Friday, November 15, 2013

Blogg-ity blog blog

Okay, I am really going to give this some effort this time.  I started a new job in August, and we also found out we are PREGNANT in September.  So, we have been busy.  I miss blogging a lot however, and I really want to start again.

So, if you, my readers promise me that you will continue to read about my simple, mundane life, I, Kayla promise to TRY to update this bloggy once a week.

So.  You may have to e-mail me.  But I promise that I will try to keep it updated.  Especially with this adorable bundle of Joy coming our way in April!!

I know you're all wondering… WHAT IS SHE HAVIN?!?! a he or a she… well my friends, for that.  You will have to wait.

We are having a gender reveal party tonight at 6 PM where we will tell our families.  They're going to be so surprised.

Can I just say, I am a terrible secret keeper.  I hate secrets, and normally, I end up telling my mom before I get to reveal the secret but I am getting better.

Last year, my mom's family gave her and my dad a cruise to Hawaii for Christmas. I was responsible for gathering all of the contributions and keeping it a MEGA secret from my mom and dad.  I almost spilled the beans a few times, but I made it all the way to the end, and the secret was semi-spoiled by mom's work friend.

Anyway, I kept the pregnancy a secret for a while too.  But soon I couldn't wait any longer and we told all of our parents.

So now, I've only had to keep this gender secret for ONE day… and I feel like I could burst at the seams! I just want to tell the whole universe so I can go buy cute baby related things for my bouncing baby (and boy was it bouncing yesterday when we saw it on the ultrasound)

So now for names, for those of you that care…

BOY: Jack David Woolsey 
Jack, after my Grandpa John Henrie (everyone called him Jack not sure why)  
and David… is Keith's first name and his dad's name

GIRL: Lily Jane Woolsey
Lily, cause I've always loved that name
and Jane… is obviously my mom's name

Okay. I'll fill you in on gender tomorrow.. or next week… We'll see

Monday, April 15, 2013

Country Music-Country Comfort

As you all have experienced, I've been a little blue lately.

Country music has always been my favorite and when I'm feeling down. I can usually find a song on 97.7 The Wolf, or 650 KMTI to cheer me up.

So, Today, you get a list of songs I love brought to you by the country artists who complete my life.

1. Miranda Lambert. She sings GREAT angry songs. and some really awesome slower, inspirational ones too.

I love this new song Miranda released not too long ago. It's such a great song to sing along to!

This was the song that made me love Miranda. She's kind of a bad ass. 
(excuse the language, but she is.)

And then there is this song.  I love it. It makes me cry. It makes me smile. The other day my brother and I were talking about what would happen to the house we grew up in in about 100 years when our parents don't live there anymore.  He mentioned that we should rent it out, and it kind of just broke my heart. I have so many memories there. So much love is in that house. I don't know that I could let random strangers live there and trash it?  Any way. Love this song

There are a few other songs from Miranda that I love, but I feel like I've spent long enough on her.

If you're interested a few other songs I would recommend from her Gun Powder and Lead, White Liar, and this duet with her hubby Blake Shelton You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma.

They are SOOOOO FREAKING perfect together.

That brings us to our next group who are So right.  Thompson Square.

This couple is so great!  I love them. They were married before they got famous and they will continue to be married FOREVER!

This song, Are You Gunna Kiss Me or Not? Was the song that made me LOVE them. I saw them when they opened for Lady Antebellum in Salt Lake City last February on Valentines and didn't really know who they were until I heard this song.  LOVE IT!

This life would kill me if I didn't have you. How true this is. Keith keeps me grounded. I love him and I'm sure this life would kill me "If I Didn't Have You."

This is just a GREAT song. Listen to it.

Next Country Crush is Hunter Hayes. Are You Kidding ME? This KID IS SMOKING!

I love him, and I want my children to be just like him. I want them to sing and make me swoon with pride!

I love when this song comes on, I just sing and sing. "Somebody's Heartbreak"

Yum, "Wanted"

And finally. "Storm Warning"

Next is Taylor Swift. I've loved her since the beginning, you've all heard her songs so I'll just give you the best right this second. Because its really fun to sing to.

"I Knew You Were Trouble"

Finally. We have Tim. Tim McGraw I mean.  Oh Timmy.

Oh Timmy Darling, I've loved you forever.

Tim and Faith are such a great couple. I love when they sing duets

Oldie but a goodie!

Really I love when Tim sings duets at all.

Especially when its with T-Sizzle and Keith Urban!

And I'll leave you with one final song!

My favorite woman singing about my favorite man.  "T-Swifts Tim McGraw"

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Still a bummer, sorry guys

I need to get out of this funk I'm in.  Its like depression-ville has left the station and has taken permanent residence inside my mind.  I'm not normally a depressed person, I mean I have my bad days (doesn't everyone) but lately.  I feel like I'm missing something.

Missing my marbles
Missing the sunshine
Missing something??

Missing my mom.

She'll be home today. Maybe my life will get a little better?

Thoughts on how to get me happy?

Appreciate it!

Monday, April 1, 2013

I know... I shouldn't Blog

I'm terrible at this. I use to be so good but guys... My life is so hectic right now. I really don't want to complain, but I've been so busy with all the crap that's happening right now, I haven't done anything blog worthy. I thought I would get a chance to blog last week during spring break, but as you can tell that didn't happen.  I am stressed.

I really need school to be over... only 28 more school days until Graduation.  I'm so done.

I am not even remotely interested in anything that is going on in any of my classes. I get homework, and look at it.... like, nah, not today.

I'm also really tired... all the time.

I'm ready for summer. Sunshine.

I'm ready for my time to be my own

I'm ready to leave work and be done for the day.

I'm sorry this post is so melancholy. I'm just... BLEH

I need the sun.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


So I told you all that I am dedicated to organizing my new house and keeping it clean and organized. This is actually working so far. I mean my house isn't completely unpacked, but it is getting there, and with every box we unpack there are more and more things that I get organized.

Moving is great. I should do it a lot because it really helped me de-clutter my life!
today, I'm going to share with you my favorite tips for organizing and storing your clothes!

I love Linda Koopersmith. She's great and I love that she folds things into little packages. I used this method to fold the Hubs undies too. Except that I didn't BUY drawer organizers, I made them from the billion cardboard boxes we have.

I also like to fold jeans like this chick did in this video.  But skip to 4:30 cause she is obnoxious and talks WAY too much.... Sorry Alejandra, lets get to the point!

There are lots of other methods I use. But one I can't figure out is how to fold a padded swimsuit.  I can't find anything on this, so friends.. How do you fold your swimsuits? one piece or two piece. without folding the padded cups inside one another (I hear that causes DBS - Dented Boob Syndrome--)

Let me know!
Monday, March 25, 2013


I know it's been a long time since I've posted.  I do have a good excuse though, We moved...

I know kinda lame, but it was hard work and we have spend a LOT of time unpacking, not to mention, also going to school, and working two jobs, it was tough, but totally worth it. We are still not completely unpacked, but we will get there eventually.

keys to the house!

us in front of the new house on moving day

We are also babysitting Max for my mom and dad because they are on their CRUISE! 

So life has been hectic. Mazee doesn't like sharing the attention.  
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Interview with a Bloggey

I read an awesome post on Pinterest for when you can't think of what to blog about, and I saw the idea to "Interview a Blogger" So I interviewed my favorite bloggy friend.  April Hansen from Hansen Love. Enjoy..

Q: Why did you start blogging
1.       To stay in touch with friends and family back home. Now it still has that but I really have also enjoyed making new friends and learning new things about myself through blogging.

5.       I met you ( Kayla May marie guterrez franchesco lilly anne Colby Woolsey) when we were in 6th grade through Jr. Templar Cheer! WHOO. One day when we were walking to practice after school we became bff’s then I started coming to play at your house, and throwing your kitty across the room (super kitty people! Not animal abuse) And we’ve pretty much been friends since.

Q: How did you know Jake was "THE ONE"
 2.       Well.. All off my other relationships I just felt like I had to work at it. I worried if they were going to text me, what they were doing, if they still liked me, if I had to dress up to impress them. From the very beginning when I met Jake I had just got back from zumba, WITH YOU! And I was sweaty and in sweats and an old t-shirt. And he still thought I was pretty and wanted to go out on a date with him. I just felt like everything was simple and easy from the very beginning then one day I it was like ‘BAM’! I could marry this guy. I started praying about it and got no other answer than yes J and I’m so happy I did! He’s seriously my best friend and my hero!
Q: What is your one regret in life?
 3.       One regret that I would probably have is not doing near as much in high school. Jake will tell me stories about all of the fun stuff him and his friends did. He lived in a small town as well so I just regret not going out and doing crazy wild things with my friends.
Q: Do you have a philosophy on life? If yes, what is it and why?
 4.       Trust in the Lord. Things will happen when they are supposed to. I thought that I was going to marry all of my past boyfriends, then I started to wonder when I was going to get married then tada! Along came Jake! My forever love. And then after we moved up here, I couldn’t find a job and got super depressed about it, then my job opened up and everything has just worked out perfectly. The Lord knows what He is doing. I put my full trust in Him with anything to do with mine and Jakes life!
Q: How did you meet me, and what would you say about our relationship?
5.       I met you ( Kayla May marie guterrez franchesco lilly anne Colby Woolsey) when we were in 6th grade through Jr. Templar Cheer! WHOO. One day when we were walking to practice after school we became bff’s then I started coming to play at your house, and throwing your kitty across the room (super kitty people! Not animal abuse) And we’ve pretty much been best friends since.

This was a way fun blog post! I love learning about people! Especially really great people ;) 

If you had a question for me what would it be?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wishlist for 2013

My wishlist for 2013:

  • The Les Miserables DVD. So I can watch it EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!
  • This pantry door.  It's GORGEOUS, and would look SO great in my house!!
  • and last... but not least... I hope that by the end of 2013. I have either had, or am expecting a baby :) 
This is a tenative list, subject to change.. because I am a woman and I like to change my mind.  Keith promised he would buy me Les Mis. so anything after that is really just up to destiny... P.S. Les Mis comes out on the 22nd. I'm excited.  Please, listen to this song from the most wonderful musical in the history of the world.

So great... Love it. Everyone MUST buy this movie!  (and if you wanted to buy it for me, that'd be cool too)


Thursday, March 7, 2013

March = Green

Didn't have much time to blog, but here is this awesome Green Collage dedicated to March!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Recalling Last Post....

Okay, in my last post, I was quite hard on the Harlem Shake... I would like to officially recall that post.

It is now the most amazing dance in the history of the universe....  WHY??

Let me show you..


I don't think I've ever told you guys this... but Supernatural is my all time FAVORITE TV show!

I love it..  It makes me sooo happy. 

So this made me change my whole opinion of the Harlem Shake... I love it now.

I bet Mischa (Cas) is the one in the neon yellow undies with matching leg warmers :) 

So awesome!

Enjoy! Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Harlem... who the hell gives a crap?

Okay.  So.. the harlem shake.  I'm over it.  It has HAD its 15 minutes of fame.  Now everyone stop talking about it.  It's not even that funny.  (or funny at all?)  Maybe I just don't get it.

But because I'm a true badger at heart. 

I had to post it.  I hate it.  But I'm a badger.  and I took a psychology class from Nick Marsing.  and he was the photographer at our wedding.  I am obligated. 

Enjoy the 1st and LAST Harlem (no one cares. It's a bunch of dancing weirdo's) Shake on AYNIL&A Dog. (new acronym ;) )

Friday, March 1, 2013

I'm Running Running and Running!!


I feel like I haven't had a moment to just sit and breathe for... like 3 weeks.  With all this packing stuff, and cleaning our house, and getting ready to get into our new house, and working 2 part-time jobs, (even though one of them feels full-time with part time pay) and going to school full-time and  homework and group projects and AH!!! I just feel like I could SCREAM!

So, with all that said.  Sorry I haven't been really bloggy lately.  Hopefully after we move into our new gorgeous house.  Thing will settle down a little and I will be able to get back on the train. 

Meanwhile.  Tell me a little about what you do when you feel stressed and overwhelmed.  Any tips for me?

Pinned Image
This is my go to!

I don't know what I'd do without that silly mother of mine. I certainly love her!!!

She gets to go on a cruise in 19 days!!! I'm soo jealous I mean excited for her!!! :)

She's promised she will think of me, and bring me a souvineer.  I don't know what I'm going to do if I can't call her for 15 days.  Maybe explode? 

Any way.  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

14 Week Organization Challenge

I have stumbled upon a new favorite blog!  A Bowl Full of Lemons is an organization blog.  Last September she hosted a 14 Day Home Organization 101 "class"  I am WAY late.  But I still wanted to do it.  So I will!  I hope some of you will join me, or at least keep commenting on my posts so I can stay motivated.

Here is a list of the weeks and what you have to do.

.:14 Week:.
Home Organization Challenge
(Original Idea from Bowl Full of Lemons)

Week 1: Kitchen.
Week 2: Garage/Shed
Week 3: Pantry
Week 4: Office/Craft Room
Week 5: Laundry Room.
Week 6: Master Bedroom.
Week 7: Linen Closet
Week 8: Dining Room
Week 9: Kids Closet (His/Hers Closet)
Week 10: Living Room
Week 11: Playroom (Bonus room)
Week 12: Bathroom(s)
Week 13: Master Closets (all other closets)
Week 14: Mudroom/Entryway.

I don’t have a few of these rooms so I adjusted slightly.  I changed Dining Room to a Bonus Room (one of my guest rooms) and I also changed Kids Closets into our his/hers closets.  So that meant I had to change week 13 to all other closets. I also don’t have kids to play in a playroom (maybe one day) so I changed that to bonus room too.

I'll keep you updated 

My Goal for Our New Home

ORGANIZATION!!!  That is my biggest goal.  I love walking into houses where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Makes life less stressful and allows for WAY MORE FUN!

I found this blog. and loved her Home Organization 101 Challenge. I decided that even though her challenge was last September.  I could start it the week we move into our house. (March 10-June 22) It's a 14 week challenge.  So... I went to her site, joined her group on facebook.  and Grabbed her button

- See more at:

Okay, whatever.  I hope that link works.  
I'm going to need all of your help to get this done.  Motivate me.  Message me on facebook, e-mail me, or leave a comment so that I can stay motivated.  It would help even more if some of you would do it with me!!!  Then link me to your blog so I can be motivated by your success! 

I hope you'll join me.  I'm working on making some printables that might make it easier.  

Thanks guys!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscars 2013: The Best and Worst of the Night

It's what everyone is talking about at the Water Cooler today.  THE OSCARS.

I didn't get to watch much of it because I had to work at Walmart.  But I did catch the end and I have spent all day streaming the show.  I haven't finished so I will just remark on what I have watched.

Best of the evening.  
When Jennifer Lawrence gracefully caught herself falling up the stairs and Hugh Jackman was the only one that got up to help her.

Look at Hugh-ey, getting up and being the hero!  Still even though she fell Jennifer was the embodiment of a winner.  She is gorgeous and so was her Dior gown.  and she recovered soo well. "I know you are all standing because I fell.  I'm really embarrassed."  She's adorable.  

That brings us to the next item of business. 

BEST DRESSED {according to me}

Amanda Seyfried: Gorgeous Alexander McQueen Dress. (LOVE)

Octavia Spencer: Simply BEAUTIFUL Tadashi Shoji dress.  This is so gorgeous!

Jennifer Lawrence.  I love this girl and she is WEARING this Dior Dress right!
Oh Jen, you always do it sooo right.
I'm loving Jennifer Aniston in this sexy red Valentino dress.

Call me crazy but Naomi Watts' Armani Prive gown was spectacular. I love the cutout!
Showed some skin without being skanky (unlike Brandi Glanville, more on that later)

Normally, I wouldn't love this Canary Yellow Versache gown.
But on Jane Fonda.  I love it.
Amy Adams made a few worst dress lists.  The worst calling her a Dust mop.
But I think her Grey Oscar de la Renta was elegant and SUPER classy! 

Kelly Osbourne made a lot of WORST dressed lists too in this
Tony Ward Couture Dress. But I LOVED it!!!
Kristen Chenoweth looked like a dream in this sheer black and silver
I couldn't find a designer. But she is WOW!

Oh Sally Fields, Mary Todd Lincoln, whatever you want us to call you.
You are grace! Thank you for showing that you don't have to show sooo much skin
to be so beautiful!  This Valentino dress made worst dressed on a couple of lists but this
was DEFINITELY one of my favorites of the evening.  I'll have two!!
Channing Tatum and his wife are soo cute, so they made the list.

Bradley Cooper made my list cause he's hot!  And he took his mom as his date

That concludes best dressed. Moving on to the less prestigious award
Reese my darling.  I love you, you usually have SUCH great fashion sense
but this Louis Vitton dress is nasty.  It makes her hips look SO big! :( Sorry darling

I HATE to do this because I love Adele SO much.
But this Jenny Packham dress isn't doing much for her.
I was hoping for something a little more "WOW"

Anne. My darling Anne.  This Prada gown is bad.  first of all. NIPPLES!
Second.  EEW!  The dress she wore when the Les Mis cast performed was gorgeous.
This one... Not so much.

Halle Berry. Shame on you, this is the Academy Awards.
Not the premiere of Edward Scizzorhands.

Jennifer Garner.  you look like a bird. Love you though!
My favorite actress right now is this doll right here. But this knit looking
pajama dress is not so great Melissa!

Odd for a man to make worst dressed. Especially a man
as handsome as Chris Pine.  This tux is Hideous!
Kristen Stewart.  Oh honey.  This dress looks like a fluffy curtain.
Also.  You look sooo uncomfortable in your skin.
Get some confidence and come back next year.



Brandi Glanville.  There is sooo much wrong with this dress.  First two things.  Direct your attention to the two things coming out of the dress!!! NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR NIPPLES Darling.  and Two.. Why are YOU even at the Oscars.  You're a REAL HOUSEWIFE.. That requires NO talent.  Just Skankiness.. You're gross and your dress is gross.  Go Home.

I love Sandra Bullock, and I haven't mentioned her. Usually she is one of the BEST dressed at every occasion.  This time, not so much. It wasn't worst dressed worthy.  But certainly not best dressed either.
Just a bit too sheer and lacy for me.

Video of the Month!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Social Media, Good Tool!!

            What happens on Facebook in each day?

                What happens on Facebook in each day? infographic

            Instagram - By the numbers

                Instagram - By the numbers infographic


            How Users Interact on Pinterest

                How Users Interact on Pinterest infographic


            60 seconds in Social Media for 2012 Statistics

                60 seconds in Social Media for 2012 Statistics infographic


In 60 seconds.  All of this happens on each of these social media sites.

            Interesting Twitter Statistics

                Interesting Twitter Statistics infographic


Check out Twitters action!

Okay, so I know that all of this is silly.  You probably don't care.  I just wanted to show you how much Social Media can actually impact your life.  Especially your business (or blog) get active in social media!  DO IT!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bad Blogger, Lots To Tell

Lets face it.  I am a BAD blogger.  I cannot stay on top of things!!

So I have a lot to tell you since my last post!!

1.  I quit Key Research.  I hated it.  Worst. Job. Ever.  I couldn't stand sitting there for 8 hours a day.  Staring at a computer, getting hung up on, and talking to answering machines and/or rude people all day. I couldn't do it.  Oh and PLUS!!! You had to RAISE YOUR FREAKING HAND to go to the bathroom.  I'm an adult, and if I need to pee.  I shouldn't have to ask permission.

Yeah... it wasn't for me.

2. I started in the Deli at Walmart.  I know, most of you are thinking.  And you're OKAY with that? Don't belittle me.  I like it there, the people I work with are (MOSTLY) really great.  And we all have fun together (mostly). I mean I probably won't work at Wal*Mart forever.  But for now, its good.  I love in Sanpete, this is about the best employment opportunity I have :).  I'm pleased with it.  PLUS. I work with my brother.  That's a good time.

3. We bought a house!!! We haven't closed, but we are just waiting for all the paperwork.  We are supposed to close sometime the first week of March woo!! New HOUSE!!!

Now I wish someone would come pack up my house for me.  BOO MOVING!!! YAY NEW HOUSE!!

I found lots of tips ;) to help out though.

Cats make me laugh... A LOT, maybe we will get a cat??  Maybe

Okay now we are moving on to things that make me laugh out loud in the library.

I wish I owned this cat.

Seriously.  Laugh its good for you.  I'll try to blog again tomorrow :)
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Passionate, Loving, Persistent.

*{DISCLAIMER}* This post nay get a little "ranty" if you are offended... Sorry I'm not sorry :)  Keep reading.

Why the title?  Cause those are three words that I would use to describe myself.  There are a few things that I feel VERY passionately about, on these things.  You REALLY don't want to mess with those things.

Those things are:
1. My Family.
2. Breast Cancer.
3. My Family.

Mix those things together and you have a WHOLE mess on your hands. I recently received one of those stupid facebook messages that always go around this time of year. "Post this country if your birthday is in this month, and then the date (23) is the number of months" or some such nonsense.  and then it says "Shh Don't tell the boys... it will spread awareness for breast cancer."

Well I was fed up with this message because A. If you can't tell anyone what the message is for, then it is not really spreading awareness right? B. How does posting "I'm going to Germany for 23 Months spread Breast Cancer awareness? and C. Boys can get breast cancer too. So keeping them out of the loop is excluding people who can be affected.  I posted a status about it.

Kids. Those silly messages that are going around "I'm going to Germany for 23 Months." They're silly. They don't show awareness for breast cancer. They are just obnoxious. Wanna do some good? Participate in a Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Contact Susan G. Komen for the cure and see what you can do there. Run a race for the Komen foundation. Donate to a cancer research center. THOSE things make a difference. Posting a nonsense status about a nonsense vacation doesn't do ANYTHING.

Thats all.

Love you all, Just had to vent

Surprise?! People got pissed.  Cause some people are looking for a fight.

Well like I said, I am passionate about a few things in life.  If you know me, you know that my Mom had breast cancer a few years ago.  And you may also know that it was the hardest time on my entire life.  To see my best friend and hero struggle like that was absolutely horrid.

I have done a lot in the last 4 years to spread breast cancer awareness and help the awareness/cure cause as much as I could.  I had a yardsale and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I have also participated in multiple Susan G. Komen Race for the Cures. as well as other cancer foundations like Relay for Life.

This, I am so passionate about.

For someone (who shall remain anonymous-because I'm not a bitch) to tell me on facebook that maybe some if us you know like to do that kind of stuff. it's pretty rude to just post stuff like that on face book. I did it and IM sorry I don't have time to do fundraisers, but seeing how my grandma got breast cancer and I'll most Likly have it yeah IM going to post something about it

Just don't.  Just don't post that.  Just let me say that I think its stupid.  Just keep scrolling, cause if you don't.  I GET PISSED.  and let me tell you, I can outsmart, and outspeak you.

So.  Before you repost these stupid games.  Just don't.  Don't believe me?

I researched (because I don't like to be wrong) it and what do you know, people who currently have Breast Cancer, as well as survivors think these posts are dumb.

this post is from a person who has stage 4 breast cancer.  The title?  Breast Cancer is NOT a facebook game.  I agree.

So I'll leave you with this.
This is what I told anon. after they posted the last comment.:

Then post Check Yourself  Early detection is the key. My Mom had breast cancer as well and I am an a Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate to the max. There are other ways to show that you are aware, and to spread awareness. Posting a bogus status about a mysterious vacation doesn't show awareness. Unless you know about the message. It is just a silly status. It doesn't help anyone at all. Thanks for your time.

Don't forget to follow ;)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Some Tips, and a Review.

Dear friends.

I am terrible at routines.  Seriously, I can't do routines.  I'm not talking about dance, I'm talking about life.  I don't get up at the same time everyday.  I don't have a specific go-to-bed routine. I don't have a specific routine for anything.  I'm trying to fix that. I was doing pretty good at blogging every weekday.. Until like two days ago...

So... This blog post will make up for those two lost days.

I couldn't think of anything to blog about... so I googled it (welcome to the digital native era) (Digital Native: Noun. A creative term used by my Social Media Marketing professor to mean, we were born into technology, and it is a part of us. Synonym: Teenager. Antonym: My mom. See Digital Immigrant.)

{The Tips}

I found this article. It really helped me.  So.. check it out.

Anyway, I decided on the review topic for today's blog post.

{The Review}

Today, I am going to review a movie that I saw this last weekend that I have been waiting to see since Christmas.

{Les Miserables}

This is the trailer.

If you haven't seen this movie.  GO BUY A TICKET RIGHT NOW!

It was fantastic... No, not fantastic.  It was beyond explanation. It was amazing.  I've seen several stage productions of this show.  I've read the book. I've watched the 1998 version-see film clip below- (and hated it) and I was very ready to be thoroughly disappointed.   I had read several reviews that said that Russell Crowe was horrid.  But I went because I LOVE Les Mis.

The movie started and with the opening titles and the prisoners performance of Look Down... I was hooked, wide eyed, and awestruck.

This movie is a must see.

If you aren't familiar with the story, I'll fill you in.

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is a man who was imprisoned for 20 years for stealing a loaf of bread (yeah, talk about cruel and unusual punishment). When he gets out on parole, he knows he will never live a normal life because he will always be a "prisoner." He knows his jailer Javert (Russell Crowe) will be sure that the rest of his life, he is a criminal. He comes to a town where a priest takes him in and feeds him and gives him a place to stay.  Jean Valjean steals the man's silver. Leaving only the candlesticks behind.  When the police catch him and bring his to the priest to confess.  The priest says that he gave Jean Valjean the silver but he forgot to take the candlesticks.  All the priest asked for in return was that Jean Valjean use the silver to make a better life for himself.  He rips up his parole papers and starts anew.  (Illegal, yes, the right thing.. of course!).  He becomes the Mayor of a town.  This is where Fantine (Anne Hathaway) comes in, she has a daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), that she left with an inn keeper and his wife so she could go work so that her daughter could have a life.  At first Fantine works in a factory, then a dumb lady turns her into the foreman.  The foreman fires her.  (The mayor didn't save her.) So she has to sell her hair (which was GORGEOUS!!)  and turns to prostitution to feed her daughter.  She gets VERY sick and Jean Valjean learns about her, and tries to help her.  That was until Javert discovered that the Mayor was indeed the escaped convict Jean Valjean.  Javert vows to bring Valjean down.  Valjean insists to Fantine that he will watch out for Cosette and she will never have to want for a thing in her life.  He escapes from the town after Fantine dies, and goes to find where Cosette is living.

Les Misérables (2012), a brilliant movie by Tom Hooper. The cast was crazy good, but I think Anne Hathaway outshone everyone with her ''I Dreamed a Dream'' performance.
Anne Hathaway as Fantine singing "I Dreamed a Dream"

She is staying with Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Madame Thenardier (Helen Bonham Carter) and their daughter Eponine (Samantha Barks).  They steal all the money that Fantine was sending for Cosette.  So Valjean pays them off and takes Cosette and makes her his own daughter and takes excellent care of her.  They start a new life.  They live in peace until one day, the French Revolution was starting to become a thing.  Cosette catches the eye of a handsome rebel, Marius (Eddie Redmayne).  Its love at first sight.  Except that Javert was also at the square and he thought he recognized Valjean.  Thenardier also recognizes him and vows to catch him and take what (they think) is theirs.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helen Bonham Carter
as Master and Madame Thenardier
"Master of the House"
‎"There is a castle on a cloud, I like to go there in my sleep" - Isabelle Allen as young Cosette in Les Misérables. wahh. crying already.
Young Cosette (super cute) singing Castle on a Cloud

Jean Valjean and Young Cosette
Eponine was in love with Marius but she got friend-zoned.  She decided she was okay with Cosette and Marius being in love... but like any normal girl would do, she tucked her hair in a hat and pretended to be a boy and joined the revolution.
Marius and Eponine singing "Fall of Rain"

Jean Valjean finds out that someone has caught onto him, so he tells Cosette they need to leave.  Cosette is heart broken to leave Marius.  That night (conveniently) the French Revolution starts, and Marius sends Gavroche (Daniel Huttlestone)--CUTEST LITTLE BOY EVER-- to deliver a letter to Cosette but Jean Valjean gets it and reads that Marius is in love with Cosette, he is a little sad (as would be any dad) but decides he won't be around forever so Cosette would need someone to take care of her after he died.  So he goes down to the revolution to give Marius his permission.  I won't tell you the exact details of this part cause it would ruin it.  But Marius gets hurt and Jean Valjean has to rescue him.  Carries him through the sewers etc. Anyway.. stuff happens....

Cosette and Marius singing "Heart Full of Love"

I can't give away the ending but I'll add this song because it was great.

I hope I didn't giveaway too much.
It was hard to explain

It was great!  I give this movie

10 STARS!!!

Now I will present you with some awesome Memes about les mis

Les Miserable
favorite quote from the movie.  I will post this in my child's room.
Les Miserables
I love this song.
les miserables
Movie poster
Les Miser-sobs.
Seriously, take tissues
Les Miserables poster. #LesMiserables #poster #film #geek
I have always loved these two!  Master of the House!!

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