Camp: The gift that keeps on giving.

When I arrived in my “cabin” on Sunday, there were two alumni ladies spraying all of the mattresses with RID. Evidently, a couple of years ago all of the kids made it home with lice from a previous group.

No one, evidently, thought of a spray for pink eye, ’cause I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ve got. I ALWAYS have itchy eyes, so when my nose was stuffy and my eyes were really itchy yesterday, I thought it was something that had blown in on the latest storm.

This morning tells a different tale. We’re off to an 11:00 dr’s appt. for Mommy, and the kids will NEVER forgive me ’cause our “across the street neighbors” who’ve been in Alaska for a year JUST got home RIGHT NOW. The kids are over playing, with a warning from me, and all I’ve done is wave through the window.

Atleast I was able to get in to see someone. BRING ON THE EYE DROPS!!!!!!!

“I’ll hoist the mainsail!” “I’ll pop the popcorn!” “I’ll get the moist towelettes. . .hey _____? Have you seen the moist towelettes?” “I got it. I got it.” “No. Those are baby wipes.”

***************Question for no prize whatsoever************** From what movie does the dialogue I used as my blog title come?

Whilst I recover from Kid’s Kamp. . .let’s continue the movie theme. And Stephanie is right–I don’t get out much. We even got a movie gift card with enough money for snacks AND free babysitting from Tony’s brother for Christmas, but we haven’t used it yet. There’s nothing we want to see. Seriously.

We are, in fact, going to use it in July to go and see the new Harry Potter movie. We’ve seen all of those too, but they aren’t really great cinema–especially not when you’ve read the books. We see them so that Tony will know what’s goin’ on, ’cause he enjoys the story line but doesn’t want to tackle the tomes. The most recent movie we’ve seen that we enjoyed was “Little Miss Sunshine”–we laughed and laughed and laughed–but not until the end–my list (aside from a few) are mostly “feel good movies” ’cause I’m all about happy endings these days.

My friend Carolyn sent this to me. . .and I saw this very same show last year. I found it interesting that on the “100 Greats” list, they seem to be pretty dated too. The most recent addition was one of the LOTR films in 2001. . .so maybe that’s saying something about the state of movie production. Anyway, how ’bout we go down the movie meme path. I’ve seen the ones that are in bold. How about you?

FI’s 100 Years…100 Movies — 10th Anniversary Edition:
1 Citizen Kane (1941)
2 The Godfather (1972)
3 Casablanca (1942)
4 Raging Bull (1980)
5 Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6 Gone With the Wind (1939)
7 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8 Schindler’s List (1993)
9 Vertigo (1958)
10 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
11 City Lights (1931)
12 The Searchers (1956)
13 Star Wars (1977)
14 Psycho (1960)
15 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
16 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
17 The Graduate (1967)
18 The General (1927)
19 On the Waterfront (1954)
20 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
21 Chinatown (1974)
22 Some Like It Hot (1959)
23 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
24 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
25 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
26 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

27 High Noon (1952)
28 All About Eve (1950)
29 Double Indemnity (1944)
30 Apocalypse Now (1979)
31 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
32 The Godfather Part II (1974)
33 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
34 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35 Annie Hall (1977)

36 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
37 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
38 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
39 Dr. Strangelove (1964)
40 The Sound of Music (1965)
41 King Kong (1933)

42 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
43 Midnight Cowboy (1969)
44 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
45 Shane (1953)
46 It Happened One Night (1934)
47 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
48 Rear Window (1954)
49 Intolerance (1916)
50 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
51 West Side Story (1961)
52 Taxi Driver (1976)
53 The Deer Hunter (1978)
54 M*A*S*H (1970)
55 North by Northwest (1959)
56 Jaws (1975
57 Rocky (1976)

58 The Gold Rush(1925)
59 Nashville (1975)
60 Duck Soup (1933)
61 Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
62 American Graffiti (1973)
63 Cabaret (1972)
64 Network (1976)
65 The African Queen (1951)
66 The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

67 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
68 Unforgiven (1992)
69 Tootsie (1982)
70 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
73 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
74 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

75 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
76 Forrest Gump (1994)
77 All the President’s Men (1976)
78 Modern Times (1936)
79 The Wild Bunch (1969)
80 The Apartment (1960)
81 Spartacus (1970)
82 Sunrise (1927)
83 Titanic (1997)
84 Easy Rider (1969)
85 A Night at the Opera (1935)
86 Platoon (1986)
87 12 Angry Men (1957)
88 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
89 The Sixth Sense (1999)

90 Swing Time (1936)
91 Sophie’s Choice (1982)
92 Goodfellas (1990)
93 The French Connection (1971)
94 Pulp Fiction (1994)
95 The Last Picture Show (1971)
96 Do the Right Thing (1989)
97 Blade Runner (1982)
98 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
99 Toy Story (1995)
100 Ben-Hur (1959)

Best of this bunch for me? To Kill a Mockingbird, It’s a Wonderful Life, Forrest Gump. To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t exactly a “happy ending,” but it’s one of my all time favorite books, and it IS a happy ending of sorts–plus it’s just a great movie. Until the LOTR movies, Forrest Gump was the best I had seen in a theater in awhile. And I watch It’s a Wonderful Life every single year–sometimes more than once–’cause I just love that movie. But I always forward over the part where Uncle Billy loses the money–it’s just too sad.

I saw The Graduate and Annie Hall last summer–rented them from the library for free. They didn’t ring my bell. I don’t remember much from Annie Hall except for lots of overly annalytical chit-chat, and The Graduate was just sad to me. My favorite Diane Keaton movies are Father of the Bride and Baby Boom. Favorite Dustin Hoffman is Rainman. Again–dated.

I “watched” Silence of the Lambs with my head buried under two pillows so I couldn’t hear the screams, so I really didn’t see OR hear much, but I DID suffer through it. . .I don’t like scary movies. Same for The Sixth Sense. I watched it on a network and changed the channel frequently, but I got the general idea.

“Luuuuccccyyyyy! I’m hooooooooome.”

Well, we’re back. . .for now. . .and there are all sorts of things to tell you, like how Thad learned to perfectly squirt water through the gap in his missing top teeth, and how he decided that in lieu of shouting “CANNON BALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!” when he jumped into the swimming pool that “TATER TOT!!!!!!!!!” would be more appropriate. We got to spend a lot of time together.

Victoria had a ball, and hopefully will be ready to solo at camp next year. I saw her approximately two times each day, so she REALLY soloed this year, but she knew I was there should she need me.

More later.

Surely I’ve done this before.

I am quite sure that somewhere in the archives lurks a list some of my favorite movies, but I don’t feel like findin’ it, and so I’ll list them here again.

While You were Sleeping
Two Weeks’ Notice
You’ve Got Mail
Sleepless in Seattle
When Harry Met Sally
Field of Dreams
Second Hand Lions
Oh, Brother Where Art Thou
Anne of Green Gables
The Quiet Man
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Green Mile
Best in Show
A Mighty Wind
Regarding Henry
The Indiana Jones movies
The Lord of the Rings movies
The Princess Bride
Pretty Woman
Steel Magnolias

It’s a mixed bag for sure, and I WOULD list Dead Poet’s Society in there, but I just can’t take it anymore. . .and it’s a good thing I watched Steel Magnolias so much as to memorize most of it, ’cause I really can’t take it anymore either.

And seeing as how I’ve been quite the chatterbox since our return from Galveston, this is probably “it” until sometime Wednesday or Thursday when we return from Kids’ Kamp. (The K is there on purpose, people. I didn’t name it.)

Tony is flying to Boston tomorrow for the week. Please say a prayer for safe travels to and from for all of us.

Who could resist?

In addition to all the other various and sundry things going on, we had an appointment to get our church directory picture made this morning at 10:00. This is normally not a problem, but BECOMES somewhat MORE problematic when the matriarch in charge of getting everyone ready watches movies until 3:00 a.m. (ahem), and sleeps until 8:30. Although I would have rather had a more “informal” family photo this go ’round, it was our youngest who chose the dress for the day.

Tony told Thad that he had to wear “church clothes”, and rather than waiting for me to get them, Thad came strolling into the bathroom a few minutes later with his navy blue pants, a green and navy plaid shirt, AND his navy blue tie. . .we were both in shock. THEN he made an announcement, “Just one thing. I had to use my blue chair. I didn’t have to put blankets and pillows on it though. Just my chair.” Which explained how he was able to reach the clothing hanging in his closet.

After that, he proceeded to his sister’s room where I gave her two choices of dresses and she chose one. Thad made yet ANOTHER annoucement. “I was about to pick that one, sister, because it is so nice.”

From where did this boy come? When did he arrive? We’ve known for quite some time that he was definitely one of a kind–but that did not extend to fashion choices for himself and his sister.

All of this on the heels of the OTHER announcement he made on the way home from Galveston. Out of the silence in the back seat, Thad proclaimed, “Here is some news that might be helpful. They sell extra sticky tape at Dollar Tree. Just in case you need it.” Knowing that my friend April used extra sticky (double-sided) tape at VBS, I said, “Did Mrs. April tell you that?” “No,” said Thad, “but she told someone else and I was listening.” Who can argue with eavesdropping when the conversation is being held in the church gymnasium in full hearing of all there AND the information gleaned can be “helpful.”

Indeed.

Movie Reviews as Promised

If you care for a rather long but comedically romantic, romantic comedy, then go right on ahead and rent “The Holiday.” It’s sort of brainless and could never happen, but all in all is a pleasant way to spend some time should you need that particular brand of recreation. Cameron Diaz sparkles–Jude Law, incredibly attractive and charming–Jack Black. . .very Jack Black. It IS PG-13 for a reason.

I ALSO recommend “Miss Potter.” Another very, very good movie and suitable for the whole family. The vistas were lovely, and it was beautifully done. I really, really, really liked this movie.

Get thee hence and rent away. . .

In which I humbly confess. . .

I knew the full and total baseness and humanity of my whining before I left to go and celebrate the life of Malachi, and now I confess it again in full. I cannot begin to explain the beauty and strength with which his family handled the service for him–there were lots of pictures in a slideshow accompanied by his favorite songs–Zippadeedoodah, You are My Sunshine, The Wheels on the Bus, The Mickey Mouse Club March. When it was time to speak to Malachi’s short life, there were no preachers to do that. Rather BOTH of his grandfathers AND his father spoke. It was an amazing thing to be a part of. Here are some of the things they had to say.

What is our understanding compared with God’s wisdom? Our plans are the plans of men, not the plans of God.

Malachi knew that every day is a good day when you’re with the ones you love.

Our faith isn’t in what God DOES but in what He is ABLE to do.

Jesus Christ has always sought to save the soul rather than to perpetuate the body.

The comparative seriousness of things doesn’t matter. When you’re in the battle, you’re in the battle.

God continues to show me that despite my vast weaknesses, He is in love with me.

These direct quotes came from three men who were there to say goodbye to the only son and grandson any of them had, but while they stated over and over their thankfulness for the blessings of our presence as their Christian family, I could only be amazed by how much they were blessing me.