The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I might’ve squealed when the invitation to see the latest in the Hunger Games series as a ‘media representative’. It’s so cool where this lil ‘ole blog has helped present me with opportunities.

I continued to be giddy as I left Jason at home to handle bedtime solo while I went to the movies alone. I ended up running into two other awesome local mom bloggers (hi Erin & Andrea!) & I crashed their party. Over shared candy, popcorn & caramel corn, we chatted about rewatching the prior movies & our love of Suzanne Collins’ novels. And how excited we were for this film!
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And Mockingjay part 1 did not disappoint me in the least! The film follows along the book (as best I recall from reading it close to 3 year ago) taking you from Katniss waking post her second trip into the Hunger Games to a bit of a suspenseful cliff hanger stopping point.

I don’t always recall movie soundtracks, but this one was really good. A couple songs days later have been stuck in my head. After you watch the film, I think you’d agree.

The actors all lived up to hype. I’m ‘team Gale’! And I might’ve swooned a little at Liam Hemsworth as he did a great job, but Josh Hutchinson as Peeta was excellent as well. And Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss helps her grow up in Mockingjay into a strong relucent hero role.

I’m so thankful to see Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Game Keeper & will be wondering how they’ll do the last one without him. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch comes a little late but provides funny one liners. As does Elizabeth Banks as the beloved Effie as she tries to get Katniss Panem audience ready. And Julieanne Moore joins the cast this time around brilliantly playing the District 13 president Coin.

My favorite scene was the two trips Katniss makes back to her destroyed District 12. I laughed at her discovery when she goes into her former home. And Katniss’ song, while she, Gale & her film crew eat lunch by the water during her second trip, is still so beauty & hauntingly memorable days later.

Did you go to the movies opening night? Weekend? What did you think about book turned movie adaptation? What was your favorite part?

Babies Photo Dump

I admit that I’m way behind on updating this little spot of the internet with photos of our babes. So here’s a collage of my favorites of the past six weeks {since Zach & Lucy have been home}.

June 4-10 was filled

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with first baths at home, snuggles with their parents, grandparents, great-aunt, great-grandparents, Lucy’s first walk, & first time on the baby Einstein. We had their newborn photos done on the 10th, but they deserve their own post soon!

June 11-17 More family snuggles, cute outfits, Zach’s first real bath, Lucy’s first cloth diapers, & their first rides in the swing.

June 18-24 Fun outfits, boppy time, turning one month old, twin snuggles post nursing, baby Einstein tummy time.

June 25-July 1 Boppy time, Mommy snuggles, coordinating ducky onesies.

July 2-8 One month check up {at 6wks}, lots of great-Nana cuddles, first times in the Ergo carrier

July 9-15 Naps, baby hair, rocking with their Nana, snuggles together with both Mom & Dad, Zach’s cutest outfit yet & hanging out with his Cici.

Night Owl

Most of y’all know, mornings are not my finest hours. Snooze is my BFF. I live for Saturday mornings when Jason takes over Z & L from wake up til its breakfast time & I hear a lil Lucy voice come back into our room saying “Wake up, Mommy. Waffles!”

So it shouldn’t be shocking that in the wake of two other Liberating Working Moms posts about loving early mornings & the beauty of going to bed early, I shared today why I love being a night owl. Jump over to Liberating Working Moms & read what I wrote.

Are you of the early to bed, early to rise mindset or will you chat online with me at 11:30p?

Begin Again

I snuck off for another solo movie night a couple weeks ago to enjoy seeing Begin Again.

It was a busy Thursday night & I almost didn’t make it in time. But once I settled into my comfy movie seat, I quickly became engrossed in the story of Gretta & Dan, two music industry professionals who were down on their luck. Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo do a great job, & Adam Levine as Gretta’s long time boyfriend who’s making it big is a fun co-star addition!

The music on Begin Again was fabulous. I loved NYC as the perfect setting.

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I was cheering on the characters from beginning to end. I loved how it didn’t exactly follow the typical romantic comedy story line.

And I need to go look for the soundtrack! Music lovers, you’re going to love this film.

Begin Again opened locally July 2. Check your local theater & don’t miss this fun film.

I was given free ticket to see the film Begin Again but no other compensation. The review includes only my unbiased, honest opinions.

July 4th weekend

We had a great time last weekend celebrating Independence day down at OIB with my family. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur, we delayed our travels from Thursday afternoon to Friday am. And instead of rain soaked, slow traffic, we were blessed with sunny skies & open roads.

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We made it down in time for the OIB parade. Except that we mistook the time for 1030 vs 10. I couldn’t resist the photo op as I’d packed parade watching outfits!

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We enjoyed a full beach day (thanks to beach naps – me included – an umbrella & inflatable swimming pool!

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We skipped the OIB Friday night concert choosing dinner at home, pjs & a Mexican Train dominos game (I won in case you wondered).

Saturday was so fun but WINDY!

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After playing at the local park & a grocery store & local fish shop run, we all hit the beach. A big gust broke my grandparents’ kick ass umbrella stand {& we as we learned Sunday, part of the umbrella too}.

So Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed play time & me a lil more sun on the back porch.

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Jason worked remotely from OIB Sunday, so Mom, L, Z & I went to beach church {Zach played with sand for first time!}.

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Then we spent most of day on the beach {rotating who held the umbrella for support}. After nap time, Zach got snuggles with Nana while Lucy & Nana let the bubbles (aka waves) touch their toes! That was big for our nervous about sand & ocean Lucy girl!

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Hope you & your family enjoyed a happy long weekend! Ours was such a nice break from reality!