Sunday, March 31, 2013

Baby Snyder

Happy Easter!
This day of new life brings some very special news.  Baby Snyder aka grandbaby #4 is due on November 2.   It is the most special Easter present.  Congratulations Katie and Mark.  You have made this grammy very happy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

An Awesome Friend

I'm really proud of a story I did over at Shrinking Jeans today.  It's a story about a good friend I met four years ago when I started blogging.  Her name is Sharon Couto and she is amazing.  I love Sharon.  She is smart, funny, fit, inspiring, encouraging, loving and awesome.  I feel like I left so much out of the story today.  Maybe over spring break, I can do a post here about all the things that got left out of this first post.  In the meantime, go over and read about Sharon.  You won't be sorry you did.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Winner and an Irish Greeting

We have a winner in the The Croods Giveaway.  Rhonda at Mimi's Toes was the lucky #9 as picked by  I just emailed her to get her mailing info.  Congratulations, Rhonda and thank you to eveyone who entered.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dreamworks The Croods Preview and Giveaway

I love when at the ripe old age of 58, I can get excited about an animated movie.  The Croods by Dreamworks is one of those movies.  From what I can tell, I am going to love it!

THE CROODS is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family through the journey of a lifetime. When the cave that has always been their home is destroyed – with the rest of their world not far behind it – The Croods are forced to set off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, The Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and a future beyond any they imagined. 

The Crood family dynamics, though unfolding a few million years ago, feel like they could come from your own household. Like most fathers, family patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage) is fiercely protective of his wife and three kids. His hyper-vigilance has kept his cave-bound family safe, secure and....super- bored. Grug’s strong and dutiful better half, Ugga (Catherine Keener), accepts her husband's "fear is good; change is bad" mentality, as does their son Thunk (Clark Duke), who’s content with the static status quo. Feisty mother-in-law Gran (Cloris Leachman) never tires of needling (or sometimes assaulting) Grug; and stone-tough toddler Sandy might be the fiercest Crood yet. But leave it to a rebellious teenager (is there any other kind?) to stand up to parental authority. Grug's sole focus is survival, but Eep (Emma Stone) wants to actually live, and her curiosity about the world outside their cave collides with her dad's primitive rules. (Ever the defiant outsider, Eep gets her own ledge to sleep on while the rest of the Croods form a “sleep pile” for some group shut-eye.) A cataclysmic event forces the Croods to venture into parts unknown and rethink their way of living. En route, they encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds), whose dazzling new discoveries – like fire...and shoes – shake up the Croods in unexpected ways. Most of the family (especially Eep) is smitten by Guy’s vision of a new place called “tomorrow,” but Grug sees the biggest calamity yet: a charming teenage boy from which he must “protect” Eep.
The Croods soon realize that if they don’t evolve…
they’re history.
But leave it to a rebellious teenager (is there any other kind?) to stand up to parental authority. Grug's sole focus is survival, but Eep (Emma Stone) wants to actually live, and her curiosity about the world outside their cave collides with her dad's primitive rules. (Ever the defiant outsider, Eep gets her own ledge to sleep on while the rest of the Croods form a “sleep pile” for some group shut-eye.)

If you watch the trailer below, you'll see that a couple million years hasn't changed family that much.  You may just see your own family in there.  I sure did.  My husband and I raised four daughters and we had many a moment like you'll see in this movie.

 With any journey comes discovery – and The Croods’s trek provides many “firsts,” including: the aforementioned family, road trip, fire and shoes, as well as the first pet, the first cell phone (OK, it’s a shell, but still) …plus: the first joke, the first pair of sunglasses, and even the first mid-life crisis.

I could go on and on about this movie.  I think it sounds like it is going to be amazing and hit close to home for all of us.  I hope you'll make a family outing of seeing this movie.  That is my plan.  Grammy, Poppa, Natalie, Lizzy and Jack out for lunch and a matinee of The Croods.  March 22 is the release date for this new venture from Dreamworks.

Now, if you were paying attention, the title of this post promised a giveaway.  I have a Belt plush toy.  He is the first pet in the movie.  I also have a movie poster for you. 
Mandatory Entry:  Tell me who you would like to take to see The Croods.  Kids, grandkids, friends?
Extra Entry:  Like The Croods on Facebook.
Please leave me a comment for each entry with an email to get a hold of you if you win.  I will draw a winner on March 17.

I received related products in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Next Chapter aka Book #6

I kind of have an amazingly talented son-in-law.  By day, he is an insurance adjuster and yoga enthusiast.  By night, he is a gifted writer and I'm not just saying that because he is married to my daughter.  I would be reading his poetry even if I didn't know him.  His name is Ryan Fredric Steinbeck and his sixth book of poetry, Tales of a Stone Mason is due for a late April release.  To say that I am excited is an understatement.
This is Ryan and his lovely wife Cindy ( I would think she was lovely even if she wasn't my daughter ) at one of his book signings.  I love when he does poetry readings at his book signings.  He has as much of a flare for reading his poems as he does for writing them. 
Ryan's latest entry to his collection is a book of spirited poetry with
richly layered stories that are both real and metaphorical.  This collection finds him getting into much different characters like never before and there's an authentic personality emerging from his writing that was not as prominent in previous collections.  I am very excited to be able to finally read it.  I am also excited because Ryan is writing his first novel.
You can find Ryan on Facebook and on his website.  His five previous books are available on Amazon and through his website, if you'd like to try him out.  I truly think you'd be impressed and entertained.  If you like poetry, you'll love his work.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Five Question Friday

Somehow, I forgot all about this Five Question Friday that I was doing before.  I just remembered when I saw it on a friend's post this morning.  She had forgotten too.  

1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
Easy peasy!  I worked out eight times plus my mini marathon training. 

2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
I would love winter if we could just get a big old snowstorm!!  We haven't gotten more than two or three inches at a time and then it turns warm and it melts in a day.  I want to be able to get out and play in the snow!!

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?
I'm an introverted extrovert!  I am out and doing things all the time, but I'm not the one who is putting it all together usually.  If someone asks me to go somewhere, I go.  My husband would rather stay home unless it is sports releated.  He'll go golfing or fishing anytime someone asks. 

4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?
Definitely television.  I hardly watch anything now.  It would kill me to go without music though.

5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
Not that I can recall.  Probably as a kid though.

Okay, that was fun.  Glad I got back on track.  I've been neglecting the old blog lately.  My plan is to get on here for a real post this weekend.  I have lots of things to catch you up on.