Denise, of According to Denise, is a mom of a son and daughter, stepmom of three boys, wife and part-time-from-home software engineer. She’s the kind of person that you feel like you have known forever, that you can chat with online for a good part of the day, even if you haven’t actually met in real life. She seems real, and relatable, and is always so easy to talk to. I just love her!

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Michelangelo is my favorite ninja turtle.  I was in high school when the live action movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out and I’m comfortable admitting that I saw it and loved it.  I mean, come on, giant turtles who crack cheesy jokes and kick butt, what’s not to love?  My two youngest have recently discovered the animated series on TV and have become somewhat obsessed with ninja turtles.  They run around the house “ninja training” and talk about the pizza loving turtles pretty regularly.

So what do I do?  I immediately buy the movies so we could watch them together.  Apparently there are four in total though I only knew about the first two.

We watched the first one and it was so nice to see them enjoy something that I enjoyed when I was younger.  We snuggled and talked about how we all think Mikey is the coolest ninja turtle and how it is weird that in the TV show he makes gross combinations of food that always include pizza but in the movie they just eat regular pizza.  And we all say along together “I love being a turtle!”

I have always loved movies and TV.  When I was a kid I would watch all kinds of movies with my parents and brother.  A love of movies is something that has connected me with my Dad especially all my life.  My oldest stepson is also a big movie fan and so it is something we can connect over.  We have movie nights every weekend my stepsons are here.

I really enjoy sharing old favorites with the kids.  I watch their faces to see if they catch the jokes or love the parts that I really hope they do.

When they ask to rewatch one of my all time favorites, it makes me happy because I feel like we have a little something special that makes us a little closer.

Maybe one day when they have their own kids and their little ones discover the latest incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles they will share that their favorite turtle is Michelangelo and so is their Mom’s and they will snuggle and talk and laugh feel a little bit closer.
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