Annie Is Just As Good Now As It Was 30 Years Ago

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

I didn't go to very many movies as a kid, but the few movies I did see in a theater stuck with me.

Like, REALLY stuck with me.

Summer 1982.  After standing at the window to watch our dinner get made at Happy Joe's Pizza, we walked across to the movie place to see Annie.

I was 8 years old. I related to the lead character in ways that words can't express, and HOOBOY was I jealous of her happy ending. But what really stuck with me was a song.

That is seriously one of the best songs ever written. 

I'm not the only one who found Annie to be an engaging movie worth watching over and over again. That much is evident if you take a look at its staying power. Alexis has seen the movie and LOVED it, nearly 30 years after I first saw it.

(Which, OMG. Where does time go?)

Not only has she seen the movie -- she has also had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway show. We've seen a few different versions of it in the past few years, but the best one is in town now.  Thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, we were able to take a girl's night out and see it this week.

It was amazing.

There's something very magical about sharing an experience like that with your daughter. It's like you get to be an 8 year-old again as you see something familiar through new eyes. Alexis and I have been singing Hard Knock Life together ever since.

Tickets are still available that will let you share the magic with your kids.


So Then That Happened (And a Giveaway!)

This post was sponsored by Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Please tell me you've read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. We all have, right? Because it's one of those books that everyone reads at some point.

And now it's a movie.

I haven't seen it yet since it won't be in theaters until October 10th, but I am super duper looking forward to taking Alexis. She has read the book and LOVED it, especially the part where Alexander gets all sorts of icked out when there is kissing on TV. She is completely on board with thinking kissing is icky right now, but she's on board with it in the way that causes her to fall over giggling as she yells "EWWWWWWW!"

I'm about to turn on the 24/7 Kissing Channel just so I can entertain myself watching her.

Speaking of entertainment fun, I have a giveaway to celebrate the release of the movie. See all that stuff in that photo up there? The poster, mug, alligator stress toy, highlighter, and reusable tote bag? You can win it! Just leave a comment on this post telling me about an annoying thing that ruined your morning and made you late for something. For example, if I were entering, I would tell you about the day that I tried to leave for work only to have Mila puke all over my shirt. While I was changing, she decided she had strong opinions about her own outfit and destroyed it as well. And then the dog escaped and chased after Alexis' school bus. Good times!

I will close comments and select a winner on Sunday, September 28th at noon Eastern. Good luck!