June 16, 2018

Lately//Spring 2018+a HIATUS

What ho and welcome! (Where did that come from?) And how are you this fine spring day?

'Hem. Let's try again. I honestly don't know what my deal is sometimes. :P

Dear friends, welcome to spring and welcome to the 2018 springtime edition of my "lately" posts. You know, the ones where I talk about my life because my life is so interesting and y'll just live to read about what's been going on with me.

All right, in all seriousness, I have "so much to acquaint you with"! Let us begin.

Lately I've been....

•With Éowyn! That's right, around the last weekend in April I had an impromptu visit from my dear friend, Éowyn. It was absolutely c r a z y how fast it all worked out so well and that I got to see her. <3 We had a fabulous time together, watching movies like Rio Bravo, The Greatest Showman, and My Darling Clementine. We explored some shops in my town and went to a lighthouse and hiked the Sleeping Bear Dunes which was a little exhausting but very very fun. :D And we felt so proud of ourselves afterward. It was such a special time, and I'm so grateful to God for how it all worked out. Till next time, Éowyn! *hugs*

look! There are our shadows :P

•With Alyssa and Olivia.  Read this post for the story on that. ;)

//Watching & Reading//
This movie brings me to tears and makes me feel safe and happy and healed all at once. It's realllly good and I've watched it twice within the space of about a month or so. I really find comfort in watching how Eilis adapts to her new home and life. Though, my recent move seems nothing in comparison. I can't imagine crossing an ocean all by myself and living alone. It's absolutely terrifying.
Bu anyways. The aesthetic of this movie, the music, the Irish ACCENTS, the characters and romance....EVERYTHING. I love it dearly. (Also TONY. ♥)

(PS. I recommend filtering or fast forwarding with the remote, just fyi. It has some issues. :P)

"THE BEST PART. This is when I lose it altogether." Brooklyn movie 2015

Road to Avonlea season 5&6. All right, can Gus and Felicity just get married already? Also, why are the season openers always so bizarre and drawn-out? Will Andrew King EVER come back? (Despite my complaints, I still love this show. :))

Solo. I LOVED THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE SO MUCH. Click here for my thoughts.

Incredibles 2. Guyyyyysss. Frrieeennds. this moviiiieeee. *cries* Incredibles 2 was amazing. Seriously. I absolutely loved it. This movie didn't feel at all like a "sequel", it felt like an expansion of the previous movie. Funny thing is, I didn't "grow up" on this movie like I did other Disney movies. I can't remember the first time I saw Incredibles, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't super young. BUT. The opening scenes of this movie literally made me tear up. It just felt so nostalgic and perfect. The characters were all the same, nothing was changed, it just continued

I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE. The plot, the humor, the dialogue, everything. (Also, Jack-Jack fighting the raccoon was literally one of the best scenes.  It had me laughing so hard I was almost crying. I rarely laugh that hard and it just made me so happy. <3)

(*I've actually been watching a ridiculous amount of movies and such lately, but I'm not going to weigh this post down today with all that. ;) The above mentioned are just recent highlights.*)

•Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst 
Wow. This book was really good. I generally find modern Christian nonfiction (what little I've read) to be somewhat iffy, but I don't really recall much of anything that I disagreed with in this book. It had a lot of very healing, encouraging words. Highly recommend for anyone that struggles with feeling unwanted or rejected, or recognizing that your value comes from Christ's love for you--not the opinions of others.

•The False Prince trilogy. AHHHH I'm finally re-reading these books and I love them so so so much. *hugs tight* Sage especially. But really everyone. (But Sage, though.) (And Fink.)

If you like medieval adventures with intrigue and plot twists and snarky dialogue YOU NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS. (did I mention how great the characters are??)

(Not quite how I picture Sage, tbh, but you know. It's okay. :P)

//Busy preparing for//
•The ACT test. I got it done June 9th and I actually feel like I did pretty well, all things considered. (Especially despite my desperate meltdown of worry about it the day before.)

•My new summer job at a church daycare. I'm kind of worn out from all the paperwork and the CPR class I had to take, but my first day should be sometime next week and I'm very grateful to be working this summer. 

//Listening to//
For King and Country 
Especially "to the dreamers", "priceless" "shoulders", "this is love", "fix my eyes", "run wild" basically all of them, please listen they're amazzzziinnnngg. 

•Owl City Cinematic album
I know I keep talking about Owl City but guyyyyyysssss. IT'S SO GOOD. *cries from happiness*

•Good friends <3
•The endless expanse of whipped cream clouds you can see when on a plane
•Flowers from the store (pictured below)
•The glow at sunset
•Going to a swing dance group with some friends from church
•The lake at different times of the day. It never fails to amaze me how many different colors and looks it displays. Crystal blue, soft gray, misty green, dusky lilac, bright silver, deep black...
•The feeling I had from traveling solo for the first time. During my travels at the airport, I had moments of intense loneliness and fear, but overall it was an exhilarating experience. God proved faithful, as always, and I felt encouraged and inspired by the taste of independence the trip gave me.
•Long phone calls with good friends ;)
•Going to the movie theater with my brother.

the flowers

//Stressing over//
•My flights/layovers on my trip to Alyssa's home. 
•Studying for the ACT on June 9th
•Paperwork for my new job
•Getting fingerprinted for my new job
•Taking a CPR/AED/First Aid class for my new job
•My new job

I feel as if I've learned so much over the past couple of months, and yet I know I need to learn so much more, because honestly? Despite all the goodness God has been giving me, I spend a lot of days feeling depressed and ungrateful. And I know I need to change that, for He's proven His faithfulness to me time and time and time and time and time and time and time again.

And time again. ;) He is so good.

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Psalm 138:3
#my view from the plane <3

Real talk, friends. Life has been crazy busy since we moved. Not only has it been busy, it's been hard. There's been a lot of ups and downs, and lots of things we still have to figure out. Frankly, I'm on the brink of being overwhelmed (maybe I already am and just don't know it because I'm so exhausted haha) and have decided I need to change things up this summer.

Which means....I'm taking a blogging hiatus. :( I know my summer job is going to add a lot to my schedule. And when I do have down time, I want to spend it writing my fiction projects.  I have stories that need to be completed and characters who will never forgive me if I don't fix their lives before I write "the end." And that means I have to give a few things up this summer.

And to be honest, I feel like I'm at a crossroads with this blog. I don't want to give it up. But for awhile now blogging just hasn't felt the same to me, and I'm thinking it may be time for something to change. I don't know what that is yet. I want to keep on blogging, but my life has a bunch of question marks written all over it at the moment and until I get some of those boxes filled in, I feel at a loss as to what to do with my blog.

Now, that being said, I hate to box myself in. I'm officially going on a blogging hiatus for the summer...but I may unofficially be back once or twice or thrice. ;) Because I just know if I say something like "I won't be back till August", I'll probably want to pop back in during July or something. :P  (Also, I will still be checking comments, so if you ever want to get a hold of me, don't hesitate to comment. :))

Till the time is right for my return, friends, I bid you all a very fond farewell. ♥

(I'm sorry this farewell is so brief and detail-less. I want to get this post done, and I feel as if I have so much to say that it's easier to say practically nothing, till I have the time and the right words. :( Sorry, friends. *hugs*)

What have you been doing this spring?
Have you ever traveled solo? Did you like it?
What are some of your summer plans?

June 2, 2018

Solo: My Thoughts


Heyyyy all! Today I'm here to share my thoughts on Solo, the newest Star Wars film that just came out. (This is sort of a review....but really just a conglomeration of thoughts because I'm too lazy to write an actual review. Bullet points are easier. :P)

(Also, I hope that talking about this movie makes up for the fact that I never told y'll my thoughts on The Last Jedi like I promised. Oops.)

My brother and I went to see Solo this past Tuesday. Of course, as we drove to the theater, we talked about our expectations. He had high ones, I had low ones. I'm kind of a hard-to-understand person sometimes. Despite Han Solo being one of my favorite heroes in the history of ever (and one of my top fictional crushes since I was ten years old *cough*)...I had very low expectations for this movie. The trailer hadn't made me too excited, and I feel as if we've been bombarded with so many SW movies lately that the thought of another one was kind of exhausting. Even if it was about Han Solo.

At the very least, I went into the movie expecting to be entertained. And here's the thing--I totally was entertained. But in the best possible way.

Han Solo

*Warning* I'm not going to attempt to mark spoilers. Read at your own caution. *End warning*

•First thing's first, Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. I loved him. Total stamp of approval. It's not that he looked exactly like Harrison Ford or sounded exactly like him or acted exactly like him. There were definitely moments of that—but overall I think he was epic as Han Solo because he was his own Han Solo. He bravely gave his own interpretation of the character and I really, really liked it.

In fact, I feel as if this version of Han has made me love his character even more. I seriously didn't know that was possible.

(But, for the record, there were definitely moments where he'd smirk or grin or laugh and I was like "YESS you've got it that's Han Solo!!!")

•Madame whatever-her-name-was was NOT cool. I'm really tired of slug-alien-crime-lord-villains. Was Jabba not enough?? 

•The 70's-looking car/speeder that Han and Qi'ra used to escape was fantastic. (Also, just that chase scene in general was epic.)

•I wished we could have seen more of  Corellia.

•Han's bout in the Imperial Army was super duper cool. Especially when everyone keeps telling him he needs to learn to take orders. xD


• I was freaked out about "the beast" for about a minute until I realized who it was. ;) Chewie and Han's meeting was weird and creepy, but their fake fight was fun and it was so cool seeing the two become friends. (Although I kept expecting them to mention the life debt thing and they never did???)

•I really loved Rio and Val and felt as if I was JUST getting into their characters when they got killed. Not cool, movie. They and Beckett made such a cool little family-tribe and I'm a sucker for that sort of thing in stories. You know, a bunch of mismatched misfits without homes who become a tight-knit group....♥

I really don't understand why they had to die. I feel like the plot could have been the same without killing them off. Especially since Rio's death was so sad. And Val's was morally questionable, in my opinion.  #ihavecomplaints

•Beckett and Val were super cute. Another reason I'm angry they killed Val.

lordsnow: “Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. ”

•Speaking of a romantic couple, I guess it's time to talk about Qi'ra (pronounced Kira) and Han.

*deep breath*

Okay, so. You know that I absolutely adore Han and Leia as a couple. They're one of my favorite couples ever, and have been since I was ten years old. But....but...but.........

I still loved Han and Qi'ra's romance.

I can't tell if it's just because I'm such a hopeless romantic, or because I genuinely found their relationship cool. I think it's 50/50. See, here's the thing:

1) It only makes sense that Han had someone in his past. So I was already mentally prepared for that, as much as I hated to admit it.

2) It's not Harrison Ford. Yes, it's Han Solo, but it's not really truly Han Solo so I can like the romance in Solo without feeling as if I'm really betraying my OTP. (one true pairing)

3 ) I loved that the relationship wasn't more than what it was. Meaning:
   -They already were in a relationship from the start of the movie so we didn't have to go through any pointless meeting/flirting/"I like you" stuff. That would have been annoying to sit through since we knew the relationship wasn't going to last.
   -Yes, they kissed a lot...but nothing beyond that was ever suggested so YES YAY THANKS.
   -Honestly, the idea of them growing up on the streets as friends/sweethearts is just so cute I couldn't help but like them. It's so sweet how they were devoted to looking out for each other. Han was so protective and caring and it just melted my heart to see Han like that. Because he always did have a heart of gold. He tries to hide it in A New Hope but he totally fails. ;)
   -Lastly, the way they "ended" it all deserves an A+. Because they didn't kill her. If they had killed her, it would have made their relationship into a heartbreaking "what could have been". But as it is, we know that she chose a life without Han, and he learned to move on and thus everything is AS IT SHOULD BE.

Qi'Ra- Solo:A Star Wars Story(2018)
•Aside from her role as Han's love interest, I really liked Qi'ra simply as a character. I appreciated that she was a little less independent than all the other main SW heroines. In the beginning of the film, she trusts her life to Han and follows his lead without question. And later in the film, though she has obviously learned how to defend herself, she's not running around shooting villains left and right, screaming, "I don't need a man!!" at the top of her lungs. She kind of takes a back seat for the action, and personally I find that really refreshing for an action movie heroine. (Plus, it keeps her from being a Leia-wanna-be. There is only one Leia; I'm so glad this movie didn't try to "replace her" or compete with her.) (Unlike what a certain tv show called BBC Robin Hood tried to do when their heroine died...)

And then there's the Big Moment at the end where we find out where her true loyalties lie and....oh boy. Firstly, I love that she still likes Han and doesn't kill him and wants to see him safe and happy. This is very cool. Despite all she's been through, she's still essentially the same person deep down, the same girl who loved Han Solo and dreamt of the day he'd come to rescue her. (okay but wasn't that scene where she talked about how dreaming of escaping with him would make her smile?? *heartbreak*) BUT...she has changed. For reasons unknown to us (which makes her character even more interesting), she chooses to abandon Han Solo for....Darth Maul?

Okay, so that part still confuses me. Yeah, I know according to the Clone Wars tv show, he survived his injuries inflicted by Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace, but STILL. Weird. And why does she want to work for him?? Is she a Sith? I thought she wanted to help people?? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Anyways. Despite her horrible decision at the end of the movie, I still love her character.

Also, Getaway Car by Taylor Swift is her song. Seriously. I really hope some talented person who makes fanvideos on youtube puts together a video with that song, because it fits SO WELL.

•Dryden Vos was soooo cool. He had an elegant, careless attitude that was intriguing and kind of different for a SW villain. I feel like a villain can either make or break story like this, and he definitely made it. (For the record, I'm not saying I liked him as a person or approved of anything he did. I only liked him from a strictly story-telling perspective; I thought he was a well-written villain.)

•The little scene concerning pronunciation of "Sabaac" and "Han" was so funny.

Han Solo - A Star Wars Story
•I was definitely looking forward to Donald Glover as Lando (only because of this video....sorrynotsorry) and he didn't disappoint. He was suave and hysterical and totally perfect as Lando. I loved his attitude and how he and Han have a very rocky "friendship" right from the start. When he cheated at the card game, I got so angry. Although it all makes sense now why Han would say in The Empire Strikes Back.... "I don't trust him, either. But he is my friend." xD

However, I didn't care for his droid. L3. She was annoying and pointless and when she died it was like we were supposed to care but I didn't...??? (I mean, I felt sort of bad for Lando and I did feel bad for L3, but just in a general "I hate for sad stuff to happen" not "I really am sad that this specific character died.")

•Seeing the Falcon in all its glory was incredible. (Han, what did you do to this ship between Solo and A New Hope???)

Let's hope something like this is in the Solo movie but not as a flashback.

•As much as I liked Qi'ra, I did not care for her being ON the Falcon. It felt Wrong and Strange to see her in a place that Leia occupied later in time. The Falcon is kind of Han and Leia's place. Qi'ra should never have set foot on it.

•Honestly, why does Han simply boast that he made the Kessel run in only 12 parsecs? It's seriously so much more impressive now that we know he did it along with battling a giant space slug and narrowly getting vacuumed down a black hole. (And apparently there was this big plot hole thing that got solved through this movie. Never heard of it before this. But that's cool.) (Oh, and the fact that it was 12-point-something, but he "rounds down." xD This boyyyy.)

•The twist on the marauders was fantastic. I totally didn't expect them to turn out to good ol' rebels against the Empire & co. It was great. Enfys Nest (sorry but that's a really weird name) was especially amazing. I love what she said to Han about how he'd eventually join the fight. <3  (And her BACKSTORY. *cries*)

•Beckett turning out to be bad was super disappointing. He was epic while it lasted. (Although part of me can see where his "descent" was understandable, though not excusable. He made some bad choices before, and when Val died...I feel like he lost his "better half". But yeah. That's a conversation for another day. It'll be interesting to watch the movie again and really pay attention to Beckett's choices and actions.)

•Unlike Mrs. Bennet's sister, I totally didn't see Beckett's betrayal coming until a few moments before he walked into the room. And that was something I love about this movie. It kept me guessing and totally unsure of who to trust. Qi'ra especially was constantly a question mark for me. I kept going back and forth on who I thought she was loyal to. And that fight scene at the end was epic. I totally didn't expect what happened.

•CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE EVENTS OF THIS MOVIE REALLY SHAPED HAN'S CHARACTER? It makes so much sense why he pushes people away in A New Hope. He's scared to trust another person ever again. Because two of the people he trusted most early on in his life betrayed him. I DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET HEARTBROKEN BY HAN'S BACKSTORY HELP.

•The ending made me so happpppyyyy. (But I wish the last shot had been the one of Han and Chewie pulling the hyperspace lever-thing back together, not the stupid dice that no one actually cares about. Yeah, whatever, their existence in The Last Jedi is now explained. Who cares?? They're still not in the original trilogy.)

•Han finding Lando on that jungle planet and winning the Falcon back was the bessstttt.

I guess that about sums it up. I LOVED THIS MOVIE. As epic as Rogue One was, I personally found Solo to be more entertaining and special to me. I do think Rogue One has a really well-woven plot and tells a very, very important story about the SW universe. But Solo is more fun, more exciting, and really really cool. And besides all that.....it's Solo. It's about one of my favorite heroes ever. You can't really beat that. ;)

Have you seen Solo?
What did you think of it?
Are there any Star Wars characters you'd love to see get their own film?

May 24, 2018

"We have had the time of our lives"

Guys, a life changing event occurred to me recently. An event I've been planning for awhile, and one I've been thinking about for even longer. 

For the first time in my life, I traveled solo, to a new state to stay with some people I never even met.

Well. Save two people. ;) Would you like to hear from them?



Olivia left, Alyssa center, then yours truly

Hi, fwiends!  This is Olivia.

And I, Natalie, am in blue. :) Well, I guess someone should explain how this grand occasion came about. Anyone volunteer?

I shall try my hand at it.  Alyssa invited us to her house, and we came, and here we are on our last full day together (by the time you read this, the Fellowship will have been broken).

Staaahpppp. *cries* I don't want to leave!!!! *hugs you guys* Alyssa, can I just stay forever?

Can I second that request??????!!!!!!!

Weeeelll...I don't know about forever...

Okay, FINE, then!  Gosh!!

I guess she wants us to get out of her life and shut up.

She must not love us anymore, Natalie. *cries on your shoulder*

Oh really, girls.  You are so over dramatic.  *eye roll* 

*sigh*  Well, whatever.  As we said, this is our last full day together, so we need to go do super-cool things you wouldn't understand--

Government secrets, you know.

Interrupting.  Uh, rude.

As I was going to say, we need to go, but we thought we'd give you some mini (and we mean very mini) reviews of all the cinematic delights in which we've been indulging this past week.

Speaking of indulging....should we mention all the cookies and brownies as well?

Oh, no.  Most assuredly not.  We have our images to keep up.  

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Onwards to the movie low-down!

~ Day One ~

- The Donna Reed Show

O:  This was fun!  I should not be sorry to know it better.

A: This is one of my very favorite TV shows! However, I haven't time right now to go into detail on why I like it so much so...that's all for now.  Just watch it sometime and find out for yourself.  ;)

N: We only watched one episode, and Jeff was grown up. I like him better as a little kid, but it was still fun to watch.

This is my favorite moment from the movie Penelope! She really found herself a true gentleman <3
- Penelope

Johhhnnnyyy. And Penelope. and Johnny with Penelope. This movie was ADORABLE. <3

Okay, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie.  I was worried it might be a bit weird for my taste.  But it was actually really fun and the romance was soooooo sweet!!  Yup, I liked it.  :)

This is one of my very favorite movies, so it made me so happy that they liked it, guys.  You don't even know. :')

- Bella 

This was a really sweet movie.  Jose was the BEST!!!  Liked him so much.  


 I adore this movie so much and it made me immensely happy that they loved it, too. (And yes. Jose is the literal best. :) :) :))

~ Day Two ~

- A United Kingdom 

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Well, not a very productive day movie-wise, I must say. *shakes head*  But I was happy to have gotten to watch this one, since I've been wanting to for a while, and it was new to all of us.  I didn't thoroughly love it, but I have a feeling it might grow on me with a second watching.

This was good, but probably not one I would watch over and over.  I liked the characters, but at the same time I didn't get as emotionally attached to them as I would have liked.  Still good, though.

Same. The couple was adorable and the story very good, but I didn't LOVE this movie or anything. I liked it. (But there was too much confusing political stuff. *cough*) (Or maybe I was just too tired to absorb it. Whatever.)

~ Day Three ~

- BBC Robin Hood 

What I want to know is, if the Sherriff's strong room was that well protected, how did he ever manage to get anything out of it?  ;)

I always love Robin Hood.

We didn't get much of this watched, but it's always good to see my babies again. <333

- This Beautiful Fantastic

*switches intercom on*  "Silence."  I LOVE THIS MOVIE.

I've seen this before, but it was grand seeing it with my fwiends. :D 

I've been wanting to see this ever since Natalie and Olivia reviewed it on their blogs, so it was super fun to be able to watch it with them.  I wouldn't say it made it to my favorites' list, but it was quite good.  (Vernon was my favorite I think.  :))

- Newsies 


*can't decide which lyric to use*  *has identity crisis*  It was so much fun watching this with Natalie and Alyssa. :D

Same.  I had a lot of fun watching this.  It made me want to watch the original movie again though.  

- Napoleon Dynamite

This was gold.  I loved it. xD

This was cheesy.  I hated it.  JUST KIDDING!! It was actually pretty hilarious.  And we've been quoting it ever since.  ;)

I was so afraid of what they'd think of me after watching this movie, so I'm super relieved they enjoyed it. We've been quoting it at each other and even one of Alyssa's brothers who watched it with us. Fun times, y'll.

~ Day Four ~
- Belle 

Belle. One of the very best movies I've seen this year. Loved it! :)

Another good movie.  Man, there's just too many good movies in this world. I could have used more of John and Dido together but I guess you can't have it all. 

Yay, Alyssa finally got to watch this one!! :D

It was such fun watching this one with Olivia again, as it was the first movie I ever watched with blogging friends--her and Éowyn. And now we got to show Alyssa, too. It's such a beautiful, moving story. <3

~ Day Five ~

- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Umm.....I was curious to watch this again, as I've seen it before a long time ago and didn't care for it very much. I liked it slightly better than I did the first time....*hem hem*.

Yeahhhhhhh . . . watching it through someone else's eyes does drive home how truly terrible it is if you take it seriously.  I mean, I still love it dearly, but . . . yeah.  We kept telling Alyssa's little brothers who were watching it with us that Adam is NOT a man to be emulated.  ;) ;)

Yeah, don't take it seriously.  Just don't.  You'll ruin all the fun of it if you do.  ;)

- The Man Who Invented Christmas
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I'd watched this once before, so it was fun watching it again with Natalie and Alyssa and Alyssa's family.  It's really quite an excellent movie, I think.

I've been wanting to see this since it came out, and it was quite enjoyable and quotable and altogether delightful. And Dickens' relationship with his characters was fantastic. "I'm going out.....ALONE." xD (Also, Alyssa's dad has a reproduction copy of the original publication of A Christmas Carol....it was SO cool to see after watching the movie. It felt like a piece of the movie come to life. :D)

I really enjoyed this movie.  It was surprisingly good, and better than I expected.  Dickens' interaction with his characters was hilarious...and very creative.

- Priceless 

A: Good.

O:  Very good, indeed.  It was pretty intense and kind of difficult to watch, but I'm glad I did.  *has inarticulate, emotional feelings*

N: I've been obsessed with For King and Country lately and just watched Priceless myself for the first time. It's super intense and serious, but I love how the story is told and the hope it offers. I'm really glad those two ^^ like it as well. :) 

-YouTube clips of Jesse and Michelle from Full House
.it was so oblivious that Michele was his favorite- #fullhouse #unclejesse


So adorable!! <3 <3

I'm so glad these two started fangirling over them, too!  I discovered these clips a month or so ago and quietly died from the sheer adorb.  I NEED THIS SHOW IN MY LIFE.  (But my library doesn't have it. *scowls*  What library doesn't have Full House???!!)

~ Day Six * ~

- Sarah Plain and Tall

I always like this movie and it's always good, but I think it was a bit too quiet of a movie for when we watched it, since we were already rather tired. 

It was sweet, but it was a little too much like Love Comes Softly. I was kind of hoping for something different. And, like Olivia said, it kind of put me to sleep. Almost. :P

Like Love Comes Softly, Natalie?  Now, now.  That's going a bit too far, don't you think?!  ;P  Seriously though, I really do like this movie (and I think it's much better than Love Comes Softly...'hem), but I guess I can sort of understand where Natalie's coming from.  And yes, it was rather putting us to sleep that day, I have to admit.  CALEB IS THE CUTEST CHILD THOUGH!  I love him so much!  <3 <3

* We also started watching some Boy Meets World episodes, as well as Doctor Thorne.

~ Day 7 ~

(more Boy Meets World and Jesse + Michelle)

~ Day 8 ~
- Doctor Thorne 

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I really liked this one. I didn't love it--some aspects of the story and characters seemed hard to connect to--but overall it was fun to watch a sweet, new-to-me period drama. Frank and Mary were super sweet and Dr. Thorne was awesome. Can't wait to show this one to my mom. :)

I enjoyed this, though I had some quibbles.  Tom Hollander as Dr. Thorne was probably the best thing about it, but I also enjoyed seeing some other familiar period drama faces and meeting some new ones.  I was a little confused by some of the "artistic choices" -- the costumes were rather weird sometimes (as Alyssa says, "too many flowers" ;)), and some of the actresses' line delivery was weird too, and some other stuff.  BUT, again, I did enjoy it.  

Ditto to a lot of what Olivia said.  It's hard to describe it exactly but there are definitely some things about this film that could have been improved.  Still it was fun watching it together and it's definitely grown on me since the first time I saw it.  (But yeah, seriously.  Too many flowers.  ;))

- Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World is my favorite show, like, ever.

This is pretty much my favorite TV show at the moment, so it was really fun to be able to share it with my friends.  :)

I'm low-key obsessed now. This show is so fun. (Stupid sometimes, yeah.) I can't stop laughing when we watch it. :D 

Love it!  The quotability is strong with this one.

Aside from movies, we've had fun engaging in Many Deep Talks (mostly after midnight *cough cough*), reading each others' writing, singing and playing the piano, playing with Alyssa's little siblings, eating, running thither and yon, attending a dance, attending a Sight & Sound show, taking pictures of ourselves like the vain hussies we are, using far too many Napoleon Dynamite quotes, and, of course, laughing, laughing, laughing.  
*end of what we all wrote together*

There you have it in a very small nutshell. Olivia and Alyssa and I were blessed to be able to arrange a nine day visit together, in which we truly had the time of our lives. I can't even begin to describe how amazing the visit was, and how much if affected me on so many levels. It was wonderful spending so much time with my friends, and Alyssa's family deserves a large round of applause for welcoming Olivia and I into their home. Because she and I are a bit crazy. ;) (heehee) But seriously, we both felt as if we became part of the family during that visit, and we honestly miss everyone now that we're gone. 

Of course, saying goodbye to Alyssa and Olivia was the hardest part for me. These girls are my kindred spirits and the sisters-I-never-had, and the deep talks and support and prayers we shared will stay with me for a long, long time.  I was so abundantly blessed during our visit. And I'm still experiencing the blessings that come with a friendship like ours. 

There's so much more I could tell you—about what we did and about what personal revelations I experienced from this adventure—but I could write ten blog posts and still not cover it all, so I'll end it here.

Girls, till next time. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but we all know it won't be the last time we see each other, Lord willing. :) I'm so grateful and honored to call you my friends. (But then....you know it. ;))

But if it has to end
I'm glad you have been my friend
In the time of our lives
-Tyrone Wells


PS. Figured we needed a little Cory after that sentimental mush, Olivia and Alyssa. ;)