Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a Wonderful Life and a GIVEAWAY!

Well, we have had Christmas decorations up since Nov 1 at my house. I decided there was no point in putting away Halloween to just move all the boxes and get out Christmas a few weeks later. I am sure I broke some written or unwritten law bout skipping Thanksgiving but frankly, I don't care much. I wanted Christmas cheer so out came the few Christmas decorations I have. 

And I really love it. 

 You know what else I love, traditions! And one tradition we have is Friday Family Movie Night. We all look forward to it each week and with Christmas coming, soon we will be adding on of our Family Favorites "Its a Wonderful Life" to the mix! 

There are just so many parts of the movie we love. I love the part where Donna Reed makes this drawing for James Stewart "George"

Another favorite part is when he comes home after a long day and is surrounded by his family and also by all the things to fix! That is so close to real life in our home! 

And then there is this.....

When McKay and I first started dating, it was Christmastime. And he would quote this to me and I just looked at him so confused! Growing up, I watched "White Christmas" a lot, not "It's a Wonderful Life." So I had no idea what he was talking about! ha! 

There is a NEW movie coming out called "The Man Who Invented Christmas". And it looks amazing! 

Film Synopsis:
The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS releases in theaters on November 22.

Another family tradition we have is to see a movie on Thanksgiving. You can bet we will be seating in the theater watching this one!

Grace Hill Media has been so generous to host a giveaway of three Family Favorite DVD's to one lucky winner!

Sound Of Music
Beauty and the Beast
A Christmas Carol

 Please comment below with a family movie you look forward to watching together this Christmastime. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Now this is one you can take your whole family to. 
And I really really hope you do. 

Here is a summary of the movie:

"GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War.   But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?"

I am sure many of you have heard about this film. If you haven't though, you can sneak and peek at the trailer. Just for you, my friends!

Doesn't that just make you want to see it? And bring your family too? I was able to screen it actually. I know, it was pretty cool! And it made me cry and laugh and I can't wait to take my family to see it as well. You can check out what Rotten Tomatoes says about the film too. Honestly, in a world where the wholesome and good gets mocked at, this felt like a breath of fresh air. 

One of the things that I was really surprised at was the character development and how many aspects of their lives that I felt that resonated with me. Life is rough! But it also has so much joy and deserves celebrating. I loved how imagination was given freedom and even as I watched the film, I knew I wanted to find that imagination within myself that I am sure I had as a child. 

I'll just finish up with this quote from a part in the movie that stood out to me. 


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Soccer came and went

 We just finished up a 6 week soccer team. It was SO much fun. That's one of the things I LOVE about homeschooling is that there really is so much support where I live. This was a homeschool soccer team and we are excited to do it again in the fall.

 Keo was seriously on pins and needles all week for Friday to roll around. Can you tell his favorite position was goalie?! I keep cracking up at his expression. Its like one of those great moments you find you captured when you review your shots.
 Don't mind his middle finger. I PROMISE he was not flipping anyone off. hahaha!

Jaedyn, Breezy, Caroline, and Clair. I love this group of friends she has and they have been such blessings to us. And their mommas? Let me tell you what---lifesavers. Nothing short of that would describe them properly. 

Now onto Goldyn and Ruby. They really were great cheerers and loved to come. Although, I suspect it has to do with the treats at the end.... 
on a side note.... don't they look so grown up now! Geesh! My babies will be THREE this summer and I feel like that milestone has come so much faster with them than with the other two. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Our Experience at Camp Grady Spruce

Every month, a bunch of us girls go out. On a recent outing, we ended up at the bowling ally and talking about where in Texas to camp. And that is how I found out about Camp Grady Spruce.

So, I looked it up, called the camp, and sent out emails to all my Texas family. We ended up with 3 families and shared 2 cabins.

The weekend was really fun and full of cousins laughing, jumping off the dock, lots of burnt marshmallows and non-stop fun. There was only ONE downside really... the cabins were kinda dirty and kinda run down. The facility is used mostly for summer camp for teens so they are only really sleep in them. So I get it. We would probably go back for Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend so we could swim etc.

Aside from the cabins, it was great really. And lets be honest, kids really don't care and the adults that went were pretty relaxed about everything. Another huge plus!!

 Possum Kingdom Lake
 Early morning fishing on the dock
 horse back riding

 riflery with air pellets
 hunger games training
 barge ride to Hells Gate
 hike at the top of Hells Gate
 canoeing on Possum Kingdom lake
All the cousins minus the two babies
And a photo on the last day of a great weekend together!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day at the Rienzi

 We had a wonderful - imagination fill day at the Reinzi in Houston. We went exploring with our dear friends and enjoyed the famous azaleas if Houston and River Oaks.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Our Pet Maui + Fandango Gift card giveaway

We got a pet. 

It's a Bearded Dragon. 

His name is Maui. Like the Demigod. 

One of my kids is allergic to dogs and cats. So we have a lizard. And guess what the craziest thing is?! We all love him. He's the PERFECT pet for us and I've realized when we talk about our family, we also talk about this guy.

Do you have a pet you love?

Growing up, we ALWAYS had pets. We raised animals and had cats and dogs and even rabbits and goats. I actually haven't loved pets. They were never really my thing. To me, they took time away from other things I could be doing. But not this lizard!

Maybe its because our kids have always wanted a pet --- but my heart is softer towards the idea of having a pet and Maui has been a dream pet to have. The kids love to feed him and hold him and play with him.

Have you seen previews for the movie "A Dogs Purpose"?

I saw a preview a few months after we got Maui. Oh good grief, this preview made me teary eyed and reminded me of all the dogs I have had over the years.  I turned to my husband and said "oh, we are TOTALLY going to see this movie! " And I want YOU to go see it too! 

The folks at Grace Hill Media want you to see it too. So, they are hosting a Fandango Gift card giveaway right here on the blog. From Grace Hill: 

"Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S PURPOSE, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends.  The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz.

To enter, just comment with why you love your pet so much. 

A Dogs Purpose hits theaters Jan 27th. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

LDS Family Home Evening Favorites: Updated

They are also known as Family nights. Still no clue what I am talking about?

In my church, we have asked to set aside time each week to spend time as a family. Traditionally, it is a Monday night but it can be any night. Growing up it was usually a Sunday night since we were heavily involved in 4-H and school sports.

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We have a schedule we follow. I think I must really be a toddler at heart because I really function best when I have a schedule to follow.

1st Monday- Lesson and activity from The Friend Magazine
2nd Monday- Lesson and activity from The Scriptures 
3rd Monday- Family History Story
4th- Monday- Safety or behavior lesson
5th Monday- Kids choice! 

Our schedule has kept our FHE's diverse and fun and I feel like we are having more fun and learning all sorts of things we should be learning. 

I read in the Romney Family Cookbook that they had rice krispies for Family Night. I just loved that it was a tradition and I am always looking for ways to create memories and traditions with my family. We adopted that into our family and we have Rice Krispies now too (at least when I remember to get the ingredients) 

 Ok, this sounds way overkill but, I have a whole file drawer dedicated to FHE. Yup, crazy mom! But what I have found is that there are some lessons that they really love and we do over and over and others that just fall flat. I thought I would share with you a few that are our family favorites. 

Zelmgid- Golden Rule
David and Goliath- big Goliath to hit with mini marshmallows
Confidence cookies ( We are doing it this month)

So on the second Monday, we might do Daniel in the Lions Den.

The third Monday we would choose a story from our ancestors or our selves as kids or even tell a story about when the kids were little babies. They LOVE it.

On the fourth Monday, we do fire drills, check our 72hr kits, learn about respect or being honest.

The kids LOVE when there is a 5th Monday. They get to pick. It usually is a movie or a bike ride or just whatever they want to do. But whatever it is, they all have to agree. So it has been a great tool in teaching about compromise and family dynamics. 

Then to finish off our night, we kneel in prayer and say our family cheer! That is another family tradition we really really love. Go COUGARS! Go Hansens! Live ALOHA! Follow the Prophet. It ties to our family motto that we ALWAYS follow the Prophet

It's a Wonderful Life and a GIVEAWAY!

Well, we have had Christmas decorations up since Nov 1 at my house. I decided there was no point in putting away Halloween to just move all ...