Welcome to my life. It's a whirlwind of kids, chaos, pets, people, family, art, and being home (most of the time; I like to get out here and there). We unschool, so the unexpected is, well, expected...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Naruto the Movie

Well, this is a little after the fact, but here it is, pictures from the Naruto movie that we got to see. I bought tickets in advance because I knew they'd sell out. Not only did they sell out, they had so much response they had to open another theater, and it sold out too! We got there 2 hours early and were one of the first people in line.

I wish I had a picture of the crowd, but it disappeared from my camera. You can see the end of the building in the pictures above. The line went well past that point and around the corner. We got to pick our seats! We had quite a time getting there that early, picking up people from the other side of town and then picking up one kid from school, then driving about 45 minutes away during rush hour traffic to get to the theater, but it was so much fun and so worth it!

There were people dressed up as some of the characters. Well, Margaux was trying to look like Sakura, and even had the navy blue sandles on, but you can't really tell in the pictures. Chamille was dressed in her interpretation of a girl Sasuke. There was a really cool looking Gaara, but we didn't get a picture of her.

Well, this is where it all comes from...

Chamille's inspiration in life, the reason she dresses the way that she does, and why she reads and watches what she does. It is all encompassing in her life, and so therefore "our" life. Anime, manga, and specifically Naruto right now.

The movie was really good. I've watched a few shows here and there, played a few rounds of games on the PS2, but this was really the first time I've really watched a whole movie. This is the first showing of a Naruto movie in the US without subtitles and it was very very cool!

Everything Chamille does on the computer are somehow related to Naruto, sometimes other anime, but mostly Naruto. Her AMV slideshows on youtube are about Naruto, and one in particular gets some nice views and ratings, and loads of comments.

I love everything this has brought to our lives, it's really lots of fun sharing in her joy!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Tall Ships

This was so much fun! We got to sail on replicas of merchant ships from the late 18th century. Chamille wants to be a sailor now, but not just any sailor, she wants to sail on one of these kind of ships. She could if she's still interested in a couple of years. They have full time crews on both of their ships. The smaller one, the one we went on has a full time crew of 14. The larger one has more. It was also in the Pirates of the Carribbean.
Chamille obvioulsy is the big kid all in black and Margaux is the one in the pink hat. The kids had to do all the work themselves, pulling lines, tying them off and all of that. They learned so much about merchant ships and the life of sailors.
What a cool experience for them. The ships were in the harbor on the Willamette River during the Rose Festival this year. They had dock side tours, but we got to actually sail on one. It was a 3 hour tour, but we didn't get marooned on an island. We found out about these through homeschool connections. It never ceases to amaze me how homeschoolers just find these things. We ended up going with our homeschooling Girl Scout troop. It was worth every penny we paid, $35 each person!
I'd love to do it again. I looked all over the internet to find somewhere that Chamille could take sailing lessons on ships like these, but the only place in the world that I could find something like that was in the UK and Australia, maybe the east coast, but nothing definitive there. I'm putting it on my list of super cool things to do if I magically get a lot of money.