Monday, October 31, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
This is Madison's Great Great Great Great Grandmother, which is fun to say. That's why we had Madison saying it over and over again. It also happens to be Daddy's Great Great Great Grandmother, and Ye-Ye's Great Great Grandmother. Mommy's research on ancestry is taking us way further back than this, but a trip to Ye-Ye and Nana's house recently uncovered some really cool pictures, including this one of Madison's Great Great Great Great Grandmother (there, I said it again!). Her name was Maria Ellis, and currently we don't know much about her yet. But I'm assuming she was pretty great.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
After church today, we went to Jaemor Farm, a place up the road in Hall County. We didn't stop by any apple orchards so far this year, so we figured this might do the trick. In fact, we had a whole lot of fun with apples...!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
So there he is, the Giant Tater Tot. This is a creation of Mommy's, although today he was missing his eyebrows. I believe they fell off somewhere. No, the Giant Tater Tot is not normally this big - but this screen capture of a video we made, you can see that things are getting somewhat out of hand!
Friday, October 21, 2011
If it seems familiar, you’re right: it’s a Tim Burton design. Mommy and Daddy are big fans of many of his movies, from “Edward Scissorhands” to the “Batman” movies to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” There are too many to list here, of course.
This time of year seems to be the best to watch a lot of his movies. Indeed, flicks like “Beetlejuice” and “Ed Wood” offer up laughs and that unique and bizarre sort of fun you come to recognize with a Tim Burton movie.
Madison hasn’t seen any yet. We might let her watch “Nightmare Before Christmas” this year though. She knows all about Jack and the other characters that live in Halloween Town, a place where everyone works hard all year to serve up the best Halloween they know how.
Today at church we filmed something funny – it was the return of the giant Tater Tot. This is a costume Mommy made a few years ago, but it just keeps on coming back. Today’s movie will have this giant Tater Tot towering over the church, poised to attack. It sort of sounds like a Tim Burton movie in a slight way. Or, at least an Ed Wood movie.
Madison will get to see that one when it is finished – hopefully tomorrow night. Until then, she’s content with her other television habits, which are much more rewarding.
Madison’s favorite television shows of late have been educational, which is incredibly pleasing to Mommy and Daddy. She likes this show “Super Why,” which deals with grammar – switching out letters and words to change the meanings of sentences or stories. She also likes Blues Clues. What is funny about both is she is one of those kids that answers the television back.
Steve: “Is that a clue over there on the fish bowl?”
Madison: “Yes! Yes it is!”
She spent much of today with Mommy - after school of course - helping out at church. We were putting together costumes, the giant Tater Tot among them. Madison stopped to pose for a picture with Pastor Brock as well:
Tonight at bedtime we made up a story together. Daddy was going to go the traditional princess route, but Madison interjected: “Indiana Jones.”
Just to make sure she was communicating right, she pulled out an imaginary whip and cracked it off in another direction.
And so, we had ourselves a story.
Princess Madison was sitting in Cairo. That’s a town in Egypt, which is pretty close to a bunch of tall, tall pyramids. Pyramids are in the shape of a ginormous triangle.
Now why was she in Cairo? Simple. She was following a map. This map was a map to a big treasure, though nobody knew exactly what it was yet. Still, Madison was determined that she would be the one to find out.
Or at least that was her hope. You see, just as she was sitting there in the room, a naughty man dressed in black burst in with several soldiers behind him.
“Get her,” he growled in a thick accent.
Oh no! The three naughty soldiers grabbed her and tied her up, and dragged her off to their car.
The man in black told her, “You vill tell us vat ve vant to know, ya?”
And then he locked her in a room high up with only one window and a locked door. She listened carefully, and heard he and his men tromp down the stairs laughing. And then she jumped up to action! She raced over to the window and looked down – she was really high up!
But just then she heard the dramatic theme music. It was Indiana Jones - and he was coming to the rescue! Across the alley and on top of another building, he used his whip to latch onto something above - and swinging wildly on his bullwhip, he soared through the air and crashed through the window! It was quite spectacular and noisy, and just like that, Indiana Jones landed roughly right in front of her! Dusting off his cap, he looked around the room and spotted Princess Madison, who was quite surprised to see him again. But then again, this was an adventure, and who better to join her on one.
“Let’s crash this joint,” he told her. She jumped on his back, and jumped out the window! Swinging again on the bullwhip, they flew through the air and landed on the rooftop of a nearby building.
“Get them!” the bad guy’s voice rang out! He was pointing at Indiana Jones and Princess Madison from his window, now all broken.
“Time to get a move on,” Indiana Jones said, and the two of them climbed down a big, long ladder until they reached the ground. Waiting there in plain sight was a beautiful white horse, which they both jumped on.
The horse galloped away through crowded city streets, bustling with activity of people in the marketplace. But right behind were the bad guys in their dark green jeep, each waving their fists and yelling out phrases in German that I’d care not repeat.
The bad guys simply could not keep up though, as Indiana Jones and Princess Madison rode their horses through skinny, dark alleys, ducking here and there to avoid getting caught in the clothes that people hung out to dry.
Soon, the buildings got smaller and fewer, and after that there were no buildings at all: they were outside the city. All they could see in front of them were the looming pyramids of old.
They stopped for a moment so Madison could look at her treasure map. These ancient pyramids soared high in front of them, and Princess Madison knew which direction to go.
“The big one!” she shouted.
And together, they once again hopped on the horse and galloped quickly towards the largest pyramid of all, the Great Pyramid of Weezer.
As they got to the entrance, they once again dismounted – but this time left their horse outside.
“Stay here,” Indiana Jones instructed the faithful steed. “We’ll be right back.”
He grabbed a few sticks and made some torches out of them, lighting a fire on the tips of each one. The glow of the fires lit the way, as he and Princess Madison carefully entered the darkened pyramid halls.
“Watch your step,” he instructed her. But he probably didn’t need to. She was being very, very careful as they moved across the stone floor.
“Look!” he pointed. “The circles on the ground. Whatever you do, don’t step on one.”
Slowly, cautiously, the two tip-toed across the rock floor, so very careful not to step on any of the circular rocks. Once they safely made it past, Princess Madison and Indiana Jones climbed up, up and up – inside the pyramid.
Soon, they found themselves in a great big room – the Chamber of Giza Helado! All sorts of treasure lay within this room. There was a large sarcophagus, and golden chairs, and great stacks of money. But the one thing that everyone was after sat in the middle of the room: a giant cube made of stone. The top was a heavy stone lid, and soon, Princess Madison and Indiana Jones made their way to it, to push the heavy lid off.
Princess Madison called out: “One…two…three…”
And the two pushed with all their might. Scraping, sliding and eventually falling with a thundering boom, the lid came off the top – and that’s when the two of them peered over the top to peek inside.
“It’s the Ice Cream Treasure of Giza Helado,” Indiana Jones said reverently.
Before them was a massive treasury of magical ice cream that would never get old and always stay cold. Every flavor imaginable was there – if you could come up with the craziest and tastiest flavor ever –you’d find it there inside. The two were awestruck, as the glow of ice cream lit up their faces.
“Stop right there,” the bad guy’s voice called out.
Indiana Jones and Princess Madison slowly turned around to see the man in black. But where were his soldiers?
“They stepped on the little circles,” he said, as if he read their minds. “And they were hit on the head with a giant hammers and…”
Here he gasped.
“…and they were hit in the face with cream pies!”
How dreadful! But somehow this man in black got through. And here he was, threatening Indiana Jones and Princess Madison once more.
But not for long. For Indiana Jones whipped out his bullwhip and shot it across the room as fast as lightning! Quickly, it wrapped around the bad guy – and suddenly he was all tied up!
“Vat are you doing!” the man in black called out. “Let me go! I vill get you! Let me go!!”
At that point, Princess Madison stopped him. And asked, “What flavor ice cream do you like?”
“Vanilla,” he responded. “Why?”
She scooped a big, delicious scoop of ice cream out, put it on a cone – and stepped forward to give it to him.
“You voud do that,” he asked. “For me?”
Princess Madison nodded sweetly. And Indiana Jones smiled. And the man in black cried.
“Thank you,” he said. “Thank you for being kind to me. No one has ever been kind to me before!”
And with that, Indiana Jones released him – and Princess Madison gave him the delicious ice cream. Soon all three were eating ice cream. Madison’s had sprinkles and Indiana Jones likes chocolate.
Carefully, they made their way to the others, bringing the other soldiers ice cream. They were all miserable, with bruised heads and cream pie still all over their faces. Clearly, they had never wanted to go inside a pyramid again - it was too dangerous! Still, safely they all made it out of the pyramid, enjoying their tasty ice cream cones just outside the entrance.
“Thank you so much,” the man in black said. “We must go for now, but when will we ever meet again?”
Indiana Jones smiled and answered, “The next time you want some great ice cream, maybe we can meet here.”
They shook hands and soon the formerly bad guys were off, all still licking their ice cream cones.
As for Indiana Jones and Princess Madison, they too had to leave. They mounted their white horse and rode off towards town where he dropped her off at her room once more. They said their goodbyes once again, but this was certainly not the last adventure they had together. There were more treasures to dig up indeed!
But you’ll have to hear about those stories … another time.