It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Beginning a new adventure with your family is one of the greatest things about having one.
As I post about the various books, television, movies and other inputs I enjoy often the moments that bring me the most pleasure are those that involve the ones closest to me. Starting The Fellowship of the Ring with my eldest daughter is one of those moments.
We’ve all read The Hobbit together so continuing the story on with her in a world that I treasure immensly reminds me not only of the power of stories, but of the power of sharing them.
The Company of the Ring
An unexpected bonus has been seeing the world through her eyes, for the first time. So many questions I don’t even think about, and yet they are jumping off the page at her: why should the hobbits trust Strider? is Barliman Butterbur one of the good guys? who are the Black Riders?
And WHERE THE HECK is Gandalf? This one was really eye-opening; I didn’t see before how much you feel Frodo’s anxiety at the unexplained absence of the wizard.
This only made the Bridge of Khazad-dûm that much more heartbreaking. The Fellowship was not alone in shedding tears for their fallen friend that day.
But a new day is coming and we press on. We’ve since finished the book and are currently on our way to confront Saruman in The Two Towers.
More adventure to come!
I believe we began the book on May 19, 2017 and finished on June 8th. I didn’t take very good notes so I’m not sure if those are the right dates (especially the finishing date.) However I know they are close and I know we started The Two Towers the same night we finished part one of The Lord of the Rings.
Finished Star Wars Catalyst by James Luceno on April 19th of this year.
As a lead up to Rogue One I appreciated learning more about where the characters were before the events of the movie went down.
Bonus Fact: This was the first book I read on my Kindle product and I enjoyed the experience.
This is one we had been waiting for – Scotland Yard by Ravenburger.
The hunt for Mr. X was on! In April earlier this year the girls chased the villain around the streets for the first time, and we’ve had several games since.
It did not disappoint – the game is great fun.
The two older girls and I crossed swords and played our first game of Samurai Swords; they were ninjas and I was the shogun 😀
This happened sometime in March of this year.
Our oldest finished the first title in this Shannon Messenger’s series, that book being Keeper of the Lost Cities.
She’s read several others as well.
The Sonic love continues with me beating both Sonic 2 (March 10) and Sonic 3 (March 18) with the kids watching on.
I’ve done the same things several times before, but it feels just as good every time.
On March 4th of this year my brother and watched Ant-Man, and it was as good as the first time I watched it.
One question: is it too late to change the name?
February 12, 2017 – Bought Sonic & Knuckles and showed the girls for the first time; they played it on the DS for the first time then as well.
When they first read the game they thought it was “Sonic & Chuckles.” 😀
Still a joy to play.
Currerbell and I played the first level of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on February 9, 2017 and enjoyed it.
Games with Gold continues to deliver, and the girls and I have played four-player several times as well.
We ate our honey.
We ate a lot.
Now we have no honey in our honey pot.
With these immortal words one of my favorite stories begins, and our youngest daughter read the whole thing to me on February 20th of this year.