Tangle or Tussle? (and TWO competitions!)

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For those of us in the Antipodes we’re staring down the barrel of six weeks of summer school holidays with these some other little events called Christmas, New Years Eve and Australia Day thrown in for good measure. The Bureau of Meterology is telling us to be prepared for a wet summer – the first in more than a decade. Oh goody.

If you are anything like me then you have a pathological hatred of highway robbery indoor play centres that presents itself like a life-threatening allergy with symptoms including migraine, filthy mood and neck-itching. So where do we head? The movies of course! We saw the short for Tangled a while ago and added it to the list of must-sees this summer. What? Just because I have four boys doesn’t mean we don’t see movies about princesses.

According to Disney, Tangled is a, ‘3D, action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair who takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit.’

What I see is a revamp of a fairytale in which the gorgeous princess is less hapless and more part ninja. Tick.

(Cue tangent, when we lived in the States we did the compulsory Disneyland trip. The bad? The Big Bad Wolf coming up and bear-hugging me as we just walked through the front gates. The worse? When Tinkerbell flew into the castle at the end of the night and didn’t come back out. Oh how I cried and cried way up there on my Dad’s shoulders.)

To mark the release of Tangled we met up with some friends at the beach to create a bit of our own girl vs boy action. There was a bit of healthy sibling rivalry at play too which, as a parent, is always so refreshing.

Our plans were slightly thrown off-course due to this so the Calendar of Events was curtailed from this:

  1. Deepest Hole
  2. Tallest Sandcastle
  3. Fastest Sprinter

into this:

  1. Deepest Hole

You see, once you ask a group of kids to dig a hole on a beach in competition they will keep at it until THUNDER CLAPS OVERHEAD. Check it out:

The Great Hole Dig of 2010 from Kim at allconsuming on Vimeo.

The Great Hole Dig of 2010, Pt 2 from Kim at allconsuming on Vimeo.

Who were the final victors? Well, it’s very hard to tell:

The junior girls:

The intermediate boys:

The senior girls:

I don’t know, what do you think? I reckon the junior girls have it in terms of creativity and depth, with bonus points for just getting on with the job and not a) stealing digging implements from other teams, b) not throwing sand at other teams and c) not creating sand bombs to throw at other teams.

Competition 1
For your chance to win one of TWO family passes to see Tangled tell me how you would best pit boys against girls, man against woman in your world to see who would come out on top.

Don’t hold back. For me it’d be a spelling competition. I mean, come on – I’ve got one kid w/ special needs, one who can’t spell to save his life and two who don’t even know the alphabet yet. I’D WIN!

Tell me your most conniving cunning plan and I’ll pick my favourite three. Then the Disney crew will choose two of you for some family passes. If you’re the third there’ll be a runner up prize from my pantry because wow, that’s harsh isn’t it.

Competition 2
Nuffnang is also hosting its very own Nuffnang Community Contest. Yes yes, this one has a few more rules and regulations in that you need to be a part of the Nuffnang Community AND an Australian citizen but hey, if that’s you there’s $500 in it for you. Just share your funniest girl vs boy experience to be in it. Click on the link for all the details.

Off to the movies we go!

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December 21st, 2010 at 9:33 am