October 27, 2014

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(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)


Julia: Playing on a playground at night during a recent wedding reception we attended.


At first, I was very freaked out by the idea of climbing monkey bars in pretty much pitch darkness, but then I realized it was a glorious opportunity to see how far I could raise the ISO of my camera without resorting to flash (just recently made the move to full frame and it's life-changing), and the answer: pretty dang far! Plus the moon was just emerging and we had fun trying to make scary kid at night shots. Except this isn't very scary. Andrew got a shot with his phone where her eyes look like they have no pupils, we were all quite delighted with that one....

Last week before Halloween! We have one more pumpkin to carve to add to our carved-too-early and now moldy one. My mother is bringing a ridiculous amount of candy to our house on Halloween itself, because my stepdad likes to hand out the candy at our house, and he likes to hand it out by the fistful. Or by the double fistful.

Yesterday we watched 'The Haunted Mansion' and Julia pronounced it "almost as good as 'Pirates of the Carribean'" and also declared that it wasn't scary at all, but then last night she ended up in our bed, so I'm not sure what the verdict on that is. After we watched the first two 'Pirates' movies, she was in our bed for maaaaaaaany nights in a row, heh. (although she LOVED them, and I'm thinking of getting her the set for Christmas.) We also watched the movie version of 'The Witches', which Julia adored, and that one didn't scare her at all. Or so she said. 

Friends who have read/seen 'Coraline' -- read the book first? Is it heresy to see the movie before reading the book?

We should be finishing up 'The Witches' this week, which is great, because when we're done and November hits, we're going to read The Mother of All Great Food Books: 'Farmer Boy'.

As always, I am so so nosy, and if you care to share (and really, shouldn't we all care to share??), I'd love to know in the comments what you're reading and watching, etc. I'm SO excited to watch 'Death Comes to Pemerberley'!


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11 comments:

  1. Great photo! I didn't recognize Julia at all! It must be the lighting! Ohhh we are reading Farmer Boy right now! My son is amazed! So much new vocabulary and the food descriptions are incredible!

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    1. It was crazy light, pretty dark but we were near water so there was some light from water reflection, plus the moon! I simply cannot wait for Farmer Boy. Julia's worried it's going to make her hungry right before bed.....:)

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  2. That's a super-cool photo!

    Coraline the movie is extremely faithful to Coraline the book. If you see the movie first, the book won't be quite as suspenseful, but the movie has some trippy visuals that still freak out my 7-year-old, who LOVES it, but then will try to sleep with us for a week. If you plan on reading the book, I suggest reading it first. Big Sis got a little bored with it, because she knew what would happen next, if that makes sense.

    We watched Hocus Pocus. I had never actually watched it, because my Entertainment Weekly review-reading self thought it looked too cheesy when it first came out. (I was in high school.) Now I've seen it, and while it wasn't my favorite, the girls liked it. We have to try Pirates again at some point.

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    1. ah ok I'm so glad you weighed in on this, I think we'll wait on Coraline to read the book first!

      So funny with these more suspenseful movies....Julia genuinely has a wonderful time watching, but then will wind up in our bed. We didn't put 2 + 2 together during the Pirates movie watching, and suddenly it dawned on us, oh hey she's been in our bed the past 4 nights out of 7 and oh double hey we've been watching these movies! But then it all settled down.

      She wants to watch the Haunted Mansion movie again before Halloween.....:)

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  3. We're in the middle of Farmer Boy right now too! I do love all of her descriptions of the food Almanzo ate. Can you imagine working so hard at the farm every day that our need the amount of food he ate at every meal? Crazy!

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    1. the food in that book....it's just on another level. Did you ever hear that Laura wrote it that way very much on purpose; it was a sort of vicarious wish fulfillment in response to the times of severe food deprivation during her childhood......

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  4. OMG she looks SO grown up and lovely.
    Such a sweet picture.

    Ahhhhhh so perhaps it wasn't scary scary but it still got in her head.

    I do believe the book is better with the suspense of not knowing the outcome. You should SO audio it with Julia first. Neil is a superb narrator.

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    1. i swear in the past 3 months, she's aged 5 years! or something like that :) it's crazeeeeeeeeeee :)

      ooooooh audio book ~ that would be LOTS of fun! love that idea!

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  5. your picture taking skills are on point.
    death comes to pemberley...i watched it today and i was so bored. i got distracted so many times.
    i was at castle howard while they were filming so i was tremendously excited. but i was too bored to care after a while. maybe it's just me. have you watched it? what are your thoughts?

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    1. I haven't seen it yet! oh poop. if it's super boring, I'll never hear the end of it from Andrew.....

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  6. Love the photo -- just took some pictures myself of my youngest on a crazy "dangerous" playground just like the ones of our youth -- it had a very unsafe merry-go-around and real monkey bars. He loved it.

    I'm reading Outlander which is apparently a thing now. I didn't know when I picked it up at random at the library that a TV series just came out (STARZ). It's good though and I'm requesting the second book from the library because know the whole series is on hold like crazy.

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