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Friday, May 23, 2008


Weekend Whatnot

The new Indiana Jones movie opened today. My son and I were first in line at the noon showing. A special treat for him after a couple of weeks of hard work in school. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is definitely worth the long wait since 1989's The Last Crusade. It has everything you could want in an adventure movie, including non-stop action, impossible stunts, extreme villains, and mysterious hidden ruins. We both give it a big thumbs up, and have already talked about seeing it again next week. One warning to parents: Although the violence is cartoonish, it is rather extreme in a few places. There are a couple of bloody fistfights that go on too long, and one scene involving an insect that was shocking even for me.

Speaking of shocking movies, I'm making room at the top of my Most Hated Movies Of All-Time list for No Country For Old Men. I can't even describe how much I loathe this film after watching it the other night. It's shocking because I'm a fan of the Coen brothers. Fargo and Raising Arizona are classics in my book. The problem with No Country For Old Men is that its exquisite direction, acting, and cinematography are overshadowed by an absolutely horrible plot. What a huge disappointment.

One more week of homeschooling for my son, and then his summer vacation begins. We're both happy to see the bright light at the end of the tunnel. He needs the break, while I need to get back to my basement project. Not to mention my deck, overhang, and storage shed projects.

My daughter is very brave, apparently. She fell down on the playground and badly scraped her knee, so a teacher took her to the office for first aid. She told me that five different people said to her, "You are very brave!" for not crying. So, then, why does she scream like a banshee when I brush her hair?

Two more weeks of public school for my daughter, and then her summer vacation begins. Come fall, she'll be home with us, enjoying the kind of freedom and fun that her brother has experienced over the past two years. I can't wait to watch her develop a passion for learning.

My first podcast is on its way. Many months ago, it was suggested to me that I should try my hand at one. It took me awhile to find the right software, music, and microphone, but it's finally done and will be ready for public consumption (and ridicule) on Monday.


Blogger Steve said...

First podcast? Sweet. Looking forward to that.

Indiana Jones is on our lits too but it will have to wait until I return from my trip.

Congrats on having school almost done.

4:32 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

Seth has three weeks left of school!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Java said...

Looking fw to it too, you are so brave!! Wow, your long holidays are here, enjoy enjoy enjoy. Our term 2 is only 4th week now, 6 more to go before we break for 2 weeks and term 3.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

The Indy movie is a source of much anticipation at our house. I'm glad you gave a good review.
Have a fun summer break.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Katey said...

YEAH for homeschooling! and to not be tied to the PS schedule AND to watch her learn and grow! and LOVE IT!!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Roth Family Adventures said...

I'm a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies. I was a little disappointed with all of the negative reviews of the new installment. I'm glad you liked it. It will encourage me to ignore the review and see it this weekend.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

We're off to see Indiana Jones tonight.

Looking forward to the podcast. And kids over here don't break up for summer until the end of july

8:47 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I'm glad to hear that Indiana Jones IV delivers! Paul and I are really looking forward to seeing it. Of course, we're pretty easy to please. Give us a fedora, a whip, fortune and glory, and a bad guy with a cheesy accent, and we're happy.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Man, I can't wait to see Indiana Jones (or watch my prize box set!)

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jeff Vehige said...

Phil -

A question: What was your reason for keeping your daughter in school while you homeschooled your son? I'm a homeschooler myself, so I'm interested in how other families do it.


9:37 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

What was your reason for keeping your daughter in school while you homeschooled your son?

When we started with my son, he was entering 3rd grade, while my daughter was entering kindergarten. She had always wanted to "go to the big school" like her brother, so we let her. It was good for her to have the experience, PLUS it let me slowly ease into the whole homeschooling mindset with just one kid at home. It would've been more hectic for me to have two right away. When first grade rolled around for my daughter, she said that "she always wanted to go to the big school all day and eat in the cafeteria like her brother did."

Well, we figured it wouldn't be too bad. So, we let her go to first grade at the public school. Again, it was a good experience for her. She knows what it's like to be in a big classroom. Now she'll get to see what her brother has been doing the past two years. She's both excited and unsure about homeschooling, but I know that she'll see right away the many advantages her brother has had at home.

And, I think I'm ready to homeschool two kids at once.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Mac said...

Congrats on nearly completing your second year of home schooling ... and on bringing your daughter home this fall. Now on to your basement that need some attention.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous russ said...

Looking forward to your podcast.

You're brave to homeschool your kids too. While I like the idea personally, I think our kids get a better education at the school than I could give to them.

I understand a lot of science, math, literature; but teaching it is another story altogether.

Congratulations on so much success!

9:33 AM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I can't wait to see indy. I just need a sitter or convince the wife I can go alone.

As for "No Country" - I'm the same way. Huge fans of the Coen's, but now not so much. That movie had to be the 2nd worse I've ever seen, just behind cabin boy

10:05 PM  

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