Nim’s Island Movie Night

We decided to do another movie night last week which turned out SO FUN! Originally we wanted to blatantly copy Amy’s Nancy Drew movie night, but as we were looking through movies at the video store we came across this recently released flick “Nim’s Island”. Immediately the idea started flowing. We bought the girls each a grass skirt and a lei, which they loved! I mean, who doesn’t love wearing grass?

For treats we decided to go tropical – crab, fruit juice, mango, bananas, some indian bread (yeah, it’s hot in India, could be tropical!) and don’t forget the gummy sharks!

I loved the movie – it was sweet, touching, funny, and entertaining. I reccommend it to everyone (and it has nothing whatever to do with the fact that my guy Gerry Butler has a role in it 😉 Yes, there were grass skirts, leis, and even some sharks – though not of the sugary sweet gummy variety. It was such a success! I can’t wait for our next movie night! Any suggestions for G rated movies with a theme??

Ratatouille, Gratitude, and Surprises!

We had our first movie night! YAY! Actually, it was more of a movie afternoon – our kiddos are sick with a bad cold, so we decided to have a movie lunch instead 🙂 I hadn’t seen the Disney film “Ratatouille” and since the kids got it for Easter, I thought it would be a great one to start our tradtion with. I gave the girls some dollarstore aprons and oven mitts, some wooden spoons, and the best part – the toy rats duct taped to some head bands – their own little chefs to teach them how to cook! LOL! They wore those things all day. I didn’t come up with any fancy refreshments because they ate their lunch as they watched.
Even my one year old – who was feeling the sickest 😦 It’s one of those things that no medicine can really help… so frustrating!

I managed to do a bit of scrapbooking, too – and I’m still not finished! I’m so close to getting caught up, too. I just have to stop TAKING so many photos! LOL! These first 2 pages are

representative of things I am thankful for – it was nice to sit for a few minutes and contemplate the things I am more thankful for in my life. Too bad there wasn’t the space for my thoughts about the gospel, which is a HUGE part of what I’m grateful for. But I did have room to write about my family (my girls mostly), my friends, and my husband. I have grown to love and appreciate them so much more since being out here. While things are settling down and becoming routine, it still isn’t *quite* home yet, and having my husband and girls with me has been a saving grace to me. There are days where it gets very lonely – even though I’ve made some amazing new friends and have my good friends the “Howies” here. It’s a curve I’ll have to get over one step at a time 🙂
Oooh, these pages were made using the kit I just received!!! Oh joy and rapture! I love it! I used the Valentines Day pages to showcase the photos my daughter took of my husband and I. I just love how they turned out.


I was so excited to see a package in my mailbox from a fellow blogger named “Shelley” who made these AWESOME pouches for me AND all my girls – complete with our names stitched on them. HOW COOL! My girls were absolutely GIDDY with these! Thanks Shelley! You ROCK!!