Monday, May 21, 2018

My Friend the Bird

It's that time of year again! This is the third year in a row that we've had a heron at our place. It comes each spring and yes, I like to think it's the same one. ;) It only sticks around for a few days but it likes to perch on our roof and eats some of the fish out of our pond. I really like this bird (aside from the fact that it loves our little fish). Now each spring I look for it. I've grown quite attached to it after my first sighting. ;) Unfortunately I've only seen the heron once this year. It was by our pond and I saw it out the kitchen window, but then it flew away.
Isn't it so pretty though?
If you haven't heard my previous heron stories you can read about my sighting of it here and my follow up story here.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Full House // Series Review

I know I've been talking about Full House lately. It's the show I've recently started watching. Today I decided to do a review style post talking a bit about Full House and why I like it. I'll also have a little smattering of pictures throughout.

So I really practically love two styles of movies: Christian movies and movies with a sweet love story. Well, Full House would not fall into either of those categories so it's a bit of a mystery to me as to why I like it. ;)
I started watching Full House around February. It started playing on the Hallmark Channel the first of the year. I'll admit, around Christmastime when a preview of Full House was being played on Hallmark, I thought it looked strange. Anyways, somehow I got stuck on the show and my brothers and I went together and bought the whole series on DVD. Full House is 8 seasons long (192 episodes).

Full House is a fun show about a family and about their life. I really like movies/shows about family and this one in particular is also really funny. Although it does have some of those heartwarming parts as well. :)

The family consists of Danny Tanner, a widower and father to 3 girls who has a TV talk show; Jesse Katsopolis, Danny's brother-in-law who moves in to help Danny raise the girls and who is a rock n roll kind of guy who has a band; Joey Gladstone who also moved in to help Danny, and wants to be a comedian and is always trying to make people laugh.
Then there is the Tanner girls. DJ is the oldest. The show starts when she is 10 and ends when she is 18. Stephanie is the middle child. She's 5 when the show starts and 13 when it ends. Then there's Michelle the youngest. When the show starts she is a baby and she is 8 when it ends.
There are other characters as the family grows, but I don't want to give everything away. ;)

I can see how some people might not enjoy this show though.
There are a couple comments that aren't always the best and there is some adult humor. God's name is taken in vain a few times. I don't like that but it is not very often. I'm not saying that that makes it okay, just that if it was all the time I wouldn't be watching the show.

So there you have it. A little bit about Full House and why I like it. Plus some of the not as good stuff so you know about that.

Some of my favorite episodes are: A Pox in Our House, The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Happy Birthday Babies, The Wedding, Secret Admirer, and many others.

So, have you seen Full House? If so, what's your favorite episode? Who's your favorite character?
If you haven't seen it do you want to? I'll admit, it is a bit strange at times, but funny too. ;)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Shopping, A Recital, and Family ~ My April Highlights

Hello all! I seriously can't believe April is over. It seemed to fly by faster then most months.

~April got started off with Easter. My family and I went to Easter service then came home and had an early dinner with my grandparents.

~My mom and I went book shopping a couple times throughout the month and I found lots of fun books, including some Guidepost mysteries!

~I was in a reading slump for most of the month which was sad, but I think I'm almost out of it and ready to read a bunch in May!

~The book club was on April 13 and the book we were discussing was The Voyage on the Great Titanic. It was super cool because the day of the book club was the same day that 106 years ago the Titanic was sailing across the ocean.

~My aunt and uncle shared this quote with my dad who then shared it with me.

~My aunt and uncle (not the same ones as mentioned above) came out to visit for a few days. They came out because my uncle was going to play a song with my brother and I for my brother, Jonathan's senior recital. We had lots of fun visiting with them. One night my uncle, on the guitar, and me, on the violin, played around. My favorite songs that we played together was Stinky's Blues and Green, Green, Grass.

~Jonathan's senior recital went well and I played two songs with him and my uncle. It was a lot of fun. Usually whenever I play in a recital I get so nervous and I don't do that well. This time though I felt really good about how I played.

~I went to see I Can Only Imagine again, but this time I went with two of my friends.
I finished watching When Calls the Heart season 5. It was a roller coaster of emotions, but I do look forward to seeing where season 6 goes next year.
My brothers and I are still watching (and enjoying!) Full House. We are almost done with the whole series.

Since I was in that reading slump, I really didn't read much at all.  Most of the books I read were books for a much younger audience, but oh well. ;) The books I read were:
The Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson White
It’s a Twin Thing by Judy Katschke
The Case of the Great Elephant Escape by June Doolittle
Love Finds You in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts by Melody Carlson
The Case of the Surfing Secret by Cathy East Dubowski

What have you been up to lately?
Any fun plans for May? Some really fun things are happening in my life in May. You'll get to hear all about it in my May Highlight post! ;D

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Movie Recommendations // TV Shows

Besides a good movie, I also love a good TV series. One of the reason I like series so much is because you get to be more invested in the characters lives. I've seen numerous different TV shows, but these 4 are the ones I like the most.
So, here are my 4 favorite series.

When Calls the Heart tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. You'll also meet Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

When Calls the Heart has been a TV show that I’ve loved since I first started watching it back in 2014. This show is so good and I always look forward to each new season. Season 6 is coming next year!
When Calls the Heart is one of those shows that I have great pleasure in hooking someone on it. ;) The characters are so much fun, but I really can’t say much more about it because I can’t give spoilers away. :)

Take three little girls, their recently widowed father and two of dad’s best buddies, put them in the same household and stand back. 
In Full House you’ll have fun and plenty of laughter as you get to know Danny Tanner, the girls’ doting dad, rock-’n’-roll Uncle Jesse, Joey, a wannabe comic whose best audience is right at home, and the three Tanner girls; DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle. 

Full House is a show I just recently started watching. This is a really funny show. It never fails to make me laugh, but it also has some of those sweet heartwarming parts. I also really love the family dynamics. 

The multi-generational family drama Chesapeake Shores follows Abby O’Brien, a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to two daughters, as she adjusts to life back in her hometown of Chesapeake Shores. Abby now balances a budding relationship with her former high school sweetheart, Trace, working for a firm that does business with her uncompromising father Mick, and raising two young daughters. Returning to her hometown means engaging in the lives of her siblings: Jess, a free-spirit trying to succeed as a bed and breakfast owner; Bree, a playwright who buys a bookstore in Chesapeake Shores after moving back home from Chicago; Kevin, a soldier adjusting to civilian life and new romance; and Connor, a new lawyer establishing his professional career. Having returned to Chesapeake Shores shortly after Abby, the O’Brien’s once-estranged mother Megan strives to reestablish relationships with Abby and her siblings, though the O’Brien clan primarily looks to its wise grandmother Nell for guidance as they navigate life, love, career and romance.

Chesapeake Shores was one of those shows that I wasn’t as sure about at first. Well, I ended up really liking it. Both seasons 1 and 2 are great and I can’t wait for season 3 this summer. I really like family stories (even though this one is a bit dysfunctional) but it’s still fun to just get to know everyone.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole, a genius postal detective and the group’s leader; new team member, Shane McInerney, a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith, who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman, a master in conventional research methods. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a fun show. It has a pretty diverse cast and I really wasn’t sure what exactly to think of it at first. It didn’t take me long at all though to really enjoy it! 

The numerous other TV shows I've seen include, due to my family's dynamics: The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, The A-Team, and Sue Thomas: FBEye

Have you seen any of these series?
What is your favorite TV show?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Movie Recommendations // Christian Films

I've done several book recommendation posts before and I really love doing them, but today I decided to do something a bit different and do some movie recommendations. I've done movie recommendations before around Christmas time, but I thought it would be fun to do some other movies as well. I'm going to break it up into different categories like I do for the book recommendations. Today I'm recommending Christian movies.

So here's 6 of my favorites!

Henry Myers lives a hard life. Getting through life on the frontier however he can… even if it means robbing a bank. After his latest heist goes wrong and his partners betray him  and leave him for dead, Henry is surprised to find extraordinary kindness from a widow and her children. With the influence of this family, Henry begins to question the choices he’s made in his life. Just when things begin to make sense again, it’s all ripped away from him when his old partners show up. Will he seek the revenge he desires or finally find his redemption?

I heard about this movie quite a while before it actually came out. I thought it looked like a good movie and was waiting for the day it would come out. When it came out and my family and I watched it, it became a new favorite of mine! It's so good and I love the theme of redemption. This is a movie that I have watched several times.

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.

Soul Surfer is a great movie based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. Since this is a surfing movie there is a lot of beach attire, but during surf competitions the girls do wear shirts instead of their usual bikinis, but because of the beach attire this movie may not be for everyone.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation…a long needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?

Mom's Night Out is such a fun movie! I watched the trailer for this one a couple months before it came out and I thought it looked great. I wasn't sure if it would be one of those movies where they put all the funny stuff in the trailer and then the movie ends up not being quite as good. Well, that wasn't the case. This movie was super fun and I was actually laughing out loud in the theatre while watching it, and that really never happens.

The city—and all of its negative influences—is all these kids have ever known…and they think of it as their friend. Now Rey, Korina, Marcus, and Anthony must face the toughest decision of their lives. Is the hope of redemption enough to lure them away from the streets?

Set Apart has been a movie that I've liked for several years. It might not be the best for younger viewers because of some of the gang related stuff, but it's a great movie.

The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds, has just been double crossed and now is on the run in the American colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of Charlotte, with whom he’s never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte—as well as Ben Franklin—while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions!

I went and saw this movie in the theatre with some of my family and some friends. I wasn't too sure if I'd like it or not, but I ended up really liking it.

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

This was another movie that I wasn't sure how much I would like it. I ended up loving it as well. I loved the themes of forgiveness and about chasing your dreams. This movie was really inspiring to me and it will be definitely one I'll buy once it comes out.

Have you seen any of these movies before? What's your favorite Christian film?
I plan to do more recommendations including favorite TV shows and Hallmark movies so be on the lookout. ;)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Teeth Extraction, Movies, and...Snow ~ My March Highlights

March was a great month filled with lots of good and memorable times.

~ On March 1st I got all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. It wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be. I got all four of my pre-molars pulled three years ago and it was way worse.
During my recovery I watched a lot of movies, got chipmunk cheeks, and ate copious amounts about apples sauce and jell-o. ;) Several days later I was finally able to eat an English muffin and it was so good. It took me over 20 minutes to eat it though. ;) I got quite used to eating cold food during that time because it took me forever to eat anything.

My recovery table...It really wasn't quite this neat looking... ;)

~The Iditarod! This was my 8th year following the Iditarod. My friend and I followed it again together which was fun.
My younger brothers and I also did the reading Iditarod again. Jonathan won, but I'll come in at a close second any day now. ;) We were neck and neck for a lot of it.

~During this month we had some spring weather. Some days it was super pretty and nice outside and other days it was rainy. Well, one morning I woke up to snow! It snowed for a good part of the day, but once it stopped snowing it melted really quickly. While it was still snowing I went outside and did my favorite thing, swing in the snow.
That day was so weird because it snowed in the morning, pored rain in the afternoon, and then was sunny in the evening and we grilled hamburgers.

~I watched a ridiculous amount of movies. I was recovering from my teeth getting pulled though, so it was perfectly fine. ;) The day after I got my teeth pulled three of my friends came over and watched a couple movies with me. My sister and I watch the first season of Chesapeake Shores together. I've seen it a couples times, but this was my sisters first time watching it. I also watched a lot of Full House episodes. I don't even want to count how many I watched, but hey, they're fun! ;)
Then my mom and I went to the theatre and saw I Can Only Imagine. It was a great movie and it really inspired me. Then the week after I saw that one my mom, one of my brothers, and I went to see God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.
So yeah, lots of movies.... ;)

~My mom, sister, and I went out clothes shopping and it was lots of fun. I found several things.

~The car broke down while I was driving it. My brother and I were coming back from town one day and we were on the highway. The check engine light came on and the car wasn't driving right, so I pulled over. We hadn't been off the road for too long when these guys stopped to see if we were okay. I let them know that we were okay and that help (my dad and sister) was on the way. ;)

I didn't read as much this month as I would've thought, but I did read some good books:
Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson
Christy Miller volume 3 by Robin Jones Gunn
Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter

I hope you all had a lovely March! What are you most looking forward to about April?
Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tagged Again! ~ The Liebster Award

I got tagged for the Liebster Award once again! :) I was tagged by Jonathan over at The Second Brother.

11 facts about me:
--Christmas is my favorite time of year
--The ringtone for my phone is the When Calls the Heart music
--I would love to visit Alaska
--I love talking about When Calls the Heart. If I don't have anyone to talk to I just talk to myself about it, but hey, it works! ;)
--3 years ago my mom and I had dinner with an Amish family. It was a super fun evening
--I have a collectable miniatures dollhouse
--Valentine's Day is probably my second favorite holiday
--My birthday falls in my seconds favorite season which is fall.
--I love flowers
--I've had 8 teeth pulled in the last 3 years. (My wisdom teeth and my pre-molars)
--Beverly Lewis is my favorite author

1. What is your favorite song?
Different by Micah Tyler, Control by Tenth Avenue North, and What Do I Know of Holy by Addison Road.

2. If you could spend the day as a movie or book character, who would it be?
I'd definitely have to say Millie Keith from the A Life of Faith: Millie Keith books. I think it would just be so fun to spend a day in Pleasant Plains with the Keith family.

3. What's your favorite season and why?
Winter is my favorite season. Why? Because...Christmas and snow! :)

4. Coffee or tea?
Tea for sure! I don't like coffee.

5. What is your favorite TV show?
When Calls the Heart!!! I don't think that comes as a surprise to anyone though. ;)

6. What is your favorite fruit?
I really like watermelon and apples.

7. What was the last movie you watched in the theater?
The last movie I saw in the theatre was I Can Only Imagine. My mom and I went and saw it the other day and it was really good!

8. What is your dream job?
It's been a goal of mine for quite some time to be an actress in Christian movies.

9. If you could compete in any Olympic sport (winter or summer) what would it be?
Umm...probably gymnastics. I don't do gymnastics at all, but it looks fun and is really fun to watch...

10. What was the last book you read?
The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter, book 2 in the Amish Cooking Class series. I liked book one better, but it was still a fun book.

11.  If you could travel to any time period what would it be and why?
I would definitely go back to the Oregon Trail. I've always found that time period to be really fascinating.

I'm not going to tag anyone this time since I already tagged people last time I did the Liebster Award. :)