Monday, November 30, 2009

A Thing Called Inspiration

I was asked yesterday at my grandma's house why I decide to make the costumes that I do. The simple answer is "I just want to." :) The longer answer is "Inspiration." Now you're thinking, one word is longer than a sentence? Yep, shore is!


When I decide to make a costume, the motive behind it can fall into these three categories;
1. I saw it in a movie and really liked it
2. I love the time period
3. I saw the pattern and wanted to make it


I've decided to let y'all walk with me through my next costume, from absolute start (the inspiration part of it) to the very finish (when the last stitch is in place, last decoration added). So, to start, I need to tell you what inspired me to start this next costume.


Just this past summer, I saw this...



...for the first time. 


I've always loved the book, and I was pleasantly surprised at how faithful the movie was to it. My favorite character was this young lady here:



I didn't like how timid she was at the beginning, but once she got over that, she was quite courageous and bold. I liked her outfit too, the green dress. The first time I saw it I wanted to make it.


So.....
On Tuesday Mom and I had a little date in Richmond. We went to the super Jo-Ann Fabrics there, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of choices they had! Our little store doesn't have half as much fabric and craft supplies! 
There were two costumes I really wanted to make, and I wanted to either make one or the other, not both at once. The two costumes were: Susan's dress and another one that I'll post about later when I start it.


I found the fabric for the other costume, but there wasn't enough on the bolt and they had no more in stock, so I decided to make Susan's dress first. I went ahead and got both color fabrics: the dark green dress fabric and the mint green underdress. I'm going to use the same pattern I used for my Buttercup dress.


This is going to be the hardest project I've done so far, since there's no pattern that will work exactly right for it. I'll be modifying the Bcup pattern, adding the lacing in the front, working with an underdress and those sleeve slits. It'll be fun, but difficult. 


It'll be nice to finally be making a dress based a movie character that I look somewhat like :)


Project Susan's Green Archery Dress Starts Tomorrow! Stay tuned for more updates....

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tag from Izori

EDIT: I added in the two missing questions!


Izori tagged anyone who can touch type, and since I can, I'm doing the tag :)


1- Have you been asked out? Several times, all by my dad :)
2 - Where was your default picture taken? You'll have to ask Winona Ryder :)
3 - What's your middle name? A family name, I'm not going to put it up here
4 -
Your current relationship status? Single, stay at home, way too young to get marrie daughter ;P
5 -
What's the first thing you do when you wake up from a nap? Yawn, get out of bed and then go drink a glass of water

6 - What is your current mood? Pretty relaxed, looking forward to making cornbread for supper tonight!
7 - What color shirt are you wearing? Navy blue short sleeve with a purple zip up sweatshirt
8 - Missing something? My friends overseas...
9 -
Current Favorite Quote?
"I don't have time to discuss this in committee!"

"I am not a committee!"
(Han Solo and Leia from The Empire Strikes Back)
10 - If you could go back in time and change something what would be? I would erase some silly stuff I did in third grade that I can't seem to forget
11 -
If you must be an animal for one day, what would you be? Who said I had to be an animal!?!?!
12 -
Ever had a near death experience? Not that I know of, praise God!

13 - Something you do a lot? Play piano
14 -
The song stuck in your head? Holly Jolly Christmas (the Christmas music all day long station is up and running here again!)
15 -
Least favorite household chore? Cleaning bathrooms
16 -
Name someone with the same birthday as you: Pablo Picasso
17 -
When was the last time you cried? Oh, I don't know. Last week?
18-
Have you ever sung in front of a large audience? Yup, and I loved it!
19 -
If you could have one super power what would it be? The ability to be anywhere in the world that I wanted to be
20 -
What's the first thing you notice about the opposite gender? How they dress and carry themselves. I like confident individuals who know what they're doing. Slouchers, blech :)
21 -
What do you usually order from Starbucks? Hot chocolate. I don't drink coffee
22 -
What's your biggest secret? Like I'd tell you... :P
23-
What's your favorite color? Navy blue, but I like the colors brown and pink when they're together
24 -
Do you still watch kiddie shows or TV shows? Yeah, I like Pooh Bear :)
25 -
What's on your walls? Not much, because my sisters are very neat and orderly people and don't want our room cluttered up. If I could choose what to have on the walls, I'd have piano awards, pictures, posters, drawings from little friends of mine and county fair ribbons up, and probably my bulls-eye targets too :)
26 -
What are you? Um...just might be a human girl. You never really know...
27 -
Do you speak any other language? Sign Language and Spanish
28 -
What's your favorite smell? Not sure, I have a lot of favorite smells
29 -
Describe your life in one word! Terrific
30 -
Have you ever kissed in the rain? Nope.
31 -
What are you thinking about right now? This is a very interesting tag....
32 -
What should you be doing? making cornbread :)
33 -
Who was the last person that made you upset/angry? Surprisingly nobody today, and I don't remember the problems from yesterday
34 -
How often do you talk to God? Quite a few times a day
35 -
Do you like working in the yard? Yup!
36 -
If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want? Why not mine? I like it.
37 -
What is your natural hair color? Dark brown
38 -
Do you have many friends? A few really close friends and lots of acquaintances
39 -
Who is your role-model? There are many people I look up to for different things, there's no one exact person who is my all around role-model

40 - Do you like your life? Love it, love it, love it, love it!!!!


I tag anyone who likes broccoli*!


*p.s. that's a hint for a post coming up later this week...

Three Awards and a Tag


Thanks Milisande! Anne Elliott is my favorite Jane Austen character :)
I award this to any Jane Austen fan





From Eldarwen, awarded to any one who likes dressing up. I think that's a pretty good idea, so...
I award this to any fellow costume/dress-up lover





From Eldarwen
I award this to all my girl followers, y'all are true princesses!


KK, I'm working on the award you gave me, it'll be up soon :)




Now for the tag from Eldarwen:


Why do you have a blog? To post my sewing projects!
Do you have more close online friends or offline? Definitely more offline, but I've met some wonderful girls online too!
Do you correspond? Of course!
Who was your first pen pal? A MK in Romania. We still write!
Do you have a best friend? Yes, but for fear of offending, I will refrain from mentioning a name :)
Do you play April Fools Day pranks? Nope.
Have you watched a movie and then regretted it? Not really. Dad is pretty good about showing us movies that won't bother or scare us.
Do you generally prefer books or their movie adaptions? Well, I love books 'cause I can read my favorite parts over and over again, but I like adaptions too because I'm more a media oriented person....
How many siblings do you have? Seven: four sisters and three brothers
Do you want more? I would love to have more siblings! An older brother would be nice...:P
Do you have any married siblings? nope
What is your favorite branch of the military? Navy, hands down!
What do you hate most in books/movies? Unnecessary kissing
If you had to name just one book (other than the Bible) to call your favorite, what would it be? Little Women!
What book/series/movie have you been the most wrapped up in? *smiles sheepishly* Star Wars :) 
What music are you listening to right now... at this very moment? Three Little Birds sung by Keith Frank. 


That was a very fun tag! I tag all my followers!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Things I'm Thankful For

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Tomorrow we'll go into town to celebrate with Dad's family and a really big supper! Yesterday, Mom and I were driving home from Richmond (more about that later) and listening to Sean Hannity on the radio. These are hard times for conservatives in America, and sometimes politics can get frustrating and even scary. Hannity said something sort of like this, "Even though politics can get so crazy and disturbing and looks like America is going to the dogs, we aren't there yet! We need to stop and remember how much we have to be thankful for..." and he went through a couple things about America that we still have to be thankful for. And I think even in our busy lives, we overlook how much we really have to glad about. There are sooooo many things to thank God for! I could go on and on for days! Since I don't have days and days to sit here and type, I'm only going to list some top things to be thankful for. (I'm not sure how many yet, we'll see how long I can go!)

#1: I'm thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ! Without Him, life has no meaning, no substance. Fie on those who believe we were created by random chance! I was created by a loving Creator who designed every part of me to work exactly the way He wants. Isn't that amazing?!?! God made you perfectly, IN HIS IMAGE!!! What a thing to be thankful for!

#2: I'm Thankful for my Family:

These are my best friends! Of course, we have our moments, but overall, I enjoy every member of my family so much! Love y'all!

#3: I'm Thankful for my Extended Family:
My dad's family all live near us, so I see my aunts, uncles and four (actually, make that 5) cousins pretty frequently...well...not as frequently as I would like :( My oldest cousin got married this past May to some Massachusetts fella and so she moved away, but now her husband works in D.C., so they're closer again. We'll be seeing them sometime in December. And, hey Mr. FTR, if you're reading this, don't forget that I've challenged you to a pool game, so sharpen up and be ready by the brunch! :P


My cousin and I right before her wedding last May


My mom's family lives mostly in South Carolina, but her sister and family live in Maryland. They have five children, all much younger than me.
I love all my cousins, aunts and uncles! I wish I could spend more time with them! One of my very best friends (besides siblings) is the cousin closest to my age, and we've had so much fun together over the past few years.

#4: I'm Thankful for my Grandparents
Had to devote a whole point for them. Grandma and Grandpa, I love you! Thanks for letting come and play in the game room whenever we want. It's been great having y'all in town! (even though we moved away :P)

Annie, I love you too! Your gift to me on my birthday enabled me to purchase fabric to start my next costume! I can't wait to see you for Christmas!

And now a special word about my dear Bubbie who has gone on before us: He was so kind and generous to us, buying us doughnuts whenever he came to visit, and letting us "help" him walk Friend. We miss him so much! Up till the end, he sang his hymns, one of the only things he really could do. His hymn CD skipped, but that didn't matter, he knew all the songs on it anyway. One of his favorites has become mine too: "The Old Rugged Cross." Just writing this little paragraph brings tears to my eyes. June 2010 will mark 5 years since Bubbie passed away.

#5: I'm Thankful for this wonderful new house we live in!

#6: I'm Thankful for all my dear "real life" friends, who have stood by me for so many years. We've had so much fun, whether it's running over the German countryside, swimming at the pool, playing "The New Game" (or "The Lizard Game", what did we decide to call it??) in the backyard, celebrating Passover together, dancing the Virginia Reel or the Horah, or just talking (despite entreaties from younger siblings just to stop talking and play!!!). You are so encouraging to me! I'm very thankful for all of you! And my piano teacher belongs in this category too. She is the best!

#7: I'm Thankful for my Bloggy Friends! Y'all are the bestest! I have 15 followers and I've only been here exactly a month! Lucie, Joanna, Nana, KK, Nahla, Eldarwen, Lizzy, Livi, Elise, and all the rest of ya, I'm very thankful for your encouraging comments and for your friendship.

#8: You know, I just remembered how thankful I am for food. Haha, kind of important. :) You might not think to be thankful for your food, but think about it: God created soooo many different types of natural things for us to eat. We can get all of our vitamins, fiber, sugar, everything from things that were created for us by God.

#9: I'm thankful to be an American, and I'm thankful for all the brave men and women who risk their lives each and everyday to keep our country free. There's a couple at our church whose son went off to Iraq a few years ago and gave up his life for his country. It was very sad and made me even more grateful for the people in our armed forces.

#10: Last but not least, I'm thankful for music and movies *smiles sheepishly*. I know it sounds a little weird, but I really am grateful for them. There are good and bad things about both, but music can be a wonderful worship tool, and film can show us things better than words sometimes.

There are sooooooooo many more things I could write about, but for lack of time and space, I'll close.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Jo~

P.S. What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Movie Review: Apollo 13

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         I thought I'd do a movie review today, and I chose Apollo 13, a very inspirational film about a real life event. 

The film follows astronaut Jim Lovell, and his personal wish to go to the moon. When his chance finally comes, he gets a little more excitement in space than he anticipated.
Apollo 13 is quite a stimulating movie, even if you've seen it a million times. It always has me choked up at the end, and tense throughout the whole time in space.
There are a lot of good aspects in this movie: determination (NASA base), optimism (Lovell family and friends), and gives you a healthy respect for the strong spirit of men like Gene Kranz. There's also that creative side of the problem, when the fellas at NASA have "to make this filter here fit into this thing here, with this stuff here!" There's also some humor, and the story is very fast-paced and nothing boring AT ALL in it!!!
What tickled me pink to learn after I watched the movie was that it was directed by Ron Howard, known to me forever as "Winthrop Paroo", but probably known to more people as "Opie Taylor". Of course he was grown up when he directed Apollo 13.... :)
This is a really a great family film (if you like space and that kinda thing). However, there are a few things to watch out for in this film:
  • Jim Lovell's daughter Barbara is not the most pleasant spoken person, and acts like your average American teen. 
  • Watch out for scenes with Jack Swigert on earth, he's not the most...um...let's say not the most pure person in the world when it comes to relationships....
  • Gene Kranz (NASA flight director)'s conversation, as well as that of the other employees, is sparsely speckled with d**ns and they take the Lord's name in vain sometimes.
  • Just go ahead and skip the first scene of the movie (the party at the Lovells' house and afterwards), you don't really need to watch it. If you've already seen it, you know what I mean. All you need to know is that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon safe and sound, and that Lovell really really wants to go to the moon, and that he has already flown around it once.
  • One last thing: there's a dream sequence that is a little disturbing. Be sure to assure your younger siblings that NOTHING LIKE THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED EVER!!!!

That pretty much covers everything...if you've seen this film before please let me know what you thought of it, and if my review was fair enough.... :)

Jo's Rating:

Strength of Characters: *****
Strength of Plot: *****

Overall Rating:*****


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookey (which he never meant to publish on any account) by Charles Dickens
This book chronicles the life of Davy Copperfield, a young man living in England. It is written as a memoir, starting with Davy's earliest memories of life, plus what relatives told him. It follows him through his hard experiences with a stepfather and at school, and shows how through honesty and hard work, David made a name for himself in the business world. The story includes a wide variety of wonderful characters, such as the sweet but ill-fated Little Em'ly, faithful servant Peggotty, double-sided Steerforth, cross but lovable Aunt Betsey Trotwood, "child-wife" Dora, "sister" Agnes, eccentric Mr. Micawber, and the very 'umble Uriah Heep. It's a pretty long book, and moves slowly in some places, but nonetheless has become one of my favorites.

Davy has a strong mind, and even through his rocky childhood, he managed to stay optimistic. Because of his early maturity, the Micawber family confides their financial troubles to him, and even allow him to give them advice. His friendship with them benefited him by providing him a place to stay while in school, and later benefited them when they were in trouble. David was able to help Mr. Micawber earn his way out of debtors prison and start over.

I think the best friendship made in the book is between David and his employer's daughter Agnes. As the two grow up, they grow so close that they call each other "brother" and "sister". Agnes's steady spirit helps David through some of the hardest trials of his life, and in turn he supports her.

This book has so many different examples of all different types of human relationships. It covers nearly every corner of life. Dickens is truly a remarkable author to be able to incorporate such a variety of characters into one, smooth flowing story. David Copperfield is, in my opinion, one Dickens' best works.


Because of some more grown-up subjects, I recommend that no one younger than 12 should read it. Also, the language is old, so you might have to re-read some paragraphs to completely understand what they mean :)

Jo's Rating:

Strength of Characters: ****
Strength of Plot: ***

Overall Rating:****

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Fantasy Costume Award

From KK! Thanks so much!

To recieve this award, you must:
1. post a picture of yourself (or whomever the costume was made for) in the costume.
2. tell what book/movie inspired the costume and what character wore it and
3. award at least 2 others (with these requirements)

Here goes...
1. Picture of myself in the costume:



2. Well, I've always really, really liked the movie "The Princess Bride", it's probably one of my favorite movies of all time (besides It's a Wonderful Life, Star Wars V and Amazing Grace :P) because it makes me laugh and cry at the same time (that goes for all of those other favorites too). Even though our family believes in saving your first kiss for marriage, etc. I was touched by the purity of Buttercup and Westley's relationship, and since her dresses were so modest, I decided I wanted to make one. I originally was going to do either her one-time-seen pink or blue princess dress (I might still, in the future) but decided on her farm dress, since she's wearing it in one of my favorite scenes of the film. I also really like the implied spirit of work in Buttercup, and the idea that she and Westley "met" working :) And she was working in a dress, and that says a lot too! :)

3. I award Joanna (again!) and.......KK! (hehe, since you made it, you haven't received it yet, and your Susan dress is beautiful!)



A Rather Long Post

Well, after taking a little blogging break (haha, one day :P) I came back to find I'd been tagged once and awarded twice, so rather than procrastinate and forget all that, I'm going to sit down and do them. Tag first, then the first award. I'm saving KK's award for later this afternoon or tomorrow, since I'll have to think about that one longer :)

Okey dokey, Tag from Eldarwen:

Sense and Sensibility vs. Pride and Prejudice? Sense and Sensibility

Elinore Dashwood vs. Elizabeth Bennet? Elizabeth Bennet

Marianne Dashwood vs. Jane Bennet? Marianne!

The Lord of the Rings vs. Narnia? Narnia

Aragorn vs Peter? Aragorn, definitely. I like a lot better than Peter

Susan vs Arwen? I like both, Arwen for her purity and Susan for her courage.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers vs The Sound of Music? Man! This tag should be called the "impossible questions" tag! But, honestly, I like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers better.

Enchanted vs Narnia? I've seen Enchanted with no audio (on the plane to Germany) and even without the audio I couldn't stand it. Narnia!

Caspian vs Robert? Caspian! (from the books. They messed up the movie)

Giselle vs Lucy? Lucy! See the note on Enchanted above for why I'm not choosing Giselle :)

Pirates of the Caribbean vs The Lord of the Rings? Never seen Pirates, but I love to play the song "He's a Pirate" on the piano. Also never seen LOTR, but I've read the books and they're good, so I choose LOTR.

Will Turner vs Legolas? Never seen either in a film (see the above question)

Elizabeth Swann vs Eowyn? I HAVEN'T SEEN PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN! So Eowyn. ;)

North and South vs Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Thornton vs Mr. Darcy? Mr. Darcy

Margaret Hale vs Elizabeth Bennet? Elizabeth Bennet

Narnia vs Pirates of the Caribbean? Alrighty, is this a Pirates tag or what? Narnia! :)

Jack Sparrow vs Edmund? *sigh* Edmund.

Elizabeth Bennet vs Lucy? Like both equally, though I can relate to Elizabeth more.

Emma vs Persuasion? Persuasion

I tag: Anyone who's seen Pirates of the Caribbean, since it's not really a practical tag for those who haven't :) (but I still had fun)

Now, a lovely award from Milisande:



Thanks so much, Milisande! I only "met" you a little while ago and have been blessed by your comments here and on Sisters of Pemberly! God bless you!

Rules for Accepting the Award:
1. Do a post about the person who awarded you, and their blog.
2. Give the award to four or five of your favorite blogging friends, tell about them and their blog, and leave a comment on their blog.
3. Answer the ten random questions

Now I award:
Nana:
First saw you on Lucie's blog awhile ago, and was so happy when By the Way went public so I could follow it! Now thanks a million for following mine, and being such a good friend. And hey, y'all only live two and a half hours from us, so we're neighbors too :P

KK:
Thanks so much for being a faithful follower and commenter since I've started this blog. And thanks for tagging me and awarding me. I really appreciate it :)

JoannaLucie:
My very first "bloggy friends"! I've been reading your blogs for about a year, and your lovely Christian attitude and approach to life made me want to start my own blog. Love you ladies!

Now for the random questions:
1. Have you ever ridden an elephant?
No

2. Have you ever eaten squid?
No

3. What is something crazy you have done with your best friend?
Oh boy, well, last March my mom, Leia, Titty and I went to visit her and her family in Germany for a week, and we had a big sleepover one night and stayed up waaaaay too late and did a really ridiculous interview of each other (exaggerating our Southern accents :P) and just had a blast. Actually, we pretty much go nuts whenever we're with them. Pictures and video to prove it :P

4. Have you ever held and alligator?
Nope.

5. Have you ever let a snake slither through your fingers?
Yup, it was cool!

6. What is your first and foremost dream?
To be a faithful and loving helpmeet to my husband (if the Lord seeing fit to give me one) and a mother to many children (again if the Lord wills!). After that, everything else is optional.

7. What is your dream vacation?
A tour Europe with the aforementioned friends!!!!

8. What are your goals for this week?
To finish Inigo's costume, sew the applique onto Marie's skirt, and manage to write in my journal more than once!!

9. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?
I've seen a lot of funny movies, but the film that makes me laugh no matter how many hundreds of times I've seen it (I've been watching it for about 14 years) is The Aristocats!

10. What is your favorite song?
Currently Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis. It changes almost daily :)

Now I need to start working on KK's award.....


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Next Project

Hey there!
I just did some blog "remodeling", so that's why all my sidebars got rearranged. I'm now a three-column blogger (for instructions, click here) and I have that little "pages" thingy under my header (instructions here). I was able to keep my same background because the site had an identical three column template. Yeah! EDIT: Just went back to two columns, I like that better. :)

Okay. The past few days I've swung into sew-like-crazy mode, trying to get my next project done by Thanksgiving. I've had the fabric since I was twelve, and the pattern about the same time. Actually, it was Mom's pattern, since I wasn't a ladies size then :)

View D (yellow dress) of this pattern:



This is my fabric:


And this is what I've done so far:









A tip for all those young ladies who are striving to be modest and make period costumes:
You will probably need to take the shoulders in on this pattern, no matter what size you are. On the shoulder seam, before you attach the sleeves, and on the interfacting pieces, instead of doing a 5/8 of an inch seam, do more like 2 inches, or however much works for you. Be sure to try it on :)

~Jo~

P.S. I found an old light-canvasy tarp in our scrap fabric box, and the perfect amount of fabric making Inigo his Luke Skywalker suit from this pattern (top view):
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I'm also halfway done with Marie's poodle skirt, pictures to come soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ABC's of Me!


Tagged by KittiKat again!


A - Age: 15

B - Bed size: twin

C - Chore you hate: emptying the sink drainer
D - Dog's name: Actually, I have two dogs: Elsie and Caspian

E - Essential start your day item: a glass of water

F - Favorite color: navy blue probably, maybe magenta
G - Gold or Silver: Silver

H - Height: 5' 4"

I - I am: pretty outgoing, love to talk, like a lot of strange things
J - Job: full time big sister, costume creater


K - Kids: Sorry, not quite there yet :P

L - Living arrangements: Sharing a room with my four sisters in our wonderful new old-style farm house :P 
M - Mom's name: Hmmm...I wonder if she wants it up here. Well, can't hurt really :) Her name's Alicia.



N - Nicknames: Zillions, but most have to do with my real name. Those that don't are: Princess Lunch, LizaJane, Jo

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Praise the Lord, nothing!!!!
P - Pet Peeve: people playing their piano pieces purposely wrong, whining
Q - Quote from a movie: "Sorry about the mess." Han Solo in Star Wars IV
R - Right or left handed: Right handed all the way!
S - Siblings: Leia, Titty, Marie, Chewbacca, Luke S., Inigo and Zuzu (busted there, won't tell you their real names :P)
T - Time you wake up: 5:30am in theory, but it's more like 5:45 or 6.
U - Underwear: Excuse me? Do I have to answer this?
V - Vegetable you dislike: Only broccoli, and not even that really....
W - Ways you run late: taking forever to get ready :)
X - X-rays you've had: None.....
Y - Yummy food you make: Hamanstachen
Z - Zoo favorite: HOWLER MONKEYS!!!!!!!

That was really fun, I tag whoever wants to do it! But, in case some people are feeling lazy and maybe don't want to take the time, to make sure this continues to go around, I'll assign it to Eldarwen and Lizzy :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm a Sister of Brothers!


Not everyone can say that, and that is God's will, you're either one or the other :) I am thankful that I have brothers, not just one, but three!



These wild little fellas are so much fun! Of course, there are times when they can get annoying or a little too silly, but it's so fun as they get older to be able to play games with them! Chewy and Luke can catch and throw footballs amazingly well, and that makes monkey-in-the-middle-with-the-football (us kiddos favorite game) so much more exciting and now we can play with six instead of four!

'Nigo is just a bundle of trouble, but I love him to death! This is his classic face, and what he will make for the camera when we say "smile":

Gotta love it!

These are my brothers, my buddies. I wouldn't trade them for anything!



P.S. I love my sisters too, but I'm saving them for another post :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Awarded again!

Boy, two awards in one week, I feel special :) 


This one is from KK over at KittiKatKorner. Thanks KK!






Now I have to write six things about myself that you don't already know. That shouldn't be too hard, considering that I've only been on here a few weeks and haven't posted *that* much :P


1. I like to watch movies. My standard for film is very high and all the movies I like I watch over and over again.
2. My favorite book (other than the Bible) is Little Women. That is one grrrrreat book! (Actually, you probably knew that already)
3. I went to Germany and France when I was 13, and I hope to go again soon!
4. I listen to a lot of music! All genres (except the really modern stuff) and all different singers. The Beatles, Randy Travis, The VonTrapp children, movie soundtracks, you name it!
5. I could play piano ALL DAY LONG!!! I love that instrument. I take lessons, but I've also picked out songs on my own(like the Narnia theme, The Princess Bride theme, Winnie-the-Pooh -that was for Inigo-, and a few others) and they sound pretty nice, if I may say so myself.
6. I used to take gymnastics when I was younger, but I couldn't do a split for a million bucks now!


Now, I award this to Nana, Nahla, and Lizzy


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dress Pictures!!!!!!!!!

Dress with no cape
(I personally don't like this picture of me, but it's for the dress right?)


With cape (and Caspian, who seemed determined to stay!)




Now you can compare reasonably with this dress:


 Or watch the film again to see if they look similar. The cape really is in the movie, in very beginning scene when Buttercup rides up on her horse.

Next outfit is.....well, I'll leave that for another post sometime soon. :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Google Logos

Google cracks me up sometimes! Those of y'all with Gmail know that every time there is an important holiday, birthday, event, etc. Google will change their logo for it. I've taken to saving each different logo off on to my computer, and here are some of my favorites from the past year and a half (they aren't in order):

November 5, 2009: 40th anniversary of Sesame Street*




March 2, 2009: Dr. Seuss's Birthday



Earth Day 2009



Election Day 2008



Father's Day 2009



4th of July 2009



4th of July 2008



July 20, 2009: Anniversary of the Moon Landing



November 10, 2009: Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary



Doodle4Google Logo Contest Winner 2009



June 6, 2008: Velasquez's Birthday



*EDIT: KK told me it's Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary

Quiz Answers!

1. "Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them!"
Marie from The Aristocats
People who got it right: Nahla

2. "I don't know who you are, but from now on, you'll do as I tell you, okay?"
Princess Leia from Star Wars IV: A New Hope
People who got it right: Nana

3. "Man Friday!"
Titty Walker from Swallows and Amazons
People who got it right:

4. "I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?"
Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride
People who got it right: Nana, Nahla

5. "Because I'm a lady, that's why!"
Marie from The Aristocats
People who got it right: Nahla

6. "Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel's got his wings!'"
Zuzu Bailey from It's A Wonderful Life
People who got it right: Nana

7. "Alright, your Worshipfulness."
Han Solo (talking to Leia) from Star Wars (he probably says it all three episodes, so the individual movie doesn't matter :P)
People who got it right: Nana, Nahla

8. "We should call it 'Rio', from the song 'Away to Rio.'"
Titty Walker from Swallows and Amazons
People who got it right:

9. "Maybe he has a secret, a tragic European secret!"
Jo March from Little Women (1995)
People who got it right: Nana

10. "Paste it, Daddy."
Zuzu Bailey from It's A Wonderful Life
People who got it right: Nana

11. "Well it looks like I'm going no where!"
Luke Skywalker from Star Wars IV: A New Hope
People who got it right: Nana

12. "I suggest a new strategy R2: let the Wookie win."
C-3PO (in reference to Chewbacca) from Star Wars IV: A New Hope
People who got it right: Nahla, Nana


Looks like Nana won! Thanks both of y'all for participating :)

Award for you Nana:


That was fun, maybe I'll do one once a month with different quotes from movies and/or books! What do ya think?