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Memories/Experiences

Flashback Friday: The Final Countdown

It’s been forever since I posted a Flashback Friday, so I thought it was time to get started again. I hope that you enjoy it!!

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This one is going to focus on “The Final Countdown”.  In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a song by the Swedish group Europe in 1986.  It was their third album and became a #1 hit in 25 different countries.

Europe-the_final_countdown So why am I talking about this song and this 80’s group??  Well, because they’ve revived this song in a new Geico commercial.  Hubby and I can’t help but to laugh every time we see it.  It brings back so many memories.  Hubby really gets a chuckle out of it, but part of that is because of the guy in the commercial too.

It’s good to see some “old” things revived like this!!  In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video to the commercial….

I hope that you join in the Flashback Friday link-up and share your flashbacks.  What do you have good memories of??  Link up and let me know!!

 




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Welcome to the Adult World

Happy 18th Birthday

Today is my little girls 18th birthday!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone.  She’s an amazing girl woman who brings joy to everyone that she touches.  She has a smile that brightens the world around her.  I’m so proud to be her Momma and I’m honored that God chose me to take care of this angel.  

She has hopes and dreams….and I have no doubts that she’ll accomplish all of the, one way or the other.  She gives it her all in everything that she does.  She has a faith that runs deep and never doubts what God has planned for her.

As I reflect on the past 18 years, all I have is love and joy.  I know she’s not perfect, she is mine after all.  She’s truly a great kid woman and has a bright future.  I remember being told I couldn’t have kids and I remember the day I found out that I was pregnant.  Life would never be the same!!  She has always done things her way and she has amazing strength….and some that she doesn’t even know she has.  She was my partner all the times that hubby was gone due to military life.  Her dad is her buddy and they enjoy getting in trouble together.  Through it all, she knows that we’re her parents and love her unconditionally.

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Happy Birthday sweet girl young lady!!  Daddy and I wish you all the best today….and every day of your life to come.  We can’t wait to see what lies ahead!!  You may be grown up, but you’ll always be our little girl!!  😀

 

 

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Foto Finish: Heading to the Water

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This guy was heading toward the water at the Wildlife Refuge.  I just loved him and how casual he was.  He was definitely ready for a swim!!

Here’s my Foto Finish…..

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What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

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Macro: Mushroom

 

 

It’s time for another macro for Monday.  I went back in time for this one.  This is about 2 years old and was taken at my parents house.  They’d been having a rainy year, so there was all kinds of mushrooms all over their yard.  

Check out this brightly colored mushroom….

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Be sure to check out the other macro photography here….

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Foto Finish: Fireworks

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This is my first week back with Foto Finish, so I wanted to share a photo that I’ve really been working on.  Well, I’m really trying to capture lightening, but I also love fireworks.  Since we just celebrated the 4th of July last week, I thought I’d share a photo that I took of fireworks.

Here’s a shot of a fireworks display that I took….

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This was a display put on by the local golf course and it was taken from my backyard.  We are about a mile or 2 from the golf course.  It’s gotten more challenging because the trees have really grown up around all the houses, so I really had to try to capture the “big ones”

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Longhorns

I just downloaded these from my camera and I just had to share at least one of them!!

We went to the Wildlife Refuge after the rains. It was amazing to see everything to alive and bright since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years. There were huge herds of longhorns enjoying the green grass. Some were grazing and some were just laying around.

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Foto Finish: Hands

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The optional theme that I picked for today was actually a hard one for me.  This week’s optional themes is HANDS.

I had the choice of several hands to photograph.  I ended up picking the hands that have held my heart for over 25 years.  They’re the hands of a strong man.  These hands served this country for 20 years.  They held our baby and still comfort her.  They are the hands that pat and love the dogs as soon as they get home.  These hands often have extra work to do around the house.  They’re steady hands as they build a model.  These are the hands of a kind and loving man.  They’re hands that have done much in life and have so much more life to go through.

These are the hands of my wonderful husband….

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Foto Finish: Friendly Prairie Dog

I’ve been away from Foto Finish for awhile, but I’m ready to get back at it and I hope that you are too!!

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Today, I just had to post this cute little prairie dog that we saw.  My parents were here visiting and we couldn’t miss an opportunity to head out to the Wildlife Refuge.  As we were leaving, I stopped to get some photos of some geese that were nearby.  However, this friendly little prairie dog spotted my dad watching him out the window and he couldn’t help but to pose for us.  

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Isn’t he just adorable!?!?  We had so much fun getting shots of him and my dad couldn’t resist talking to him and getting the little guy to show off.

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Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

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I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

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From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

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But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

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Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

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Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

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I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

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James Garner

As soon as we got home from church, we saw that James Garner was trending. It was sad to find out that he’d passed away of natural causes.

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He starred in over 50 films, but he’s best known for his television roles in “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files”.  James was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, OK on 7 April 1928.  He was married to Lois Fleishman Clarke in 1956 and at his passing, they were less than a month from their 58th anniversary.

RIP James “Maverick” Rockford” Garner!!  You’ll be missed by many for your charisma, comedy, handsome looks, and so many other things that made you who you were!!

 

 

 

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Vacation Bible School

I’ve been making VBS (Vacation Bible Schools) printables for the past several years.  I do it especially for a lady that’s in one of my Y!Groups.  I think I’ve only missed one year, and I just go too busy and ran out of time.   I believe that was last year for 2013.  I’m once again working on stuff for this year!! 

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This is a list of all the posts that I’ve done for my VBS printables.  They’re all related to LifeWay VBS themes.  Here are all the VBS posts….

Round Up for VBS with the Saddle Ridge Ranch theme

VBS:  NYC – Big Apple Adventure with the Big Apple Adventure theme

V.B.S. – Amazing Wonders Aviation with the Amazing Wonders Aviation theme

V.B.S. – More Amazing Wonders Aviation with the Amazing Wonders Aviation theme

I’m also working on the Agency D3 theme for this year.  I’m hoping to have them uploaded and posted very soon.  I’m happy with how they’ve come so far and can’t wait to make them available to my group member….and all of you, my readers.

If you use any of these printables, please leave a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column of this blog.  I love to hear from those that use my materials and find out how they are used in class!!

 

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I’m 6 Years Old!!

Alright, so it’s not me….it’s the blog!!

 

Commotion is 6 years old today.  I can’t believe that!!  Time has gone so fast.  

I know that I blog a lot less than I used to, but I still enjoy it.  I feel like I’ve finally taken ownership of it made this blog all mine.  That means that I had to give up on the idea of having lots of followers and readers, but it was a sacrafice worth making.  It allows me to blog about whatever I want and not just stick to one single topic.

Normally, I’d give you a bunch of stats from the past year.  I can’t do that this year, as I moved the blog to a hosted domain.  My stats only count from that point on.  That is by far, the biggest event on the blog in the past year.  The move was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.  I’m still working on moving files and making sure that links work.  In addition to that, I still get plenty of visitors on the old blog looking for my printables.  Despite signs and notes that I moved, they haven’t found there way to this new location yet.  I have hopes though!!

What has your year been like??  What do you like or dislike about the “new” blog??  What do you want to see more of….or even less of??  Let me know your thoughts on Commotion, as I always love to hear from my readers!!

 

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