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Meet The Robinson’s… if you didn’t go to the theater (and mortgage your house) to see it, and you haven’t renetd it yet, you really must!  It is SO worth it!

I watched the previews when it was out in the theaters and I really thought Disney was sliding a little further down the quality ladder with it… I just didn’t get the premise.  Having seen the movie, I can tell you the previews didn’t do it justice.  No where close.  This one rates up there with the Pixar movies for me. 

********Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what it’s about*******

Lewis is a little boy who was left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a newborn.  He has been through 124 adoption interviews without finding the right couple, is about to turn 13 and is a little genius inventor type child.  His roomate is Michael “Goob” Yagoobian, who just kind of plays along with Lewis’ experiments, playing the guinea pig so that he has someone to talk to about his baseball dreams.

After another failed adoption interview (his pb&j machine went horribly wrong all over the prospective Dad, who just happens to be allergic to peanuts), Lewis decides there is only one person in the world who could possibly want him… his birth mother.  And he saw her once, he just has to find the memory of her locked away in his own brain somewhere.  So, being the genius inventor type that he is, he invents a machine to scan and display memories, which he also enters in his school’s science fair.

Enter the bad guy… who was drawn like the classic villain of railroad “I can’t pay the rent…you must pay the rent” fame.  Enter also the good guy time traveler kid, who has come back in time to save Lewis and make sure he goes ahead and invents the memory scanner, no matter how many times it fails.  “Keep moving forward” is his dad’s motto and he wants to make it Lewis’.  Wilbur (time traveler) has to convince Lewis that he’s from the future so that he will go back and fix the machine (which falls apart after the bad guy takes out some screws).  So, naturally, they both hop into the time machine and take a little sight seeing tour of Wilbur’s time.  Lewis, seeing his chance to go back in time and convince his mom not to give him up, tries to take control of the time machine and crashes it.

Lewis gets to meet the whole Robinson family (Wilbur’s family) and advetures ensue.  Bouncing off of the landscape, playng maracas for singing frogs and fighting a dinosaur… you can’t get much more fun than that.

But through it all, the theme of  “keep moving forward”, don’t let your failures knock you down, don’t let your past control you is pervasive.  I don’t know how even a child could miss that theme of hope.  It is a very uplifting and encouraging movie.  It even had me crying at the end.  And, of curse I’m goign to share the end with you, so really… DON”T read any further if you don’t want to know how it ends.

Wilbur ends up being Lewis’ son in the future.  The big corporate scientist who came to judge the science fair ends up being the woman who, along with a really eccentric husband, adopts Lewis.  Lewis doesn’t look like a Lewis, so they change his name to Cornelius.  And the villain dude winds up being his roommate, Goob… who came back from the future to ruin Lewis’ life because all of Lewis’ late night experiments kept him sleepy and he missed the winning catch in the last baseball game of the season, thereby ruining his life.  But there’s good news fr Goob, because, armed with the knowledge of the future, Lewis gets the the game in time to wake Goob up and he catches the winning ball.  BUT Lewis does choose not to go back and see his “real” mom, because he already has a family waiting for him in the future. 

It is a really sweet and well thought out movie, adapted from a book called A Day With The Robinsons.  I guess I’ll have to go check out that book now!  🙂

Here’s some lyrics from the movie (the song that makes me cry!):

Little Wonders

let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don’t you know
the hardest part is over
let it in,
let your clarity define you
in the end
we will only just remember how it feels

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

let it slide,
let your troubles fall behind you
let it shine
until you feel it all around you
and i don’t mind
if it’s me you need to turn to
we?ll get by,
it’s the heart that really matters in the end

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

all of my regret
will wash away some how
but i can not forget
the way i feel right now

in these small hours
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away but these small hours
these small hours, still remain,
still remain
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away
but these small hours
these little wonders still remain

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Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others.  www.atlasquest.com if you’re into letterboxing or need a reason to get out in nature.  www.snopes.com if you want to know whether some bit of public knowledge is true or not.  www.allrecipe.com for just the right recipe.  There are others… what do you want to know about?

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night? 8 or 9… I think it saves me from going completely crazy, too!  Otherwise, some of that stuff would come out in polite company and that would be, uhm, not so good. LOL

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child?  If so, what kind and what was its name?  I had fish as a child for the longest time.  And although he wasn’t technically mine, I’ll claim the dog we had during my jr high and sr high years… the fish didn’t have names that I can recall.  The dog was a brittany spaniel and his name was Banjo.  He had a liver colored heart shape on his head, so heart was his “middle name”.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?  Probably wouldn’t bother, but since the aim of the question is probably to see what brand loyalty I have… maybe one of those jello commercials.  Wiggling free sounds fun to me!  Makes me want to get up and dance.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy? Oooohhh… I like those Werther’s candies…. I like suckers too.  I’m much more of a chocolate person.

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My folks live about 2 1/2 hours away from us.  While it has taken her a while to accept itunderstand it, hear me, I think my Mom finally now believes me when I say there just doesn’t seem to be a good time to pile everybody in the car to make the trip for a 1 day stay.  And I’m really not trying to say that their time is any less valuable or it’s any easier for them to get in a car and make the trip.  My Dad does have his 40 acres and a mule, after all.  It’s just that, with homeschool co-ops, scouts and church youth group activities, there’s always something we have planned.  Never mind the gas prices (I put that in there for my Dear Heart’s dad, who won’t drive in the rain, either).  SO I’m going to have to plan a time when nothing else will get in the way and just go.  It’s lookin’ like the week before Thanksgiving (beat the rush, ya’ know).

Anyway, they’ve made the trek here several times in the past couple of months, helping me get this, that and the other thing accomplished.  This past weekend was, by far, the most enjoyable for us.  M has finally gotten use to them enough to not cry if I go out and run an errand and she doesn’t cry so hard now when they leave… she knows they’ll be back.

They came up Thursday evening and stayed until Sunday morning, ostensibly to cart off some big stumps of wood left over from the big hedgerow removal a few weeks ago (but I know better 😉  ).  And since they were here in a truck, I took advantage of it borrowed it and went to pick up a 55 gallon fish tank some friends of ours let us have.  How nice was that?  Got it filled up with water and the fish transferred and everything setteld by midnight.  Jaws is much happier and less vicious now.  We’ve since added a beautiful 2 1/2″ black ghost knife (Monty) and 2 Mickey Mouse mollies (Timothy and Sniffles).  Everyone is doing fine.

S and P fixed breakfast Friday morning which was nice, even though it was closer to brunch.  P wanted to place a series of letterboxes in the Wildlife Education Center and since there was nothing else to be done around the house, and the center had wheelchairs available, it was decided to make a day of it.  We packed a lunch and headed out to check out the “other wildlife”.  It took a few minutes to find where to place the boxes, then the clues to get the finder to the boxes… then a little backtracking to actually place the box.  Nevermind the stealthyness involved in hiding on a busy day!  “Gee, P, I don’t know what that plant is called (croutching down low to examine the plant, which just happened to be right next to the rocks we were hiding the box in)… “but I think I like this one better”…  Lots of fun! 

We finished inside and trooped out to have a go through the gift shop (which, if you are in this area or planning on making a trip of it, is closing soon and has a 40% off everything sale going on right now).  Mom bought the windchimes, the children bought candy.  Hopefully I can make it back there to buy some Christmas presents “at greatly reduced prices” before they go out of business.

Then it was out to the cars to find a place to picnic.  It was just a tad bit breezy, but food just tastes better outside.  M and I went doen to the edge of one of the ponds to have a look and to jump around on the rocks.  “Pee pee, Momma… peepee!”  In racing up the little hill to get her to the bathroom I slipped and fell in what I am sure was goose poop laced mud.  It was not a pretty sight!  But nothing hurt.  P also ran in a “fun run” that evening… funny, some school track coaches were standing by sounding every bit like there was nothing “fun” about it.  She didn’t win, but I was happy that she went into it realistically and just wanted to do it.  She’s been running for a Studio 2 B (girl scouts) charm, so this was a good self-test of her acquired skills.

The next day we stayed home, built a fire outside in the fireplace and roasted weenies for lunch.  We nursed that fire all day long and enjoyed a relaxing day outside.   It was nice to look out the bathroom window and see the glow of a dying fire.  I only wish M would have been more willing to sit outside all night long to enjoy it!  My sister and her husband came up too and we all just had a good day.  Doing pretty much nothing.  Of course, they had to dole out the halloween goody bags too.

The Grandparents left Sunday morning, right before we pulled out for Sunday School.  After church and a quick lunch, me and the children went to Midway to search for a few letterboxes and check on a few of our own.  What a nice weekend!

It’s been a slow steady rain now since Monday and the maples have finally decided that they look better in red.  Glad we got that weekend in.

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Milestone Stuff

M’s big thing right now is roaring.  Whenever we have company, she roars at them.  Whenever we’re at church, she roars at everybody.  When we’re out shopping, she roars at other customers…

And she does it really good, too!  Not some meek little pussycat mewl, but a big, loud, happy roar (she just wants to be scary after all, not mean).

She was going through the vcr tapes yesterday looking for just the right one to watch, and I noticed a pattern: Beauty and the Beast (roaring beast), Alice In Wonderland (roaring queen), Monsters Inc (self explanatory).  She finally settled on Monsters Inc..  It is so cute to watch her cheer Boo on and roar with Sully!  Never mind when she is adamantly telling Randall “no! no! no!”, holding both her hands out in front of her, splayed fingers, waving violently.  And then she roars at the movie!

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She wanted to eat at the table yesterday, so we did (much easier to clean spaghetti off of a table and the surrounding floor than oatmeal off of every available surface.  Which was what happened yestreday morning.).  Of course, she climbs up in her chair all by herself and waits for me to bring her plate.  She is nothing if not determined!

P finally decided she would come join us (“I want to eat with everybody else”… nevermind that she was with Sam at the computer and it was just me and M at the table… honey, 2 here and 2 there doesn’t really mean there’s an “everybody else”.)  P feigned disappointment at something I told her not to do by crossing her arms and harumphing… M quickly followed suit, crossing her own arms and smiling like the Cheshire Cat.  It was too funny!

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I bought three bags of apples at the store last night.  M LOVES apples, but apparently only the first 10 tiny bites or so.  Then she wants a different apple and will gladly go through an entire bag that way.  So I hid all 3 bags behind a door that is off it’s track and instead, leaning against my dining room wall.  I’m standing on the other side of her, not 5 steps away when the bags shift and the apples gently thump to a new resting spot.  Scared Her To Death! She did that quick shuffle step towards my thigh and held on for dear life.  She dug in so hard that I couldn’t pry her off.  I wish you could have heard how scared she was, cause life really is all about the soundtrack!  I guess she thought it was going to roar at her!  It was the first time I had seen her scared of something because of what she perceived to be there.  I had to take her out of the room! 

THEN she roared!  You get’em, Boo!

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This is neat!  Over at Tookshire she’s become what she calls “girly” and joined a meme called Encyclopedia of Me.  For more info on it, check here and here. Anyway, here is my first entry for day 21.

I think I am a pretty understanding person and I often times get myself all balled up into knots trying to understand things.  I’ll try to understand each action inside and out, from every person’s view.  I’ll try to understand both sides of an issue… some call me a professional fence sitter.  I even try to understand all the different sides of my children’s social problems and try to help them see, too.  Call me obsessed!

I also try to understand things of interest as completely as possible.  Translation: Lots of time on the computer with my friend google and a LOT of different sites it sends me to.

Ultimately, I think I’m better for it.  Even if it doesn’t appear that way to anybody else living on the outside of my brain!

Let me know if you play along so I can read all about you!

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Appetizer
If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why? Probably a collie… they’re fun loving, gentle, loyal and some have long hair, which I have acquired over the past year or so.

Soup
What does the color purple make you think of? Royalty, wealth, Christ, flowers and the fact that the dye color was hard to come by in antiquity, which is why it became a status symbol. I would not be able to wear the color today.

Salad
Approximately how long does it take you to get ready each morning? Not long… maybe 20 minutes. I don’t do much to get ready… comb my hair and pull it back, put contacts in… the hardest part is (prepare yourself for the shocker) finding something to wear. If I factor the children into it, it’s probably 30 minutes.

Main Course
How many cousins do you have, and are you close to them? Oh..My…Gosh! I haven’t counted in a while.
Mom’s side their were 8 brothers and sisters and all had at least 2 children if not 1 or 2 more. All of them have since had children and there is one o two of them with a child. So that side is probably numbering close to 60 right now. We have goten together for my Grandmother’s birthday, Thanksgiving , Chirstmas and Easter every year since I can remember, so I do get to tal to (or about 😉 a lot of them several times a year.
Dad’s side is very similar, but started out with 9 brothers and sisters. So we’re probably at about 70 or so there too… I don’t get to see them as much, cause most of them live in rural areas and don’t really get together that often. I did guilt them into getting together for a family reunion a few years ago and that was nice. Maybe it’s time for another!

Dessert
Take your initials (first, middle, last) and come up with something else those letters could stand for. (Example: SFO = Sweet Funny Otter)
TLCB = Well, as a teenager, my initials always meant “tender loving care”. As I started making stuff for people I would make sure that was somewhere on the item. Since I now have a happily added little B on the end… well, I don’t know what the b stands for… any suggestions?

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I am so sorry!  I thought I had said in a previous post.  Here’s the skinny from one of the letterboxing sites, www.atlasquest.com

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful “treasure-hunts” in beautiful, scenic places. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that’s part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp into the letterbox’s logbook.

It’s really a lot of fun, for a whole range of different skill and physical abilities.  Check out the site and I’m sure you’ll find some in your area!

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