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52 in 52 December Week 2

We had a flu bug this Christmas, canceling many of our regularly scheduled Christmas School activities. It did give us a chance to catch up on our movie watching though!

Muppets Most Wanted

 We all loved it. Typical muppet fun. There was one scene that would have terrified mine for weeks had they been any younger. Kermit's evil look-alike turns suddenly and has sharp metal teeth in his mouth. It was oddly out of place in the movie and would have ruined it for us just a couple years ago.

Frosty the Snowman

The girls loved it, while everyone else endured it. It was short, so we all lived.

Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

My older boys remember watching this one when they were younger but can't stand it now.. .like, leave-the-room can't stand it. The girls liked it, but it wasn't a huge hit.

Nutcracker, the Untold Story

Creepy and weird. There was some great music,

While You Were Sleeping

What kind of parent lets her kids watch While You Were Sleeping? I know, I know. It does have some less-than-edifying content. Mine are old enough to recognize when to turn their heads and to have some great discussions about this stuff. I am loving this stage of life and the great talks we're having.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

We watched, transfixed. Maybe that's not quite the word. We were horrified. And yet fascinated. Everyone was sick and miserable and we laughed throughout the whole thing, unable to turn away. We're philistines.

Mr. St. Nick

Awful. Simply awful. This one surprises me that it was a Hallmark Movie, though its been years since I've seen the Hallmark channel, so what do I know? The villain woos Santa's son and they move in together. She's shown scantily clad several times, including fishnet stockings while dressed as a saucy Mrs. Claus for a commercial shoot. Pretty much terrible, but the kids were sick and I was exhausted and no one had the energy to turn it off. Thankfully, no one had the energy to pay much attention to it either.

The Inheritance

This was made in 1997 and yet I somehow never heard of it until this year. It's Canadian and cheesy, but we all enjoyed it.

Holiday Inn

We all loved this one. It is a hilarious classic. Fred Astaire is fabulous in it!

White Christmas
(another must-watch clip if you've never seen this)

 Another classic and another hit with the family.

Despicable Me

It's a rewatched favorite. Thanks to last year's present from Aunt Misty, we owned Despicable Me 2. The girls have been asking for DM1 ever since and they finally received it for Christmas this year. I forgot how awesome it is.

Sleeping Beauty

This was another Christmas present, thanks to an Amazon Lightning deal of $7!! My favorite part of watching this movie is watching the KIDS watch this movie. Honor cracks me up. When Briar Rose throws herself onto her bed in a fit of tears after hearing she's is betrothed to a prince and cannot be with the man she loves, Honor snorted and said, "That's right. Because she met him five minutes ago and can't live without him." I love that they are so much smarter than I was as a kid. They fascinate me.

It's probably sad that I know we've watched more than this, but I can't think of the titles at the moment. Our brains have been fried with television and fevers. We've had more than our fill of movies and have voted to switch 2015 to family GAME nights instead of movie nights. 

Catching up

A few million years without internet. Or weeks. Whatever.

We DO officially have internet now, but my hard drive gave the death rattle when we plugged it in, so I've still not been able to connect. My beautiful mom has loaned me her laptop so I can finish a few projects and say hi to y'all!

52 in 52 - December, week 1

Holiday Baking Championships

We don't watch cooking shows generally, you know, having no t.v. signal and all. But my parents have let us spend a lot of time at their house, using their washing machine when ours broke, using their computer when ours broke, and letting us hang out when we didn't have enough cars to get everyone where they needed to be. During that time, we have watched a lot of bake-offs and they were actually pretty fabulous. Everyone had their favorite and there was much cheering. There was also a lot of drooling. Goodness, I don't even like cake, but I sure craved it.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

I'm not sure what to make of this one. We all laughed hysterically. We groaned at the many puns. It was great. But it makes me wonder if it's a healthy thing for any adopted child to see. It seems to leave the impression that being adopted isn't secure. The relationship between Peabody and Sherman is an "adoptive relationship." When Sherman bites a student at school, it immediately results in family services stepping in to investigate. If the investigator doesn't like what she sees, Sherman is removed. As adults, it was just a silly plot line. But I couldn't help but think about my friends with adopted children and it didn't seem so benign anymore.

Also, the girl Sherman bit, is a terrible snot! Sherman tries acting like a snot. In the end, I'm not sure if the movie was trying to give the message that Sherman learned his lesson or if Mr. Peabody was supposed to relax his parenting techniques.

Lots of crass jokes, but if you have boys in your house, you appreciate a good poo joke and that's as it should be. 


If you haven't seen this one yet, STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND WATCH IT. It is an instant Christmas tradition. You are missing out if you don't watch this movie. It is hilarious. Truly.

Christmas Vacation

If you haven't seen this one, then you are probably a good parent. You should leave things as they are. You might consider recording the t.v. version and watching it after the kids are in bed. I don't generally recommend movies that are appropriate for our children, but it's a movie from my childhood. It is so wrong. I'm embarrassed to say how much I love it. Do NOT watch versions that have not been edited for television. Do NOT tell anyone I recommended this movie.

52 in 52, Fall edition


We've seen this one before, but it is one of our absolute all-time favorites. If you haven't seen this movie, you really must. Oh, my goodness, it's hilarious.

Princess Bride

I don't know if we can count this toward our 52 since we already watched it earlier this year. But it's Princess Bride. It must be watched.

Francis the Talking Mule
No one liked it. The boys outright despised it. Chris slept through it. Even the girls, who love just about everything were unimpressed with this one, though Honor tried really hard to like it. It's just...dumb.

Horton Hears a Who

Another classic. It's hilarious for all ages. It obviously never discusses it, but it feels like it carries a strong pro-life theme, echoing again and again that a person is a person no matter how small.

Beauty and the Beet

Veggie Tales. No description needed.

Celery Night Fever

Veggie Tales. Again.

Wreck It Ralph

We watched this one last year, but it's worth watching again.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Again, a repeat for us, but so good.

Down in the Valley

I still don't have internet at the farm.

You may have noticed the lack of activity on this blog lately. It's been hard, people. Hard.

I had a few writing assignments I had signed up for, so I've made trips to town to mooch interwebz access from generous family members. If you're just bored and desperate to read something I've written, here are those articles: