Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hey Bulldog!

Jake and Matt playing one of my favorite Beatle songs...."Hey Bulldog!"
You should probably click to watch it on YouTube so you don't have 
"I Want to Tell You" playing at the same time. :)

For my further Beatles enjoyment, here's the real thing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Footloose" Advance Screening

I was fortunate enough to see an advance screening of the new Footloose at the Hollywood Palms last night because my awesome and lucky sister Barb won tickets!  

Barb and Me!
My nieces, Robyn and Layla.
80's fashions were in last night!  
Unfortunately, even if I had any clothes from the 80's, they sure the hell wouldn't fit me anymore!
I did save tons of my pins from the 80's.
(my TwiH00rs will notice I AM wearing my Edward necklace - couldn't go completely Twi-free!)
The Police, Wham, Duran Duran, Wang Chung, The Clash, Sex Pistols
I was asked by a few people if my pins were original. 
Ummmm......HELL YEAH! 
I saved those babies!  So glad I did!

If you are, ummmmm......more "mature" like my sis and I, then you probably remember seeing the first Footloose at the show back in 1984.......
and buying the soundtrack album (and it was record folks!)
I loved the first Footloose, so I wasn't sure what to expect with this new movie. I was pleasantly surprised.
First, I love Kevin Bacon.....but the new Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) is quite a hottie!

    Julianne Hough is a much prettier Ariel. I always hated that stick Lori Singer.
However, Julianne Hough does have a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana vibe about her.
Maybe it's the country accent.

You will like the rest of the characters.  
They really did a great job casting the new movie.
I think my favorite is Miles Teller as Willard.  Had me cracking up!

You will love the "Let's Hear it for the Boy" segment!

I would say that the new Footloose is the perfect balance of being it's own movie, while paying homage to the first movie.  You will appreciate all the little moments or lines that are the same as the first movie, and like the changes that were made as well.  It does take place in the current time - and it works.  
We were afraid that it would be them trying to remake it and have it set in the 80's - 
but the story translated really well to 2011.

See for yourself......

  Update: Oops!  Forgot the freebies!
A movie program.....
and a poster

On a side note, a few Twi-related things......

First, I found this signed poster hanging on the wall - I assume it is signed by a wolf pack member.
Still, pretty cool!

One more Twi-related thing-
I caught this on the Hollywood Palms sign on the way out last night.  
I actually turned my car around and went back to get a pic!
Very cool!  
Just wish it were a certain sparkly vampire instead (no offence Alex).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Living in the Material World

If anyone has HBO - please record this for me on Thursday!
Marie and Matt

George Harrison Movie airs this week

Posted on October 3, 2011 in News by The FestNo Comments »
Martin Scorcese’s new film,George Harrison: Living in the Material World had its premiere over the weekend in London. The Beatles and their families turned up for the event. Paul and his fiancee Nancy Shevell, Ringo and Barbara, Yoko, Sean, and of course Olivia and Dhani. The movie airs on HBO this Wednesday and Thursday on HBO at 9:00PM. Set your DVRs. Reviews have been fabulous and this is a film all fans will not want to miss.
We have just received the book, Living in the Material Worldand this is one of the best Beatles related books in many years. It is mostly a photo book with quotes from friends and family. We knew that Ringo was a camera buff, but this book shows many of photos George took, from the earliest days of beatlemania, through the tours, and into his post Beatles life. Most of the photos in this book have NEVER been seen before.

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's a Girl!

I know, we're crazy!
Like we need another mouth to feed in this house, right?
Welcome the newest member of the Dahlstrom Family

My husband and oldest son have been talking about getting another dog for a couple of months now.  Our beagle/terrier mix, Sox (or Soxie) could really use a companion.  She really likes other dogs and wants to play.  So that's where this idea came about.

Ava is all beagle and we got her from the TLC Animal Shelter in Homer Glen.  The kids wanted a puppy, but I was leaning towards Ava because she is between 1 and 2 and already housebroken.  When we got there, and took the 2 dogs out in the yard at the shelter to get to know each other, I wouldn't say it would was love at first sight for them.  They just kinda didn't acknowledge each other.  But it was love at first sight for us.  Ava is very sweet and loving.  She recently had a litter of puppies and her puppies had all been adopted out.  She is just perfect for our family.

As of right now, her and Sox have continued to coexist without any problems.  She has a vet appt. tomorrow so hopefully we can get a little more information about her approximate age, and how long ago she gave birth.   I'll update soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011


My family and I are always looking for something to do that costs little or nothing.  This past weekend was the last weekend before school started for everyone (except my oldest son who started this past Wednesday).  Plus we just got the new "family truckster", which we were itching to take out for a ride longer than to Jewel for groceries.  So we decided to go to Cantigny.

Even if you are from around here, you may not know about Cantigny.  Here is a description from there website:

Cantigny: Robert R. McCormick's Gift to the People of Illinois

Located in Wheaton, Ill., this sprawling, 500-acre park is where families wander through nature, get lost in history, play golf at an award-winningcourse, attend a big band concert, tag monarch butterflies, make a snow globe, take classes, introduce children to the age-old custom of afternoon tea, attend a wide variety of special programs and events --in short, spend quality time together.

In addition to vast formal gardens and picnic and camping grounds, Cantigny offers  two history-rich museums:  the  Robert R. McCormick Museum and the  Cantigny First Division Museum, fascinating for children and researchers alike.  
You can read more here
Here's what we love about Cantigny. It only costs $5 to park.  That's it.  Other than that, it's free.
You can tour Colonel McCormick's mansion - which is really cool.  They also have a fascinating war museum that is extremely interesting, and very well done.  I never thought a war museum would interest me, but this one surprised me.  
Here is the part that my kid love the most.  They have tanks from all the wars outside that the kids can climb on.  So on our most recent visit to Cantigny this past weekend, we spend most of our time climbing on the tanks since the weather was so beautiful.
So here are the my kids enjoying the tanks at Cantigny.

So if you are looking for something to do some weekend, I would highly recommend Cantigny.  My kids love it - and if they do, any will!  Check it out! :)