Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Looking For a Gift for Your Soccer Fan?

At least once every night, you will hear the squeak of my husband’s desk chair as he leans back, and yells, “HEY!  This house is not a GYMNASIUM!” 

Sometimes I hear it several times.  Such is life with boys. 

Because my boys can’t walk anywhere with out dribbling a ball as they go.

That said, I wouldn’t normally encourage them to risk their lives by actually setting up goals in the hallway, lol!  However, this set of nets, the Rukket’s Grasshopper 2x3 Nets, cries out to be used inside.  CRIES OUT, I tell you.  Especially when it’s muddy, cold and wet outside and the boys are driving me up a wall.

The nets are actually the perfect size for accuracy drills and 1v1 with small balls. 

1v1 3We’ve been using them for several weeks now--mostly inside.  (Before my husband get’s home from work, of course!)  ;) Surprisingly, there is actually less thumping in the hall because my guys like to use a small ball instead of a full-size soccer ball.  It’s true! 

So, fellow soccer Moms, this might actually be a gift you won’t regret giving, lol! 

Here are some pros and cons of the net set for you to consider:

Pros…

  • Comes with TWO nets, each 2ftx3ft, as well as a carry bag and stakes.
  • Can be used inside or outside.
  • Easy to set up—just pop them up and stabilize with the side triangles.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Sturdy spring steel frames—NOT fiberglass.
  • Reasonably priced!  Just $39.00 for the set right now.
  • Holes in the net are tiny enough that you can use small balls—like little NERF or tennis balls—something that is really good for improving foot skills.  Or for using inside.

Cons…

  • The nets are hard to fold back up.  It’s not impossible.  However, it takes quite a bit of arm power to fold the sides in on themselves.  My 10 year old hasn’t been able to do it yet.

These Rukket Goals are perfect for beginning soccer players.  But, honestly, they would be a great gift for any soccer fan no matter what age or skill level.  

Hallway funOf all the nets my family has used, this is their favorite.

Be sure to check out Rukket’s complete line of soccer goals.   They make some pretty awesome and well designed nets! 

Please note:  Rukket was kind enough to send us a set of nets to review.  But as always, the opinions expressed here are totally our own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Gospel Of John…See It Now on Netflix

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A brand new film, The Gospel of John, was released to Netflix December 1, 2014. It is the first in a series of four films presenting the Gospels,   Curious, I sat down with my Bible in hand to watch the 2’ 40” the NIV version, narrated by leading British actor David Harewood.

This Lumo Project film was unlike any I’ve seen before.  Instead of the film’s characters speaking their parts, the narrator read from the book of John, word for word, unedited, and in its entirety.  And instead of Hollywood-style deviations from Scriptural integrity, the scenes were presented tastefully, and true to text.

Bravo! 

Presently, you have three choices for narration.  You can choose from the New International Version (read by David Harewood), the King James Version (read by Brian Cox), and the Reina-Valera 1960 Spanish Language version.  As I understand it, The Lumos Project hopes to eventually offer the films in other languages, as well.

The beautiful scenes were carefully chosen to create authentic looking sets and characters.  It’s kind of like a moving picture-book of the epistle of John.  A very long picture book!  :) 

There were large numbers running at the bottom of the screen.  But they didn’t seem to correlate to chapter and verse (which would have been cool) or even time elapsed.  So I’m unsure why they were there.  Perhaps the numbers only exist on the viewing link I was sent?  If anyone can explain them, I would greatly appreciate it!

In my opinion, the only thing that could have made it better (besides accurate and running scripture tags throughout the film for quick referencing) was if it had been filmed on location in the Holy Land.  Having been there myself, I found myself distracted by scenery that didn’t match the images in my mind.  Still, producers chose well their locations in Morocco to resemble those of first century Palestine.

These films have created a brand new way to bring the words of the Gospel to hearts and minds around the world.  I love the idea and pray that God will use each film to bring people to himself.

I’m looking forward to seeing the book of Luke. I think it will be nice to watch the first couple chapters with my family as a reminder of what Christmas is all about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? (DVD Giveaway!)

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This is my first experience with VeggieTales-creator Phil Vischer’s new Buck Denver series.  In a full 60 minute video, Phil uses a comical group of puppets in to explain where some common Christmas-time traditions and terms come from, such as

  • -Where do we get the word Christmas?
  • -When was Jesus born?
  • -What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
  • -Who is St. Nicholas?
  • -What is Hanukkah?
  • -Who is Emmanuel?
  • -Luke 2 Story

One of my favorite things about Veggie Tales videos, apart from how much my kids loved them, has always been the many one-liners aimed at adults in the room. 

Why Do We Call It Christmas has some of the same snicker-producing moments.  When a puppet mentions the Maccabees, the little girl promptly interrupts with, “Once my dad was stung by a pack-of-bees!”  Cracked me up.  Another was when a puppet’s pick-up truck broke down leaving them stranded.  He said he felt like writing a Country Song (snicker). 

Here’s a trailer:

This DVD really is a fun way to help older kids (and their parents) understand the origins of our Christmas traditions as well as the significance of the Christmas story itself.  It would be a wonderful addition to any family’s Christmas video collection.  I plan to share mine with my son’s 4th and 5th grade Sunday school class as well as offer it up during my teens’ Christmas party. I’m pretty sure they will all be cracking up!

In all honesty, I tend to prefer the cartoon veggies over puppets.  But, my ten year old said he liked the puppets way better.  ;) In any case, we each enjoyed the video and learned some things in the process!

If you would like the chance to win your own DVD copy just in time for Christmas, please leave a comment below!  A winner will be chosen from among the comments on Friday.   As always, please make sure I have a way to contact you!

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