Sunday, September 30, 2007

Big Day!

After entertaining the kids alone with a bum knee at the soccer game for a couple hours...we refueled with some lunch and then headed to the library for the Crime Scene Investigations presentation, part of the Super Saturdays program (hubby and baby blissfully took a nap).

My 4yo was really excited to meet a police officer and he decided to sit up front. My daughter was hoping so see a severed body part or miniature scene from the TV show...sorry, we live in CU, honey. But they both really enjoyed the presentation including learning about fingerprinting, gathering evidence, and general police stuff. This must be the standard CSU presentation because I saw it a couple years ago with our neighborhood group and it was identical (same jokes, I think).

My daughter thought the jokes were funny but she, and I, had wished it was a bit more interactive (taking their own fingerprints, gathering evidence, solving a library crime). We all wanted to check out a police car or the big van, but no. My son loved it even though he didn't understand most of it and took a bathroom and book break in the middle. He raised his hand to offer his opinion like the big kids (he told them he likes to paint and has a new superhero book, and his dad works on the firetruck and cute...he told me he wanted to raise his hand too). Each of them got a free police-themed book as well.

We also turned in some more reading logs and received some stickers to put on the jungle wall. My son's word of the day was 'sun'. But...the biggest event was that our 4yo got his very own library card! We even wrote his name on it and checked out a book with it. He was so excited....they grow up so fast.

We finished the day with pizza and family movie night (Herbie Unloaded...not my choice but we all enjoyed it enough).

Saturday, September 29, 2007

the Polish Shoppers

So, my dad, grandma, and brother visited yesterday. It was my gram made a plate of kolockies for me again. I gave her a mystery paperback in return (Patterson's 1st to Die)...she reads a book every other day. Anyways.

My dad decided that in our economic state he would take us grocery shopping. He wanted to bring the whole family but my brother is interested in having kids and taking two tired young children to the grocery store is the best form of birth control I can think the husband and uncle took the boys home to play (Hide and Seek Monster). So, three generations went the Meijer. My grandmother had never been to one and wanted to check it out. Shopping is a quest for her...finding the best price in town is the prize.

So, we go in. It was one of the best shopping trips I've had in awhile...of course if was paid for, that's makes it nice. And I had no list with me...which was a bit disorientating but I worked it out. We spent time looking at toaster ovens and crock pots...comparing what we have and what we wanted (not that any of us bought one). I just stocked up a some stuff (diapers) and filled in what I could remember I needed. Not a huge trip (I'm going to Costco with my mom next excited). My grandma bought 2 cabbages, a box of strawberries, two disposable tupperware things, and parchment paper...why? Because they were good deals.

It was so nice to shop with like-minded shoppers...comparing prices, buying in bulk, etc. I guess I know where I get it. I should shop with them more often (especially if they want to pay). Thanks Dad!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Keeping it Clean

Ok, I would love to have a perfectly clean and tidy house...believe me....I fantasize about it. But I chose to get married to a man who didn't feel that so much and we have three kids. So...our house is mess most of the time. It is a constant battle to keep it tidy. I actually obsessively keep it clean (did you know you can clean almost everything in your house with white vinegar?). But...looking neat and clean is another story.

I've seen those houses on Wife Swap or something that are clean....either your kids don't play or you don't have a tidy house all the time. I've come to terms that it is just going to be this way for a couple more years.

But...when we have company over...the family will pull together and clean it up. I love it. We had visitors last weekend and will again the house was pretty neat all week! I am thinking about making up visitors to come all the time...maybe they will keep it clean. Of course, then I would either have to keep the people coming or make up more lies that they all cancelled...but maybe it would be worth it.

Some family cleaning strategies....
1. Add music....sing a song or play a song and everyone has to clean up until the end.
2. Baskets or boxes...we have a couple baskets throughout the house so when we need a quick clean up or we don't feel like sorting them, we throw it all in there.
3. Give everyone a very specific job (clean up all the toys on the living room floor, find all the books in here).
4. Send them off in teams! My 4yo loves to help his big sister clean the mirrors.
5. Relax...its ok to let the floor be messy and just have fun together. You will have time later or tomorrow to clean it up.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ingredient of the month...


It's getting cooler again...doesn't a warm bowl of oatmeal sound good? I love oatmeal...and it has a place in every meal and in between. It's high in fiber and can lower your cholesterol! It fills you up for the whole morning or overnight. And it's CHEAP!!! Buy it in bulk and on sale.

What can you do with oatmeal....
*Traditional breakfast....add brown sugar or maple syrup, nuts, spices, dried fruits, and yogurt! It only takes 2 mins in the microwave! A bowl of oatmeal is a great dessert replacement!

*Add into baked goods...treat as a 'mix-in' (like chocolate chips or raisins). Add to cookies, breads, pancakes, waffles.

*Use instead of breadcrumbs (rub between hands) in recipes such as meatballs, meatloaf, chicken fingers, or stuffed mushrooms.

*Use cooked and cooled oatmeal (or leftover) in smoothies! A great, quick breakfast.

*Mix with sugar, spices, and butter to top pies or fruit crisps.

*Make homemade granola! and granola bars (see previous recipe posts).

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quick New TV Thoughts

Ok, my husband got the boys to bed early so I stationed myself in my favorite spot and watched some TV. Here are my thoughts....for Monday night TV.

Dancing with the Stars (Ladies' Night) (ABC)....more dancing!!! so much fluff, I lost interest and stopped watching. But I will probably catch up later. That little Cheetah Girl can move!

Chuck (NBC)...although if you've seen any of the previews, you don't need to see the pilot, but it is something I might watch again. The plot focuses around Chuck who receives a email from his former college roommate (who did some bad things) that contains ALL of the secrets of the CIA and FBI. With a Clockwork Orange-type brainwashing, the secrets get burned onto the hard drive of Chuck's brain. Chuck is so sweet and cute, you want to see how he fairs in the world outside the electronics store.

Heroes (NBC)...I love this show. And the season premiere finally continued the story left lingering from May. However, as many critics have said, there are so many 'heroes' that each episode can't address them all. There should be 2 hour-episodes. There will always be a lot of mystery on this show (what the history of the Petrelli Family?) but always enjoyable!

Journeyman (NBC)...since I was still on the couch...don't judge this series by its premiere. I spent most of the show asking what was going to happen. It is kind of a mix between Quantum Leap (love that show!) and Sliders with a modern twist (his iPhone tells him when he's back in the present). I think the show is about a group of people who travel through time to help people out (e.g. save lives). What I like is that, I think, each episode will be self-contained (there are some series-long storylines...e.g. his relationship with his fam but each 'helping' task will be rapped up in an hour).

Monday, September 24, 2007

TV or not

New TV this week! I am so excited. I love TV...I don't watch a ton, I don't have a DVR or TiVo, I don't watch TV DVD's, I don't download shows off of iTunes.....but I do watch TV every day at the end of the day to relax. I have a few shows I don't like to miss (and will watch them online, if available, if I miss them. The major 4 networks offer free online episodes, usually starting the next day). After a summer of weird reality shows, game shows, and reruns, I am happy to have some new shows to enjoy.

Most of all, I am waiting for Heroes, Dancing with the Stars, 30 Rock, and CSI. I am interested in ABC's new Pushing Daisies (which doesn't start until next week), as well as the Women's Murder Club (based on some of my favorite books). The best time to watch TV is Thursday nights at 8pm...CSI, Grey's, the Office/Scrubs/30 Rock.

If you don't want to spend your week finding out what your favorite characters are up to....

*You can enjoy the United Way Backyard Block Party at Westside Park on Tuesday 9/25 from 530-8pm. FREE food, music, classic car show, games, child identification kit, inflatables.

*On Saturday 9/29, you can enjoy Worldwide Day of Play at Crestview Park in Urbana from 11am-2pm. Although sponsored by Nickelodeon (and the American Heart Association)...turn off the TV and enjoy FREE games, sports, crafts, and healthy snacks!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Birthday Season Again!

It's that time of year here...Birthday Season! Here are some cakes we have happliy celebrated with.

Classic Chocolate Cake with Banana Cream Filling and Chocolate Frosting. Mini-cupcakes are chocolate with White Buttercream (mini-mm's, jelly lifesavers, white gum, and icing for decorations). Cookies-n-Cream Cake (Oreos) with Vanilla Buttercream (oreos, gum drops, and fruity twislers for decorations...and a firefighter as a decoration consultant).
Chocolate-Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Cream Filling and Vanilla Buttercream.

We also had a Chocolate Banana Cake (Banana bread with some cocoa and chocolate chips in it) with Chocolate Peanut Butter photo, sorry.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Free Fitness!!

Join us at the Fitness Center Open House!!

SATURDAY from 1130am-130pm

2508 S. Galen Dr., Champaign


Food, fun, and its free!! Sign up for a membership and get some great deals!

Take free Zumba classes!!! Classes at 1130am and 1230pm. Free, supervised playroom will be available.

Zumba is a great latin dance-based cardio class! You will be having so much fun, you won't realize the 400 calories you just burned...and how you've toned whole body! Very beginner-friendly and for ALL ages**!

And I happen to teach it!!
Come out and have some fun...whether you want to join the gym or's a fun event!
*The Fitness Center is a great family-friendly gym with a great variety of classes, cardio machines, weights, personal training, massage, and a free-playroom with great hours. Our family loves it!
**Note that classes are only open to those 13 years old and over.

What the F*&@!!

I don't even know where to begin on this one....

Mom sues after IVF brings 2 babies instead of 1

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Too Cool for School...

actually, it may be too hot for school!

Mother Nature is definitely reminding us that it is still we just broke down and turned the A/C back on. A couple week ago, Champaign schools (as well as most other schools in the area) dismissed students early due to the heat. They haven't done this, at least, in the 6 years we've been at Unit 4. I felt like something was amiss here....

Although I highly support allowing the kids (and staff) to get out of those hot buildings...have you ever been in those schools on days like that? Its hot...I can't see how anyone gets anything done. However, I have 2 major problems with the issue. First, the policy is not exactly exact. One day they get out early, another, equally hot day, they don't. So, I wrote to the school board and our dedicated Superintendent Culver. I wanted them to set up a specific policy for heat-related closings, etc. I thought setting temperature guidelines might be a good idea and might give parents and staff an idea of when a school might dismiss or not.

I was told that they make the decision in advance based on the forecast. So, the inconsistencies happen because a day is hotter than its predicted to be (and they rather not dismiss early once the school day begins). I understand this point. However, in my opinion anything over 85F should warrant an early dismissal (a day predicted to by 88F is just as hot at a day predicted to 90F). Anyways....

My other beef is that some of the schools (mostly the balanced-calender (aka year-round) school) have A/C and thus did not dismiss early. I don't want to take away their educational time but that means that the other students now have fewer instructional hours than the A/C schools. So, I don't think they should dismiss them but this is a big point for future plans (e.g. referendum!!!).

Anyways. Will they get out early this week or next due to the heat...I doubt it (but who knows...maybe Judy Fraser could persuade them...I love my daughter coming home all sweaty and not so nice to smell).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Yo Gabba Gabba!!

Or Yo Gramma Gramma as my 2yo says. Since I know some of you have seen this...let's chat.

This is a new show on Nick Jr. I let my kids watch it at first because I was interested in what it was...always looking for new, good kids' shows. I have no idea what this show is about. The stated purpose of the show is to get your kids up off the floor and moving with dancing and singing. Some dj guys comes out and puts out some strange toys out then they come to life. Although the plot of each show is pretty non-existent, they do try to present a theme each show (e.g. eating, fun, summer). There is music in the show. I think it is the same music each time with different, bland lyrics. And beware, those songs get into your head and haunt you all day (and night!). There's a Party in my Tummy is especially cursing.

They even have guest some interesting indie bands and actors (Elijah Wood...why?). Wood taught everyone the 'puppet master' dance (which kind of creeped me out)...but the dance was easy to follow and my 4yo picked it up after awhile and did it.

Usually, I can find something redeeming about kids' shows (even Boohbah has its moments)...but the only thing that is good about this show is that the kids seem to really like it. They sing the songs all the time (which do help at clean up and dinner time). On the other hand, the kids are obsessed and want to watch it all the time (which you actually can on

I much prefer Backyardigans or Jack's Big Music Show...which I think achieve the same purpose. Of course, I would prefer we just all dance and sing together (which we do)...but my kids get to watch some tv.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Taste of Fall

I decided that it was Fall...I actually decided a few weeks ago. I pulled out the baby's Fall hand-me-downs, I bought a new pair of jeans (the new Old Navy styles, very nice), I stopped shaving my legs, I put extra blankets on everyones' beds, I started drinking hot coffee and tea. But then the temperature crept back up. And then yesterday, we pulled out the scarves and hats to go to the 9am soccer game. Crazy! But alas...the weather should warm up one more time this week. It isn't officially Fall until Sunday.

Anyways. Since my brain decided it was Fall, that means I can bake again. I do bake over the summer but not as much as I dread heating up the house with the oven. The rest of the year, I bake at least on a weekly basis. I also made soup...lovely, hot soup with warm, crusty bread!

This week, again Fall-themed, I made some pumpkin bread! And I made it as healthy as possible (dark chocolate is good for you...antioxidants and stuff).

Low-fat Pumpkin Bread (or bars, or muffins...)
4 cups flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 white)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp EACH of nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, allspice
1 can of pumpkin puree or 2 cups fresh
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup egg substitute or egg whites (or 4 whole eggs)
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup veggie oil
2 cups oatmeal, optional
1 cup dried cranberries, optional
1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

In large bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, and spices. Set aside. In another large bowl (or mixer bowl, if using), combine pumpkin, eggs, juice, sugar, and oil. Blend until sugar is well-combined. Slowly add dry ingredients. Fold in any 'optional' ingredients. Spread into 2 greased loaf pans or 1 greased jelly-roll pan (at least 9X13). Bake at 350F for 1 hour (loaf) or 25-30 min (bars).

This is great snack for the kiddies....I call it cake and they eat it up.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Restaurant Review: Seven Saints

We finally made it over to Seven Saints on Chester Street in Champaign. We were delighted to be able to sit outside and enjoy a meal without the kids...although once the sun went down it got cold.

I have heard great things about Seven Saints from many sources. We did opt for the beet chips with goat cheese dip...since everyone raved about them. There were ok...ours were a bit crushed up (I suppose we could have sent them back but we were starving). I think Crane Alley's are better. We decided to try as many things as possible between the two of us. We selected the black and blue salad, Seven Saints salad, tropical slider, Californian turkey slider, and wild mushroom soup. Everything was good. The salads were both delicious. The black and blue is a bit heavy (with blue cheese, steak, mushrooms, and onions) compared to the Seven Saints salad (with a sesame dressing, steak, cashews). I loved the tropical slider but wasn't excited about the Californian. The soup was great. We also finished with the creme brulee cheesecake...which was good but would have been better if they caramelized the top.

Overall, it was good. The portion sizes were perfect. A salad and slider would be perfect lunch. Adding the appetizer and dessert made a nice dinner without being overstuffed. The prices were very reasonable as well...we totalled $37 for everything including beer and tip.

It wasn't as excellent as I had expected but it is a place we would go to again...the menu has enough variety that the combos are endless. I don't really want to think about the calorie and fat content of the menu...despite the list of salads most of the them include cheese, bacon, and meat. The sliders however might have some redeeming nutritional value (e.g. small portions, lean beef, turkey, or Boca burgers, veggies). Our vegetarian friend did say that they have avoided it because they didn't feel the menu was veggie-friendly (you would have to ask for substitutions and eliminations). And on my new dairy-free diet, I was limited since most items included cheese (I did have a little blue cheese).

But we sure did feel like real adults...sitting outside in downtown drinking beer (ok, I don't drink but my husband did) and talking about adult matters (work, books). I think we got through most of dinner without talking about the kids!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mommy loves Coffee

One of my favorite Ralph Covert songs....

Anyways. Yesterday, I read an article on providing (yet not 'marketing' to) menu items that are more appropriate for the younger ones at Starbucks. Ok, I admit, I LOVE coffee! And I have been drinking it since I was a teenager. And after working in a coffee shop in college, I learned to really enjoy the good stuff and often, straight up. And, in turn, I like to go and get coffee at the local coffee shops (I prefer Espresso Royale (on Neil, the one with the drive-thru)). My kids are often with me...and always ask for coffee. Using my vast child development knowledge...I think, sure they can have it...they will hate it and never ask again (I remember trying my mom's coffee, yuck!). All three liked it! So, now I just sneak it or try my best to ward them off while I try to drink it while it is hot. (note, I almost always drink there is no major harm to the kiddies). Also, know that in our newly income-challenged lives, I make my own coffee most days.

Anyways. Back to the article...they kept thinking about how kids and teens shouldn't drink caffeine. This is true...none of us should. But remember two things....first, tea has caffeine as does chocolate for that matter. Secondly, you can order decaf items. But this shouldn't be a major concern.

What is interesting is that we are teaching our kids that it is quite alright to consume high-fat and high-sugar items (that mocha you love so much). Also, that it is a good idea to spend $4 on a cup of a major corporation...when you could spend your money on a local business. Taking the kids to the coffee shop is an expensive treat...I would rather spend that money elsewhere (or not at all).

Of course, teaching your kid how to make the perfect latte or even hot chocolate is a life-long skill that will come in very handy.

It's September, right?

If you walk into any store right now....I would swear it was more like October. Halloween stuff is out! What is up with that?! And I am sure that on Nov 1st, Christmas crap will fill its place. I actually love decorating for the holidays...but I also buy new stuff after the holiday (and hopefully remember we got it the next year...last year we got some great new Halloween stuff).

So, of course my kids have decided that they need to start planning their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating routes. My daughter actually wanted me to buy this Neopet thing (I don't really even know what that is) so she could send it to my mom for her costume. My almost 4 yo has been wearing his Buzz Lightyear costume around for the past 2 days. I usually make them wait until at least the first week in October to commit to a costume, since once its made or purchased they're stuck.

Gosh...why am I even talking about Halloween!

Enjoy the lovely SEPTEMBER weather!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Some Good (FREE) Things Going On

*Savoy 16 movie theater has started its free weekend kid movies this weekend. All show are free for all and begin at 10am and 11am (there is a 15 min intermission on each show). Be sure to get there early for the more popular movies (e.g. Shrek 3).

*I was pretty sure I read that Good Neighbor Day is on the 12th (but I can't find it to confirm...anyone?). Blossom Basket florist as well as some others in town are giving away dozens of roses with the promise that you will give them out to your friends and neighbors in appreciation. Get there early to participate....its runs on a first come, first serve basis.

*On Friday, head out to Meadowbrook Park from 530-730pm and listen to local jazz artists play as you walk or ride the trails.

*On Saturday, pack up and go to Eisner Park from 4-830pm for some free fun and food including inflatables, a movie, ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs, and yard games.
*What to do on Sunday mornings...when nothing is open and your kids are up? Head out to Anita Purves/Busey Woods from 730-9am for Sunday Morning Bird Walks. Program runs through October.
*The new Atlanta Bread Company on Neil hosts its Grand Opening this week including Wednesday's Kid kid's meal with adult meal purchase and Sally the Clown from 5-7pm. Each days has a different special.
*Krannert host its Wall to Wall Guitar Festival all week long. There are many free events to enjoy (however, the Dan Zane's concerts are all sold out).

*The Champaign Public Library begins their new reading programs this week. Take your kids on a jungle adventure through reading. And read some books yourself and you might win a local gift certificate.

Friday, September 07, 2007


Here some quick thoughts from the short week....
*Check out Ruffles Light potato chips...they are FAT FREE and delicious!
*Took all three kids to the grocery store...and only came away with a box of donuts (besides what was on the list).
*My boys have decided to sleep on the floor from now on...with sleeping caps.
*My 4yo wrote, directed, and performed his first show for us....Spot and was a musical and wonderful.
*My children have been favoring MC Hammer lately...complete with Hammer dance.
*Last trip to the pool on was great (and hot!).
*Soccer season starts on Saturday...Go Green!!
*Wish I could watch Illini, hoo.
*Creamed spinach* is it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
*Bad days at school can be cured with a hug and an ice cream cone.
*Took a spin class for the first time.....sore but not sorry.
*Desperately waiting for the new TV season to start (but did watch a great PBS program on giant pumpkin farmers).
*Watched Yo Gabba Gabba...what is this crazy show?

Have a great weekend!!

Creamed Spinach
2 boxes of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup cream
1/4-1/2 cup Italian blend cheese
1 tablespoon each butter and olive oil
salt and pepper

In medium pan, heat butter and oil. Add onions and carrots. Cook 5 mins. Add spinach and garlic. Cook 2 mins. Add salt and pepper. Add cream. Bring to a bubble and turn heat down to a low simmer. Cook 5 mins until cream is reduced and thick. Add cheese. Taste for seasoning.

Can be made ahead of time! Tastes great the next day on eggs! And the kids will eat it!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Curtis Orchard

One of my favorite CU spots is Curtis Orchard. Especially in the fall, it is a beautiful place to walk around, pick apples, let the kids run around. We used to go there a lot...hang out and have a donut and some cider. It was nice and inexpensive family spot.

Things have changed. Over the years they have build up the place, using their Wizard of Oz theme. The quaint store is now expanded into a full cafe (with real bathrooms!). They replaced the little maze with a collection of plastic playhouses and slides (aka Munchinland). They reduced the animal pens to one smaller area and made room for more seating and party areas (my daughter has wanted to have her birthday there for years...sorry, baby). They added a mineral wash (ok, I can't think of the name of this right now...anyone?). They still have wagon rides, fruit picking, photo cutouts, pony rides, big corn maze, giant inflatable slide, weekend entertainment.

You can take your family there and have a very enjoyable time without spending any money. However, if you want to do anything special (e.g. ponies, slides, big maze, minerals, eat) it might cost you a bit...ok, a lot. The addition of the cafe is actually lovely. It is spacious, clean, and the menu is great. A meal is reasonably priced ($4.50-7.25 for an entree, sides, pie). And the food is tasty. However, if you just want a donut and some cider...I think it is crazy ($2.20 for a small cider....those cute apple sippers your kids beg you for...that used to be $1). For 1/2 dozen donuts and drinks for our family it was $15! I remember going there last season and spending $50 each time.

And the store is charming with samples throughout. But, again, a bit pricey. And most of the products are not made at the orchard or even with orchard produce. I still like to indulge in some apple butter. All the jams and sauces, etc. are delicious.

One thing that is completely correctly priced are the bakery items...meaning the pies and cobblers (which you can buy frozen or ready-to-go). They are awesome...the best apple pie I have ever had...not to mention the peace. They run about $12.

Again, you can go and spend nothing. But we limit our visits there now because we don't want to be tempted to spend the money. I just feel like it went a bit too commercial...or they are taking advantage of us...those who love to be there and have grown up with cravings for apple donuts and cider slushies. But a business is a business.

However...still a must-visit for anyone in town.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Money Woes

I read this morning that our water company just filed for a 60% rate hike. This follows the controversial power rate increase last year. Not to mention high, high gas prices. House prices have risen. And so has everything else.

What I don't understand is how come the price of living is increasing at a rapid rate but salaries are not budging. My husband worked for the university for 6 years. When he did get a raise (which did not happen every year), it was minimal (a few hundred dollars). As far as I can see....people aren't suddenly getting paid 60% more than they were before. Of course, we have chosen to work in the non-profit world but still...

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Movie Review

Superbad is not so bad!

For whatever reason, my husband and I really needed to see this movie (e.g. stress, surrounded by children and toys, low brain functioning). So, we went to see it with my brother and sister-in-law (sil), not before heading to the drug store for some less expensive chocolate treats. After the first 2 mins my sil and I thought were we in a bad place. The opening scene is filled with swearing and crude talk of sex from a teenage boy. was hilarious. It was almost like....can they even talk like that in a movie (remember most movies I watch are rated G). The characters are so great that you do want to see what happens.

Quick plot wrap-up. Teenage boys trying to get laid before graduation and get into the best parties (they are, of course, the nerds of school...making things a bit more of a challenge).

These young actors are wonderful. Although I heard that their parents had to be present for the sex was nice to see teenagers being played by teenagers. I love Michael Cera (Evan) from Arrested Development (the best show since Seinfeld) and he was so sweet in this movie you want your children to date him. Jonah Hill (Seth) is so crude and sexually-focused. But the best part of the movie is the story of McLovin! They found the nerdiest actor (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to play this sweet kid who tries to buy alcohol with his new fake id...and ends up spending the evening with two pathetic cops played by co-writer Seth Rogen and SNL's player Bill Hader. That could have been the whole was hilarious.

Overall, it is a very rude and crude movie (think American Pie, Porky's genre) but it is very well written and cast so it works. Not for the kiddies...even the teenage ones (I'm a bit surprised it is only rated R) but a good laugh for the adults.