488th Friday Blog Roundup
The ChickieNob has fallen in love with the British royal family.
Up until now, her affection has been entirely for US presidents. She is freakishly knowledgeable about presidents, first ladies, first children, and first mothers (though, strangely enough, not first fathers). Oh, and first family pets. And the White House itself. She can name every president by sight, rattle off a few facts about each one, tell you their administration’s major accomplishments, and give you a quote or two from one of their speeches. I’m telling you, she’s a great party trick.
And then, a few weeks ago, just like that, stories about the Queen were suddenly in our home. She started talking about the British royal family as if they were distant relatives on the family tree or characters in a particularly juicy book. She affectionately gave her opinion on everyone from Queen Victoria to Kate Middleton. And she followed on my heels while I tried to cook, telling me all about their various affairs and arranged marriages and wars.
We let her watch The Queen (she is fiercely protective of Diana) and The King’s Speech with us. We’re looking for other great movies or documentaries you can recommend. I think that Elizabeth is a little too racy for her. (The King’s Speech is rated R, but it’s for language. And language doesn’t really bother us. We just don’t want mature themes or violence.)
Has anyone seen (and can give an opinion on) any of these films? I know nothing about them:
- The Young Victoria
- Hyde Park on Hudson
- Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- Wallis and Edward
- The Madness of King George
Or really, recommend anything tied to the British royal family (at any point in time).
I’m sort of digging having the royal family verbally around. They’ve really grown on me.
Ooooh, just wait until she branches out into prime ministers.
So we decided to do a party for the twins’ birthday, and we’re going with a Minute to Win It theme. Dozens of games which each take one minute to play with the kids divided into two teams.
It’s less work than their original idea, which was “The Spring Olympics” where they wanted to come up (and have me execute) eight “Olympic”-like games. With a full medal ceremony at the end. Uh… no, thank you.
This is a lot less work. A lot less fuss. Just make two cakes, grab a few props, rope in a few friends to help, and we’re good to go.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “This is Why I Read Your Blog” (Stirrup Queens) — thank you, St. Elsewhere!
- “I Finally Made it” (Waiting for Baby Bird)
Okay, now my choices this week.
No Words to Say It has a post about being a perfectionist and how that affected her during her struggle with infertility as well as the transition into adoptive parenting. She writes so gorgeously about her connection with her child’s first parent, “I looked up at her, and suddenly, I knew that trying to look and sound perfect on the day that we met was ridiculous. I knew this because the eyes mine met in that moment were my own. There was no need to be perfect. There was just a need to be me. To be the best I could be for her. And her.” The post is just beautiful and an important reminder.
In a very brief, mostly visual post, Mona Darling gives us a fantastic Eleanor Roosevelt quote. One that maybe everyone should have posted somewhere prominently (and permanently) in their field of vision.
Edenland gives us a post to bookmark and read every time we get a nasty blog comment. All of the stages are applicable to any angry encounter in the face-to-face world too. It’s brilliant advice that will hopefully get you quickly to stage 5.
Lastly, I cannot resist sharing Two Adults, One Child follow-up Disney post. Ooooh, I just love Disney, and all of the advice she’s giving is bookmarkable too. It sounds like a lot has changed from the last time we were there, including the magic bands and the way they now do FastPass tickets. So I read it now, but then I bookmarked it to save it for later because… Disney!
The roundup to the Roundup: Recommend movies about the royal family. The party idea we ultimately decided to do. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 28th and April 4th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.