A Sisterly Tradition

by tinareale on November 26, 2012

Good afternoon! So glad to see that so many of you enjoyed this morning’s Move It Monday post! I hope the upper and lower body compound exercises I shared will help keep your workouts fresh. At the very least, I hope they help you easily fit in a quick, but effective, workout during this busy time of year.


Some of you may remember this beautiful lady from my life.

I sure do love my sister! I also love our sisterly traditions.

We used to have weekly sister dates where she would come visit on Tuesday nights. I would make her dinner. We would watch The Biggest Loser, while chattering away incessantly about things going on in our lives. Then, schedules changed and we couldn’t make the weekly event. That doesn’t stop us from still hanging out as much as possible and keeping our other traditions.

Way back when, my sister and I both read through the Twilight Saga of books around the same time – her while nursing a bad case of pneumonia. Me while nursing an infant that just would not put down the boob. Around the same time, the Twilight movie came out to theaters. We ventured out for a girls’ night and have repeated our little tradition with each movie release since. The tradition continued this past Saturday evening.

We met up at a movie theater between the two of us, picked up our movie tickets, and then killed time with some food.  The location we went to provides a variety of dining close by. We didn’t have time for one of our favorite sit down restaurants, but didn’t want to go the likes of Chick-Fil-A either.

That put us at another favorite spot of ours – sandwiches at Which Wich.

Which Wich sure does make a mean sandwich. Yum!

I ordered a hummus sandwich on wheat with a slew of toppings – lettuce, tomato, onion, green peppers, black olives, avocado, jalapeno peppers, balsamic, and I’m sure some other things I’m forgetting right now.

We spent our thirty minutes like usual, talking away about her upcoming wedding, about the kids, about our special plans for later this week, our mom’s Multiple Sclerosis, our brother’s upcoming move…anything and everything we could cram into the short time before we would have to quiet down in the theater.

After our meal, we headed on over for the main event. Breaking Dawn Part 2!

After taking our seats, we pulled out our traditional movie goodies.

I don’t know why, but it would feel so wrong to go to a movie with Heather and not share some Hot Tamales. We’ve done it for as long as I can remember! Perfect movie treat to both of us.

Now for the movie. What did we think?

We both always deem the movies relatively cheesy, and aren’t near as into the whole Twilight saga as we used to be, but the excitement for watching the final movie got under our skin. Mainly, we couldn’t wait to see how they would do the ending. If you’ve read the books, then you know what I mean. The book series kind of just ends…with no real closure. I found it extremely frustrating in the books.

The first two thirds of Breaking Dawn Part 2 wasn’t my favorite. In fact, I found it just as ridiculous with the special effects as some aspects of the first movie. My sister and I chuckled to ourselves quite a few times. It also seemed to move very slowly, while also somehow skimming over a lot of the meat of the actual book with the backgrounds to the various new characters. I think if you hadn’t read the book you would feel as though the movie lacked some essential information.

The last thirty minutes or so made it all pretty worth it. I really liked how they managed to keep true to the book, but still make the ending more interesting and provide that sense of closure. At first, I was a little shocked at how things were starting to play out, until it suddenly all made sense. In sum, if you’ve seen the others and/or read the books then I definitely recommend seeing it in theaters. Otherwise…meh. I should so quit my day job and write movie reviews, huh? Ha!

Your Turn: Do you have any traditions like this with a sibling/friend/parent? Have you seen Breaking Dawn Part 2? Thoughts?


1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’ve heard from several people how great that Which Wich place is! I need to check it out! Glad you two gals had a lovely girls’ night!

2 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

You would love it! So many delicious options.

3 Haley @ The Saucy Apple November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hey Tina! Since I have four brothers, growing up, we didn’t really have “traditions” together. Unless you count them terrorizing my Barbie doll collection on a nightly basis a tradition… And now that we’re older, we live in different parts of the country, so it’s hard for us to get together. Your post has me thinking of ways I can have traditions with my brothers now. :)

And no, I can’t watch any of the Twilight movies after the first one. It makes me laugh too hard, and my husband just flat-out refuses to go. :P

4 Kathy November 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My hubby doesn’t do the Twilight Saga either and I only started reading the books after my tweens were into them sooo much. I went to every movie with my oldest (now 15) and even the 13 yr. old watched the movies at home for the build up to Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 in theaters. (She is now reading the books b/c she enjoyed the movies….so maybe its an age perspective thing?)

I enjoyed BD pt.2 …nothing major…until the twist…and so happy it had the twist. ;-)

5 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I had no desire to read them but kept getting pestered by my students (I was teaching before having M) and fellow teachers. I gave in and they sucked. me. in. Funny how such a cheesy book can do that. It’s fun to have the memories with your kids. :)

6 Jess November 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Awwww Jo and I LOVE sister dates with our other sister Jen…and our niece Isabel when she makes a guest appearance during sister dinners now and then. ;-) There is just something so special about time together, just the three of us, no interruptions or distractions, just sister time. LOVE.

7 Glenneth November 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

i bet i know exactly where you were shocked during the movie. could not believe it – but loved the way everything worked out.

hot tamales are my favorite movie candy as well!

8 Lauren November 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Love that you got to spend some quality time with your sister! My sister and I made a date to see the Les Mis movie the day after Christmas and I already can’t wait. Nothing like sister bonding. ;)

9 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I saw the preview for that and got so excited. I must have been living under a rock to not know that they were making a movie version.

10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I keep hearing about this fantastic ending…I’ve seen all the other Twilight’s in theatres, so I’m thinking I should venture out for this one too!

11 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

If I can’t see it with someone who will wreck it with me, I don’t wish to see it. If it’s still in theatres when I go visit Peas and Crayons Jenn, I’ll see it.

12 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Oh I would so love to be there with the two of you watching the movie. I bet your commentary would be quite hilarious.

13 jobo November 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

LOVE sister dates!!! they are truly the best!!! I am so glad you and your sister could do this together. those moments of talking really are the best :) XO!

14 Olivia Hill @ life as liv November 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Which Wich is so good! I’m guessing you saw that movie at Atlantic Station? I swear I’m not creepy, I just know there’s a Which Wich at Atlantic Station and those theaters look similar. Maybe I’m wrong!

I completely agree with your fantastic review of Breaking Dawn (I say quite the day job). ;) The fake baby? Come on. Who would believe that THAT was a baby…no.

I’m sorry to hear your mom has MS. My uncle had MS and I know what a sad, unfair disease that is. I hope she’s handling it well and her symptoms are under control, I’ll keep your whole family in my prayers!

15 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

It is a rough thing to have a family member deal with, but fortunately they can receive so much care to keep things under control. My mom does have regular relapses (almost every 2 months on the dot), but overall she is positive and doing well. They seem to be less severe than before and there weren’t any new lesions in her recent MRI scan, which is wonderful. Thanks for the love, Liv.

16 Yellow Haired Girl November 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Sounds like a fabulous time! I still haven’t seen Part 1 … so Part 2 will have to wait. I need to get to that! Love the movie snack – mine is always Sour Patch Kids :)

17 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama November 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Awww! I wish I had a sister!! Especially one that would see Twilight with me. I’ll most likely have to wait it’s out of video to see. You’ve got me really interested now!

18 Anne Marie @ Rocky Road Running November 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Wait is that really the movie poster? With the little girl!? Holy moly, that’s CREEPY! (clearly I am clueless about Twilight stuff, sorry ;-) My family always goes to the movies on New Years Day – so that’s our little tradition!

19 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Yea. The little girl was pretty creepy in the movie. But still somehow quite cute. I think it’s the intense eyes!

20 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Whenever I’m home from college, my mom and I make a point of hitting up this Korean BBQ restaurant in my town. We ALWAYS order the same thing: dolsot bibimbap. If you ever go to a Korean restaurant, I definitely recommend ordering that–we call it a “bowl of life” because it has so much goodness in it!

21 Tamara November 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I love that you and your sister have regular get togethers! My sisters live too far from me to enjoy their company very often (one in Ontario, the other about an hour’s drive away).
We did get together for a spa weekend about 4 years ago; just before one of them had two babies in 12 months. Haven’t managed to repeat that getaway since!

Maybe I’ll see if she wants to see Breaking Dawn with ME!
P.S. My favourite movie treat? Red licorice twizzlers. I know, sugar, sugar, sugar (but no calories for fat ;) )

22 Irina @ Chocolatea Time November 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Oh my gosh Twilight (the new movie) almost killed me with anxiety! I actually loved how they structured the final half of the movie – my eyes were glued to the screen!

We actually have a family tradition of going to the movies after Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dinners as well :)

23 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Agreed! They did a great job with how they ended it all.

24 Bek @ Crave November 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I did see all of the movies at midnight with my mum, but the last one I saw with my partner a few days after. I thought this movie was the best and absolutely LOVED it to bits!!! I am a Twilight fan though, but like you I really enjoyed the ending!

25 Miz November 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

LOVE the sisterly traditions…I wish mine were closer.


26 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

I have read the books, but I usually wait to see the movie on DVD. My mom hasn’t read the books but she likes the movies more than I do, and on DVD is just easier to fit into our schedules. We have a tradition of a touring type of vacation at least every couple of years.

27 purelytwins November 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

love having sisterly traditions, we usually do races together and have seen all the Twilight series together.
have not seen the last one yet but thanks for the heads up, we are anxious to see it.

28 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige November 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

What a fun sister date! However, Milk Duds is reigns supreme on movie snacks ;) hehe
I haven’t seen the movie yet. I read all the books – and loved – but have only seen the first 2 movies so far.

29 tinareale November 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I had my first Milk Dud (that I can remember anyway) on Halloween night. Peter and my friend, Ben, were raving about them and I had no clue what they were. I felt like Phoebe when she tries taffy when I had it. It was so much chewier than I expected! They were yummy though.

30 Christin November 27, 2012 at 11:54 am

How fun! I probably should have gone to Breaking Dawn Part 2 with my sis instead of my hubby…you hit the nail on the head in your description…I actually read the books so I was wondering how they would end it as well…poor Travis was just lost in the cheesiness since he hadn’t read the books. Lol!

31 [email protected] November 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I love this. I have one sister as well and I always cherish the time we get to spend together, especially because we live so far apart (which has actually brought us closer, hah!). One tradition we always hold onto is making an apple crisp together the day before Christmas. That is coming up soon and it is seriously one of my favorite parts about the holidays. Thanks for sharing this!

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