My Very Own

November 30, 2006 Categories: Movies | 5 Comments  

I put the copy Sarah won in the mail on Monday. And guess what I got from the lovely FedEx man yesterday? My very own copy to read and review. Special Ops Media contacted me to let me know they were receiving more copies than they anticipated and would be sending me one to keep and review. Woo hoo! So all of you who were concerned with the fact that I haven’t seen this yet – I will be fixing that very soon.

Oh, and I forgot to mention before that both the copy that Sarah won and the copy I will be reviewing is the new 10th Anniversary Special Edition. It includes one whole extra disc of special features, including: a Jane Austen Biography episode and an exclusive new retrospective documentary about the making of the series. There is also a 120 page deluxe companion book called The Making Of Pride and Prejudice with photos, illustrations, and interviews with cast and crew. So cool!

Noah’s Reading for November 2006

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Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends Children’s Bible
Go West, Young Ash (A Pokemon Chapter Book) by Tracey West
Bellossom’s Big Battle (A Pokemon Junior Chapter Book) by S. E. Heller

Read Alouds for November 2006

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Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: A Complete Narration from Genesis to Revelation for Young and Old by Elsie E. Egermeier
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Carrot Soup by John Segal
Snail, Where Are You? by Tomi Ungerer
A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up by Joan Hewitt
The True Story of Corky the Blind Seal by Georgeanne Irvine

Natalie’s Reading for November 2006

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The Adventure Bible for Young Readers
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Christmas Meme

November 28, 2006 Categories: Holidays , Memes & Quizzes | 4 Comments  

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Half Egg Nog, half Sprite. It’s too rich and thick otherwise, and I like the kick Sprite gives it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
We’ve never done the whole Santa thing, but I always wrap the gifts, even though I loathe doing it.

3. Colored lights on tree or white?
We’ve had white for the last few years, but the kids have been protesting, so I think we’re going to buy a pre-lit tree with colored lights sometime in the next week or so.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Never have – no particular reason, though.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
We usually do it the day after Thanksgiving, but since we’re getting a new tree, we haven’t done it yet.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Ham and rolls.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Waiting on the stairs Christmas morning with my sisters – all of us in our jammies – for Dad to get up and get his camera ready before we headed into the room where the tree was.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don’t remember.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Not usually.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
No theme or anything. I buy each one of the kids an ornament every year. That way when they’re grown they’ll have a nice collection to start their own tree with. So those all go on. Plus there are some painted ceramic ornaments we made when I was a kid, some antique balls from my grandma, and everything else you can imagine. Plus four “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Both. I love it right around Christmas, and I love seeing the kids have fun in it, but it gets old right after New Year’s.

12. Can you ice skate?
I tried once. Spent the entire time holding on to the wall of the rink or sitting on my (wet, cold) butt on the ice. So, no.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I remember an electronic quiz game I got once that I absolutely loved. I was such a nerd. Plus Fashion Plates. Anyone else remember those?

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Making sure we remember why we are celebrating. Helping my kids to understand that it’s not all about gifts and food.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
My dad’s mincemeat star cookies.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Going to Christmas Eve service.

17. What tops your tree?
A lighted star – but it died last year, so we’ll be looking for a new tree topper.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
Giving! My problem is that when I have the perfect gift for someone, I want to give it to them right now! I hate waiting till Christmas.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Favorite carol is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and favorite contemporary is Precious Promise from Steven Curtis Chapman’s Music of Christmas CD. One of our family favorites – it came out our first Christmas as a married couple.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum??
They’re okay – I usually only have a piece of one during the season. But I love Candy Cane ice cream.

Found at Educating Emme.

3 Hours and 45 Minutes

November 27, 2006 Categories: Kid Stuff , This and That | 7 Comments  

In the dentist chair, that is. That little filling that needed repaired? It turned into a full root canal and filling. My mouth is very. very. sore. The dentist gave me a prescription for Lortab, but I’m sweating it out with ibuprofen cause I don’t like that loopy feeling.

Jonathan had three baby teeth pulled to make room for his GIANT adult teeth that are coming in, and all four of the kids had cleanings and check-ups. No cavities, yay!

The coolest thing was that the kids sat in the waiting room for most of the 3 hours and 45 minutes – minus their 20 minute check-ups – and were pretty darn near perfect little angels. I asked one of the techs how the kids were doing when she came through, and she said, “Oh, they’re doing great. You have such well-mannered children, Carrie.” Did this mama’s heart good. Of course, it helped that they had Cars on DVD going in the waiting room.

So there’s something else crossed off my “I’ve never…” list. I’ve now experienced a root canal – and I hope it’s the last!

Catching up

Let’s see:

We spent all of Friday and half of Saturday at my parents again, visiting and corralling children. It was “precious chaos”, to quote my mom.

Saturday afternoon, the kids and I met Michelle and her hubby and kids to see The Santa Clause 3. It was cute in parts, but definitely not as good as the first two. And, boy, was the theater crowded!

Sunday, I caught up on laundry and housekeeping that had gone by the wayside.

Oh, I also updated the “Good Reads” section of my sidebar with some great books I “discovered” this year so far.

Thanksgiving morning, I woke up with a cracked filling on a molar. I spent most of the weekend free-basing ibuprofen and that numbing stuff that tastes horrible. Fortunately, the kids had check-ups and cleanings scheduled for this afternoon, so I’m bumping two of them so that the dentist can fix my tooth and I can stop being in pain – and chew on my normal side. Anyone else out there have a side of your mouth to prefer to chew on? Well, I do, and when it hurts, it’s a pain in more ways than one.

Tomorrow, I have a haircut appointment and the boys have Tae Kwon Do in the evening. Wednesday involves our usual craziness of Bible study, science class, Latin class, and ballet – with grocery shopping crammed in there somewhere. Thursday, the kids and I will be getting our flu shots now that the icky cold/sinus thingy seems to be abating – finally.

And, somewhere in all of that, we will be doing our last week of school for the year. We resume again after New Year’s. We’ll spend the next four weeks reading aloud, art, and music, and Christmas-y stuff.

So, what’s going on with you?

Bloglines trouble?

November 26, 2006 Categories: This and That | 2 Comments  

Anyone else notice this? I just realized I missed a bunch of new posts from several blogs because Bloglines didn’t pick them up. I thought at first it was all the Blogger Beta ones, but I also missed some posts from a Typepad blog. I just thought everyone was out because of the holiday, but I guess not. Anyone else having this problem?

True/False Meme

November 24, 2006 Categories: Memes & Quizzes | 5 Comments  

Found this at The Bayer Family Blog:

Appearance:
I’m short:
True
I have many scars: True
I tan easily: False
I burn easily: True
I wish my hair was a different color: False
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color: False
I wear glasses or contacts: True
I have 5 or more piercings: False
I have/had piercings in places besides my ears: False
I have freckles: True

Relationships:
I’m in one right now:
True
I miss someone right now: True – my sister Andrea was the only one who couldn’t come for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m missing her.
I love/like someone right now: True
I’ve gotten divorced: False
I’ve had a crush on a teacher: True – in high school
I’ve hugged a stranger: False

Embarrassment:
I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried:
True
I’ve glued my hand to something: False
I’ve laughed till some beverage came out of my nose: False
I’ve had my pants rip/drop in public: Does my parents’ house count as “in public”? Cause I ripped them today on a screw sticking out of one of my mom’s drawers – a big ole hole right in the butt of my pants. ~Blush~
I was born with a disease/impairment: False
I’ve sat in a doctor’s office with a friend:
I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed: True – don’t know why this is embarrassing, though.
I’ve had a serious surgery: True – two c-sections and a gall bladder removed.
I’ve had chicken pox: True

Experiences:
I’ve gotten lost in a city:
True – in Portland, Oregon. I was meeting a guy for dinner – a first date, so I didn’t let him pick me up – and there’s this bridge that if you don’t know what you’re doing will keep you going in a circles. And I did. For a while.
I’ve seen a shooting star: True
I’ve wished on a shooting star: False
I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas: False
I’ve pushed all the buttons on an elevator: False
I’ve been to a casino: False
I’ve been skydiving: False
I’ve played spin the bottle: True – in Jr. High
I’ve drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour: False
I’ve been in a car crash: True
I’ve caught a snowflake on my tongue: True
I’ve sat on a roof top at night: True – I watched fireworks one 4th of July from the roof of a frat house at WSU.
I’ve played chicken: False
I’ve played a prank on someone: False
I’ve ridden in a taxi: False
I’ve seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show: True
I’ve eaten Sushi: False

More Random:
I watch the news:
True (occasionally)
I curse regularly: False
I sing in the shower: True – sometimes
I’m a morning person: Not. at. all.
I am a sports fanatic: Only Seahawks football
I know how to shoot a gun: True
I am really ticklish: True

This is the end of this post: True

Links for Friday

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How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was absolutely wonderful. The older our kids get, the more enjoyable family get-togethers are. My two younger sisters were still up chasing their respective toddlers – and while I helped corral them some – I was able to sit and enjoy great conversation and card games and even some time to crochet and read while my kids and my sisters’ older kids played to their heart’s content.

We’re heading back to my parents’ house to spend the day in an hour or so, but I wanted to leave you with a few links I discovered over the week:

~This man has an incredible gift. Thanks go to Tonia for the link.

~Interested in seeing the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix teaser trailer? You can find it here – just scroll down a bit.

~Looks like they’re making a sequel to National Treasure. Our family enjoyed that movie very much, so that’s good news.

~Homeschool eStore is offering many, many free e-book downloads today in honor of Black Friday. For my Canadian and British readers, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S. It’s referred to this way because so many retailers offer huge sales and so many (really, really crazy) people head to the malls at o-dark-thirty to take advantage of them. The color refers to either the fact that the huge days’ sales put retailers in the black for the year, or the malicious, greedy behavior exhibited by people trying to grab the last sale items off the shelf. Snopes de-bunks the myth that it is the biggest spending day of the year, however. Busiest in terms of people, yes, but not biggest in terms of sales. That honor belongs to the last Saturday before Christmas. Another day that I do my best to avoid all retail establishments. No matter how you feel about Black Friday, head on over to Homeschool eStore for some free stuff. The day after Thanksgiving shopping in front of the computer in jammies? I’m there.

Have a great weekend everyone!