Random thoughts #22: Oscar, kids think, & 7


“I’ll call him Oscar.”
“Oscar? You can’t name a lamb Oscar. You name a lamb Fluffy…or Cottonball…But you don’t name a lamb Oscar.”
-Paws & Tales kids radio show

“Ten days after I turned 8, got my lips stuck in a gate; my friends all laughed. And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crowbar and I had to spend the next 6 weeks in lip rehab where I met this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee, right on the lips, and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week cuz both of our lips were so swollen. And when he did start speaking, he just spoke Polish, and I didn’t know but like 3 words in Polish, except now I know 4 – because Oscar taught me the word for lips.”
-Veggietales “I Love My Lips” silly song

Took me the longest time to figure out what Larry was saying in that ^^ monologue ๐Ÿ™„ 

“He’s my pet and his name is Oscar. He’s mine.”
-kindergarten girl, of a fly buzzing around the room.

You don’t want to hear how these giraffe puppets took so much time and hassle to make. You just want to see the cute picture. So here you go. ๐Ÿ˜›
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

Going out of your way to step on and crunch the few dried deciduous leaves = fall in Southern California.

Wintery crafts are the best!

Me to two middle schoolers who were fighting: “It takes 2 to tango.”
One of the middle schoolers: “Yeah, but…but…it takes one to…play video games…”

If coffee is warmed in the microwave for 22 minutes instead of 2, the smell takes over 2 months to go away. ๐Ÿ˜›

“I call it, “Victory of Life”!” -kindergartener in a melodramatic voice, of a pattern she’d just decorated her paper with XD

According to a 1st grader, you can “speak Texas.” ๐Ÿ˜›

When the Carl’s Jr. root beer tastes like it’s been mixed with sweet tea ๐Ÿ˜•

Straightforward kindergartener: “Once I had something go in here [points to arm] that touched my blood to see if I could have eggs or not.”

“A hacker is someone who goes on a computer and makes your technology not work.” -2nd grader

Do you know how hard it is to arrange 7 things in a perfect circle?

Now a half circle or mountain, that’s not hard:   

 Speaking of 7, and of 7 stars, I really like how the symbol for Aragorn’s kingship is the same as Jesus’. 8)

I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading:

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. -Revelation 1:16

That’s our Jesus!

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies


I know, this review is late- sorry! Also, it goes without saying, but there are spoilers. Images are from the Hobbit Facebook page.

I feel like there isnโ€™t much to say because, well, itโ€™s basically one big battle. As the title reflects. But here are some thoughts. Before I get started, let me just get out of the way what I didn’t like about this movie and about the Hobbit trilogy in general.

โ€ข It’s too long and drawn out. It just feels…”stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread” (Bilbo in FotR).
โ€ข The Fili-Tauriel-Legolas love triangle. So ridiculous. And the tension between Legolas and his father Thranduil because the latter doesn’t approve of her. Legolas leaves in the end because of this.
โ€ข The title. It was supposed to be called There And Back Again (which would’ve been much better) but with the move to a trilogy, the title was changed to the current one. It made a huge deal of something that took a few pages in the book and sounded like any cheesy action flick.

And I was pretty annoyed that the killing of Smaug was over in like 5 minutes. Bard was such a hero and that part was so spectacular.

20150422-214153.jpg And then- whoop, it was done. That said, this movie was a satisfying ending to the Hobbit trilogy. The focus moves from killing the dragon and taking the mountain to international relations ๐Ÿ˜› The Elves have heard of the turn of events and come bringing relief for the people of Dale (which is really decent of them, seeing as how Thorin’s company didn’t even offer after inadvertently unleashing the dragon on the town); they also wouldn’t mind some of the treasure that’s just been freed up. Dale’s mayor and Bard, leaders of the townsfolk, agree to seek some help from Thorin’s company in the Lonely Mountain, as they’ve suffered the brunt of the dragon the company stirred up, and were also responsible for killing it. These both are reasonable requests. 20150421-230751.jpg But Thorin is so full of himself, proud, greedy, struck by gold lust, and absorbed with finding the Arkenstone and being the king that he rejects all attempts to talk. 20150421-230643.jpg He ends up sending for reinforcements and his cousin Dain comes with a Dwarf army. Talk about a mess caused by selfishness and bad communication. Tensions abound. 20150422-210921.jpg20150422-210930.jpg20150422-211617.jpg The White Council also makes an appearance as they go to rescue Gandalf and come upon the Necromancer in Dol Guldor. Elrond, Saruman and Galadriel get some epic fight scenes in. But they made Galadriel use the “dark” mode that was used in “Fellowship” to indicate how she’d become with the power of the Ring. That was weird as she had a strong, good power that she would’ve used to cast down dark powers; she wouldn’t have gone “dark.” There was a great line used by Galadriel in the White Council partsโ€”

“I am not alone.”

While the evil feels confident against just one of the Council, Elrond and Saruman appear, showing that evil flees in the face of united goodness.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. -Romans 12:18

20150421-230849.jpg Ultimately, Thorin’s cousin Dain arrives with a mass of Dwarves ready for battle intent on “liberating” Thorin’s company from the Lonely Mountain where the Elves and Men have “besieged” them, and a battle appears imminent. Gandalf arrives just in time to refocus them onto the real threat, Azog and Bolg’s huge Orc army arriving just then. So, finally the Elves, Dwarves and Men join forces to defeat the real enemy. There were quite a few heroic scenes as the Dwarves rally behind Thorin, their rightful King. 20150422-210248.jpg Thus, the battle that comprises most of the movie. It was filled with unrealistic but cool stuff, like Legolas jumping UP falling rocks like stairs. The killing of Fili and Kili was definitely not done in the best way either. They fell defending Thorin in the book, so I was expecting a heroic stand, but was quite disappointed. Fili being ambushed was really sad, and worked in the movie story, but Kili’s dying in defense of Tauriel was ridiculous and took the focus off the family bond among Thorin and his nephews. 20150422-212856.jpg But everyone good had a hard time against their foes. Bolg fights Legolas and Thorin and Kili and Tauriel and still is ok. Thorin is killed because of a stupid mistake in not making sure Azog was dead. But it was nice that the book was followed in Bilbo getting knocked out on a rock, and the Eagles saving the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ 20150422-212549.jpg20150422-212822.jpg So it was sad because three members of the Company were lost. But Thorin and Bilbo part friends. Then Bilbo returns to his home in the Shire only to find his house a mess and his belongings being auctioned off as everyone thinks he’s perished. So it’s not as neat an ending as Return of the King, but it works. The messy houses fades into the scene in the beginning of Fellowship, as Bilbo is making party preparations and Gandalf comes to visit. And totally made me want to watch the LOTR saga again ๐Ÿ˜€

So though it wasn’t the best Middle Earth movie or even the best of the Hobbit trilogy, this was a nice ending to the Hobbit movie trilogy. And the ending song was just perfect. So sad ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

And to finish things off, here’s a cool wallpaper generator: http://wallpapergenerator.thehobbit.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement


I like making outfits for fashion dolls. I did a whole bunch of them at one time. (That’s actually the reason I originally started this blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Anyhow, this one outfit took a lot of time but it came out really well. It’s based on a few “The Lord of the Rings” movie characters, and is my favorite of all the doll outfits I’ve made to date ๐Ÿ˜€ So it’s my take on this week’s photo challenge ๐Ÿ™‚
Here you can read the whole post.

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Random Thoughts #12: Actually, foods, & these kids


1st graders playing “pretend” during recess:
“Okay, and pretend I didn’t care.”
“No, pretend you did.”

Oh hey! Those peanut-flavored Cheetos things I talked about last time? Dipped them in frosting and they tasted much better ๐Ÿ˜€ Vanilla was best XD

I actually like those apples that wrinkle up when they get dry. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to do that drying apple slices for snacks thing.

The captions on our iPad got messed up so the first lines of dialogue came below and subsequent lines came on top. And now Elrond talks like Yoda. XD

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When jump ropes tucked into little girls’ back collars and drifting down onto the floor turn them into Rapunzel…that’s imagination for ya!

Interesting is… A pair of women’s pants that are “raisin” in color.

This kid had a toy truck that actually folded out into Optimus Prime ๐Ÿ˜Ž

However did this knot get into this single strand of my hair?

Why do all the pictures of Sleeping Beauty have her in a pink dress, when for most of the movie she’s actually in a blue dress? Besides her waltzing about the forest in a peasant dress, she goes into the castle, pricks her finger, falls asleep, is woken up, and dances with the prince ALL in a blue dress. The only times her dress is pink are when it’s being made and during her wedding dance, at which times the fairies are alternating it between blue and pink. But in all the common Disney princess pictures, her dress is pink. ๐Ÿ˜•

My littlest brother to older sisters: “Can you do me a favor? Can you make more fireworks?” It was so cute, particularly because he’d never before used that first sentence ๐Ÿ™‚

Chili hot dogs are better than chili cheeseburgers.

My littlest brother had a hard time understanding why, when my sister had an earache, she got shots in her arms and legs, not her ears.

Once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop. You do realize I’m talking about watermelon, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

This lady was wearing a plain grey-and-white striped maxi dress, but she’d jazzed it way up by adding a hat, hair tie, earrings, necklace, belt, purse, and sandalsโ€”all silver and sparkly. Completely transformed it ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Teal and bright cherry red. At first, they’re a bit of a jarring sight when you see them on alternating nails, but after some time they actually seem to meld pretty well.

An out-of-towner accidentally drove his car into a deep ditch on the side of a country road. Luckily a farmer happened by with his big old horse named Benny.
The man asked for help. The farmer said Benny could pull his car out. So he backed Benny up and hitched Benny to the man’s car bumper.
Then he yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull.”
Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled, “Come on, pull Ranger.”
Still, Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled really loud, “Now pull, Fred, pull hard.”
Benny just stood.
Then the farmer nonchalantly said,
“Okay, Benny, pull.”
Benny pulled the car out of the ditch.
The man was very appreciative but curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.
The farmer said, “Oh, Benny is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling he wouldn’t even try.”

I think this joke actually has a point. Unlike Benny, we do have others around us who are on the same mission. Reminded me of this verse: “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

Don’t despair, there are others out there who still love God and want to follow Him!

“the Tree and the Stars”


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There are banners, there are jerkins…and now, there are car decals, all emblazoned with the White Tree of Gondor ๐Ÿ˜€

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug


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(Contains some spoilers.)

The unexpected journey continues.

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The background: In the opening scene, it is noted that, in order for the dwarvish armies to join together to reclaim their homeland of Erebor, Thorin, the rightful king, must posses the Arkenstone to demonstrate his legitimacy. Thus, the quest of the 13 dwarves and Bilbo to the Lonely Mountain to find the priceless stone.

The plot: Things definitely heat up in this second installment of the Hobbit trilogy. Azog the white Orc is called away by superiors and Bolg takes over as the company’s new foe. And he is relentless in the pursuit. The friction between Elves and Dwarves comes to the forefront. Thranduil the proud, greedy King of Mirkwood clashes with Thorin who is still furious over the Elven king’s desertion of Erebor when it was under attack from the dragon. And a confrontation between the Dwarves and Smaug the dragon heats up to an inferno.

The hobbit: Bilbo, armed with not just “his courage,” as he remarks to Gandalf, but also with the magic Ring that grants its wearer invisibility, saves the Dwarves several times. Though it is tragic to watch how the Ring is slowly starting to take hold of him, influencing vicious actions.

The bad: The worst thing about the movie was the love triangle between Tauriel, and Legolas and Kili the dwarf. It made things rather ridiculous. Like, Tauriel, supposedly captain of the Elven guard, was totally irresponsible, immature and impetuous to leave her position and take off to follow a dwarfโ€”and if she was like that she sure wouldn’t have become captain of the guard in the first place! And the scene in which she sang over Kili, with the slow-mo and glowing light, was totally, totally a copy of the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where Arwen first comes when Frodo is hurt. So I’m disappointed in Peter Jackson for reneging on his promise to not make Legolas a part of any romance. The Tauriel character is cool, but the romance is unneeded in the story.

The book: I really liked how some things from the book were portrayed in the movie. Beorn the skin-changer is there, as a raging bear and a gruff man. Bilbo’s defeat of the spiders of Mirkwood with the use of his (newly named) sword Sting and the Ring is very neat. The barrel scene is there, though it is livened up with an Orc attack and swinging and jumping Elves everywhere. Lake town is really well doneโ€”so real and gritty looking. Bard the bowman gets fleshed out so much and even has a family; he’s a really nice character. The failure of his ancestor to kill Smaug in that attack so long ago weighs heavily on him, but he is a good, moral man who wants to do what’s right and refuses to be drawn in to or intimidated by the corruption in his town.

The action: There was a lot of fighting and action. I’m a big fan of the little band type of fighting (though I like the big army type too) and there’s a lot of that, with Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs all attacking each other. There are also major confrontations. Legolas faces down the huge Bolg and wields a mighty sword in the hand-to-hand combat. Gandalf confronts the dark powers at Dol Guldor in a battle of light against dark. The climactic scenes of Bilbo and the Dwarves in the dragon’s lair inside the Lonely Mountain are quite breathtaking. “Smaug the stupendous” is just that, plus being totally conceited. The vast underground chambers and piles upon piles of loose gold strewn all over, covering the floor, make for a dramatic setting for the showdown. The forges are lit and soon molten gold is streaming.

The lessons: A major development is the rapid growth of evil unexpectedly taking place. In the first movie, seeing Orcs was puzzling enough, but now their increasing numbers are plain alarming. Gandalf leaves to investigate further at Dol Guldor, the place where Radagast fought the Ringwraith and found the Morgul blade in the first movie. While the Dwarves and Bilbo are encountering Orcs, giant spiders and Smaug the dragon, Gandalf discovers that hundreds of orcs are massing at Dol Guldor and it has turned into a veritable fortress of the dark lord Sauron. This is bigger than any of them suspected.

“We’ve been blind…and in our blindness the enemy has returned.” -Gandalf

Things are clearly coming to a head. Evil has returned. It is growing. What to do?

Tauriel says it well.

Legolas: “It is not our fight.”

Tauriel: “It is our fight. It will not end here. With every victory, this evil will grow! If your father has his way, we will do nothing. We will hide within our walls, live our lives away from the light, and let darkness descend. Are we not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon [friend], when did we allow evil to become stronger than us?”

This is what every hero in Middle Earth thinks, and acts on. This is why there is a story to be told here at all. There is evil in the world. When it presses in, do we hide? Do we retreat? If we did, the darkness would overpower all. No, we must fight.

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
-Proverbs 4:18-19

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
-Romans 13:1

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
-2 Corinthians 6:14

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
-1 Thessalonians 5:5

 

And some pictures, courtesy of TheHobbit.com. (Click on pictures to bring up larger versions.)

And some wallpapers, courtesy of http://www.MoviesOfHollywood.com.

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Random Thoughts #5: Certain Occurrences


Restaurant “secret menu items” ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Eggnog. Chocolate. Candy Canes. Cookies. Marshmallows. Christmas goodies are the best ๐Ÿ™‚

Cold coffee is just as good as, if not better than, hot coffee.

We were at relatives’ for New Years’ Day, and watched some of the Rose Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl which followed was more exciting, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ I found it interesting that this year’s Fiesta Bowl was sponsored by Tostitos ๐Ÿ˜†

In the days leading up to Christmas, the prevailing question among my Ks, 1st and 2nd graders was “Is Santa real?” Now, they’re back from break and studying astronomy and outer space because of the Magi, and the big question is “Are aliens real?”

Watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” with my 8-year old brother (his first time actually sitting down and seeing it). His main observations:
โ€ข”That was close!”
โ€ข”So sad!”
โ€ข”This is a cool movie!”

You know the Piano Guys. You know Lindsey Stirling. But do you know Taylor Davis? She is ahh-mazing ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Mondays. My least fave day of the week. Weekend is over, and work again begins.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
God incarnate
Here to dwell
Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Praise His Name
Emmanuel

-Emmanuel-Hallowed Manger Ground, Chris Tomlin

Whatever you’re going through, however hard your days (Mondays or whatever is your hardest) are, remember God is there. Always there.

Random Thoughts #3: LOTR, football, & electronics


Denver Bronco kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record for longest field goal on Sunday (64 yards)!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜Ž I’m pretty happy about the Denver Broncos’ football season this year ๐Ÿ˜€

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Actually, we still use cassettes on a regular basis. We’d even be using our record player today if we hadn’t had to leave it behind on our move due to lack of space.

I really wish Aragorn and Arwen were in the Hobbit trilogy. Hey, Legolas and Elrond are inโ€”it would make sense. A young, fiery Aragorn, before he got tempered by experience… Also it depends on how much “prelude to the Fellowship” stuff they do, but Aragorn plays a huge part there, catching Gollum and all.

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/los-angeles-students-ipads-classroom-play-video-games-173850244.html Oh, California ๐Ÿ™„

Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face: just don’t turn away.

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching, as if I’m not enough?
To where will you go, child?
Tell me, where will you run?

I’ll be by your side, wherever you fall
In the dead of night, whenever you call
So please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
‘Cause My hands are holding you.

โ€””By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North

Had “potatoes au gratin” for the first time the other day. My sister is an amazing cook ๐Ÿ™‚

You know what wins football games? “Faster legs and stronger arms.” *nod* Never knew my little brother was so insightful on sports ๐Ÿ˜†

So, I can read and listen to Narnia soundtracks at the same time with no problem. But I can’t do that with Lord of the Rings music – it’s too distracting cuz I keep getting carried away by whatever part of the story the music’s at ๐Ÿ˜•

Had California Pizza Kitchen the other night…lots of $ for a small gourmet pizza…but a nice treat ๐Ÿ™‚

You know you spend too much time studying on your iPad when you’re reading a regular, plain old book made of paper, come across an unfamiliar word, and go to tap-hold it for a definition ๐Ÿ™„

Oh, and shampoo makes an admirable replacement for hand soap in a pinch.

Christmas shopping… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amazon is thinking of using drones to deliver packages.

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Overheard someone say, “Come on, let’s go see The Hobbit.” Best suggestion I’ve heard in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yep, we’re saving to take the family to see it.

Treebeard has left the forest…


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…for a federal credit union in Colorado?!

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