2012 in review


Praising God for a wonderful year 2012 and praying for His continued leadership and blessing in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all my readers for your continued support! God bless!!! 😀

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Disney Princesses in the Spring


A pretty take on some traditional Disney Princess dresses. I'd like to make a doll dress similar to these one day :D

A pretty take on some traditional Disney Princess dresses. I’d like to make a doll dress similar to these one day 😀

Savin’ the World: The Incredibles


This is one of my very favorite movies; in fact, it was the inspiration for my Superheroine doll outfit. So, I though I’d share a little about this very cool movie 😀

Pictures were again taken by me on a digital camera.

The Incredibles: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT

Superheroes used to be popular and respected, defenders of law and justice.

However, some years ago, based on complaints, the government discontinued its Supers program and sent all current Superheros and Superheroins undercover, giving them secret identities and expecting them to live quiet, unobtrusive lives. Included in this sweep were super-strong Mr. Incredible (with secret identity of Bob Parr)…

…and super-stretchy and flexible Elastigirl (now Helen).

Fifteen years later, they are married and have a family, with kids Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.

But Bob, yearning for the old days, is not satisfied working his boring desk job.

And the kids are struggling to hide their superpowers and fit in at school.

When contacted about an opportunity to get back in his Supersuit and work a secret job for a company, Bob readily agrees.

However, he soon realizes he has stumbled upon a dastardly plot.

Captured by the villainous Syndrome, he has no hope of escape.

That’s when the rest of the family (except baby Jack-Jack, who is being babysat by a naive friend)…

…with help from Superheroine costumer Edna…

…must step in to help.

Attacked by Syndrome…

…they must find alternate transportation. Helen (Elastigirl!) stretches into a boat shape while Speedster Dash runs as fast as he can to propel them through the water.

Once on land, Helen ventures into Syndrome’s hideout to find her husband…

…and the kids are discovered…

…and chased through the jungle by merciless guards.

Violet utilizes her powers of invisibility and force fields while Dash uses his speed, both to escape, and to take down as many villains as possible.

They meet up with their parents and the whole family makes a stand as they are attacked in the jungle…

…until Syndrome catches the whole family.

Escaping through the use of Violet’s force field, they head home only to find the Supervillan has released his nearly-invincible OmniDroid on the city. He plans to heroically stop it and set himself up as the ultimate Superhero, but the machine quickly rages out of control.

The Parr family works together…

…with help from fellow Superhero and family friend Frozone…

…to destroy the OmniDroid and save the city.

Furious, Syndrome kidnaps Jack-Jack and nearly escapes, until Jack-Jack shows his powers of Shapeshifting and causes the villain to drop him. Bob throws a car at Syndrome’s plane and the villain loses his grip, his cape sucking him into the propellors.

The Parrs’ house is destroyed…

…but they are saved by Violet’s force field.

With everything set right, the Parrs are closer than ever as a family, and ready to save the world at a moment’s notice.

Sailin’ the High Seas: The Adventures of Tintin


One of our family’s favorite movies is The Adventures of Tintin.

I took these shots using a digital camera while the movie was playing on our TV (this was our family’s way of keeping memories of movies we liked—we used it before we figured out how to take screenshots on the computer :)).

This is a picture overview of the movie The Adventures of Tintin (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT).

Young British reporter Tintin is out enjoying himself at market…

…when he acquires a model ship that is the start of his adventure.

Doing his research…

Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy soon find out the ship is part of something bigger than they had thought—a secret treasure that was lost years ago when Sir Francis Haddock’s ship The Unicorn went down.

A visit from a mystery man…

…an unfortunate run-in with a pickpocket…

…and being kidnapped…

…whet Tintin’s zeal for the answers.

Escaping from the ship on which he he is held captive…

…Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock, a down-on-his luck sailor with a penchant for drinking…

…embark on a quest to prevent Sackharine, the descendant of ruthless pirate Red Rackham, from getting to the lost treasure first.

By boat…

…by plane…

…and by foot through the desert…

All the way, Captain Haddock struggles to recall the stories he’d been told of his heritage, and what happened on that day when his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock’s ship went down.

Rescued at last…

…fresh clues set the trio on a course to the Sultanate of Bagghar, where they are joined by bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson…

…and together they await Sackharine’s next move.

This turns out to include using a budding prima donna…

…as an unwitting accomplice to a dastardly scheme.

A fruitless chase ensues through the streets of Bagghar…

…and Tintin is ready to give up until Captain Haddock spurs him on.

Invigorated, they plan an ambush for Sackharine…

…and a final showdown leaves Captain Haddock the victor over both his arch nemesis and his drinking addiction.

Deciphering the messages of 3 cryptic notes…

…guides them to their destination.

The real riches gained, however, are for Tintin, the satisfaction of solving another mystery and ridding the streets of a devious criminal, and for Captain Haddock, a new appreciation for and desire to live up to the heritage and values of his honorable ancestor Sir Francis.

At the end of the movie, Tintin finds a clue which very nicely sets the stage for a sequel.

Here’s a cool song that has all the flavor of a high seas adventure (it also brings to mind Horatio Hornblower, Treasure Island (the 1950 version is the best!) and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie :D).

(courtesy of http://www.benbotkin.com/)

So what was your favorite part of the Tintin movie? 🙂

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