Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Mile in His Shoes...

     As many of you know my 10 year old son has Aspergers, so anytime I hear of a television show or movie which involves someone with Aspergers, I do feel the need to watch it.

     About 2 weeks ago I found in my inbox an email from Michelle Sisco, She was letting me know about a movie that was to air called A Mile In His Shoes! I was offered the chance to have a review copy sent to me. I could not say No and just a few short days later I received it in my mailbox!

Below is a copy of the press release:
DEAN CAIN, LUKE SCHRODER AND GEORGE CANYON STAR IN THE GMC WORLD PREMIERE MOVIE A MILE IN HIS SHOES AIRING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT 7 P.M. ET ON GMC TV Newcomer Schroder Stars Opposite Cain in His Debut Role as Autistic Baseball Player Mickey Tussler  Atlanta, GA (July 27, 2011) – GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, presents the GMC World Premiere Movie A Mile in His Shoes, starring Dean Cain and newcomer Luke Schroder in his debut role.  Country music singer George Canyon also stars.  The movie is directed by William Dear (Angels in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons).  A Mile in His Shoes will air on GMC TV on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. ET.   Based on the critically-acclaimed book written by Frank Nappi, A Mile in His Shoes is the uplifting story of Mickey Tussler, a 17 year-old farm boy from Bargersville, Indiana with Asperger’s Syndrome and a killer fastball (Schroder), who is recruited by minor league manager Arthur “Murph” Murphy (Cain), to play for the Clayton River Rats, his struggling minor league baseball team.  Murph is convinced Mickey has a gift, but his autism keeps him isolated from a world he attempts to understand.  Caught between life at home with his overprotective father (Canyon) and life on the field, Mickey turns to his gift, the support of his teammates and Murph, who gives him the opportunity of a lifetime.  Murph learns a few life lessons himself along the way, which help him to make peace with his family.  “A Mile in His Shoes is a homerun for GMC,” said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, GMC.  “Not only will this movie resonate with anyone who loves a great baseball movie, it’s a heartwarming story that the entire family will enjoy watching together,” he said.  “The film is brilliantly acted by Dean Cain, who plays the man bold enough to take a chance on the underdog. Luke Schroder’s approach to the role of Mickey in his first leading role, is incredibly powerful. Under the direction of Bill Dear, they bring a dynamic to the screen that will win your heart,” he continued. A Mile in His Shoes takes place in Clayton, Ohio.  The movie was filmed on location in surrounding areas of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, including Langley, New Westminster and Queen’s Park.  The film is produced by Nasser Group North. The screenplay is written by Jason Koornick (Next), adapted from The Legend of Mickey Tussler, the critically acclaimed novel by Frank Nappi. About the CastDean Cain is most widely known for his role as Clark Kent/ Superman in the popular series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  He was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan and grew up in Malibu, CA.  In high school, he excelled in sports.  He played for the Santa Monica High School baseball team and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities.  He attended Princeton University and upon graduating, signed on to play with the NFL Buffalo Bills.  After suffering a knee injury, he turned to acting. In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley's Believe It or Not!. He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club (2000), Out of Time (2003), Bailey's Billion$ (2004) and the made for television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. Cain made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in a seventh season episode of Smallville.  More recently, he starred in the GMC World Premiere Movie The Way Home.   George Canyon is a Country music singer.  He was the season 2 runner-up on Nashville Star, which led to a deal with Universal South Records and his debut album, One Good Friend.  He grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada.  When he was five, his parents built him a three-quarter-sized acoustic guitar and taught him the essential chords.  At age 14, he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.  He serves as a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Canada. He holds an appointment in the Canadian Forces as Honorary Colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood.   He lives in High River, Alberta.  Luke Schroder is the son of Ricky Schroder, the award-winning actor and film director whose long-running acting career includes major roles in the 1979 film The Champ, Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove, NYPD Blue, and guest starring roles on Scrubs, Strong Medicine, 24 and No Ordinary Family. The GMC World Premiere Movie A MILE IN HIS SHOES marks his first leading role and acting debut.  Luke is the second of four children, born on August 1, 1993 to Andrea Bernard-Schroder and Ricky Schroder.  He lives in Malibu, CA with his parents and three siblings.   About the DirectorWilliam Dear is a film director, producer and screenwriter most widely known for directing Angels in the Outfield, If Looks Could Kill, Santa Who?, The Sandlot 3, The Perfect Game, Wild America, and the Academy Award winning film Harry and the Hendersons, which he directed, wrote and produced.  He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   About GMCGMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ recently awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC is the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor in 2010.   GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and @gmctv or http://twitter.com/gmctv

This show is one that will have you laughing, crying, and shaking your head in agreement.

I understand that this post is kind of late but for those of you in the Eastern Time Zone go ahead and change the TV channel to GMC and watch this show. You will not be disappointed, I promise!

For me this is a show hits very close to home, I could def. see my son within Schroder's character.

Thank You Michelle Sisco for giving me the opportunity to view this show previously to it being on TV.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Skill!!

I am 33 years old and today I learned a new skill. My Mother In Law was my teacher and today she taught me how to can tomatoes..
I went and bought 2 bushels of tomatoes, 4 green peppers, 3 lbs of onions, 1 package of celery, and a box of coarse canning salt. Took it all over to her house today and we went to town..
We ended up with 16 quarts of tomatoes and 15 quarts of tomatoes with the other veggies mixed in.
I honestly can't believe how easy it was. I also can't believe I didn't learn this earlier, but I guess leaving away from family the last 10 years is most likely the reason.
I think I will be getting another couple bushels of tomatoes if I can find them and do some more up. It feels so good to now be able to provide this for my family. So empowering!

Do any of you can fruits or veggies? If so what?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Baseball Mom!

I have recently added this title to my list. My oldest is 10 and is finally playing baseball.
I will be honest and say that I do not make a very good baseball mom. I really thought I would be able to relax a little bit more with each game, but that is just not the case.
Take today's game for example:
I yelled to my son to pay attention, watch the ball, quit playing with the dirt, be ready, run, and a few other times I just yelled his name and pointed. I really need to work on this and try to just sit back and the coaches do what they need to. LOL
Out of the 5 games that his team has played, today's game was a good match up, well in the beginning, the end score was 19-9 with my son's team winning!

I have been learning a lot about little league. I think I am a quick study.
What I have learned:
Each team can get 3 outs or 5 runs per inning!
Sometimes there are some crazy calls: a ball that hits the child's helmet and then hits the bat is a strike, a ball that you could hit with a bat angled with a 90 degree angle is a strike, even though the child that is running home never touches the base or gets tagged, they are safe. These calls have gone on for both teams. At least no favoritism has been played.
All kids like to play in the dirt, getting a big cloud of dust to form around you and slowly move across the field is a BIG accomplishment!
If a child gets hit with the ball they get to take their base! Last week my son got hit.
It is okay to bring a barking little dog to your child's game. Not me but a few other parents have done this.


I have to admit that I really do LOVE watching my son out there on the field. I am so happy he finally is getting the chance to play.

Today I finally told the coach about my son's Aspergers. I told her he takes things very literally and if you want him to run as fast as he can to the base, just tell him and he will. I love that she listened to me, he was able to steal a few bases today as he has other days, but today he moved a little faster.

Hopefully I find my camera cord so I can share some wonderful pictures with all of you.

All in all, so far this season of Fall Ball has been fun, a great learning experience for both my son and both the Hubbyman and myself, and very interesting!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son Review and Giveaway!



As the Mother of 3 boys and of coarse 1 princess when I was approached to review this book, I literally jumped at the chance! I am def. not disappointed with my choice. Vicki Courtney, who is the Author has an amazing writing style. Of coarse you would have to read the book to understand what I am talking about next, but maybe not..

One of my favorite chapters was when she wrote about the lack of Real Men in today's society. I am quite sure if you look around you will be able to tell the real from the not so much real ones. This is actually only the first chapter of the book in which she has entitled "The Wimpification of the Modern Male". She could not be any more right when it comes to this chapter. I was laughing, nodding, and agreeing out loud while reading this chapter, as well as the chapters that followed.

Now for the fun part! Who would like to own a copy of a book that you will not be able to put down? I can see a lot of hands stretched upward, so I better hurry to tell you what you need to do for your chance!

This is very simple! There are 2 chances, 1 mandatory and 1 for fun, both very easy!
Make sure you leave your email address in your comment so I can get in touch with you should you be the winner!

Mandatory: Tell me in a comment What conversation subject you feel is an important one to have with a child?

Extra: Share this giveaway and leave the link!!

On September 22nd at 11:00pm eastern time this giveaway will end and I will pick a winner!

I was sent this book for review from Tolly Moseley at PR by the book and I could not put it down. The author writes in such a way to keep the reader wanting to continue.