You may remember on May 22nd I posted this picture of our finished front garden:
Here is an updated shot from this week:
I think they are enjoying their new home.
Well, we've been watching some interesting Netflix films.
We saw two more Miyazaki films: Howl's Moving Castle (PG) and Princess Mononoke (PG-13). Personally, I thought Princess Mononoke was okay but not my favorite. It seemed less rich thematically than Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle. Howl's Moving Castle I really enjoyed and heartily recommend, though it is rated PG so we have not let Cecilia see it. I thought the characters were enrapturing, the moral well worth the viewing and the animation beautiful to watch. We are also slowly working through the Jeeves and Wooster Series, starring Hugh Laurie (known now most for House, M.D.) and it is quite a bit of British humor fun, especially if you are used to thinking of Hugh Laurie as this cranky genius from House and then see him as this posh idiot.
You may remember I posted what would be my top animated films. After seeing Up again last weekend, I can honestly say I would not place it in my top list. I do really enjoy the film but there is something about the villain that bores me. I can't explain it well at all. I really enjoy the story of Carl and his wife (it made me cry) and Carl's relationship with Russell and I would adopt Doug in a heartbeat, but the scenes involving the villain really don't interest me much and I have a hard time enjoying them. That said, I may seriously consider putting Howl's Moving Castle among my favorites but, again, I've only watched it once and would need to watch it again.
Within the last few weeks or so, the girls have been misbehaving more and more. So last Friday we began cutting back DVD time (the girls don't really watch any television but I had gotten more and more lazy when it came to DVDs). By Tuesday I had noticed a significant improvement in their behavior. We have been gradually reducing any DVD time so that now they are down to 1 DVD per day. Cecilia knows if she helps me clean up the living room at 4:30, she can pick a DVD at 5:00, which can last through dinner until 6:30 when we all head upstairs. With less DVD time, the girls are playing together more, playing together better and listening better in general. Hence they are also not demanding as much constant attention. They are dancing together, looking at books more and finding new ways to play. When the DVD does come on, they sit quietly and watch it while we get dinner. In short, I'm gaining sanity. Wohoo!
We have a new addition. No, not the baby, although that does seem to be drawing near. Behold:
The Weber Performer. Now, some charcoal and a match and let the grilling begin! In time for July 4th too! Yummy is on the way!
Last evening, for a couple of hours, I had Braxton-Hicks contractions consistently about every 6 minutes. At least I think they were Braxton-Hicks contractions since they were uncomfortable but not painful. I don't know if Braxton-Hicks can be so consistent though. Regardless, shortly after 9pm they got further apart and stopped. I suppose, theoretically, it could have been a bit of pre-labor but they did not grow stronger or closer together. They were consistent at 6 minutes apart, never painful, and stopped in time for me to get a decent night's sleep. My OB appointment went fine yesterday. The doctor confirmed that the baby had dropped, which would explain my noticeable increase in lower back pain the last couple of days. Definitely getting closer.
Anyone else seem to get various children's songs stuck in their heads? I hear them in my head even when I wake up at 3am. Why can't I get a pop song or a hymn or a country song or something not intended for a pre-schooler stuck in my head? Generally they are good songs, but only so many times.