Friday, November 29, 2013

One degree of separation

So, I found out yesterday that my hubby was in a film with Kevin Bacon! Married almost 19 years, and life is still never boring!

Well, ok, Mike was an extra in a movie that Kevin was an extra in. So, today we had to search and figure out what the movie was so we could watch it! And we found the whole movie on YouTube! (For now anyway...)

The piece of the movie from 10:36-27:50 was filmed at Marine Military Academy, Harlingen, TX, where Mike went to High School.

At 11:10, he is one of the front guys marching, he is walking out of a building, and he is raking -- all at the same time! ;) He remembers being in a total of 6 spots in this scene at the same time, however, since it was filmed in 1979 and this video quality is poor, he can't point them out. (FYI - that troop marched up and down the street for 4 hours during filming.)

At 11:33, that could be him in a close up. Again, hard to tell with the video quality.

At 13:05, he is on the right, outside, walking by the window.

At 20:54, one of the cadets.

At 26:35, one of the uniformed cadets.

1:33:03, the school is listed in the credits. (However, neither Mike nor Kevin Bacon are listed.) :)

Any brushes with celebrity in your past? :)


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and come on in!

Happy thanksgiving and welcome to our home!

My bloggy friend Linny (at A Place Called Simplicity) suggested that we open our homes and welcome each other in across the miles today. I LOVED the idea! I love having people outside the extended family come to enjoy a meal together. I don't think we have anyone outside the extended family physically joining us today, so this is a great way to share the day. And as this is (hopefully, prayerfully) the last Thanksgiving in this house, I will love the pictures and memories down the road. :) It gets loud and crazy here and the more the merrier! Please stop by later as pictures will be added throughout the day!

Our first prep yesterday was to increase the seating! The tables were fetched, the borrowed high chair is standing by, and the chairs are gathering ready to be put in place.

It's beautiful outside this morning, but sooooo windy and cold!

What holiday would be complete without a Nerf war and ambush?

Coloring and playing...

Playing "beep the nose"...

Playing drums like Daddy...

Even the squirrels are feasting...
Bailey dog...
Sophie dog...

Morgan made the pumpkin centerpiece...

Waiting patiently {ahem}...


Dinner time!

Some of the 6 different desserts...

Clean up, clean up...

 Tessa takes center stage...

Working off the sugar...

Pig pile with the dads!

We hope you all had a wonderful day.
Thank you for joining us and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado {Book Review}

Publisher's Description:
It’s 1864 in Gladstone, England, a tiny village in the Cotswolds. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens here. Except at Christmas time. This year, Edward Haddington, a lowly candle maker is visited by a mysterious angel. That angel silently imparts a precious gift. The candle maker and his wife, Bea, have to make a difficult choice—who among them most needs a Christmas miracle? As hope blossoms in wintertime, soon the entire town glows brightly with Christmas joy.

My Thoughts:
"The mystery of God unsettles us all, Reverend. But isn't mystery where God works? If He does only what we understand, is He God?"

As usual, Max Lucado proves that a book doesn't need to be long to inspire and teach. This book is a quick read that provides food for thought, drawing you in immediately and keeping you engaged to the end. It is a bit predictable, but its heart-warming qualities make up for that. I am looking forward to seeing this as a movie. It will have to be expanded upon to make a full length movie, but if they stay true to the book, it will be wonderful.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

She's Twelve Going on Twenty: Nurturing Your Daughter Through the Tween Years By Kim Camp {Book Review}

Publisher's Description:
Especially for moms of teens and preteens, a practical, Christ-centered guide to helping your daughter grow in mind, body, and spirit.
As the mother of a young girl aged 9 to 16, you want a lot for your daughter. You want to see her soar in self-confidence and accomplishment, to navigate a safe course through the treacherous waters of school, culture, and hormones, and to grow closer to God while learning to rely on his Word. And through it all to maintain a warm, open mother-daughter relationship.
Easy-to-read and deeply personal, this invaluable book draws on a wealth of experience, careful research, and a deep grounding in the Bible and Christian faith. "Working It Out Together"at the end of each chapter provides communication starters and activities to help you and your daughter talk things out and plot a positive course together for the challenging but exciting adolescent years.
My Thoughts:
This is a good book for moms of tweens/teens. I enjoyed her insight and suggestions for discussions with your daughter. It was great to hear the wisdom Kim gleaned from her mentorships with girls. She gives good insight that will be helpful living with my girl. That being said, I felt there was something lacking. Maybe it was written too closely to Kim's divorce while she is still (rightly so) very focused on working things out as a single mom? Maybe it was not enough spiritual backing to reinforce her points? I'm not sure. I can't really put my finger on it, but it seemed surface-y. Good to read and expound upon yourself, but not great.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars.

BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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