Posted in Mama Adventures

You’re alright, Charlie Brown

I admit it. I’m a Disneyland snob. I loved Disneyland before I had kids, and that love only increased once I had my kiddos. Annual passes were a given. And then my youngest turned the dreaded age of three. Not only has he turned into a holy terror (who am I kidding, he’s been like that since he turned one), but we now have to buy him a pass in addition to his older sister. Hubs and I had discussed getting passes for this year. And then Disney released the bomb that was John Carter. And Cars Land at California Adventure opened over the summer. And with both of those factors coming into play, they raised their prices. When hubs and I calculated how much the passes would set us back, we found that it would be very close to one mortgage payment. So, it was good-bye Disneyland, hello Knott’s Berry Farm.

Knott’s Berry Farm is a smaller amusement park in Orange County about 10 minutes away from Disneyland. It’s one step up from a county fair with roller coasters, funnel cakes, and carnival games. Charles Schultz’s Peanuts gang are the face of Knott’s Berry Farm. There is a Snoopy on Ice show, the characters walk around for photo-ops with patrons, and then there is Camp Snoopy.

Camp Snoopy is the kids section of the park. It is kiddie ride galore. There is a Snoopy bounce house, Joe Cool’s Gr8 Sk8, Woodstock’s Airmail, and even an outdoor theater for the characters to put on shows.

Camp Snoopy was a big selling point for Hubs and I when we decided to get the annual passes. I was afraid the kids would compare it to Disneyland and be disappointed. But after our first trip I realized I couldn’t be more wrong. They screamed with delight as they ran from ride to ride. They throw their hands up in the air on Lucy’s Tugboat and laughed uncontrollably. On Woodstock’s Airmail, Curls looks nervous as the ride starts but then has the widest smile I have ever seen on her face as she is shot up and down. I have compared Curls to Grumpy Cat before.

This is my Curls’ soccer picture from last year

Scarlet Grumpy Cat

This is Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

Don’t deny the resemblance.

So when one simple ride at a local amusement park can make my Curls grin from ear to ear, I am more than happy to take her and her brother there again and again. Even if it doesn’t have a princess castle or a mouse dressed up in a tuxedo.  

Knott's happy kids

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Posted in Pop Culture

Movie Trailer Monday: Simon Killer

Today’s trailer is a movie that could be really good or really bad. The trailer starts off reminding me of the movie Swingers and then takes a complete left turn and turns into a dark, creepy film about a guy wronged by love. It is the story of Simon who just got out of a five year relationship and decides to go to Paris. He appears to be helpless and sad. And then he meets a hooker who he falls in love with. He decides to take advantage of one of her Johns and extort money from him. It sounds like a movie of the week on Lifetime but Simon Killer is one I will keep an eye out for. Have a great week!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=100737

Posted in Pop Culture

March is the new July

In March 2006, a little movie by Zack Snyder called 300 was released. It was a black and white film based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City). There were bloody battle scenes for the men and hot, sweaty males for the women (Hello Gerard Butler!). 300 became a hit and had a $70 million dollar opening. That number set a precedent for March. It showed that it wasn’t just the summer months that can produce blockbuster numbers.

Since then there has been Alice in Wonderland ($334 million haul), Watchmen (another Zack Snyder hit at $107 million), and Hunger Games last year with $405 million.*

Since March has consistently brought in big numbers since 2006, it looks like this March won’t be an exception. There are three to choose from (if I have my way I will be seeing all three). First up on March 1st is Jack the Giant Slayer, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men). Nicholas Hoult as Jack and Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, and Ian McShane round out the cast. Next is Oz the Great and Powerful on March 8th. It is from the producers of Alice in Wonderland. The trailers are bright, big, and colorful. James Franco plays the title role and is supported by Michele Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz as the good and wicked witches of Oz. The last film is my trailer from Monday, The Host. The Host will be released on March 29th.

I am looking forward to all three movies. It will warm me up for summer. Here’s to hoping they are all good.

*Reference for box office numbers:

http://www.pajiba.com/box_office_round-ups/six-movie-milestones-that-helped-shape-blockbuster-boxoffice-release-schedules.php

Posted in Word Therapy

Thank You Haters

Dear Haters,

Hate is a part of this world whether we want it to be or not. And you, haters, are filled with it. You target people who you think deserve it and don’t give a damn about the consequences.

I believe your hate comes from sadness. I’m sorry that you’re sad. But what you have to understand is the more hate you release into this world, the sadder you will be. You and only you are responsible for your contribution to this world. And karma is always watching.

So I want to thank you. Why thank you? Because you opened my eyes. “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”  This is a new favorite quote of mine by Maya Angelou.  You showed me your true self, which is how I suspected you were deep down. You showed me that I could stand alone when I needed to.  So when people watched you unleash your hate towards me (or anyone else for that matter), they lost their place in my life. I deserve and demand better.  And I will also hold myself more accountable when I see hate being directed at others.  I have high standards and I will apply them to me, not just others in my life.  

And to show that I hold no ill will toward you, I forgive you. My life will only get better because of my ability to move forward and not let people like you bring me down. Thank you for making me realize that.

Love,

Me

Posted in Pop Culture

Movie Trailer Monday: The Host

So you didn’t like the Twilight movies. That’s cool. I loved the books and wasn’t a huge fan of the films (but I’m not a K-Stew hater either). All I ask is that you keep an open mind for the new film, The Host. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. There are no vampires in sight. Just an alien race that has taken over Earth. “Souls” are injected into captured humans and take over their bodies. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, if you may. The book was intriguing. It kept my attention mostly due to it’s unique handle of the aliens. The star of the film is Saoirse Ronan. She has been in films like The Lovely Bones and Atonement. She played a child bad ass in Hanna. The Host is just one of a few films that I am looking forward to in March. And remember: there are no vampires or werewolves to be seen.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=100410