Sunday, August 23, 2015

Movies for Families and Date Nights

Looking for something to watch tonight?  Here are some great family and adult options.  Some are classics and some are newer gems.  Have a fun movie night!

Over a year ago we started a family dinner night with my parents and our older daughter coming over to eat, fellowship and watch a good movie.  These are some of our favorites that everyone enjoyed.

 Before watching movies I use to give me age recommendations from parents and kids.  

Family Movies

My Big, Fat Greek Wedding - Hilarious romance that we all loved!

Julie and Julia - PG -13 A wonderful movie about Julia Childs and a young woman who decides to cook a Julia Child recipe every day for a year and blog about it.  This is a true story.

Moonstruck - Nicolas Cage and Cher as you have never seen them before.  When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's Amore!

Leapyear - A lovely, funny romance that takes place in Ireland.  Beautiful views of the country and a love story that makes one smile.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - This follows the first movie which is about a group of retirees who decide to take a risk and move to India (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) for their later years instead of a retirement home in England.  They find that new beginnings can take place at any age.  

The Hundred Food Journey - An Indian family must leave their home and they open an Indian restaurant across the street from an elegant and refined french restaurant.  Beautiful sights, sounds, scenery and I love watching all food movies.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - I loved this movie and could easily watch it again and again.  Great story, adventurous and picturesque  fun from beginning to end. Beautifully done.

Still Mine - When his wife develops alzheimer a husband works harder to make life easier and safer for her while having to fight the government for the right to build on his own property.  This is a true story and a very special one.

Baby Boom - Diane Keaton stars in this film from the 80's of a businesswoman who has been willed a baby by her distant relatives after their death.  Funny and heartwarming.

Jumanji - Robin Williams stars in this fun adventure of a game that has real consequences that bring all kinds of animals from the jungle of Jumangi.

Twins - Arnold Schwarzannegar and Danny Devito are twins looking to fit in.

The Penguins of Madagascar - I don't care that this is a cartoon it is hilarious!

Night at the Museum: The Secret Tomb - Another witty adventure with our museum characters.

How to Marry a Millionaire - Marilyn Monroe and her friends want to marry a millionaire, or do they?  Is love enough?

Regarding Henry - Harrison Fords starts as a distant father and husband more intent on work that his family until a horrible accident then his personality changes as he has to relearn everything about life, including who he is and what he stood for and what he wants now.  

Sabrina - Harrison Ford plays the older brother to a playboy and falls for Sabrina.

Adult Movies you may like:

Chef - A great story of family.  R for language.

Windtalkers - A story of two marines and their regiment who were assigned to guard two Navajo code talkers (actually assigned to guard the code) during WWII.  R for extreme violence.

The Butler - An epic movie that follows a young man from a southern plantation to a butler at the White House. His relationship with his family and his story over the years from Nixon to Kennedy to the Civil Rights Movement and to the present.  

Take Me Home - A woman needs a cab ride home, from New York to California.  An unexpectedly enjoyable movie.

Chocolat - A mysterious and lovely woman and her child  arrive in a  french town and open a chocolate shop.  Their arrival and their hearts change others for the better.

American Sniper - The true story of U.S. Nave Seal Chris Kyle.

Jaws - this is the 40th anniversary of Jaws and the movie doesn't get old.  We did watch this with our 12 year old after we read the book over the summer.  I have to say - I read the book to David and Victoria on our trip and edited language and a very detailed affair.  Glad I didn't just give her the book to read.

These movies come from a variety of places - Netflix, Redbox, movie theatre and the library.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Craft Room Redo

Last week we got started on decorating Kate's old bedroom into a craft/reading room that we can enjoy.  We drove to IKEA for some chairs (Agen) a lamp and a table(Limmon).  

Victoria and I painted a dresser and a table to go with the room and now all we need is to hang pictures and curtains.  

New chairs, pillows, lamp and blinds.  The table and dresser have been given a facelift.

I love the white front, yellow knobs and blue top for the dresser.  I also painted an old wooden crate for the albums .
Our newest purchase was the record player and we love it!

This is our craft/art table with the curtains that need to be cut and hemmed in the corner

Another view of the crate and dresser.  

The old room, rather messy with 3 white walls and one red accent wall.

This is a pretty blue pint color named Tranquility.  I hope it helps us to create and not nap!

Our helper.

My big helper!! She loves decorating, painting and putting things together.

This is the room with some of the furniture.  We have since moved the furniture around and added a few pieces.

We love these curtains.  Unfortunately, they were on clearance and had 4 but not the same size. I have purchased them and now need someone to help me cut and hem them to size.

Can't wait to use this space.  Victoria is using it already for reading, listening to music, making things and dancing!
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beauty in Our Midst

This song is ringing in my head as our garden unfolds and new growth
comes from the ground, life from an empty shell, emerging into the most wondrous
and beautiful things, to look at, to eat, and to truly enjoy.
  1. Beautiful Things
    Song by Gungor
  2. All this pain
    I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
    I wonder if my life could really change at all
    All this earth
    Could all that is lost ever be found
    Could a garden come up from this ground at all
    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of the dust
    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of us
    All around
    Hope is springing up from this old ground
    Out of chaos life is being found in You
    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of the dust
    You make beautiful things
    You make beautiful things out of us

Life is full of beautiful things even in the midst of our busyness, plans and the scorching heat of summer.  

 Pool days, fun with family and friends, summer salad series, gardens full of color and life, crafts and organizing before the start of school and a different busyness ensues. 

 Through it all God is in the midst, making beautiful things. 
Only a few muscadines this year, we hope second year growth will encourage more fruit.

Our garden is in a new stage, the corn has come and gone as have the green beans. 

A second green bean crop sprouting

Blackberries climbing this trellis.  I might as well make a home for them somewhere

Uprooted to make room for new crops to grow, the soil enriched with nutrients.

Seedlings encouraged quickly by our rainstorms.  

Malabar spinach climbing this new trellis

  Color abounds everywhere and we look forward to full grown trees years from now ready for harvest

Oregano, thyme, marigolds, sage and a small olive tree in the center.


A dwarf Pomegranate tree with beautiful bright red blooms from which we look forward to lovely,  round, sweet fruit. 

We have eaten 3 watermelons so far, I harvested one today ( a bit early but still good)  and we can't wait to try more.  The rains of late help the watermelons to grow larger, faster and without dry spells they don't split but get sweeter as the days go by.

Everything in bloom makes me smile, a riot of color, a patchwork of God's plants, His colors and His beauty.  How amazing!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day Ideas - 2015

Every year our family has it rather easy for Father's Day as it always falls 
on the same day as the U.S. Open. 

Photo from the U.S. Open official site

 My father and David love to have the afternoon to themselves, order whatever food they want and watch golf for the entire afternoon and into the evening.  
They also enjoy having some cold drinks to enjoy with the game. 

Note:   We, of course, spend the afternoon going out to lunch, a movie and some girl time.

If your guy is not into golf, an experience normally trumps a gift:  a Jurassic World movie day, a dinner at his favorite restaurant, take him to a place he loves and enjoy the day with dad.  

Coming up with a thoughtful Father's Day gift is nice and appreciated but the DIY gifts never seem to get a lot of use.  Our favorite gifts are:

Beers Around the World  - A 12-pack of beers from around the world to enjoy during the game.  They can purchased at World Market or European Street.  

If dad is not a drinker - then root beer would be a great choice!

Wine Glasses - Once again World Market has great choices for the discerning taste.

Food - Crackers, sausages, cheese and chips - without any remarks about carbs, salt, fat, etc.  
You can go simple here or order a nice gift basket - Hickory Farms would be great choice that would be highly appreciated ( unless your guy is a vegetarian or very healthy eater)

We love these mouse pads!

 Photo Memorabilia - Anyone these days can make a memorable gift through Shutterfly,(40% off coupon with code: 40TOSHARE good until June 23), Snapfish, ( 50% off with code: Summer15 good until June 21), or even your local Walgreens or CVS
 (personally, I love Walgreens as I can pick up my item that day and not incur any shipping fees.)

 I have to admit with Instagram, facebook and other great websites you can make a truly memorable gift for someone in your life.  A card, mug, mousepad even an annual calendar with family member's special days and pictures of those you love or special places you have visited.

Hope you have a wonderful Father's Day and that you and your family are truly blessed!

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