Sunday, December 3, 2023

Priscilla Presley & My Kids Rock

 So this has been a whirlwind of a week. 

We saw Priscilla Presley.

Not on the streets or anything, but at an event called An Evening With Priscilla Presley. My daughter Natalie found out about it. She loves Priscilla. We saw the movie Priscilla and Natalie absolutely loved the fashion in the film that were obviously based on what Priscilla actually wore. 

Not to mention that Priscilla always seemed down to earth, even when dating Elvis. She never bragged about it. She could have been like, "I am with one of the most famous men in America," but she kept quiet, which is one reason she says Elvis fell in love with her. We couldn't take pics or videos when she was speaking, so I got this when she was finished:

It was a lovely evening. She told stories about growing up and yes, about her life with and after Elvis. I felt for her when she spoke about her losses: her grandson Ben took his own life and her daughter Lisa recently passed as well. And of course she lost Elvis, but she still speaks with such poise and grace. 

She did take some questions from the audience and Natalie actually raised her hand, which shocked me as normally she's pretty shy. But she is a fan of Priscilla and wanted to ask what it was like going from being a normal teen girl to suddenly be thrown in the spotlight when the media caught wind that she was dating Elvis. So many people raised their hand and she only took a few questions and she didn't get picked, but she didn't mind. She says it was thrilling seeing Priscilla in front of her. 

Bonus, afterwards we got to see some of the lights downtown and lots of people asked where Natalie got her jacket from. Goodwill. 6.99. 

But before that, my son Tommy had a screening of his short film that he made. He's in college for film studies, so he's learning about making movies and all of that. (Curious on the film? It's here.)

I'm so proud. He's incredibly talented and I am glad he's learning a bunch in college. 

Then Natalie had her play A Christmas Carol. 

Oh, and you could buy ads in the program so I sent this in:

The play ran for 3 days and went fabulous. She's the one in the pink, far left, as Mrs. Cratchit:

She's going to miss it. She always does when a play ends. She never know whats to do with herself because she's used to staying after school until 7. Suddenly she's home when it's still light out and is like, "Now what?" (I'm like, "Uh, homework?")

I am always thrilled that each of my kids have such a wonderful imagination. 

We are looking forward to the holiday break. Natalie still has 2 weeks of school but Tommy is finished and will be home for a month! We have all sorts of fun activities planned. 

So here's to a fantastic December. It's already starting off splendidly. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Holiday Snacks You Should Try

I always love when the holidays come around because all these tasty snacks appear on store shelves. Right now the theme seems to be Elf movie products because it's the 20th anniversary. There are so many different Elf goodies. I'd love to try them all but they add up in price so sadly, I cannot. Dang inflation. But I can admire them in the stores.

For example, check out these Keebler gingerbread Elf cookies:

There were also Elf candy canes:

And Elf syrup, which I think is just the regular syrup but with the Elf wrap. Behind that is an Elf pancake mix:

There's also these Elf candies. All of these are perfect for an Elf movie night:

This chocolate peppermint bark from Tate's looked delish:

I always get these Milano cookies. Pepperidge Farm always has a scrumptious holiday line of cookies:

Pepperidge Farm even has, yup, Elf cookies and yes, I have tried these and they are good:

These Hot Cocoa Oreos have a nice flavor. They aren't my favorite, but my daughter loves them. I prefer the Pumpkin Spice ones:

Little Debbie snacks are a must. We always get the Christmas Tree Cakes, the gingerbread men, and the holiday brownies. But did you know there's also ice cream? The Christmas Tree Cake one is fantastic:

Know any mac and cheese fans? I found these gummies at Target. A perfect stocking stuffer:

I always get these Krabby Patty sticks for my children's stockings:

Finally, I look forward to these white fudge covered Oreos every year. They are amazing. 

Have you tried any of these yet?

Monday, November 27, 2023

Hey, It's Okay

 I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

HEY, IT'S OKAY.... have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Tommy was home from college and Natalie was off from school so we spent a lot of time together. We decorated the tree, saw movies, went to see Christmas lights, and we ate a lot of delicious food. be excited that Tommy will be back shortly due to Christmas break. He should be home this weekend or next, depending on when his last final is. He's already signed up for Spring classes. have enjoyed The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. They missed some fabulous book stuff though, so read the book! You can buy it here for $10. But I still recommend the movie. be going to see A Christmas Carol at Natalie's school this week. Natalie is Mrs. Cratchit and has been enjoying rehearsals. She loves her costume. All I know is that it's pink. I'll find out for sure Thursday! love going to Hu Hot--for those who don't know, it's an all you can eat stir fry place--right now if you buy $50 in gift cards, you get $10 back. This is a perfect spot to bring teens with a bottomless stomach:

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