There are so many amazing things about being a parent. I think I could fill notebooks full of the all of the marvelous things I adore about motherhood. I carried both of our children and let me just say, childbirth is crazy awesome and 100% amazing. I have friends who have fostered to adopt their children, used a surrogate, or adopted their child. They all have tear inducing stories about meeting their kids for the first time too.
If I had to make a list of all of the coolest things about being a parent, I am pretty confident that I could pick my top three.
Disclosure: This conversation was inspired by the movie Annie, which hits theaters December 19, 2014. At the end of this post there is a giveaway for an Annie prize pack (which is super sweet and all kinds of amazing). In addition to getting one to give away, we were also sent one to keep for ourselves. All opinions are my own.
The coolest things about being a parent.
1. Watching my children learn. Watching my children learn new skills and grasp new concepts is the best. I love watching Malone and Lola figure out their worlds. Lola is into everything these days. I hate chasing her out of the cat’s litter box for the 100th time, but I love watching her explore the world around her. Currently, she loves being a little mama best of all. She’s always dragging a baby (or two) and a purse with her wherever she goes.
At five, Malone is on the cusp of really reading. He falls asleep among a pile of books every night and hearing him sound out words makes me swoon. I didn’t know how much I’d love listening to him learn how to read. #surprisedbymotherhood
2. Watching my children love each other. I’m an only child so this sibling relationship thing is completely new to me. I cannot stand the way these two interact- with such love and tenderness towards each other. They are each other’s favorite, which is pretty much my favorite. There is a four year gap between them and Lola is very eager to be involved in all that Malone is doing. Malone surprises me often with just how willing he is to invite her into his play instead of asking for some space. As a result, Lola is pretty much as car obsessed as he is.
3. Sharing my favorites from my childhood with my kids. I had no idea how much I’d love sharing my favorite bits of my childhood with my kids. Fisher Price Little People, Cabbage Patch Kids, and reading Sweet Pickles books are just a few things that make my heart explode. Watching my kids fall in love with the things I loved as a kid? Priceless.
One of my favorite childhood movies of all time is Annie. It came out the year after I was born and my mother was obsessed- something she totally passed on to me. I grew up singing along with the soundtrack (I owned the record, thank you very much). Later, I had it on tape and then cd.
The songs and characters in Annie are woven into my DNA.
You’re never fully dressed without a smile is my life motto.
I’ve seen the touring Broadway production and tried to get tickets to the show in NYC.
Malone and I have watched the 1981 Annie so many times that at five years old, he’s got all of the lines and songs down. He’s also got some of the choreography memorized. Which annoys our downstairs neighbor but totally delights me.
When he found out that a new version of Annie was coming to theaters this year, I thought he was going to explode with excitement. I thought I was going to explode with excitement. We picked out a date to go see it and put it on the calendar. There may or may not be a paper chain involved.
I hate it when a movie is remade for the sake of remaking it, but I fell in love with the 2014 version of Annie at first sight.
I love that Annie has been updated into a modern day story.
Here is the modern day twist:
Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
To compliment the movie, they’ve also produced an Annie discussion guide. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore that they’ve done this. One of the things we love doing with Malone is going to movies and then discussing it later. This study guide is available for free and has loads of great questions to reinforce character and expand on the core values we’re trying to teach Malone. If you’re a teacher, homeschooler, or librarian, they haven’t forgotten about you! They’ve got resource guide just for you!
In celebration of the realease of Annie, I’ve been given an Annie prize pack to give away.
- Children’s size Annie t-shirt
- Annie activity book
- Annie sticker set
- Annie poster
This will ship directly to the winner from the sponsor, but Christmas delivery is not guaranteed.
What is your favorite song from Annie? Are you headed to see the 2014 version of Annie?
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This is such a sweet post. I love watching my child learn too, I am so in awe of some of the things he’s learnt and I don’t even know how he knows them. I wish I could share things I loved in my childhood with my boy too but all my toys were destroyed when my parents cellar flooded, I was so sad 🙁 I hope I can see him love a sibling one day too.
I love this post. I love being a parent too! I only have one child, but I love watching him learn and play with others. I can’t wait to have another so I can watch him love his younger sibling!
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I do not have kids yet but I know one day if God permits I will be able to experience some of what you have shared. In the meantime I think I will stick to loving how my nephew pays attention and concentrates as if his about to frankenstein something or is it newton something lol. This is a really lovely post and I can not wait to see Annie the movie
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im really curious how the remake turns out! I think it has a great story though that this new generation should get to watch and know. I do hear about the great things of having kids, but right now we’re pretty terrified. We hope one day we’ll be more ready. 🙂
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Just this evening I was watching Eve play and couldn’t help but be amazed by her. Just seeing how much she has changed in just and a year and see what she can do now just blows me away!
I loved the original Annie and really want to see the new one! Even though Eve is still too young for it, I may just go see it anyway 😉
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Thank you so much for sharing and for the great giveaway. I’d love to have this new version to add to my library. Annie was great way back when and I’m sure I’d love the new modern Annie as well. The kids would too.
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I had not heard that this remake is coming out – it looks awesome! My son is an only child and I come from a family of 7 so I always wonder and hope that he isn’t lonely. I always cringe a little bit when I see siblings loving on each other and I feel sad that my son won’t get to experience that. I’m hoping one day we can adopt! I entered the giveaway and I hope I win 🙂 I haven’t seen the movie since I was really young so I don’t remember any of the songs, but I will definitely see this new remake!
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Oh wow…you brought up childhood memories of my own…Sweet Pickles books…you went way back. I don’t have children of my own, but my nephew is pretty much filling that space in my life. I am constantly in awe of how he is growing up and adapting to the world. It’s amazing to see this lil’ person mature right before my eyes.
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I don’t know if my daughter is old enough for Annie, she’s only 2, but I find that the coolest thing for me is how much my kid makes me laugh and how she’s such a little person now. I am in the minority, but I love the toddler stage (so far!). Very sweet post.
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I mentioned the song “hard knock life” to my husbsnd last night and the original movie Annie and he’d never saw it.
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Love the post. Being a parent is a gift and goes by WAY too quickly.
Very sweet post! i have to agree that being a parent is the best thing ever!
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How sweet! 🙂 What a lovely post! I love children, their innocence, humor and personality are all unique! Parents are their first teachers and much of what these kids do is based on them. I loved all the points you touched on in your post and find them all very true! What a wonderful feeling it is to be proud of your own child!
I should go to the movies with my oldest daughter to watch this movie, it looks nice. Thanks for sharing.
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I am definitely looking forward to watching this movie with my girls!
shelby is so excited to see this movie!!
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