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Suz's Treats Boss Baby

Lucy & Zach were so excited to go see The Boss Baby! This film opens in theaters today, but we were able to go a little early so we could tell y’all our thoughts.

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Can you tell she was excited?!

Zach & Lucy (age 4.75) both really enjoyed it!

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I swear he was excited too

The film centers around imaginative 7 year old Tim Templeton (voiced by Miles Bakshi) & his family, who up until now has been him & his loving parents (Jimmy Kimmel & Lisa Kudrow).

Tim’s mother (voiced by Lisa Kudrow) and father (voiced by Jimmy Kimmel) introduce him to Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY. Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animation.

Now enter The Boss Baby! He wears a suit, he talks (voiced hilariously by Alec Baldwin) & Tim thinks something is up & plans to get to the bottom of the story.

(left-right) Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) discovers Boss Baby’s (voiced by Alec Baldwin) surprising secret in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY. Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animation.

Cue some crazy adventure & a sweet message about family.

(left-right) Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) tries to convince Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) that they must cooperate in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY. Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animation.

Check out DreamWorks.com/thebossbaby for some cute videos, games & more about the characters.

Zach loved the adventurous ride the brothers went on & Lucy loved the Mommy & the puppies. There were many jokes in the film that were over L&Z’s heads (but none I felt were inappropriate for their age group). I heard just as much adult laughter from the movie crowd as I did kid laughter.

Zach & Lucy Boss Baby

And this week, they’re new favorite way to say bye to their daycare buddies, or hello to Daddy at dinner, is The Boss Baby handshake!

Zach & Daddy Boss Baby handshake(Also, don’t try to take non blurry photos while Z is trying to eat queso dip. Ha!)

Hope you have a great weekend planned. Anyone going to the movies?! I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Boss Baby too!

We were given tickets to see The Boss Baby but the generosity of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation did not sway the truthfulness of my post.

2017 Reading List

As I (& millions of others) spent much of November & December 2016 reeling, I kept thinking that I needed to turn in, turn back to what helps me sort & process. & for me, that’s almost always been reading. I sunk myself into reading posts, articles, blogs from all types of media sources, but I was left wanting more.

Then when I saw a post in a FB group asking for book ideas, both fiction & nonfiction, historical & current to help a lady open up communications with a family member with opposite beliefs in the form of a joint book club, I grabbed the closest pad of paper (yep, I still write notes to myself ol’ school) & jotted down the titles as quick as I could.

So in case others wondered what I’ve been reading & what I’m hoping to tackle for 2017 (& so I’ll remember too), here’s the list. Most are ones people posted as ideas, but I’m also adding some I found myself & added to my list.

I have a few completed, I’m on the wait list for more at the library & a few longer books I’m waiting for a vacation car trip to get lost into them.

My hope is to bring back my old style of reviews after I complete a book of the list. And as I dive more into my list, I’ll add to it as well. And yes, I’m already learning I need to figure out some lighthearted novels to throw into the mix.

  • Deer Hunting with Jesus
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (I tried & failed to get past first chapter, will try again)
  • White Trash by Nany Isenburg (just picked up from library)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Washington (just started today)
  • Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult (finished)
  • For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (finished)
  • Lies my Teacher Told Me
  • Game of Thrones (my current “light” reading)
  • The Magnolia Story
  • Present over Perfect
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen (finished)
  • Feminsim is for Everybody by Bell Hooks
  • A People’s History of the US by Howard Zinn
  • And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts
  • Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenrach
  • Waking up White by Debbie Irving

I’d love to hear what others are reading? Anything you’ve loved recently? Anything that’s made you think or opened your mind on a subject?

Moana

I had the chance to take Lucy & Zach to see Moana & in short, you need to go too!

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I love strong female characters. I love the example they teach my daughter (& also my son). Moana was determined, friendly, strong, brave & loved her family.  Moana is played by Auli’i Cravalho, a newcomer from Hawaii.

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

AULI‘I CRAVALHO lends her voice to the title character, MOANA, a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana takes place in the Pacific & Pacific islands featuring lovable characters that you would expect from a Disney film.

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Hei Hei kept Lucy & Zach laughing & Pua was adorable (but not in the film all that much).

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Maui you’ll recognize is voiced by Dwayne Johnson who does a super job. He’s sarcastic, full of himself, brave, kinda crazy & super fun. Lucy & Zach both liked him & keep telling my husband about his tattoos.

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When I ask their favorite part, Lucy says she liked the mom, dad & grandma best. The dad Tui is the Island Chief. Moana does not call herself a princess, but instead the Chiefs daughter & next in line to be the chief.

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The island crazy lady, free spirited Grandma Tala, was one of my favorite characters. She helped encourage Moana to go live her dreams.

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Parents of littles be warned, in typical Disney fashion, someone does pass away but it’s beautifully told in the story.
Most of the action takes place while Moana is at sea. Zach ended up in my lap once Moana was in her boat. She & Maui do encounter 3 monsters on their epic adventure. The coconut monsters, the Kakamora, were cute, but they did cause Lucy to climb in my lap too.

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The sparkling hermit crab monster Tamatoa had us dancing in our seat (but Lucy reminds me that he was a bad guy). The music in this film was wonderful. I cannot wait to get the soundtrack.

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& the scariest monster of all, the lava monster, is who Zach now tells everyone is his favorite part of the movie! My 4.5 year olds weren’t overly afraid & left excited not nervous about the monsters, but I wouldn’t take younger ones that would get scared. My duo have actually asked to go watch Moana again already.

Hope you & your family have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Disney’s MOANA Passes

I received an email last week with a fun local opportunity I wanted to share with my readers. The new Disney film MOANA opens nationwide on November 23rd, but YOU my dear, sweet, fun, local to the Raleigh-Durham area readers have the opportunity to be able to come see the advanced screening of MOANA (& me & Lucy & Zach) THIS Thursday 11/17 at 7p in 3D at Southpoint AMC.

Suz's Treats Moana

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From the creators of Zootopia & Frozen & featuring Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui & Auli‘i Cravalho as Moana, this sailing epic adventure film looks fun for all ages. It’s rated PG so I’m thinking Lucy & Zach will love it too.

If you’ll be around this week & want to join us, I was kindly given a good number of first come, first serve passes. Please comment here, email me with the contact me form, Facebook message, text or call me if you’re interested!

Four Year Olds

Y’all four not just sounds old. It is old. Like go potty on your own old, wash your hands by yourself old, get your our (already poured) drinks out of the fridge old, get our own snacks from the pantry shelf old, kinda-sorta play & occupy yourself without the world falling apart old. And it’s crazy because half the time, in my head, they still need help, like walking &/or eating.

But as these fabulous sneak peeks from our belated birthday photo session from Kira of Blessed Reflections photography show, Lucy & Zach are big little kids now. But they’ll also always be this Momma’s babies.

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Lucy loves to hug & kiss. Sometimes not so gently but were working on that. Zach’s not such the abundant affectionate one does come in close for cuddles on the couch or night kisses. Zach thought the photographer telling Lucy to kiss him was the funniest thing ever!

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How she got that smile? Asking if Zach had stinky feet! (He does!)

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This girl saw a bride taking portraits while we were waiting for Kira & shouted out Hello Beautiful Princess!! Lucy is princess obsessed & is happiest when her dress “touches her toes”.

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My boy loves his Mommy. Demanding he sit by me always at restaurants & having me strap him in & me putting on his blankets at night.

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When it comes to playing parent favorites Lucy is an equal opportunity lover. She’s happy to sit by Dad (she’s almost stopped calling us Mommy & Daddy, choosing Mom & Dad instead) but she loves to cuddle under MJ blankets with me on the couch at night too.