Saturday, February 6, 2010


The kids and I finally finished "Swiss Family Robinson" today. We read the first chapter on Christmas eve and have been reading a chapter a night ever since. It was a good book, but I'm glad to be done with it so we can move on to something else. We decided to celebrate by watching the Disney classic inspired by the book and by camping out (Swiss Family Robinson style) in the living room. This marked the second time this winter that the kids and I have camped out in the living room. (Check out the first time here. We camped in last winter too. It's fun!) Sarah was planning on joining us, but she is a tad under the weather this week, and thus opted to pass the night back amidst the comforts of civilization. Too bad, everything is more fun with Sarah.
I was surprised, and so were the kids, by how different the movie was from the book, but they really enjoyed it. It's a great movie! It was fun to hear their comments and see how their imaginations lined up or diverged from that of Walt Disney. The movie was also scarier than the book and numerous times they fled into the tent or into our laps to escape approaching pirates or man eating tigers.

It wouldn't be camping without a fire.

After the movie I crooned them off to sleepy town with a forty minute performance. That's way longer than normal. I guess they were having a hard time falling asleep because of the excitement and all. I don't usually sing them to sleep anymore, usually just a couple of songs and then I'm out of there, but I felt like tonight if I didn't escort them into oblivion they would never have nodded off.

Sweet dreams.


The Fredricksons: Brian, Britney, Salty, and Jerry said...

Sounds like the Swiss Family movie experience was much better than our Pilgrim's Progress movie experience. For the sake if the chillins, that's a very good thing.

Mary Dawson said...

GREAT blog! Looks like FUN!