Monday, August 31, 2009


I went to the library on Saturday after Farmer's Market with the kids and got some great books for the kids and a couple movies. My sister, the frugal expert, was the one who turned me onto checking out movies from the library. They usually do not have really recent releases but I can often find movies that I have wanted to see but forgot about. I got for the kids
"Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too",
"Toy Story 2",
"Arthur's Pet Business"
and one of my favorites
"Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave".

I love the whole series of Wallace and Gromit. Enzo cracks up about Wallace and his silliness. I mean a true belly laugh that is contagious. He thinks Wallace is hilarious.

Then for Eric and I,
I got,
"Penelope" PG
"Popeye" PG

Well I guess those are for the kids too but I was thinking about us.

Penelope is so sweet and funny. It has a great cast and a sweet lesson too. It was produced by Reese Witherspoon and she has a little part in it too. Penelope has been cursed with a pig nose and the curse is only broken when a blue-blood agrees to love her till death do they part.
There were two little parts that were a little scary, just the image of the witch and a scary pig faced flash back. I like to be sensitive to images with the kids because I remember really having a hard time getting them out of my head. Other than that it is an entertaining movie and we all enjoyed it. I think the PG rating is for some adult humor, that went right over the kids head.

Popeye, with Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, was just as I remember it. I did not know Disney produced it either. It is a musical and just like the old cartoons. When I told the kids we were watching it they were not too happy because they had no clue who Popeye was. After we watched they were happy we watched it. It is a little slow but they stayed entertained. We had to put the subtitles on because we could not understand all of Popeye's mumblings. There is a little language at the end, another word for rear end, but on the whole it was a good movie.
I am excited to watch the old cartoons now with the kids. We found a DVD of old cartoons like Superman, Felix the Cat and Popeye at Wal Mart for a buck each forever ago.

We got books too of course! The big surprise book was "Backbeard Pirate for Hire" by Matthew McElligott. Truly one of the best children's stories I have read in a long, long time. It is really funny. If you have a pirate loving kids in your house like we do they will love this book.

I just love the library and the fact that I have to get them back by the due date really forces me to schedule time to go to the library to return them and get more books and videos for free.

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