Big Time Neato Contest ~ Back from OH!

 

 

Ok, this is highly irksome.  I just got home from the OH convention (where I was nearly robbed or worse in my hotel room – my facebook friends know what I’m talkin’ bout) and now I’m back and dead tired but I’m composing this dumb post at 2:22 in the morning.  And why?  Why am I not sleeping?  I *was* sleeping soundly as a big fat snoring princess but then Geoff the Great woke me up about an hour ago.  And now an hour later, while he’s asleep and snoring his head off, here I am WIDE awake. 

 

I spose that’s ok, because I have all sorts of news to share.  We had a *really* super excellently fabulous time at the convention.  Plus, jealous you, just LOOK at all the people me and Coie got to play with:

 

We met Ryann’s friend Tess and her mom (boy is Ryann mad she didn’t get to come), Julie Park, Spunky, EEEEMommy, Amy W, Jen (Mrs. Incredible), Marshie with her crew Amy and Darcy, Christine Field, Jay Ryan along with his beautiful family, Kim Wolf and her gorgeous daughter, the Prices, Maggie the Magnifico’ and her crew, Carol Barnier …and I just KNOW I’m forgetting somebody really important.  Tell me if I forgot to list you.  I know Gina D was there but I never actually got to see her because I was busy when she came by.   

 

Anyways, on Thursday afternoon (our first day up there) we were able to get together with the famous Home School Enrichment publishers.  Ok… can I just say how much I LOVE the Lewis family?  They are so hilarious.  And they especially love ME because they almost got me to completely promise not to start blabbing their secrets (are you guys starting to panic? HA! I love the power I wield.  I bet you wish you’d never even told me…).  But no, I will be a good friend and be content to drop non-hints and teasers.

 

Alright. Moving on.  I mentioned contest and I meant it.  The Lewis brothers have been telling me for a while about some so-called incredible movie that was put together by this homeschool family.  And naturally I just smiled and nodded and such whenever they’d start talking about it.  So anyways, at the convention, it just so happened that this family was there as a vendor, so young Mr. Lewis brought me over for an introduction, and then the Burns family was kind enough to give me a free copy of their DVD.

 

And of course at that point I was thinking, “Ok, this could very well be dreadful but I will take it home and watch it with my family anyways”.  I mean seriously.  This is a homeschool family.  Not a slick Hollywood outfit.  I was envisioning two or three families running thru a neighborhood in Illinois putting on a play about King Arthur.

 

… fast forward to yesterday… I showed all the kids the movie cover when I got home and they were excited, because the graphics on the front really do look good.  So we set up the couches and laptop and got all cozy and set up.  Right off the bat I realized that no… we were not simply dealing with some hodge podge cutsie play.  This is a real movie, and it’s actually professionally done.  Me and Geoff the Great sort of looked at each other like, “wasn’t expecting this” and kept watching.  The first 20 minutes or so took a little getting used to.  Like I said, it’s *not* a slick Hollywood outfit.  That being said, I think it was better done than Flywheel and Facing the Giants.  Yes, I am serious.  And yes, this is a homeschool family that put it together.

 

My husband, who hates it when I blog about him (because he always gets phone calls from people saying things like, “so, how’s the inside of your arm doing? I heard your wife bit it really hard), anyways he told me that I had special permission to quote him about what he thought.  And for the record, my husband has a very critical eye.  But he was astounded.  He said he couldn’t believe the detail they put into the sets, the soundtrack (the soundtrack was amazing), the weapons, and the costumes.  The storyline was also really good.  REALLY good.  And the fellow who plays the bad guy in the movie is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.  He stole the show. 

 

Here is a link, watch the trailer clip on the front page.  And then to win my own personal copy, which I will mail straight to your house, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me what some of your nick names were/are thru out your life.  Why nicknames?  Because this movie is called Pendragon, which is a reference to King Arthur, and I’ve decided that Pendragon must have been his nickname. That’s my whole story.

 

On another note, the movie takes place in 411 AD, right when the Roman hold on Britain was collapsing and all of Europe was falling into the Dark Ages.  The Saxons, Angles and Jutes moved into the area to seize the land for themselves.  The movie doesn’t necessarily go into all of that background history, but I just wanted you to know how smart I am.  I already knew the historical background because we’ve been going thru Bright Ideas Press Mystery of History for the last three years.

 

SPEAKING OF WHICH, oh my heck, I almost had a heart attack… guess what my friend Maggie handed over and placed in my sweaty little hands for FREE? She gave me the brand new Mystery of History volume THREE that I’ve been drooling over for an entire year. It covers the middle ages and it is SO beautiful. I LOVE THAT WOMAN!

 

And on the same train of people whom I like for giving me free stuff, I ALSO ran into Jay from Cleveland (I haven’t seen him in forever!) and he gave me a copy of his new astronomy book called Signs and Seasons along with a corresponding workbook.  I can’t wait to start that with the kids.  They’ve already been pawing thru it and it looks super.

 

Ok, it’s 2:51 now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post this fast and get some sleep.  And I didn’t even go into my whole story about Geoff the Great and his new friend he met from work.  I haven’t met him in person yet (his friend, I mean, I’ve met Geoff in person several times), but his friend did come with me and Geoff on a date last night.  We were having a cozy dinner all alone at my favorite Chinese restaurant, but instead of talking to ME, my husband was text messaging his buddy the whole time to chat about what they had for lunch earlier.  Total dorks.  Anyhow, I’m looking forward to meeting him and his wife soon.  I just found out they read my dumb blog.  How’s that for pressure?

 

PS I am not proof reading this before I post it, so it will most assuredly have even *more* typos than usual.

 

Don’t forget to leave comments telling me your nicknames (or your kids’ nicknames) for a chance to win Pendragon, Sword of His Father I’ll do a random drawing later this week.

46 thoughts on “Big Time Neato Contest ~ Back from OH!

  1. don’t you love the hardback mystery of history? it’s so so nice. we are in book 3. but i’m feeling kind of bogged down in time. i’m ready to get out of the middle ages.

    nicknames? hmmm. chickadee? tess, emeline, clementine and milo. hahahahaha

    well, i do accidentally call my so milo sometimes. he is so milo.

    we don’t do a lot of nicknames though.

  2. Hiya! OH! I would soooooooooooo LOVE to win this DVD! My boys would simply bounce off the ceiling to watch it! Thier room is soon to be done out in castles and knights – it is their favourite thing to play.

    Oh! And we are working our way through the wonderful Kingdom Dawn series which they had for Christmas. (Thanks for the suggestion- they love it and so do I.)

    Knicknames huh? Well since Deedee isn’t my real name, that is my main knickname! It started because my nephew was trying to say ‘Auntie Debbie’ and it came out of his adorable two year old lips as ‘Auntie Deedee’. It was sooo cute that it kinda stuck! Then when I needed a blog name I chose Deedee and now all my childminding and fostering kids call me Deedee or Mama Deedee respectively!

    Actually I have always hated every knickname that anyone has tried to give me until Deedee came along! BTW – please pick me! :o)

  3. I think that I should win with Annemaretard. However, I will simply buy the DVD and give someone else a chance to win. I saw that they are running a special! Andrew loves Facing the Giants and Flywheel.

    Mark has two really good friends at work and they text each other like HS buddies all the time and it cracks. me. up.

    ~A

  4. I hate to say this but I love your dumb blog. The reason I hate to say it is because we are probably not much alike, but I bust up every time I read it-and think it would be cool to be your friend. Well we are a lot a like in the whole homeschool, love God, our husbands, and kids sort of way, but many things we are just so different. And yet, I can’t help but love your blog…it’s addicting! In a totally none blog stalker sort of way of course.

    Nicknames, I indubitably go by latte (self titled nickname) but my favorite is the one given to me by my friends, faithlet.-no clue why they gave it to me, but I love it.

    Oh but my nick name in school was horny toad. why because some stupid girl thought it was funny because my last name was Horne (that’s right spelled with an ‘e’-it’s silent people) So it stuck.

    I was thinking I would actually like this movie. Normally I go along with the give out requirements (i.e. name nicknames) on blogs but don’t want the item when so many others seem to want it more. but I thought maybe I would watch it, then give it away after I am done with it. After all why keep such a neat homeschooling thing like this all to myself aye?

    Thanks,
    Faith

  5. It was SO fun to meet you! :) Look how much people love you giving you all this free stuff! :)
    We picked up a copy of this movie, but haven’t watched it yet. My nicknames are Angel, A, Ange (long A), Geli (Jelly), Gel, and Aine-ding, but don’t enter me in the giveaway.

    I hope you had a prosperous weekend!

  6. My DH calls me Honey Bunches of Oats or Honey Bunny, does that count? In fifth grade I thought it would be cool to spell my last name Sandi, so a boy started calling me Sand-eye, which I really didn’t think was so funny.
    It’s not a nickname, but when I was pregnant for my daughter, our then-4 yo son thought we should name her Lily JJ Teddy Bear Max the Cat. And since his older brother got to help choose his middle name, we did give her two J-beginning middle names.
    The movie sounds great. We finally got to watch Fireproof over spring break. When we were in Tennessee. And you weren’t. *sighs*

  7. Wow! That looks like an amazing production. We’d love to win a copy.

    Nicknames…well, I can think of two. My daughter goes by ‘Boo’…so she tells me, a nickname coined by her cousins.

    A nickname I had in the past was ‘Bean’…coming from ‘stringbean’ due to my LONG PAST skinniness, and because ‘if you rearrange the letters in my name and take out the r & d, you get Bean’. This was the explanation some of the campers I counseled at Camp long ago came up with! :)

  8. Sus, mammy, momito, mito, monster, I could go on and on with the nicknames my husband gives me, but I can’t remember them all.

  9. O.k., so my most unusual nickname is Lucy Fussbudget after the characher in Peanuts. My parents gave it to me because I was fussy with colic when I was tiny. Not too sure about how that goes together.

    Joanne

  10. Well, my mother wanted me to be called Cynthia, so that’s who I was for the first 8-9 years of my life, except that my Dad called me Cindy. Or Tiger sometimes. Now I’m Cindy full time (and never Tiger anymore). Dh has called me Cin or CinCin. That’s about all you can do with my name in terms of nicknames!

  11. I love your blog too! ;-)
    COunt me in for the contest, please!

    Nicknames here: Michelle Barf-elle (apparently I had reflux as a baby?), Chelle, Michi, and when we were dating Dh affectionately called me Space Monkey. (I still haven’t figured that one out?)

  12. My nickname…uh. I don’t think I’ve ever blogged this. It was SKOEY. Why? Because my sister said that I had a horrible pig nose growing up and we were watching a game show. (am I really admitting this for a stupid book that my son wants????)

    My evil sister saw a man named Skoey with a very unfortunate squished, large nose. She laughed and began a yearlong torturous habit of calling me Skoey when she wanted to hit below the belt.

    She was mean.

  13. I enjoy following your blog, even though you don’t know me.

    My little sister used to call me Wa-wa, since she couldn’t pronounce Laura. My husband calls me either Vern, Verneth, or Queen. I’m not sure where Vern and Verneth come from – maybe those Ernest Goes to ____ movies. Queen comes from Veggie Tales’ movie Esther where Larry comes around the corner and says, “Hi, Queen” to Esther. My husband said that to me in the same intonation one day when he arrived home from work and Queen has stuck ever since.

  14. Hi, Thank you for this giveaway. It sounds great! When he was a baby and toddler, my husband and I called our son (who is now 17)”Pooter” for some reason. He just looked like a “Pooter” to us–whatever that is! ☺

  15. Hello Sister. here I am, commenting on your blog (which you posted today) even though you haven’t commented on MY blog, which I posted, FOUR DAYS AGO. I’m officially and publicly offended.

    by the way, Annemarie’s nickname made me laugh out loud. i wish i had a nickname half that great.

  16. is it because of the awful picture of me in that scandalous top? are you just embarrassed for me and therefore avoiding it altogether? because at least then I’d understand.

  17. … well, you knoooooooow, I’m already EMBARRASSED of that picture of me- so you don’t have to make me feel WORSE by avoiding it altogether. Wouldja just go comment so i can feel loved finally? Otherwise I’m going to just adopt Annemarie as my sister cause at least SHE commented on it. She likes my bassinet. So there.

    actually, that would be Eden’s bassinet. I would be a little worried for me if it was MY bassinet.

  18. My dear husband calls me “Mrs. Puddles.” Apparently I leave water behind wherever I go…shower, kitchen etc……. and he inevitably finds it. Methinks he exaggerates.Love your blog. You have a great “writers voice”

  19. Our oldest(19) is called Cow. Because he is rude and argumentative and interrupting. Have you ever heard the interupting cow joke? Are there 2 r’s in interupting? It’s his favorite! Knock knock… (Who’s there?) Cow. (Cow-[MOOOOOO!!!!!!!!] who?)
    He is not a vegetarian cow although his favorite color is green. He will scoop the littler kids up and run through the house making gobbling noises and take them downstairs to his Cowcave to eat them while they scream… He even has a Batlight in his Cowcave… Pretty cool. His idea of winning would be to make a movie about building giant robots that take over the world.
    My nickname is Crazy Amy Jo

  20. Well, I’m glad you are doing a random drawing and not choosing the best nickname for I would surely lose. There’s not much you can do with “Karen”. Some kids called me “Karen the red baron” when I was little, too little to know he was the bad guy. I had a roommate from New Jersey shorten my name to “Kare” and another college friend called me Kayro. Not very exciting.

  21. I’m with Karen…so glad it’s random, cause I don’t have the ‘best’ nickname at all. lol! I have actually had quite a few nicknames while growing up. Being an identical twin, there were plenty of nicknames to go around…mainly from my choir teacher that I had 7th-12th grades. lol! He alternated these between my sis and I at will. Here are a taste of a few…Frick and Frack(his alltime favorite)…Itsy and Bitsy (yes, we were short), Pete and Repeat, and Teeny’n’Tiny. My parents’ favorite nickname for my sis and I was “Heckle and Jeckle”…you know…those pesky crows from cartoons of old. lol!! Finally..you have my maiden name of ‘Arms’…made for all sorts of nicknames as well. My personal fav nickname was ‘legs’. Yep…very simple, but anyone who didn’t know my last name thought I had the nickname cause I had great legs! lol!! I liked it!! rofl!!

  22. Well I love to win, and of course it happens again, so here it goes my list of nicknames, it’s long hope that is ok…

    Sarah Burnheart: my mom would call me this when she claimed I was acting melodramatic, me!?!!? How is that possible? And on the same note..

    Drama Queen: no explanation needed.

    Vieja: translation “old woman” in Spanish, and this lovely name was given to me by my husband. I try to see it as a term of endearment.

    Auntie Jenna: my two nephews never quite got out Jennifer, so Jenna stuck and I love it cause it is there special name just for me. (warm cozies)

    Homeschool Guru: I cherish this one from all the moms I mentor and I was labeled this by a dear friend and that is how she introduces me to anyone who needs a bit of help starting their homeschooling journey.

    Mario Andretti: well…drive with me on the fwys and you will understand. Mark Hamby said he was giving me an award for my driving ( I have to tell you I tried so hard to be so cautious and sedate with him the car, too. Oh, well, I guess somethings you just can’t hide) Can’t wait to drive you around in July, are you up for it?

    The Queen: can’t I at least dream, a little.

    Blondie: it’s all about the hair, I’m sure. I am a smart blonde!!!

  23. I’m glad to see that you’re back home safe and sound (but sleepless?..sorry about that part).

    We have seen the trailer of Pendragon. It looks really good. Have you seen The Widow’s Might (also made by homeschool families)? It’s good, too, especially if you like musicals and westerns :). It won the grand prize ($101,000) at the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

    My nickname is “A”. My brother’s nickname is “B”. I wish my parents had all the way up to “Z” :).

    ~Urailak (“Fruitbearer” on Facebook)

  24. Ok, would’ve loved a free copy of Mystery of History!!! but I’ll settle for Pendragon!

    Julianna is my real name, so Julie is actually a nickname. My other nicknames growing up were:

    Julio (like hoolio), Jules, Jewel, Jujubes, Julsies, my sister always called me Julles (yes, with two ‘l’s). The Korean names: Onni (Big sister)and Yul-li (my korean name). I will answer to any of the above. :-)

  25. Growing up my nickname was Aim Toothpaste or Scrony Macaroni or AmyBob or AmyLou. Can you tell I’m from the south?

  26. Jen….ok, first time I’ve commented on your blog so this looks like a desperate attempt to win a free DVD, doesn’t it? I enjoyed meeting you at the convention!!

    My nicknames: various forms of Winnie the Pooh (Winnie kind of sounds like Wendy of course)-like Pooh and Pooh bear. My middle name is unusual (Latitia–”Lah-tish-a”)and elicited many nicknames like Tish, Latitia Anne (the name my mom wanted to give me) and Morticia-the name so affectionally given to me by my 8th grade math teacher. I was scrawny when I was younger and that was the cause of the nickname “Bones”, which rhymed with my last name “Jones”. (I hated that nickname!!) Also: Flighty (I thought being an airhead in high school was a guy-magnet…yeah, dumb), Wen, Wender-Sue, Wendo.

    Now my hubby just calls me Jones when I’m being a goober and my kiddos call me “Mom”. :)

    Oh, by the way, my hubby is giving me the inside scoop about “Pendragon”….it’s like a surname, but it’s actually a title meaning something like ‘ultimate leader’. It’s Welsh and my hubby is Welsh in heritage so it MUST be right, yes??
    :)

  27. Hi.. I’ve read your blog and both of your daughters for a while now… I used to be homeschooled so it’s fun to watch people who relate! :)

    My dad calls me “MiMi”but he spells it funny, “MeMe”
    oh yes. My younger sister used to call me “Gomagee” (spell it out) We figured out that meant, “Come Amelia!”
    :)

  28. Okay, this is embarrassing, but since I’m fairly anonymous…

    Little Yellow Chicken.

    I kid you not. Six syllables, people! You’d think it would be something short and simple, but no. I’m nearly 40 and my parents STILL call me Little Yellow Chicken.

    So, in turn I had to call my daughter “Little Yellow Duckling” because when she was little and fuzzy she actually looked like a duckling. Poor kid ~ my hubby says it was “a generational sin to call her that”, so I was convicted and stopped. It didn’t stick, thank goodness!! Now she has a sillier one because we’re a nicknamey family.

    We got a puppy a couple of months ago. I was having a “what were we thinking???” moment the other day and I said, “We’ve GOT to get rid of this dog.” My hubby said, “Sweetie, you’ve already given him three nicknames and a song. That qualifies him to permanent family status.” We’re weird that way :o)

    HeatherJ

  29. My nickname was Meggie-Sue (short for Megan Sue) and my dad always sang the song “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly and switched the names on my behalf. It has gone on to be sung with “Joseph Allen” and “Thomas Jay” ;) I have plans to name any daughter the Lord may send our way Bethany Sue and she will probably become “Bethie Sue” (we’ll see).

    By the way sorry to hear about the crazy guy at your hotel, but glad that you had more sense than I probably would have. Sounds like you had an excellent time though and met a lot of friends.

  30. Isn’t Marsha the coolest? I got to meet her a while back and I didn’t get to spend near as much time with her as I would have liked.

    My nickname when I was little was also Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon. I kind of looked like her and was definitely bossy like her. LOL

    Thanks for having this cool contest!

    Hugs,
    Amanda

  31. I didn’t know MOH came in hardback now! I’ve been wishing mine were hardback. Nicknames:Bubbles (SOOOOO not me), Bran mostly, a couple years spent as “Psycho.” Have no idea what that was about.

  32. When I was in elementary school in the early 80′s Aim Toothpaste commercials were on all the time and it was a STUPID tube of toothpaste wearing a super hero cape….. well you guessed it, I couldn’t go anywhere without someone saying “No Fear Aim is here” not really a nickname… so much worse and Nick-Slogan!!!

  33. I don’t have a nickname…Daniel calls me “babe” all the time, but I dont’ know if that counts. My children ALL have nicknames…some have several…and many get called by their nickname more than their really name….
    Timothy- “T”, “Teepers”
    Elijah- “Pudge”, “Rooni”, “Pudge-a-rooni”, “Y-jah”
    Rebekah- “Beka”, Beka-boo”,
    Benjamin- “Booster”, “Wowzer”
    Abigail- “Abi”, Abi-girl”, “Abi-snail”
    Isaiah- “Habibi” (Arabic for sweetheart)
    Josiah- “Chapa”, “Chapareekneek
    Noah- “Noah-Banoah” “No-ster”
    Susannah- “Chica”, “Susannah-Bananna”
    Nehemiah- “Bullfrog”, “Miah”, “Knee-hi”
    Eliseo- “Little Eliseo with the big blue eyes” (he gets called that ALL the time…just like that)
    Samuel- “Sweet pea”, “NICU Nugget”
    I think the nurses at the hospital love him so much that they are spoiling him rotten so he’ll want to stay with them :)

    Did you get through all those? :)
    love,
    Jaynee

  34. Jaynee,

    It’s amazing you can remember all their “real” names let alone all their nicknames, :) But yet I know when the Lord adds another he enables, even remembering their many names ;)

  35. I’d love to win, but even if I don’t it was worth it to come here and get to read all of those nicknames!

    Mine have been Lofa, lofa bread, and lofa bird. All because my sister couldn’t pronounce her r’s as a toddler. :)

  36. My 3 kids nicknames from their grandfather are Harley, Davey, and Sunni. If you put them together you get Harley Davidson. He was going through a phase when the first was born and just creatively made the nicknames for the others when they came along. BTW, I have been reading your blog for years, I’m a hsing mom in MD. You crack me up.

  37. I am not normally called by a nickname but one of my friends sometimes calls me “Ally” and my Dad occasionally calls me “Alyssabeth” (which sounds close to Elizabeth :)) and very rarely, I get called “Alyssarunski” (Alyssa-roon-ski):).

    I would really like to win Pendragon!

  38. Hi, I enjoy reading your blog. I HAD to write about my nicknames, especially since the DVD you offered looks like the coolest movie ever for an all-boy household (mine).

    I have had several nicknames, but the worst was ‘Katheter’. Good grief, the guy who said that didn’t even realize what a ‘catheter’ was for. After 3 pregnancies, I DO KNOW WHAT A CATHETER IS, and it’s not a great nickname. AACK!

    I hope I win.

    Thanks for reading this,

    Kathy G

  39. I was called Hankerchief by my Dad, but my brother has always called me Hank. I was also called Buttercup, and Goldie. (Probably because of my blonde hair)I think that Hank stuck the most! (Of course, because it’s the ugliest:-)Heh!My sister also called me something….but I’ll leave that with her:-)She comments on here so that will give her a good chuckle!

  40. Let’s see; nicknames. We’re some of those strange people who don’t have many nicknames. Elizabeth is called Elizabeth, etc… Michael can’t stand it when people try to call him Mike. Maybe we could win the “anti-nickname” DVD. Right now Elizabeth could be nicknamed the “little brown-eyed girl with the green cast”. Poor baby broke her arm and it took mommy several days to realize it was truly broken Hey, I know my nickname – Mom of the Year!!

  41. I read my first comment on this post and realized that I said I “would” have had the same sense you had with that dweeb, but I meant to say that I “wouldn’t”. I would have probably answered that door without thinking twice :(

  42. Wow, that trailer looks great! I’m excited to see the movie. As for nicknames, my little man has gotten the name Fuji, not after the apple, but as in Fujiyama the sumo wrestler my husband is certain exists. Why? Because my little one has super fat legs with lots of creases and crevices. Now all the kids call him Fuji too.

  43. Well.. evidently it’s too late to enter the contest, but because I like you, in jr. high school (I don’t think kids are any meaner at any other age) some bullies called me syphilis. I did NOT answer to said nickname, but they did sign it in my yearbook. My mom used white out to cover it up…but you never forget, ya know??

    In other news, it sounds like I may need to attend the Cincinatti convention next year. That’s a whole lot of good folks you listed who attend!! How far is that from us here in TN?

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