Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

 Farewell 2013...

...Welcome 2014

<3 Eva
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pinterest :)

Pinterest. 

Is.

Addicting.

Don't argue. You know it's true.

I have recently obtained permission to create a Pinterest account; and I am now hurriedly uploading all of the tons of pictures I've accumulated over the months since I first discovered Pinterest.

If you're interested in seeing those pictures, click the picture below.


But please, don't get lost - and come back.

<3 Eva
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P.s Do you have any post ideas you want to share?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, my lovely readers!!! 
Thanks so much for all of your comments and reading of my posts. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Have a wonderful Christmas day as you celebrate Christ's birth with family and friends!

"For unto us a Child is born.."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Frozen - One of Disney's best

The Cast of Frozen
I have admittedly only watched three Disney Princess movies. And I didn't grow up watching them, like most people. That may be a shock to you, or it may not. But it's simple: my mom didn't want her little girls filled with the notion that disobedience and brattiness {yes I did make that word up} is acceptable (especially when they're not punished for it) and she also didn't want our brains filled with romantic nonsense. Because seriously, that is not how real life happens.

I am older now, and understand those things, and know how to handle them. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that just because I understand something isn't good I can watch it. I'm not going to go watch a movie with a ton of swearing because I 'know how to handle it' and know its bad. But I am no longer as easily influenced as I was when I was younger. So watching a girl rebel from parents, flirting, etc. won't convince me that it's alright to behave in that way. Please understand however, that does not mean I approve.

Anna of Arendelle; adorable isn't she?
But moving on. I watched Tangled, not long after it came out on DVD. Most people had been ranting and raving about the wit, the humor, and the cuteness of the film. And, to the surprise of me and my sisters (who had been calmly telling people we didn't watch Disney Princess movies) my parents decided that we were all old enough to recognize that the behavior of Rapunzle was not right, and that her rebellious attitude was not appropriate. (That's not the only thing, but I will save that for a later post) I oohed and awwed over the movie just like everyone else, admiring the beauty of the animation and enjoying the humor and movie as a whole. Following the viewing of this lovely movie, I watched Brave. And really didn't like it. I found the animation beautiful, but the story? Besides the fact that Merida was a complete brat, the story line was just... boring and *very* one sided. Merida's little brothers, who never talk, and her father was the best part of the story. And I just have to put a word in for the poor men: while the suitors and their fathers (as well as the rest of the company of men) were suppose to be funny, I didn't find them funny at all, but found them idiots. How embarrassing for men to be portrayed in such a way! How degrading. :(

Elsa of Arendelle, Anna's sister; beautiful, no?
Frozen came out the day before Thanksgiving, November 27th. My sisters and I had watched both the
teaser trailer and the normal trailer (several in fact) but to tell the truth, I didn't really think we would watch it in theaters - maybe after if came out. Possibly. If my parents allowed, and wanted to. A couple weeks ago my Mom surprised us all and suggested that we watch Frozen in theaters. And of course, we were all surprised and ecstatic with joy! Thus, a week later my sisters, my parents, and I all went and saw Frozen in theaters.

I haven't been seen a movie that good, in a long time.  (Maybe I should add, in theaters)

Let's look at some points:

As I mentioned before I don't like the romantic aspect of Disney Princess movies, and how it's portrayed. This one did have romance (I would be surprised if it didn't) however, it was sweetly and tastefully done. And, the best part, was that the movie did not focus on the romance; it was not a large part of the movie, but rather they focused on the sisterly relationship between the two main girls of the story; Anna and Elsa.

Kristoff and his Reindeer Sven.
Next comes the typical Disney bratiness and rebellion. Even if there are no parents to rebel against, that doesn't mean that a character can't have a rebellious spirit over all. (it doesn't matter who or what she's rebelling against) But in Frozen, the main character, Anna, was incredibly sweet, spunky, funny, and normal. There was no hint of inner rebellion in her. I loved the uniqueness of her character, it was so unlike any animated girl character I've seen. Yet at the same time, she is so relate-able - to everyone I'm sure. Elsa, her sister, was also very amazingly done. And her voice was amazing. Oh wow, I could listen to her sing all day! Anna's also was amazing, and every time they started singing it was like 'yay!!!'. :)

Even though I haven't watched many Disneys, I think it's a very true statement when i say that this is one of the most (if not the most) light-hearted Disney Princess movie out of them all. All of the other ones, at least from what I know, have a bit of a dark side. You've got Snow White's evil Step-Mother, Cinderella's evil Step-Mother, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and Mother Gothel (Tangled) all as the evil of the story. And
Hans of the Southern Isles
really, all of those ladies, especially Maleficent and Mother Gothel are very creepy and dark. With Brave you had a very dark side to the story with Mordu (you can tell I'm a Lord of the Rings fan when instead of Mordu I think Mordor or Morgul. haha), the strange little Witch, and the Mother-turns-bear. (It really was terrifying when she would turns 'wild' for a few moments) 


Frozen had none of that.

Admittedly there was 'bad guy', but it most certainly not as dark as any of these past movies! The movie as a whole was just cute, funny, and very enjoyable. I think they did a good job making it appealing to both little kids as well as olders; Tangled seemed to be striving straight for teen+ audience. Ah, and do you want to know one of the best parts of the movie?


Olaf.

He is one of the best animated characters ever!! He's so .. so.. bubbly and funny and cute and.. there aren't even words to describe him!! 




Elsa's ice powers were simply stunning. I loved the whole ice, snow, and winter factor in this movie, and Elsa's powers were most certainly one of my favorite parts! 

So I give this movie and A+. From its spunky funniness to emotion-worth-shedding-tears-over, it is truly one of my favorite movies now. Oh, and I already mentioned this, but I'll mention it again, the music was *amazing*. I was blown away by the whole score as well as the voices. If you haven't watched this yet, I beg you to watch it as soon as you can! (I do understand that may mean waiting for the dvd release - it's worth the wait, believe me!)


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior, and his gift of salvation!

<3 Eva
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Because who doesn't think of Lucy and poor Narnia that is always winter, never Christmas, when it snows?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Holiday Season - relaxing, or stressful?

Wow, I'm so sorry for lack of posts. My poor blog has been greatly neglected lately, and I apologizes! While I haven't been incredibly busy, blog posts certainly haven't been top priority. It's strange to have December go so fast, and to feel the panic when I worry I won't get Christmas shopping (or just other holiday things) done in time. I remember when it seemed to take forever for Christmas to get here, and every day was like a century. Wonderful centuries, yes, because after all it was Christmas season, and Grandparents were coming. But now, it's hard to slow down, to take a breath, and enjoy this month of celebration. I'm constantly thinking of the things that need to be done, thinking about the next day, about next week, about Christmas, about New Years.

Adds everywhere are shouting at you to get last minute deals, get your Christmas shopping done, to do this, and that, and oh, don't forget about this!! But I want to remind you, this is Christmas! This is a time to enjoy family and friends, to sit back and forget about the worries and cares of the world, to focus on the most wonderful and amazing gift anyone has ever given you: The gift of Salvation.

It's easy to get wrapped up in everything and to forget what Christmas is really about. So please, don't forget. Please don't lose the focus on God this Christmas season and the incredible gift of his son that he sent to this dead and dying world. And besides that, just enjoy this holiday season! Remember to stop and enjoy the moment you're living. "Smell the roses" as it is often put.

One last thing. I don't know if you've watched 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', or if you've heard this clip on the radio, but I thought I would share it anyway. Every time I hear it on the radio it calms me down and rings a little reminder to focus on 'what Christmas is all about'.

 
I'm sorry it's low quality, I was having problems uploading the video to blogger and this was the only video that worked. Low quality, and it goes past the end of this speech. (just a wee bit) Oh well.. enjoy. :)

Merry Christmas!!!
<3 Eva
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P.s I'll hopefully be posting more often.... =) Sorry again for lack of posts.