My mother-in-law’s birthday is today, and she loves receiving a grandchild-produced home movie as a present.  Last year we made Sleeping Beauty — a stunner of backyard theatrics if ever there was one — but this year we decided on simpler fare.

Eleanor and William chose Coleen Salley’s adaptation of Epossumondas, a “noodlehead” tale.

I’m impressed by their performances.  Ellie’s animal voices are for the win.  And yeah, I held Katie in one arm while filming.  If you notice jiggly camerawork, that’s Katie grabbing my hand.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes that is real butter melted on Wimmy’s head.  He had a bath directly afterwards.

Birthday Week

My birthday (which was yesterday) is the same week as the my sister-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s birthdays.  I call it the Cake-‘n’-Candles Triple Crown.  My parents were out of town, so my mother-in-law took the opportunity to fill in and spoil me good:  Dinner AND a movie!

Here’s what I gave her, by request: Brian and I used to make little films based on folktales starring our kids.  We haven’t made one for a long while owing to outdated technology, but we’ve recently acquired a Flip camera and find the filmmaking 100% easier.

The kids decided to do “Sleeping Beauty.”  It’s pretty silly, but fun to watch.  Be sure to stay for the credits.