Sunday, August 8, 2010

Scout's on a roll

Scout - 5

(Lying on the floor in the hallway by the kitchen, while I cooked pancakes, running her fingers across the air vents)

Scout: "Mom, does anything live in these vents?"

Me: "No, just air."

Scout "Phew- air isn't monsters".

(I should add that Rob has a habit of teasing her once in a while when she directs her questions at him. This instance smacks of Rob's doing. There is no doubt in my mind that she asked him a question about those grates some time ago and got a very different answer then what I gave her. She knows enough by now to take what he says with a grain of salt and ask me later. --This doesn't mean that there isn't a corner of her mind that thinks what he says just might be true.)

For any new readers out there "Rob" isn't an older brother. Rob is daddy. Yep. You'd think he liked getting woken up in the middle of the night by a little girl with monster dreams..........

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Great Wall of Fish

Scout - 5

(Playing in front of the garage while Rob works inside it. She's pretending to fish with his practice pole.)

Scout, "I caught one"
Rob, "Good job! What kind of fish is it?"
Scout, "I don't know, let me check the guide book".
(Thumbs through some old sanding pads in the driveway)
"It's called "the great wall of fish" fish."
Rob, "That's a weird name for a fish"
Scout, "Yeah it is, I wonder why Jesus named it that,"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What I've been watching, July edition

I'm starting a new segment on my blog, talking a bit about what I've been up to (entertainment wise). I'll link everything to IMDB in case you are curious about what the heck I'm talking about.
We'll see if it's any fun.........

(You will soon see that I don't catch a lot of movies in the theater, some movies I don't even hear about until much much later (the main culprit: my dvr -ok I think the MAIN culprit would be young child + young baby) so sometimes I finally hear about a movie enough that I decide it is worthy of a look and I rent it.)

One more thing: I am not going to concern myself with being overly sensitive here when it comes to "spoilers". I am not going to give anything away ever that shouldn't be given away (The Sixth Sense was spoiled for me back in the day and that sucked). I know what needs to be respected when it comes to that, but I also know there are people out there that don't want to know ANYTHING and consider a lot of what I think it just innocent details to be "spoilers". If you think you may be one of those people, then you've been fair warned.

Alright, here's the list (to the best of my recollection):

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) [R]: Drama - sci Fi. I never heard of this movie until about a year ago, when it kept coming up in movie review podcasts. When a movie pops up over and over, I start thinking that maybe I should see what all the fuss is about. I was glad I did! It was good. It takes place in the future where something happened to make it somehow impossible to have children (no one knows why and mankind is basically facing extinction). In fact, the movie starts with the death of the youngest person on the planet and he was 18. It takes place in England (mostly) and there is a scary government controlling issue and so there is a big circle of underground activists or rebels. This group discovers and hides a young pregnant girl from Africa and has to get her across the border safely and they have to hide the fact that she is the first pregnant person the world has seen in 18 years. It remains interesting because you find yourself suddenly very invested in getting this girl safe to have her miracle baby. Following the birth of the baby is one of the most powerful scenes of hope I've ever watched. The mother is found out very soon after giving birth and has to walk out of the building through an all out war zone. I swear, I had chills for a full 10 minutes. The sound of that wailing baby amidst gunfire and bombs basically stopped a war. As the mother walks through the building clutching her baby and outside, people stop and kneel and try to touch it's little feet and they cry, soldiers drop their guns- it's really moving. It really took me to a place where I could imagine what it would be like to hear and see a baby for the first time in almost 20 years and the hope that would come with it after such a miserable existence the world had become.
Anyway, it was great movie, Micheal Caine had a cameo and played a really unique character (especially for him), he did great as always.
Emily recommends it if you aren't opposed to a little language and a lot of violence.

ECLIPSE (2010) [PG]: Drama - Romance. I saw this movie up in Wyoming as is my family's tradition to watch the Twilight movies together up in Wyoming. It's fun to see it together and see it away from the heavier crowds of fan girls that reside in Utah. Not a lot to say except we were all pleasantly surprised at how much better this one was compared to the first two. This is good since this is my favorite of the 4 books. Better acting, better screenplay, better directing. It certainly isn't going to be up for any Oscars, but for a Twilight movie, this impressed me and I enjoyed it. Emily recommends it if you are a Twilight fan (but if you ARE a Twilight fan then you have already seen it).

loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006) [NR]: Documentary. Matt brought this with him to my house so we could watch it together. I really enjoyed it and it was fun to see the band this way. It's very interesting how little the band likes each other and how little they have to say to one another. YET they make awesome music together. Once they are on stage they start playing, you wonder how these 4 people can have so little in common. Interesting group dynamics and insight as to why they didn't survive long. Glad they can come together again and play on stage for the entertainment of Matt, B and I this September. During the documentary, Matt and I found particular enjoyment over one scene. The drummer came walking into Kim Deal's dressing room and by the looks of it, has the intent of scaring her. You had just heard the other band mates being interviewed and talking about him and saying that he is getting concerning about a matter of some prescription painkiller abuse and they can't talk to him because he always has his ipod in his ears. So he is kind of sneaking into her dressing room (she's doing her hair or something) and he actually kind of stops sneaking and walks in normal (but it scares her anyways) and he goes (obviously really hyped up on something), "I am SO into music right now!". It just really made us laugh and we have found that sentence to be quite quotable since. It was just funny made more so by a genuis bit of editing. Emily definitely recommends it if you are into the Pixies.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1995) [NR]: Romance. B and I (and Matt now and then) watched this movie in little segments for the length of their stay. I am very sorry to report that I didn't get to see the whole thing (missed most of the good parts. BOO!) and I don't own it, so I need to hunt it out at the library or something to finish my fix. This was certainly not my first watch of this version (BBC / Colin Firth / Miniseries) but I say again with confidence - THIS IS THE BEST VERSION MADE TO DATE. I've said before (answering why I hadn't seen the film version with Kira Knightly yet) that I have no interest in a world where Colin Firth isn't Mr. Darcy. I have since seen the movie and enjoyed it a lot, but that dude was a pretty poor Darcy. Ami Hart, I am talking to you here- I would like to say on record that I think you are wrong that the girl that plays Lizzy in this version lacks all emotion. I like her. I think she makes a perfectly good Lizzy. I really liked Kira's Lizzy a lot (also just for the record). So, put that in your pants and smoke it, that's where I stand on this issue. One more thing- I did like the Mr. Bingley in the movie more then I liked the Mr. Bingley in the Miniseries. I thought he was FANTASTIC. The miniseries one is "ok". Emily heartily recommends this movie if you like a good romance and if you think that Colin Firth can say more with one look then Matthew Macfadyen could say with an entire speech.

INCEPTION (2010) [PG-13]: Action/Drama with fantasy elements. I went and saw this with the Utah Family Movie Group (UFMG) or whoever can make it out of me, Cat, Sue, Ben, Dave, Dan, Lori and Rob. We all loved it, it was really good and classic Christopher Nolan (whom I love). Everyone is talking about this movie, so I feel like I don't have to. Emily recommends it to pretty much anyone- it's a good time.

PIRATE RADIO (THE BOAT THAT ROCKED) (2009) [R]: Comedy. I was either in the most perfect mood to watch this or I just don't share the opinion with most reviewers of this movie, cause I had a GREAT time watching it. It housed many elements that make a great Emily film: 1. Set in London in the 1960's. I was reminded once more that I truly believe I missed my calling by not being a teenager/20 something in London in the 60's. I love the style (hair, makeup, clothes so very much) and I love the music. It IS a style of music I have become somewhat bored listening to within the last 10 years, but this would not be so if I was there when it was happening. If I could magically transform myself back to any place and time, that is where I would be- all I ask is that I can take my Radiohead music with me. 2. Philip Seymour Hoffman is in it. He is one of those actors that only needs to be in a film to make me deem it worthy of watching. 3. It's a Richard Curtis movie. While he doesn't hold the kind of steam certain other directors/actors/etc. hold, if I see him involved in a project, I at least dig a little to see what it's about. He has a pretty good track record with me (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones Diary had it's moments). I am not going to say that these are A+ cinematic masterpieces, but they are my idea of "chick flicks" and enjoy them from time to time. 4. This is a GREAT character film. I really like interesting characters and in this movie almost everyone in it was interesting.
In addition to these four elements to make a formula pleasing to me, it also had Bill Nighy whom ALWAYS cracks me up. I learned an interesting fact watching the commentary (yes, I frequently watch commentaries- I'm a nerd). He is going to be in the last Harry Potter movie as Rufus Scrimgeour- perfect casting. I have always wondered why he is absent in the Harry Potter cast since every single other popular and famous British actor is in them. He seemed conspicuously absent. Ok, upon thinking about it, Hugh Grant isn't in them either. Neither is Colin Firth. But I never wondered about those two, just about Nighy. Maybe because he seemed like a good fit. Whatever.
I was a little disappointed when I looked up the background of the story and found out that it is based on very little fact. Only a few details are from history. Ships anchored in the North Sea did play 24 hours of rock when the BBC stations would only play an hour of it a day or something, but it wasn't as illegal as they let on and all of the events and characters are fictional. Darn. Oh well I still had a very good time and Tom Sturridge who played "Young Carl" was absolutely adorable. If you rent this movie a MUST DO is to watch the deleted scenes (with the intros by the director). I understand why they were cut, but most of them really were great scenes and well worth watching. Emily totally recommends this one if you don't mind a fair amount of language and some sexuality (nothing graphic or gratuitous).

THE FOURTH KIND (2009) [PG-13]: Thriller. Ug. I was not a fan at all. I have come to realize that I am a fan of the let's-scare-the-tar-out-of-people-by-making-a-movie-out-of-fake-home-movies-and-making-people-think-that-it's-real genre (think The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity). This movie tried to incorporate this element but without the finesse. I wonder if they had a smaller budget like the others, it may have been successful. My theory is that was it's downfall. Basically it is supposed to make you think that it is a documentary and they show "real footage" and also show their reenactment of the footage. They really went to great lengths to fool you into thinking that this was an episode of Unsolved Mysteries or something with VERY LITTLE SUCCESS. I went into the movie knowing the background, but I cannot imagine even for a second that their little scheme would have worked on me. It was just too badly done. It centers around a psychiatrist that finds out that she has several patients being abducted by aliens and she and her family are caught up right in the middle of it. This movie's only redeeming quality I thought, was the acting job of the lady playing the "real" doctor being interviewed about the happenings. She really looked all kinds of haunted. She did a good job. Also once maybe I got just a little creeped out. That's it. Even the score bugged me and I rarely think about the score at all ESPECIALLY when it comes to being bad, so good job The 4th Kind, you even screwed that up. Emily does not recommend this movie. Rent Paranormal Activity (or Pirate Radio).

That is all I can think of that I watched. Hope you got a small level of enjoyment or beginnings of discussions out of this. I welcome feedback about the movies above or any suggestions you might have for the coming months of what I should see. I may add books I read too sometime, but don't have the wherewithal to do it now. Maybe in the future.

I just got the idea to add the trailers of these movies below, so hope it works, here I go.....







Monday, August 2, 2010

Tongue Sucking!!!!!!

I was sitting in Relief Society (church) yesterday with Elle on my lap and the lady I sat next to glances at Elinor and goes, "Oh! She's a tongue sucker!" I'm like, "Wha?" She goes, "she is a tongue sucker, she sucks on her tongue to pacify herself."
After over 10 months of staring at this face:
a light bulb pops up above my head (or you could say a chorus of angels all went "aaaahhhh" around me -I WAS at church and all-). I said, "SO THAT'S WHAT SHE'S DOING!!" She said that most kids suck their thumbs or pacifiers, but there are a select few that suck their tongues like that. Her son used to (he did until the 2nd grade in fact).
Seriously! I didn't know such a thing existed. It never once occurred to me. The light bulb (or angels) kept it up that entire 45 minutes as things kept falling into place. You see, if you haven't spent a lot of quality Elinor time, you may not know that she won't take a pacifier, she just barely this week FINALLY drinks out of bottles, but hasn't until now, she also frequently does this sucking thing with her tongue sticking out a little. I always thought she just sucked way differently then any baby I've met and couldn't figure out devices such as pacifiers and the like. When she sucked nothing, I thought she was sucking, waiting for me to feed her. So suddenly, everything fell into place. She doesn't take pacifiers because she is happy just sucking on her tongue. The sucking of the tongue never looked like the normal sucking when she eats, but I never really gave it a second thought, but now it makes sense that it looks different. I refer to it as her "patented suck" since it is quite original looking. Babies frequently suck nothing in their sleep and stuff, but this is different then that. Elles does that too (although less frequent then most babies) and it involves more chin. She also almost always has this dark spot on the side of her tongue. Sometimes it isn't there, sometimes it's bigger, sometimes smaller. I asked Karen if that is why she gets that spot she said yes, it's a little bruise from sucking. I googled it once out of concern and after reading a few things came to the conclusion that it was a bruise from teething, but I wasn't totally happy with that answer since I noticed it months before any teething had taken place.
So anyway, I feel enlightened. Five minutes of getting used to the idea and I couldn't believe it had never occurred to me before. It makes so much sense, but like I said, I had never heard of this practice, so how can you think of something you've never heard of?

I had to add this picture cause she just looks so dang sweet. I was trying to catch her patented suck. As you can see- she has her blanket poised ready to do it.
She often likes the furry side of her kiki (or any furry blanket- yep, cookie blanket does her well-) to just touch the tip of her tongue while she is sucking. Karen said her son liked to do the same thing, but he liked satiny fabric.

So I've solved one enigma that makes up Elinor. Her one-of-a-kind suck isn't exactly one of a kind, just rare.
Love her.

FYI: if you ever google "tongue sucking" make sure you add the word "baby" cause you will get an entire other education without that simple word.


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