Monday, November 19, 2007

The Knights of the Square Table -- posted by John

Yesterday morning I saw some of Young Frankenstein. I couldn't see all of it because some inappropriate behavior started happening but it was very funny before that. It disappointed me that we had to change the channel because one scene with Frank Barone, who is really Peter Boyle, and Royal Tenenbaum, who is really Gene Hackman, was hilarious! It was the scene where Gene Hackman is the blind man in the book.

Willy Wonka from the first Willy Wonka movie, who is really Gene Wilder, was also in it, and he has talent! Even if he doesn't say anything he makes me laugh. Bill Murray is like that too. Even when he isn't being funny, he is. I saw him in Royal Tenenbaums and Groundhog Day.

Our new dog, Margot Tenenbaum, looks just like Margot Tenenbaum in the movie. Do you know the scene where she looks up at her mother when she's in the bathtub? Also when she's tapping her wooden finger on the side of the tub? She looks just like our dog! Our dog has thick black liner around her eyes and tan spots of fur, and when she looks up at you begging for attention, she looks just like Gwyneth Paltrow in that movie!

Richard wants to be a zoologist during the day and a cook at my restaurant at night. That's brotherly love to help me out like that!

Here's a picture of me in a costume my brother James made tonight out of a pet towel and old Duck Head pants that were all faded out that Sarah Grace was going to throw out. She said James could have them if he promised they would never show up in the laundry room again. She gets sick of washing clothes we don't wear. We're always making cool stuff out of trash.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

GO GATORS! --posted by John

Last night was one of the best nights I've ever had. We got an early Christmas present, and one of the best Christmas presents ever! Dad got six tickets to the USC/Florida football game. We'd never been to a college football game before. In fact, the only in person game we ever went to was a high school football game a few weeks ago. They are nothing alike, except for football is played at both.

To top it off, our neighbors, Dr. and Mrs. Stafford, invited us to go to their tail-gaiting before the game. It was really, really, really, fun! We ate cheeseburgers and hotdogs and appetizers like apples and caramel and melon and chips with salsa and cheese cubes and they had those toothpicks with colorful plastic curls. They also had brownies for dessert. The brownies had nuts inside and they weren't too fudgy and they weren't too cakey. They were just right. Mrs. Stafford had everything imaginable there. She even had a candelabra but it was too windy to light. The people there were relaxed and funny and it felt comfortable.

Mrs. Stafford is a USC fan so she teased us with her gator on a noose.

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Here we are with the Chick-fil-A cow:

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Here we are with the 80,000 other people at Williams-Brice Stadium:

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When we got to the game, we saw Tim Tebow. He is so good-looking and you can tell he does an excellent job brushing his teeth because his uniform was covered in grass stains and dirt but when he smiled, his mouth lit up like an Orbit gum commercial.

We had posters there with one that said "HOMESCHOOLERS LOVE TEBOW" (Tim Tebow was homeschooled, too.) and the other one spelled out ESPN with "TEBOW IS SUPER MAN" but the "SUPER" was crossed out and "HEIS" was written in. We got on TV three times! My Mom was screaming like a wild Indian when she saw us, I'll bet. We TiVoed it and we saw ourselves last night and this morning.

It was a wonderful Christmas present that we'll never forget! And to all those Gator fans we met... ROCK ON! And GO GATORS!


Monday, November 5, 2007

Charles Towne Landing -- posted by John

Last Friday was my birthday and I went to Charleston, SC with my grandmother and family. My grandmother wanted to take us to Charles Towne Landing to see the Legare-Waring House. We also saw the animal forest and archaeological excavations just like Mrs. Tenenbaum. My grandmother is a Waring and that's a famous family down there.

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If you look closely, you can see a raccoon in the hollow of this tree -

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We also saw the Waring Historical Library. It is a very old building that looks like a little castle with battlements up top. The inside is very antique looking and when you go up the creeky steps you enter a round room with all kinds of antique medical things like forceps to pull babies out. The walls were very, very, high and they were built-in shelves full of old books. The wood floors were creeky and bulging and I thought we might go through. It was exciting and it would be a great place for an adventure.

After Charles Towne Landing, but before the Library, we went to a restaurant called Aw Shucks for seafood. I had a children's fried shrimp but it only came with five pieces. Mom gave me some of her seafood casserole and Sarah Grace let me try her bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp. Both were good but the casserole was tastier because it was more seafoody tasting.

On Saturday we got Margot Tenenbaum, our new adopted puppy. She is one of the sweetest dogs. Sarah Grace bought her a pink striped collar and leash. It looks just like something Margot in the movie would wear.

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Also, on Saturday I baked my birthday cake. I love the tradition of me baking my own birthday cake. This year it was a mocha chiffon cake from Southern Living. It had four layers and it was round. The inside frosting had coffee, Kahlua, and chocolate. The outside frosting was chocolate but when Mom noticed the recipe had six cups of powdered sugar, she knew I wouldn't like it. I can't handle too sweet things. I don't mention it if it is someone else's cake. I just go with the flow and kind of scrape it off. But with my own cake, I can adjust it. Mom took out more than half the sugar and added whipped cream instead. It was perfectly sweet. I decorated around the messy edge with chocolate covered coffee beans. It was beautiful.

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Also, I got a candy apple red bicycle and a junior size football since the NFL size is too big for the young guns.