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Changing of the Seasons – By M

I realize that here in South West Texas there are no seasons… just hot and cool.  But the past few weeks we’ve had absolutely incredible weather!  Well, minus a couple of soupy, rainy days.  I’m so glad that it’s finally cooling off though!  This is my favorite time of year.

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I love Thanksgiving!  I love the memories, the food, the family!

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When I was younger, usually what we do is wake up late, eat a little bit of breakfast to prime our bellies, then we get dressed up (just nice/casual) and head over to my Aunt Chivy’s (pronounced Chee-Vee) house.  All my extended family arrives and the women prep the food and the men sit around watching whatever football game happens to be on TV.  Then it’s time for the feast!  And yes by feast, I mean FEAST!  Our table is probably 25 or 30 ft long full of food!  We eat, and eat, and eat some more!  Then once we’re full, we eat dessert!  Then we watch the Cowboys (who hopefully this year won’t be a total bust, bleh).  We finally head home.  Since I was in, I think, 7th or 8th grade my family would do Black Friday shopping so we had to go to bed early! (One night my brother, sister, a couple of friends and I camped out at Best Buy for their crazy deals!)  So Friday we shop all morning long and it’s a blast and we save a butt-load of money!   This year I’m not sure we will go (I know, I’m breaking the tradition) because we don’t really have the money to spend.

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I can’t wait till all the festivities!  And the best part of all…….. drum-roll please……  Christmas season OFFICIALLY kicks off!!!  Woohoo! The most wonderful time of the year!

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So, tune in next week to hear all about our Thanksgiving adventures (I’m sure Staci will post plenty about it!)

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What do you love about the Thanksgiving holiday?  Favorite Thanksgiving food?  Ever been Black Friday Shopping?

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-Michael


My Childhood per YouTube: Part 1

Last night I asked Michael to look up one of the videos that my family always jokes about on YouTube.  He found it, and it’s even more ridiculous than I remembered.

This led to me looking up other videos and TV shows…which led to me staying awake half of the night with the ridiculous songs in my head.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a little bit about my childhood through YouTube videos.  You can thank me later.  😉

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This is the video that started all of it last night.  I can’t believe this was actually made into a movie — and that it was supposed to be a great tool for parenting.

One of the teachers at my dad’s school let us borrow this video when my sister was 2 or 3.  Although my parents did not use it to potty train my sister, my brother and I memorized all of the songs and would show the video to all of our friends.  We were 9 (or 10) and 12 (or 13) at the time.  I have no clue what the actual video is called (and this is just a few of the highlights), but we’ve been singing “She is a Super-Duper Pooper” for over 10 years now.

Is that weird, or what?!  Do you know of anyone who has actually used (and been successful with) videos like this?

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Get ready for some 80’s at its best.  My dad was a P.E. teacher when we were little (up until the time I was in the 4th grade), and somehow he ended up with this “Bicycle Safety Camp” video.  Even though we always joked about it, I’m pretty sure my brother and I thought it was cool (at least deep down) when we were around 4-6 and 6-9.  And I must say, we knew our Bike Safety!  (It wasn’t until later that I refused to ride a bike because I didn’t want to wear a dorky helmet — I’m over that stage, by the way.)

This is the first of a 3-part video.  The middle one is just ok, but you will definitely want to watch the third one.  Sam Sprocket dances across an entire field at the very end.  Priceless.

Good stuff, huh?  If only we could all be as cool as Sam Sprocket — or Rebop.

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Then I wanted to look for a couple of my favorite TV shows growing up.

“Under the Umbrella Tree” is the first TV show that I have any memories of.  And it’d be a lie if I said that I didn’t tear up a little when I saw this last night.  This intro really took me back.

Does anybody else remember this?  What was your first TV show memory?

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I can’t remember perfectly, but I think that I was only able to watch “Fraggle Rock” at my Meme and Pawpaw’s house (since they had cable and we didn’t until I was in the 2nd grade).

Did anyone watch this?  I liked it more than “The Muppets”.

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“Adventures in Wonderland” was one of my favorites when I was a little older.  I remember thinking about how cool it would have been to be Alice!

What was your favorite “Alice”  show/movie?

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And lastly, “Weinerville” was a favorite for my brother and me (and our dad, but I don’t know if he’d admit it) when I was in 2nd grade and he was in Pre-K.  I can remember getting ready early so that we could watch it before school.  I’ve looked for clips of “Boney the Dinosaur” but I can’t find any.

Hm…I wonder why this show isn’t on the air anymore…  Were you ever “lucky” enough to catch one of these episodes?

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So there you have it:  Part 1 of “My Childhood per YouTube”.  I have a feeling there will be more to come…it was a lot of fun to watch these again.

I’d love to hear about your childhood shows and/or any weird videos your family watched!

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–Staci

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Little Miss Bossy Pants

A few weeks ago, my dad texted me to tell me that they had been watching some home videos, and they found the one where I had made my first meal by myself.  Somehow it was brought up again last night, and he wanted us to find it.  This was easier said than done, I might add.  We watched a lot of different clips from 97 and 98 until we finally found my first meal (I was almost 11).

I was SUCH a little miss bossy pants.

My dad asked “Who made this meal?” and I answered in a prissy little voice “I did.”  “And who planned it all by them-self?”  “I did.”  He asked what I’d made and I said “Two time cooked potatoes.” (My mom helped me out a little and told me they were twice baked potatoes.  Hehe.)  I’d put the potatoes on everyone’s plates, and then put all of the different potato toppings in little bowls on the table.

While my mom was filming, my dad took a picture of me with the table full of food.  As I moved around the table to do something else, I said, “You might want to take another one, Dad.” in a bossy, matter-of-fact voice.

Then I told my mom “I made dessert too but I’m not telling you what it is.  It’s a surprise.  You can put the camera up now, and then you can film again when I get out the desserts.”

Well, well, well.  It looks like I had it all under control.  We were all laughing and Michael was just shaking his head.  You see, I’ve always had a tendency to be bossy.

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In fact, my mom tells a story about me when I was barely 2 years old.  My cousin, Michael Elizabeth, was my best friend.  We were together from the time I was 1 week old.  I used to boss Michael around everywhere, and apparently I got in trouble for it a lot.  I was riding in the car one day and here’s the dialogue between my mom and me:

Staci:  “Staci bossy Kikle.”

Mom:  “Yes, Staci is bossy to Michael.”

S:  “Not nice be bossy Kikle.”

M:  “No, it’s not nice to be bossy to Michael.”

Long pause…She said she could tell I was thinking hard.  And then:

S:  “Mommy bossy Staci.”

Great.  I was a bossy pants AND I was a smart little toot.  I don’t know how I’ll be able to keep a straight face if one of our kids says something like that one day.

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ANYWAY…my mom put the video camera up, and then she turned it back on when I was ready to present the desserts.  I’d made a gelatin parfait with conversation hearts inside and cool whip on top (it was close to Valentines Day).  After I described it to my mom, it was time to hand them out.

I made some other little bossy comment, and the video was over.  It was really funny to watch me at that age and see just how bossy I was.  I wasn’t mean or anything, I just knew how I wanted things to be, and I wanted to make sure everyone else was going along with my plan.  I guess it was part of my “first born” tendencies.

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–Staci

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Q for you:  When was the last time you watched a video of you when you were younger?  Have you changed a lot, or are you pretty much just a bigger version of younger you?

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