Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marble Cam Flower ~ Wordless Wednesday

marble cam flower
photo by Amy Hodges

Playing around with the Marble Cam app on my Iphone! Be sure to visit some of the other Wordless Wednesday photos in the link-up below! (and add your own!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Spielberg's Lincoln coming November 2012

courtesy of Dreamworks Studios

I simply cannot believe how Daniel Day-Lewis has transformed into Abraham Lincoln for this movie. He is an exceptionally talented actor and I've never doubted his abilities, but wow. I salute the Casting and Makeup Departments. 

More about the movie from Dreamworks Studios:

"Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Walking Through Water

walking thru water
photo by Amy Hodges

I love the water. I always have. As a child, I never had a fear of water. I have always felt connected to and restored by water. It's no coincidence that most of my life I have lived within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Do you know the feeling of walking along the shoreline? Walking in an inch of water as it washes up on the beach? That is an amazing feeling. So many splash fights start there because it's just too tempting to run your foot or your hand across that water and watch it spray droplets of salt water all over whichever lucky person happens to be closest. Between that magic skimming water and being in water deep enough to swim is water that's hard to walk through. From just over your knees until almost your waist is water that slows you down. The water drags you, slows you and you're tempted to just dive under the next wave, but you know it isn't quite deep enough yet. I feel like I've been walking through that water. 

We have had a rough summer. Dad injured his one good knee making him a near shut-in. Mom is in great health, but not young, and not capable of taking care of my dad on her own. We moved next door to them a few years ago, looking towards a time they might need help and not knowing how soon it would be. I am grateful to be so close physically and emotionally but that does come with a price. I have never been more aware that my parents will not be with me forever. We spent several years celebrating all the new lives in our families. It's a blessing welcoming babies and watching them grow. As much as it's a blessing to welcome new lives, it's also a blessing to walk with someone on their way out. I know that sounds so dark, so imminent, so permanent. I hope that I have years and years left to laugh and cry with Dad. Dad is going to get better, but he isn't going to be the same. He is going to face continuing challenges. His life is very different now. And so is mine.

One of my great challenges is making sure I'm not sacrificing what my family needs for Mom and Dad. I have a husband and two children who need me to be emotionally available to them. I can't use up every bit of energy and leave none for them. Sometimes I have a great balance and it does feel like I'm skipping along the shore. Today I don't feel I have any balance. The shallows and the depth elude me and I'm stuck walking through this water. I know the tide will change. I know it will get easier and it will get harder. I know I just have to keep walking. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Zombie Attack at Getting Gorgeous

zombie attack

Also in New York, I was able to attend the amazing Getting Gorgeous event hosted by Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney. I have met Audrey and Vera several times and they are not only gorgeous(ha!) but they are incredibly nice. This year one of the sponsors of the event was Pop Cap Games, creators of the popular Plants vs Zombies games. The Zombie was in attendance but I was clearly not impressed.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green ~ A Great Family Movie

timothy green
courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

When I was in New York earlier this month I had the opportunity to see an early screening of the new film from Walt Disney Pictures, The Odd Life of Timothy Green. If you watch any television, you have probably seen the commercials. When I told my friends I was going to see this movie, the universal response was, "oh, that's the one where the kid comes up out of the ground." Kids coming up out of the ground sounds like some sort of weird zombie movie, and while moments of The Odd Life of Timothy Green are certainly a little weird, I can assure you there were no zombies. 

Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) are anxious to be parents. They have an idea of what their family is going to look like and when life throws them a curve ball, they have to learn to adapt. Quickly. Timothy Green (CJ Adams) teaches them about parenting, tough choices, and deep, abiding love. 

I loved this movie. I laughed and cried my way through it.  I hate to tell you too much because I want you to go see it! It's definitely a family film, nothing objectionable in it. I do think younger children might be bored, just because some of the movie will fly right over their heads.  The major point I walked away with is that sometimes things are going to happen that are weird, wonderful and terrible. Sometimes those things, those wonderful, terrible things have a way of preparing you for something even more wonderful in your life.

I know some children are already back in school so I thought I would share this clip of Timothy's first day at school.

courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures