Movies, Birthdays and Hockey

First things first – GAME ONE: RedWings. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Today, was a crazy day that started with a special screening of the new Disney/Pixar movie, “Up”. I’ve wanted to see this since I first saw the preview because I loved the premise, and even the trailer was visually appealing to me. When my mom was able to snag four free tickets, my daughters and I were happy to join her.
I can take or leave children’s movies – when they’re well done, I am just as content as either of my daughters to watch them over and over again (Another recent favorite is “Horton Hears A Who” – which I adore). When they crappy? I’m less enthused about them and do my best to get the DVD outta my house as quickly as possible (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, I’m talkin’ to you).
But “Up”? It’s one of the good ones.
Carl Frederickson, a recently widowed man, ties a gazillion balloons to his house to fly away to South America – a life long dream he shared with his wife, Ellie. As you might be able to tell from the preview, a wilderness scout named Russell ends up joining him and they definitely encounter adventure.
This was the first movie Pumpkin sat through without fidgeting (much). This was also the first movie where neither of my daughters asked for a bathroom break (which during boring movies breaks the monotony for them and gets them up and around). They were riveted watching the story of Carl and Russell unfold.
There were moments that I thought might upset the girls a bit — some scenes were even I was a bit tense (I believe the geniuses on the rating advisory committees refer to it as “Mild Peril” (And indeed, I just checked it out and it’s rated PG for “Some Peril and Action”). My daughters didn’t seem bothered by it, but I wondered if they might be.
Of course, in Disney all’s well that ends well… that didn’t stop me from crying three times during the movie. (Also, the short film “Partly Cloudy” that preceeds “Up”? Adorable).
From the movies, we ventured home for a birthday party for The Princess. We had about nine kids show up (one of whom hadn’t RSVP’d – what is it with parents who don’t RSVP? – but she was still absolutely welcome anyway: we were happy to see her!). The kids played, ate cake and ice cream, opened gifts and played with all the new stuff. And SOMEHOW, I got them to go for my “game”: Everybody wad up a ball of wrapping paper and throw it in the trash! (Seriously, I thought that NO ONE would go for it. They liked it. Hmmm. I’ll have to remember that next year).
But now? I am WIPED out. It’s been a long day.
Photo: Disney/Pixar
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Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.


  1. The Mom Jen says

    I cried as much as you did when we went to see it last night! The first 10 minutes were like, WHOA, this is a kid’s movie?! Overall cute though!

  2. glad to see that a 3 year old made it through. 🙂 My husband and I were planning on talking our som to see this next weekend, but after reading the synopsis at I was a little worried about the content… I think we're going togo for it- unless he forgets we were planning to go- in which case, I'll save my (nearly) 30 bucks… then we'll just buy it when it comes out on blu ray and preview it before he watches it. 🙂

  3. I just went to see it last night, and I really liked it. But it was really sad in some parts. I liked the storyline and I thought Russel was adorable! =)

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