Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Grinch | Movie Review

Note:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) is one of my favorite Christmas movies I have to watch every Christmas season - multiple times.  I tried going in to this movie with an open mind.  

Last night my family had the opportunity to see The Grinch at The Movie Tavern. Dinner and a movie?  Yes, please. I had my hesitations about the movie.  I am a sucker for the 1966 Grinch movie but I went in with an open mind.  

I absolutely am in love with the brightness, attention to detail, and the overall feel of the movie.  It reminded me of The Lorax movie. 


Source: IMDB

Then the characters - I fell in love with them instantly especially Cindy Lou Who, Mr. Bricklebaum, and Max.  



Source: IMDB

In this movie, I felt that Cindy's character was developed more than the other Grinch movies. I got an understanding of her family life more (though it was a little different than the original) and why she had a connection to the Grinch.  


Source: The Blade

Mr. Bricklebaum is the quirky but lovable neighbor.  He was honestly the most hilarious character of the movie. I would love to see Mr. Bricklebaum have his own movie where we his character can be developed more.


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What can I say about Max except he's a good boy.  A very good boy, yes he is. 

Without giving too much away, I believe that Illumination and Universal Pictures did a great job at telling a new version of the Grinch story.  The music was catchy and I caught my son dancing along a few times.  With the movie only being an hour and half, it was just enough time to develop the story without losing my son's interest.  The movie was also quite funny - children as well as adults were laughing throughout the movie. With a PG rating, this movie is great for the whole family! 



 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween Treat | Mummy Dogs

With moving so close to Halloween, we weren't able to do as many activities and crafts as I had hoped.  But I was able to pull out some Mummy Dogs on Halloween night.

I am sure you have seen this image from Pillsbury all over the internet. 


They are adorable and looked pretty simple to do. 

You will need some crescent rolls, hot dogs, cheese, cooking spray and condiments of your choice.



I actually used the hot dogs with cheese on the inside and saved myself a step. 

I opened the weenies and washed them. Then I patted them dry to help the crescent roll stick to the hot dog.  

Roll out the crescent roll and make sure to pinch the rolls together at the perforated seam. Then I used a pizza cutter to cut strips of the crescent roll. 

Then start wrapping your Mummy Dogs.  You can add as little or as many strips to your mummy just make sure to leave a space at the head of the mummy for the eyes. 


Mummy Dogs

Then I baked the Mummy Dogs for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  After they were done, I left them cool off and then added some mustard eyes to our mummies. 



They came out so cute!

My Notes:
Make sure the hotdogs are dry before you start wrapping them.
The pizza cutter works best for this. 


Enjoy!






Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Here We Go Again

Warning: I am cringing as I start to write this blog post.  I am tired of moving and I am sure you are tired of hearing about them.


Dear Texas,

It is bittersweet as I write this.  It's not you - it's definitely me. 

For the past three years, my family has enjoyed living here.  We have met wonderful people, made life long connections, grew as a family but we are looking for more. 

I, for one, am going back to school full time.  Cue anxiety.  I have not been to college in over a decade. I am really nervous about going but this is something I have wanted for years.  I have prayed and prayed and prayed that I would be able to have the chance to go back to school.  Now that it is here, my anxiety is trying to tell me that I can't do it but part of moving back to Louisiana is to have that support from my family and friends, to help me achieve my goals. 

Justin is starting his own business.  This is something that he has talked about for years but doubt made him question his abilities.  Recently, he reached out to a friend in Louisiana about his plans to start his own company and let's just say things took off. 

So you see, big things are happening for us. 

I will miss many things about you, Texas.  Your sunsets, blue bonnets, Whataburger.  The lake, the state pride, the Mexican food. 

I will miss my church family.  They have been there for us through so much.  I will miss my youth group.  These kids have taught me more about myself over the past two years then I think in my whole life.  

I will miss the Scout family we have and the opportunities that Scouting has given our family, the confidence it has given JJ. 

I will miss the wonderful teachers that have helped us when we had test after test after test to find a diagnoses for JJ. 

I will not miss you 45 and the early morning traffic. 

Texans will always be my football team and the Astros my baseball team. 

But this is not goodbye.  We will see you again. But a new and exciting season is coming for our family and it just so happens to be in Louisiana.

Until later,
Gould Family 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Star Maps | Review

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Recently I was looking for a unique gift that I could get Justin for father's day.
Men are really hard to shop for. 

I mean I could get him another tool that will sit in the garage until he remembers that he has it but I wanted something different, something that was unique to our family.  

I found what I was looking for when I was contacted by an artist at Modern Map Art, asking if I would like a personalized star map. 

I got to choose a date, time, and location that was special to us and the artist would create what the stars looked like in the sky at that moment. I debated for awhile on which date to choose - when we first met, our first date, when we got married, and then it hit me: I have never seen Justin light up as when he held our son for the first time. 

One proud papa. 

The artist worked with me on exactly what I had in mind. I was able to choose from different types (poster, framed poster, canvas), different sizes, fonts, border, and color schemes.  You get to add the special date, times, place, and even a special saying to your star map. 

After finalizing all the details, Modern Map Art mailed my star map carefully packaged in a mailer tube. It was wrapped in tissue paper and packed with paper on either end to insure my precious gift arrived in great condition.



Not going to lie - when I unrolled my star map, I did shed a few tears.  It is a beautiful piece of artwork on heavy matte paper that can be framed or hung just like it is. I went with a dark frame to match the rest of my pictures.  


So what did Justin think of his early Father's Day gift?  "I think it's awesome. I'll look at it and think of the night I recieved the greatest gift." 


Modern Map Art offers several different items if for some reason star maps aren't for you (I mean c'mon you know they are awesome!).   From pillows to state map art to skyline art to cell phone cases, you can find unique and amazing gifts for everyone.  

Next to buy:  this awesome scratch off travel map for JJ

Again, thank you to Modern Map Art for sending me this beautiful piece of art (which is now my favorite). 


*Please note that this item was gifted to me from Modern Map Art for my honest review and opinion. All views are my own and completely honest.  I do love this item and will be purchasing more for myself and loved ones. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

I Could Be Mad...

I could be mad. 

That the woman who was already finished raising her kids but didn’t blink twice about raising my brother and me, was diagnosed with cancer. 

I could be upset.

That the woman that was my biggest supporter had a hard time recognizing my son and me. 

I could be angry.

That despite the radiation, mounds of doctors,  and thousands of prayers, she got sicker. 

I could be livid.

That the strongest woman I know, needed help to do the simpliest of tasks. 



But I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong.  I was.  When I first heard her diagnosis, I couldn’t fathom how this lady could get it.  She always seemed to be invincible to me.  She has been through so much in her life to just have cancer beat her down. I was mad, upset, angry, livid and a whole other wide range of emotions. 

But now, I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for timing. Had she been diagnosed years ago, I know I couldn’t handle it as well as I am today. If my son was younger, I would be angry with the fact that he didn't really get to know his great-grandmother.  If I didn't have the support of my husband, I know I couldn't see her so helpless.  If I didn't have the friends I have now, I wouldn't be able to be there for my son who needs me more than ever.  I am thankful for God's timing.

I am thankful for my faith.  If I wasn’t as strong in my faith as I am, I would probably have turned my back on God. Hours and hours of praying and seemingly getting no where.  If I wasn’t in my church (which I’ve only been there about 3 years), I wouldn’t have Godly people in my life to help me process.  I am thankful for my faith, knowing that when she does pass, she will be with God.  

"...to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord."

She will be there welcoming me into Heavens gates when it's my turn to go.  That when JJ heard about her condition, he was upset but turned to rely on his faith stating, “I was sad but realized God has Maw Maw in His hands.” 

I  am thankful that I’ve had at least 34 years with her, some people don't get that.  I am sad that I wont be able to call on her anymore to ask for advice, ask for a recipe, or to just vent but I am going to take this knowledge that she has given and use it everyday of my life. Do I want more time with her? ABSOLUTELY.  But not at the expense of her being in pain.

Don't get me wrong, the anger still comes to the surface.  I still can't sleep at night.  I still hold out for a miracle but I ultimately know that God is in control and I trust Him thar everything will work itself out, one way or another.  

Luke 18:27, "Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Job 5:8-9, But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted."

So I could be mad but I won't. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello 2018

As I get older, time just seems to be passing so quickly.  I can't believe that it is already 2018.  And almost half way through January.

I have to say that 2017 wasn't the best year for my family and me.  We were definitely tested and went through some trials.  All in all we came out unscathed but as I sat and waited for 2018 to roll around, I made the decision that I would make 2018 the best year yet.

I don't normally make resolutions - those are meant to be broken.  But I did have dreams.  Or maybe I should call them goals.   


Here are my 2018 goals:

Spiritual - I want to grow closer to God and get deeper in His word.  I want to be completely wrecked by God this year.  I want to grow our youth group and be able to reach the teens in our area.

Health - We ended 2017 by doing the Keto diet.  You can find more about Keto here.  I was able to lose about 20 lbs and Justin lost closer to 25.  But then the holidays came and we went on a cruise.  In 2018, I want to get healthy.  I don't have a weight in my head but I do want to have more energy and ultimately complete a fun 5k. I joined a gym and have been going regularly.  We are also slowly getting back on the Keto diet.

Family - Be Present would be my motto for 2018.  I want our time together to count.  Maybe we won't take another big family vacation like the cruise but I want even the time at home spent being present.  This means turning off the phone and electronics that may distract me.  This means not thinking about the all the things that need to be completed but enjoying our time together. This means actually listening and paying attention to what is happening around me, to put multitasking on hold for those moments that I get to spend with my family. 

Blog - This is my diary.  I want to be able to look back on these post and remember where I was and what we were doing.  I would also like to grow into maybe vlogging for bigger events that we participate in.  I put a hold on blogging when I lost my Nikon at the end of 2016.  I haven't really been focused on finding a new camera but I have one on my phone right?  But by doing this, I mentally shut down my blog as well.  Now we will do things or see things and I will want to blog about it but I figure that I am so far away from blogging that I can't start back up.

I will stop making excuses for what happens in 2018 - I will hold myself accountable.  And hopefully be able to take you guys along for the ride here on Another Ordinary Day. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Paper Bag Pumpkins | PreK Craft

It's finally starting to feel like Fall here in Texas.  Finally.

This week we started our fall lesson.  We discussed the changes in the weather, used pinecones and pumpkin seeds in our sensory bin, and spent more time outside.

We also discussed pumpkins, because what's Fall without pumpkins?

We were able to go outside and dissect our pumpkin.  The children were able to use their senses to explore the pumpkin.






Getting an extreme close-up of the pumpkin.


Pumpkin guts & stuff.


We also made our own pumpkin patch out of paper bags.

Our cute little pumpkin patch.
I would highly recommend covering your tables in brown paper or newspaper.  Clean up is so easy.









What you will need:

- orange paint  & paint brushes
- newspaper or in my case we used pages from a phone book
- green pipe cleaners
- paper bags



Directions: 

01.  Crumble the newspaper and place in the bottom of the paper bag.

02.  Gather the top of the bag to make a stem and tie it with the pipe cleaner.



03.  Then I encouraged the children to color the bottom of the bag orange.  




04.  You can paint the top of the bag (the stem area) brown but the bag was brown so I didn't see a point.  Also, you can have the children add a face once the paint dries. 


It was a simple and easy craft for the children to do.  I highly recommend it.