2013 Kids Movie Releases for this summer

SO here are some movies I have seen that is going to be coming out, so plan something for the kids each month this summer. Maybe your spouse is deployed or TDY well here are some cute movies that will cheer you up and if you have kids well you can definitely plan a outing that they can look forwards too

Blue Sky animation Travel to a world deep within forests in this  release highlighting a teenage girl’s unbelievable journey of explorations through the woods near her house. 
To be released May 24. 

Monsters University
Pixar introduces us to a time when monsters Mike and Sulley first met—in college.
To be released Jun. 21

Despicable Me 2
Gru is assigned to take down another evil force. 
To be released Jul. 3.

DreamWorks studio production, A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
To be released Jul. 19.

FOR The Older Kids
Man of Steel
This Zack Snyder-directed Superman prequel introduces you to Clark Kent’s initial steps toward superheroism. Due to Kent’s birth planet Krypton approaching a fate of death, he is adopted as an infant by a young Kansas couple. 
To be released Jun. 14

Iron Man 3
The third installment of this Marvel superhero franchise boasts Robert Downey Jr. perfectly cast as Iron Man fighting principal enemy Mandarin for a return to normalcy as Tony Stark. I couldn’t leave this one out. My son loves super heroes! 
To be released May 3.

Most Patriotic Snack, Bald Eagles

What you’ll need

  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • Finely shredded coconut
  • Chocolate sandwich cookie (I used a chocolate-covered Oreo)
  • 6 Cashews
  • Black decorators’ gel


How to make it

Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips according to the package directions.

  1. For each bird, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate, using a spatula to coat it well.Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate and roll it in finely shredded coconut, leaving one end uncovered.
  2. Immediately set the marshmallow, coconut free end down, atop a chocolate sandwich cookie.
  3. Let the chocolate set a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the side of the marshmallow and insert a cashew for a beak.
  4. Finally, add black decorators’ gel eyes.

Support Our Arthritic Kids Inc.,

I am the founder of the nonprofit Support Our Arthritic Kids, Inc. and I would like your support ~This all happened suddenly when my husband was deployed in 2009-2010. It was very hard on him, and I didn’t tell him the full story until he returned home.Information about  an associates degree in nursing online is available via this resource for those of you who want a career helping kids to live healthy lives.
My daughter, Catherine has always been an energetic child, very active and constantly in motion. In 2008 she was on a Competition Mini Cheerleading Squad, competing at different competitions across the US.  In May 2009, Catherine’s dad deployed to Iraq and Catherine started getting very high fevers and a couple of sore throats.  Her fevers would be high around 103 degrees one night and gone the next.  She had difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, could not navigate a single flight of stairs, and would often wake up complaining from the pain in her legs.  She constantly complained of her knee hurting. I thought it was growing pains and dismissed it. A couple of months later after cheer leading camp her knee became swollen and we thought she injured it there but she hadn’t performed any stunts. Fast forward to a year later Catherine has since been diagnosed with Pauci-articular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis it affects her right knee, right ankle and right jaw. She has had 3 joint injection procedures, is on a chemo-therapy drug called methothrexate and is in the process of starting Enbrel to help control her arthritis. Catherine developed a sensitivity to light in November, and we were referred to the ophthalmologist. She was treated with a steroid drop to both eyes and now we are seen every 3 months to make sure the disease does not affect her eyes. Later this month, she will have a joint injection procedure preformed on her right jaw. So far Catherine gets nauseated and usually has an upset stomach immediately following her injections and for the next few days. Dr. Stein is hoping for a “clinical remission”, meaning that the disease appears dormant with regular medication.  Our hope is that Catherine can achieve a full remission once the medications have been tapered off. Throughout this past year Catherine has remained resilient and her spirit has never been broken.

Through our journey of this horrible disease, Catherine and I have learned that not many children are affected by this, or at least they don’t know they might have this disease. We have learned that it can affect more than your joints, it can affect your organs and eyes.
We have started a support group on Fort Bragg, to reach out to other parents who might be going through this or in a similar situation. In August 2010, after talking to family, I felt a need to create a non-profit group to support our children, Support Our Arthritic Kids, Inc. Not only has deployment affected my daughter but this horrible disease has too, and it has been extremely difficult to watch her have stop cheerleading which took her mind off her dad’s deployment. Now we are on a different journey that Catherine has been excited to participate in, she is very informed about her illness and what she can and can’t do. On Oct 12, World Arthritis Day Catherine helped pass out fliers and pamphlets about Juvenile Arthritis.

For more information on Our Arthritic Kids, Inc., visit the website at www.ncsoak.org or email info@ncsoak.org.