Monday, June 28, 2010

Eudaimonia Blog Parade

Hosted by Rebecca Jane@Sewing in the Past. Head over to link up!

The Rules:
The summertime is chopped full of fun, right?! Well, to celebrate summertime, I decided to have a mini blog party. All that is required to join is: 

Create a post on your blog with a list of your "top ten things that make you happy."

Try to be original and specific. Pictures are not required, but are always appreciated. The event will last five days and will close on the last day of June. 

Now for my answers....
{Top Ten Things That Make Me Happy}

{1} The Peace of the Lord

{2} Playing "The Maple Leaf Rag" (or anything else loud and crashy - e.i. "He's a Pirate", "Paragon Rag", "Etude in C minor") on the Piano
Steinway Model D.JPG
Wouldn't playing this one be great? :)

{3} Sewing new skirts and outfits!

{4} Writing letters on pretty stationery (and receiving them!)

{5} The Sound of Music :)

{6} Dancing! (any kind: Hebraic, Square, English Line)

{7} Anything Jane Austen :)

{8} Staying up late


{10} Listening to music of all kinds...

Oooh, I LOVE being happy and I could go on and on....join the fun and link up!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Wave - June and a really random post :)

June is nearly over I almost forgot this to do this post! Leia to my rescue, reminded me to write it. Of course, she also had to remind which friend needed to be highlighted (so much for my fantastic memory) *gulp* :)

Turns out, one of my very first blogging friends - Miss Joanna W. - turned sixteen this month, so I just wanted to say something encouraging about her in this post. :) Joanna was my very first commenter on this blog, and her blog (Jo-with-it's Portfolio) was the first one I ever followed (once I'd figured out what following even meant :D). Happy Birthday, Joanna!

But I really do know two people (in person) who turned sixteen this month. For while, I thought I only knew one, until our guests came to stay with us three weeks ago (*wow* that long already!) and I learned that one of their sons has his 16th birthday in June. The other real life friend is a fella we've known *forever* (actually, only 13 years), and who came to Zuzu's Baptism waaaay back in March. So......"Hipy Papy Bthuthdth Thuthda Bthuthdy" to Jesse and David! (funny how their names flow like that :P) 

If you haven't noticed, I really like using the Winnie Pooh version of Happy Birthday, it's much more up-beat than the old traditional way :P

Good own birthday is coming up...sort of. Of course my siblings won't let me forget that I'm only 15 and two-thirds, using their advanced math brains to remind me that I have four whole months to go. *sigh* But I AM closer to sixteen than fifteen, and their advanced math brains can't deny that. :) Hey, I'm just rounding! October 25, as well as being my birthday, is also my blog's birthday! So, should I host a birthday blog party for...myself? Or would that be too arrogant? :) You tell me, I'm plumb wore out. One shouldn't have think on a Sunday....

Speaking of Sunday, today the "head" sign-language interpreter at church said that she'd get me on the schedule for interpreting soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!! Sign-language is something else that I really love, and I'm hoping to get much better at it as time goes on. YEAH!!!! I'm SOOO excited!!!!!! :)

Enough of that. We're going the pool in thirty minutes, and even though I already packed the pool bag, there are a few more things to do and Leia wants computer time. We actually have two pools that we go to: my grandparents pool and our priest's pool (which is where we're going today). Actually, he's not *our* priest, he's mostly retired, but for the brief few weeks that we attended the Episcopal church that's five minutes from us, he preached. So he's definitely more of a family friend than our priest, but we do call him Father Way (as a title of respect).

I don't know why I go off on these little tangents of typing random things. I feel like a nut. I'd better go before this post gets too strange.

Love always,

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Saturday Morning Daybook

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Date... June 26, 2010
Starting time... 11:15am and ready for a rest :)
Outside my window...The sun is hot!
I'm thinking...I wonder if I can finish making my skirt today
I'm currently reading...Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
I'm listening to...Titty and Marie playing with Zuzu in the kitchen
I'm favorite tiered skirt and my Family Week 2010 t-shirt
I'm looking forward to...going out to lunch with my Aunt Li on Wednesday!
I'm hoping...that I'll be able to finish my skirt!!!!
Yesterday, I...finished my last day of school for the year and stayed up till 11:30pm talking to Mama (while Dad and Leia talked in another room)
I'm hungry for...water :)
The song stuck inside my head is...the theme from the Waltons
I love... WATER!!!!
I loathe...sweat :/
This week, my goal drive for at least two hours
Did I meet last week's goal?...YES I DID!!!! HOORAY!!!!!
Ending time...11:18am

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

This post is in answer to the inquiries I've received on what movie we girls watched last night. The movie we watched was 
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
Starring: Dean Jones, Lexi Johnson, Amanda Waters and William Yelton

All of us have read the Mandie series (by Lois Leppard) before and Titty and Leia really really like them. Personally, I've read better, but still I was excited to hear that someone had made a movie out of the first book. Grandma gave Leia the movie for her birthday, and we saved it until our next babysitting night to watch it.

It's really important that the main characters of a movie are good in order for "devoted fans" to enjoy themselves. (I am not a "devoted fan", but that's beside the point) I believe that both the young Mandie and Mandie hit the nail on the head. Yes, a few of their lines sounded "forced", but it wasn't too bad at all.

"Young" Mandie Shaw (with her father):


Polly was pure sugar, and her Southern accent was perfect! She just might be my favorite character in this entire film!
Polly Cornwallis:

Joe could've been a *leetle* better, maybe if he was in the movie a little longer, but overall he was pretty good. I liked how the directors made him more of Mandie's brother than her friend, sometimes that got a little weird in the book. FYI: There is nothing romantic in this movie at all, so don't worry!

Joe Woodard:
I don't like this picture of him, but I can't seem to find another one....maybe this one is a little better...hehe, but not much :P

There were some pretty "major" changes in the story, but nothing any more drastic than the changes in LWW from the book. All that they changed just made the story even more exciting!

Aunt Lou:

Liza *wink*

Etta Shaw and Zachary Hughes:

I loved the underlying "Indian Princess" story...

John Shaw Sr. and Dinah Pindar:

The White Archer (or John Shaw Sr.)


Just to let you know, I am not a big fan of the first Mandie book. It is the start to everything, but I didn't feel like they developed the characters (except for Mandie, Polly and Joe) very much. In the movie however, it seems like the director gave the actors poetic license to make their characters into whatever they wanted to. Hence, we get the absolutely PHENOMENAL....

Gaynelle Snow and Bayne Locke:

and the ever faithful...

Jason Bond:

Soo....if you're looking for a family-friendly movie, this is the one to see! It's not terribly well made, the script is not the greatest ever, but it's still fun, and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure coming out this fall.......

Things to watch out for when watching with younger siblings:
  • The music is really good, and that means that the scary parts are nicely accented. For sensitive folks, turn down the volume :) 
  • They do talk about the Cherokee Trail of Tears, not in detail, but there is a chase scene in flashback that Marie did not like at all. Nobody gets hurt or anything, but it's certainly exciting.
  • Mandie suffers great personal tragedy in the first five minutes of the film, just FYI for the younger crowd as well. There is a very very very little bit of blood....
  • Polly calls Joe "cute" and "adorable" (never to his face) but not in a romantic way, just as fact. It's very quick and passing though, never a topic of convesation (Mandie never responds to her comments), so unless that seriously bothers you, it shouldn't be a problem. Really, believe me, it's nothing.
  • Mandie's complicated family story involves her learning of her grandmother annulling her parents marriage. If you're watching with observant younger children, you might need to be prepared to explain what that means.
For anyone:
  • In the book, Mandie's Christian faith is VERY evident. In the movie, it's almost invisible. She and Aunt Lou have a serious spiritual talk towards the middle of the film, and Mandie releases her anger towards God at the very end, but in between...nil.
That's it! 

It was really a delightful movie, one of those refreshers in the middle of our secular film world. Mom and Dad though it was "okay", but they've never read the books so didn't appreciate it in it's fullness. :)

If you've seen it, let me know what you thought of it! And for those who haven't seen it, watch it and let me know what you think! :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Hello, you've reached the March family...."

I can't stand leaving voice messages. I really can't. I never know what to say, they always up like this: "Hello....this is {name}....wanted to invite you out to the farm for a cook-out on Sunday...the us back at {number}....hope you can" *UGH!* Sometimes I'm tempted just to hang up and keep calling back until someone, anyone, answers. Then there are times when I'm so *nervous* about calling certain people (like adults, businesses and teachers) that I wish their answering machine would pick up...until it does and then I wish they'd answered. 
The worst phone call I ever had was way back in December of 2008. I called this family who we were doing a play with (and I needed to talk to Kari about her part) and their answering machine picked up the call. I was partway through my stumbling, bumbling message when Ethan (Kari's older brother) picked up the phone and said, "Hey" and just about fried any nerves I had left. He didn't mean to frazzle me, but I was TOTALLY not prepared and in the following conversation I nearly forgot what I was going to say. I finally managed to ask for Kari and finish the conversation and then hung up and went to get a glass of water and sit down for a minute *good grief* Nothing against Ethan of course, but being interrupted in the middle of a message by the person you're calling is even WORSE than having to leave one. See, I'm not even putting a smiley face after this story, since it's still not funny to me. 

The reason I'm saying this is because last night, I was able to leave the singlest best voice message ever on Nana's family's home phone and the only thing I forgot to do was give them our phone number to call us back. (thank goodness that wasn't the reason I was calling :P) WOO HOO! A *major* triumph in my point of view :) Maybe their extremely encouraging and cheerful voice recording helped some :P And Nana's probably thinking "Oh, well, if that was her very *best* message ever.....", but hey, I got the point across and NO "UMs"!!! :P (there's a smiley face)

On a *completely* different note....

Today Mom and Dad are going out dAnCiNg so it's babysitting night! Remember this post? Here we go again.... :) We girls actually have a "brand new" movie to see that we've never seen before that we've been saving for tonight. We're going to have a blast!

I hope the rest of y'all's afternoon is a "blast" as well!

P.S. Some very good real-life friends of mine (frequent commenters over here as well) just started their own blog last week called "a time 2 sing" that's really fun :) Highly recommended that you run over and see their frappuccino recipe they put up the other day :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer is HERE!!!!

I have two favorite months of the year, and I have a very hard time deciding which one I like best. Maybe I shouldn't try anymore, and just stick with having two. Those two favorite months are October and June. Yes, two extremely different months, but both so beautiful! October has PERFECT weather, that lovely crisp air and the all those beautiful trees turning red and orange and yellow, not to mention my birthday is the 25th of that wonderful month :) But June is so pretty in full bloom, lovely warm pool weather, vibrant green grass and everything so alive! *sigh* Just writing that convinced me that October was better, until I wrote the June sentence :P

I really have no idea what or why I'm posting...just felt I needed to say something about SUMMER since today is the SUMMER SOLSTICE and the LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR!

Oh, I though I'd just put this down for the books in case I don't get around to doing a full post on it....Last weekend (not this past weekend, but the 12th of June) I got to meet Rachel and Sarah at our state's homeschool conference!!!!! It was a pleasure to meet you, ladies (and Daniel, hehe :D) and I hope it won't be *too* long before we see y'all again!!!!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

Thank you so much for being there for me 24/7, for listening to me when I needed someone to talk to, for giving me advice when I need it, for protecting and shielding me from the world, for being the keeper of my heart -as I am daily reminded by my purity ring-, for being the fun-loving fella who keeps me laughing, for the being the boy-at-heart to give me in the inside scoop on important subjects :D, for being my spiritual guide and mentor - always pointing ahead to my heavenly Father.

Thank you Daddy!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pool Days, Pool Days, dear old golden rule days...

Actually, I think that song goes differently, something more like "School days..." but I'm not in a school mood, I'm in a pool mood! HOO-rah! Yesterday and the day before that we went out to our grandparents pool (it's on their property) and swam around. Here are some pictures from that:

My little goofball

Zuzu didn't like the water at first when I took her in...

...but once Mama got in, she was all right!


Gogo again :)


Zuzu and I (on land :D)

Luke and our big yummy snack!

Zuzu with Grandpa

Jo and Zu again :)

I love swimming! :)


The Saturday Morning Daybook

If you want to join me, CLICK HERE and follow the instructions :)

Date... June 19, 2010
Starting time... 6:36am
Mood...bleary eyes :P
Outside my window...sun's comin' up!
I'm thinking..."Beautiful, glorious, heavenly, marvelous...wonderful, wonderful day!"
I'm currently reading...The Mitford Years by Jan Karon (all the way through!)
I'm listening to...VDT trailer :P
I'm wearing...pajamas and robe again...
I'm looking forward to...My 16th birthday (counting down the days.....all 128 of them :P)
I'm hoping...that I'll be able to finish my SOL today!
Yesterday, I...Went swimming in my grandparents pool, stayed up till nearly 11pm watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with Mom, Dad, Leia, Titty and Marie.
I'm hungry for...Nil.
The song stuck inside my head is..."And he walked all the way Southampton carry all he own....and try to forget...."
I love... Bluegrass music!
I loathe...having sleep in my eyes
This week, my goal is... TO FINISH SCHOOL!
Did I meet last week's goal?...Well, it's been a couple weeks, but yes...I sorta finished my goal..
Ending time... 6:44am

Due to technical complications, the pictures wouldn't upload yesterday. Maybe today...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Movie Quotes Quiz #8 Answers!

Alright, all together now....


Let's jump right in here..


1. "You have to show a movie at a party. It's Hollywood law."

Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain
People who got it right: Marina and Olivia*, Polly*, Marie

2. "[name]! What a disagreeable surprise!"

Mrs. Higgins (to Henry/Prof. Higgins) in My Fair Lady
People who got it right: Rachel*, Samantha, Sarah*

3. "We ain't never hardly ever seen one."

Gideon Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
People who got it right: Katherine Sophia, Marina and Olivia*, Polly*, Carrie*, Marie

4. "Only during thunderstorms, sir."

Maria in The Sound of Music
People who got it right: Gianna*, Rachel*, Marina and Olivia*, Lizzy Bennett*, Samantha, Molly*, Sarah*, Hannah Jane*, Polly*, Carrie*

5. "For heaven's sake, stop that screeching!"
"We're sorry, Papa."
"The fair won't open for seven months, and that's all anybody ever sings about or talks about. I wish they would all meet at the fair and leave me alone."

Mr. Smith, Rose and Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis
People who got it right: Katherine Sophia, Polly*

6. "I'm gonna knock his head clean off!"

Brer Bear in Song of the South
People who got it right: Marie*

7. "There's a question...A certain question I want to discuss with you."
"It's a political question."
"What is it?"
"The question of....marriage."
"Is this a political question?"
"Well, yes. Yes, everything's political. Like everything else, the relationship between a man and a women has a socioeconomic base. Marriage must be founded on mutual beliefs. A common attitude and philosophy towards society..."
"And affection?"
"Well, yes, of course. That is also necessary. Such a relationship can have positive social values. When two people face the world with unity and solidarity..."
"And affection?"
"Yes, that is an important element! At any rate, I....I personally am in favor of such a socioeconomic relationship."
"I are asking me to marry you."
" a theoretical sense..yes. I am."
"I was hoping you were."

Perchik and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof
People who got it right: Rachel*, Marina and Olivia*, Sarah*, Hannah Jane*, Polly*

8. "...I was *going* to say 'Be polite.'...but I agree with you."

John Moore in The Widow's Might
People who got it right: Hannah Jane*, Marie

9. "I always think there's a band, kid."

Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man
People who got it right: Rachel*, Marina and Olivia*, Rebecca*, Samantha, Sarah*, Carrie*, Marie

10. "They have one thing you haven't got: a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in my by the universitartus Committiartum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD."
"That's....Doctor of Thinkology."

The Wizard of Oz in The Wizard of Oz
People who got it right: Quinlyn*, Marina and Olivia*, Queen Lucy*, Molly*, Grace*

11. "The corn is as high as an elephant's eye...."

Curly in Oklahoma!
People who got it right: Gianna*, Rachel*, Marina and Olivia*, Lizzy Bennett*, Samantha, Sarah*, Polly*

12. "Your daughters were shorter than you....then they grew!"

Bert in Mary Poppins
People who got it right: Gianna*, Rachel*, Marina and Olivia, Lizzy Bennett*, Rebecca*, Samantha, Sarah*, Polly*, Marie, Grace*


Quinlyn: 2
Queen Lucy: 2
Katherine Sophia: 3
Rebecca: 4
Molly: 4
Grace: 4
Samantha: 5
Gianna: 6
Carrie: 6
Marie: 6
Lizzy Bennett: 6
Hannah Jane: 6
Sarah: 12
Rachel: 12
Marina and Olivia: 14
Polly: 14


So the winners are.....

Marina and Olivia


Well done girls! Here's an award for you lovely ladies...

And one for everyone else who participated...

Thank you all so much! I wasn't as prepared for this one as I have been for others, but I still had loads of fun!

P.S. I *almost* forgot! (can't believe I did, though) The trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is out! I thought it looked pretty good. Obviously there are some tweaks to the story, but hey, who knows? It could be pretty good!