Monthly Archives: March 2009

The 26 Most Disturbing Kids Movies Ever.

Babble contributor Cole Gamble made a list of  “family movies that will scar your children for life.” Here is what made his top 26 list.

The tunnel scene of this movie is the single most frightening sequence in all of ’70s cinema. And we’re talking about a decade that brought us The Exorcist and Alien. Gene Wilder is simply brilliant in this subversive kiddie classic.  One look at him and there is no way you’re believing this movie really is for children. Let me ask you, if Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka rang your doorbell, would you let him in? Didn’t think so.

Making the list at #8 is Watership Down. Talk to my brother about that one. I never saw the movie myself. My poor mom rented it when Dane was home from school sick in about the 1st grade. It had cartoon bunnies on the front…completely harmless right? Dane cried himself to sleep for weeks. He graduates from college this spring, and I’m sure he doesn’t appreciate me reminding him of that movie to this day.

My husband just informed that they are making a movie based on the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. My prediction? Add it to the list.

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River City Wandering

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I LOVE Richmond. I really, really do. RVA has a MAJOR thing going for it. Location, location, location.  You don’t have to travel far to get to The Chesapeake Bay, DC, Blue Ridge Mountains, several national parks, dozens of cute towns, all of the east coast, and the Atlantic. But folks can take for granted all the things there own city has to offer. So go ahead — be a tourist without leaving home.

Owen and I spent the day walking around Richmond. Here are just a few highlights in  just two miles from Church Hill to Belle Island. I wasn’t packing the dslr, only the point-in-shoot. You’ll still get the picture.

Mural along side the Global Hopper Cafe on Main.

Mural along side the Global Hopper Cafe on Main.

Main St. Station. From an era when rail reined supreme. The clock tower is currently under some sort of construction so I didn’t take any complete shots of it. Next time. It’s a gorgeous building inside and out.

Richmond is full of interesting contrasts between old and new.

Richmond is full of interesting contrasts between old and new.

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Main St. Station.

Reconciliaton Statue: A truely stunning sculpture representing a dark and shameful past. This statue is located at the site what was once Richmond’s slave market.

The Reconciliation Triangle is located in: Liverpool England, Benin Region of Africa, and Richmond, VA

The Reconciliation Triangle: Liverpool England, Benin Region of Africa, and Richmond.

Belle Island: One of my favorite spots in the city. I’d love to know if there are any other places where you can kayake white water and have a city skyline directly in front of you and a place like Hollywood Cemetary to y0ur left. Belle Island was once a prison, quarry, iron works factory and is now a part  of the James River Park system.

The James from Belle Island.

The James from Belle Island.

The 1,100 foot-long footbridge suspended beneath the Lee Bridge to Belle Island.

The 1,100 foot-long footbridge suspended beneath the Lee Bridge to Belle Island.

Owen and I finished our little adventure on Brown’s Island and the Canal Walk before heading home. Friday Night Cheers on Brown’s Island begins May 8th. On our way back we stopped at the Fountain Bookstore (one of the best) to snoop.

Owen watching geese along the canal on Brown's Island.

Owen watching geese along the canal on Brown's Island.

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Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza.

More fiber than a human needs.

More fiber than a human needs.

I wanted to find another way to use the sweet potatoes I bought while in Amish Country and found this recipe off of allrecipes.com. I had red lentils and I’m a sucker for curry. I nixed the eggplant (we didn’t have any) and used mozzarella cheese instead of Romano with a sprinkle of parmesan (what we had in the fridge).

I loved it! My toddler loved it! My sweet potato hating husband loved it! The recipe makes a lot of topping so I saved what I didn’t need and made burritos for lunch with it later in the week.

It was a fun Monday night (last week). We played Toss Up. It’s a game that requires no skill or strategic prowess. You roll dice and play it safe or take risks. Easy. It’s a good 2 person game to play with a little guy around.

Toss Up. Owen likes to say "game" and "dice."

Toss Up. Owen likes to say "game" and "dice."

Look mom!

Look mom!

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I Don’t Know.

My baby brother sent this video to me after Lisa Hannigan was on the Colbert Report. It’s great. I’m speechless.

Update: drinking my morning cup o’ joe and discovered ms. hannigan is from ireland. just thought that it was interesting since i posted the weekend of the irish festival… okay. maybe not that interesting.

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Church Hill Irish Festival.

Who knew there were that many Irish organizations, dance groups and bag pipers in the city?! I did not. The parade was great! Sadly, I worked all day so I missed the hoopla. Guinness and Harp right out my front door… and me on the other side of the river. Go figure.

Here are some photos from the parade Saturday morning. Don got some shots of the crowd later in the day. Apparently it was record breaking turn out for the Church Hill Irish Festival . Don could hear the announcer clearly…the main stage was also right out our front window… man it would’ve been a good day for a party.

St. Patrick himself.

St. Patrick himself.

Keeping the peace - in knee socks.

Keeping the peace - in knee socks.

If you're Irish, St. Patty's is no joke.

If you're Irish, St. Patty's is no joke.

Welsh Society of Fredricksburg.

Welsh Society of Fredricksburg.

Bagpipes and kilts? Extremely Irish. Fried Oreos and cheese fries? Not so much.

Bagpipes and kilts? Extremely Irish. Fried Oreoes and cheese fries? Not so much.

Princess St. Patrick pouting before work.

Princess St. Patrick pouting before work.

24th Festival. 10 AM.

24th Festival. 10 AM. before parade.

24th Festival. Approx 1:45.

24th Festival. Approx 1:45.

My lucky little Leprechaun.

My lucky little Leprechaun.

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Puppet Theatre

My first attempt at the finger puppet theatre was made from a cereal box. This one at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (best blog name EVER by-the-way) was my inspiration. Prototype #1 was a disaster. And it was our only empty cereal box.

I tried again with a shoebox. It’s much easier to fit adult hands comfortably into the theatre and I used velcro to hang a piece of felt for the backdrop. And when we are done playing we can store the puppets away inside. Kept the nifty paper curtain idea.

Puppet show with the tickle monsters.

Puppet show with the tickle monsters.

Felt backdrop.

Felt backdrop.

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Doll Houses (for everyone).

I made Owen a doll house. I had been wanting him to have one ever since we went into World of Mirth and he really loved the Calico Critters doll house they had out. A little Rabbit and Mouse family was living in it.

Several months later we were getting some ice cream next door and a little boy’s mother told him to stop playing the patty cake game he was cheerfully singing because, “Little boys don’t play games like that… they play with action figures.”

That sealed the deal. My son was getting a doll house. I got the idea to make one out of a cd holder from Angry Chicken. I’m really happy with it. Owen really really liked it for about a day and now he uses it as a place to park his fire truck… I tried.

I added some felt carpet, cut pictures out of an Ikea catalog and planted a button “garden on the back. It was really fun to make.

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Super cheery doll house complete with pink trim.

Doll house complete with a button garden.

Button gardens attract butterfly stickers.

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