Dreamworks Home

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Dreamworks has done it again. They have released an amazing movie that kids love and the parents, even ones who don’t get emotionally involved in children’s movies like I do, can enjoy. The previews, which I looked up online after we got several of the Home toys from McDonald’s, didn’t reveal too much of the plotline, so I was a little curious about the movie. Arthur and Chiara wanted to see it, so I decided we would go, and if nothing else, I could enjoy listening to Sheldon’s voice (Jim Parson) be the voice of a cartoon, the lovable character, Oh.

We’re brought up to speed in the beginning by Oh, who explains that his people, the Boov, are runners and hiders, and they establish their new homes by safely relocating the planets inhabitants somewhere remote, in this case Australia. You also learn right away that Oh wants nothing more than friends, but he has none, except in his mind, due to the fact he keeps making mistakes. The mistake that kicks off the main conflict of the story is that he sends e-vites to a party and accidently hits send all, which includes the Boov’s enemy, Gorg. The e-vite contains directions to their new home. He goes on the run to avoid being erased, where he finds the human girl, Tip (voiced by Rihanna), who was saved from relocation by her cat, Pig.

The two become partners in finding Tip’s mom, while Oh trys to avoid being discovered. They eventually become friends and Oh learns what family is about, as it is not something the Boov have.

I think my favorite part of the whole movie was the fact that Oh reminds me so much of Sheldon. For those of you who are not Big Bang Theory fans, I apologize, but Oh is so socially awkward, and so sure that his way is the right way, it’s great to watch this small, color-changing alien realize the Boov were wrong about the humans.

And if they were wrong about the humans, what else have they been wrong about?

The final reveal of the movie was amazing and I love how these children’s movies are finding subtle and interesting ways to show kids that first impressions aren’t always right.

The soundtrack was really great as well. I’m assuming it will be anyway because the music during the film was great! It was entertaining for me recognizing Rihanna’s voice singing while the character she voices dances on screen.

If you see this movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did!

Train Photo Op

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This was a fun, albeit chilly time spent with Arthur. He has been a big fan of trains for as long as I can remember. My theory is that the interest came genetically from my Papa! I saw some different pictures on Pinterest that inspired this shoot. I’m not referencing them because I didn’t use their actual ideas. The photos featured boys on train tracks. When I was discussing the idea with Tony, he suggested this retired train in Valley City, OH. When we drove out to see it, it was perfect!
The night before we were set to take pictures we made a trip to Walmart for his suit. I thought it would look really sharp (right as usual), and my poor boy had no dress shoes, so he needed a pair of those too. When we were heading to the train, I was looking for a hat to tie the look together. I was leaning towards his fedora, when Tony suggested the chapeau. Score one for my honey!
When we first got there, I let Arthur wander around and just take it all in. He was so excited because hello, train, and I wanted him to be able to focus on smiles for the camera.
The photo up top is the one that will be his 7 year old photo. We did however get a lot of great ones! I am pretty lucky though and have a good looking kid! 🙂

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The only one taken at the engine. It’s obviously not a working train. It looks really good though!

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This photo was probably my personal favorite! The only reason this one won’t be his 7 year old shot is I want to be able to see his face clearly. Doesn’t this look like it could’ve been taken decades ago?
For another great option for boy pictures, check out https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/boy-picture-options/
Happy picture taking!

Station 43

Station 43
Station 43 is an amazing little jewel tucked away in Solon, OH. It can be found at 39910 Aurora Rd. Solon, OH 44139 for those who want to punch it into the GPS. While in Solon for some training we’ve been doing a lot of eating out. I’ve been hearing raves from the other trainees about this place and decided since we’re almost through training I should get out and try it!
My buddy and I went out just the two of us and I was immediately impressed by the catering advertisement parked behind the building. There are two doors you can get in, front and back, if you come in the back, you can just walk over to the front door to the hostess station for seating. The catering ad should give it away, as well as the name of the restaurant, but the theme of it is firefighters.
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I think my favorite part of the décor was the turnout gear on the ladder. The little fire chief car on the ladder was also very cute! There was really too much for my to capture it all, but I got my favorites on my trusty S4. I learned from the website that one of the original owners was a firefighter, hence this beautiful tribute to the men and women in turnout gear and the canines that back them up.
I was originally told that it was very pricey, but I can tell you that it is not! It’s not cheap, but for the meal you get, it’s worth every penny! I ordered the Station Combo, which included a half rack of ribs (delicious sauce!), 6 wings, fries and coleslaw (you can substitute the sides with other choices, I went with onion rings). All that for less than $20!
The Station Combo
Doesn’t that look delicious?! I ended up eating everything except my ribs, those were my lunch the next day. The ribs were fantastic, hot and cold, with the meat practically falling off the bone.
I know I’ll be coming back to this place with my family. My wonderful husband, Tony, was a volunteer firefighter for several years in New York before we got married. I also have a lot of friends who wear turnout gear. If I can get my friend Christa and her family to come down to Ohio, I know that I’ll be taking her here for a meal, as her husband is a firefighter still.
If you roll through Solon, or come close enough and have a soft spot for firefighters, be sure to stop in for some delicious food and amazing décor. Let me know if you enjoy it!
Happy dining!
Restaurant’s full website is at http://www.station43tavern.com/