The Best Scores & Soundtracks | Part 2

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A month ago, I published the first part of my list of favorite movie scores and soundtracks. It was a shorter post compared to what this one will be..I have made the decision on only talking about 12 of them as I didn’t want to drag it on. I feel like this a great selection of soundtracks. A lot of them you have probably enjoyed growing up or as you got older. I have also arranged them in alphabetical order again just to help myself keep everything straight.

Burlesque (2010)

Have you ever seen a new movie promo and feel this immediate attraction to it? I felt it the day I saw the Burlesque trailer. I am a really big fan of Christina Aguilera and to find out she was making her debut in a movie was really exciting! The weird thing is that despite I was purely watching it for Christina, I actually love it because of the whole cast. My favorite character out of everybody is actually Stanley Tucci’s “Sean,” he can play a really good gay man! I was thoroughly surprised!

As far as talking about the soundtrack, I can literally listen to it from top to bottom. I loved the movie so much that for one Christmas, I actually asked for the soundtrack rather than the movie itself. I think the main reason for this was maybe I already had it on my DVR, but have lost it a couple of times in the course of three years. Thankfully, I have it in my main folder and if I want something to watch that I know I am going to enjoy I will turn it on. I try not to sing the songs late at night but sometimes I can’t help myself and it comes out. I have also been known to dance as well, but nobody can hear me when that happens so that’s okay!

Dreamgirls (2006)

When this one came out, I was at the start of getting really into musicals in general. It was a film that I actually watched on my own, without any other introductions from either people or the trailers on TV. Nevertheless, I genuinely loved it!

If it had came out at the peak of Beyonce’s career like now, after she’s lent her voice for the live action remake of “The Lion King” would I have enjoyed it as much is still up in the air, but my focus was never on her. I actually love it for Jennifer Hudson, like everybody else, I was stunned to find out that she was on American Idol but was later eliminated. I thought her voice was beautiful! I loved her sass towards pretty much everyone and felt horrible after the gorgeous performance of “And I Am Telling You” with those high notes! Good God, I can tell you that I can’t even hit those notes and I’ve tried to improve on my voice for the last few years, but still struggle reaching for the Earth-shattering vocals. Thankfully, I’m not bitter about it!

One thing that I was even more surprised about was Eddie Murphy. The only time I have ever heard him sing before was in Shrek and it wasn’t even as intense as what you hear on this movie! My ultimate favorite is “Patience” it has so much raw emotion in it.

Descendants 3 (2019)

Before watching this film, I had actually been pushing this post back further and further away because I knew how much time consuming it would be, but after I seen it I knew I had to basically bite the bullet and even include it onto the already long list!

It has actually been a long time since I have enjoyed watching a Disney Channel Original Movie, so I wasn’t expecting to like it very much but I had been really curious about it after the death of Cameron Boyce, and I was shocked on how much I loved it! I watched it live and recorded it for my main folder so whenever I wanted to watch it I could with ease, but I can’t seem to move past the song “Queen Of Mean” and really I still have trouble continuing because I just want to hear and sing it. After finishing it, it took me about a month to complete the other two movies, but I didn’t like it as much as this one though.

From Justin To Kelly (2002)

I know this movie wasn’t very popular when it came out, but I actually love it to pieces! If you’ve never seen it (which you probably haven’t) apparently it was a test film whether or not to see if American Idol winners could act. If this had a better outlook during the first weekend it premiered, executives would have continued to create similar films after every AI finale to jack up profits of the stars they helped make in the process. However, this was not the case but all wasn’t lost though. Kelly Clarkson still acts here an there. Hell, she even has her own talk show now!

Here’s something really interesting about the film itself. It also features another familiar face: Anika Noni Rose. No, she wasn’t on AI but she was on Dreamgirls as “Lorrell” the love interest of Jimmy Earl and “Tiana” on The Princess and The Frog. This movie was one of her firsts before making it into these huge sensations!

As far as the music goes, there is a lot of sass in the movie, and luckily the music runs right with it. I have always loved revenge songs, and there are two songs that are all about revenge and maybe even a little showoff-y too. There is “Wish Upon A Star” that is sung by our antagonist Alexa, even though she has this very high pitched voice when she sings, it still has that spunk of her personality. The other is “Madness” that is by both Kelly and Anika’s character Kaya. This is a really fun song with a lot of sass against these crazy boys in the film. My ultimate favorite is “Timeless” and it features both Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. It is so beautiful and very gentle compared to the other songs on the soundtrack.

Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

I tried my hardest to not make this list all about my favorite Disney soundtracks so I have only three on here that I have truly adored for years.

Despite the fact that I have grown a better appreciation for the first Lion King film, my favorite will always be ‘Simba’s Pride’ because there wasn’t that big of a death on it. Yes, Nuka gets killed but it’s nothing compared to the killing of Mufasa, at least that’s my opinion anyways! Another reason why I have always liked this one more is because I think there are more songs included, especially after little Kiara and Kovu get taken back by their parents after meeting each other, there are two songs going on back-to-back. This doesn’t happen in the first film.

When I was younger, my favorite song was the theme song in the beginning which was “He Lives In You” which is still by Lebo B, who sung “Circle Of Life” in the first movie. I thought it was a little bit feminine as it was softer and not exactly in your face as COL was, it kind of gave you that feeling that this story was going to be totally different. My second favorite was “Not One Of Us” and I always loved to see the other animals get involved like you would in a big community. Although that whole section is really sad for both Kovu because he’s being forced out for his past and of course, the pleading Kiara makes more emotional because she loves him so much and is basically the only one to look past his heritage. Now as an adult, I really love “My Lullaby” because it is so fierce and powerful with a female vocalist and finally, there is “Love Will Find A Way” which use to make me very hopeful as a child but now I just enjoy it for the loving way of the lyrics and music in the background.

Purple Rain (1984)

My mom will be very proud of me for having this on my list. I grew up watching the film Purple Rain when I was a really young, and considering the amount of sexual things on it, I probably shouldn’t have been doing that!

I know there is the soundtrack with the songs with Prince and The Revolution, but as for this post I will be discussing all of the songs on the movie. My mom and I are still pretty obsessed with “Jungle Love” by The Time. They were the cockiest guys on that film and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were the reason why I hate people like that in general. The other song that was maybe the second track for someone at the age of 7 or 8 shouldn’t like right away was “Sex Shooter”. Personally, I thought Apollonia was gorgeous and I was never put off by the very risqué outfit she wore during that performance.

For the songs only by Prince, the list is a little bit bigger. I love “The Beautiful Ones” after watching the movie, my mom found a cover by Mariah Carey and I think Boyz II Men. I like it, I mean it isn’t Prince but I think it’s pretty good otherwise. The other favorites are “When Doves Cry,” “Computer Blue,” Purple Rain,” and “I Would Die For U.” I’m not really sure which ones my mom loves the most, so if she reads this post on my Facebook page, she’ll probably leave a comment with her answers so if you’re really curious, you’ll have to hope that this happens.

Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

I literally almost forgot about this! While I was working on the one below, the sentence about how it’s my favorite Disney music of all time, I remembered my ultimate non-Disney favorite, which is Spirit! What makes it interesting is that it has something in common with the Tarzan soundtrack, as they were created by one person. For Spirit, it was Bryan Adams. Now I had never heard of him prior to this movie but I thought he was perfect as the story’s muse if you will.

This movie is a little different from the rest as it is generally like a silent film. The horses, who are the main characters, are just plain horses but in animated form. You have the humans that have voices, and Matt Damon as the narrator, but the music is basically at the forefront of the entire thing. I was nine years old when I saw this in theaters, and everything about it made me happy! And I’m pretty sure for Christmas that year, I received the soundtrack and I still listen to it every once in a while too!

Despite loving the entire soundtrack, of course I have my favorites and they are “Here I Am” which is played at the beginning when Spirit’s mom is giving birth to him, the rest of the scenes tell the story of he went from a little colt to this massive wild stallion in charge of his whole group. The next song is actually placed at a sad part because it’s where Spirit is captured by these humans who plan on taming him. It is called “You Can’t Take Me,” and at this time in my life, I wasn’t listening to country, rock, metal, anything like that, but this song is actually what made me interested in country-rock music, like Brantley Gilbert. Anyways, I think it’s pretty good but it is nothing compared to “Sound The Bugle” as it is the saddest scenes and song out of the whole thing! It’s on when Spirit gets captured again, he is taken away from Rain (his girlfriend) who is really hurt, and where he’s on the train obviously upset about everything from missing his mom and rest of the herd to possibly never seeing Rain ever again. So, it will probably make you cry as it does every time I watch it. The song itself isn’t much better; it’ll just create more tears that flow down your face!

Step Up (2006)

Recently I found this on our movie channels, so I am happy to finally hear these songs again because every time I look them on YouTube, there seems to one or two missing from the play list made by a fan. I do have the soundtrack itself but have nowhere to play it, so this is my only option right now!

This was actually the movie that made realize how great classical and hip hop go together! The opening track by Petey Pablo was amazing, the combination of violins and a heavy hip hop beat. What made it even better was during the credits, you have ballerinas and hip hop dancers in separate areas dancing to the same song. So, it gives you a nice sweet taste of what is to come for the whole thing. The best song though is “I’mma Shine” by Youngbloodz. Although the classical parts are taking a backseat, there are still very present on it but the whole thing is amazing! It plays during Ty and his friends at a party where Miles takes control of the DJ stand and Nora is forced to figure out her showcase as a soloist.

What I found cool though was that I wasn’t purely about the upbeat songs in the film. I really love Anthony Hamilton’s “Dear Life” as I think it brought out the vibe of Tyler’s life as a foster kid, and not being able to make that commitment to Nora. And of course, I have to add “U Made Me” by Gina Rene. I still think it was the perfect song for that scene between them, if you didn’t think there wasn’t any chemistry between Ty and Nora, you knew it after that little dancing scene at the docks.

Tarzan (1997)

Personally, I have never enjoyed watching Tarzan both growing up or as an adult–I don’t even like to watch it with my nephew! There are two big scenes that were always a little too much for me, but the one thing that keeps me interested are the songs. Out of all of the Disney movies and their soundtracks, this is and probably be my ultimate favorite of all time!

Even as an adult, my dad likes to tease me about the fact that I am listening to songs by Phil Collins. I cannot tell you how many times I get told to listen to Genesis every time I start singing the Tarzan songs! What really gets me is that he has yet to show Nolan any other song by Phil or Genesis. Why is it always me? Anyways, I have always loved the main theme that is on at the very start of the film. “Two Worlds” has a very upbeat sound but boy, if you watch the scenes where that baby gorilla gets chased and eventually killed by that leopard; it’ll definitely make you tear up! And then of course, I love “You’ll Be In My Heart” as it’s such a sweet, sweet song. I always like to give Nolan a kiss at the end of it.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

This is the final Disney soundtrack of the post! Honestly, for a while this was the only one I would admit to loving out loud. I think because it was such an underrated film that I just wanted to help grow among my friends. Disney is not really known for making movies with darker themes but they have experimented with them in the past. It didn’t matter that it was an animated film, it still talked about “getting rid” of the gypsies and anybody that didn’t fit Frollo’s version of the perfect person. This also means that he intentionally abused Quasi about his differences, and told him that he would never be welcomed among the people of Paris.

One of my ultimate favorite songs of the movie will always be “The Bells Of Notre Dame” I just loved how powerful it sounded back when I was little, but I still love it for being that way! I also have to point out that after years of hard work, I can finally hit and hold that last note of the song. It was the coolest thing for me to do that for the first time. My second favorite is “God Help The Outcasts” and I just really love how beautiful and gentle it is to the other songs in the movie. And finally, we have “Hellfire” which is the sinister song that I have heard in a Disney movie, but that never made me want to stay away from it, it just intrigued that they would even create a song like this in the first place, you know?

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

I remember the first time I ever watched this movie. It was during one day while I was in concert choir in eighth grade. Our teacher was getting ready for a play so he left all of us in our classroom with this film. I still don’t like the scene of when the Phantom appears behind Christine’s mirror, but I just love the whole thing!

Before watching this, I hadn’t listened to opera so this was something completely different for me. I was surprised that I would even enjoy it. I am happy to say I can hit several of those high notes in the songs “Think Of Me” and “Angel Of Music” but I really love “The Music Of The Night” but there’s nothing that freaks me out more than knowing that the Phantom is played by Gerard Butler! I know a lot of people didn’t like him for that role, but I loved it! I thought it was an interesting role for him.

Well I am finally done with this post! This took me longer than I wanted it to, but I think that was purely my fault, I had too many thoughts to include with each part and before I even got to the letter “P” I was kind of dreading to come back to it, but it’s finished and I’m happy with it!

What is your favorite movie soundtrack of all time? do we share any favorites?

Non-Disney | Nickelodeon

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I think if you’re going to do a Non-Disney movie post, I think it would be an insult to not talk about Nickelodeon. If you were a child of the 80’s or early 90’s, Nickelodeon was the best network for kids. Now if you were born sometime past mid-90’s and into the early 00’s you probably think the same thing about old school Disney. Personally, I will always be #TeamNickelodeon because I have more memories of it, whereas my sister is definitely #TeamDisney but she might be on that side because of her obsession of both High School Musical and Camp Rock movies!

I did discover something while I was researching for this post. I absolutely loved Doug’s 1st Movie as a kid. It came out in 1999 and I was going to put it on this post, but as I was reading online, I found out that the film was done by DISNEY! What the hell?! Maybe that’s one of the reasons why everybody is so divided between these two networks! However, I was not even ten years old when it came out and I’m in my mid-20’s now and I’m just finding this out!

Anywho, let’s move onto the actual list of movies for this post!

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The Rugrats Movie (1998) E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, and Cheryl Chase

Rugrats has been at the top of my favorites. Since the whole network decided to bring back the older Nickelodeon shows, on a channel called “NickSplat” I can enjoy watching some of my favorites late at night instead of having to wake up somewhat early on the weekends! However, if you want to watch both Rugrats and Hey Arnold, you have to stay up past midnight to watch either one! So either way I’m screwed!

This was my favorite Rugrats film. I did enjoy the one based in Paris, France and I loved the fact that they brought in both Kira and Kimi, but the first one though is both hilarious and sad at the same time. I’m thankful I wasn’t like that when Blondie was born, but at four years old, I think I was ready to have a sibling around me. And there are a lot of good scenes but there’s no other scene more heartbreaking then the one that the gif I used represents.

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Hey, Arnold! The Movie (2002) Spencer Klein, Francesca Marie Smith, and Jamil Walker Smith

Sadly I don’t remember much of what this movie was about, I do know that Arnold and Gerald dress up like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black and Helga finally snaps and as you can see, kisses Arnold without giving a shit. Other than that, I don’t really know anything else.

A part of me wished I was this considerate to the people around when I was in school; instead I was ambitious and cocky. That’s exactly the best combination I will add! Anyways, I had tried to a blog post sometime last year about some of the life lessons you could learn by watching a couple episodes a night. Arnold cared for the people who was friends and sometimes loathed, he didn’t care about his feelings, he always tried to help them out. I mean, look at stoop kid for crying out loud!

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The Wild Thornberry’s Movie (2002) Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, and Danielle Harris

This is another film that I don’t remember that much! I did enjoy some of the episodes as a kid, but TWT were like As Told By Ginger, I liked it, but it wasn’t in my top five shows I watched as a young kid. What makes it worse is Splat doesn’t even play these shows or Rocket Power anymore!

It does freak me out that Lacey Chabert was the one who voiced Eliza though! And Danielle Harris is a freaking scream queen now! She’s also the girl who played “Molly” on a couple episodes of Roseanne if the name doesn’t exactly help enough.

What did you love to watch on TV as a kid? And let’s have some fun, were you on Team Nickelodeon or Team Disney? Visit my blog’s Facebook page around 1:30pm EST to answer a poll about my next “Non-Disney” theme!

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Movies I Want To See In 2018 | January-June

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So this is my first post of 2018, my lovely and somewhat overwhelming list of films, I’d like to see throughout the first six months of the new year! I think this past year has been a really interesting time for me as I watched so many movies. In my wrap up post I published last week, I said I had over 30+ but since I even broke one of my own rules and watched and ended up falling in love with several films that came out in the mid-90’s, I actually had seen probably 50 movies in all!

I definitely put a lot of action, adventure type of films on this list. They’re usually my number one weakness, but since I’m starting to find the joy for drama and romantic comedies again, I’ve added a few of them on here! And you can’t go wrong with a few animated, kid-friendly movies either so I put them throughout the list too!

Stratton – Dominic Cooper, Austin Stowell, Connie Nielsen (January 5)

I like how we start out the end of the first week of January with what looks like a good action packed movie, not to mention that it’s set in London too!

I love these types of movies, if they have any police, SWAT, army themes going on, you know it’s going to be really good! However, I’m unsure what the plot is in the story. I figured they were after some sort of bad guy but it doesn’t give you any other information besides the fact that they could blow up a big section of the city, which isn’t good by any means, but I wish they had showed more about the backstory of Dominic Cooper’s character, but looks like I’m going to have to wait until later to find out.

The Commuter – Liam Nesson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill (January 12)

This was interesting to me. Now I will say, I’ve never seen the Taken series, so I’m unfamiliar with Liam Nesson’s greatness, but I felt like in a way this looked like some of those movies. I mean, he’s always saving somebody else. The only difference is that he’s on a damn train and where anybody on it could be a bad guy. So that part has me intrigued a little bit.

Proud Mary – Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown (January 12)

I’ve been seeing this everywhere, especially during the three back-to-back games on Christmas. I don’t want what I have to say about this movie to be taken the wrong way so I’m trying to be delicate with my words.

We don’t see African-Americans being secret assassins or cops that much. They don’t look so cool as they did in the 90’s with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, so to see Taraji P. Henson, who is both black and a woman, as a strong assassin is really interesting! At first the trailer that I kept seeing was kind of cryptic in a way because the young boy could be her son, but then I found out that he wasn’t and the story’s wrapped around the two of them and I think that’s even better. So I’m looking forward into watching this one.

The Post – Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Sarah Paulson (January 12)

This is another one that I’ve been seeing everywhere! It originally came out last month for a limited release, but it will come on the 12th for a wider release and that’s the reason why I’m putting it on here.

I’m very curious about this one, apparently this is about the Pentagon Papers written by the journalists of both The New York Post and The Washington Post, about the involvement of the U.S. government during the Vietnam war. It looks like a really good film especially with Tom and Meryl as the big dogs in it!

 12 Strong – Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Austin Stowell (January 19)

I saw this trailer on Facebook back in November; it popped up on an advertisement and I actually liked it. I’ve been tempted to look up if the story itself is true, because it’s set after 9/11, and I really like seeing the soldier’s point of view and how we as a country reacted to it all. It seems that it is, since they’ve clearly stated on the trailer itself that it’s a “declassified” true story. I am really happy that both Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky are doing a movie together, and they even play husband and wife too! Awww!

The Leisure Seeker – Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren (January 19)

I am getting into my drama side with this one! At first I thought it would be a cute, funny story between these characters and then I found out it has a serious tone to it. Donald Sutherland’s role has a problem with remembering different things such as family members and his wife played by the lovely Helen Mirren is taking him on a journey to try to help him. I already know it’ll make me cry and remember my papaw, but I honestly still want to watch it anyways.

Den of Thieves – Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr (January 19)

I love Gerard Butler and yes, he was the main reason why I wanted to see this movie. I think it’s going to be awesome, even though I am already confused. Who are the bad guys? I didn’t understand that line in the trailer so if somebody wanted to help a girl out that would be nice! After watching Straight Outta Compton, I’m really glad that O’Shea Jackson Jr. is in another action packed movie. He’s other reason why I’m kind of pumped to watch this too.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (January 26)

Now I have to say, I have yet to see the second Maze Runner movie. I have the actual DVD somewhere, and even though the first film confused the crap out of me, I still want to see it and then eventually this one as well. Funny story, this was the only trailer I didn’t watch because I didn’t want it to ruin anything!

Peter Rabbit – James Corden, Margot Robbie, Rose Bryne (February 9)

This just looks so freaking cute!

Funnily enough, I don’t remember Peter Rabbit ever being that big between my sister and I when we were kids, it’s only after when I got older that I started learning about this little guy and Beatrix Potter too. I do remember on Jeopardy last year where Beatrix and Peter Rabbit were the question to their infamous Final Jeopardy. And what was weirder, I thought it was her before they went to commercial and put up the category on the screen, which was even crazier for me!

Permission – Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Morgan Spector (February 9)

This was probably the most random one of the bunch. I am getting further down the drama hole, so in a way I wasn’t necessarily that shocked by the contents of the trailer. I wouldn’t mind if it’s one of the last ones I watch in 2018 if I’m being honest. It’s not THAT racy, but it’s enough.

Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o (February 16)

This is the last Marvel film to come out before Avengers: Infinity War in April. We got a nice look of the character Black Panther in the third Captain America movie. I thought he was an interesting add to that movie, even though not going to lie, still not happy he was on Iron Man’s side.

I am excited to see more of his backstory though. I want to see what made T’Challa turn into the Black Panther in the first place, I mean we get a snippet in Civil War but thankfully for this, we will get to see more of him as a full character.

Red Sparrow – Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Egerton, Matthias Schoenaerts (March 2)

I don’t really know the synopsis of this movie. All I have learned about it is that it’s about spies and Jennifer Lawrence seduces people to get information from officers and then apparently kills them. And somehow in the middle of all that, she becomes a double agent.  It looks like a good movie, and I do like these types of movies since I think it would help me with research for my project, plus Jennifer Lawrence is in it! And she looks damn sexy in the trailer too!

Gnome Alone – Becky G, Josh Peck, George Lopez (March 2)

This looked too adorable! Technically this will be the first out of two movies about garden gnomes. The other one you’ll learn more about further down the list. I think it will be very cute and hilarious in parts, at least I’m hoping so!

A Wrinkle In Time – Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey (March 9)

This one I went back and forth with, because I don’t necessarily like movies like this. I think because it will be mostly made up of CGI and as much as I enjoyed Tomorrowland I am still nervous about it. I do think it will be a fun movie for kids and teenagers, especially ones who have read the book beforehand. We’ll just have to see about this one.

Tomb Raider – Alicia Vikander, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West (March 16)

I will admit, I haven’t watched the other Lara Croft films with Angelina Jolie, mostly because I think the special effects in the early 00’s sucked, everytime I have tried to watch them I end up stopping after twenty minutes and deleting it. So I’m curious about how I will get on with this reboot. I am happy that Alicia Vikander has taken up the role of a younger Lara Croft though. I want to see more films of Alicia getting physical roles. She’s kind of like Mila Kunis, I feel like they don’t do a lot of action, adventure based movies so I’m hoping this works out well for her!

Sherlock Gnomes – Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Johnny Depp (March 23)

For this one, it’s the second film of Gnomeo & Juliet and you have both James McAvoy and Emily Blunt in their normal roles. I do enjoy the fact that they are playing on different tales as little garden gnomes. I didn’t really watch much of the first one, but in the scenes I did see I liked it. I will have to record it again when it appears on Freeform and watch it all the way through before seeing the sequel.

Midnight Sun – Bella Throne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Quinn Shephard (March 23)

I feel like this is another version of Everything, Everything but instead of being allergic to everything in sight, the main character can’t be out in the sun. So she’s a night owl and she, of course, meets a guy and they fall in love. I am trying to be as open about it as I possibly can, but it’s a damn romantic movie and you’re asking a lot out of me to find the good in it. I do enjoy Bella Throne, so that’s the main reason why I wanted to try it out, so we’ll see what happens with it.

Ready Player One – Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg (March 30)

This one was interesting. I am still hesitant about it, mostly because it’ll have a lot of CGI in it and I’ve seen virtual reality googles and a DeLorean from Back To The Future films, so I was all confused! However, it looks exciting and fun but I don’t know how much of it, I’ll really enjoy. I think it might be one that my brother-in-law would like a lot since he plays a lot of games and he might think some of the elements will be cool in it. He might watch it before me and after he’s seen it, I’ll make my decision from there!

Mary Magdalene – Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor (March 30)

I thought this was a very interesting concept. A lot of people are not going to like it all that much because this basically comes out and says that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had some type of relationship that wasn’t necessarily mentioned in the Bible. I’ve watched a few specials about whether or not Jesus had a child and/or was married while he was alive, and of course I read The Da Vinci Code last year so I am leaning into this outlook, even though the book itself was purely fictional, it does make you wonder if there isn’t even a hint of truth in it.

Rampage – Dawayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello (April 20)

I keep going back and forth on this one, mostly because it is giving me Mighty Joe Young feels and I loved/hated that movie. One thing that I liked about it was the fact that Joe actually looked real, even in his larger state. In this movie, the ape looks too animated but I wonder if it’s because the chimp itself is white than black? I don’t know so I’m a bit worried about it. It also makes me think of the first Jurassic World film too, as the humans are trying to save the animals but also save mankind from a rampage, so it has a lot of similarities to other movies that will be hard to keep an open mind while watching it, but I’ll try it out anyways!

Avengers: Infinity War – Robert Downey Jr. Josh Brolin, Chris Evans (May 4)

This is probably going to make you really sad, especially if you know my love of superheros, but I didn’t enjoy the trailer when it first came out. I showed it to my dad and he wasn’t even impressed but in my defense I did show him the newest Jurassic World trailer beforehand so he was a bit distracted about that.

I don’t know why I didn’t like it both times I watched it, but I didn’t necessarily like Age of Ultron either. I’ve become very hard to please lately. I am excited that we will have ALL of the Marvel characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange joining the ever amazing cast of Avengers, but yeah, a little nervous about going into this film.

Animal Crackers – Danny DeVito, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt (May 4)

Here is another what looks like a cute family friendly movie! And it’s the only one coming out in May that I thought I’d like too. I really like the concept, it seems really fun and I wish I was a kid so I can get by watching this without feeling guilty. Thank god, I’ll have a niece or nephew so by the time it comes out on DVD I can have little nugget watching it with me! I think people who would like animals to be out of the circus forever, would love this because even though it does have these “animals” featured doing notable tricks and stuff like that, it’s all animated.

Deadpool 2 – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller (June 1)

DEADPOOL! I still need to show my dad this trailer because I doubt he’s seen it yet. Last year, when I put up my mini rating/review of the movies I had seen in 2016, I think I gave it a 7 or 8, I’m not too sure about it. I liked it, but I mean it did seem a bit weird for the normal superhero films. And I know, Deadpool isn’t the good guy but still, I went back and forth on what I liked about it.  Dad liked it though so that works too!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum (June 22)

Yes, last one of the first six months and of course it’s the new Jurassic World movie. I actually enjoy watching specials about Dinosaurs but I will admit, these movies scare the living shit out of me! I definitely can’t watch it at night, I’d never be able to sleep later on. It does look really good though, and like I said above, my dad seemed to enjoy the trailer so I know he’ll like it.

Out of all of these movies I’ve listed, what are you the most excited about seeing this year? 

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Blogmas | Unisex Baby Wishlist

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Don’t worry, I don’t plan on talking about Blondie’s pregnancy or the baby this much, but apparently I suck at planning ahead whenever I was busy doing NaNo at the same time!

Since you guys know that I will be entering the role of the “cool aunt” Megz next summer, I figured this was appropriate! Now my views of neutral prints, patterns and colors may not fit what you think as “neutral” so we’re going to be respectful of each other on this post, especially to me because I’m really new to this and I’m just going to share what I liked, okay?

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To me, I think most unisex colors are like gray and black. However, I like to think there are certain pastel shades that can work well for this too, there’s a very light yellow, mint, baby blue, and even lavender. I feel like the bolder colors just automatically puts the child into a box for whatever gender they are, so in the way I went about this, I searched for grays, mint and whites apparently. Let’s just say, I will be a happy camper once we figure out what it’ll that way I get a better idea of which side to look for because this was honestly harder than I pictured it to be!

So I think we’re going to talk about the things I found on Walmart.

4 Pack Swaddle Blanket Set – Although it is not pictured above, I really liked it. I think all four blankets were cute and very unisex, as both genders can be interested in owls and stars. Personally, I liked the baby blue one with the clouds. When I was younger, I wanted to be a meteorologist. and I still enjoy looking up at the sky and the clouds, but let’s be honest here I’m really looking for aliens!

Disney Mickey Mouse Fleece Blanket – Again, I think both genders can be into Mickey Mouse or any other classic Disney character. I know if they have a boy Blondie will still try to incorporate Disney in there somewhere, and Mickey Mouse is perfect. And let’s be honest every person (or in this case: child) needs a good fleece blanket.

Going on Walmart’s website and trying to find anything for the baby was more difficult than I thought it would. It was all confusing whereas going on Target was simpler; easier to read and figure out where everything was on the page. This is the reason why I have a larger batch of things that I liked from there.

Now about the things about Target and one other item that I found on another website!

3 Pack Elephant Bibs – I thought these were really cute! I think I fell in love with these for the mint and elephant print. Some people could think that these two would be considered “boy” items but I think girls can rock a good mint every once in a while too! So I think it works too!

4 Pack Burping Cloths – Keeping with the gray and mint theme I guess, I also found this burping cloth set, they don’t match the bibs perfectly as the pattern for this are arrows instead, but I still think they’re pretty adorable too! I hadn’t heard of these before, but I do think they are handy, especially if you don’t want to keep using up dish rags all the time.

Gray Arrow Blanket = This was another one that I fell in love with, this is a gray blanket. I think it’s just a regular blanket, not fleece or anything. I think it would be better since the baby will be born in the summertime, but also Blondie tends to turn the temperature down throughout the day and night, so it might be handy to keep around.

Giraffe Sleep ‘n’ Play Suit – When I first saw this, I swore the animal on it was ducks, but it’s a giraffe. Somebody needs to tell the designers that giraffes are orange, not yellow! Anyways, I think I just gravitated towards this because of the little feet booties! Any animal faces at the feet are so cute on babies! I mean, I have cool feet myself but I can’t pull off a cute onesie for the life of me!

100% Wired Graphic Jumpsuit – I loved, loved, loved this! I have a real weakness to graphic tees myself, so finding baby versions was too cute to pass up! I thought this was cuter though because I feel like with Blondie and Brandon having one dog and four cats, this kid will be the non-fur animal in this family! Especially in the first couple of months!

2 Pack Mint and Stripes Pants – These were so sweet! They are still in the mint and gray theme I’ve got going on. I really liked this one because of the black and white striped pants.

2 Pack Gray and Stripes Pants – I did find another set of pants in gray, they’re not from the same brand or type, but I thought they were cute too! I liked the cuffs, I’ve always loved that detail. It seals out the cold from the outside, so yes, they’re a personal favorite too.

Baby’s First Halloween Bib – This was actually the first thing that popped up on the screen, plus all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones too! I think babies should have seasonal clothes too, as it would be nice to dress them up in but I also know that they’d probably ruin them too within the hour is up, so I thought these bibs were a better option but as I was told, the baby may not be old enough to eat solids by Halloween or even Thanksgiving, so they just need up being a cute decoration for the squirt!

Butler Bulldogs Onesie – This is my only non-Target and Walmart item. I think this baby deserves some Butler Bulldog apparel and I’d be happy to share the Butler love forward with this baby. I honestly wanted to get the baby a Butler pacifier, but they weren’t on the website when I looked but I did find both bibs and onesies instead. And weirdly enough, I picked the gray one automatically, but I think gray would look better for this post as I’ve done nothing but talk about gray on here.

I think Blondie said we might found out what the gender is sometime in February, probably around Valentine’s Day as she wants a party that surrounds a holiday, and honestly that would be easier to plan if she wants to incorporate hearts into the theme, but yes, they have an idea of when they’re going to find out and how they want to share it with everyone!

What are some colors and patterns that you think can be counted as gender neutral? What do you think of my little wishlist? Have I lost my mind already?! You can be honest there.

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DIY: Painting Pumpkins!

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Howdy!

I actually have a new Halloween/pumpkin craft for you! I am so excited! So I guess I should explain why I didn’t think I’d ever do a craft again and how exactly we got these pumpkins.

My poor nana and I, we really loved doing our crafts, and we got in such a system to do them every September so the posts I’d write of them would go up sometime later that month or early October. They were basically everybody’s favorite thing to read during those two months and I always had a lot of writing them up, while trying to remember what all we did, spills and all! So when she went to the hospital and eventually went to stay at the nursing home, I kind of didn’t want to admit it but I knew my days of doing our Halloween or any crafts weren’t going to happen as much.

I have a creative soul and I’ve been hating the fact that I’ve had to basically shut down those desires and saying that makes me laugh because I hated painting in school. I’ve had these urges to purchase some paints since the end of August because it would be that time of the year where we’d be getting ready and so I’ve been really sad. My mom doesn’t carry the craft bug and you all should know about my dad by now! I also didn’t want to ask Blondie and Brandon because I didn’t know if they really wanted to do anything like that or had the time to do it. So I’m just kind of left to do nothing and it really sucks!

And then one evening my mom came into my bedroom, I had thought she had went to bed about a half hour before so it freaked me out at first. She came in to tell me that we’ll have to get me some paints because dad found some pumpkins out in the field and I was instantly happy! He literally brought home like seven of these large pumpkins and they sat on our porch for like a week or so, and then one morning my mom came in again and she said that Blondie and Brandon were coming over to paint the pumpkins. According to mom, it wasn’t even Blondie’s idea, it was Brandon’s! Poor guy had to work that day but he still wanted to paint pumpkins afterwards!

What you will need for this:

  • Pumpkins
  • Old newspapers
  • Paper plates
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Water Bowl
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • aaand some ideas ahead of time!

We started out doing this outside because that would have been a smart choice or so we thought! I have to say, it wasn’t too bad sitting outside on the porch but the bugs were driving us nuts throughout the time we were out there. Poor Blondie was covered in mosquito bites, mostly on her right side – she had a total of 12 bites!

Now when I do this with my nana I am usually sitting in my wheelchair and use a chair or box to prop the pumpkin up to a certain level so I can reach it on all sides. Well, I didn’t have any of those for this so mom just had Brandon put me on the ground and I will admit it had been a while since I did that because it is so difficult to get me back up since I am so low. However, it did make things a lot easier for me but I definitely forgot about my legs and feet falling asleep every ten minutes! So I had some issues with gripping my brushes and figuring out how to sit again.

If anybody noticed the last bullet, the three of us were having a tough time figuring out ideas to paint our pumpkins. The only idea that I knew I really wanted to do was a minion. I am obsessed with these characters and yet, I have not seen them on a movie! I like to think of them of little Twinkies! So I had a rough idea on how to make one, I also had references considering I was still in my pajama bottoms with them on it. This time, I knew I had them on and didn’t do what I did with Brandon’s Christmas gift bag last year! Over the years of doing these crafts, I’ve learned to relax and not be such a perfectionist while working on these different characters. Poor Blondie hasn’t mastered that and was really giving herself a tough time with her sugar skull. I think it looked awesome but of course she was growing to hate it as she was finishing it. I’m glad I’m no longer like that anymore!

It had actually become a sort of game for both Blondie and Brandon because they definitely didn’t have any ideas to do for their pumpkins so they went on Pinterest and that’s where Blondie found hers. I still don’t know if Brandon used Pinterest but we were having the most difficult time guessing what his could be. He was not telling anyone and it even started to bother dad after he got up and looked at all three of us and our big mess! He finally had to tell us or maybe Blondie actually guessed it? I don’t remember how it came about, but I did catch a glimpse of it on his phone when he went inside for something but I will admit I had no idea what the hell he was making, all he said was it was a DC character and it wasn’t The Flash. Dad kept saying it was either Ant-Man or Iron Man, but we were all stumped. It is Red Hood, all he gave us as a hint was that he was once a Robin.

After we had finished our first pumpkins, we were thinking of stopping altogether but Brandon wanted to continue. He cracks me up sometimes! So dad made the suggestion of moving our stuff into the kitchen. So we packed up everything and moved into the center of our kitchen, the cats were confused because we were at the door but not paying attention to them. They actually never came up to the front porch to investigate, which was probably good or else some would have ended up with different colored paws and we would have little paw prints up and down the porch! As cute that would have been, they wouldn’t let us clean their little toes!

Anyways, we got started on our second batch of pumpkins. What was different for me in this round was that I had two ideas but only memories of what they looked like on Pinterest. I didn’t make any real reference like I had for my minions, so I just had to wing it and this was where I like not being a perfectionist. I decided to do a Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and I have to say, I did a fairly good job on it. I was very proud! I also put the word “Boo” on the back of it in a baby blue because I kept seeing it in the corner of my eye and I thought, what the hell? This one will hopefully go to my Aunt Cindy soon, if we don’t get any more rain beforehand!

Blondie made a very cute Nemo from Finding Nemo and it is genuinely the cutest thing, I kind of like it more than her sugar skull and you guys know how much I like my skulls! Poor Brandon though, he tried doing the Greek lettering of his fraternity but couldn’t get it to turn out right so he ended up covering it up with an old school American flag. You have to give the boy some props for trying it out though!

After a good two or three hours in two different spots, we were finally done! Well, technically there’s still one naked pumpkin left but it’s sort of big so nobody may paint him. Blondie and Brandon took pictures with their pumpkins and when she came back inside with my minion to take mine, I realized I forgot to paint a mouth on my minion so Brandon being a good boy, he took two brushes of black and white and made him a cute little mouth for me!

What are some of your favorite ways to decorate a pumpkin? Do you carve it, paint, or use sharpies? 

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5 Disney Sequels I Love!

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I know a lot of people rarely like the Disney sequels, mostly because they usually come out whenever the children that fell in love with the original are a little older so their interest is lower and sometimes they don’t have the same actors and lose the plot line and that sort of doesn’t help either, so not a lot of people share my love for the sequels, but I’m okay with that. I tend to only love the second movie that comes out. I’ll watch the other sequels afterwards but I hardly ever like them as much. And yes, I am writing this post because of Frozen is getting a sequel itself! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write it though!

I tried to rate them according to keeping the theme of the original plot and voices in characters. Hope you all enjoy!

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1.) Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

I can barely get through the first Lion King film in one sitting, mostly because of Mufasa’s death. I could barely watch it when I was a kid but we didn’t have the power to fast forward that whole scene in the 90’s unless you wanted to stand up against the VCR for the whole time! One of the drawbacks of having a physical disability.

I loved the fact that they gave Simba a daughter, because I felt as though it would be payback for how Simba was when he was younger. She gave him a round for his money! I was always confused though, at the last of the original you ultimately thought the cub that Nala gave birth to was a male, so when you watch this and you see that the color is more of a orange-y hue and its a female, it makes you ask “did the other one die?” Another drawback was Kovu, was he or wasn’t he Scar’s son? I thought Scar was a good villain until I saw Zira. I thought she was ruthless!

Kiara was my favorite like Nala was my favorite in the first film. I liked the name too! I think my favorite scene of all-time is when both prides meet to fight and Zira’s group get all muddy like they put on their war paint and that whole part was amazing! However, it does make me a bit sad though! I did enjoy seeing Timon and Pumba getting their hands (and hoofs) dirty again!

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2.) Toy Story 2 (1999)

If you were to ask me which I preferred from the first Toy Story movie and it’s sequel, I’d probably have to choose this one! As I mentioned in my last Disney movie post, I didn’t necessarily mesh well with the first one as I do now! Now for this one, I did but I don’t know why.

I hated the fact that Woody breaks his arm and he gets put up on the shelf, it broke my heart and then to top it all off, he gets stolen after trying to rescue another toy! I loved how Buzz and the others go after him though. One of the things I really thought was interesting on how they played on a collector’s mind, he had every character and merchandise of the show; people have collections of Funko pops and My Little Pony, it’s fine to collect toys just don’t go stealing something that doesn’t belong to you!

My favorite character is Jessie, so quirky and terrified of being abandoned and the dark. Two of my greatest fears! I also loved the song by Sarah McLachlan, first off, it still makes me want to cry everytime I hear it, but it’s so beautiful and goes with that scene so well. As far as my favorite scene though, I think it’s a cross between Bullseye licking the cheese puffs off of Al’s fingers and when Woody is getting a makeover from that old man, he just reminds me of my papaw!

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3.) Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (2001)

For these next three movies, I haven’t seen them for the last 12-14 years. They are hardly ever played on Freeform or NickJr (don’t knock it until you try it!) so I had to look into the layers of gifs to figure out what the crap they were about again!

I love Lady and The Tramp in general, I wish it was aired more on TV! I remember the second film was one of the most-watched movies I watched while I was busy recovering from having my surgeries in 2002. I loved Scamp’s rebellious phase, the opening of the movie was typical of a male puppy. At least, it became typical when Blondie and Brandon adopted Chipper! He has yet to calm down! I thought the 3 sisters were annoying though, I wish there was one of them who was at least friends with Scamp. Thank god for Angel though.

I loved the dog pound guy, but mainly because he sounded like Don Knotts. Unfortunately, since I haven’t seen it in a long time, I cannot chose a favorite scene. Sorry!

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4.) The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea (2000)

I absolutely love this movie! Again, as I mentioned in my last post I always had  love/hate relationship with the original film because of the context. Although it has some disability undertones, I’ve never really enjoyed it. So the fact that I actually enjoyed the second was interesting.

I thought the beginning was adorable! The birth of a princess named Melody, who looked more like Prince Eric than her own mother, wanted to learn everything she could about the sea and since Ursula’s sister came to crash her big day as a baby, she never got to truly understand why her mother wanted to keep her safe and out of the water completely. What is it about these rebellious characters that I like so much?

I think my favorite scene was when she was given that necklace in the beginning and we got to see Flounder as an older fish? And have his own set of kids. It made you have many feels! I feel like that this was as close to the original as possible just backwards, instead of wanting to have feet, Melody wanted fins and in the end everybody gets their wish!

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5.) Pocahontas II: Journey To The New World (1998)

I really loved the first Pocahontas, but I happen to love anything about the Native American culture, even as a kid. Sadly, I’m not as interested but I’ve discovered a few other cultures over the years, in each one the other sort of dies down. I do go in spurts though so it’s not like I hate it.

I remember when this move came out, since it was direct-to-video I think dad or somebody in our family bought it and then when I had my birthday either that year or the next, my family friends surprised us with another video of it. I’m not going to lie, we kept it in case we ever lost the other one. Sad to say, but I’m pretty sure our cat Oliver threw up all over the case so we never got to open the spare! This is another one that I haven’t seen several years, so I’m not as descriptive as I have been with the others.

Were you a fan of the many Disney sequels? If so, which ones are your favorites?

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Blondie’s Bridal Shower!

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Hello! 🙂

Three weekends ago, I mentioned on my outfit of the day post that I went to my sister’s bridal shower! It was exciting and a bit nerve-wrecking to say the least, because most of us waited until like the last minute to figure out what exactly we were going to do while there, like what kind of decorations and games we were going to play. Blondie and Brandon came up with some of the decorations months earlier, but I think a few things will be used for their reception at the actual wedding.

When we got there, we were greeted by their cat Samuel just chilling on a towel in front of the door. Thank god the door opens towards you otherwise he would have been hit. He’s kind of lucky he didn’t get run over either! A few of the bridesmaids Sam, Jayde, Skyela and Alli were there already. Sam and Blondie were in the little kitchenette cooking the beef and chicken for the Taco Bar. The cats kept trying to steal pieces of ice out of the bucket Brandon b18556333_10202948868520790_8267943436613421614_nought to keep the mini water bottles cold the entire time.

The shower was the first time my mom and I to finally meet some of Brandon’s family. I’ve actually been excited to meet his mom since probably last year. I know she’s not my mother-in-law but I still wanted to meet her! He had his mom, sisters, cousin, aunt and grandma there. I felt bad for him in ways, he basically stayed in his “man cave” through most of the shower playing his new video game; that part he probably wasn’t too sad about that! He did come out for one of the games though. When we played The Newlywed Game. I had asked him questions two days before so we could make signs and I realized that not only do I suck at bubble letters that I really need to invest on using my clipboard more since I now have green little dots all over my new cutting board. It’s for my blogging photography, don’t freak out on me too much!

His mom, brought down some very adorable pictures of when he was a baby and toddler for the party game “Guess What Age I Am” and don’t worry, mom found some very cute photos of Blondie when she was younger too! My dad and I had to glue them onto some paper and I wrote what age might’ve been in each one. I say “might’ve” because I had a hard time thinking back how old she really was for each year! I sat between both of my grandma’s, it was the first outing my nana has done since her whole health scare. She seemed18581601_10155343778247520_3354911898878346185_n to enjoy it since Otis basically flooped down into her lap when she first got into the apartment! Nana failed at guessing Blondie’s age in each picture, while my grandma (dad’s mom) and I won a fair amount on Brandon’s. I guess I can’t tell between a few months and a year old!

I was very proud of myself. I joined in on the fun with the games. When everybody was first showing up, they were asked to write out a memory of them and the bride-to-be and since I couldn’t figure out a single memory to share, I decided to say which one and have her guess which guest it is. Apparently I didn’t understand the rules very well, because as Blondie was failing to guess the right person, I thought it was only right to help her out but I kept getting yelled at by our mother because I was giving out hints. To the ones she couldn’t guess right, they were given prizes. It wasn’t until we were on our way home that I figured it that out and then I felt like a dumbass! Anyways, the memories were funny and I thought were better than what we both thought would happen. The last one was probably the “worst” out of all of them because it had to do with her drinking! Poor thing, three grandmothers in the room and she thought she was free from them hearing anything bad! Wrong!

18622914_10202953825844720_22095171_nBack in March Blondie and I had looked on Pinterest for different ones. I found quite a neat games, I kind of thought we could play a Disney related game since the theme of the wedding is half Disney princesses and half Batman, like no joke! Just look at their cake topper that Brandon found on Etsy at the picture above! I will link the different games we played here: The Newlywed Game and What’s In My Phone or use the alternative What’s In My Purse?

I definitely had a fun time! I was in a lot of pain by the time it was all over with though so that part sucked! Poor Chipper sent the weekend at the vet while his brothers were having the time of their lives with the guests. Gru and Otis crashed on a few laps, Samuel begged for taco meat from my mother, but little Tonif chilled out underneath the bed the whole time until she bravely went out into the living room and was stunned of the amount of people and did a U-turn back into the bedroom, she almost hit her back legs on the doorway! I’m thankful Blondie didn’t start crying when that happened! I went back over the Monday afterwards and she seemed more relaxed, even let me pet her which does not happen very much!

Hope you all enjoyed the post! Next will be about the Bachlorette Party!

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