Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2012

In previous years I've written about the wonderful saint, Patrick. You can read some of what I've written here.

This year, I'd like to share a list of some of the Irish movies I've seen and greatly enjoyed. You know every pub will be full up tonight, so you might want to stay home, make a shepherd's pie, drink some Guinness or a cider and enjoy a good story.

I've divided the movies between those that are family friendly and those meant to be viewed by adults. This kind of list is subjective, so I'd recommend checking out imdb if you have any concerns about what may be appropriate for your family.

Family friendly  
The Secret of Roan Inish 
The Quiet Man 
Waking Ned Devine 
War of the Buttons 
The Secret of the Kells  

For more mature viewers  
Michael Collins 
The Commitments 
The Field 
In America 
The Snapper 
The Crying Game 
My Left Foot

Of this list, my favorites are The Secret of Roan Inish, Waking Ned Devine, The Quiet Man, and Once.

I'm sure I've forgotten some, and I've not listed any that I have not seen yet. I think I'll try the recent film, Ondine tonight. Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday, Olivia!

Olivia enjoying the fire on a snowy day.
Today, Olivia turns 11 years old. Both of my daughters think I'm odd compared to most mothers who long for their children to remain small. While I cherish those times, I'm so thrilled watching how they are growing and who they are becoming. Olivia continues to love horses, piano and doing things. Her requests for the day are to help make her birthday cake, (red velvet), ride bicycles to the park with Emma and have Indian food for dinner. Simple joys for a contemplative and lovely girl. Happy Birthday, dear Olivia!