Describe Parenthood Using Only Movie Titles

Describe Parenthood Using Only Movie Titles

Earlier this week, I tried something different on my facebook page, and invited friends to describe parenthood using only the titles of movies. My friends really came through, and the results were hilarious.

Many addressed the general chaos of living in a house with kids

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Armageddon
  • Flying Circus
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • Into the Wild
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Sharknado
  • Sudden impact
  • The Crying Game
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Hunger Games
  • Toy Story
  • Transformers
  • War and Peace
  • War of the Worlds
  • We Bought a Zoo

And the way they can be little monsters

  • Aliens
  • Animal House
  • Monsters, inc.
  • Psycho
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Ruthless people

There were allusions to the fact that there are no easy answers in parenting

  • Adaptation
  • Catch-22
  • It’s Complicated
  • Mission Impossible
  • Spies Like Us

The way it consumes our whole lives

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
  • Six Days Seven Nights
  • The Theory of Everything

And it’s impact on our social lives

  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

The exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and brain drain

  • Altered States
  • Clueless
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Groundhog Day
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • The Neverending Story
  • Waiting to Exhale

The fraying last nerve

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Despicable Me
  • Drive Angry

Sure, they can be naughty

  • Catching Fire
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • I Love Trouble
  • Liar, Liar
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The Invention of Lying
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Throw Momma From The Train

But they’re our little mini-mes

  • Identity Theft
  • The Imitation Game

Then there’s the high cost of raising children

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Money Pit

The things you keep hearing yourself say, over and over again

  • Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
  • PS I love you
  • Scream

And of course, the joy of parenting

  • All that Heaven Allows
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Love Actually
  • Twice Blessed


What were your favorites?

And, what would you add?

Saying no to pot bellied pigs

Saying no to pot bellied pigs

One of the local schools has a sign on the gate that says “NO PETS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.” The sign goes on to specify that the pets not allowed on school grounds are cats, dogs, and pot bellied pigs. Does that mean ferrets are allowed?

no pot bellied pigs

I always wonder about signs like this, with something oddly specific included in the rules. I wonder if there was at one time a pot bellied pig problem. I’d love to hear that story.

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Tell me about your week and show me some pictures.

Lee Museum of Warped Art and Hysterical Do-Dads: family wedding photos and do-dads

Lee Museum of Warped Art and Hysterical Do-Dads: family wedding photos and do-dads

I am in possession of most of the old photographs and do-dads from our family history, and on occasion, I rummage through those items and take a stab at getting some of them scanned so we have a digital record that can be shared around the country. Most of the pictures I rummage through are multiple copies of old school photos, but every once in a while, I find something interesting.

Lee Museum of warped arts and hysterical do-dad

The pen doesn’t work, it’s 44 years old. Apparently, this is the pen that the best man presented to my dad, the groom, “for use in signing his life away.” ┬áThis cracks me up. I wonder if he had any idea that decades later we would still be in possession of this pen and the card to which it was taped.

The card says:

Compliments of the Lee Museum of Warped Art and Hysterical Do-Dads.

Left on ancient dining able, believed o be the “Official Pen” use in ancient wedding ceremony. Given traditionally (for the first time) to the Groom fo use in signing way his life by the Honorable Best Man. Hmph!

And here’s the best man, Pete Lee, with my Dad. Dad is on the right.

Pete Lee and Michael H. Schwartz

This is one of my favorite photos from my parents wedding – Dad looking at his ring. I wonder what he was thinking.

Karen Lu Schwartz and Michael H. Schwartz

Aren’t they cute?Karen Lu Schwartz and Michael H. Schwartz

Parenting Rite of Passage: How to scrub permanent marker from a baby face

Parenting Rite of Passage: How to scrub permanent marker from a baby face

I spent my daughter’s nap time pondering what I was going to do about my weekly photo post, when her chattering and giggles caught my attention.

There’s nothing I love so much as the sound of her giggles. In fact, I grabbed my gratitude journal to make a note of how well she entertains herself during her quiet play time, and how much I love her giggles when this little face popped out of her room and into my view:


She had covered her face with blue permanent marker. She said she was putting on makeup.

Oh, my, yes, she was proud of herself.

I crowd-sourced the issue with friends on FaceBook and Twitter, and received a wide range of suggestions. Some were much more helpful than others, for instance, we didn’t try the steel wool.

I’ve rubbed her down with olive oil a couple times, and scrubbed her face several times. The most effective treatment was to apply a layer of coconut oil, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently rub it in a bit before washing it off.

But there’s still a hint of blue. Her hair and eyebrows are the worst; the color does not want to let go of her hair.  Oh, yes, my little punk got it through her blonde curls, as well.

Since yesterday, so many of my friends have shared stories from when their kids did this as well.

Did this ever happen to you?

Party like a rock star

Party like a rock star

I don’t enforce a silent nap time. In fact, around here, nap time is ‘learn how to make your own fun, and maybe rest a little bit, while Mommy tries to get her work done‘ time.

So when the happy-fun “Woohoo!” sounds wafted from her bedroom, I just smirked and went back to work. She’s doing a great job learning how to make her own fun, I thought.

party like a rock star

From the looks of her trashed room, I imagine she had quite a lot of fun.

Work Hard ~ Play Hard ~ Sleep Hard

One of these days, we’re going to have to install a video camera in her room. I’d love to know what her play looks like when she thinks no one is looking.

That girl can party like a rock star.