Jonathan’s Reading – March 2007

March 31, 2007 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff | Comments Off  

Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne

Noah’s Reading – March 2007

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Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle by R. K. Mortenson

Natalie’s Reading – March 2007

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Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade by Nancy Krulik
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Read Alouds for March 2007

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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
The Dragon’s Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume 1 by Dugald A. Steer
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
How to Be an Ancient Greek Athlete by Jacqueline Morley
Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne
Pegasus, the Flying Horse by Jane Yolen
Outstanding Outsides by Hana Machotka
All About Your Skin, Hair and Teeth by Donna Bailey
Mommies Don’t Get Sick by Marilyn Hafner
Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick: Send for the Doctor, Quick, Quick, Quick by Remy Charlip & Burton Supree

Twelve Years

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For part of our Bible study this year on a woman’s role in marriage, our leader has us compiling a list about our husbands. Each week when we come in, she asks us to write something about our husbands that we are grateful for – something in their character, something they have done for us, etc. Then when we are having one of those days where marriage is hard work, we can refer to the list and remember why we love these men so much.

Today, Kevin and I have been married twelve years. A dozen! And in honor of that, I’m posting my list.

~He values my work as a wife and mother.
~He is a good provider.
~He accepts me as I am.
~He has a great sense of humor.
~He thinks I’m worth it.
~He is protective of me.
~He gives me time for myself.
~He puts his family first financially.
~He likes to have fun with the kids.
~He chooses the right thing even when it’s hard.
~He likes to make me laugh.
~He is friendly to everyone.
~He doesn’t stay angry at me.
~He likes to talk.

Of course, by the end of the year, there will be many more items on this list. I think of new reasons every day to be so grateful for the man I was privileged to marry.

Happy Anniversary, honey. Here’s to dozens more!

One More Link

March 30, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun | Comments Off  

I had to tell you all about this one! The gals at 5 Minutes for Mom are giving away a Dyson Vacuum! I’m not kidding – check it out.

Links for Friday

March 29, 2007 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Writing | 3 Comments  

Spring Break is here! We finished our schoolwork this morning (Thursday). I am so ready for a break from science and history and math and grammar… Reading and reading aloud will continue, of course. And lots of it. I also promised myself that I will only do normal housework next week. Spring cleaning can wait till summer – I only have a week off!

No big plans this weekend – hopefully the sun will last and the kids will get lots of outdoor time.

Here are a few links:

~In case you’ve been under a rock, the cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been revealed. Follow the link to see not only the US cover, but also the UK kids’ and adult versions.

~Next month, Christopher Tolkien will publish The Children of Hurin, a book his father started and he completed.

~Melanie Lynn Hauser has written another hilarious post. This one is titled The Care and Feeding of Authors.

Oops, I almost forgot! Our 12th anniversary is Saturday. We celebrated Sunday night, so it will be uneventful, but I do have a post planned to tell some of the reasons I still love Kevin after a dozen years.

Review of Jump In!

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(Jump In! was provided to me by Special Ops Media for the purpose of review.)

Take High School Musical, take out the jocks vs. academics, throw in boxing vs. double-dutch jump-rope, and you have Jump In! And that’s not a bad thing.

Jump In! stars High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu as Izzy Daniels, a teenager training to become a boxing champion in order to please his father. His crush and neighbor, Mary, is involved in double-dutch jump-rope competitions and he agrees to help out when their team is missing a member. Along the way, he finds a new passion – but how can he break it to his father?

Jump In! is full of amazing double-dutch moves and catchy music and the kids and I enjoyed it. If your family loves High School Musical, this movie is something to watch while we all wait for the sequel.

Breezing through…

March 28, 2007 Categories: Homeschooling , Kid Stuff , Movies , Television | 1 Comment  

…on our way to Bible Study, then science and Latin classes. Next week is Spring Break – I can hardly wait! I think I’m more excited than the kids are. Just a few snapshots of our life lately:

Kevin and I went out to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our anniversary (a week early) and then we went to see the movie Wild Hogs with John Travolta, William H. Macy, Tim Allen, and Martin Lawrence. Hilarious! A little coarse in parts – so consider yourself warned – but I expected that with a road-trip movie about four middle-aged guys. It was nice to get out without the kiddos for a few hours.

I swam three times last week and came away with some water in my ear that I can’t get rid of. It has stopped hurting, but I still get this swimmy-headed feeling when I move around a lot. Not fun.

I am very glad we didn’t take our Spring Break this week, when the neighborhood kids are all out. I am beginning to think I’ll only let my kids outside to play when the rest of the neighborhood is in school. They’re never out there more than ten minutes before one of them comes running in to tell me that one of the other kids is A) throwing rocks, B) using foul language, or C) threatening to never be their friend again if they don’t play exactly what they want to play. Aargh!

Lastly, any American Idol fan-atics out there? What was up with Sanjaya’s hair last night? Crazy!

Well, we’re headed out soon, and I need to get the rugrats moving. Have a great Wednesday!

Review of Children of Men on DVD

March 25, 2007 Categories: Books , Movies , Reviews | 5 Comments  

(Children of Men was provided to me by Special Ops Media for the purpose of review.)

Last month, I read and reviewed the book Children of Men by P. D. James. I knew the movie was coming out (starring one of my favorites – Clive Owen), and I wanted to read the book first. Unfortunately, I think I would have enjoyed the movie much more if I hadn’t.

There are a few similarities between the book and the movie.

~They are both set in the future.
~In the future, the human race has stopped reproducing.
~There are characters named Theo and Julian.
~Theo meets a young pregnant woman and helps her evade the government.

That’s really all they had in common. The characters are completely different. In the book, Theo is a retired college professor. In the movie, he is a disgruntled office worker. In the book, he has a friend named Jasper who is also a retired college professor. In the movie, his friend Jasper (played by Michael Caine) is a pot-growing hippy ex-activist.

In the book, Theo’s wife Julian (portrayed by Julianne Moore) is a shallow character who barely makes an appearance. In the movie, Julian is an underground political activist who cons Theo into helping the pregnant girl by offering him 5,000 pounds. In the book, Theo decides to help the girl on principal and because he is drawn to her – not for money.

I could go on and on. Why is it that people find a book that they enjoy, think would make a great movie, and then promptly change everything about it? I just don’t get it.

And more than the character and plotline changes, there is the whole theme of the book: the sacredness of life and how a world divorced from a Christian worldview becomes a place of horror and outrage. The movie becomes a political manifesto of a different sort. In fact, the whole idea that people have stopped reproducing seems to be secondary to the fact that Britain has started deporting all immigrants and has descended into mass chaos.

As you can see, I was disappointed in this movie. Perhaps if I hadn’t read the book, and didn’t know what P. D. James’ original vision for the story was, I would have enjoyed it, but I’m not sure. If you are a fan of futuristic sci-fi and haven’t read the book, you might enjoy this movie. But if you loved the book as I did, the movie will be a huge let-down.

On a related note, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron will be the guest speaker at an online forum hosted by Amazon to address the political and social concerns in the movie. The event will be held on Monday, March 26th at 6:00 PDT.