My Top 10 Favorite Quotes from “The Incredibles”

Are you a film lover?

We love movies in our family.  And this has been an exciting year for us with the various Marvel movies, Star Wars, and other films in the action genre (including the upcoming newest Jurassic one) premiering.

 

 

I am SO excited that FINALLY Disney Pixar is releasing the sequel to one of my all-time Pixar faves—The Incredibles!  I hope the movie is going to be as amazing as the trailer implies.  We cannot wait to see Bob & Helen Parr, Violet, Dash, and of course, Jack-Jack, again.  And Edna!  And Frozone!  (And at least *hear* Honey…although maybe we’ll get to actually see her this time!)

 

In honor of the best family of supers ever, here are my top 10 favorite quotes from the original The Incredibles.  (In no particular order.)  Enjoy!

 

  1.  “Where. Is. My. Super. Suit!”  (Lucius/Frozone, to Honey)
  2. “You heard her.”  (Smarmy big-sister tone of voice from Violet to Dash.)
  3. “I love our family.”  (Dash in the limo after defeating the Omnidroid)
  4. “You keep trying to pick a fight, but I’m just happy you’re alive!”  (Bob to Helen as they run through Syndrome’s jungle)
  5. “I mean either he’s in trouble, or he’s going to be.”  (Helen to Violet about Bob)
  6. “Shhh.  It isn’t your fault.  It wasn’t fair of me to suddenly ask so much of you.  But things are different now, and doubt is a luxury we can’t afford.  You have more power than you realize.  Don’t think, and don’t worry.  If the time comes, you’ll know what to do.  It’s in your blood!”  (Helen to Violet on Syndrome’s island)
  7. “Edna Mode.  And guest.”  (Edna to her security system.)
  8. “Your suit can stretch as far as you can, without injuring yourself, and still retain its shape.  Virtually indestructible, yet it breathes like Egyptian cotton.”  (Edna to Helen)
  9. “He starts monologuing!”  (Lucius/Frozone, to Bob)
  10. “I’m not happy, Bob.  Not happy.”  (Bob’s boss at Insuricare)

 

I just love this movie so much!  So many amazing moments and incredible voice acting–and animation.  I mean, how on earth does Brad Bird do Edna?  And Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson.  It is just stellar.

So we are looking forward to #2!

Do you have a favorite line from The Incredibles?

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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A Stress Relief Set Giveaway for the End of the School Year! (Ends 5/23/17)

Good morning, friends!

I can’t tell you how happy we are that it’s May.  NOT that we don’t love the school year.  But we also love finishing a school year, checking off our to-do lists, and (we’re hoping) taking a bit of a break!  This week is pretty full for us.  We have Teacher Appreciation Week at our coop (which we adore celebrating) and I’m preparing my students’ art display for the semester Art Show.  Plus regular school, plus regular coop, plus some other things…so I think it’s the perfect time for a giveaway that helps with stress relief!

 

 

I do love popping into Bath & Body Works every now and then to enjoy their newest scents in lotions, candles, and body spray.  This week, the finchnwren blog is giving away Bath & Body Works’ aromatherapy duo, Stress Relief.  It’s a eucalyptus spearmint set powered by essential oils.  This set contains a full-sized Body Lotion and Body Wash/Foam Bath.

We’ll be blessing one special reader with this set!

 

To enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll have several different ways to enter.  One winner will be selected to win, and giveaway closes on May 23, 2017.

 

Enter here!

 

Best wishes!

Enjoy!  –Wren

A Mother’s Day Giveaway for You…or Your Mom! (Ends 4/18/18)

Hello!

 

 

It’s a little early, but I wanted to get this giveaway up in time for both a winner to be selected and for some shipping time.  Today, FINCHNWREN is hosting a Mother’s Day Giveaway for you….OR for your mom!

There are three gifts in this Mother’s Day giveaway.  First, there’s a little shadow box with a sweet mom greeting!

 

The other two are some beauty goodies from Ulta:

  • Ulta Beauty Tinted Eye Primer Mini in Satin Blush.  This is a pinky shimmer eye primer that can also be used as eye shadow or a neutral-ish color for your other shadows or creams.  It contains no parabens and helps your eye shadow look great all day.
  • Ulta Beauty Lip Primer Color Enhancing Mini.  Both paraben- and sulfate-free, this lip primer helps your lipstick color to wear long and helps create a smooth foundation for your lipstick.

How to enter:

Just click on the “Enter Here!” pink link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway closes on 4/18/18; one winner will be selected from all entries.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Catching You Up~ Update from FINCHNWREN

Hi darlings!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately.  I apologize!  I am continuing to heal from the chemotherapy (for new readers, the short story is I had an ovarian cancer tumor removed and a summer/fall of chemo).  I am really feeling better each month as my body heals from everything.  But I haven’t done much on the blog in the past few weeks.  I haven’t forgotten it, though, or you!

So, since it’s spring break (yay!) and I have a moment to share with you, I wanted to update you on some happenings in our lives for the past couple of months.

 

Our weekend getaway

 

 

We don’t have a LEGO store near us (well, yes, we can shop for LEGO at Walmart/Target but we don’t have the full-blown experience of an actual LEGO store).  But earlier this month, we went on an overnight trip to a bigger city that does!  And of course we had to visit a mall that has a LEGO store.  We wandered around happily there for (seriously) about an hour, then my son spent some birthday money on some new sets.

 

 

 

I even got to do a little girly shopping at a cute boutique!  Even though it’s definitely still winter-ish here, I picked up this top for spring and summer.  I love empire waists in both dresses and shirts and I fell in love with this one.  Can’t wait to wear it with some jeans or shorts.

 

 

We also took our son to Dave & Buster’s.  I have to admit; I am not the huge gamer in the family.  So there wasn’t a lot that I did while we were there besides Skee-Ball.  The guys played Star Wars games, racing games, etc.  But!  I happened to discover a Donkey Kong game!  That was my favorite game to play in college.  So I got to play a few rounds on that.  Sadly my skills have hugely declined over the years.  But it was fun.  🙂

 

In homeschool

Homeschool in high school looks a lot different than it did during our elementary years.  We’re focusing on making sure that Jackson gets the courses completed for his high school transcript that he needs for college applications.  So this year we’re working on history, literature, grammar, foreign language, math, biology/lab, Bible, and some computer programming.

I am SO thankful that Jackson has been able to take his high school biology and lab from Bridgeway Academy.  His teacher is fantastic, we’re using the Apologia biology textbook and I love that he gets to interact online with fellow students.  We have gotten to the portion of the textbook that focuses on the animal kingdom (from microscopic on up).

And that means…dissection.

I have to tell you that my high school biology course (also in 10th grade, in public school in a great school system) did ONE dissection.  Jackson has already done THREE.  And there are at least 4 more to go; perch, cow eye, frog, fetal pig.  (I wish I could tell you that the last two didn’t horrify me…but they do.  But I’m not telling Jackson!  I’ll just be there standing by supportively while he does the dissecting while keeping my opinions to myself.)  He has already dissected the earthworm, the crayfish, and the grasshopper.  We are learning a LOT.

Here’s a picture of some of the tools from his dissection kit.  Check back in May for pictures of the actual dissections!

 

 

Jackson and I also participate in our local homeschool coop.  He takes a drama class and I teach an art class for elementary students.  It has been a good semester.  There have been some different types of challenges for me as a teacher but some wonderful experiences as well.

 

 

I was planning to share with you about what I’m eating these days; about my new drawing adventure; and about a neat blogging event I got to attend last week.  But I think that this post is already long enough.  So perhaps I’ll get to mention those a little later!  🙂

I hope you are all having a wonderful spring break/end of March.  Thank you for reading!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Have you seen “The Star” DVD?

When my son was younger, I was always looking for high quality video entertainment for him…especially around the holidays.  We loved having great cartoon DVDs to watch at home.  Some of our favorites were holiday features, for Christmas and Easter.  You may have heard that Sony Pictures and Affirm Films produced a wonderful movie for families to enjoy around Christmastime (or really, even the whole rest of the year) called The Star.  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions has offered me the chance to share more about this neat DVD with you!

 

What is The Star?

This animated feature tells the story of a donkey, Bo, who longs to escape his humdrum life at the village mill.  He sets off one day and experiences an adventure he never dreamed of!  Joined by a sheep (Ruth) and a dove (Dave), the group ends up inside the courtyard of a young couple, Joseph and Mary.  Bo has injured his hoof, which Mary treats as the animals and people get to know each other.  But as the new friends interact, more is going on in the world; a star has appeared in the heavens, prompting the travel of 3 wise men on camels to head to Israel.  King Herod has also heard about this star, and he is worried.  And a census is called for all of Israel, requiring Mary and Joseph…and their new animal friends…to head to Bethlehem.  Danger is ahead not only for the new parents-to-be, but also for the animals, as they head to a stable that will become famous for what will happen there.

 

 

Isn’t that an interesting way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth?  The Star includes not only amazing animation but spectacular voice talent as well.  You’ll get to enjoy the voice acting of:

  • Steven Yeun
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Tyler Perry
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Patricia Heaton
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Anderson
  • and many more!

In addition, viewers will get to enjoy Mariah Carey singing the movie’s theme song, “The Star.”  The film has a running time of 86 minutes and is rated PG.

 

 

The Star on DVD

The Star is now available on DVD, and it’s packed with tons of extras—in fact, an entire hour’s worth of bonus materials in addition to the movie itself!  Viewers can enjoy:

  • “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends”
  • Making a craft with “Star Votives”
  • Baking “Sweet and Sparkly Stars”
  • Behind-the-scene moments with the stars of the film
  • A lovely children’s sermon with DeVon Franklin in “Faith All Year Round”
  • “Life Is Good” dance-along
  • Lyric sing-along portions with the 5 songs in the show

 

There is also an online weekly Bible study to go along with The Star with Devon Franklin.  You can find more info about it on The Star‘s Facebook link.

More about The Star on social media:

Website (where you can purchase the DVD)

 

I just love the idea of this movie!  It is a fantastic idea and great for the entire family.  With an incredible voice cast and beautiful animation (not to mention music and DVD extras), this is definitely something you should check out!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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My amazing Old Navy deals!

I got SUCH deals the other day!

 

 

And I was so excited about them.  I had to share them with you!

 

So, the story:

…was that I had to return a baseball shirt that I’d gotten Jackson that was too small for him.  While he and hubs did some shopping at a tech store, they dropped me off at Old Navy to do the return.

And of COURSE I did a little browsing after I’d returned the shirt, since they weren’t back yet….

Plus, I had a $10 off coupon.

 

And the deals!

Everything in the picture above was already on sale…some for gasp-worthy prices.  And after they applied my coupon, here’s the listing of what I spent:

  • Leopard cardigan sweater:  $5.82
  • Flannel pajama pants:  $2.70
  • Leopard fleece infinity scarf:  $0.77
  • 3-pack ankle socks:  $1.94
  • Stevie camel sueded pants:  $4.25

And my grand total:  $15.48!  (Clearly there is a kitty theme going on here, I realize that!)

 

Finch’s and my mom is usually the one who finds deals like this.  But this was so exciting, I had to share them with you!

Have a great weekend, friends.

Enjoy!  –Wren