Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm in my hometown of Clearfield for a few days, spending time with the kids visiting my parents. It's always a treat for them to visit Nama and Pap-Pap's house - filled with all of the toys I grew up playing with since my mom doesn't throw anything away. Currently she is bidding on Ebay for a vintage Fisher Price doll house family (from the 70's) so her set will be complete.

While we were here Ella got to go sled ridding for the first time down the little hill in my parent's back yard. She really loved and went up and down the hill for about a half hour straight. Catherine went to but didn't seem to enjoy it as much - she did look cute all bundled up though.

My mom got down a couple bins of old dress up clothes and costumes and Ella tried on everything! She rarely stands still long enough to get a good picture but I tried- I'll have to post some when I put them on my computer.

A few weeks ago Ella discovered a few of our old Disney movies - The Lion King (man the animation looks so old) and Toy Story and Toy Story 2. It's actually been fun watching these movies over and over and over again. It's a nice change from her previous favorite Madagascar, from which she was beginning to quote lines, such as "You're on the Jersey side of this cesspool." Seriously. After watching Toy Story 2 I heard her on one of her toy phones saying "hi big scary man, why'd you take Woody". So I do know that she's following the story even though some of the jokes are over her head. With the Lion King we have to fast forward 50% of it - Scar's Hitler inspired speech and the hyena's marching like Nazi's, Muffasa's death, the ending battle between Simba and Scar - actually makes for pretty short movie that way. But I swear when Simba climbs the mountain/rock to take his place as the rightful king I get tears in my eyes. I know it's sappy - but they just don't make 'em that way anymore.

I just saw that "they" are hoping to release Toy Story 3 in 2009. Wonder if they'll still have the original "cast"? Can't imagine anyone else doing the voice of Woody and Buzz.

We're heading back home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing Matt and the result of his latest home improvement project - new windows! He put new windows in all our bedrooms (we had our main floor done a few years ago - he watched and learned and saved the money doing it himself this time around)! I am so excited at the thought of being able to open and close my windows on a whim. If you have old, practically painted shut, windows - you can relate to my excitement. We're also hoping it will cut down on the amount of stink bugs that get in our house. Matt is hopeful and I am skeptical because those things are persistent. I don't know if they are just in our area, but everyone with older house that aren't as air tight seem to get them.

Well if I try and type much more I'll probably end up not finishing this so I'll end here.....

Don't forget Daylight Savings Time this weekend!


Karen G. said...

i'm glad you had a good visit with your family. yay for matt and his handy-man-ness. i'm impressed! miss you guys

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