head.  Ever.  We keep pulling Marshall Eriksons around the house, singing what we would actually speak to our son with the word “shiny” at the end of the sentence.

Phew, now that I got that off of my chest, I can say that I finally saw Moana….and I love it. (Other than the aforementioned song.) I love it because…

  • The music is addicting; even the background, non-lyrics soundtrack.
  • The Rock can sing, which is cool and actually quite nice to listen to. (Still figuring out how he fit that many tongue-tying syllables into that short of a time, because I’m going to learn it, dangit! #MusicMajorProblems)
  • The animation is phenomenal.  I even noticed the torches people were carrying around, the second time I watched it, and it looks like real fire.
  • I plan on being the kind of grandmother Moana’s Granny is.
  • The chicken ends up being the sidekick, even though he’s almost useless and they make you think it’s gonna be the smart pig.
  • Mythology.  I don’t know how accurate Disney kept it, but I have a long love of all sorts of mythology dating back into my elementary school days.

But most importantly, I love how there are two main themes in Moana, and even though they are somewhat opposing, they work together so well.

Theme one: “You can find happiness right where you are.”

They may have gotten the point across in the main crowd-scene song, but it looks like it takes all of Moana’s growing-up years to finally convince her of this.  She has a longing for more, but she also understands the important role she has to play for her people.  So, she puts aside her personal desires in order for the greater good.

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Moana and Spock would agree. 

 

Even with knowing her grandmother would support her, it takes her island starting to die to take her away from her duty in leading her people.

Theme two: You usually know your calling deep inside yourself, but it might take a LOT of outside prompting to discover and accept it.

You might be saying “Theme two doesn’t oppose theme one.”  And you’d be right…. kind of.

In light of that Moana’s calling is to leave her people and complete a mission larger than her or her duty to her people, then yes, these two themes completely oppose each other in Moana’s case.  She has the duty to fulfill the mission the Ocean has given her, and she has a duty to taking care of her people.

And in the end, she manages to do both: Moana completes her mission, by which her people are saved (I’m guessing, since the lava monster isn’t spoiling the sea and islands anymore), she returns to lead them (symbolized by conch shell on the stack of leadership stones[way to go to ruin the stack for your descendants, Moana!]), and helps her people return to their tradition and calling of being voyagers.

I seriously love this girl.  True to her family, true to her people, true to her calling.  And sassy as all get out.

I also have to say that I love Moana’s mother.  She has such a small part, but it’s so important.  When she realizes Moana is leaving, finally answering the call to leave the island, she doesn’t stop her.  But more importantly, she helps her daughter pack.   She cries as her daughter leaves, she obviously worries once her daughter is gone, but she realizes her daughter is grown and must do what she thinks is best as her people’s leader.

And that’s my stormy night brain dump, as I’m staying up, just waiting to see if any of these tornado watches turn into warnings-yay!  Pray for safety in the southeast, it’s nasty over here.

Did you like Moana?  Did you despise Shiny, or actually like the disco moment?  Have you also been listening to the songs on repeat in your car?  Let me know! 

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If Chirrut were a Catholic lady… aka My ‘Rogue One’ Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

SPOILER ALERT: They successfully steal the Deathstar plans.

My apologies to anyone living under a rock since 1977, but that’s the part of the plot that shaped the entire Star Wars universe, and pretty much fueled Geekdom for the past forty years.

Much like the Star Wars prequels, sequel and that one WTF Christmas special, Rogue One is a mixed bag.  But here’s what I loved: the bag is mixed exactly half-and-half.  Not that I mean it’s a 5/10 stars, because I’d place it closer to a 8/10 on the Housewife Movie Scale.  “Wow,” you’re thinking, “that’s a high rating!”

Yeah, well… the movie earned all eight stars in the second half.  Seriously, at the hour mark, while sitting in the movie theater, I checked my phone and thought “Dear Lord, we’re only an hour in?!”  And then, BAM! The plot turned completely around and became everything I ever wanted in a Star Wars movie.

Last warning about spoilers: This is about stealing the Death Star plans.  And remember, from A New Hope: We never met anyone who helped steal the plans, and it was clear that many rebels died in the process.  So. If you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve been warned.

  1.  THERE IS NO THEME SONG OR TITLE CRAWL
    I was born in the nineties.  I didn’t get to experience hearing the Star Wars main theme on the big screen, anticipate the silence between “A long time ago…” and the “TA-DA!!! Dum-dee-dee-dum…” that my parents did.  Until last year, when The Force Awakens came out.  That musical moment and title crawl was better than I ever imagined it could be.
    And then, THIS crap.  If you haven’t yet seen Rogue One, you will be heartbroken, like me.  You see the familiar “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” and we cut to a space scene.  Bam.  Straight to the action.
    I felt like Sheldon Cooper being handcuffed before finishing the third *knock-knock-knock* “Penny?”
    Directors, editors, anyone involved in this production: bad choice.  Not only was it weird, it was also distracting.  For at least the first 20 minutes, I was thinking about “Why wasn’t there the theme song?  Who should get fired for that?  This isn’t even Star Wars!” instead of paying full attention to the plot.
  2. S-L-O-W
    You can nap through the first half and still get the overall plot.  I truly think that the slow-ness of the film’s first half is because there wasn’t a title crawl.  No title crawl with background of main plot and characters = way too much exposition.  Or maybe it was slow because the writers knew we’d be lamenting the lack of title crawl and inwardly calling them names?  Yeah, that’s got to be it.
  3. Tarkin’s face.
    Look, we all know the original actor died.  That’s okay.  I’d much rather have had a close look-alike wearing a lot of make up and prosthetics than the cheap CGI face they attempted for this movie.  Once again, the creators did something that was  just distracting.  If you’re gonna do a CGI face, you can’t have it look that fake.  #Battlefield1HasBetterAnimation.
  4. Vader is roomies with Sauron.
    Apparently, I’m not the only one who started looking for a giant flaming eye at the top of Vader’s pointy palace.  FYI, that’s not Mordor.  It’s some other lava place.
  5. Blind guy, Machine-Gun-guy, and faith.
    Absolutely my favorite characters.  I had no clue what their names were while watching the films, but I have since used The Google and discovered the blind guy is Chirrut, and machine-gun-guy is Baze.
    Despite not knowing their names until two minutes ago, they are my absolute favorite characters in the film.  I think it’s because of the stark contrast between Chirrut and Baze.  The first believes in the Force, that it flows through him, that it not only allows, but helps him to do good, and that the Force is present and reachable in any situation.  He truly has (pardon the pun) blind faith.
    Baze’s point of view, on the other hand, is much more relatable.  Baze seems to think “If the Force was on our side, our temple wouldn’t have fallen, and the Jedi would still be the peacekeepers.  I’m here for my friend.”

    And since I’m a Catholic nerd, I couldn’t help but think that these are the two kinds of Christians I tend to run into.  The first is kinda nutty, super into their faith, believes that God is on his side no matter what, etc.  Let’s just say that if Chirrut were a Catholic lady, he’d be going to every daily Mass while wearing a veil, chanting The Angelus under his breath ad nausem whilst wielding dual rosaries.  (Okay, not a thing… except in the film Priest.)  But you get the idea: he’s the friend who’s kinda nutty, but you can’t help but love how much faith he has.
    Then there’s Baze.  His kind of believer says “You’re nuts.  What has God done for you?  Yeah, he’s there, but obviously, he doesn’t care if we all burn.”
    And yet Baze sticks by his friend, at first because they had a common faith/purpose, but now out of the loyalty and love that comes from their friendship.
    You can tell that Baze is amused and encouraged by Churrit’s faith in the Force being for him and in him (Through him, with him, and in him, anyone?), even though he gently mocks his friend’s faith.  And yet, there’s something in him that wants Churrit to be right.
    Watching Churrit’s final march through a hailstorm of blaster bolts, Baze’s admission that the Force was with him, and his final stand… I’ll admit, I cried.  I kept thinking about the movie For Greater Glory (which you should totally watch), and Churrit’s chant of   “I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me, and I am one with the Force…” is just like the rote prayers I’ve learned through my own faith formation.  And when Baze’s faith comes back to him, his battle cry is very much a “Viva Cristo Rey!” moment.  And to think, he may have never believed that the Force was with him again without Churrit’s constant reminders, just as we are supposed to encourage our own friends in their times of unbelief!

  6. And then, of course, is the Rebellion itself.  A group of misfits who can barely work together, who (as they admit when joining Jyn)  have done terrible things, but are all willing to die for the sake of saving the galaxy.  Their lives for everyone else to have a chance.  (Martyrs, anyone?  Seriously, the Star Wars ‘verse is one giant Christianity metaphor.)  Going in to the movie, I figured not many of the main characters would make it out alive.  I was right.  And I love them for it.
  7. The seamless transition into A New Hope.  Spectacular.  I don’t even have adequate words for it.  And since I saw the movie just days after Carrie Fisher died, I definitely felt a lot of feels.  *sniffles*

    Obviously, this movie tugged my heartstrings, at least for the last half.  Seriously, once the act of stealing the Death Star plans actually begins, it is just as good as the original trilogy, and at that point, far surpasses any of the other four films made since then.   Watching the movie, I kept thinking back to my childhood, when me and my friends would play Star Wars.  Our bikes were X-Wings, the tire swing was the Millennium Falcon, we all fought over who was Leia (we took turns and made up other girl characters, and I think I was Luke a few times), and we were all misfits, joined up with the Rebels to fight the evil Empire.  Rogue One brought all of that back to me, which is exactly what a Star Wars movie is supposed to do.

    + May the Force be with you.  
    R: And with your spirit. 

    *Sidenote, I personally wouldn’t take super tiny kids to this thing.  Because seriously, almost everybody dies, and it’s really intense.*

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30 Day Disney Challenge: The End.

It’s obvious by now that I have a horrible time remembering and finding the time to do any kind of “____ Days-Long Challenge.”  (See the Days of Thanks from November if you must… I got to day seven.)

So, since I stink so badly at finishing challenges, I’m going to finish up the 30 Day Disney challenge in this one post.  No muss, no fuss, and I’ll keep the answers *gasp* short.

We left off on Day 21, “An Overrated Movie.”  So now we move on to…

Day 22: An underrated movie.

Winner: Treasure Planet.  treasureplanetvhs If you haven’t seen this movie, WATCH IT.  It is spectacular.

If you think it looks stupid because it’s sailing ships in space, you’re wrong.

Go back, read the original novel, and then watch the movie.  It is an amazing adaption, especially how they re-made all of the characters while keeping true to the original story.

Moving on…

Day 23: A movie that makes you laugh.

Um… All of them?  Nothing is popping immediately to mind…

I guess we will go with

Winner: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

So many gems of lines in that film.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then clearly you’ve never been to Singapore.

Day 24: A movie that makes you cry.

Winner: Inside Out

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I laughed.  I cried (a lot).  It moved me, Bob.

Day 25: Your favorite scene from your favorite movie.

Winner: The lantern scene from Tangled. 

Followed by a close second with this moment:

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Day 26: Saddest death.

I was about to say Kerchak in Tarzan.  But it goes to…

Winner: Kala & Kerchak’s first baby gorilla.

You thought I’d pick Mufasa, didn’t you?  And watching a beloved character become an orphan after seeing his parent die is sad.
What’s sadder is a baby being torn apart by a leopard and watching the baby’s helpless parents know they can’t stop it.

When you’re done with that visual, we move on to….

Day 27: Your favorite quote.

STORYTIME!!!

So, growing up my family spoke mostly in Disney quotes.  This is probably due to watching SO many Disney movies with my sister, who has autism, and would watch one movie over and over again for a month.

Let me tell you: One month of any Disney movie is one too many if you don’t switch it up.  I could probably write out the scores for several Disney films, part-for-part, with barely a flaw, just because I heard them from my room at the end of the hall SO MANY TIMES.  (I consider it a gift.  I can karaoke the crap out of Disney music.)

If you are a Trekki (sp?) who knows about the “When the walls fell” episode, that’s pretty much how my family appears to outsiders.  I’ve known my husband for over six years now, and sometimes he still thinks I’m being rude or snarky when I’m actually quoting Scuttle, or Flounder, or Lumiere, etc.
It can make life really interesting.

Some family faves are:

“It was all ‘this is this, and that is that…'”

“It’s like he’s trying to speak to me!  Look, you’re really cute…”

There are dozens of other family favorites, but I’m blanking.  So in the interest of speed, I’ll pick a personal fave:

“All at once, everything looks different now that I see you.”
-Tangled

Day 28: Your favorite theme park.

Winner: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

I’m obligated to choose this one.  It’s where I got engaged.  😀
Plus it’s usually the most peaceful park to visit.  (hint, hint)

Day 29: Your favorite theme attraction.

Winner: Star Tours/Everest.

I can’t choose just one.  They are SO different.  Star Tours made me cry when my childhood dreams came true.  Everest is one of my favorite coasters OF ALL TIME.

Day 30: Your favorite theme park show.

Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom.  

Best show in the parks.  Followed closely by Fantasmic.  But the talent in Festival of the Lion King beats out everything else.  I highly recommend it, especially if Be Prepared is one of your fave villain songs.

Finished!

Or, as Prince James would say on Sofia the First:
BOOM GOES THE CANNON!

(We have a very Sofia friendly household.)

Hope you enjoyed the quickie-version of the challenge!  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Have other “what are your fave” questions?  Let me know!

 

 

 

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Giving Thanks – Day 7

I promise, I’m doing my best to not fall far behind!  I’ve started falling asleep doing almost any sitting-down task if I try to stay awake past 10 pm now.  Maybe a combo of the time change and an early-rising baby?  Who knows!

But anyways, on to yesterday’s thankfulness. It’s a longer list, so I’ll go in order of how the things came to mind chronologically through the day.

Yesterday, I was thankful for the weather finally feeling cool, like autumn!

It definitely means more outdoor time for us.  Fall is my absolute favorite season!

I’m thankful that something I thought could be a medical problem is actually nothing.

Hi, I’m a slightly-hypochondriac Web-MD-searching-expert Wet-Ones-slinging-germaphobe.  The Google actually diagnosed me correctly, but it’s always nice to have a real person confirm that everything is a-ok.

I’m thankful for my students, and that I have the means and ability to teach piano.

It brings so much joy to my heart when I see people enjoying making music.  And when they have fun or make progress, it gives me so much more drive to practice for myself.  After all, since I tell them how important it is to practice, I need to set the example, hold myself accountable and practice, too!   And on a related note…

I’m thankful for a hubby who encourages the buying of more piano books for myself.

My latest to rehearse are a Star Wars: The Force Awakens book (fairly complicated, but lovely arrangements) and a Frozen book.  (Oh, don’t judge me.  The music is good, it’s the last 30 minutes of the plot for which I harbor feelings of “UGH”).

 

That’s it for yesterday!  What are you thankful for today?