My friend Jessica and I had the opportunity to go to a movie screening last night. I’d never been to a screening of a movie before it was released to the public, and I was really excited for the opportunity to give it a try.
The movie we went to see was Moms’ Night Out.
I’ll be honest with you. When I first heard about this movie, I was hesitant to go see it. I had heard through the grapevine that it was a “Christian” movie, and all I could think about was how terribly acted and cheesy it would be.
After having seen it, I can say with confidence and honesty that I was wrong. See what happens when you judge a book by its cover? Yep. My bad.
Anyway, I don’t want to give away too much about the plot of the movie, but I’m sure you can gather from the title that what initially starts out as a fun and fancy moms’ night out ends up not being so fun and fancy after all. One of the better parts of the movie, besides the hilarious dialogue, is the acting of Sarah Drew and Sean Astin as Allyson and Sean, the main characters of the story. It’s obvious what a difference good acting can do for a movie, and this one benefited from several seasoned actors being included in its cast. It’s difficult to watch a movie with a “great message” if the acting and dialogue are not so “great.” I think the public at large would be very receptive to the message of this movie because the main characters are easy to relate to, and the situations they find themselves in, while hilarious, also offer valuable moments of teaching and encouragement.
It was refreshing to watch a movie that I felt good about seeing after I left the theater. There was no foul language or suggestive situations that I would worry about having to explain to my kids (or be embarrassed about if I saw it with someone else), and the overall message that you are good enough just by being who you are is something everyone needs to hear. At one point in the film, Allyson says something like, “Being a mom. Having a family. This was my dream growing up. So why am I unhappy?” and all I could think was, wow, I’ve definitely said those things to myself in the past year or so. How poignant God, thanks for that smack of reality! It’s great for anyone, no matter what walk of life you are on, to remember that you are good enough just because you are you.
So if you’re thinking about seeing this movie with some girlfriends, do it. If your church is getting a group together to see it, go. If you want to see it but have no one to go with, call me up! I’ll be your date. Seriously, it’s a funny movie with a great message that is totally worth your time and money.
Check out the trailer below if you need any further convincing!March 5, 2014
Last week I wrote about the first of two parties for my girls. This past Saturday, we had a party with their friends at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in the mall. There are two words to describe our morning last Saturday: controlled chaos.
Granted, everyone had a great time, but it was super busy and on the verge of become disaterous every 5 minutes or so. For one thing, Build-A-Bear is just a crowded, crowded store. I know it was a Saturday so that doesn’t help, but my word. How do they ever expect to have more than 10 adults in there let alone a group of children?? They should really rethink all their displays that take up so. much. room. Anyway, I digress.
The party began with a sweet girl named Shelley telling the kids which animal they could choose from (we opted for the price point that would allow the kids the choice of 3 animals and a shirt/dress for their animal to wear) and asking them what they wanted to name it. We had lots of cute names including Spiderbear (Caroline’s Spiderman bear), Barky, Floppy, Michael, and, yes, even a Mackenzie (one of their girl friends chose that name…how sweet!).
It was then time “follow the leader” to the stuffing area to put the “hearts” in the animals. There was a cute ceremony about giving your bear love by warming his heart between your hands, touch it to your head so he’ll be smart, touch it to your tummy so he’ll never be hungry, etc. The kids ate it up. It was also really sweet that my girls got one heart from each of their friends to put in their bear so it would be “extra special” for their birthday (7 hearts total!).
After they put their hearts inside, it was time to stuff, fluff, and “wash” their new loves. C & M did not like this part (the dryers were “too loud”), but most of the other kids enjoyed it.
Caroline would only brush her bear, no washing/drying with the loud dryers for her!
We ended their time in the workshop by announcing to the whole store that it was their birthday, and we all sang “Happy Birthday to You (Cha Cha Cha).” Mackenzie loved the “cha cha cha” part.
We decided when their party at the store was over, we would head to the food court to eat lunch. Pizza and cookie cake (definite crowd pleasers) were enjoyed by all, as well as a ride (or two!) on the carousel. Of course, it couldn’t all be perfect (the pizza was a little late, they spelled Mackenzie’s name wrong on the cake, we should have reserved a table earlier than we did…), but overall, it was a fun birthday.
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