Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Australia (2008) - a movie review

Ok, after the TV died, when we bought the new one we bought a couple new DVD's including Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. I found it not only entertaining but a tear producer, even the second time I saw it (so did my loving husband who hates "chick flicks). 

The story is of an English aristocrat who hires a cattle drover to move 1500 head of cattle hundreds of miles to Darwin, Australia in a move to try and keep her cattle station. Lots of sub-plots make it wonderful. The cinematography of Australia outback is award worthy. I enjoyed the acting, especially Kidman and Jackman

The one draw back is that the movie runs a bit long, 2 hours and 45 minutes, however, I think it is important to the plot. But the drawbacks are minor and shouldn’t keep you from enjoying this blockbuster movie, which was nominated for an Oscar and won numerous other awards for its incredible cinematography. 

I highly recommend it. It's rated PG-13 for some skin and some brief strong language.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Missionary letters

Called to serve, not called to write, I've decided,
Missionaries are busy, but so are Moms.
My son has decided writing the first paragraph in Spanish is really cool,
But I get the letters first and, as he knows, I DON'T KNOW SPANISH.

Someday he may understand waiting almost 20 days to send a letter within the state is a bad idea,
But by then he will be in Panama.
He always had problems doing his homework,
I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

If you have prospective missionary,
Get them writing thank you notes and letters to grandparents,
Try and make sure they understand the importance to you to be part of their life,
So when they don't write...


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is 40 the new 50?

Is 40 the new 50? (I don't feel that old),
It's YOUR special day, (and your niece's),
It's the day you get everything done for you
(except the dishes),
It's the day you don't have to do your work
(except your exercises),
Everyone will take care of you
(except for your kids who need help with homework
and a husband who has to go to work),

But you have an automatic party at dinner
because there is a group to eat with you,
There are all these friends who wish you Happy Birthday
on your facebook page,
MAYBE your missionary will get a letter to you today
(please, please, please),
Most importantly, there are people around
that make you feel loved.
What a Birthday!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Christmas (Seasons Greetings) Cards

Our family really did do season greeting cards this year, but if you didn't get one, you're not alone or less important to us. December was busy with a missionary and a Nutcracker soloist. So we just want to send our a big "Hello" and "Love You" to all our friends and family that didn't get their Christmas cards. Please keep up with us on this blog and Jeffrey in the MTC/Panama on his blog at ElderBillings.blogspot.com. Thanks so much. Love you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to tell your 17 yr old is having a Birthday...

How you know your daughter is a teenager and is having a 17th BIRTHDAY TODAY....

1- Birthday parties are figured out by boy/girl ratios.

2- Car keys to the family car are a wonderful birthday present.

3-  Birthday party with family are secondary placed behind... well... everything.

4- "Happy Birthday" wishes come with a passing "thanks" in the morning on the way out the door.

5- When asked about family dinner, no idea.

6- When asked about friends party, full plans weeks in advance.

7- Most important, becoming a beautiful, intelligent, caring young woman.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Sun

Only shines for a few hours a day
in the winter,
Stays to the South,

When it can get out of
the haze of Utah,
Haze since the beginning of

Or the snow storms,
which are better,
But still no sun.

The sun makes me happy,
The sun is warm,
I miss the sun.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Working out???

Well, yesterday, since the boy is on the mission and the Christmas tree is down and everyone else is back to school or work, the bike came back out and the wii was hooked up again since I got a wii fit (cool, eh?) from my missionary.  I made a plan about my exercise and weight loss.  So I got up yesterday morning and biked. Good start. I clipped out (I have those awesome pedals that you hook into and my bike is on a trainer so it just sits still while I ride in the front room) and managed to fall off my bike. It's not moving, I just didn't pay attention and ended up rolling out of a fall off a non-moving bike. Excellent, stressed my wrist.
Because my wrist was sore, I didn't ride in the afternoon again (it really is hard on your hands and wrists until you are better than me). So last night I went downstairs to get something and managed to twist my ankle and take myself down again. Excellent, stressed the opposite ankle.
No workout today as planned. Slept in instead.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Scarlet Letter

The Juniors in Honors English at BHS are working on a series of projects to earn points towards their Scarlet Letter grade. One was to do a movie and another was to take pictures. Apparently Elizabeth makes a good Hester. Now Hester, for those of you who may be a little rusty on the story, Hester is a woman in a strict religious community and has a baby by another man. She won't name the man. She is initially punished by forced to wear a scarlet letter A for adultery. Great book written by Nathanial Hawthorne.
One of Liz's set of friends did a movie and had Liz act out as Hester.
The best project her friend, Annie Leishman, did some lovely pictures of Liz portraying different parts of the book. Now I have some of the pictures, but I don't have her subtitles that she put with the pictures. Now you that know Liz will notice that Liz dyed her hair red for these pictures. Not to worry, her beautiful blonde hair was back after one wash, it was a mousse that colored her hair. It made a beautiful red color like Hester. Enjoy the pictures.



copywrite on the pictures: Annie Leishman

Here are some pictures to see the color of her hair:



And for comparison:

(a lovely picture of her hiding, but you can see her blond hair)

Cool, eh?