Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Me: "I haven't posted on my blog in so long. I'm not sure where to even start."
Mags: "How about you start with this ..."Hi!"


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Conjuring 2

Me: "Hey, Chris."
Chris: "Yes?"
Me: "Looks like the dog needs to go out. Would you mind?" 
Chris: "Okay. But you're the one standing holding his leash by the door with your shoes on." 
Me: "I know. But it's...well..."
Chris: "Ahhh, it's dark out there. Got it. Knew that scary movie we watched last night was gonna get to you." 
Me: "No way! It's just that I really have to pee...in the well lit bathroom...while avoiding looking in mirrors. I mean, I'm pretty brave. 
Chris: *blink*
Me: *stare convincingly*
Chris: *smile*
Me: "FINE! I'm petrified."

Our good friends at Grace Hill Media came to Michele and me in order to bring you a prize pack for the soon-to-be newly released thriller, The Conjuring 2

With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, June 10th, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.

But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.

What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:

1. The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don't make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature. 

2. Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.

3. Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.

Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too. 

Oh! And I almost forgot. We have prizes! Michele and I are giving away TWO prize packages from The Conjuring 2. Each package contains 2 movie money passes, a leather-bound journal, a T-shirt, a mug and
a flashlight (for taking out the dog) :)

The contest ends on Tuesday June, 14, 2016 at 12:00AM CST


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Mags: "TUCK! COME HERE! Look at what is on the front door!"
Tuck and Mags: reading silently, followed by boisterous laughter 

Then, without warning, Tuck turned and ran back up the stairs. I didn't know what was happening. Was he upset? Going to the bathroom from laughing so hard? Forget to change his underwear? 

Me: "Tuck, what's the matter? You okay?"
Tuck: (from his room) YEAH! I just have to clean up my Legos, like Hurricane said to do."
Me: fist pump 

Cute puppy for the win!