Thursday, March 19, 2015

Changing Overwhelmed Into Blessings and Rainbows

Overwhelmed!
All mommies feel this at some time or another. I am feeling extremely overwhelmed at this moment.
I am over-committed, under rested, and completely overwhelmed with everything happening in my life.

My three children have busy schedules.
My husband has a busy work schedule.
My own work schedule could be busier, but I'm drawing the line, and saying, "NO!" to extra hours.
Volunteer commitments have me on the run this time of year.
My grandmother passed away, and grieving on top of helping my mom plan the services has me emotionally drained.
Add on to all of this my raging hormones, and I have every reason to be a hot mess right now.

Throughout all of this business, I am taking the time to realize how truly blessed I am.
I have three wonderful, talented, smart children, who know what they love.
My husband steps up and helps out when I ask him too. He doesn't complain too much, even though I know he wishes I'd say no to other people more often than I do.
I CAN say no to opportunities to work or help out other people, because we are comfortable enough to pay all of our bills, plus some fun things, with our regular pay checks.
Through volunteering I have met some of my very best friends! I get to see them more, and we have so much fun together!
My grandmother was a wonderful person, and reflecting on her life helps me to be a better person too.


So all of the craziness brings blessings. It is up to me to focus on the positive blessings, rather than the challenges that come with each of these crazy events in my life.

One of my students was lamenting to me how she hated to cry so much, and that she was sad, and never thought she would make it through the bad things that were happening to her.
My response, "Sometimes you have to wade your way through the mud made by the tears and the rain to see the rainbow."

Right now, I am heading my own advice, and seeking the rainbow!

Blessings to you!
~Kristen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cinderella - The Back Story Updated

I cannot wait for "Cinderella" to come out this weekend!

Just watching this trailer brings out my inner princess, and makes me wish my fairy godmother would dress me up and send me away to the ball!



I am even more excited about the "Frozen Fever" short that appears only with "Cinderella"!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Annie" Movie Review ****

My daughter and I went to see the new film version of "Annie" this past weekend.
We both LOVE the original, and thought it would be very hard to match the level of entertainment and integrity displayed throughout that classical film.

I am pleased to report that both my daughter and I loved the new "Annie"!

We both enjoyed the classic songs woven into the updated story line.
I have many friends who are foster parents, and they were taken aback by the portrayal of the foster care system in the movie. Since Annie is portrayed as a foster kid instead of an orphan in the new movie, they had to adjust many aspects of the characters and their situations. All foster parents are not like Miss Hannagan.

They took many liberties with the personification of foster parents, millionaires, and foster kids. Movies always do, simply for entertainment value.

We found the movie charming, funny, touching and highly entertaining!