Monday, October 20, 2014

Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" Movie Review & GIVEAWAY! (10/29)

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About Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" Movie:
In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

About Glen Campbell "The Rhinestone Cowboy":
Glen Campbell’s musical and entertainment career, covering nearly five decades, is unmatched for its prolific breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. His guitar playing is legendary and can be heard on classic tracks from Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, to Frank Sinatra’s, Strangers in the Night.

As a solo artist, Glen has recorded some of the most beloved songs of his generation including Gentle On My Mind, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy
He has been awarded five Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards and three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. 
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Glen Campbell has crossed the boundary between pop and country and transcended into a true musical icon.

In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and with the help of his wife and family decided to face the illness head on. He announced publicly about his battle with Alzheimer’s and then released his album Ghost on the Canvas and began his “Goodbye Tour.” 
On Feb 12, 2012 Glen performed on the Grammy Awards, to an audience of 39 million people, and was given the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

Take a peak at the trailer:

My Review:
Wow!  Not only do I feel privileged to have gotten to see a sneak preview of this film, but I'm in awe of Glen Campbell, and his family, for their openness and bravery in sharing Glen's battle with Alzheimer's.  So much of what Glen's family had to see, as he lost more and more of his memory, had to be heartbreaking....and yet they all got to be together as he performed his final tour and make good memories of Glen as well.  (I also have to point out that Glen's wife, and her faith, is truly inspiring throughout the film!  She is an amazing woman!)

I didn't know what to expect before watching "I'll Be Me", but I was pleasantly surprised.  The film really drew me in and I know anyone who sees this will be glad they did!  I highly recommend seeking out a theater to see it when it comes out!

"I'll Be Me" releases, in phases, beginning October 24th.  Please stop by the website to see if it is coming to your area:

One lucky reader is going to win a 5 song EP Soundtrack from the film!  The soundtrack features Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, and The Band Perry

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart" Review

*Disclosure:  I was provided the following DVD in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

About the "When Calls the Heart" television series:
Produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr. and inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of priveledge, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   The local Mounty Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), has began courting the high society teacher, but new orders have taken him away from the town,  Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin) has trouble of her own, their forced to confront the most powerful man in town in a battle that may ruin her deceased husband's reputation.

About "When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart"
Jack finally gets Elizabeth to agree to join him for a dinner date just as Elizabeth’s younger sister, JULIE THATCHER, arrives in Coal Valley, surprising Elizabeth.  Julie is accompanied by Mountie PATRICK O’REILLY, the man who has been sent to inform Jack of his new posting, and become the new Constable of Coal Valley.  Jack had already forgotten that he sent in a request to transfer the week he arrived in Coal Valley, and the news takes him by surprise.

Check out the trailer!

My Review:
Absolutely wonderful as usual!  Each episode keeps us guessing as to what is going to happen and we can hardly wait to see the next one!  As you can see from the cover, the relationship seems to be growing between Elizabeth and Jack, which is super exciting for the kids and I!  Although the circumstances change and the kids are no longer thinking the next episode will have a wedding like they have in the past.  Of course there are suspenseful moments with a couple other things going on in town as well.  This is such an amazing series and, again, if you haven't had a chance to see the series, please check it out!  You will not be disappointed!

Buy it!
"When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart" can be purchased through for $16.99.  Check out the other episodes on the site as well and learn more about the series at

Monday, October 6, 2014

Never a Dull Moment

It all started with the kitchen sink.  The sink that had been clogging and backing up on me all summer.  I had went to shred zucchini, to make zucchini bread and use up some of the last of it from my garden, when the sink finally clogged to the point where water wasn't going down and it was coming back up the other side.  (It's a double sink.)  Rich had just finished putting a new grill together, and was feeling productive, so he went ahead and snaked the sink for me using a little kit that came with the Drano.

As he worked away, I started mixing up ingredients for the bread and hear a gush of water in the basement.  I ran downstairs to see where it was coming from, afraid we had burst a pipe again, (it's happened before and sounded much the same), but no...the water was coming from under the sink...upstairs.

I spent the rest of the evening between trying to get the bread finished up, without using the kitchen sink, and cleaning out whatever got mucky under the sink.  Replacing the corroded/broken pipe was going to have to wait until the next day as it was much too late at that point.

Rich got the old pipes taken out quite quickly the next day.  I stood there and watched know...for moral support.  As I'm watching him, I hear sirens and look down the road out the kitchen window.  WAY down there I see flashing lights coming our way and figured there was some type of emergency down our road.  But as the lights got beyond some brush, I see that it's a police car chasing a motorcycle.  I tell the kids to look out the living room window quickly and we all got to witness a police chase!  About 2 minutes later we hear fire tones go off for a rescue at the end of the road for an turns out it was just the motorcycle and he was fine....but going to jail.  (That's probably the only police chase I'll ever see out here, so I had to write about it!)

Back to the kitchen sink.  Rich was able to replace the pipes, but they were leaking, and still backing up, even after 3 trips to the closest open place that carried what we needed, about 10 miles away, AND using the Drano.  Being it was Sunday, that place closed early, but Rich's parents offered to go to Lowe's/Home Depot and get more pipes to replace even more under the sink.

A couple hours later the rest of the pipes under the sink were replaced and the sink was STILL backing up!  Rich's dad then ran home to grab his snake to snake the remainder of the pipes down into the basement.  While he was gone, Rich asked his mom if she could help 'band' the bull calves.  So we all made our way out to the barn.  I decided that I'd collect eggs in the tougher places to get to, up in the hay, while they were working with the calves.  There is one spot that the hens lay, right against the wall, but down the height of a bale.  It's always kind of dark down there, but the eggs show up enough to grab them.  Of course I get down close to look and don't see any eggs, but I do see a SKUNK sitting there...inches away from me.  I really don't know what I did, but I got away from him QUICK!  I'm very thankful that our little skunk seems to be pretty laid back...he didn't spray, but I think I'm leaving those eggs for him from now on!

Back to the sink...again.  So Rich's dad returns with the snake and they do their best to snake out some of the grossest stuff we've ever seen and the sink STILL backed up.  It didn't take but a few minutes and they got that issue fixed...thankfully!  The excitement of the day was over...or just beginning...because now I have a sink that drains beautifully! ;-)

I can imagine that was probably the most memorable, supposedly 'simple', home improvement day we'll have for a long time! :-)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blueberry Picking 2014

The kids and I went with my mom to do our annual blueberry picking back at the end of July.  (Turns out I found a pile of blueberries in my freezer when it died this summer, so didn't really need any...but it's fun!) 
This year the tractor and wagon was back!  Blake really missed it last year and kept asking when it was coming even though we were right by the front.  I think Morgan was happy to have a ride too...look at that smile! :-)
 Sweater is on inside-out, but at least the blueberries won't be staining the 'right' side! ;-)

 It was warm enough that the sweater came off anyway.  Look at all those blueberries!
 They love sticking their little faces in these. This year they're both tall enough that it actually worked! :-)
 And since we didn't fill ourselves up on the berries, we went out to eat afterwards.  The kids were spoiled with their own bottles of pop.  It made them feel pretty special!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Fizz, Boom, Read!" Summer Reading Program 2014

The kids and I did A LOT of reading this summer!  Within the 2 months that our library's summer reading program ran, I read 24 hours to the kids.  Morgan ended up with nearly 74 hours, so 50 hours of reading on her own!  Blake ended with about 29 hours, which was mostly from what I read to him, but Morgan read some books to him too without me.
It's really fun reading with the kids, but a couple things made it a little extra fun this summer.  The library's summer reading program theme was science, which the kids LOVE.  They kicked off the summer reading program by having the Michigan Science Center come and do all sorts of neat fire-type reactions.  I have to admit that it was pretty awesome!  I was so involved that I almost forgot to take pictures, but got a couple at the very end. :-)
 Beyond the kick-off, the library then had a different science activity almost every Friday.  We missed the first one where they were making lava lamps, but we made it to make terrariums.  (FYI-I can not keep house plants alive...they died, we replaced them, those died...I gave up!)
There was a sink/float activity that I didn't get pictures of.  Basically the kids put different things in water to see what would sink and what would float, then they experimented with different candy to see what would sink/float.
The kids also made what is a lot like silly putty one Friday.  That was pretty you can see from Morgan's expression :-)

Another Friday, we had some friends over, and they went with us to do some solar activities.  The kids made bracelets with beads that changed color in the light and raced solar cars. :-)
The last 'science' activity was mostly using pop and having it react to things.  The best one was using pop and Mentos and seeing the pop shoot WAY up in the air! :-)
The library ends the summer reading program with a picnic each year and this year they had a local place come and bring some exotic animals.  I hadn't heard of most of the animals before and it was really neat learning about each one!
There were also prizes drawn after the picnic and Morgan happened to win one!  It just topped off a very fun reading program this summer.

The other thing that made reading extra fun for us this summer was reading some classics and then having movie nights to watch the movies based on those classics.  These are the ones that I can remember reading: Little Women, A Little Princess, How to Train Your Dragon (saw the movie first, then wanted to read the book) and The Secret Garden.  It seems like there were more, but those were the main ones.  I think we read some of the stories that the Disney Princess movies were based off of too.  We also read Farmer Boy, (we had read Little House in Big Woods this past winter), and I hope to read Little House on the Prairie soon too.  I hope to track down some of the TV episodes so the kids can see those after we read it.  We had SO MUCH fun doing this, I hope to do even more next summer...if I can wait that might end up being an ongoing thing.  ;-)