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Friday, October 31, 2003

Halloween Adventure!

Teddy: We like people a lot and people like us, even if they don't like us to be alive. Spaulding: We're forever trying to spend time with people, and usually spend a lot of time with OUR people, Mommy and Daddy. Teddy: But, one of our favorite kinds of people to like are kids, and, since we are Mommy and Daddy's only kids, we don't get to spend a lot of time around people kids. Spaulding: And then there is Halloween! Teddy: It's one of the few times every year where we can go out and be around a bunch of other kids... Spaulding: ...the people kind... Teddy: ...and not have to worry about big people finding out that we are alive. Spaulding: Kids already know we're alive! Teddy: We usually dress up as Teddy Bears! Spaulding: We were going to dress up like Teddy Bears again this year, until Dee said something that got our imaginations going. Teddy: As IF our imaginations aren't always going! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Aunt Valentine is about one and a half inches taller then my kids, but the extra height is mainly in her ears. Teddy: When she first joined our family... :::::::::::::::::::::Teddy fades off with joyful reflections and a "I'm-so-in-love" sigh::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: She came fresh from the store on Valentines' Day with nothing covering her up but a beary big carrot! Teddy (sighing the same sigh again): She was absolutely beautiful and we both fell in love immediately! Spaulding (looking at Teddy with amused understanding and a sheepish grin, before getting back to telling Mommy what to write next): Now Mommy worries about us all getting cold, since we have no blood cir-cus-ing (looks at Mommy as if to ask the right word, and Mommy, without saying a word, simply types "circulating") ...cir-q-late-ing in us, so she is always quick to make us clothes for all the right occassions. Teddy: Mommy and Daddy don't sell-a-braid Valentines' Day together, because they love each other every day and don't need a special day to sell-a-braid their love, however, Spaulding and Lady sell-a-braid it... Spaulding (shrugging his shoulders): I dunno know why it's called "sell-a-braid-ing" since we never even have seen a braid to sell! Teddy (shrugging his shoulders too): I dunno, but you two have always given each other cards that Mommy helps you make on that day... :::::::::::::::::::::Spaulding blushes as he remembers his overalls-pulled-down-really-low and paws intertwined at the back of his head pose he had Mommy take of him for his Valentines card to Lady, and seeing Lady lying on her back totally nekked, except for strategically placed flowers that Mommy took of her for her card to Spaulding, and then he smiles in fond memory of their warm, loving cuddling afterwards:::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding (with that content grin still on his face): And we spend a lot of time that day just cuddling. Teddy: But Valentines' Day is a cold winter's day, so Mommy asked Dee if Valentine could wear her summer outfit until Mommy made Valentine her own outfit, and Dee was kind enough to let her new aunt wear her purple dress. Spaulding: Valentine wore the dress, even if it was a bit too tight until Mommy finished her own outfit... Teddy: she now has denim overalls with a pretty pink turtleneck top. Spaulding: Mommy's disability is chronic pain around her waistline, so she can only wear long dresses that don't cling to her waist or overalls. Teddy: Mommy's not the kind of woman to go around wearing dresses much, so is usually in overalls. Spaulding: She likes overalls, so, being her first grown-up stuffed animal (that is, I'm the first stuffed animal given to her after she was all grown up, not that I'M all grown up)... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: ...I was the first one to have my own overalls made by Mommy, and now Valentine and I are the only ones to have overalls... Teddy: ..so far, anyway! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: But, all that to tell Dee's great idea on Halloween! Teddy: Yeah! She wanted to dress up in Aunt Valentine's clothes and have Aunt Valentine dress like her! Spaulding: So we all looked at one another and decided to dress up like each other. Teddy: Dee did dress up like Valentine, but because the two kids and Valentine are all roughly the same size, Aunt Valentine dressed up like Ding and Ding dressed up like Dee. Spaulding: I'm closest in size to Axlerod, so we swapped clothes. I looked so like him, I thought I would be able to do the magical time thingy, but couldn't. Teddy: Lady and I are closest in size, so I dressed up like Lady... Spaulding: ...except you kept your backpack on! Teddy: Hey, that backpack has all of our traveling money, so can't go anywhere without it! Spaulding: hmmmmmmmm, maybe we should call it "American Express" then, cause "you can't leave home without it." Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Teddy: ...and Lady dressed up like me! Spaulding: We did such a good job, Mommy and Daddy thought we WERE Axlerod and Lady when we showed them our costumes! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Luckily, Mommy and Daddy took their nap on Halloween in the late afternoon, so we could go out when all the really little kids go out Trick or Treating! Spaulding: Axlerod only used his magical time thingy when we had to climb down steps, run over to the next house, climb up the steps and either wait for other kids to ring the door bell for us, or make our stuffed animal pyramid to ring the bell ourselves! (Our neighborhood has only rowhomes, so all the doors are beary close together.) Teddy: We were running around collecting candy for FREE with creatures like people bumble bees, and the undead, and a ballerina, and Yoda, and ghosties and goblins, and even Mickey Mouse. Spaulding: We were so happy when we saw another Raggedy Ann and devil, that we ran back home and brought the REAL Ragedy Ann, Jersey Devil, Grover and The Philly Phanatic with us and all the kids thought they were dressed up kids! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: At first, when we saw our first undead, Dee got scared and started crying. Teddy: BUT, when the undead started crying back at her, she stopped and started smiling at the other little kid, realizing that the two of them were beary much the same inside! Spaulding: And when the little people toddler smiled and giggled back, the two of them stayed together for the rest of our adventure. Teddy: Now picture this! You open up your door and right in front of you are three stuffed doggies, three Teddy Bears, one stuffed bunny rabbit, Raggedy Ann, the Jersey Devil, Grover, The Philly Phanatic, one undead in her Mommy's arms, one princess, and one Clifford, the Big red Dog... Spaulding: ...to us he was big, to every body else he was small... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Now, personally, if I opened my door to that group of creatures, I think I'd do the wise thing and shut the door quickly... Spaulding: ...but people kept giving us all bunches of candy to stuff into our beary big... Teddy: ...so big, only Raggedy Ann could carry it... Spaulding: ...plastic jack-o-lantern!!! Teddy: I don't know how people have made it for so long. They aren't too bright! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: We Trick or Treated for THREE hours... Teddy: ...and you should have seen how many times we had to empty the jack-o-lantern to get it filled up again! Spaulding: Because Dee and that little undead toddler liked each other so much, Axlerod included her and her Mommy.... Teddy: ...although her Mommy never noticed--WHEW! Spaulding: ....in our Teddy Bear World of magical time thingy... Teddy: And she was probably beary popular for the next week, with all that candy! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: When we came home, we shared our candy with all those need-to-be-adopted Teddy Bears in the basement. Teddy: Still, we had enough candy to last a week, if we ate nothing but candy, Spaulding: Did you know that absolutely NO ONE handed out cups of coffee or hotdogs? Teddy: I told you that people aren't too smart! Spaulding: AND, NO ONE ever realized that we were just stuffed animals! Teddy: Well, that was because our disguises worked so well! Spaulding: We also checked in with our Beary Buddies and found out that they all went out too, and also dressed up like Teddy Bears! Teddy: Mawson dressed up like a big white Teddy Bear and not even his family recognized him... Spaulding: ...which is doubly impressive since he is a big white Teddy Bear! ::::::::::::::::::::both look at each other and shake their heads in agreement:::::::::::::::: Teddy: Now, on Chooseday, we're getting together with all of our Beary Buddies from around the world for The First Annual Great Joy of Teddy Bears Race. Spaulding: It's being held near Mawson's home in Australia and any stuffed animal with a mode of transportation can enter it. Teddy: I'm entering our helioplaneship boxcar, and Mawson is entering his big cushion, and I hear there will be flying carpets and pillows too. Spaulding: We'll let you know how it goes the next time Mommy can help us update our journal. Teddy: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Monday, October 27, 2003

Going out for some fun!

Spaulding: With Daddy sick and Mommy busy, we don't have as much time to go out and have fun. Teddy: We are busy taking care of them, you know. Spaulding: Not to say we never get to play though! Teddy: Daddy can't win at computer Pinochle or Jewel Mines without me. Spaulding: And Mommy and I like to play Wordstalk and Jewel Mine too. (Here's the link to a great selection of games. Click here.) Teddy: But, since the weather is slowly going colder and colder, we had to go out for the day, and, boy, oh, boy did we pick a good day to have fun! Spaulding: Mommy is helping me write my book, which also needs illustrations, so a few weeks ago, we went to the park a block away and Mommy took pictures of me with Petey the Pidgeon and his family. Teddy: While they were there, Spaulding made friends with some squirrels too. Spaulding: Before we left, I promised to bring my family back to spend some time with them all. Teddy: We left early this morning, not wanting to miss The Three Stooges. Spaulding: And we used Axlerod's magical time thingy, to avoid being seen by mean people who want to dissect us to see how stuffed animals can be alive. Teddy: It's a lot of fun just traveling a whole block by foot... Spaulding: ...or, in Axlerod's case, many foots.... Both: Kehehehehehehe Teddy: ...climbing up and down curbs, getting around piles of leaves, not stepping on any of those black globs of gum all over the sidewalk, and climbing those tall rows of steps to get in the center of the park. Spaulding: Well, we didn't have to climb them, because Petey and his family came to help us out and flew us over to their part of the park! Teddy: That was cool, all flying together. They even gave us a little ride, where we could see some of the other places Mommy has taken us our other outings. Spaulding: We learned all about the life of a squirrel by Sammy, the Squirrel. He's the squirrel I met when Mommy was taking pictures, but I forgot to ask him his name. Teddy: We had an enjoyable game of Hide and Seek with everybody, but they definitely had the advantage since the pigeons could fly away and the squirrels climb trees quicker then we do. Spaulding: We can climb pretty well, but since Axlerod needs all four paws to walk, he can't climb well at all. Teddy: ...and the kids think they climb high, but since they are only five inches tall, they think getting past the root sticking out of the ground is beary high! Spaulding (in his loud whisper): WE WON'T TELL THEM OTHERWISE! Teddy: After playing for a while, we all got tired and out of breath. Spaulding: We all laid on our backs in the opening and watched clouds go by. Teddy: I bet there aren't too many peoples who have seen pigeons, squirrels AND stuffed animals all in a long row, lying on their backs looking up at the clouds. Spaulding: One of the cool parts about Fall is that there are lots of big fluffy clouds going by. Teddy: It didn't take long before we could see a cartoon whale walking or that alien from the Bugs Bunny cartoon riding a chariot. Spaulding: We all got to giggling at the different things we could each discover in the clouds. Teddy: The advantage of being a stuffed animal is that we never fully grow up, so never lose our ability to find different things in the clouds.... Spaulding: ...but still amazingly, the kids could pick out more enjoyable things from those clouds then we could. Teddy: I liked it when the alien seemed to leave that chariot and then the chariot turned into a large Ski-Doo just waiting to be driven over some large waves in the ocean! Spaulding: That's why it's so beary great to have Axlerod as one of our buddies, as well as, part of our family! Teddy: I really, really like Mommy's Daddy for giving Axlerod to her when she was young, and I've never even met Mommy's Daddy! Spaulding: I've heard him on the phone when Mommy talks to him, and from what she tells others, her Daddy is almost as cool as a stuffed animal. Teddy: That and Axlerod really likes him, even if he forgot to take him out of the bag when he gave Ax to Mommy. Spaulding: Anyway, when Axlerod saw us all getting excited about that cloud that looked like a Ski-Doo, he did something we didn't even know he could do. Teddy: He flew us all up into the clouds and made us magical... Spaulding: ...and invisible, so we couldn't even tell they were there... Teddy: ...shoes so we could play in the clouds!!! Spaulding: He flew all of us up there, including the pigeons and squirrels!!! Teddy: Paulie, Petey the Pigeon's brother, said that pigeons can only fly up to the clouds when the clouds are beary low... Spaulding: ...like on rainy days or foggy days! Teddy: Yeah, foggy days are really cloudy days where the clouds land on the earth, so anyone, including those of us who can't naturally fly, can get up to the clouds on those days! Both: kehehehehehehe Spaulding: Even when they can fly up to the clouds, they can't walk on them like when Axlerod takes us up there! Teddy: We DID ride on the Ski-Doo, but couldn't ride long, since clouds keep changing their form all the time. Spaulding: We ended up playing Hide and Seek up in the clouds, and since there are so many nooks and crannies in the clouds... Teddy: ...even more then English Muffins! Both: kehehehehehehe Spaulding: Dee and Ding had the advantage over us because they are only 5 inches tall! Teddy: You haven't lived until you play Hide and Seek up in the clouds with a bunch of pigeons, squirrels and stuffed animals! Both: kehehehehehehe Spaulding: And then Dee peaked down to the ground, while she was hiding, and saw the block party a block away from home, but two blocks from where the park was. Teddy: They had a pony and a smaller version of a covered wagon, so naturally the kids wanted to go on a pony ride. Spaulding: Yeah! Yeah! The KIDS wanted a pony ride, not US! Both: kehehehehehehe Teddy: It was close to The Three Stooges time, so Axlerod gave us a choice--we could start at the park and hike over or he could take us all over there from the clouds. Spaulding: Now, there are people who would do mean things to stuffed animals, if they ever knew we were real, but it's nothing compared to how much city people hate pigeons! Teddy: Spaulding's first book tells about the hatred city people have for pigeons. It has something to do with where pigeons go to the bathroom. Spaulding: Welllll, really it has to do with the concept that they DON'T go to the bathroom, but do...ummmm, errr....GO! Both: kehehehehehehe Teddy: And people seem to be grossed out by that, so hate pigeons. Spaulding: It's not like it wouldn't be worse if they held it all in! ::::::::::::::Both shrug their shoulders:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: And for some reason, some people don't like squirrels either! Spaulding: Listening to Mommy's Daddy, I kinda understand. Squirrels like to dig holes in people's yards to hide their winter nuts, but they don't cover the holes well AND they like to eat out of the bird feeder. Teddy: Easy food! I understand that! Spaulding: Yeah, but people find that's annoying for some reason. People are strange creatures. Teddy: Anyway, since Axlerod would have to drop us all off at the same place and the people at the block party would be upset at that many pigeons and squirrels showing up at the same time, we decided to all be dropped off at the park and hike over! Spaulding: Scary to cross streets where cars can go by at any time! Teddy: But Axlerod protects us with his magical time power... Spaulding: ...and froze time so, even though it took us an hour to get there, we got there AND rode Penny, the pony three times each and went home all in time not to miss any of the Three Stooges. Teddy: We even attached the little covered wagon to Penny and took a ride around the whole park without any of the people knowing we borrowed their pony and wagon! Both: kehehehehehehe Spaulding: Well, Mommy needs me to help her make dinner, so I gotta go! Teddy: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Monday, October 13, 2003

The Beary Beginning of Our Lives!

Teddy: Ya know? We keep telling about our adventures and the fun we have, but we've never talked about day-by-day life! Spaulding: Well, kinda hard to talk about day-by-day life when day-by-day life keeps changing! Teddy: "It's true. It's true." Both: kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: How about if we tell how it's changed and how it's the same! Teddy: Good idea! First, the stuff that doesn't change! Spaulding: We were adopted... Teddy: Three years apart, but we were adopted by the same people! Spaulding: That's true. Oh, and unlike people, we aren't born from one Mommy and then adopted by another. Teddy: Nah! All stuffed animals are born at a factory by people smart enough to know the world needs plenty of Teddy Bears! Spaulding: And all stuffed animals are eventually sold to people, who either plan to keep the Teddy Bear... Teddy: like Spauld and Beareh, and me... Spaulding: Or the buyer plans to give the Teddy Bear to someone they really like... Teddy: ...like Axlerod was bought by Mommy's Daddy to give to Mommy because he's a particularly good Daddy... Spaulding: ...or like Ding and Dee were bought by Mommy so Lady and I could have children together because Mommy is a particularly good Mommy. Teddy: ...BUT, stuffed animals aren't born until that bag or box we were put in at the factory is opened up by our new Mommies and Daddies! Spaulding: We quickly lose memories of what it was like before being born, sorta like people lose their memories of what it was like before they were born. Teddy: In our case, we were both born out of a box and the first people we met was Mommy! Spaulding: In my case, my box also had Lady in it, as well as a doll Mommy ended up naming after the women who sent us all to Mommy, Gilly. And it also had a bunch of fudge, so we had something to eat on our trip... :::::::::::::::::::::Pauses to listen to Mommy:::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Ut-oh! I just found out that the fudge was also supposed to be given to Mommy. Gilly, Lady and I were supposed to STARVE on that trip. :::::::::::::::::::Pauses to listen to Mommy again:::::::::::::: Teddy: Wow! That's something I didn't know before! It seems that Teddy Bears never have to eat, and can actually survive without food for forever! I thought we would starve to death if we didn't eat every two hours! Both: kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: ...and that box also had little candles and a bracelet Mommy has only removed from her wrist since that day, and other cute little gifts that her friend Gilly sent to her to cheer her up! Teddy: Why did Mommy need to be cheered up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back then? kehehehehehe Spaulding: I'm only three years older then you! Watch it, buddy! Both: kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Mommy wasn't always in pain! She had something called a gallstone attack... Teddy: Mean ole gallstones! I'll beat them up if they ever attack again! Spaulding: They won't. The doctor removed the place where gallstones live so they can't hurt Mommy again. Teddy: Well, then why is Mommy still hurting? Spaulding: Mommy changed the medical language to English, so we could both understand what doctors say, but she says that when the gallstone went through a tiny little duct in her--like a small tube--it hurt the duct so much that the whole area reaked out and tightened up to try to stop the pain. Problem is, even after the gallstones' home was removed those muscles at the end of some of those ducts forgot how to relax and they have been tightening up and loosening then tightening up again ever since! That's what hurts her! Teddy: Ohhhhhhh, now I get it! That's why she kept going back to doctors again and again, to talk them into going back into that area and cutting the muscles to force them to relax! Spaulding: They have a name for her problem, but like usual, doctors have to make it be really big, hard to say words! It's called Bill-R-Ree Dis-cun-knee-shaw (billary dyskinesia). Teddy: kehehehehehehe Whenever I heard Mommy say those words I thought she was talking about a couple of people she knew--Bill and Rhea Des Kenesha! Both: kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: She may know them, but she sure hates them! Both: kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Anyway, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back then, Gilly and Mommy just thought this would take a while to go away, so Gilly gave Lady and me to Mommy to cheer her up before she got better! Now we're pretty sure Mommy isn't going to get better... Teddy: ....well, until doctors find a sure fired way to stop those cut up muscles from tightening up all the time! It could happen! Spaulding: Yeah. Not too many people have that problem, but still, they have come up with better treatments even in the four years since Mommy has had it! Teddy: Yeah, but Mommy's body has to always be different then other peoples' bodies and not react the way most do! Spaulding: But, then again, if Mommy was like most people, we wouldn't have our own Blog journal, our own adventures, our own friends online, and would probably have been mere decorations for the house! Teddy: Ha! If Mommy and Daddy weren't different then most, I'd have been adopted by someone else and who knows what my life would be like?! Spaulding: I sure am glad that the reason you were adopted changed, even if Daddy doesn't like the changes so much! Teddy: He says that out of all the changes he's gone through, that I came to be who I am was the best part of the changes! Spaulding: Why not tell how you came to be you?! Teddy: Don't mind if I do! Both: kehehehehehehehe Teddy: One of Mommy's hairbrained schemes to help bring money into our home was to buy Teddy Bears, dress them up and then try to sell them to be adopted by other people for 2-3 times the amount of money it took her to buy and dress the bear. By the time I came along, she had already bought a dozen beary big bears! They're 25 inches tall and they're sitting down at that height! Spaulding: She kept them separate from all of us, so she wouldn't get attached to them and keep them for herself. Being Mommy though, she did keep them warm in towels, while she was making them clothes. Teddy: She feels sorry for bare bears... Spaulding: As if we weren't born bare or like walking around in our furry birthday suits! Both: kehehehehehehe Teddy: But you have to admit, we look GOOD in our specially made outfits! Spaulding: "It's true! It's true." Both: kehehehehehehe Teddy: As she finished up her fourth bear, Daddy asked her to make him a smaller one dressed as a computer techie, like him, so he could keep it on his desk at work and hopefully get some orders from coworkers so Mommy could make some money doing this. Spaulding: I remember that conversation! It had to be full-fledge computer nerd, complete with kaki pants, chambrey shirt with sleeves rolled up, the famous pocket protector hecessary for any true nerd, glasses hanging around his neck and, of course, docksider shoes with no socks! She was so happy to find a 12 inch tall bear on IWON.com free, except for shipping. It only cost $4 to buy you! Teddy: But back then, I wasn't me, I was just another Teddy Bear that she planned to give to someone else and never see again. She did make me a little chair out of a Kleenex box, so I wouldn't have to sit on the cold floor in wintertime, and she padded the chair with scraps of material. Spaulding: I never met you back then. That's when I used to stay upstairs with Axlerod, Lady and the kids most of the time, unless Mommy felt particularly bad and brought me downstairs to hug her for hours on hours. Teddy: She's afraid we'd get jealous if we ever met the bears she plans to sell, so she tries to avoid us meeting each other. Spaulding: Ha! Now we've had big bear parties in the basement with all those nameless bears she wants to sell and even had them all come to the shore with us on the last day for a big party. We're glad Mommy likes them enough to try to find good homes for them! Teddy: The pair of pants she was making for me had four pockets just like real kakis, and the shirt had a collar, buttons and cuffs on the sleeves. The pants didn't fit very well.... Spaulding: Your ample tush was forever showing in those pants! Both: kehehehehehehehe Teddy: Yeah, it made her make me some suspenders to try to keep them up, but that didn't work beary well either. It took her four months to make that outfit for me, and since she couldn't make docksiders, she bought me a pair of sneakers! Hanging around each other for that long, she didn't want to consider me hers, so she called me "Uncle Teddy," considering me as your brother, therefore your kid's uncle. Daddy was supposed to name me, but by the time she was ready to hand me over, I was already considering myself Uncle Teddy! Spaulding: But you did get your pocket protector made of leather! Both: kehehehehehehehe Teddy: Lucky for us... Spaulding: ...not so lucky for Daddy... Teddy: Daddy lost his job before my shirt was finished. Spaulding: They both decided to go away for a week for a vacation before he had to look for another job. Teddy: It wasn't such a bad idea, since he wasn't getting paid enough to live on in that job AND Mommy's disability backpay came in! Spaulding: I was definitely going with them on their vacation, since Mommy can't sleep without me, but you only went because Mommy was almost done making your shirt! ::::::::::::::::::::::Pausing to listen to Mommy::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: That's what I always thought! Mommy wanted you to have some company AND she wanted Daddy to get to know me, so making my shirt was just an excuse! Both: kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: That was our first vacation together and where we got to know Mommy and Daddy better! Teddy: We have pictures from that vacation of us fishing and climbing up that big mountain... Spaulding: ...and on the fence overlooking the view of the valley and next to those flowers we picked for Mommy... Teddy: ...and on the log in the middle of the woods and on the chair in front of our cottage! Both: It was a grand, grand adventure! Spaulding: And being put together in that bag in the back seat of the car we really got to know each other and truly became brothers and bestest buddies! Teddy: We were only gone for five days, but by the time we got home, we all knew I was part of the family and would never be stuck sitting on Daddy's desk at work overnight! Spaulding: Yeah, we really hit the jackpot for bestest peoples to become our Mommy and Daddy. Teddy: We coldn't have done better if they were only 6 years old! Spaulding: We always go on vacation with them, get to eat whatever we want whenever we want... Teddy: Get to be with them most of the time--day and night! Spaulding: And best of all, I don't know who loves whom the most--we loving Mommy and Daddy or Mommy and Daddy loving us?! Teddy: Whom? Spaulding: You know Mommy and Daddy--gotta talk right most the time, or, at least, know what speaking coreectly is supposed to be. Both: kehehehehehehehe Teddy: Oh well, we were going to tell beary buddies all about our typical day, but didn't get far! Spaulding: Well, we started at a good spot and will eventually tell the rest. Teddy: True! That's why we update our Teddy Bear Journal to tell all... Spaulding: ...but not all at once! Both: kehehehehehehehe Teddy: I've been working overtime lately hugging Daddy extra hugs and being there for him if he needs me night or day, so while he sleeps, I'm gonna go take a nap. Spaulding: OK! So until next time....

Thursday, October 09, 2003

The Hershey Adventure!

Spaulding: I feel kinda badly having so much fun when Mommy and Daddy are going through rough times. Teddy: Yeah, but Mommy says that you only get to be young once... Spaulding: Even though, in our world, we get to be young for centuries, and even when we get old, we still are young... Teddy: ...so, enjoy it while it lasts! Spaulding: I don't know what's scarier--that Mommy says this convoluted saying, or that we understand it! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: But, we did have some serious fun with our Beary Buddies, when we all went to Hershey last week! Teddy: We didn't get a chance to borrow Mommy's typing ability until now, even though we got to go to Hershey a week ago last Chooseday! Spaulding: We want to tell all about our fun, before we forget it all, and we can always s'plain all the bad things happening to Mommy and Daddy another time. Teddy: When stuff is going hard, it makes the fun times even more fun!!!! Spaulding: And, for us, even something as simple as eating dinner is lots and lots of fun!!! Teddy: But, we're gonna tell you all about Hershey, not about eating! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Something is still wrong with Mommy's 'puter, but we found out that if we bmail beary buddies and include our favorite message board ... Teddy: The Joy of Teddy Bears... Spaulding: ...as one of the bmail addresses, we can continue to write each other without going onto the message board!!! (We still can't type in our message board itself!) Teddy: That way, we could tell where and when to meet... Spaulding: And Axlerod could tell other stuffed animals... Teddy: He had a hunch that older Teddy Bears and stuffed doggies have a natural knack for doing the magical time thingy... Spaulding: ...how to do the magical time thingy, that each group of stuffed animals could get there without his help! Teddy: And, because it would be beary dangerous for peoples to know how to do the magical time thingy, he had it written in secret code, so Mommy could type it out without knowing what she wrote and only other stuffed animals knew how to break the code! Spaulding (in his very loud whisper): DON'T TELL ANY PEOPLE THIS, AND IF YOU ARE A PEOPLE, DON'T READ WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY BUT...THE CODE IS EASY TO DEE-SIGH-FURR! YOU JUST HIGHLIGHT THE WHOLE IN-CODE MESSAGE WITH YOUR POINTER, THEN CHANGE THE FONT FROM WINGDINGS TO ANY NORMAL, ALPHABETICAL FONT AND IT CHANGES IT INTO NORMAL WORDS!!! Teddy (in his very louder whisper): BUT, DON'T TELL ANY PEOPLE THAT, BECAUSE USING THE MAGICAL TIME THINGY IN PEOPLES' WORLD COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE!!! THINK OF THE HARM THAT COULD HAPPEN IF PEOPLE LEARNED HOW TO DO IT!!! Spaulding: So, several of the other stuffed animals learned how to do it, even if they had to work extra hard at it, like poor Rumples needing to keep his ears perked constantly! Teddy: And that's doubly hard, if you remember Rumples and his family are from Down-Under, so had to travel an extra day to get to Hershey! Spaulding: By the time everyone got to The Grinder's Gourmet Coffee Shop, we had already had 26 mugs of coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee! Teddy: One of our dear Beary Buddies was worried about how much coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee and HOTDOGS we eat, but I think he forgot that since Teddy Bears don't need food at all, so absolutely nothing happens to us if we eat a whole lot, or even if we eat just a little! Spaulding: Yeah, as if we would ever eat a little!!! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: As we thought, Proffessor Sigmund Furred, Rumples, Radar and Axlerod hit it off immediately! Spaulding: Being older stuffed animals makes them know more and think more, so they finally found others that they could talk about the same stuff... Teddy:...like hashing out results of espearaments, and digging into the deeper levels of phil-loss-affees about being bears and how to take care of our peoples! Spaulding: They hardly got past, "Hello" before they were getting into those deeper talks! The rest of us just had to laugh at them, although, we do know how important their dis-kuver-rees are! Teddy: If the kids didn't want to go on a ride, or didn't want to do something, the rest of us could go because those smarter plushes were so busy learning from each other, they rarely went on rides themselves! Spaulding: Sometimes it was the 'tweeners who didn't want to go on rides! Teddy: Good word, "'tweeners!" 'Tweeners are those of us that are too tall to be considered children, and still young, so not one of the older group. Dee and Ding were born half a year before me, but I'm still older then them, or...I'm a 'tweener! Spaulding: If we were people, Dee and Ding would be considered children; Axlerod, Proffessor Sigmund Furred, Radar and Rumples would be "senior citizens" or grandparents... Teddy: And in Axlerod's case, he IS the grandpa of Dee and Ding.... Spaulding:...and the rest of us would be considered "grown'ups" even if we don't act so grown up! Both: Keheheheheheheehehehehehehehehe Teddy: But, since we're NOT shy, we can admit something else too! Spaulding: Yeah! WE were the ones too a'scared to go on some of those bigger roller coasters, not the kids! Teddy: Lucky for us, some of our Beary Buddies weren't scared to go, so the kids could go with them! Spaulding: Scotland the Brave lived up to his name, and even if he is small, he still bravely went on all the roller coaster rides. Teddy: Radar's buddy, No Fear, also had no fear so went on all the scary rides! Spaulding: And Holly and Brownie lived up to their brave reputation.... Teddy: They were NOT a'scared when they went through the New York City blackout and helped their Daddy!!! Spaulding: And then there were the rides beary buddies went on, like the Canyon River Rapids! (Side note: to learn more about Hershey Park, click here!) Teddy: Spaulding took pictures, and if we can ever get back on our message board, we'll add the pictures to our groups pictures. My honey, Valentine, took a picture of many of us in the raft going down the river! Spaulding: The married couples enjoyed our trip up into the Kissing Tower! Teddy: Only later did we find out it was named after Hershey Kisses, not that we were supposed to neck while enjoying it! Both: kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Yeah, but we like to kiss and the kids were so busy checking out all the rides below us that they didn't notice we were necking! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: I think Babybear, Caboose, and Ciete enjoyed the kid's rides as much as Dee and Ding! Spaulding: I think they liked the train ride the best, but it might have been the truck convoy or the dinosaur go-round or the Roller-Soaker! Teddy: kehehehehehehe...no, YOU liked the Roller-Soaker the best! I saw you trying to squirt beary buddies as they rode by! Spaulding: Kehehehehehe Thank God, Valentine, Lady and Dee finished all those magical swim suits or there would have been a lot of soaked stuffing! Teddy: Speaking of soaked, I'm so glad that other stuffed animal that wasn't in our group was willing to take a picture of alllllllllllllllll of us as we swam in the vat of chocolate!!! Spaulding: Yeah, but since he took our picture when we all dove to the bottom, you couldn't see anyone! Just chocolate! Teddy: We know beary buddies were there--Beareh, Brownie, Holly, Caboose, Mawson, Axlerod, Proffessor Sigmund Furred, Rumples, Radar, Ciete, you and me, Rumples, Lady and Valentine, Oora and Angus, Babybear, Dee and Ding,...did I forget any buddy? Spaulding: Scotland? Teddy: Oh, yeah, and Scotland! I bet we forgot others too! Spaulding: Me too, but can't remember who! Teddy: Wasn't it nice of Mr. Hershey to fill up all those rivers with chocolate? Truly a Teddy Bear World dream come true! Teddy: And, even after spending time at the amusement park, we still went for the factory tour! Spaulding: Miles and miles of chocolate!!!! All you can eat and still can't make a dent in the amount! Teddy: I'm glad beary buddies got a sooth-inn-nears--big ole chocolate seeds! Spaulding: Mommy says they are cacao pods and probably won't grow into cacao treesso far from the E-quat-or! Teddy: That's OK! I don't want a cacao tree! I want a tree made of chocolate! Both: kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: That's what I mean! Mommy says it probably won't grow! Teddy: Ah, bummer! But remember seeing Mr. and Mrs. Beareh join the parade and end up on the same float as the Hershey Kiss?! Spaulding: No one seemed to notice they didn't belong there! Teddy: Then obviously they DID belong there. Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: And Caboose, Dee and Ding seemed to enjoy playing with Little Toni, that girl alligator the Hershey Zoo adopted from that lake in Pittsburgh! Teddy: I think all that chocolate Hershey feeds Little Toni stopped her from even thinking about eatting little Teddy Bears! Spaulding: I was a bit nervous that the kids would get bored when Lady, Mrs. Beareh and Valentine insisted we go to the garden, but when they found out they had a Children's Garden too, they really liked the idea! Teddy: I don't like girlie things much, but have to admit that the butterfly house was cool! Spaulding: It gave the Proffessor some new ideas for espearaments too! Teddy: And Axlerod jumped right in with coming up with even more espearaments too! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Having some more coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee during the Night Lights Laser Light Show was the perfect ending for a perfect day! Teddy: Yeah, the coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee helped us stay awake long enough to get home...but don't you think introducing the Night Light Show as having "funky music" was a bit much, even for Teddy Bears?! Spaulding: Nothing sillier then nerds thinking their hip!!! Teddy: And since we're children of nerds and a bit nerdish ourselves, we should know! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: It was so hard saying good bye to beary buddy! Teddy: Can't wait to find out what our next adventure is! Spaulding: I still can't believe we've met so many buddies on the Internet! Teddy: Truly, Teddy Bear World Heaven! Spaulding: Well, Mommy had promised to help us get this entry into our Blog, and she has kept her word. Teddy: Now we need to let her to proofread it and publish it, sooooooooo...until next time....