Friday, November 30, 2007

I think we should all do this next year, it would be fun!

Creed Thoughts
They say the Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. Not for the old Creedster. For me, Black Friday’s when I work out all my problems. I don’t need to waste my cash on fancy “therapists” or “court-appointed analysts.” Instead, I just suit up and get ready for battle. That’s how I celebrate the fourth Friday of every November.
This year, I didn’t even go to sleep after Thanksgiving. I was so jazzed up from the massive portion of cranberry sauce that I couldn’t stop pacing. At around 2:30am, I decided it was time to start getting ready. I wrapped my body in newspapers and Black Friday ads until I had a good enough base to know I’d be okay if anybody had a shiv. Then I started gathering my weapons. Instead of brass knuckles (which I always lose), I found these really sharp plastic spider rings that were leftover from Halloween. For poking and tripping, I grabbed a cane from one of the geezers at the soup kitchen. [SIDE NOTE: People underestimate the value of old man weapons. I’m allowed to walk around with a cane anywhere I damn well please and that cane comes in handy, let me tell you. It’s just one of those social conventions that works in favor of the elderly – same goes for early bird senior specials at restaurants.]
So after I got myself ready, I headed over to the mall. That place usually gets rocking at around five in the morning, so I made sure to be there by four to snag a good place in line. I find the toy stores to be the center of the mayhem most years, so I headed there first. All these parents were just foaming at the mouth to get their hands on the latest Cabbage Patch Elmo Pokey-Man Nintendos and I couldn’t wait to get in their way. As soon as the doors opened, I started a stampede. I’ve got old standbys that I yell out to really heat things up. “They’ve only got three left!” “Huge sale in Aisle Five!” “That jerk is taking all of them!” Nobody has any idea what I’m referring to, but they get all worked up nonetheless. Almost right away, people started shoving and pushing and where was I? Right in the middle of all the action.
I started out by poking people with my cane and scratching them with my rings and pretty soon, I didn’t care so much about sales tax or cold weather or paternity suits – all the things that stick in my craw, really. Nobody got seriously injured and all my bottled up feelings just disappeared, so it was a win-win for everyone, in my opinion.
Once I finished at the toy store, I moved on to the electronics stores where I started over from scratch and instigated a whole new riot. It felt great. I’ll tell you what -- this is shaping up to be one of the best holiday/therapy seasons of all time.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Blessed Thanksgiving" (or should we say "The tin man escaped?")

Hi all! I thought I'd share the pics I took of our Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks to all who made it possible! It was yummy! But we did all miss our Boston crew! :) (And FYI for those who missed it, we played the telephone started with "Blessed Thanksgiving" and ended with "The tin man escaped!" It was hilarious to play this with Grandma Marie and Ronola.)

Danny with Shanna's "saved" seat

Jan showing off her new Christmas Tree skirt that Tami made her!

Benson's first Thanksgiving dinner! (And check out the yummy mashed potatoes that Natalie made! They were so good, but we had a lot left over!)

Cory showing off his new "waist pack" he won in a clay pigeon shooting contest with his friends.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Danny's Gif

Here is a nice animated gif of Danny. Enough said.

(Click on the picture)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Danny Mission Call

Here is the opening of Danny's mission call for any of you that missed it. (even a sneak peak at the national anthem at the end!)

Click here to play the video

(it's quicktime)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Friday

Here's a link for all of you that just can't wait for the ads to come out on thanksgiving.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas Drawing Results

Here are the results of our Christmas Drawing that we did:

Emily has Natalie
Johnny has Casey
Brady has Andy
Shawnee has Nick
Tami has Johnny
Nick has Brady
Natalie has Danny
Casey has Emily
Andy has Tami
Danny has Shawnee

We only included people who said they wanted to be in the drawing. If you were not included but you did want to be in the drawing, let one of us know and we will add you to our drawing... no big deal!
Love you all.

P.S. When we drew names we didn't really discuss a price limit for the drawing... Emily and I thought maybe a $20 limit would be good. Leave a comment for what you think about that. -Tami


Nick, Casey, Andy, Danny, Nathan (Nick's brother) and some of Natalie and Casey's friends (Jake, Travis, Stuey, & Jon) have all started playing on an indoor soccer team. They played last night and did amazing! They didn't win but they did so good!

Just a little side note... Their team name is Antelope.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Kindergarten 101

I must say that I do feel pretty guilty not posting very often. I am quite a lurker lately.

I was taking some pictures of my kids today and thought I would blog some pictures so you can see what I do everyday. Yesterday we had our first "school lunch" and the kids wore pilgrim hats and pilgrim colars. We eat school lunch 6 times throughout the year but this was new for them. They loved their corndogs though! This was the whole Kindergarten. My class is the one on the middle row.

This is my morning class.
This is the afternoon class.

Their pilgrim attire was pretty funny but they were pretty proud to wear it.

I will post some new pictures of my classroom on my blog so you can see what my room is like, so check it out there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

natalie's scrapbooking

So I wanted to start a digital scrapbook (like Shawnee's) so I downloaded this program called Smilebox. It's really easy to use and I loved doing it. I made a ton of pages in not a lot of time, and then when I got done I was going to send them to be printed. Well, it turns out that with this program you can only print from home, email, or blog your scrapbooking. Since I didn't want to pay $700 for ink to print it, and I didn't want to take up all the space on here blogging it, I made my own scrapbook blog. It's if any of you would like to go on and look at some of the things I've done.

Shawnee, I know you use Photoshop CS3 to do your scrapbooking, but where do you get your pages and embelishments from? I might have to have you give me a little tutorial on how to get going.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Benson's Blessing and Halloween

I just wanted to post pictures of Benson's Blessing and some pictures of the cake Casey and I made for Halloween.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pumpkin Carving

Here are some pics of our Pumpkin Carving party!

Some of the gang
Tami & Nick

Andy's (He carved Benson's name into the back of the pumpkin, but I don't really think this looks like Benson.)

Tami's ghost

Nick's Frankenstein

Danny's "Happy Halloween Tree"

Shawnee's Bat

Brady's Pirate Ship

McKenzie's Elmo

All lit up

Thanks for all the fun...we'll have to do it again next year! :)