I will admit that I was less than thrilled when the news came out about a possible agenda promotion in this Disney movie. I have been looking forward to Beauty and the Beast coming out ever since I heard they were making a live action one. I love B&TB, always have, and I believe it was the first movie I ever saw in theaters (came out in 1991, I was 3). I am not going to say that it was "hardly noticeable" - I felt as though it was somewhat obvious though subtle. But here's the thing. Nothing is ever neutral. Disney movies were not neutral when they first came out with B&TB, and they aren't neutral now. Perhaps the more overt promotion of a lifestyle outside of God's commandment makes it easier to address and confront than a more subtle perversion. I don't know. I have read all the arguments back and forth and understand both sides of the issue. Did Sophia notice anything? I doubt it. She was hardly paying attention by the end of the movie anyway. Did I notice? Absolutely. But the movie itself was beautifully done for the most part. The scenery and cinematography were breathtaking. The singing was beautiful. The characters were fun and engaging. I think we are reaching a time in our world where adherence to God's standards are no longer held in any type of esteem. In recent years this was appreciated or at the very least faked (is that better than blatantly ignoring it?) but we have passed that point now.
The challenges to me as a parent are enormous then. My children will not receive training in what God's word teaches outside of my home (except church...) and I should not expect school or other systems to provide this for her. This has always been my role as her parent; I have no choice but to take it seriously and learn God's word not only for my own spiritual growth but for the benefit of my family.
Well the first part of that post took a different direction than I was expecting! But it's my blog. So I'll type what I want. Anyway, it was really hard to leave Heidi that morning. Sophia dressed up in her Belle Princess dress (and wore her lady bug rain boots with it) to go to the theater. Since big sister was dressing up, Heidi decided to wear her Cinderella dress, too, and asked me to do her hair "like Cinderella" (heh... a pony tail will have to do!). When we left out of the door the poor girl was just crying away. I told her she could watch a princess movie and have popcorn with Daddy! She seemed to forget shortly after we left (hopefully)! Sophia and I went to HyVee and picked out some bulk candy (blackberries and raspberries for me, sour patch watermelons for Sophia) and went to the theater to meet our big group. Tickets in hand, we got our popcorn, and sat down in our seats.
After the movie we had some lunch with friends and then it was off to Hobby Lobby because I made a wreath for the sanctuary (Easter/spring) and also need to make a tutu Easter basket for Bethany for Easter this year! Sophia was a great helper, and when we were at Hobby Lobby she asked if she could pick out a flower (a red rose, like in the movie) and then said "I need to get one for Heidi, too!"
Saturday dinner was a pork shoulder that Chris had spent 11 hours smoking and it was delicious. I absolutely loved the flavor, even better than brisket (though he has just about shunned me for saying that). Sophia's chore list is growing and lately she has been helping with the table before and after dinner. On Saturday she decided to help wash dishes, too; Heidi saw her and did not want to miss out on the "fun" so they were both at the sink "helping" with dishes...which soon led to a puddle on the floor. But it was very sweet. They're learning and joyfully helping, and I want to encourage that!
|"When your hand can touch your ear, you are ready for Kindergarten! That's what Mr. Dave said!" - Sophia|
(Also, she is holding her donut backpack that she picked out for school this fall!)
|"Take my family picture, Mom!"|
|Hammiest smile ever|
|Beginnings of the tutu Easter basket for Bethany|
|All dressed up from Beauty and the Beast|
|Look at my socks!!|
|I just looked over and her fork was resting in her dinner roll.|
|"Baby Anna's" crib that Papa repaired|
|Phase 2 of Easter tutu basket|
|I love eggs!|