Monday, February 28, 2011

The Sideris Wedding

Thursday after work, the caravan headed east, Michigan bound. About 30 of us traveled to Clarkston, MI for Nick and Elyse's wedding. A few of us made pit stops in Chicago to spend the night Thursday and then continue on our way Friday morning. (thanks brosef for letting us stay with you) When we arrived in Michigan, Elyse's dad was so gracious and let EVERYONE stay at his house. Yes, that's right, all of us crashed at his place and it was surprisingly comfortable. People got creative with where they slept which made it pretty entertaining. Friday night was the rehearsal. While some of us went to the rehearsal, the rest of the crew stayed back at the house to cook dinner and play Fishbowl. After the rehearsal, Elyse's sister hosted us for dinner. It was a great time meeting all of her family and friends. When we got back to Elyse's dad's house, we were informed that a family friend was on her way over to teach us some Greek dancing. We call kind of laughed until we realized that they were serious. Being the group that we are, we embraced it and had a wonderful time dancing around the house into the wee hours of the night.

Saturday morning we woke up to breakfast prepared by Elyse's dad. (again, so awesome). From breakfast we headed to the salon to get ready for the big day. I did a lot of chauffeuring and have decided that I pretty much know my way around Clarkston.
Me and the beautiful Elyse

Part of the caravan crew

The wedding was great and Elyse looked beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen Nick so happy. The reception was filled with lots and lots and lots of dancing. We also got to perform our newly accomplished Greek dancing skills although a couple of 8 year old girls showed us up on the dance floor. A performance of the Hoedown Throwdown even made an appearance.

The fun tables

Love these girls


Greg and one of the fantastic little greek dancers

Andy and his new dance partner

Haley found a dance partner

The night was capped with all of us back at Elyse's dad's house sitting in a circle for an icebreaker. Question: If you could have any celebrity at your wedding, who would you choose? My choice: Justin Timberlake.
Sunday we woke up early and basically crawled into our cars and hit the road for the 10+ hour trip. Thankfully, everyone made it back safely. I am so thankful for Nick and Elyse and so happy we were all able to celebrate with them. What a fun weekend!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Wow. What a great night it was! Green Bay Packers are Superbowl Champions! My dad taught me long ago that the Packers were THE team to cheer for and well, I gladly took his advice. I am a proud Packer fan! Yeah to Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and the entire Green Bay Packer team and fellow cheeseheads. Woooo hoooo!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Am Number Four

I'm a big fan of reading books first before I go see the movie. I really liked this book so I was excited to see what the movie would look like. Generally speaking, I usually like the book better than the movie. Harry Potter has been the only exception where I thought they did a commendable job staying true to the book and making the movie exciting and real (but even they have their limits).

This is one of those times where I'd tell you to read the book, because I think it's much better, but then if you see the movie before reading the book, would that make you like the movie more? I don't know. Regardless, I still really enjoyed the movie. The special effects were pretty crazy and I liked who they picked for the cast of this movie. The beginning stayed pretty true to the book but from the midpoint on, it strayed away pretty far. Alien Boy Number Four, played by Alex Pettyfer, is really charismatic and likable and has great chemistry with Dianna Agron's character Sara Hart. Because I knew the movie was coming out before I read the book, I already knew what the characters looked like so it was easier to translate that into my imagination when I was reading. I thought they didn't use Tim Olyphant's character, Henri, in the right way. His entire existence is based on keeping Number Four alive and training him for the future and you didn't really get that from the movie. They kind of downplayed the importance of his role and I wished they hadn't. Even when Number Six arrives, she has all the Legacies (special powers) and Number Four only shoots lights and moves things with his hands. Maybe in the next movies they'll show him getting more of his powers but that was part of the plot that I really loved in the book. Spoiler: I will say this, I'm glad Bernie Kosar survived! There's a lot I wish they would have changed about this movie to be closer to the book but it seems that there's always something at the end of a book turned movie that you wish they would have done differently. (or they totally ruin..hello, Twilight anyone?!).

I'm anxious to read the next book but it doesn't come out until Fall. If you want a quick read, pick it up or if you want an entertaining sci-fi movie, go see this. Also, this movie has a GREAT soundtrack which is always something I look for!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The King's Speech

I actually saw this movie a while ago but I’m just now getting around to this. I’m a big fan of British history so I was looking forward to this movie. I was not disappointed. Colin Firth plays the lead with Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter as the Supporting Stars. The movie follows the life of King George VI of Britain and his unplanned ascension to the throne. With that comes his apprehension to public speaking so a speech therapist (cue Geoffrey Rush) is hired to help him prepare to be king. At times I found myself both frustrated and hopeful for the king in his attempt to overcome whatever it was that caused his fear. This movie is endearing and witty, heartbreaking and triumphal. Colin Firth is most deserving of the Oscar for Best Actor and I even think this movie deserves Best Picture. If you get a chance, go see this movie. You won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Never Say Never

Okay, I know he’s what, like 16 years old and I’m not and already having a movie about you seems a bit ridiculous but one this is true, Justin Bieber is on top of the world right now. Whether you like his music or not, you can’t deny that the kid has talent. Within the first 10 minutes of this movie you see just how talented he is with home videos of Justin at the age of 2 playing the guitar and the drums. You get to see his life on tour, how he spends his time, what he’s like around his family and friends, and what he really values. I was impressed with his mother’s desire to raise him in a Godly way, to pray with him and desire that his life count for something. She says at one point “I want him to find is worth not in what he can do but in who he is as a person.” You don’t hear the Lohan family saying anything like that. I love his grandparents too. They were so sweet and were/are so proud of him. Lots of celebrities make cameos in the movie which honestly, I could have done with out (except BoysIIMen.. they’ve still got it!)
There’s plenty of music in this movie and lots and lots and lots of screaming 13 year olds! There were even more screaming/crying 13 year olds. I remember the first time I saw N ‘Sync way back in the day… I was one of those crying, screaming girls which is why I think I liked this movie so much. The movie was fun, full of energy, and I laughed a lot. I’m rooting for him. I want him to do well and not get sucked in to Hollywood and lose himself. I know he’s a 16 year old kid with an attitude, a little prideful, and often times a punk (but what 16 year old kid isn’t that way). I’m a fan.

Have you caught the Bieber Fever yet?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

As the lights go out in Dillon

Tonight I watched the series finale of my favorite show ever created: Friday Night Lights! I'm sad that it won't be on anymore. I'll miss Landry and Matt at the Alamo Freeze, I'll miss the way Tim Riggins calls people by their jersey number, I'll miss Dillon, Texas, but most of all, I'll miss the Taylor family. I really love how they chose to end this show and after 5 seasons... I loved them all. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.

Texas Forever.

i know i'm a dork. i think i need a hug.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Pack is BACK!!

Man I loved Sterling Sharpe back in the day!

GO PACK GO!!!! Today is the big day! I'm regretting getting rid of my Packer starter jacket from 4th grade because I'd definitely be wearing it today! GO PACK GO!!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Countdown to the Superbowl

Tom Brady , after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was
showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots
flag in the window. "This house is yours for eternity, Tom," said God.
"This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here." Tom felt special,
indeed, and walked up to his house.

On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the
corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a GREEN & GOLD sidewalk, a 50-foot
tall flagpole with an enormous PACKERS flag, and in every window, a

Tom looked at God and said "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I
have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even
won a few Super Bowls."

God said "So what's your point, Tom?"
"Well, why does Aaron Rodgers get a better house than I do ?"

God chuckled, and said:

"Tom, that's NOT Aaron's house..'s Mine!"