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Monday, October 17, 2011

Congrats to our Real Steel Prize Pack Giveaway

Thanks so much for entering the Real Steel Giveaway. Our winner is Chris Board from Chicago.
 Congrats Chris! Be on the lookout for the next giveaway. Please send me your email address so that your prize pack can be sent to you.

Again, Thanks to everyone that entered!

Change is coming soon

Happy Monday Everyone! I am in the process of changing my blog. I hope to actually split the blog into 2 separate ones. The current blog will undergo a name change and the new Blog will take on the name of this one. I am doing this to keep all of the movie reviews and giveaways in one place and still have my regular family blog as well. So, stay tuned and keep reading my blog! Thanks

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A 21 year old blessing

 I remember being so nervous and scared that day. I didn't know half of what was going on. I was in labor but something was wrong. I was listening to the doctors and wondering when this pain would stop. I was pushing and awaiting the birth of my 1st born. I got confused because I didn't hear him cry. I saw them rush his little lifeless body out of the room. I felt so helpless. Why couldn't I hold my baby? Later I would learn that my son had been been deprived of oxygen. Not one, but TWO ways. He had passed a stool in utero and its tar-like consistency had clogged up his little lungs. His umbilical cord was also wrapped tightly around his neck. So my precious little boy could not take his first breath, a machine had to do it for him. When I first saw him, I had never seen anyone so perfect and beautiful in my life. I would just sit for hours staring at him. Looking and listening at all the machines that were administering medicines and pumping precious oxygen into his damaged lungs.The word overwhelmed does not even describe how I felt. I didn't understand how someone so little could be so sick. The doctors tried to explain all that was wrong with him. The list was dizzying and devastating to me. The list was as follows, swelling of the brain, kidney damage, lung damage, damage to the oculars nerves in the eyes, neurological damage,etc...I recall one doctor actually telling me not to "get my hopes up" on him surviving because he was so ill. I don't remember seeing that doctor anymore after that day. But, I do remember the doctor that said, "God is in control. Only he knows for sure what will happen to your son." I also hear the words of another doctor who ate lunch with me one day in the cafeteria of the hospital and told me that my son would heal. That the brain was a wonderful organ and could repair itself. He went on to say that my son would be able to learn anything he wanted to. He might learn it differently but he would be capable of learning anything and everything.

So, with those words from some special doctors and my faith in God, I believed that my son would come home. I went everyday and sang to him. I sang, God is Watching Us by Bette Midler. And when I could finally hold him (almost 5 days after he was born) I knew that this little boy would not only survive, he would be just fine.  The nurses that were assigned to him were shocked when I arrived for my daily visit one day and informed them that my baby was coming home the following day. They, looked at me and asked how I knew that. I told them that the doctor called me every night to update me on my son's condition. He told me that he felt that I could give him his medicine at home and monitor him myself with a portable machine. I didn't come to understand until later that this particular doctor had never done that before with any other patients.

So on October 28th (my dad's birthday) 1990, after spending 17 days in the N.I.C.U., my brother and I went to pick up my baby boy. I don't believe my brother had ever driven that slow in his life before.There was so much information I had to take in. I had to be certified in CPR just in case he stopped breathing. I had to learn about his seizure medication and how to hook him up to his sleep apnea monitor. How to feed him and look for signs of distress. Taking home a healthy baby was nerve-racking enough, but this was just mind-numbing! I was so glad to have my mom and brother there with me.He was welcomed home by my scores of family, neighbors, and friends. He was surrounded in love and prayers. The constant need for seizure medication and monitors quickly faded into a constant need for new toys, books, movies and music as my boy developed and thrived. He proved to be funny, smart, energetic and wise beyond his years.The very sick little baby that some thought would not survive did just that. And today, that same baby became a 21 year old man. I Love You Devin Alexzander Dorsey. Happy Birthday!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Interview with Rising Star, Dakota Goyo from Real Steel

 I, along with11 other great bloggers got the awesome chance to have a phone interview with the young actor, Dakota Goyo from DreamWork's Real Steel. I am sure you have all heard of this movie by now. And if you haven't, where have you been?! As much as I enjoyed watching this talented young man on the screen, I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to him answer the questions that I and the other ladies on the call had the opportunity to ask him.

We asked him various questions ranging from whether he liked playing video games to how he enjoyed working with Hugh Jackman. Dakota was such a gracious person and thoughtfully answered every question. I wasn' t aware before this interview that Dakota has been in the acting business since the age of 5 and has done extensive voice work. He voices characters on PBS' Super Why and Arthur to name a few.

He shared that he liked to play video games.(his fav at the moment is UFC Undisputed) He enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends. When I asked him how his friends treat him after he finished the movie he said, "He doesn't mix his regular life and his professional life". He went on to explain that,this way he knows that his friends are his friends not because of what he does for a living but because they accept him for who he is. (Which seems like a pretty nice kid to me!) He told us that his favorite subject in school is Science, aside from the fun subjects like Gym and Art. 

 Dakota brings a lot of real emotion and feeling into his character, Max. He said that he is able to achieve and feel those emotions by using imaging and meditation.

When asked if it was more exciting working with Hugh Jackman or the Robots, Dakota replied that it was too hard to choose between them because he loved working with both Hugh and the robots. In the movie, you get to see the relationship between Charlie(Hugh Jackman) and Max( Dakota Goyo) really evolve and become quite close. I am sure that is attributed to fact that they spent a lot of time together on set. His scheduled shoot time was a 9 1/2 a day for 72 days.(weekends off) This also included time spent doing homework faxed over to his on set tutor from his regular teacher to help him keep up with his studies. 

But it wasn't all work for this young guy. Dakota said that Hugh Jackman was a prankster on the set, but that he was able to get him back! All in all, it was great experience to listen to how this bright young man handles the hectic pace and rigors of stardom. It was also a joy to know that he is a down to earth intelligent, happy, well rounded young man. Keep up the good work Dakota! 

Don't forget! DreamWork's Real Steel opens up today, October 7th in a theater near you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


For the past few months I have been getting myself all riled up because I haven't been attracting a lot of readers to my blog. I forgot why I started the blog in the first place. I didn't start the blog to make money. I didn't even realize until last year that people actually made money blogging. And, I certainly didn't do it to become well-known. I started writing this blog to jot my thoughts down and share my stories with others. Simple. That  made me happy. Not the panicked twinges I have felt lately when only 2 or 3 people enter my giveaways. Maybe doing giveaways isn't for me. ( even though like doing them!)I am happy that I am even able to write the blog and have a few people read it and actually get something from it. So, I am going back to my "roots". I am going to share my stories and all the crazy, funny, nutty, and sometimes sad stuff that goes on in my crazy family, (and the occasional family movie review) I will do this because that is what makes me happy and that is what I want to share with you guys. There are literally a million bloggers out there fighting to get your vote. To be the best blogger out there and have you "like" their pages. I just want to be the best mom to my boys, best person that I and be and share a bit of my life with you. Peace and Blessings


Monday, October 3, 2011

Real Steel Prize Pack Giveaway!!

The wonderful people at DreamWorks have so graciously given me the opportunity to pass on to my readers the chance win a great prize pack from the Real Steel Movie!

DreamWorks Pictures’ REAL STEEL opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, October 7th

Please enter below and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gone Too Soon

October 2nd is always a hard day for me. It is the day my only daughter, Camara Sabreen should have been celebrating her 12th birthday. She died at the too early age of 7 weeks. She contracted Group B strep meningitis at 3 weeks and spent the last remaining 4 weeks of her life in a coma. It broke my heart to have to let her go. No parent should ever have to bury a child. It is a wound that never closes no matter how much time passes. I have asked myself so many times throughout the years why she couldn't stay. That is a question that I may never know the answer to. I often wonder if I will ever get to see her again. I sometimes dream that one day she will be placed back in my arms where I will hold her, smell her sweet baby smell and  never let her go. Her little heart stopped beating in my arms on a cold November day, a little of my heart also stopped beating that day. It was a pain like no other and I wondered how I could possibly survive it. But I was given the strength to keep moving and going even when I didn't want to. That strength was in the form of two little boys who still needed their mom. They needed to know that I was still there for them. That we could survive this tragic loss in all of our lives. Survive we did, but forget we did not.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl, until we meet again.