November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey y'll! I have so much to be thankful for this year. Well, every year in fact. :)
  •  Of course, I'm always thankful for Jesus dying for us on the cross so we can live with Him in Heaven someday!
  • I'm so thankful we're Christians- so many people just don't get it. How people can't understand what Jesus did for them is just beyond me!
  • I'm thankful for my "awesome-tastic" family (I did that for you, Dad). I seriously can't go a day without thanking God for the wonderfully loving and supportive family I have.
  • I'm thankful that we have the privilege to be homeschooled. It's so sad hearing about families who are separated or arrested because of wanting to homeschool their kids.
  • I'm thankful for my amazing friends (I'm finally mentioning you on my blog, Amanda, Kamberly, Shayla, and Kearra!) and what hilariously fun times we have together.
  • I'm thankful for country living. I never ever ever want to live in the suburbs again. Ever.
  • I'm thankful for all my adorable pets. (Yes, even Alice, the chicken who pecks us.)
  • I'm thankful for cool, windy weather!!!
  • I'm thankful for the gorgeous world God gave us to enjoy. Every day there's something beautiful to look at. He is the most awesome artist ever.
  • I'm thankful for the author of the Eloise of Westhaven books, Jean Archambault-White, who commented on my Eloise review and sent me two free signed books!!!!
  • I'm thankful for Anna and the blog party we're hosting together in December! She's so sweet and I'm so happy to get to know her over the blogging world!
  • I'm thankful for music.
  • I'm thankful for books.
  • I'm thankful for movies.
  • I'm thankful for food. Delicious, yummy food.
  • I'm thankful for our house and the job my dad has.
  • I'm thankful for my blog and all the great blogs I follow!
  • I'm thankful for my volunteer job as a historical reenactor.
  • I'm thankful for my camera and the amazing shots I'm able to take.
  • I'm thankful for art. I love drawing and painting.
  • I'm thankful for writing. And my stories and characters that I just love.
  • I'm thankful for organic food and all the work my mom puts into making healthy meals for us!
  • I'm thankful for YOU who are reading this! And my lovely 6 followers!!


There's tons more things I could list, but those are the first that come to mind. But, here's a list of very random, maybe even silly things, that I'm thankful for:
  • Pencils. I love pencils.
  • My electric nail-filer. It makes filing nails a whole lot quicker and easier.
  • Legos. Seriously the best toys ever.
  • Pumpkin pie. <3
  • The Get Smart TV show (an old 1960s comedy show about spies).
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. My mom and I just watched it and loved it!
  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall DVD. And this and this. Hilarious!!!! (Both of which I got off of Sink Me!)
  • My new originally $49 skirt that I got for $9. Woot woot! :)
  • The fact that pretty much all of my Christmas gifts that I plan to give to my family/friends are done!
  • Water. I could never live without it.
  • Bookmarks.
  • And just to be really random, I'm going to say I'm thankful for scissors. I mean, really, can you imagine how hard it'd be to cut things without scissors?! Think about it.
 Anyways, we all have things to be grateful for. Even when we have bad days. Even when bad things happen. There's always something to be thankful to God for-we just have put our troubles aside and look around at the good. 
 So, Happy Thanksgiving all my lovely readers! I'm going to celebrate Thanksgiving at my grandparents house today. Can't wait!
 It's also my mom's birthday today. Happy Birthday Mommy! I love you so much, you're the BEST mom in the entire world! <3 <3 <3


November 25, 2013

Mother Daughter Book-Club by Heather Vogel Frederick



I seriously love these books. There aren't many "modern" books that fall under my favorites list, but these would be one of them. Mainly because the characters read the books I love! Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Daddy-Long-Legs, Pride and Prejudice, Betsy-Tacy, and Jane Eyre!
 (okay, so I actually haven't read Jane Eyre yet, but I've seen the movie and really enjoyed the story)

In the first book, Emma's, Jess's, Megan's, and Cassidy's mothers decide to form a mother-daughter book club. They pretty much hate the idea, except for book-loving Emma and her BFF Jess, whose own mother is away pursuing an acting career in New York. The girls are forced into reading Little Women for the year, and despite many protests and much drama, they end up loving it.
The book follows their lives throughout the year as they read Little Women and learn that girls back then had much of the same problems they do now. And they have a Little Women Christmas party. How cool is that??

 Let me elaborate on the characters.

Emma Jane Hawthorne-quiet, poetic, and a book-worm. Her mother is a big Jane Austen fan, as you can tell by what she named Emma and her older brother! His name is Darcy. Yes, Darcy. :) I love Darcy. Not only is he named after MR. Darcy but he's kind and funny and smart and all that. I'm planning on naming one of my sons Darcy when I grow up.  Hopefully my {future!} husband will go for it.
 Anyways, Emma is sorta the main character to me (the girls take turns with the chapters, each chapter being from one of the girl's POV) and I love her. She and I have a lot in common, although I have stuff in common with pretty much each girl. She loves writing, and reading classics. (She also writes poetry, such as "Zach Attack." You totally won't get that until you read the book. It's so embarrassing for Emma, but it is really funny) She's quiet and thoughtful, and just such a lovable character!!

Jess Delaney-the painfully shy farm girl whom just might be my favorite character. It's a tie between her and Emma. She's Emma's BFF and *Spoiler!* Darcy's girlfriend. Well first, she has a crush on him for the first couple of books. Then they become a couple. And they are seriously one of the cutest couples ever. Even if I don't approve of the whole boyfriend/girlfriend thing before you're ready to marry. *End of Spoiler!*  Jess is so sweet and smart. She loves animals and excels in math and science. Oh, and she can sing. She has younger twin brothers, who are so funny and cute. And since they live on a farm, they have all sorts of animals-including chickens that sneak into the house at times!!

 Megan Wong, a creative girl who loves sewing and fashion, has parents who became rich overnight when her dad invented some sort of computer gadget. She used to be great friends with Emma, but drifted away and is now hanging with the "Fab Four". Her mother is HILARIOUS. Her mom's all about organic food and healthy living, save the trees and all that. Megan finds it all really embarrassing. Now, I for one, agree on organic food and such. My mom tries to get everything organic, and makes things from scratch. But Mrs. Wong doesn't exactly get it. Just because it's gross or practically inedible DOES not mean it's healthy. On the contrary, the more organic and natural your food is, the better it tastes. Anyways, so her mom's hilarious even if she's giving off the wrong impression about organic food.

 Cassidy Sloane. I love Cassidy. She's so funny and gets into the most hilarious circumstances. Her mother is a former supermodel and tries to get Cassidy to act more ladylike. But noooooo way. Cassidy would rather play hockey or baseball and hang out with the boys. She's also a BIG practical jokester. It's hilarious what they come up with throughout the books. Unfortunately, it's usually to get back at someone for something, so it's not exactly the "nice" joking. Cassidy's father died a few years ago. I cry over the parts where Cassidy misses her dad. She acts so tough, but inside she is hurting-really hurting. It's really fun getting to watch her change from a belligerent tomboy (at the start of the books) to a strong and independent young woman.

Becca Chadwick. She's one of the popular, snooty, boy-crazy girls. She's REALLY annoying at the beginning of the books (think Amy March and Miss Bingley combined) , but *spoiler* becomes part of the MDBC and friends with the rest of the girls. She gets better at not being snarky or back-biting, although she does have her moments. She doesn't exactly ever get over the boys though...*end of spoiler* She can be funny and even really nice at times.

Summaries of the books are below, but beware there are MAJOR SPOLIERS:

 In the second book, the girls are reading Anne of Green Gables. (YES!!)  Becca Chadwick and her mother are invited to join the book club, which turns out to be torture for all involved. Jess's family learns they might lose their old farmhouse, and the girls come up with this amazing scheme to raise money for the mortgage-a fashion show! The outfits are designed by Megan and modeled by all the girls. One special dress is also modeled by Mrs. Sloane, a former model. Something very exciting happens to Mrs. Sloane toward the end of the book...much to Cassidy's chagrin. Emma finds in this book that her long-time crush might be replaced by another less-likely candidate, Stewart Chadwick.










 In this book, they read Daddy-Long-Legs, a book I never had heard of before. Of course, it being a classic, I got it and loved it. I actually think I enjoyed its sequel Dear Enemy better though...
Anyways, in this book Jess starts attending Colonial Academy instead of public school. Between missing her friends and dealing with a mean roommate, Jess is miserable.  Meanwhile, Gigi, Megan's grandmother visits. She and Megan hit it off wonderfully, as they both love fashion, but Megan's mother and grandmother don't get along very well. Cassidy is depressed by some shocking news about an addition to her family. The moms spring the idea of pen-pals to the girls (pretty much everything is about the moms springing something on the girls, haha). They assign them pen-pals from another MDBC, started by Mrs. Hathorne's old college friend. Toward the end of the book they get to visit their pen-pals!
 This year, they read Pride and Prejudice (squeealll!!!). I think this is my favorite book out of them all. Or at least one of my favorites. In it, Emma's family moves to England for a year, doing a house swap with a British family who have two boys-Tristan and Simon Berkley, who are a modern-day Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley. Megan falls for Mr. Bingley Simon as Cassidy and Mr. Darcy Tristan battle it out. Speaking of Mr. Darcy, this is the book that Darcy and Jess become a couple. <3 They're just so cute! Megan starts a Fashionista Jane blog, where she criticizes people's fashion choices, but later gets herself into deep trouble for publicly making fun of the people around her. The girls have a bake sale to raise money for a visit home for Emma. From it, Gigi takes over and creates a café, Pies and Prejudice. (Seriously, it's the cutest café ever, and I wish it was where I lived!!)
 The girls read the Betsy-Tacy series. I had seen them in the library before but never checked them out. I'm sooooo glad this book introduced me to them because afterwards I immediately tried them and fell IN LOVE. (I will review them soon!!) In this book, the MDBC has a secret Santa gift exchange that turns out very badly (but hilariously) due to a practical joke. The girls are all scattered for Christmas with Cassidy in California, Megan and Becca on a cruise, and Emma and Jess in the mountains. Drama ensues on each vacation. Cassidy's family might be moving back to California, Becca and Megan fight over a guy, and Emma and Jess have a whole lot of different troubles. Once back home, things are still unsettled until an explosive New Years Eve party.







 The girls are reading Jane Eyre this year. Megan finally gets her long-awaited and promised trip to Paris with her grandmother, Gigi. She gets to go sight-seeing, shopping, and goes to fashion shows! She also gets to see her long-distance boyfriend, Simon. Back home, Mrs. Wong is running for mayor with Emma and Stewart Chadwick helping. Jess is competing in the a capella finals with her singing group, while Cassidy is in the national hockey championships. The book ends with a very surprising wedding!!

I was so sad when I realized this is the LAST book in the series!! <:"( I wish they kept going, although I'm glad the author kept with it long enough to write 6 books.






A very unrealistic thing about the books is the amazing things they get to do and what they are. For starters, Cassidy's mother is a former supermodel who now has her own cooking show that the girls get to be on from time to time. Jess's mother was an actress, and gets to take them behind the scenes during an episode shoot for her show. The girls get to go to England and a regency ball (which is one of the things I am yearning to do!!!). Lots of amazing stuff that usually wouldn't happen left and right to a group of normal people. But that's okay. I like books to be fun. I get to experience a lot that I would love to do just by reading about characters in a book doing it. That's the thing I loooovvee about books. Books insert you into lives and scenarios you would never get to be in otherwise!Reading is an adventure. Yes, that's very cliché, but it's 100% true!




Objectionable Content:
Well, as aforementioned, there's ALOT of emphasis put on boyfriend/girlfriend stuff. Who likes who, who's going to get their first kiss, etc. etc. And yes, they kiss a lot. They're not even 16 yet and are kissing. -shakes head- I don't mind the fact that they like each other or even that they're "couples", but the kissing is too much.
 I'd say that's the biggest problem. Other than that, the girls can be disrespectful at times to their parents such as when they make fun of Mrs. Chadwick or Mrs. Wong behind their backs. Now granted, they are very hilarious and ridiculous, but that obviously doesn't make it right for the girls to ridicule their mothers.

Other than that, the books are very clean and good compared to a lot of books out there today!
Rating 9/10


November 22, 2013

Soul Surfer


"Surfing isn't the most important thing in life. Love is. I've had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two. "

  Bethany Hamilton is amazing. Not because she survived her shark attack and overcame the loss her of arm, but because she did so with God's help. She is truly an inspiration of what trusting God and following His plan really means. I have her biography and devotional books, both of with I love.
And I love her movie. And that, my readers, is what this review is all about!

 So, to you who know nothing about her, Bethany was just another 13-year-old girl living in Hawaii. Growing up with parents who loved to surf, she too became a die-hard surfer.

 

 

"Surfing is my passion, my way of life.

                  The stoke I get from riding a perfect wave is pure joy."


The real Bethany surfing

  Her life was changed upside down when she was surfing with her friends on Halloween morning, 2003.

  She didn't even see it coming. A shark came, a shark went, and her arm was gone. She was rushed to the hospital and lost 60% of her blood. She would have died if not for the fact that she kept herself calm. How did she keep herself calm?

  God kept her calm.


  The movie follows Bethany's journey of coping with the loss of her arm and learning to surf again. To this day, she's surfing professionally!
Before you watch the movie, I would recommend reading her autobiography first. It tells all about her, her family, and how everything really happened. Granted the movie follows her actual life pretty close, but there's always some fiction in a movie based on real life.
  Such as the part early in the film where Bethany sneaks off in the middle of the night with her BF Alana to go night-surfing.  "What?? I don't think the real Bethany would do that!!" She certainly never mentions it being true, and I would hope Bethany would be more conscientious than to sneak off without telling her parents and knowing they wouldn't approve!  I think that the movie producers used it to build suspense for her attack, but couldn't they have built it a different way? Her parents find out later and scold her, but it's still kinda treated as no big deal.


AnnaSophia and Bethany (right)

  Bethany is played by AnnaSophia Robb. She did a great job acting, although it's hilarious because the real Bethany is 5'11" and AnnaSophia is only 5'2"!  She brought a lot of emotion to the scenes where she's accepting the loss of her arm. Like when she's talking to her youth pastor, Sarah (played by Carrie Underwood). I cry every time.

 One thing I'd like to mention is the soundtrack. It. Is. A-mazing.  The score itself is beautiful. It has the perfect tropical Hawaii sound to it, while sounding wistful and inspiring and...it's just lovely. Look it up on Amazon and listen to the samples. Or even better watch the movie.
 The songs are very fun and upbeat. It has several from Britt Nicole ("Like a Star" and my personal favorite "Set the World on Fire") and one of my favorite Francesca Battistelli songs- "It's Your Life". 
They're are some fun non-Christian songs like "Sound of Sunshine" and "This is the Life". I haven't heard the entire song apart from what's included in the movie, so I can't say for sure I approve of all of them. But what's included in the film is clean! :)
The last song included, "Firework" is by Chris Sligh-anyone who's seen October Baby will know him as B-mac, who also did some of the songs for that movie.

AnnaSophia as Bethany (left) and Lorraine Nicolson as Alana
  Even though the movie has Christian elements and all that, I'd have to say I'm disappointed it doesn't have more. I mean, Jesus is the biggest thing in Bethany's life, how about making that the ultimate theme of the movie? Obviously surfing without her arm is the main plot, but Jesus can be the theme. Well, hopefully the movie will make people want to read her biography which has more about her faith in it! The movie also includes her documentary, which is a really good insight into her life. It has footage of her before and after the attack, interviews, videos of her surfing and more!

Content:
 One word: bikinis. The real Bethany herself wears bikinis, she says that's just how it is in Hawaii. (Note: While I don't wear/approve of bikinis, it's not my place to judge anyone for wearing them. Everyone has different standards and to some Christians, even my swim shorts and tank tops would seem immodest! So, don't think I'm pointing fingers or judging.)
With that in mind, I personally wouldn't recommend younger boys/guys seeing this movie. It's not like they're the worst, skimpiest bikinis, but they're still bikinis and show a lot of skin!

 In one scene, Alana is posing for their new sponsor Rip Curl. She's in a bikini and there are guys around in the background watching. (On the cover of her books and posters, Bethany usually wears tank tops and shorts over her bikinis. She doesn't pose in her swimsuit. But apparently Alana does, as shown in the movie!)
 In her biography, Bethany does express some concern over this scene. She was hesitant about it, but said she's glad the producers picked a more "modest" bikini. (But, if bikinis can indeed be modest, I don't think the one they picked was very modest at all!)  Then again, perhaps Bethany has since regretted having that scene in her movie. Regardless, I'd recommend skipping that scene if watching with guys.

  Then, of course, there is some intense scenes with the shark attack. Blood is seen in the water and soaked through her makeshift bandage. The scene could very easily make younger kids (and maybe older kids as well!) paranoid of swimming at the beach. But I think they filmed it really well. It's intense, but not gory.


  Aside from some caution about bikinis and shark attacks, I would totally recommend this movie!! Rating: 8/10



  To any of you who do know of Bethany Hamilton, she just got married! You can read more about it on her website http://bethanyhamilton.com/



Aren't they so cute?
Her wedding dress!















November 16, 2013

Announcing The Winter Wonderland Blog Party!

 Along with my friend Anna, I am hosting a Winter Wonderland Blog Party to anyone interested!
We're both super excited about it and hopefully we'll get a lot of participators! It will be going on December 9th-21st.

The first week will contain a Christmas/winter tag, a Christmas song trivia, a Christmas movie quotes game, and a post about anything your heart desires-as long as it's about Christmas or winter. Some ideas are
-Your family's Christmas traditions
-Your favorite Christmas movies or books
-Your dream Christmas vacation
-Your most memorable Christmas
Ugh, those last two ideas sound like something from a school assignment. Well, just be random and have fun. If you write a Deep and Thoughtful post about how people used to celebrate Christmas and how they now think it's all about moneymoneymoney that's fine. And if you write about how excited your dog is to play in the snow that's fine too. Anything goes as long as it has to do with Christmas or winter. :)

 On the second week, we will have the exciting....drumroll please... Ultimate Winter Writing Challenge! You will be required to write a short story with at least 2,500  words that includes an ice princess, a prince, a snow fairy, and an ice sorcerer. (If you'd rather not include any magical elements such as a fairy or sorcerer, you can omit them as long as your story still contains an ice princess, a prince, and a bad guy). Anna and I will judge them and pick a winner!

 We're announcing this party to you now, so you can have a whole month to work on your story and your posts. You'll want to have them all done, especially your story, so you'll be ready when our party kicks off!

Whenever you have a post for the blog party tag it with "Winter Wonderland Blog Party". At the end of the party we'll have a link up. By tagging all of your party posts with "Winter Wonderland Blog Party" it will enable your readers to see all of your party posts when they click your link.

I'd like to thank Anna for coming up with this idea. It was her idea to host a winter blog party in the first place, and she was kind enough to ask me to co-host! -squeal!!-

So make sure you check out her blog and all her posts she'll be writing for our party!!
Oh, and it was her birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday Anna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0)

Here's buttons to display on your blog. If you need help putting them on your blog, comment and I'll walk you through it. The 1st button is for the whole party, the 2nd for Week 1 and the 3rd for Week 2.  Anna made a whole bunch of other buttons she'll display on her blog too!

*As you can see, I messed up a little on the dates. On the 2nd button (Week 1) I said it's the 9th-21st. That's for the whole party. Week 1 only lasts from the 9th to the 15th. Sorry bout that.*





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November 9, 2013

Hollywood Safari (1997)


My family and I love lame movies. Sorry, I mean we love LAUGHING at them.


And we have quite a list. Just thinking about them makes me smile.


We recently added a new one to our "Lamest Movies Ever" list and its title is Hollywood Safari.

I just wonder one thing--did the people who made this movie think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread or were they trying to be lame??

Or maybe they worked so hard on it they decided to release it anyways and hope for the best. And the best is....not too good.

Anyways, I'm going to just bash this movie to bits and try not to think of the poor people who had to have their name in the credits of this picture.


IT WAS HILARIOUS!!!!

My dad deemed it even worse than The Wilderness Family (which is a story for another day). We're seriously not even 2 minutes into the film and we're making fun of it. And the best part?? 



FLOOR IT, TROY!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Yes, I realize if you've never seen the movie you won't get that joke. I'm sorry. It's just too hilariously stupid to explain. You need to see it yourself.
Okay, so there's this family who trains animals for acting in movies. Their mountain lion is being carted to a movie set when it escapes and runs off into the woods. A wild mountain lion had attacked a teenage boy recently in that area so the public is terrified and the police set out to get it.
(side note: I understand that people are afraid of the mountain lion since they heard about the attacked boy, but when they all run screaming from it at the campgrounds? Isn't this a little much? You live in the Midwest/west you're gonna see mountain lions from time to time!)



 



As you can imagine, everyone confuses the movie lion for the wild lion and the police tranquilize and capture "Kensho".  The Johnson family rush to the police station to save their lion.

The acting goes from bad to worse throughout the whole thing and is just sooooo hilarious.

  Let me talk about this family for a minute. Troy, the dad, is okay. A few lame parts, but overall okay. Except it felt like he was trying to be the Indiana Jones of this thing and it didn't really fly. It didn't even leave the ground.
  The mom is....a little weird. I understand she loves this mountain lion whom she's raised since it was a cub (I'd be crying too if the police were going to kill my pet even though it's innocent), but it just seemed strange. As if she loves it more than her family. I don't know, something just didn't come off right.
 And then there's the two sons of the animal trainers. The younger brother is soooo much smarter than the older one. I could give the kid a medal for saying "we shouldn't do this" when the older kid goes "nah, we'll be fine, don't be a chicken." Yeah. Then something happens. 

 So back to the story. There's a police man- Deputy Rogers-who is just totally irresponsible and heartless. He's kinda a jerk. But, the Sheriff leaves HIM in charge when he takes a few days off. Such a mistake. He refuses to entertain the possibility that the lion they captured is not the one that attacked the boy.

(oh and for you who have seen Love's Long Journey, the 3rd movie in the Love Comes Softly Series,  Deputy Rogers is played by John Savage, the actor who played the lead outlaw, Trent.)



Then there's Rookie McLean. He's a very serious, helpful, and just all-around-nice guy.
But get him in a car and he goes ballistic. I don't know what is WRONG with him?!? Oh yeah, I remember-scriptwriters. Haha.

"I knew we had poachers in there. I knew it!"
"It's the only way in-it's the only way out."
"Floor it, Troy!"
"Well, then you better step on the gas, my friend!"

 The boys go off to try to capture the wild mountain lion so they can save Kensho. Instead, they find a mountain lion cub in a cage, get chased by the wild lion, and fall into a hole. Their dog, Muddy, saves them from several mishaps, and finally their dad and Rookie McLean come to rescue them.


 Oh, and then there are these poachers! Oh my goodness, they're so stupid and unrealistic. It's hilarious. (yeah, I know, I say that alot.) They're all dressed up in these sloppy outfits that are remarkably clean for being poachers. They use words like "rats" and "this stinks". I wouldn't want them to use profanity, but really? Have them say nothing at all if you can't think of something more realistic but still appropriate.


The poachers take off with the lion cub and wild mountain lion as the Johnsons had finally shot it with the tranquilizer. They leave Troy and the boys tied up. Muddy runs up and unties the rope with his teeth as Mr. I've-got-a-gun-don't-move shows up and points it around crazily as he does he ballerina dance around them. Seriously. He jumps out of the hummer, looks around, sees no one but Troy and the boys, but still proceeds to pull out his gun and aim it at the trees. "What happened? What happened here?" he asks. It's our favorite part of the movie. It's just sooooo funny!




There's a car chase scene which would actually be cool if not ruined by the lame statements by the actors in the cars!! And the rock and roll music that plays as they drive really cracks us up.

Oh yes...then they actually have some fist-fights. "You're really punching each other? Sorry, I can't tell, your fist is 5 inches from his face." Well, okay, it wasn't that fake but pretty close. Especially when the rookie kept punching the one poacher and all he'd do is smile! After the fight, not one person has a nick or scratch on his face.

I would recommend this movie if you want a good laugh. "I'm sorry, but that's just the way I feel." (family joke)  They wanted to make this exciting adventure story with this family as the heroes. Uh, sorry. The REAL hero of the story is Muddy, the amazing-super dog who should have earned an academy award for being the only smart one in this movie.

There are a couple of mild curse words throughout the film from what I can remember (h-ll). One of the poachers uses the phrase "kiss my b-tt". So you might not want younger kids to pick up on some of the words they use.
 


  This face of one of the police in the background of a scene is just so hilarious I had to include it.

Alrighty. I hope you enjoyed this review. I know I had fun making it. My younger brother told me my reputation as a blogger might be at stake if I even review this movie. Well, that's half the fun of reviewing things. You get to make fun of the really silly stuff as well as the good stuff.  Thanks for reading!!





Rating: 2 /10. I give it a 2 instead of a 1 just because it's soooo funny.

 

November 7, 2013

30 Day Song Challenge

Hello my readers!

I noticed on Hayden's blog and Melody's blog they were doing the 30-Day Song Challenge. After seeing the list of questions, I decided to join in, although I'm doing all my "days" at once. I want to do it and get it done so I can move on to more book and movie reviews. I've been lacking in that area lately, and I'd really like to get back on track. My blog's still new, and I have sooooo many great things to review for you!

Day 1- Your favorite song:
Haha, I'll take that as ONE of my favorite songs. It's literally impossible for me to have one favorite song. Let's see.... I love "Somebody Tell Them" by City Harbor. It's A-mazing.

Day 2-Your least favorite song:
Well, there's several Christmas songs I dislike immensely. "Santa Baby" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" are two of them.

Day 3-A song that makes you happy:
"Life is Beautiful" by The Afters. It's in one of my favorite movies, October Baby, and is just soooo gorgeous and inspiring and gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. It can also make me tear up. It's an amazing reminder of how beautiful life is and makes you want to praise God with all your heart that YOU ARE ALIVE.

Day 4-A song that makes you sad:
"One Last Christmas" by Matthew West. There will be tears in my eyes pretty much every time I hear it.

Day 5-A song that reminds you of someone:
"Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman reminds me of my daddy as he would dance with me (when I was little) whenever the "So This is Love" Cinderella song came on during the movie. :)

Day 6-A song that reminds you of somewhere:
 Wellll, I can't think of a song that reminds me of a place I've been to. "Detroit" from The Happiest Millionaire movie reminds me of Detroit. For obvious reasons.
 

Day 7-A song that reminds you of a certain event:
Any Christmas song reminds me of Christmas. Haha.

Well, the song "The Way I Was Made" by Chris Tomlin reminds me of my 15th birthday, as it was one of my new favorites and I called it my birthday theme song. Ill think I'll do that every year now-pick a song that describes how I feel or want to feel at each birthday.

Day 8-A song that you know all the words to:
Oh, that would be ALOT of songs....okay, how about "I See the Light" from Tangled. I sing it ALL the time. It's just so beautiful...and it's "warm and real and bright..." :)

Day 9-A song that you can dance to:
Depends on how you define dance....haha. I "dance" to several upbeat Christian songs if I'm in the mood. I would love to dance to waltzes and such if I knew how!

Day 10-A song that makes you fall asleep:
When I was a baby, my mom sang the ABC's to me while in the car to make me fall asleep.

I don't think it would work anymore. ;0)

Day 11- A song from your favorite band:
I love "You Can't Take Away" and "Let the Waters Rise" by Mikeschair.

Day 12- A song from a band you hate:
Errr...I don't know. The only "bands" I know are all Christian bands and I pretty much like each one to varying degrees.

Day 13- A song that is a guilty pleasure:
Ummmm...well, I sometimes sing the "In the Dark of the Night" song from the animated Anastasia movie. Not cause I like the song...it just has a sorta catchy tune. <:)

Day 14- A song that no one would expect you to love:
Well, I can't think of one that no one would expect me to love, but there is this really random song I heard on the radio once and LOVE it. I don't think anybody really knows I like it. But my family wouldn't be surprised that I like it. :) It's "Mocking Bird Hill" by Patti Page. It's so cute and sweet and vintage-y sounding, if that makes any sense. :)

Day 15- A song that describes you:
Okay. I've been racking my brain on this one for awhile. I seriously don't know why it's so hard...
Oh! I got it. "Set the World on Fire" by Britt Nicole. Because I really do want to!
 Ermm....on fire for Christ that is. Not literally "on fire".....

Day 16-A song that you used to love but now hate:
I can't think of one I hate now, although I used to be crazy over Matthew West's "Hello My Name Is". I still am, but I've heard it soooo much on the radio that it's just not as exciting as it first was. :(
 

Day 17- A song that you hear often on the radio:
Well, my Christian station is playing "Overcomer" by Mandisa alot lately. I like it, but with every song it can get old after you've heard it 5,000 times. :)

Day 18- A song that you wish you heard on the radio:
Um, alot? Like, it would be awesome if there was a station that played music from musicals!

Day 19-A song from your favorite album:
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums is "Family Bible" from How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry CD.

Day 20-A song that you listen to when you're angry:
Well, sometimes I go and bang out "The Imperial March" (AKA Darth Vader's theme from Star Wars) on the piano when I'm mad. DUH DUH DUH DUUH DA DUH DUUH DA DUH DAA DAA DAA DADADA DUH DUUH DUH.

Day 21- A song that you listen to when you're happy:
When I'm happy I'll usually just flick on my radio and listen to whatever's playing.

Day 22- A song that you listen to when you're sad:
Hmmm.. I don't know. I've never really listened to a song while sad. I'd probably go and play a slow song on the piano.

Day 23- A song that you want to play at your wedding:
"When We're Together" by Mark Harris. It's the song that Emily dances to in Courageous. I also would want to play "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman (wow, I bring that song up alot don't I?) when I dance with my dad. It would make me cry though. <:"(

Day 24-A song that you want to play at your funeral:
Oh wow. Ummmmm....probably church hymns. I love Amazing Grace! Two great songs I love are "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe and "The Only Name" by Big Daddy Weave-both are amazing songs about when we're in heaven, so that fits for a funeral I suppose. :)

Day 25-A song that makes you laugh:
"I Love Candy" by Chris August. It's so stupid and silly but hilarious and fun to sing with!
 

Day 26- A song that you can play on an instrument:
"Beauty and The Beast" on the piano. *love*

Day 27-A song that you wish you could play:
"The Phantom of the Opera." Just watched the 25th anniversary concert and loved it!

Day 28-A song that makes you feel guilty:
Uhhhh....???

Day 29-A song from your childhood:
"So This is Love" from Cinderella. My dad would hold me and dance with me when it came on during the movie, as I said earlier. :)

Day 30- You favorite song at this time last year:
Oh wow. I have no idea. Wait- *goes and looks into my journal of November 2012*
Got it! I adored the song I first mentioned, "Somebody Tell Them" by City Harbor. I think that's when it first came out and I was in love with it. :)

Allrighty! That's it. Now I can hopefully get some of my reviews done soon!!
Especially as Blogger had been giving me problems but is now working!! YES!