Immature Parents

There are times when I believe I am way too immature to be a parent.

This afternoon was one of those.

I picked up my 6th grader from school today and asked him how is day went.

He mumbled a few words until suddenly remembering something at which point he became very animated.

“Mom, there’s this 2 week away band camp that I can go to this summer and I think it would be lots of fun. It’s only $750 and we get to be in a band, work on our own instrument, there’s a dance every night, but we can pass on going to that, and you sleep in the college dorms.”


“Oh and Mom, at band camp there’s a rock wall and a pool and basketball courts.”

At band camp.

Am I the only one who’s mind went directly to Alyson Hannigan and her, “This one time, at band camp?”

Please tell me I’m not.

And after watching that clip just now I can assure you there will be absolutely no band camp this summer.

Or any other summer.

Thankfully we already have a vacation scheduled right in the middle of band camp so the idea of going was put to rest pretty quickly.

Now if I can only serve our apple pie dessert with a straight face.

(Told you, immature. And no we weren’t really having pie).


I’m Starting to Regret..

I’m starting to regret showing my kids all of the old movies I love and view as classics.

Movies like Mary Poppins, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Annie.

As I was walking away after putting my 4 year old in time out, she began singing, “It’s a hard knock life for me.”

It  went something like this. “It’s a hard knock life for me. It’s a hard knock LIFE for me. It’s a hard knock LIFE FOR ME. It’s a hard KNOCK LIFE FOR ME.”

Only 14 more years for her to live that hard life with us.

We’re Off to See the Wizard…

The wonderful wizard of oz!

Because, because, because, because, because…

Because of the wonderful things he does!

This weekend I am taking my family to go see The Wizard of Oz – IMAX 3D!

I know..I’m so excited.

You know who else is so so so so so excited about going to see The Wizard of Oz?

My husband.

Well, maybe not.

I was hoping that by writing it it might come true but no.

Regardless, I’m so excited to show the movie to my kids.

We rarely go to a full priced movie but I think this is worth it – one of the all time best movies, at least in my opinion.

The movie is only playing in our city for one week so if you are interested you might want to check your theater.

I fully expect to come back singing the lollipop guild, somewhere over the rainbow, if I only had a heart, and ding dong the witch is dead, for probably the whole weekend.

If all goes as planned, the kids will be singing too.

My husband? I’m guessing his inner Judy Garland will shine through too 🙂



New Star Wars Prints

The Father’s Day printable at the Big D & Me’s etsy shop has been selling well – thanks friends!

I wanted to let you know about three new prints we have added to the store.

These prints are perfect for your little Star Wars fans.

The Millennium Falcom


The ATAT  Imperial Walker


The X-Wing Fighter


All prints are completely customizable to your desired colors, phrases, or names.

So go on over to the shop and check out these prints, your little Jedi will love them!

In Honor of Jayden Lamb

My friend Jess, who recently moved to Michigan, shared a video with me. The video is the  story of Jayden Lamb, a little boy from northeast Michigan.

This past weekend we celebrated my almost 8 year old with a little party. There were a few hitches and things didn’t go quite as planned. I was frustrated and annoyed and quite honestly, had trouble letting it go.

Then I watched this video again and felt foolish. Jayden’s dad can’t celebrate his son’s birthday with him and I’m complaining because a few kids were difficult at my son’s party.

Take a minute and watch.

Now just be thankful.

And when you have a moment, Pay It Forward – Jayden Style!

Classic Movies to Share with Kids: A Printable List

OK I have assembled my list of “Classic Movies” to share with your kids. Thank you for your suggestions, you had several movies I had not thought of.

My disclaimer: The movies I think would be appropriate for certain age groups may contain words or actions you may not find appropriate for that age group. Please don’t go off my recommendation alone if you have not seen the movie. Read reviews and determine if they are right for your children.

I have broken up the movies into 3 categories: When They’re Younger, When They’re Older, and When They’re Much Older. My kids are 10, 7, and 3 and no one has seen anything from the third category.


 Click here for the above printable.

 And here’s a look at what the list looks like now for our family.


Looks like we need some more movie nights soon!

If you think of any that I’ve missed be sure to let me know 🙂

Classic, Must See Movies

I’m talking movies today so I’m sure you think I’m going to discuss the Golden Globes or the Oscars.

Unless we’re talking fashion it will be hard for me to discuss any of the nominated movies this year because I have seen exactly zero of them.

My 10 year old? He’s seen Lincoln twice.

Me? None.

Today I’m going to talk to you about what I deem “Classic Movies.”

Casablanca? Gone with the Wind? Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

No. No. and No.

These might be official classic movies but not my classic movies.

My classic movies are ones my husband and I are having fun introducing to the kids. Movies we remember enjoying when we were younger. The TRUE classic movies. At least to me.

I’m talking about Mary Poppins, Annie, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, Home Alone, Ghost Busters, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, E.T., and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.


Also on the list are The Parent Trap, Goonies, Jumanji, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Karate Kid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Mighty Ducks, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Uncle Buck.


There are several more movies on the list but for now I would like your help.

Soon I’m going to be sharing my Classic Movie list as a printable but I’d like to get your opinion…

What Are Your Favorite Classic Movies?

I’m sure there are many movies I haven’t thought of so go ahead and share. After all, it’s for my kids 🙂


Our Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is a time of family, food, and fun.

We had all of that.

Plus a whole lot of vomit.

Yes, family, food, fun, and vomit – all parts of our Thanksgiving celebration.

And unlike many of you who only had three days of family time, our family was lucky enough to have 9 days off together.

Yes, nine days of being together (sleeping in the same room allowed for a quick response time)

Nine days of food (aka Gatorade and Saltines).

Nine days of fun (My entire next paycheck is headed to Redbox).

Nine days of being thankful for our washer and dryer (vomit, enough said).

And while I am thankful for that time spent with my family, I am hoping the 12 days of Christmas turns out differently.