Friday, July 25, 2008

Movie Review: MAMA MIA!

If you love ABBA and musicals you will absolutely adore this movie! I love both and so this movie was very well received by me. I highly recommend it! It is based in Greece at "Villa Donna" so you can pretty much guarantee the amazing scenery. The hilarious storyline will draw you in with a fabulous cast of well known actors/actresses. The main theme is this; a young woman is getting married though doesn't know who her father is ~ rooting through her mother's boxes she discovers three possibilities and invites all three men to her wedding ~ it continues on from there so use your imagination as to what comes next... I had no idea that some of the cast could sing as well as they did, and others... well you will just have to see it for yourself to know what I mean.
After seeing the movie twice; once with my Mama mia and second with my girlfriends I still love it as much as I did the first time - and I bought the soundtrack too!
Enjoy... and if you do see it, let me know what you think!
Hugs and blessings

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Experimenting Through The Transition

Giving up my 'crafting' side and turning towards my 'art' has been a tremendously freeing experience for me. I had used card making/stamping/beading/and other miscellaneous crafts to get me through some pretty rough times of anxiety and depression. It was like God spoke to me one day and said "let it go". From that moment on I have not touched my cardmaking/stamping etc. supplies other than to sort them from my art supplies. I realized that I no longer needed to use it as an outlet to get through ~ I was finally free to be creative on my own and transition into my trup passion which is my art. I have been experimenting with different mediums ~ pencils, pencil crayons, watercolor, felt pens (Copic Markers/Prisma Color markers/and others) I have been learning how to use different inks, colors, blending pens etc. Above are just a few examples and projects I have been working on. I did start to paint one painting but kind of have 'artist block' with the sky. It will come. I am enjoying this transition immensely ~ Thank you Lord for working in me in this way. Amen.
God bless you with many blessings.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kelowna Was Beautiful

We got back from Kelowna on Saturday night. It was a beautiful week - the weather was awesome and I got a great tan. We all enjoyed it so much we didn't want to leave. I'm thinking next year we will book for two weeks and hang out while Randy is working again. The place we stayed had an outdoor pool and a gorgeous view of lake Okanagan. The boys and I explored a few shops by the water and discovered what a pawn shop is ~ we had never been in one, we also got to enjoy some of the outdoor art work as you can see above with the metal fly. We rented a peddle boat and made our way through the lagoon area ~ what a workout!!! We also had tubes and little dingy's that we paddled out on the lake one day ~ I think that was the most fun. We had such a blast. We got to see some birds we've never seen before in the wetlands beside the condo and got a good taste of Kelowna night life down by the water on the pier (at least I did when I took Mila for a long walk one night). I can't wait to go back again.
My mom and I went to see two movies in one night... because the first showing of Mama Mia was sold out, we went to see 'Get Smart' which I had already seen, but then we went to see MAMA MIA. Awesome movie! I loved it soooooooooo much I am going to go see it again with some girlfriends this week! I highly recommend it for a great laugh and especially if you enjoy ABBA!
Much love and God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Movie Reviews

Get Smart has a hilarious movie. I went to see it before I took my kids to see it so that I would know if it was good or not. I think they did a great job filming it even though some things are a little predictable it was a cute movie. I recommend it for a light movie that you don't have to think to hard to watch. Good summer movie.

Hancock I took my thirteen year old to see this one. It has a few rough edges to it, but nothing he couldn't handle. It was funny and sad and we enjoyed it very much. Another one I would recommend, but for older kids I think. There are a few things that Hancock deals with like Alcoholism and going to prison, but the choices he makes are good ones in the end. Not your everyday super hero movie like Batman or Spiderman, but it was funny and intelligent none the less.

Wanted Definitely a movie you don't want to take your kids too. There was a great deal of violence and graphic scenes that I wouldn't want my kids to see. As for me, I love movies with action and interesting concepts, this movie had both with a matrix type feel. There was one sex scene that I wouldn't want my kids to watch. Really graphic fight scenes that would be too much I think. I am able to see things like that and then get rid of the images. I really liked this movie and the character development of the main character (James McAvoy) was great.

Let me know if you have movie reviews to share. I would love to read them.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Blessings Pouring Out Among Us

I love this picture and the saying that goes with it... "Don't forget to Fly?" Isn't that beautiful? It reminded me that we have so much potential, God gives us wings to fly in this life but we often forget we have them... we forget to fly. There is so much we can accomplish in this life as we rely on God to guide us, feed us, nourish us, and give us His wisdom to do the things we need to do. I have been on again off again sick for many months now, I am thinking almost a year. It has been really hard for me to get to the gym and work out so that my body can get healthy. I have wanted a treadmill for so long but we have always been unable to afford it - other things have taken priority, other needs. Then on Thursday my husband called me at work and told me he just found a treadmill for a hundred dollars. My first thought was "Oh great! What kind of treadmill could he have possibly found for $100.00?" I laughed at the thought. Then after work we went to see these people and discovered it was actually a pretty good treadmill - one that absorbs shock so it is easier on your knees (which I need). They had company coming to stay and they really needed the space. What a blessing! What an amazing blessing! We of coarse bought it and I have used it and it works awesome! Even my son Ben had a great work out on it yesterday! I am certain that it will work out perfect for our family.
Next huge blessing... I was at work yesterday just casually asking my boss what I would look for in a video camera should I want to buy one. He asked me what I was going to use it for and then said "Well, you could buy our old one as we are never going to use it again." I said, "Really? How much would you want for it?" and then he said "$150.00. I immediately said "Okay, sold". It is a really nice video camera with a touch screen/charger and extra batteries, he even through in a package of disks that we would need to record on. Thank you Lord... again. He is looking out for us in so many ways. God is so good!
Enjoy God's blessings everyone ~ they are all around us!

Jeopardy Answer: What is Pleurisy?

Udate on what was going on with my chest last week: I went to my doctor last Friday and he believes the chest pains were due to something called Pleurisy. Basically, an inflamation of the outer lining on my lungs due to possible pneumonia that I had and didn't know. I have been sick twice in the past two months with a really bad cold/ with respiratory symptoms but I didn't think it was bad enough to go to the doctor. Silly me.
What Is Pleurisy?
Pleurisy, also called pleuritis, is an inflammation of the pleura, which is the moist, double-layered membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the rib cage. The condition can make breathing extremely painful. Sometimes it is associated with another condition called pleural effusion, where excess fluid fills the area between the membrane's layers.
The double-layered pleura protects and lubricates the surface of the lungs as they inflate and deflate within the rib cage. Normally, a thin, fluid-filled gap -- the pleural space -- allows the two layers of the pleural membrane to slide gently past each other. But when these layers become inflamed, with every breath, sneeze, or cough their roughened surfaces rub painfully together like two pieces of sandpaper.

I went for xrays and bloodwork on Monday and haven't heard back from the doctor's office so I'm thinking everything is better now. The pain in my chest has subsided mostly and I am feeling really good. YAY. Thank you Lord that it wasn't something more serious.
My mom lives about 8 hours from us (by car) and when I told her about my chest pains attack the first thing she thought about was that it was my lungs - Mother's instict or what???? I laughed when I got home from my doctor's appointment. I guess my mom really does know me! LOL
So, just to update y'all - everythings fine! Amen