Our family is a HUGE movie family. We watch, we discuss, we argue, we quote. We just love movies.
Our top 5 list is what we consider the funniest movies we’ve seen. So come and discuss with me, share your family favorites and does your family quote? (we do it more than any family I know)
DISCLAIMER! We use the ClearPlay DVD and filters when we watch movies. This removes bad language, sex and nudity and many other filters of our choice. So there are some movies here I would NOT recommend unless they are cleaned up. But since we’ve ONLY seen them cleaned up, they are appropriate for our family’s standards.
This list is made up of combining everyone’s different lists. Kevin has movies on his list that most of the rest of us haven’t seen. A couple of months ago I shared our favorite movie scenes and, not surprisingly, several of those movies are included here.
#5 (tie) Animal Crackers/A Night At The Opera
We just love the Marx Brothers and their absolute zaniness! I remember showing my children one of their movies many years ago and they LOST IT!!! It was more fun to watch the little ones laughter than watching the actual movie! Anyway, Animal Crackers has more consistent funny scenes (but the least plot) while A Night at the Opera has a few really hilarious scenes.
#4 What’s Up Doc
This is a remake of another one we enjoy, Bringing Up Baby, but has more outrageous zaniness. Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal are a great team! And of course the funny reference at the end (for those of you old enough to remember): “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!” is great.
#3 Arsenic and Old Lace
Cary Grant apparently never liked this movie – he felt he was too over the top. But that is what makes the movie so much fun. And these two dear sweet aunts are hilariously outrageous.
#2 The Importance of Being Earnest
The most recent version is played very outlandishly making it hilarious and charming both at the same time. Oscar Wilde’s dialogue is superb and it was performed so well by this great cast of Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon. The supporting cast is also tremendous making it just great fun (Judi Dench is one of my favorites)!
#1 My Cousin Vinny
I have seen this movie at least 20 times and I STILL laugh out loud when I watch it! Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei are fabulous! I always think they are going to be obnoxious snobs from NYC but they are sweet and kind. It is also such a quotable movie!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Court Jester, and Noises Off.
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I am not an animal person. I tell my family, “I do children, I don’t do pets.” I don’t like cats and don’t prefer dogs. My daughter was given 2 fish once many many years ago, along with a Little Mermaid fish tank. She kept forgetting to feed the fish and after a couple of months, I stopped reminding her. 15 months later, the tank was a swamp, but surprisingly not smelly!! I had completely forgotten all about it. But the fish WERE STILL ALIVE!!
When we finally got around to taking care of them and cleaning the tank, the goldfish were COMPLETELY WHITE! The man at the pet store said they were old, it was like grey hair. But within 3 days of cleaning the tank and finally feeding them again, they died. Must have been the shock — I’m not sure which was more shocking: the state of the tank before we cleaned it OR the fact that we actually DID clean it!!
So, that was our last foray into pet ownership. Until a stray white very young kitten followed my daughter home the other day. She, the kitten, is very affectionate and sweet. She climbs on us, is friendly and not afraid at all. I have been so taken with her that I have been tempted to actually keep her.
But then I realized:
- she needs to be trained to use the litter box (I don’t even know how to potty train a child!)
- she would need to be spayed/neutered (whatever you do to a girl cat)
- she would need to be declawed
- she may have fleas
- she likes ME and sits on ME and skulks around under MY feet
- we cannot afford any of these things, let alone her food
- she smells and I am very sensitive to smells
So, unfortunately for my children, it looks as though the faint hope for keeping this cat has gone the way of the Dodo! They are sad. Part of me is sad too. BUT I still have my children!
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I’m sitting here listening to my 13 year old play guitar (he’s just learning), my 15 year old making up songs to the random, sometimes discordant strumming and all of my 3 younger sons giggling as they roll on the floor in laughter.
The sounds of music are often in my house. Any musical talent my children have comes from their dad’s side of the family. My talent is limited to playing the radio…and even then sometimes all I pick up is static!
I love listening to my children’s joyful noise! Some are more talented than others, but they are all ENERGETIC in their music!!!
I didn’t want my Thankful Thursday post to go unsaid. I’m thankful for music and for the heart to make music. I often think that God’s delight in our music is not in our ability, but in our heart. That’s why He told us to Make a Joyful Noise!
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Here is my wordle of my current blog posts. Kind of fun for me to see which words I use most (at least recently).
My daughter could write a Top 5 post in her sleep. She has very strong opinions on many things and has much more exposure to cultural and media variety than I do. But I wanted to do something fun and a Top 5 list felt right. So I asked my husband what in the world I had an opinion on, and he came up with old movie actors, which I tweaked.
I watched movies ALL THE TIME with my mom growing up. She told me all the gossip on the actors of old. I love old movies. So, here are my Top 5 favorite old movies. (don’t expect brilliant critiques, I just like these movies )
#5 – To Kill A Mockingbird
This movie is so good, and when I was a kid, so creepy! Gregory Peck was perfect as Atticus Finch; a man of character and inner strength and tremendous self-control. The atmosphere was always so tense for such a sleepy southern town. I loved the growth of the children’s hearts and minds as time went on and as they saw and experienced life in their town, as they saw their father for the great man he was.
#4 – Philadelphia Story
I just love this movie. I love Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Ruth Hussey. The wise-cracking dialogue is absolutely great (and, unfortunately, often lost on the younger generation without several viewings). If I could change anything I’d drop an idiotic conversation between Tracy and her dad just before Tracy’s real marriage at the end; 6 very stupid lines that almost ruined an otherwise perfect comedy.
#3 – Arsenic and Old Lace
One of the funniest and darkest screwball comedies with a cast of fantastic actors, this is a movie I can watch over and over. (of course, my family will say that doesn’t mean anything since I watch movies that I like over and over all the time) It is extremely fast paced (as all the screwball comedies were) and, again, younger generations seem to have a hard time following it.
#2 – Rear Window
I really do NOT like suspense movies, but this one HAD to go in my list. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly are marvelous (and this is the ONLY movie in which Grace Kelly ever appeared in jeans!!) and a mention has to go to Thelma Ritter, one of my very favorite supporting actresses. Hitchcock did a masterful job with this one!
#1 – Casablanca
The best movie of all time, in my mind. The acting, the dynamic and wonderful cast, the atmosphere, the humor, the dialogue, the patriotism. I cannot praise this movie enough. Some of the most quoted lines (even if they are often quoted wrong) next to Shakespeare – this is not a true stat, just something I made up! If you have never seen this movie … DO IT!
Honorable Mentions: Holiday Inn, My Man Godfrey
|I LOVE Holiday Inn! Fun songs, great banter between Bing and Fred, wonderful dancing. I watch it every year. It didn’t make it into my Top 5 but it HAD to be mentioned.
||My Man Godfrey is another screwball comedy I love. Carol Lombard was terrific as the ditzy blond against William Powell’s stoic butler. Again, the dialogue is very fast but very funny.
This holiday week-end, if you want to watch a family movie, why don’t you try one of the old great ones. There are so many more than I could mention here. I had SUCH a hard time chopping my list down to only 5.
What’s your favorite old movie (filmed before 1955)?
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One of the tea rooms we were in, courtesy of St. James Tearoom
On our recent family reunion several of us went to a real life tea party! In Albuquerque there is a traditional tea room, The St. James Tearoom
. It was a magical place with period clothes, furniture, books, tapestries.
We enjoyed 3 different types of teas and an array of foods: savories, breads and sweets.
not our exact menu but you get the idea: courtesy of St James Tearoom
The first tea was the Queen’s special blend, Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Apparently each sovereign that comes in gets the opportunity to develop their own blend of tea. It was a black tea that I had with milk and sugar. It was not my favorite, it was a little strong for my taste.
The second tea was really quite marvelous: Atlantic City Jubilee, 1923. It was mild gently fruity flavor mixing several black teas with just a touch of cherry. I also added some milk and sugar, but it would have been very tasty black.
The last tea was a green tea, I cannot remember the name, but it was NOT my favorite. I couldn’t even finish it. It was very … I’m not even sure. But I really don’t like green tea, apparently! ;D
in the courtyard
It was a wonderful time with family (there were 8 of us who went), basking in an elegant time and wonderful new tastes and senses. My daughter and I are thinking of having our own tea party – just for the very fun time that it is. I’m adding a video from the owner of The St. James Tearoom on how to make a perfect pot of tea.
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Well, I’m borrowing this idea from my friend Terri at Hearts in Service. I’m still on vacation and realized I still needed a blog for today and I LOVED her idea! As I began working on it, I soon realized THIS WAS HARD! I ended up asking my family (and in-laws) for their input and some of these are THEIR view of me!!
Some of these things you may know, some you may not, some you may be more than you wanted to know! But here are 26 things about me.
A – aurally astute – I have a great talent for recognizing voices. One time I was watching a Star Trek movie with the Borg in it with Kevin and heard the voice of the head woman Borg and said, “That’s the same woman who played the girlfriend in ‘Chariots of Fire.’” He was quite unbelieving until we looked it up and I WAS RIGHT!!
B – bald – Lost my hair 33 years ago and God has taught me SO MUCH through this event. I have a friend who used to joke that my tombstone would say, “Here Lies Bald Kate”. I’ve gotta admit, it’s pithy!
C – curious – I love to learn about anything and everything except for math or philosophy (my poor husband) — I tend to be the Go To person on questions people have about practical needs in their lives.
D – down to earth – I am practical, realistic and non-judgmental. I’m pretty much a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of gal. I’m not fancy but rather plain and enjoy the more simple things in life.
E – easygoing – I am generally very flexible in life. Let me rephrase that…I’m definitely very flexible in my life. I live my life by the “no problem” motto.
F – forthright – I am not one to beat around the bush. I come right to the point and speak what I need to. Sometimes it makes me wonder why women would ever come to mentor with me…but I am loving in the midst of my forthrightness. And I think that, even though I say hard things at times, the fact that I dearly love the women I’m speaking to goes a long way to make “knowledge acceptable”.
G – gracious – I tend to see the best in people and treat them assuming the best about them – my in-laws say I make people want to be with me (I’m trusting them on that one).
H – homebody – I would rather be home than anywhere else – but I love having people come to my home, so it’s not that I want to be alone (would be hard to do with a family of 10!)
I – inactive – I am NOT a person who likes to move…not only do I like to stay home, I also love to lie down! I don’t enjoy exercise or movement of any kind. Spending time in bed is my favorite past time!
J – joyful – This is the focus that God has brought into my life these past 20 years. I’ve grown more and more in learning to choose joy in every aspect of my life. I still have lots to learn but it’s a wonderful journey!!
K – knowledgeable – in many areas of life, because of my deep curiosity, I have picked up lots of bits of knowledge from all different aspects of life and love to help others.
L – laughter – I find great fun and joy in things and I LAUGH A LOT!! I have an embarrassingly loud laugh but it doesn’t seem to offend people. I just simply love to laugh!
M – maternal – Well, having 8 children, it would be hard not to be! I find myself having to balance this more and more as my children grow and not to be a helicopter mom (hovering over them).
N – napper – I would rather be taking a nap than almost anything else!
O – open minded – I love learning new things and that means I am open to investigating new views or new ways of looking at things. This includes teachings. BUT I use scripture as the basis of analysis of all the different ideas.
P – practical – Those who know me well, know that I am centered on the practical side of life. Kevin is the abstract thinker, I am the one who knows how to make things work in life. My gifts are all geared toward the practical and pragmatic.
Q – quoter – I am continually quoting from movies and my children have been trained in this ‘skill’
R – reliable – I try to be sure and faithfully do whatever I commit to doing.
S – short – Well, being under 5 foot tall makes me pygymy-sized (according to the dictionary), so I think short is a good adjective to describe me!
T – thoughtful – By this I mean that I care about others and think about what will help them feel loved and cared for.
U – understanding – One of the ways God has changed me over the years is to really hear the heart of a person and not just their words. This is very helpful in mentoring women and in raising my children.
V – veracious – I try to be very truthful in all I do and say.
W – wise/witty – Wisdom is my spiritual gift and God gives me wisdom as I speak to others in counseling or discipling situations. And I am witty. I have a very dry sense of humor and generally understated but I am always coming up with funny comments in almost any situation.
X - (I’m leaving this off and doing 2 w’s instead ;D)
Y - your guess is as good as mine…couldn’t think of one! ;D
Z – zaftig – Well, the reality is that 8 babies and pregnancies have taken their toll on this body and I have tenaciously held onto more weight than I would care to admit. So, “pleasingly plump” is a good fit for me!
I’d love to hear YOUR adjectives of description!
With Kevin’s family reunion just ahead of us, I am reminded of our first one and the challenge for each of us to complete a template to create our own I Am From poem. It took me a long time to get the hang of it but I really liked what I ended up with…it is a good picture of who I am because of where (and what and who) I Am From.
I am re-posting this today and really encourage you to follow the link to the template and try it yourself – and maybe share yours in the comments or link to it in a comment. I’d LOVE to read yours!
photo credit: Joe_Andrews
I am from New England, from coffee milk and Del’s. I am from sharing a bed with 2 sisters and midnight trysts under the porch to finding myself tucked safely in bed the next morning. I am from popping the hostas, from asphalt and cement, from string telephones and party lines.
I am from being awakened from sleep to watch thunderstorms on the porch while eating popcorn, and trips to the relatives for vacations, from Meme, Saturday night French and Canasta nights and missing her badly, and from having my freckles counted. I am from poodle perms and believing I was adopted, and from feeling like I never quite fit in.
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I am from college and Fred, from a blessed new life and seeing the value –finding joy – in the old, and healings and baldness, from re-creation and West Virginia and finding the core of who I could be. I am from blue grass music and dulcimers, from Spirit Sisters and crazy landlords axing down their front doors! I am from seeing the southwest with eyes of despair without green or flowers yet praising God for every blessing and trusting Him for food and jobs. I am from countless cars and daily miracles and learning to give glory to God while doing my dishes.
I am from Sharron and Evie, from Dianne, Denise and Joyce. I am from Chelle and Michelle, Andrea and Lisa. I am from soul mates and hard friendships I didn’t want but learned to find God’s joy in the middle of. I am from poverty without knowing I was poor. From struggling and sorrowing over weight and the feelings of inadequacy it brings, yet knowing I am loved and accepted in His sight.
I am from being “Kate of my life” and abundant blessings of years with no light bulbs yet children aplenty, from teeny rooms and frozen tundra and delivered milk. I am from internet friends and seeing the seasons of my life as wonderful phases to be savored and treasured rather than as obstacles to what I REALLY might want to do. I am from New Year’s poems that flood my heart with love and being desired, from learning to trust God for joy in times of darkness and loneliness. I am from schooling and learning, from teaching and growing, from discipling and giving when I sometimes felt I had nothing left to give, only to discover the freedom that it was all God.
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I am from North Dakota winters and New Mexico summers, from New England mountains, the haunting sound of the sea and the prairie winds. I am from the joy of wanting each precious child and from the loss and longing as this season is passing. I am from the joy of looking to the new seasons coming, from the hope of someday being mature and wise, and from knowing that it all is from Him and for Him and that eternity awaits with a thousand years of sleep (which is really only a day to Him). I am from missing my mom and old dear friends, from all the things I’ve learned through every trial and joy and knowing that the day will come when it will all be over and will have been worth it all.
Here is a link to a template for an I AM FROM poem. You might enjoy taking some time and writing one up yourself. If you do, PLEASE SHARE IT HERE! I would be very very interested in reading them!
Today my 3rd child turns 22. OH MY GOODNESS!! Where has the time gone?? The sad thing for me is that she is not at home. Bethany is traveling with a ministry this year so we cannot celebrate with her. But I am so delighted with what God has done, is doing and will continue to do in her heart and life.
Bethany is my quiet, sensitive, domestic, tender-hearted, giving child. Her personality is akin to the faithful friend of a Golden Retriever. She is a peace-maker in heart and a giggler. Her absence has really made a change in the dynamics of our family.
Bethany - 3 weeks old
Bethany - 2 years old
Bethany - 4 years old
Bethany - 7 years old
Bethany - 9 years old
Bethany - 20 years old
Happy birthday, my darling girl. I miss you so much but pray continually that the Lord will use you in mighty ways to touch hearts and lives for His glory!
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We don’t often do things that cost money but every once in awhile we love to go bowling.
Bekah being goofy
Kevin - he's the best one of us all!
Bekah - she had the best score of game 2
Seth - he never had the same approach twice!
Joel - nice swing, 2nd game got a spare and 2 strikes back to back!
Micah - did much better after he held the ball the right way. Definitely most improved!
Elizabeth - she has a great time no matter where she is, no matter what she does!
And an action shot.