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Um, I'm not such a lurker anymore, but I thought I'd assist in the comment cherry bursting.

Your Welcome.

And, I dunno what kinds of books you read, but my absolute favorite book in the world is by Anne Rice. The Witching Hour. Probably not your thing, but ohmigod, I loved that book.


Its a hard range to fit ... maybe some of the animated claymation or computer gen kid movies like OPen season or hoodwinked. Those both appealed to both my younger and older kids. have you seen chronicales of narnia yet? Cars was great, but appealed more so to the younger crowd, but all of mine watched it.

Offically delurked lol! Can i snag the delurking thing for my blog?


Books...I'm always behind on them. [I just started reading The Devil Wears Prada this week (because I want to rent the movie this weekend).]

Movies though...yeah. My kids (ages 7 and 4) like the Shrek movies, Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Sky High, High School Musical, most Disney cartoons, and we have let them go into WalMart and choose movies they wanted from those $1 DVDs (yeah, they're mostly crap, but if they choose the movie themselves they tend to like it more). Oh, mine also like Star Wars, so I could keep them occupied for a while.

Good luck with the drive!


Good old fashioned Mary Poppins (and it's a really long movie), along with Disney movies like Nemo and Monsters Inc and Incredibles are great for the car. We took Gilligan's Island along, too. Fun, since the kids hadn't seen them already, but not too long.

My one book recommendation? Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. My favorite book. And as a back up, I would take Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsela, which is a great quick fun read.


Not really a lurker, but Hi anyway. I linked to you on my current post...last year at this time I was brand new, and didn't have any readers to DElurk, but thought it sounded like a fun idea anyway.

I've enjoyed getting to know you a little this year. Yours was one of the first blogs I read.

Mary, mom to many


My son loves Cars and 101 Dalmations. Umm a book?? Piece of Cake written by Cupcake Brown. Its her autobiography.


Not truly de-lurking, as I have posted once or twice before. Book(s) suggestion - The Mitford Series (9 total) by Jan Karon - about a small town in North Carolina, the people there, and the central character, Father Timothy, the Episcopalian rector/parson. Both thought-provoking, and laughter-inducing.


we just did a 7hour car trip with kids almost2-7.5 and we watched "Cars" (they watched that about 8 times for a week), The wiggles are a huge hit for the 5yrold, we had Sail arround the world, and splish splash big red boat and then we found at Walmart for the ride back Shark Tale (didnt' like the evil shefish much but the kids didn't care at that point) and Wiggles Magical Adventure, which had a pretty good story to it. It was interesting to see the differences from the 1999 movie to the 2005/6 ones.
hubbie managed to get for himself Family Guy season 3, a 3set of Steven Segal Movies, and A Series of Unfortunate (events?), but the kids are kind of young for that oen so it's for future trips. We live 7hours from our home town sooooooo DVDS in the Van rock! Our Van didnt' come with a DVD player but hubbie does Stereo installs and has a few "IASCA" trophies and other Stereo competition prizes so we hooked this up before DVDs were installed in vans. :) (can yout ell I'm proud of him?)
Movies we've watched before on these VERY LONG 7hour trips,
Wiggles Time, Wiggly Party, Wiggle (so on and so forth you get the idea), Toystory 1, 2, and bonus features. The boys have been known to do the quiz questions on the dvds too and told me when to press enter, Finding nemo, Bob the Builder, Bob the builder in spanish (oops! we dont' speak uno word of spanish), Little mermaid 1 and 2, Peterpan and Return to Neverland were very popular when mr7.5 was about 3-4yrold, oh the lizzy Macquire movie is kind of draggy for a trip movie with no escape for potty breaks, (yes that one was for me not he boys in the car), We also bring along a leap pad and mr5 can do that but mr 7,5 gets carsick sooooo dramine (US) or Gravol(canada) is our friend, and as long as he has that the trips aren't so bad.
how's tha for a delurky? I've comment 1-2 times before but I'm Mary/Kyooty mom to 3 boys, a hubbie and a cat. :) and I usually come here from a link on foodmomiac's page.


Oh Tammy that's a great one! I have no suggestions for kids movies (my sister's kids are pretty well Disney-exclusive (Wiggles, Raven, Hannah Montana) and I don't think that will help much with the older kids. I also suggest either Master of the Game (Sidney Sheldon) or Superior Women (Alice Adams) as your bring-a-long book of choice.


Guilty of lurking...but how could I not assist in the popping of your comment cherry! :)

Thanks for the many smiles and ideas I get from your site.


I like October Sky for kids, although it may be a little old for the young ones.


Consider me delurked (again).

Try Over the Hedge. My 5 year old loves it and the end kept my attention when I happened to walk in on it.


oh Me again, all the 101 Dalmation movies were good and oh darn I forgot what the other one I had on the tip of my fingertips was...
oh yes there Spy kids! all of them were great and the 14yrold wont get too bored either.


Another comment to get you over 50! :)


I'm not a lurker as it's my first time here (via Owlhaven) but I love your blog title and I'm all for breaking the comment cherry--I think my highest number of comments is only 20.
We had to please an audience ranging in age from 5-46 at our New Year's Eve gathering, and "Over the Hedge" worked well. Someone else recommended the new "Pink Panther." Good luck!


Lets see... for movies I would say: Star Wars, Chronicles of Narnia, March of the Penguins, Winn-Dixie, Eight Below, Shrek, Nemo, Incredibles, Ice Age I & II, and Monsters Inc. My four year old LOVES these and we have enjoyed watching them with him.

As far as books go, I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and the Horse Whisperer, I am also a Danielle Steele junkie, but you probably aren't.


My daughter and I travel extensively and she usually packs her Charmed series (she's 9). Another fave is the "Free Willy" movies, 1,2,3.


That's a broad range... really broad. And part of it depends on wether or not you have any senstive viewers in the van (not nessecarily the youngest!)... my oldest cries at Curious George because the man in the yellow hat was mean and yelled at him :-P

I would suggest Madagascar, Shrek, the Wallace and Gromit stuff, Scooby Doo videos (the originals), really any Hanna Barbera stuff (Jetsons, Flintstones), the Muppet Show has put out a bunch of dvd's (collections of their episodes), some of the Muppet movies were pretty good... really just about anything by Jim Henson is a decent bet (Fraggle Rock still love).

Oddly enough, nature films might go over well as well... dont' know if Steve Irwin put out an collections... but the Kratt brothers have done a lot more than Zaboomafoo.


No ideas about movies at the moment, but the idea of that long of a trip makes ME queasy!


Wallace & Gromit (the first 3 come on one dvd, Curse of the Wererabbit is on its own).
Chicken Run
Over the Hedge
Shrek I & II, Toy Story I & II, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc, & Ice Age I & II.

Pictures of Perfection by Reginald Hill, Brat Farrar or The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey, Venetia by Georgette Heyer, Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton


Finding Nemo seems to be a hit with kids of all ages.

As kids my family loved the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (it was remade into "Rat Race" but couldn't touch the original) and anything with the muppets. Back to the Future series is fun, but might be a bit too much for the 3 year old--the violence is your call.

I don't have any good book recommendations, although I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code despite its complete lack of fact. (that's the only new book I've read lately that wasn't for an American Lit. class I'm taking- and I won't dare suggest Moby Dick) Myself, I'm an Agatha Christie junkie. Mystery without horror or gore.


Have you also checked out your local library? Ours doesn't charge for checking out videos and DVDs, and has a great selection of TV series (working on The Waltons season 2 right now).

Here are some suggestions I had for a youth movie night in our area (and trying not to duplicate ones already mentioned in the comments): Cheaper by the Dozen (the old one), Wallace & Gromit movies, Disney's Robin Hood, Fly Away Home, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, The Secret of Roan Inish, Swiss Family Robinson, The Princess Bride, Billy Elliot, The Muppet Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Jungle Book, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Mighty Ducks, Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Land Before Time, Lady and the Tramp, Pollyanna, The Sword in the Stone, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, The Fox and the Hound, Snow Dogs, Charlotte's Web, The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Anne of Green Gables, Madeline, The Parent Trap, Aladdin, Escape to/from Witch Mountain, and Aristocats. Hope this helps.

If you're looking for a sizeable good book, I'd suggest either Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter or M.M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions.


I'm not a lurker anymore but I'd love to help ya with your comment goal! As for movies, Mary Poppins, CARS, Full House (any season), Hanna Montana, Shrek, Home Alone, and I can't think of any others right now but I'm sure more will come to me!

Books: I just finished "Nordie's at Noon" and LOVED it. Also, Anita Shreve is really good so anything by her is usually good. I've read "Light on Snow" and "The Pilot's Wife" and both were good.


I don't have any recommendations, but I will say HI!


Well, I'd be hopeless at movies, so here's a few books off my 5-star favorites list: Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, The red tent by Anita Diamant, The blue castle by L.M. Montgomery, Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell, I capture the castle by Dodie Smith, the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, The nun's story by Kathryn Hulme, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Not sure any of those are similar to Outlander series, though.

Now I've delurked!!

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