Friday, March 08, 2013

SNOW DAY DVD TIME! Plus A View From Our Deck

The kids are home from school today due to another snow day. Today, our agenda includes playing Wii, playing in the snow and watching some great family friendly movies.

Chasing Mavericks starring Gerard Butler would be my pick of the bunch but the kids want to start with Clifford the big red dog.

In Chasing Mavericks; Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue and Hollywood newcomer Jonny Weston star in this inspiring true story of courage and friendship the whole family will love. When 15-year-old Jay Moriarty (Weston) discovers that the mythical Mavericks surf break is real, he reaches out to local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Butler) to train him to ride it. What begins as a mentorship turns into an extraordinary bond that transforms both their lives, as Jay and Frosty learn valuable lessons about conquering fear in pursuit of your dreams. Featuring the most spectacular wave footage ever captured on film, Chasing Mavericks is packed with action and drenched with excitement!

The Celebrate with Clifford DVD is to honor 50 years of big fun, big friendships and everyone's favorite big red dog in seven party-packed CliffordT tales! Whether it's working as a team to put on the Fall Carnival, finding the perfect gift for a birthday party, or building a float for the Birdwell Parade, Clifford and his pals - Emily, Charley, Jetta and T-Bone discover that always following your heart and being yourself is the best way to be a BIG friend. Let's get this party started!

Duke, which we watched this morning before 9:00 AM because my kids were awake by 6:30 AM stars Steven Weber as Marine Sergeant Terry Pulaski, a once proud man, is now a broken shell of himself having returned from Iraq with both PTSD and a disabling injury. Terry struggles to be a good father and husband, but his challenges leave him feeling like a burden to his wife and daughter. With his dog Duke in tow, he decides to leave his family behind. Years later, a homeless Terry needs help for an aging and ill Duke, so he leaves him in the care of a veterinary clinic. Will Duke be able to help Terry face his demons and reconcile with his estranged daughter?

We loved it!  It is a wonderful story of the love of a man for his dog! His best friend. The only one who could help him as he dealt with post traumatic stress from his time in the Marines. He gave up everything including his family but would do anything for his dog. Everyone needs someone and sometimes, it isn't a two legged person. While I couldn't understand why nor does the movie try to explain to us why Terry didn't get help for his mental state or why his family didn't try to harder to stay in his life, the movie isn't about that. It is about how much Terry loves Duke! 

Best of Widget is a little young for them, but as long as we are all laying down together under a comforter they are happy.

Wow! Wow! It's Widget's Wildest Inventions & Best Adventures! She's the busiest builder and fix-it whiz in Wuzzleberg and Wubbzy's good friend too! And in these 6 "best of" episodes - plus one bonus episode - Widget modifies a road racer for the Wuzzleburg Derby tries to become a ballerina invents a solar-powered super-robot builds the ultimate television searches for her missing wiggle wrench and more! There are machines workshop wonders and plenty of good times with the Wuzzleburg crew too! It's all 'No problemo' for Widget at her very best!

Secret Millionaire Volume 1 should be interesting especially since Goddess has been working on money math problems in school.

Kids can learn valuable lessons about money management in a fun and relatable way when the educational and entertaining new animated series Secret Millionaires Club Volume One, debuts on DVD March 19, 2013 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and A Squared Entertainment. Featuring the voice of renowned financial sage, Warren Buffett, the series offers tips on making investing fun for kids.  When friends Radley, Elena, Jones and Lisa find out that their school has lost funding for music, field trips and some of their other favorite activities they call on financial mogul Warren Buffett for help.  With Warren as their mentor, the kids apply basic business knowledge to everyday adventures and ultimately learn that the best investment they can make is in themselves. Secret Millionaires Club teaches practical life lessons through typical everyday situations that kids might encounter such as raising money for their school or persevering through a perceived failure.  Featuring the voices of stars such as Jay Z & Shaquille O’Neal, kids learn to work together, respect each other and believe in themselves. The Secret Millionaires Club Volume One DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.93 and includes one brand new episode that has not yet aired on television.  The series returns to The Hub in March of 2013.

Well, they are pretty much ready to head out for an hour or two.

Here is what it looks like by us. What's your day looking like?


  1. WOW, we got nothing but nice Spring temps.
    Love the view though, sure is pretty to look at.

  2. Oh my that is a lot of snow. It looks very pretty but it makes me cold just thinking about it.

  3. WOW! Nice Photos. It looks very pretty. Great job!
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  4. These all look great but so cold outside so much snow and its in the 80's here

  5. Wow it sounds like you all had a great day & watched some great movies! I use to love snow days when i was a kid but back then they were few and very far between. Now days they have a couple each school year. I wasnt so lucky. I had maybe one every 3 years or more.

  6. What beautiful snowy day photos! Bet you had fun with the movie marathon!

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