About this movie...
I read the book so I knew going into it that it would be brutually sad. But I loved the book so I was excited to see it. Of course I think the book was way better. But while there were some aspects that were left out, I do think the movie stayed pretty true to the real storyline. I do have to say that when the movie first started I was feeling like the acting felt a touch forced.....maybe one dimmensional even. But as it went on I became more immersed and by the end was completely in love with both of these characters. It's almost like Hazel said in the book (and the movie) that she falls in love with Augustus slowly and then all once. I kind of felt like that about the movie...I feel in love with it slowly and then all at once. The book on the otherhand....well I picked it up one afternoon and didn't put it down until I was finished with it later that night. It was more of a falling in love all at once thing!
I also want to comment on how this story is being promoted as the latest "teen book/movie." Yes...it was certainly about teenagers. But I think that it has plenty to offer adults as well. The relationship between Hazel and her parents (which they didn't delve as deeply into in the movie as they did in the book) can be emotional for any parent to think about. It had me thinking about my own child and family the whole way through: It made me think about my relationship with my husband and how we would cope together if god forbid we should ever lose our child; It also made me think about our own experience with cancer (Dave had cancer when we were younger...he's been clear for well over 5 years now)...and how incredibly lucky Dave was to have come out the other side of it; and how lucky we were to be able to conceive a child after his bout with cancer. And of course, this story points out, as Hazel's father tells her in the book (but not the movie), that no matter the pain of going through an experience like they've had with their child....you will never regret it because it's your child and you love them with all of your heart.
Overall, this is about the sweetest, most inspirational, and heart wrenching love story I've seen in a long time. One of the characters, Peter Van Houten says in the story...that characters in fiction are just that, fictional characters, so it doesn't matter what happens to them once you finish the story. But I can't stop thinking about Gus and Hazel. And what may happen with Hazel and her parents after this particular chapter in their lives is done.
Oh and if you do see the movie...bring some tissues-I don't think there was a dry eye in the theatre. There was even some loud sobbing coming from one side of the theatre that was slighlty comical and annoying at the same time!
The enthusiasm in this city is infectious right now. I'm really not a huge football fan...I just go to the football parties for the good company and the beer! And of course I'm going to support my home team...but it's hard not to be genuinely excited about this game! The Seahawk love and overall community morale is amazing. Every turn of your head there is blue and green to support the team. On construction cranes, fire trucks, office buildings, store fronts, homes, you name it...everyone is showing their love! So the past few days I've been snapping a few instagrams of the Seahawk love around the city....
And I can't forget this little cutie showing her support full of City Kid Style!
So Happy Sunday! And GO HAWKS!!
A few snippets of what when on over Christmas break....
It snowed the night before the last day of school. School was delayed a few hours and they already had early dismissal so it made for a fun first day of break!
P and her cousins and some friends at my niece's 15th birthday....Her birthday is right before Christmas so we always go out to celebrate which is a fun tradition.
P's Christmas pony!
And her pony castle that she made...she was in heaven with all of the boxes that Christmas presents were delivered in...she got pretty crafty!
Some pattern cutting for me!
P showing off her her new mini Felicity doll on Christmas morning...
My Christmas pumpkin cheesecake...it was heavenly! Recipe can be found here.
Some bowling for P...
P and I made a sleeping bag and pillow for her AG dolls...did I mention how crafty we were this break?!
And finally, a New Years' Day plunge into Lake Washington for Dave. He ran a three mile race with a buddy and it ended in the lake! We actually missed them actually getting in the water but I snapped this pic of all these crazies anyway!
Wow...that's a lot of pictures! Today I've been feeling like we kind of lazed around but In retrospect it seems like we've actually done quite a bit. And we still have a full weekend of getting together with friends to look forward to.
Hope you're holidays were fun filled as well! And cheers to a happy New Year!
A few shots of what we've been up to lately:
A cold and beautiful winter day in Seattle
Got the tree up! Yay! WE all know Christmas is my favorite time of year!
My beautiful P all dressed up for caroling with her girl scout troop. She has been so excied about this fancy dress...which we scored at Costco for about 18 bucks!
Parker has been painting rocks for a project at school...I have to admit that I've found it quite fun myself!
A pretty shot of the holiday Space Needle
And finally, Dave and I went to see Macklemore with a bunch of friends on his final night of his tour last week. It was amazing...his Seattle pride was out of control and made for an awesome show!
I'm planning on taking it "kind of" easy for the next few weeks. Just focusing on hanging with my P and the family and enjoying the holiday season! Although I will be working on some fun new City Kid patterns and styles that I'll have ready for the new year!
I've been super busy lately...mainly with City Kid related stuff. And because I recently got into Seattle's EtsyRain Handmade Holiday Show! I'm really excited but also really busy getting ready for it. For all of you Seattleites out there it is on Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th at Pier 66 on the waterfront...so the weekend of Thanksgiving...aka "Black Friday" and "Small Business Saturday." I think there will be some really great vendors there...the following are just a few:
And yours truly of course!! I had a quick minute yesterday before I had to pick Parker up so I scanned the vendor list yesterday and just quickly clicked on a few including the above ones. But there will be tons and tons more! So if you like to holiday shop and want some cool, hip, handmade stuff then come down to Pier 66 Thanksgiving weekend!
Just a quick note to let you know that I'll have a Pop up Shop with all of my City Kid threads at this super fun event and fundraiser! For more info on Beats for Boobs and some of their past events that I've participated in see here and here.
Hope to see some of you Seattle peeps there next week!
City Kid Style is hosting a Give Away!
Once the City Kid Style Facebook page receives 200 likes I will be drawing a winner at random to receive a free City Kid Tote bag! And once the Facebok page receives 500 likes I'll draw a winner at random to receive a free dress (from my inventory at the time!)!
How do you enter? Just head on over to City Kid's facebook page (big yellow button on the right), like the page and then leave a comment on the Give Away post dated May 29th and let me know that you just liked the page or that you previously liked it. DO NOT leave a comment on my blog....leave it on the facebook page because that's where I'll get the names from!
And here's a shot of my tote bag in use:
I use it all the time...it's perfect for the grocery store, the pool, traveling, you name it!
So head on over to Facebook and spread the word..so that one of you can be carrying around that stylish tote and even better...so that one of your little girls can be sporting a hip little City Kid dress!
No...I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. Just super busy. Busy sewing, busy working on the website and other fun businessy things (more on that another day!), and yesterday busy with a sick Parker. Well...she was sick enough to not go to school meaning fever over 100...but well enough to stay home and bounce off the walls! Funny how that works.
So today I'm just playing catch up...and once in a while checking on the news for updates on the tradegy in Oklahoma. It is so sad and I can't help thinking about those poor elementary school children and of all the families who have lost everything. It made me wish today that my little business was more established so that I could donate some profits to the relief effort. Fortunately there are other business out there already doing that. This morning I saw that this clothing company was donating 100% of their profits from one of their t-shirts to the relief effort. I just went on their site to purchase one but they were sold out! Oh well, it means that there is good in the world and people are trying to help out! And I'm sure that there will be many other business and artists out there donating profits in the days to come. I'll let you know if I come accross anything fun!