Winter Has Hope #DolphinTale2

Senior trainer Abby with Winter and Hope

Did you know that Dolphin Tale 2 the movie is coming out September 12th?  I had the honor to be invited to a press junket this weekend in Tampa.  I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me it was all a dream. We started the weekend with a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  During the tour, David Yates (CEO of the aquarium) sat down with us to tell us the story of Winter, Hope, and the Dolphin Tale movies.  We also got to talk with one of the senior dolphin trainers, Abby Stone.  Both of these individuals shared with us why Winter and Hope are inspirational to so many people and how the aquarium continues to work in the local community to protect the wildlife. David started by sharing with us that the aquarium has actually been around since the early 70's in it's current location.  Did you know that the aquarium use to be a waste water treatment facility?  The primary mission of the aquarium has always been ... [ Read More ]

The Perfect Mother’s Day

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What would the perfect Mother's Day look like to you? Would it be a vase full of flowers?  Breakfast in bed?  A handmade gift from your child?  An hour to yourself without your kids clawing at your legs?  A day out with friends at the spa? Things have changed a lot over the past 11 years of being a mom and so has my "perfect Mother's Day!"  For me, a perfect Mother's Day would be one where I am unplugged from the online world and soaking up every moment I can with my family.  I don't care about the gifts or going out to eat, those aren't the things you remember very long.  I care about the memories that I can make with my kids. I started Mother's Day weekend a little early with a night out to the movies with some friends.  Tonight was the opening of the new movie, Mom's Night Out.  It's a movie about a young mom of three small kids who is "stress paralyzed!"  Yes, that's really a word...at least in the movie!  While I may not have the same life as the main character, Allyson ... [ Read More ]

Disney’s Earth…WOW!

This evening Big B and I had a 'date' to go see Earth!  I can't remember the last time I was so emotional over a documentary.  Disney really did a great job with this one.  Before the movie even started I was excited for NEXT Earth Day when they bring out Ocean.  The animals they chose to follow in Earth were perfect; the polar bear family, the elephant family, and my favorite the humpback whale family.  James Earl Jones did a fantastic job with the naration and the musical score was perfect.  There were so many times when Big B got emotional (happy, sad, fearful) just because of the music and what was about to happen next.  I must warn parents though that if you have very young children (preschoolers especially) the movie does touch on some 'Circle of Life' issues...you know predator vs prey!  While Disney does a very good job not to show anything gruesome there were a few times when the youngsters in the theater broke out into tears.  Big B is six now and still got a little ... [ Read More ]