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favorite movies of the decade

My friends, the year is rolling speedily toward completion. Since technically, this represents the end of the decade, I felt inclined to share with you my personal favorites from the past ten years. Whether or not they are award-winning, I haven’t the slightest idea, but I liked them and thus, they’ve made the list. Enjoy!

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Chicken Run (2000)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Monster’s Inc. (2001)
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Ice Age (2002)
My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Spider-man (2002)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Peter Pan (2003)
Elf (2003)
School of Rock (2003)
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Flushed Away (2006)
The Illusionist (2006)
Nacho Libre (2006)
Nanny McPhee (2006)
Miss Potter (2006)
Enchanted (2007)
Julie and Julia (2009)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Despicable Me (2010)



worked for us (# 3)

Movie Night
This is another one about setting aside specific time for one activity. When we were younger, TV and movies weren’t really an issue. The original four of us weren’t too terribly interested in such things, at least not so much as we were with books, crafts, writing and the outdoors. However, we knew that to our four adopted siblings, TV and movies were a highly desirable treat. When they came home a few years ago, we decided to set up a system which was inspired, actually, by the orphanage which they had come from. If my parents had not set a limit, I am sure they would have been constantly bombarded with the question, “Can we watch a movie?” Not to mention having to coax them to do anything other than sitting in front of the TV. Up until they came home, we had gone about a year without a TV because ours had died (after living a long life!) and my dad didn’t replace it until the one he wanted went on sale, so most of us were entirely out of the habit of watching anything! 
Nowadays, Friday nights are Movie Nights. The three youngest children (ages 7, almost 9 and almost 12,) all take turns choosing a movie to watch. They all three get to watch a movie every week, but each have a chance to choose their own favorites. TV is still sporadic throughout the week, but very limited. This way, they are never asking to watch a movie on any given afternoon…they know when the time for that is and they’ve learned to wait for and even anticipate “Movie Night.” This way, they spend more time doing the things which aren’t limited-such as reading, playing outside, playing legos or dolls etc. 

the sound of music, baby talk and rain

Well folks, we’re getting rain.
If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you’ll realize what a big deal this is. We hardly ever get rain, and I can’t remember the last time we got so much. It was wet and sprinkling when we went to work this morning and while we were gone, our yard flooded! At work we had to bring all of the children into central, windowless rooms because of a tornado touch-down, but the children never knew the difference! We just closed the doors, listened for updates on the intercom system and sang and played as usual. The poor mothers though…they weren’t quite so calm.

Yesterday was very pleasant for a Monday. I cleaned quickly in the morning and then some friends came over and we watched an old, childhood favorite that we had all been meaning to see again; The Sound of Music. It was really fun to revisit those songs and that story. 
Today though, as I said, I got back to work after only working one day in August. I was so excited to find out that I was moving up with my class! The little dears I had last semester are now all turning two and, lo and behold, I was moved to the two year old room! I was thrilled to see their faces again and hear their little voices saying the funny things they say. All in all, I’ve been doing well. How’s the weather over there?



top 10 most beautiful movies

In no particular order, here is a list of movies I find most artistic and yet visually pleasing. I’ve included a still from each one for your viewing pleasure. I mostly considered landscape, but costumes too. Enjoy! :)
1. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
2. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
3. Bright Star (2009)
4. The Young Victoria (2009)
5. Finding Neverland (2004)
6. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
7. Anne of Green Gables (1985)
8. Little Women (1994)
9. A Fairy Tale (1997)
10. The Secret Garden (1993)

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