Friday, November 28, 2008

Read this Book

Okay, Fundamentalists, Ready for a Challenge? Read this book!
Actually, I haven't read it yet. Blake is monopolizing it right now (check out his blog for highlights), but I can't wait. This book is so exciting for me because it absolutely speaks to the resounding gong inside my spirit! The part that is prone to non-conformity and non-traditionalism, and the part that wants to know exactly what I believe to be big T truth and WHY! (The number of things on that list keep dwindling to very few.) Viola and Barna are extremely respected in fact finding circles, so I expect to learn where certain church traditions came from, such as meeting in a building, hearing a sermon by a paid clergy member,etc. etc., what the bible really says and the context. Anyone interested?
Anywho, stay tuned for more of my thoughts, but anyone who would like to join my book club and read it with me, please step up and let a sister know! Hopefully I get to start within a week of this posting.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight midNight

So...OPENING NIGHT (me and Steph)...We went...We saw it...We loved it...I'm going to start the series over again (just cannot get enough of those butterflies)...BUT, We do have a few movie critiques. Here goes:
1.) Carlisle was WAY too pale.
2.) The scenes were choppy. I would have loved to see a little better flow.
3.) The glittery skin scenes. Way too cheezy. No need for twinkly music and glittery skin.
4.) Jasper had a stick up his bum. Not in the book.
5.) Bella, go easy on the underbite.
6.) Edward overacting in the beginning. It was almost funny, but really shouldn't have been.
7.) Hotel room scene with Alice and Jasper were way too fast. Needed more development.
8.) The whole thing was a little too fast for me. I know it would have ended up being a 3 hour movie it they had drawn it out, but I think those of us who love Twilight would have loved every minute that much more. It would have been more emotionally in time with the book if there had been just a little more development.

Things I JUST loved:
1.) The character of Edward actually gave me a little more in the movie in some ways. I was very pleased by Rob Pattinson's cast and loved the way he brought humor to the role. He flirted like a pro (especially in the scene where Bella is washing her truck). And loved the way he put his arm around her walking through school. He was just the right height and build for the role. Perfect casting.
2.) James, Laurent, and Victoria were great casts. And they were given just the right amount of time. The ballet studio scene was magical. Great filmography.
3.) I loved the humor of the movie. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny. Charlie was great for that. His part was just right.
4.) Since the book was told from Bella's perspective it was difficult to understand why Edward loved her so much. But the movie brought Bella's identity to life. It showed the audience why everyone (especially Edward) thought she was so precious. Great acting Kristen. You brought it home.
5.) Finally, I truly appreciate the attempt at bringing all the pivotal scenes of the book to the movie. That was the most important thing, and the integrity of Stephanie Meyer's art was truly respected, even if it did leave us wanting more.
6.) One last thing, Oh my goodness, who knew Portland, Oregan was so beautiful in the rain? Why have I never been there? I'm hopping on a plane. Pray I don't run into any vampires...

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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Porch Party

The annual Shadowbrook Porch Party is always so much fun for me to host. This year was no exception. Here are some scenes from the night...

This was Judah's first year to get into bobbing for apples. It's always the kids' favorite thing, but Judah was the bobber of the night. I think he ate 3 apples in a 10 minute span.

Of course, Elijah and Greer had to bob together.

It was definately princess night. Every girl was representing the royal fashions. This is Greer dressed as cinderella.

Gillian was also Conderella.

Judah working on his second apple.

Judah gets yet another apple, and Elijah snags one as well as princess Hattie Margaret and Jasmine look on.

The party rocks on, and Aleza, I mean princess Jasmine, gets in on the fun with Arni, Debra, Leymis, Rachel, Melea, and Steph watch.

bees, grandparents, and punk rockers, oh my!

The sheep and sheep farmer

The dancing, kung fu fighting, and mosh pit

And last but definately not least, the contest winners of the evening were Lucianna the Poodle leading Meredith the Princess. How funny is that?

The Karate Costume Party

House Church...

More views from our wild and crazy House Church...You people who have become my second family...
Love you Rod, Melea, Sawyer, Amelia, Robert, Mae, Stephanie, Brett, Ethan, Ransom, Rachel, Jeff, Aleza, Lucianna, Yovanna, and Nicole!! I am so excited about the work God is doing among us, and the precious gift He has given us in each other.

My Friend of a friend, Leymis.

I am so excited that I am now friends with Leymis through her business partner and co-founder, Rachel Inman. This is the coolest thing I have ever seen and I am so proud of them and their contribution to the arts and contemporary dance. Please check out her interview in this clip (she is about 15.15 minutes in if you want to fast forward, although the whole show is great!). Anyone in attendance at the Shadowbrook Halloween Party probably met Leymis. She is wonderful!
(sorry i can't get the link to work, just copy and paste, silly)...