Monday, June 15, 2015

Blogkeeping -- Fall 2014

Blogkeeping time!  These 100 were watched from August (bottom) to December 2014 (top).  Coming to a close on the Disney movie-thon, and so much Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race (Season 13) **** / Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody [r] ***** / Mickey's Christmas Carol [r] **** 1/2 / Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas **** / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) * 1/2 / The Amazing Race (Season 12) *** 1/2 / The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies ** 1/2 / Wreck-It Ralph [r] *** 1/2 / The Amazing Race (Season 25) *** / The Amazing Race (Season 11) *** / Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2 - San Juan del Sur (Season 29) *** 1/2 / Winnie the Pooh [r] *** 1/2 / Belle *** 1/2 / The Hundred-Foot Journey **** / How To Train Your Dragon 2 ** 1/2 / Tangled [r] **** 1/2 / The Amazing Race (Season 10) **** / Peter Pan Live ** / The Princess and the Frog [r] ***** / Maleficent [r] *** / Toy Story That Time Forgot *** 1/2 / The Spoils of Babylon [r] **** / The Giver **** / Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home *** 1/2 / The Pirate Fairy *** / Interstellar ** 1/2 / Hercules (2014) * 1/2 / Heart & Souls [r] ***** / Big Hero 6 *** 1/2 / The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 *** 1/2 / The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [r] ***** / The Hunger Games [r] **** 1/2 / Yellow Submarine [r] ** 1/2 / Bolt [r] *** 1/2 / David Copperfield (1999) **** / Meet the Robinsons [r] *** 1/2 / Help! *** / Chicken Little [r] ** / Bleak House [r] ***** / A Hard Day's Night *** 1/2 / Transcendence ** 1/2 / Home On the Range *** 1/2 / Edge of Tomorrow *** 1/2 / Inglorious Basterds *** / Brother Bear 2 [r] *** / Brother Bear [r] *** 1/2 / Death Comes To Pemberley *** 1/2 / Treasure Planet [r] **** / Run Fatboy Run [r] **** / Hotel Transylvania ** 1/2 / Project Runway (Season 13) *** 1/2 / Leroy & Stitch ** 1/2 / Stitch! The Movie ** 1/2 / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch *** / Lilo & Stitch [r] *** 1/2 / Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter * 1/2 / Atlantis: Milo's Return [r] ** 1/2 / Atlantis: The Lost Empire [r] **** / Kronk's New Groove *** / The Fault In Our Stars **** / The Emperor's New Groove [r] ***** / The Spoils of Babylon (Season 1) **** / Dinosaur [r] *** 1/2 / Fantasia/2000 [r] **** 1/2 / Tarzan II *** 1/2 / Tarzan & Jane [r] ** / Tarzan [r] ***** / The Monuments Men *** 1/2 / Coraline [r] **** / Mulan II [r] *** 1/2 / Mulan [r] ***** / Alice In Wonderland (1999) *** / Alice in Wonderland (1985) ** 1/2 / 47 Ronin ** 1/2 / I, Frankenstein * 1/2 / Hercules [r] **** 1/2 / The Amazing Race (Season 9) *** / The Hunchback of Notre Dame II [r] ** 1/2 / The Hunchback of Notre Dame [r] **** 1/2 / The Amazing Race: Family Edition (Season 8) ** 1/2 / Divergent ** 1/2 / Pocahontas II: Journey To a New World [r] *** 1/2 / Pocahontas [r] ***** / The Amazing Race (Season 7) **** 1/2 / The Lion King 1 1/2 [r] **** / The Lion King [r] ***** / The Amazing Race (Season 6) *** 1/2 / Aladdin and the King of Thieves [r] **** / The Return of Jafar [r] *** 1/2 / The Amazing Race (Season 5) **** / Aladdin [r] ***** / Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World ** / Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas [r] **** / Beauty and the Beast [r] ***** / The Amazing Race (Season 4) ** 1/2 / The Rescuers Down Under [r] **** / The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning [r] *** 1/2 / The Little Mermaid II: Return To the Sea [r] *** / Guardians of the Galaxy *** / The Little Mermaid [r] *****

Books!  50 of them from mid-October 2014 to mid-February 2015, finishing up my Disney Source Material Read-Through (see accompanying arts here) and plenty of board books:

How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? (Jane Yolen and Mark Teague) *** / Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) **** / Boy and Going Solo (Roald Dahl) **** / Sidekicked (John David Anderson) **** / Wonder (R.J. Palacio) **** / Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett) **** / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Jeff Kinney) ** / Birthday Monsters! (Sandra Boynton) **** / Let's Dance, Little Pookie (Sandra Boynton) **** / Tickle Time! (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Are You A Cow? (Sandra Boynton) **** / A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Sean Michael Wilson) *** / Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert (Marla Frazee) **** / Through the Animals' Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas (Christopher Wormell) ***** / Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method For Solving Complex Problems With Simple Pictures (Dan Roam) ***** / The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures (Dan Roam) **** / Kate Greenaway's Original Drawings For the Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen) *** / The Snow Queen (transl. by Naomi Lewis, ill. by Angela Barrett) *** 1/2 / Rapunzel Untangled (Cindy C Bennett) *** / Calamity Jack (Shannon Hale) *** 1/2 / Rapunzel's Revenge (Shannon Hale) *** 1/2 / Rapunzel (Paul O. Zelinsky) ***** / The Frog Princess (E.D. Baker) **** / The Frog Prince, Continued (Jon Scieszka) ***** / The Frog Prince Or Iron Henry (transl. by Naomi Lewis, ill. by Binette Schroeder) **** / All the Wrong Questions: Shouldn't You Be In School? (Lemony Snicket) ***** / File Under 13: Suspicious Incidents (Lemony Snicket) *** / Kingdom Keepers: The Insider (Ridley Pearson) * / Kingdom Keepers: Unforeseen (Ridley Pearson) ** / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (Jeff Kinney) *** / A Day With Wilbur Robinson (William Joyce) **** / What's Wrong, Little Pookie? (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Hey! Wake Up! (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Happy Hippo, Angry Duck (Sandra Boynton) ***** / One, Two, Three! (Sandra Boynton) ***** / The Vanishing Act (Mette Jakobsen) ** / We Have Always Lived In the Castle (Shirley Jackson) ***** / Chicken Little (Rebecca Emberley, ill. by Ed Emberley) *** / The Remarkable Story of Chicken Little (Anonymous) **** / BabyLit: Dracula (Jennifer Adams, ill. by Allison Oliver) **** / Opposites (Sandra Boynton) **** / The Going-To-Bed Book (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Moo, Baa, La La La! (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Blue Hat, Green Hat (Sandra Boynton) ***** / Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) **** 1/2 / Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire Essential Guide (David John) *** / The Day the Crayons Quit (Drew Daywalt) **** / Atlantis: Unsolved Mysteries (Ann Margaret Lewis) *** / The Emperor's New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Dorothée Duntze) **** / The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Fred Marcellino) ****

(1 June 2015)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Three Months and a Happy Face

This little girl celebrated three months yesterday, and she's doing great.  (When The Wife writes her blogpost, I'll post it here.)  She seems to have discovered her lungs, and she knows how to use them, but she's also discovered how to smile and coo and giggle and squeak, and generally just be alert and responsive and delightful.  She's sleeping pretty well, and eating just fine.  She's about average in weight, but well above in height, so she's a tall and lean girl, but she's fattening up nicely, especially in her round and chubby cheeks.  She likes to be held (and sometimes decidedly does NOT like NOT being held), and she's starting to be quite amused by big brother.  She's good in the car and she likes to be passed around to aunties and uncles and cousins and grandparents, so she's generally beloved by all.
She's becoming so expressive.
Runners-up for the blessing outfit.  Thanks for nothing, Target slow shipping/USPS.
Always so daintily clasping her hands.
So, not to change the subject or anything, but lately I've been feeling bombarded by the world.  It seems like every time I go online or scroll through my News Feed that there are a million rotten things happening, often even to my family and friends personally, and it can start to weight pretty heavily on your mind and heart.  People are crazy, ideas are crazier, wrong is right and right is wrong, and it's just getting harder and harder to say and do what you believe in (unless of course you believe in exactly what certain people allow you to).  Anyway, just when I think the world is beyond hope or redemption, I see this and it reminds me that there's great and good and wonderful going on in the world too:
We love you, Little Miss!

Monday, June 1, 2015

2 Birthdays, 2 Years

These posts do seem to get combined more and more regularly these days.

Anyway, we had two big birthdays a couple of weeks ago!  We're starting to get the hang of this juggling of two special days one right after the other.  The Wife posted a fun update here, but by way of update here, I'll say that we had a lot of cake and lots of fun times.  For The Wife's birthday we had fun times at home with some fun surprises and cupcakes and ice cream (on separate outings), and then over the weekend she made one of her epic cakes (it's been a while!) and we had a fun turnout of friends and family.
Beautiful birthday girl.
Happy 1st, Wife!  Observe The Boy's leftovers on the right.
One of her favorite presents from The Husband (and The Kids)
Then on The Boy's birthday we had breakfast at Kneaders and then met up with my parents for a fun morning at the dinosaur museum (which he liked even more than he did last time), after which there were new trains and super hero getups, and then later in the week we had a fun playdate with some little friends, where bubbles and sidewalk chalk and a little chocolate cake abounded.
Fun and delicious times!
Presents and a little browniecake!
And now we have a two-year-old in the house.  This boy is clever and sweet and funny and lively, he says almost everything like a very enthusiastic question, he still loves tractors and trucks and cars and airplanes and helicopters and riding or pushing anything with wheels (especially his little lawnmower from his birthday, which he doesn't even know blows bubbles!), and he loves his baby sister.  He loves visiting cousins or Nana and Papa, he loves Nursery, and he always loved a ride in the running stroller or the car.  He will occasionally stop everything he's doing and collapse in hysterics, stretching out on the floor in his most recent version of a tantrum, but it doesn't take long for him to find something to distract him or to make his needs known.  He's putting together sentences and figuring out electronics (yikes, more reason than ever to have the phone out at an absolute minimum), and is getting pretty familiar with his alphabet and his 1-10 numbers.  He loves books, and he loves to look at pictures and videos of people he knows, especially himself.  He's done such a good job adjusting to having a little one in the house who demands so much of his parents' attention, though he's certainly not afraid of letting himself be heard!  He's just a good little kid.
Trying out baby's new bedding
Finishing up our Disney movie indoctrination education
Getting over a sad little sickness just before baby's arrival
So happy when they bounce back!
Hairy little mancub.
He's starting to do his part a little more.
Testing out his old things for Baby's future use.
A P.S. to the series.  The circle of life continues.
Just a dude hangin' out at the auto parts store.
He loves Papa's "tractor" SO much.
No way this boy's going to grow up without an appreciation of art.
This was a not uncommon morning occurrence for a while.
This kids loves having neighbors across the street with lots of fun toys.  He can't quite reach the pedals, but it won't be long now.

All by himself!  Well, he's getting the hang of it.
Starting early on our new and exciting new addition.  He loves the Tangled book for the plentiful horses.
Such a big boy with his new haircut!
Helping himself to Mommy's Mother's Day breakfast in bed.
Happy birthday, boy!  You are a sunbeam.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Month 2, inc. Good and Blessed

The Poppy has reached her second month mark, and we're just as glad as can be that she's doing very well.  At her appointment yesterday she reported a little more than average weight and quite higher than average height, and she's eating and sleeping and everything elseing quite well.  Her hair is dark and long, her bright eyes are usually looking around and taking everything in, and she will often look at us and talk to us and smile and laugh, and is generally just more delightful every day.  She has her moments, but they never last too long once we realize what's wrong (though The Wife may report something different after being up with her certain calm but wakeful nights...) and fix it all up.

Just a few photos to show how our beautiful girl is looking so beautiful.  And as per usual you can see The Wife's detailed and photorrific month 2 update here.
She is such a beautiful little sleeper.
She loves her big bro already!
BB and LS.
Oh man, these two.
Last week we had her baby blessing, which turned out very nice.  Many people were able to come attend and participate, she fussed for a second before the blessing started, but shortly after calmed down and didn't make a peep the entire rest of the time.  The weather was perfect and it was so nice that we could have our get-together right there in our own back yard (after many hours of yard work the day before).
The blessing dress that finally was discovered.  I love how she looks like a little ballerina.

The fam with the daydream (a variation on the traditional nightmare).

Photo shoot!  The pictures were too adorable for words to adequately describe.

WHAT DID I SAY??  This is just a smattering of the cuteness, and it's already a total overload (the kind that it's good to have).

So there you have it.  We all love our darling little girl more than tongue can tell and are amazed at how big she's already grown.
A quick sketch done on a cool app, using my stubby finger stylus on my sister's phone canvas

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Poppy's First Month

As of last week The Poppy is already a month old!  It has gone by very quickly.  She's a good girl and has been doing great (as has her mommy).  She eats well and sleeps well and she can get squirmy and grunty and seem like she's a bit cranky but she gets it out of her system and snuggles up and is as sweet as can be.  The Wife posted a great update with stats and photos here, so I'll just get on with some Instapictures.
Clearly the most comfortable way to recline
I was singing to her one night and she smiled right at me.  No, it wasn't gas, IT WAS SMILING AT MY SINGING.
I was trying to get a snuggly post-bath picture but I was doing it wrong.  The second try worked much better.

Such a sweet baby burrito.
General Conference notes.  It's getting there.
Siblings on Easter Sunday.
We three love our little girl!  She's already grown so much, but we can't (and also can) wait to see her keep growing.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 8, 2015, 4:23:42 p.m.

I feel like I should do SOMEthing to commemorate this day.  I mean, I guess the moment came and went much like any other, but I still sigh a bit whenever I see that little spent countdown timer on the right side of this blog (which I can't seem to get myself to delete).

Five years ago (!) the best show ever came to a perfect end, and we've missed it ever since.  We've watched it all the way through at least once since then, and many episodes multiple times as they used to come on during lunch (until that channel randomly disappeared for some reason...  somewhat fittingly).

Anyway, just a little note to celebrate.  I changed into my LOST Club shirt just in time to post the title of this blogpost to Facebook for those in the know, and for those NOT in the know to see and learn and understand.  I think we'll be watching the pilot episodes yet again, which just get better every time, and perhaps making some fish biscuits.

You're in my light, Sticks.

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Update:  It's tomorrow now.  Just as I said:
From the beginning...
... to The End.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Four

Two weeks ago yesterday, this happened:

Simple celebration, but best birthday present ever.

P.S. This.