From time to time we get some delightful crosses to bear, but there is no reason for anyone to not have some fun while carrying them – like our narcissistic family members and friends or enemies. God loves you too, believe it or not, and we pray for you.
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Megan Ryan’s Voice – Woohoo! I’m so excited! I feel like a little kid again. Why? One word….tadpoles. Yep, those little squiggly things that turn into frogs. We found approximately one billion tadpoles in our rain barrel today, and I started jumping up and down like a kid on Christmas morning. They are tinier than the ones I grew up catching on the farm (think big fat North American bullfrogs) so I’m guessing they are the offspring of the tree frogs who recently made a home of our back porch. (Sigh!) I have great memories of growing up on the farm and catching about a million tadpoles and other watery creatures with nets and bare hands. Preschooler 4.11 was napping so I grabbed an old giant pickle jar, scooped some inside, and brought them inside for him to find when he woke up. He was delighted too. We talked about how they would transform into frogs, and how we would then put them back outside to catch all the bad bugs like mosquitoes. Honestly, what could make a better homeschool science project for a little one?? Stick ‘em in a jar and watch them grow. No feeding, cleaning or death involved! Only we had to cover the top with a rubber band and a coffee filter so the cats wouldn’t drink the water. :-S
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Ah, well, yes you do have to feed them ‘yo. I dropped a few bread crumbs after you went to bed, sorry. The little creatures started acting like piranhas over the crumbs. It is always delightful to see creatures enjoy themselves from something one gives them. I know the little guys will have a ton of fun watching them, and feeding them.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – “Hop” was enjoyable. Amidst the commercial aspect of Easter, the only thing that made sense to me was a comment by one of the characters as it gave reference to the stupendous nonsense of commercial-Easter, “ungodly!” Say no more, say no more. It was full of bunnies and fluff (pun intended!) and totally absent of the REAL reason for Easter…the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Megan Ryan’s Voice – The little girl and I stayed home that day so I can’t say much except, “Yeah, that’s what I expected.” I researched all the movies ahead of time (Click Here to see how) and I figured the movie would be your average forgettable animated movie. The only reason I told you guys to go ahead and see it was because at the very least it would be a fun and free excuse to get Preschooler 4.9 out of the house.
Megan Ryan’s Voice – We went to see this one as part of our theater’s free summer movies event. A cute movie with a good story line. Jim Carrey plays the role well and it was well written despite more than a few potty humor moments regarding penguin poo and a penguin named “Stinky”… -ahem!- I’m sure you can guess why he’s called Stinky. That and they took the Lord’s name in vain twice. I missed the middle of the movie because Infant 0.9 wanted to stretch her legs so Marcus will correct me below if I’ve missed anything. I give it one and a half thumbs up. We’ll add it to our DVD library some day when the price is right, and because we’ll have a Clearplay filter for it.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Jim Carrey is getting old, literally. His comedy was awesome during the first few years of “In Living Colour” back in the early 90’s. I knew this guy was going to be BIG because of his roles in that show. However, too much is too much. Change is recommended, though, with the worldly fortunes he’s accumulated, who needs to change the habits? Who would?
Popper’s Penguins was cute, that’s it. Someone dug the story line from an old movie, like Liar Liar, made some changes, and viola! A new funny-like movie starring Jimmy is showing, again? Hang the gloves man, or rather, the facial expressions. It’s like watching his old hero, Jerry Lewis’ stuff, over and over and over and over and over again… like Lewis’ telemarathons weren’t enough. LOL! This stuff is good for children, but not good for children – a contradiction, heh?
Megan Ryan’s Voice – Summertime is upon us and that means free family movies at the cinema! Yay! But you know us, we usually avoid the cinema because we can skip the nonsense in Hollywood movies by using our Clearplay DVD player. Free movies are hard to resist so here is what we do to protect our family at the theater. Get a list of all the movies they intend to show at your theater. You can usually find this by checking their website. Then go to Catholic Movie Reviews and search for the movie title. Based on that, you can decide to see it in the theater or wait until the DVD comes out and use your Clearplay. Unfortunately we have to do this even for the free “family” movies at the theater because you just never know nowadays <sigh>
Liam Marcus’ Voice – I don’t know. A few visits to the beach seem to be in order. We haven’t been to the beach in nearly two years – since I accidentally dipped the video camera in the sea water and ruined it forever.
What about you? What does your family do for fun in the summer?
Megan Ryan’s Voice – Holeeeey cow you gotta try this pudding! Hands down, it is the BEST pudding I have had in my life. The children (of course) went nuts for it too even though they are chocoholics. It’s easy to make, and has pure and simple ingredients. Once you taste this, you’ll never go back to that nasty boxed stuff again. I highly recommend doubling the recipe because it will disappear before your eyes. Click Here for the original recipe I used.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – What do you want me to say here? I don’t think I can add much except sing Handel’s Messiah …ha-llelujah, ha-llelujah, halle-halle-halle-lu-jah-aaaaah-A! I never thought driving the palate to spasms by such sweet deliciousness could be so consistently chronic. This must be like what Heaven tastes like, if Heaven could be tasted.
- 1 cup organic sugar or honey
- 1/4 cup organic cornstarch
- 3 cups milk, preferably raw and organic
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 egg yolks, beaten (free range from the farm is best)
- 1/4 cup organic butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add enough milk to make thick paste. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Stir in brown sugar mixture, return to a boil, and cook for 1 minute.
Place egg yolks in small bowl. Temper the yolks by quickly stirring in about 1/4 of hot milk mixture. Pour yolk mixture back into hot milk mixture, and return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted. Pour into bowls, and let cool slightly.
Yield: approx four cups
Megan Ryan’s Voice – The little ones and I had some fun in the kitchen making apple leather. Moments like these are rare…too rare. I need to make the effort to have more of these kitchen crafts. Most of the time I get stuck in a mindset about how it would be less hassle to do it without the little ones, but I should be reminding myself how fun it is and how we’ll be creating memories for a lifetime. Preschooler 4.5 helped me peel and chop the apples, with one of his wee little toddler knives – cute! After that, we dumped them into the food processor to puree, then spread them onto the dehydrator trays. He had fun trying to spread the mash in an even layer while the perfectionist side of me bit my tongue and let him go for it. I sneaked in later and fixed it while he wasn’t watching All the while Infant 0.5 stood in her exersaucer and sucked on some chunks of organic apple in an infant safety bag thingy like in the picture. I won’t pretend to be an expert and make a tutorial like post about how to make apple leather. First, because this is the first time we ever made it. Second, because there are plenty of other bloggers out there who do that sort of thing WAY better than I could. Click Here to read the recipe we used. As always, we used organic ingredients and raw local honey.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Well, I wasn’t there but I’m glad you had fun. There are lots of bloggers that do what? Talk about how great they are at doing something or about how great the something they are doing turns out? Hey, you are mentioning the most important thing of the whole experience, the experience and the helpful-hands’ delight in helping you. That is better than any recipe.
Megan Ryan’s Voice – We rented Puss In Boots over the weekend because Preschooler 4.5 begged for it, and because we had a coupon for a free rental. We usually stay away from recent titles until we can download a Clearplay filter for them. Puss In Boots could use one, I’m sorry to say. It is like all the other Shrek movies with its fair share of rude/potty humor. It all went over Preschooler’s head, but I still. It’s crudeness our family would rather not be subjected to. Otherwise it was quite a fun story with many funny moments. We’ll give it one thumbs up. I’m a tough critic, but I would have given it two without the bathroom humor. Once we download a filter for it, and can buy it for cheap, we’ll probably add it to our home movie collection.
Liam Marcus’ Voice – Are two instances of potty humor too much? Megan says it was more than two. I don’t know, well, I didn’t know about the instances until I saw it for the second time. Some of this stuff goes over my head too, though, if you alert me to them, I’ll miss the flow of the movie and get stuck with dissecting it instead – not much fun. Enough about me, and a bit more about the movie. It was funny, in a feline-sort of way. The humanistic aspect was stolen by the notorious feline-like behaviors: the lapping, the spitting, the scratching – totally unexpected, you know? Overall, it was a funny lapping-grooming-pouncing-spitting-scratching phenomenon of a movie. Not what you would expect of a semi-sequel to Shrek.