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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

New Location

Just wanted to let our readers know that we've moved our Blog to the address above. Granted, we're having problems with that one too, however, we hope that Bravenet will fix the problems shortly. Helpfully Yours, Teddy and Spaulding

Sunday, April 04, 2004


Teddy: As you know, we had a big celebration when Daddy stopped taking the treatment that would make him sicker to make him better. Spaulding: But, on that beary weekend another amazing thing happened that our Beary Buddies enjoyed, while we celebrated something different! Teddy: It is called the Spring Eknox. Spaulding: Even if we didn't go, we were most excited to hear about it, and all our Beary Buddies told us what happened on our magical message board! Teddy: We don't want you to miss the fun, so, instead of telling you about us, we want to show the different messages our Beary Buddies wrote about their fun! Spaulding: So you understand what is happening, the planning started right after our fancy Teddy Bear Ball, so that's the party they are also writing about on this message. From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 3/14/2004 4:27 PM Whut a lovely party! The girls all looked so pretty! Of course, I though Buns looked prettiest, 'specially when she was in my arms! It was good to see old frends and new frends too. We met Christopher's family. Now Paddy Penguin thinks he wants to be a policepen and Sammy thinks it wuld be fun to be a horsey. We just stopped writing to hug, becoz Mama is cold. She burned too much herbs today and had to open all the windows. Peoples! Anyhows, t'other bears forgot to mention the chocolate flowers, flowers whut bears eat, and flowers made of honey too. I danced with Buns (not on my buns, Spaulding!) in the tall flowers and we hugged close and spun around and around and the stars spun wif us and the moon smiled at us and the smells of many flowers made us dizzy. Then Rocky danced with us too. Then others joined in and soon we wuz all dancing 'round a circle and stars dancing too and lights like silver and gold were all round us. And we sent the lights home to our peoples. We were all beary happy and full of hugs. Yes, Elfis made the little bears sleep with the flowers! Gnomes do lots of magics and especially with plants and stones, so it just comes nat'rally and he doesn't think about it. He takes green sparkle dust from his cap and sprinkles it round and flowers go to sleep. so they grows at nite. But by using the yellow dust, he made everyone think the sun wuz back again and so the bears woke up with the flowers. Elfis was rather embearassed and just kept saying, o dear, o dear, o dear! but he is ok now! So, when is the next party? Next Sat a day is called the Spring Eknox and Mama saided daytime and nitetime will be the same time. I thnk thats what she saided. But, our furrys, specially Rocky and Peabody, want to watch closly and see if it is so. But it means that spring time is here again! Weell we must go now. Hugs and hugs, BabyBear From: Teddy and Spaulding Sent: 3/15/2004 12:25 PM Beary Buddies, Finally, Mommy has done enough chores that we can start working on our journal! We're so far behind, we have two entries to catch up on (the Fabulous Teddy Bear Ball at the Flower Show AND the biggest Rass'lin show of the year--Wrestlemania XX!) We'd love to join you all for an =nox party, but two beary special things are happening here on that day, that we must decline to have our own special celebration! The first day of Spring has become bearry special to us, since Valentine joined our family, because it is the only time of the year where her voice means something beary important (verses a good hopeful message)! The only thing she can say in peoples' voice is "Hi, Bunny, hop along with me! Boingboingboingboingboingboing Hoppy Spring Time! Boingboingboingboingboingboing", so we must celebrate the first day of the year that it is absolutely true, of course. AND, as important that is, the other reason might be the mostest important thing that ever happens in our whole, long lives--Daddy's last day on treatment is Friday, so he will probably feel pretty good for the first time in, not only the 24 weeks of treatment, but the two years before he knew why he felt bad all the time! The first day of Spring will be the first day we meet the new, healthy Daddy in a few years!!!!! We didn't know how sick he was before, but if our calculations are right, Uncle Teddy, Aunt Valentine and the kids have never known a healthy Daddy! Lady and I were only one years old, the last time he was healthy! We don't know how we will celebrate, but it must be a beary big, happy celebration somehow, even if he doesn't feel perfectly good! I hope you aren't upset that we can't spend time with all of you for the Spring =nox, but I hope you all don't give up on getting together just because we can't come! I don't know what has become of Brownie, Holly, Mawson and his family and Radar and his family (hoping they went for vacation), but the rest of us still had fun, so we hope just because we can't come, that you all don't give up on having a celebration! Well, gotta go dictate to Mommy! Pen in Pawlingly Yours, Spaulding From: CountryMouse22 Sent: 3/15/2004 2:23 PM Dear BabyBear and Everyone, We have things going on here too, on the =nocks! It's Cat'r's birthday! Plus some kind of little special =nocks thing. We will see if we can sneak out in the evening. :-) Plotting... Teddy, who now needs another nap. From: CountryMouse22 Sent: 3/15/2004 2:24 PM Eek! Everyone is yelling at me! They said I didn't say, "Hooray for Spaulding's and Teddy's Daddy!!!" They are all very happy about this! Forgetfully yours, Mousie From: mawsonbear Sent: 3/15/2004 9:29 PM Dear Teddy We are very pleased to heer about your Daddy. All the hugs and napergys and People-mudicine are working. Now stay close coz yor Daddy wont be yoosed to feeling better. And he may still need bears close by. Fellow bears wot a grand party yoo had. We have been looking at all wot you did. Scotland was away on a big advenchure. I woz away too on a small wun. And tthe other bears here,, Well well they played so much in the hole house by themselves they forgot about the brite box. We will come back to tell of the places we went too. Hugs Mawson From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 3/16/2004 6:29 PM Helllo Bearfriends!! O such wonderful happy news from Spaudling and Teddy! How happy yoo all must bee!! And Mawson is home from the minding place and Scotland from the little Orkland place! Mama saided that when it is spring here, it is autum in Ostralia, because it is upside down from Abearica. So, I was pondering, for the eknox, praps some of us can go to Mawsons howse and watch it become autum and some of Mawsons fambly can come here and watch it become spring wif us. then, we can splain whut both are like for everybody! and no body will miss either one. Do the strailyin bears like that? Hugs, BabyBear PS - Mama just saided we can haf strawberrry jam!!! From: mawsonbear Sent: 3/19/2004 5:26 AM We are getting our baskets redy, Babybear, to visit the noxes. Are noxes like boxes? Is that wot to look out for when we get close. Scotland asked coz he is a navigator. He most likes being it and wants to navig again. This time to find the noxes. He says he needs directions and sygns. HUgs Mawson From: Spaulding and Teddy Sent: 3/19/2004 5:42 PM Horray, horray! So many cool things happening! Hope you all enjoy the cross-world-=nox! Don't forget to tell us how it is. We wanna know too! Horray, Mawson and Scot are back! Didn't know you lefted for some place, so feared you were sick! Did you go to summer vacation, or, as they call it in Canabeara, "holiday?" You missed a wonderful Teddy Bear Ball, but, even if Mommy hasn't had time to update the pictures with me yet, we have told about it on our Journal page in our web den! Speaking of updating pictures, CMouse, can we borrow your photo of your delightfully, debon-eared, decked-out Teddy Bear group picture for our journal page? We can make it link to your site too, if you want?! Now that we had to add The Attic room, we are considering revamping our whole den! We want it to be a regular home, with different rooms and stuff. but, if we keep up with all these ideas, it will ended up being a mansion, instead of a den. kehehehehehehe We bought Daddy a present to sell-e-brate his victory, but he is sell-e-brating in true Teddy Bear fashion--he's napping like a bear in winter. Kehehehehehehe (HE'S CHEATING BY SKIPPING THE BEARY LAST DAY OF TREATMENT, SO DON'T TELL ANYONE! SHHHHHHHH) I think, I think our real Daddy is coming home! We've had sick Daddy for so long, we can't wait to see real Daddy again! Teddy peaks deeply into Daddy's eye to see if anyone is in there and finally reported to us all this afternoon that he might have seen a wee light in there! Well, just stopped in to catch up, so gonna go check out the other posts! Whirling and twirling, hopping and jumping, glad and Happy, Excittedyly Yours, Spaulding PS we just added a guestbook to our contact page, so drop on by our den, even if it's not all the way built yet! From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 3/19/2004 11:21 PM Eknoxes are more like walls than boxes, Mawson. Or like long ropes. On one side of it is dark and on the other is light. Eknoxes make there be the same amount of dark as there is light. Then, after spring eknox, light gets bigger and after autumm eknox, dark gets bigger, till they go upside down and are the same amount again. So Scotland shuld look for a wall or rope thing with light on one side and dark on thother. And we will be there. And our fambly whut comes to yor homne will look for the same ting in Ostralya. We do not know who is all going and who is all staying, but I will stay heer to feed the strawberry jam to those who fly in. Rocky wants to see the autum eknox and Kwall wants to see Koolala, soo she will go with Rocky on the cushion. Paddy Penguin might go too as he says Ostralya is near the south pole, where penguines are, tho Paddy came from Dublin, the country of rains all the time. Scotland will haf to show us how to navigain! I cant wait to see the ekcnox and I know we will all find it. Hugs, BabyBear From: mawsonbear Sent: 3/22/2004 7:07 AM Dear Bears, Sigmund Here It is grand to see fellow bears all over the place. Mawson and I were just Napping when Rocky flew his cushion in with Kwala. Wot a fine cushion. It landed so nicely. Kooala couldnt remember wear Kwala was going to be. First he went away with Rumple's basket, then they rushed back in time when they remembered. Rumples said they didn't really go away - he just forgot to put his ears up and they didnt go anywear. But Kooala felt very important saying he had to rush back from the other nox and Kwala was so impressed. So Rumples looked about and didn't say anyting. We showd them our Nox and Rocky was most impressed. He said he never nu it was so HOT on the other side of the the curtain. Something has gone rong with our Nox curtain and all the days are hot on BOTH sides of it. And our Peoples are falling over and turning on wetcool - machines and drinking everyting and eating icrecream for lunch. It's much to hot for us bears too. But Rocky said it all felt strangely just rite for him. I must consult my notes about this. Now the Gurlz, Little Amy and Ooora and Little Vernice and Happy Hippo, they all went to the other Nox to see you. They said they was so sorry to miss the dressup ball, but they are taking their best bonnets and ribbons to the Nox. They're with Scottie on Tassled Burgundy. Scotland is looking for the rite curtain with Ropes. I expect you've seen them already. Are yoo shore you have enuf jam, Babybear? Now then Spauld and Teddy, it is the grandest thing when our People are unsick. We hope you have lots more nu fun with them. We will visit yor own den and GuessTheBook wen everyone has stopped flying about these Noxes Quite so, Sigmund From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 3/22/2004 10:50 PM Ah, what a lovely hot Ek Nox in Ostralya! I took off on my cushion with Kwalla and Paddy, but befor we culd land, Paddy had to turn round and go back. He said it was far tooo hot for penguins but becoz our springnox was also broken, and it gave us snow, he was happy to go home again. Kwalla became impatient, as she was beary anxious to see Koolala again. But before we culd leave home again, Tiny Red and Snoopy decided they must come and see the Ostralya nox too. Yes, Sig, I must say the hot was good! It is a rhino thing, you see.The Ostralya nox was most impressive and it is always good to lie in the sun with the stralyan bears. Kwalla is chirping away now and it is getting hard for a rhino to heer himself think, so I will give sum Puter time to her now. While BabyBear waits patiently, as he often does. Hugs, Rocky Rhino Yes, yes, so good to be in A Stralia! We hav been seeing pichures on the storybox lately telling peoples to come to A Stralia and it always shows koolwalala bears hanging from trees. My dearest Koolala was beary busy pressing and flying and made special time to come and be there with me! We climbed a tree and did not pay much attention to the noxes, but watched the peoples and bears below as they got beary hot. I got a bit upset when peoples looked up at us and shaked their fists and said naughty things about the hot, but Koolala made me feel better when he splained that they were not really looking at us or yelling at us. This was good becoz I didn't know how to stop the hot! But, I kinda liked the hot too. Specailly with Koolala there... Hugs, Kwalla The Spring Eknox was grand! We found a wall that had dark on one side and light on the other and it even had a window! We saided goodby to our friends who flew off, then hellow again, then goodby again. This was beary tiring so we napped after that. Then, we waked up and there was Scotland and all the pretty girls! Whut a nice site to wake up to! Such pretty girls! They showed off their bonnets to our girls and talked about where to find them and how to powt just rite so peoples will buy them. Scotland told us all abowt the hot nox back home and wuz beary brave to fly from the hot to the cold. Cold is good for bears tho and we all hugged a lot. We had plenty of strawberrys jam and before too long, we all had strawberry noses! We don't think our Eknox was supposed to snow, but Mama says that March in Pennsyldelphia can do anything. It was beary nice to see Scotland and the pretty girls. And to hear all abowt the Ostrayla Noxes when Rocky and the others got home again. Hugs, BabyBear From: CountryMouse22 Sent: 3/24/2004 8:52 AM I didn't go anywhere for the noxes. I don't think the rest of us did either, but I was napping, getting ready for Cat'r's birthday! There was a lot of bright flashy light and big crashing sounds when the nox came, though! Does it always do that? I don't remember it doing that before... We haven't been getting many hugs and no kisses lately from our Peoples--they are all sneezy and coughy and say they don't want us to get it and if we did, we'd have to go into the big whirlpooly machine and then the hot-dry machine. So they smile at us and talk to us and carefully pick us up, but no kisses right now. We are trying to bear up. Teddy From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 3/24/2004 6:57 PM Spaulding, we readed your blug about the flower show party and it was beary good...but...I don't haf a bruther! If I did, I wuld haf to dull him now for dancing with my Cuddle Buns! Mama wuz glad yoo wrote all about the night and she had talks to with Jingles and Elfis about it. Elfis feels better now, he told Mama all about it and she told him how much we love his magics. And Jingles now has a spechul dance, the Jingles Twirl, whut she can show Ding and anyone else next time we all meet. The rest of us are still napping over the noxs. Hugs, BabyBear From: Teddy and Spaulding Sent: 4/2/2004 12:33 PM Oh, it was beary good finding out all about the great E-qua-nox celebration from all over the world! One of Mommy's memories that I can tap into was when she was a little girl and got up early on her grandparent's farm. (They let a farmer rent the fields. They didn't actually farm on the farm. Beary odd!) She was on the second floor, and looking out the window she could see long fields of corn, that was probably a mile long! That wasn't unusual, obviously, but that morning she got up early and saw that rope you talk about, BabyBear! On the far side was dark and on the side she was in, it was light! She actually saw the end of the night that day! It was beary much like a wall, and, if she watched closely she could see the night leaving the corn fields! Of course, being a little girl, she didn't have the patience to watch it that long, but she still remembers it! I was wondering, since we did miss the adventure, could we copy and paste to our journal all the story from your rememberings that you wrote down in this message? It was grand to read about the hot and the cold and the dark and the light and the girls and the boys and the rhinos and penguins and all the opposites told of such a bear special day! We are most sorry, for boo booing about BabyBear's non-existing bwuder! We just consider everyone in our family as relatives, even if they didn't come from the same store, or even the same species! Somehow, although Axlerod is Lady's daddy, both Lady and Axlerod are both Mommy's kids. And, although Lady is Daddy's daughter too, Axlerod is his bwuder. It is wrong to do that in People's World, but beary true and normal in Teddy Bear World. kehehehehehe UnBEARably Happily Yours, Spaulding and Teddy PS Teddy joined in writing this when I had already started, so we really did mean to have it in the beginning using "I's" and towards the end, using "we's." From: VeryBestestBabyBear Sent: 4/3/2004 6:42 PM Yes, Spaulding and Teddy, yu can use the story of the Eknoxes in your jornal - that is the same as yoor blug right. How xciting to see the light and dark on the corns. Do yoo think your Mommy knew that if she stood on the xact line at light and dark she wuld haf seen teddybears dancing there? Mama once seen the line on an airplane. In the sky. She was going to the place whut rains all the time and she looked out the window and seed that line with light on one side and dark on dother. Nature is full of magics and allways has sumthing to make us smile and laff and cry too. Yor story of bear famblies made my people smile. It is beary confyoosing, she saided, unless peoples come from wes v--- um, Mama stopped me and saided we must not finish that thought. I am confyoosed. Hugs, BabyBear Teddy: That's all! That's what Beary Buddies told us about the =nox! Cool, huh? Spaulding: Never thought we could talk so little, but...until next time....

Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Spaulding: Now that we found an easier way to make our web den... Ding: ...and Country Mouse, our good online people buddy, has taught us how to upload photos to be clear and using little space... Teddy: ...we may have gotten a bit too caught up in making our web den! Valentine: Is that possible?! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: What we're trying to say is, although we have still been going on several adventures, we haven't had time to keep our journal up to date, fix up our web den, do all the chores need doin' and take care of Mommy and Daddy! Spaulding: So, to get up to date, BUT still show off one of our favorite adventures... Lady: ...The First Annual Teddy Bear Ball at the Philadelphia Flower Show... Spaulding: ...we're going to tell about all our latest adventures as quickly as possible! Dee (feeling kind of embarrassed mentioning this): Ummmm, but please remember that we DO love talking! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: The first adventure we had after the Ball was also one of our favorite things to do-- Valentine: Rass'l-main-ee-a XX! Axlerod: "XX" means "20" in Roman Numerials! The Rest of the Family: Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, that's why they kept showing two x's, but saying, "20!" Lady: Aren't we going to mention the St. Patty's Day parade we went to in Philly, before going to Wrestlemania? Spaulding: OK. We went, but it was rather boring, so we left early! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: To be fair, it did have Irish dancers and Irish music, but there is but so many curly haired lasses dancing to River Dance and simply walking as a big group electricians... Valentine: ...the electrians' union sponsored the parade... Teddy (nodding in agreement): ...and other large groups of dressed-in-green groups meandering around in a beary slow walk, anyone can take! Ding: Soooooooo, we went early to New York City to try to meet the Rass'lers and get autographs... Dee: ...they have a brunch for special fans... Ding: ...and who could be more special then the T. Bear family? All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Rikishi stopped by to ask if his pants... Valentine (rolling her little eyes): ...if you can call them pants... All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy (still smiling): ...if his pants made him look fat! Spaulding: I told him that the extreme size of his bottom and all those dimples on it made him look fat! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Lady: Thankfully, he was joking to begin with, so we still have Spaulding in one piece! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Ding: Dee and I were the ones who talked honestly with Kurt Angle! Dee: He's right that someone who lies, cheats, and steals shouldn't be a hero... Ding: ...but Eddie Guerroro's past as a drug abuser and homeless guy shouldn't be counted against him... Dee: ...AND, most importantly, sucker punching him and cheating him, made Kurt no better then Eddie! Ding: He looked like he was listening, but I don't think he really was! Spaulding (wrapping his arm around Lady as they both beam with pride): Aren't our kids just so smart and grown up--in a kid kinda way?! :::::::::Dee and Ding blush, but also seem to appreciate the compliment.::::::::::::::: Axlerod: I tried talking to The Undertaker, but he was so bent on beating up his brother, there was no talking to him. ::::::::::::::after reflecting a moment:::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: Then again, he beat up his brother beary well and his brother did deserved it! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine: Teddy and I met Mick Foley, and tried to talk him into retiring again for the sake of his family! Teddy: We like him a lot, but saw a video called "Behind the Mat" and saw how scared his wife and two kids were to see him get so hurt! After he saw what they looked like he retired, but I guess he likes rass'lin' a whole bunch, cuz he came back! Valentine: I'm pretty sure, since he and The Rock lost their match, neither will rass'le much more. :::::::::::::::::All nod in agreement.::::::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: How about, to shorten this up, if we just run down who won and lost?! Just the oes we cared about! :::::::::::::::::All nod in agreement.::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: John Cena beat the Big Show to win the United States Championship. All: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Lady: Evolution defeated the The Rock and Mick Foley, who were called the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection All: Booooooooooooooo! Dee: The ladies gowns were a bit too tight but... Ding: Torrie Wilson and Sable won. All: Eh. Teddy: One we didn't like was Chavo Guerrero winning the Cruiserweight Championship. All: Boooooooooooooo! Lady: But one we DID like was Goldberg smashing Brock Lesnar! All: Kehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: But, we don't like that Brock left right afterwards to try to play in the NFL! Spaulding: BUT, we also think he's too old, at 26, to get a position, so will be back this Fall. Lady: Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi kept the WWE Tag Team Championship! All: Yay. Ding: One I liked was that Eddie Guerrero cheated Kurt Angle to keep the WWE Championship! OK, so even if Guerrero lies, cheats and steals, since Kurt was so nasty to him, I'm still glad Eddie remains the champion! All: Yaaaaaaaaay! Dee: One that was a bit too creepy for me, but I still liked was The Undertaker beating his brother, Kane! All: Yaay?! Axlerod: And, of course, Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels to win the World Heavyweight Championship! All: Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Teddy: Of course, we wish that Chris would come back to Smackdown!, but he won't! Valentine: That's what happened next! Wrestlemania XX was titled "Where It All Begins Again"... Ding: ...which really means that Vince MacMahon changed everything around and some who used to be on RAW, are now on Smackdown!... Dee: ...and vica versa! Spaulding: Some of that we like, but others...we don't! But, to catch up, we have to not go into such detail about rass'lin! Teddy: Can we tell the beary good news then?! :::::::Everyone smiles and nods in agreement, knowing that, out of all of them, it's really necessary that Teddy tell the news!::::::::: Teddy (actually standing up to make this important announcement): Daddy -- OUR Daddy -- is O-fish-earl-lee off his treatment! No more drugs to make him sicker! :::::::::::Dancing and frolicking starts and last a good half hour, before they all settle down again!::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: I guess I should tell the not so good news though... :::::::::::::::::::::::All look doown forlorn.:::::::::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: The treatment worked, BUT, since he was sick for so long and taking all those key-moe-thair-rap-pee drugs, it will take some time for his body to get rid of all the effects of the drug AND some time for him to regain his strength back! Spaulding: We know that. He knows that. He forgets that, and keeps getting frustrated that he's not back to normal! ::::::::::::::::::All nod in solemn agreement.:::::::::::::::::: Valentine: Still, he's not as sick as he used to be, so Teddy isn't working as hard as he used to and can actually sleep with us more often. Lady: Daddy would be sick day and night, so Teddy slept, quite often, out on the sofa, during those hours when Daddy could sleep. but we never knew if Daddy could sleep at night, so Teddy had to take care of him then too. Valentine: We were all so beary happy when Daddy's treatment was finally over, we decided to celebrate by having a family picnic at The Lakes. Teddy: We even gave up a party with our beary friends to celebrate the e-quo-knocks on the upper and lower part of the earth! Hope they had a good time! Dee (feeling pleased to be included in the grown-up conversation): The Lakes is what every one around here calls Roosevelt Park, because it has a big pond in it with geese and ducks and fish... Ding: ...and LOTS and LOTS of goosey poo along the shore line! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: But, the weather didn't cooperate! It was supposed to be the first day when the temperature hit 70 degrees and sunny, but it decided to rain instead! Teddy: We waited for a whole week for a good day for a picnic, but it was either clear and cold or warm and rainy! Beary frustration! Axlerod: It worked out well though! Daddy still wasn't feeling up to something as adventurous as a picnic, but had the strength to go out for lunch with Mommy. Valentine: And, for the half day Mommy and Daddy went for their celebration, it was sunny and warm enough that we did go to The Lakes and have our picnic! Dee (looking directly at her brother, Ding): And SOMEHOW, we don't know hoooow, Petey the pigeon and Sammy the squirrel and their families found out and joined us! Ding (not embarrassed in the least): I just climbed out onto the window air conditioner, like Daddy does when he visits Petey, and shouted to the world what why and where we were celebrating! Spaulding (not sure if Lady would be angry with him for doing something that Ding would copy and could get hurt doing): Ummmmmmmm, Ding, you shouldn't climb up on an outside, second-story air conditioner without an adult with you! ::::::::Spaulding gets the courage to glance at Lady, who is simply nodding in agreement with him. Now feeling more confident, he continues.::::::::::: Spaulding: On the other hand, good idea telling our outdoor buddies about our plans, it made for a great big celebration! Dee: I knew pigeons ate pizza, but I always thought they got it out of the trash! I was shocked to see them fly in with brand new boxes of pizza! Teddy: Beary useful, since we forgot about the food part of picnicking! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Lady: I didn't! We did bring a few cases of hotdogs with all the fixings! Spaulding: And, even if we forgot about food, we did bring charcoal for the grill, although there was no reason to grill the pizzas! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valnetine: I didn't know that you could grill acorns and chestnuts! Teddy: Well, if you eat nothing but nuts, you're bound to find different ways of cooking them! Although, you're right! Sammy and his family sure taught us a few new ways to eat nuts! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: But, remember, our goal here is to catch up on this journal, so we should move on to the next adventure! Ding: Well, the next adventure was near The Lakes, anyway! Dee (bursting at the seams wanting to tell this part): We got to see our stadium... Ding: ...the Vet -- Veteran's Stadium... Dee (showing the word with her arms): IMPLODE! Axlerod: "Implode" is the opposite of "explode." Instead of exploding outwards, if imploded properly, the building comes down in on itself, causing much less destruction to neighboring buildings. Spaulding: Of course, this being Philadelphia, the city of "how cheap can we go?", we have actually seen one of the few implosions that didn't bring down the entire building! Teddy: The Dominos Sugar tower! Dee (looking at the older Teddy Bears as if they had lost thier minds): ANYway, it was soooooooooo cool--the building was obviously round, and they set a whole bunch of dynamite all around, so it boomed, boomed, boomed, boomed, boomed, boomed, one second intervols, section by section, about 30 or more sections... Ding: ...and it had about four to six towers, and the towers took a little longer to fall down then the seating sections, so they looked like they were going to not fall down, but would fall down about three sections later--Boom! So cool!!! Spaulding: It wasn't much fun for people though, because they kept everyone far enough away that they could hardly see it... Teddy: ...unless, you bought a seat for $10 at the Holiday Inn next door to watch, like we did! Lady: ...and Axlerod's magical time thingy came in handy too! We were there to watch, but Mommy had trouble sleeping the night before, and would have been woken by the noise, if it weren't for Spaulding! Spaulding: I came back in time to wake Mommy up and let her think it was by accident. She woke up one minute before the implosion, so we all got to watch it together on TV too! Dee: AND, they had some cameras mounted inside too, so we got to watch it over and over again, from the inside AND out! Axlerod: It still struck me as sorta humorous... Spaulding: ...probably more so, had it not been that Mommy was born and raised over there... Axlerod: ...that all the dirt and smoke went over to New Jersey! Teddy: Anyway, some other stuff has happened in Mommy and Daddy world, that causes them both to be beary busy, AND so, giving them less time to help us do stuff like keep up with our journal and give us new ideas on where to go for our next adventure, so, the only new thing we've done since the implosion is have Mommy go to the library and get us some cool books to read. Lady: It's hopefully going to be a new tradition with us. We are also planning on reviewing them and starting a room in our web den to find our reviews. Valentine: She also borrowed a few videos to watch, which was fun too! Spaulding: That's where we found "Behind the Mat," the video about the behind-the-scenes of rass'lin! Teddy: As soon as she doesn't have a gazillion errands to do, Mommy is going to take us to the library to pick out our own books, and hopefully take pictures of that adventure. Spaulding: She has to get permission from the library to do that, of course. Axlerod: But, that's still in the future, and we have, finally caught up with our journal! So, it's now o-fish-earl-lee time to say it-- Dee and Ding: Until next time... All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe

Thursday, March 11, 2004

The First Annual Teddy Bear Ball at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Teddy: Sometimes, living in Philadelphia is a beary good thing! In the middle of March, right before the first crocuses pop up, Philadelphia holds the beary biggest and oldest Flower Show in the whooooooooole world! Spaulding: This year was their 175th show, so you know it's beary old and beary big! Teddy: It's one of those things Mommy and Daddy have always wanted to go see, but, between their allergies and the cost... Spaulding: cost $22-$26 per person! Are they kidding? Only rich people can afford such things!!!! Teddy: Ummmm, or beary special Teddy Bears! Spaulding: Kehehehehehe And beary special Teddy Bears don't have to pay anything, we are all just cordially invited! :::::::::Both stand taller and smile broadly, knowing exactly how special they are.::::::::: Teddy: Once again, our Mommy and Daddy spoiled us wonderfully! Spaulding: They called The Philadelphia Hord-a-cult-u-earl Society... Teddy: ...the group of peoples, who created and hosted the Flower Show ... Spaulding: include a beary special Black Tie and Tails Flower Show Teddy Bear Ball for us and all of our friends! Teddy: Mommy said that they weren't going to do it, until she convinced them to visit our message board's photo albums. Spaulding: Remember? Peoples just have the hardest time believing that stuffed animals are real! Kids know, but some grown ups forget. Once they see us really writing to one another, of course they have to believe again! Teddy (knodding in agreement): I was so pleased to have an op-pour-tuna-T to get all decked out in a tux with tails! I didn't get the opportunity at the Grand Race last year at Mawson's house, because I was dressed to race! Spaulding (turning around to twitch hia little tail): I already have a tail, but I'm glad that Lady, Valentine and several of the Need-To-Be-Adopted Teddy Bear like to sew, or it would be difficult to make such grand outfits in so little time! Teddy (head held high and posing as if in a tuxedo ad): We did look so sauve and debon-ear, didn't we? Spaulding (matching Teddy's pose): We certainly did, and the gals were just sooooooo... ::::::::::::Lacking the words to describe his feelings, Spaulding pats his heart with his paw and then makes a very dramatical swoon. Teddy nods in agreement as he catches his brother with an equally dramatical flare. The family, still here to tell about the Ball, has been patiently waiting for a moment to join in. Dee, impatient with the grown ups theatrics, and still feeling mighty important in her beautiful lacy gown, is the first to break into the conversation.:::::::::::::: Dee: I have never seen so many beautiful stuffed animals in allllllllll my life! The guys were ever so handsome in their tuxes and uniforms, and the gals were elegant past what seems even possible! Surely, even Di and Charles' wedding paled in comparison! Ding (speaking to Dee): I have never seen you look so grown up and pretty. There was more then one boy trying to get the courage to ask you to dance! Dee (blushing, but also having the confidence to know her brother was right): I must have danced with 20 different boys, and even then, we spent quite a long time playing Hide N' Seek together! Ding: Didn't you notice how many boys were chasing you while playing Hide N' Seek? Spaulding (confused by the angst he harbored at the thought of so many boys chasing his little girl): OK! OK NOW! I mean. ummm, err. uh-hum, we've gotten ahead of ourselves already! Lady (smiling quietly at her husband's overprotective reaction, but only because she knows that Dee truly is too young to think of boys in that way): Yes, we are ahead of ourselves, but....ummmmm, isn't anyone going to talk about the gals' outfits some more? ::::::::No one will laugh at that moment, knowing that Lady's feelings would be hurt, but they all had to quietly smile, knowing, since she designed many of the outfits, that she wanted her recognition. One other, out of the group, understood that the most, having created some of the outfits on her own too.::::::::::::: Valentine: I truly think we out did ourselves this time, Lady! The guys all looked like gazillionaires in thier suits, and the gals all looked like they belonged in a huge southern mansion during the biggest ball of the year! Velvet material and ribbons, lace, little silk flowers and satin bows, all adorning the most lush, soft and feminent satin and silk in the whoooooooole world! What you made... Lady (so beary please to be complemented by one with equal abilities to herself, had to share the praise): ...what WE made... Valentine (now a bit embarrassed to be included, but trying to overcome her shyness): ...what WE made, was just, ...just, ...just gorgous! The only thing that could possibly top what we made were the flowers themselves! Lady: And, at the Ball, you took some of those flowers and DID teach us how to add them to our gowns so they were the beary, beary prettiest things in the whoooooooooooooooole wide world!!! ::::::::Knowing how important it was to give the ladies their complements, but not knowing how to describe the beauty itself, everyone else listened intently to the two wives, agreeing with nods all along, and, once satisfied that what they said described how they felt, they knew it was now fine to continue describing the night.::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: We did get to the Convention Center by our helioplaneship boxcar, and they had valet parking inside the building 'specially for stuffed animals! Teddy: Once they drove our vehicle away, a horse drawn carriage, of sorts pulled up to take us to the center of the Ball! Spaulding: The carriage was huge, and looked quite a bit like a pumpkin, except it was all silver! Valentine: It was drawn by horses, but the horses looked strange...something mousey about them, but I couldn't quite put my paw on it! Lady: The coachman looked beary mousey, but he was supposed to, since he was a stuffed mouse! Axlerod: Inside we found a beary, tiny high heeled shoe made of glass... Lady: I'd so love to sew the same pair of shoes out of glass, in my size, but Mommy told me that you just can't sew glass!!! Beary disappointing! ::::::::::::Ding and Dee both have their mouths opened in amused shock, but aren't quite sure if they are being teased.::::::::::: Ding (the bolder of the two): Are you all saying that you didn't recognize that carriage at all?! ::::::::::::::Axlerod sneaks a wink towards Ding and Dee, while the four other grown ups are confused, realizing that they are supposed to be knowing something at the moment, but totally unaware of what it could be. Not wanting to give themselves away, any more then they already have, they try to pretend to know what the kids are saying.::::::::::::: Teddy (with a false knowing smile): Sure we do, but, go ahead, you want to think you are the ONLY ones who know...tell everyone! :::::::The other three grown ups murmur and smile to agree with Teddy's game. Axlerod hides his face behind his ears as his whole body shakes in quiet laughter.:::::::::: Ding: Pumpkin carriage? Mouse horses? Glass slipper? Ring a bell? ::::::::::::The grown ups are so lost, they can't even pretend to know now, and look blankly at Ding and Dee.:::::::::: Dee (breaking out in her beary bestest mousey voice, starts to sing): ~Cinderella, Cinderella, ...dadada Cinderella?!~ ::::::Another awkward moment passes, before the light above their heads lights up.::::::: Teddy, Valentine, Spaulding and Lady: Oooooooooooooh, Cin-der-rel-la's carr-iage! Duh, now! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: I wonder what became of Cinderella?! Dee: She married her Prince Charming and didn't need the carriage again! Probably bought a minivan when the children came. All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine: When we got to the middle of the Teddy Bear Ball we were greeted by many, many well dressed stuffed animals! Lady (while thinking of Holly, Sophie, Buns, Hope and BerryAnn's gowns): All the gals were dropped dead gorgeous! Dee: "Dropped dead gorgeous!" Rather a strange compliment! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Ding: Jingles looked so pretty, I was expecting to see a halo over her head! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Ding: Now, don't get me wrong--Hope looked like she belonged with the flowers themselves in her Spring Fairy gown, and, if Martin didn't look so serious, I'm sure I would have checked out Sophie some more... All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding (not at all sure if he wants his young son noticing women so much, but also glad he does, like only a father could be, decides to change the topic and finds a great moment): Speaking of being startled by Martin, did anyone else notice Uncle Teddy's reaction when he saw Martin in his uniform? Valentine (rather embarassed she even noticed): I noticed how handsome he was in his policebear's uniform! Teddy (shocked first that Spaulding mentioned anything about the incident, and then surprised to hear his wife's reaction): Wait a minute now, was anyone else expecting to see a cop at the Ball? Spaulding: Yeah! All of us, since we read the message on our message board! I did think it was funny that you tried to hide when you first saw him! What did you think you ever did illegally?! Teddy (blushing as he rubs his paw in a circle on the floor): I dunno! I just felt guilty, and I don't know why. It was reflexs... Ding (smiling, as he thinks he still is one of the grown ups): Maybe guilty for all the times you pinned Daddy in a Rass'lin hold?! :::::::::Spaulding holds a questioning look on his face towards his son, as Teddy, behind Spaulding's back, smiles widely and nods his head in a very strong "YES!"::::::::::::: All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding (as he looks from one to the next in his family): When did Teddy ever pin ME in a rass'lin hold? I ALWAYS pin him! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Dee (feeling a bit uncomfortable laughing at her father, but not wanting to offend Uncle Teddy either): Uncle Teddy didn't hide long before he walked right over to Mr. Martin and shook his paw! Spaulding (trying to save face again): ...And asked him lots and lots and lots of questions about being a policebear! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: I had to find out why bears even need police, and got interested in becoming a policebear! Valentine (some what afraid of the answer): Do you? Teddy (taking his wife's paw into his and kissing it gently): And be away from you, my Honeybun? Never! All: Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Lady: And Honeybun, err, ummm, Aunt Valentine was brilliant when she wandered away, giving Uncle Teddy time with Martin, as she gathered some flowers to add to her dress! Teddy: She looked just like a flower when she came back! She is always the most beautiful gal in the world for me, but she found a way even to make perfection that much prettier! All: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Valentine (blushing with pride towards her husband): All the gals seemed to like it, so we all gathered more flowers and made every gal there that much prettier--some times with a whole flower dress, and some times with a cor-sodge! Spaulding (while looking at Lady as if she still wore the gown, says whiskfully, as if caught in a dream): Yes, perfection made better! :::::::::::::::::::Lady blushes!::::::::::::::::::::: All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod (as he remembers all the sights, and smells and sounds of the night): It was one of the bestest nights ever though! ::::::::::::startled back into their original conversation, they all look at Axlerod, fade into their own memories and seem to come back from them at the same time, knodding in wholehearted agreement with Axlerod!:::::::::::::::::: Dee (as she holds out her dress and swings softly to imaginary music): I don't know who Strauss was, but I bet he was a Teddy Bear! He wrote such pretty music to dance to for our Ball! ::::::::::Spaulding and Lady join in and start dancing. Teddy and Valentine, without prompting, grab each other tighter and start dancing. Axlerod grabs Dee with one paw and Dng with the other, as the three of them rock softly back and forth in a circle, then swirl slowly like a small pile of autumn leaves caught in a gentle breeze.::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding and Lady (still swaying to the imaginary music): I could have danced all night! Teddy and Valentine: We almost DID dance all night! Dee: The floor of dancers was so pretty, it looked like something right out of Fantasia! Axlerod: The magic flowing from so many sources, it might well have been right out of Fantasia! I never noticed how many special powers so many there had until that night! Lady: Babybear's family seem to have a lot of magic... Axlerod: ...not so much like a lot of magic, but much magic for the beary place we were that night! They have a great amount of Gardening Magic! Spaulding: Sure wish we could borrow some for Mommy! She doesn't seem to have much gardening ability! Axlerod (having known Mommy the longest): She's getting better! When she was young, she was so bad at gardening that killed air plants! Ding: What's an air plant? Valentine: A plant that only needs air to survive and grow! Ding: Then how can you kill an air plant? :::::::::::All look up at Mommy for an answer, but only see her shrugging her shoulders as she smiles!::::::::::::: Axlerod: Yeah, but remember last summer? Out of all the flower and herb seeds she planted, only two grew, BUT by the end of the summer, we had lots of basil and dill weed and lots of impatients, because she kept watering the weeds, which ended up being the same plants she had grown the year before! We had enough basil to use the sause on our hotdogs and on their pasta three times each!!!! And, still, even though they didn't start flowering until September, the front pots finally looked like flower pots! That seems much better then killing air plants to me! ::::::All look at Mommy with sympathetic smiles, as they quietly nod in agreement.::::::: Teddy (trying to get away from this moment of embarassment they thought Mommy might have--but didn't since she knows she will keep trying): Babybear's family used elfin dust to bring in the moon and stars, and even brought in an early summer evening breeze! We might have been in a convention center, but we were also outside with all those flowers! Valentine: Boy, oh boy, didn't Babybear's brother, Teddy, get his wish when he said all he wanted to do was dance around in the flowers with Buns?! Lady: They were a beary cute couple! So were the other Teddy and BerryAnn and Holly and Brownie and Christopher and Hope... Dee: many cute couples dancing! Even some of the Need-to-be-Adopted bears made cute couples, whiich is never what my mind thinks of when I think Adoptees! Spaulding: Did you see Sophie and Martin too? Great dancers! All of them! Ding (who was never too keen on the dancing part, once Jingles pleaded that she couldn't dance, so wouldn't dance with him, but who really enjoys watching magic at work): What made the dancing so cool was the elfin magic that made beary buddies so light that everyone really was dancing on the tops of the flowers--circling around from one plant to the next, like some kind of musical chairs game without the music ever stopping! Dee (who was so happy to be asked to dance by so many boy bears, but was still under the impression they were just dancing with a kid sister, but understanding her brother's opinion of dancing, gladly opened the door to the next part of the adventure--the part her brother, started and loved): Speaking of being on top of flowers, that Hide N' Seek was so beary fun too! Ding (feeling important now): Well, all the grown ups were dancing and eating hotdogs, but all the little guys needed some fun too, besides eating chocolate and honey flowers! With that many displays and flowers, Hide N' Seek seemed like the bestest kind of fun to have! Axlerod (with his old, wise smile): Well, for the young'ns it was! We older stuffies found this cool treehouse in one of the displays, flew up to it and spent most of our night hypothesizing on how that lovely smell from the orchids is made, and how best to use the different pixie dusts for gardening. Elfis taught us so much, it's a shame he had the need to get back to his beloved flowers so quickly! Ding (not quite sure what to do or how to react when his grandfather gets in these moods, listens carefully, and then jumps right back into his tale!): Yes, the treehouse was a great place to hide, but apparently everyone thought so, since I was found up there quickly, but it took quite some time to find out we had a problem that we couldn't handle without grown ups finding out! Dee (jumping to the defense of her brother): It wasn't your fault! There were so many little ones, we just didn't know them all! Ding (feeling both defensive and guilty): I knew Kwalla, and I knew most of the other lost little stuffies! Dee: Yeah, but there were so many of us! And, we didn't know how powerful Elfis was! We didn't know he was putting plants to sleep for the night! Lady: It's all right, Ding! No one got hurt and you didn't do anyting wrong! :::::::::Unaware how scared he was until that moment, Dings eyes mist over as he buries his head into his Mommy's arms.::::::::: Dee (feeling the strong need to explain now): Elfis didn't do anything wrong either! Nothing bad happened, we just all got scared because we thought something bad did happen, that's all! ::::::::The back of Ding's head nods in agreement, as he slowly gets the courage to come out from his Mommy's chest.::::::::::: Dee: I don't know how many games of Hide N' Seek we had played, before we noticed that some of the little ones didn't return when the game was over. At first we wandered around ourselves, searching for them, and when we were far enough away from the dancing grown ups, we even called out their names to find them, but... Ding (with panic still in his voice): ...But no one answered! No one came out from their hiding places! They were all so little! I was afraid one of the carp in the pond had eaten them, or that they were even bearnapped! I was one of the oldest little ones, so it was my responsibility! Spaulding (softly patting his son on the shoulder and then rubbing his shoulders to relieve the tension): No, Ding, all parents know that WE are responsible for our kids! We never gave you our responsibility, and had we known you took it yourself, we would have let you know then that you can't take it! Teddy: Even Babybear and Elfis weren't ever angry with you, nor did they ever think it was your fault! Valentine: Poor Elfis! Teddy: When the kids came to tell us what was wrong, I just happened to be facing Elfis, and saw something flash in his eyes--a thought, but I didn't really notice it until later! Spaulding: We all walked around at first, calling out, but no answers came! Teddy: We quickly grabbed all of our vehicles to fly around the area to go faster and see higher up! Valentine: Most of the flowers were taller even then Babybear! Axlerod: Obviously, we older stuffies heard the commotion and came down to find out what was wrong! When I heard, I immediately started looking for Elfis! Spaulding: Why? I was on the other side of the display, so don't know exactly what happened! Axlerod: Elfis might not be as old as I am, but he has a wise old spirit about him, and knows so much about gardening. He was with us for a while in the treehouse, but left, because he said that he needed to put the flowers to sleep for the night! Lady: What does that mean? Axlerod: The whole idea startled me too, but I remember Mommy talking about some plants she saw in one of her walks called a Morning Glory! It's called that, because it closes up--sleeps--for the night, then opens up again the next morning in all its glory. Many flowers do that, and it ends up that Elfis is the type of creature that does just that with his magic! Teddy (still confused): Yeah?! Axlerod: Well, think about it! What other type of creature likes to sleep often too?! Teddy: All creatures do! Axlerod: Not all! Sometimes Mommy hates to have to take naps or go to bed at night because she gets in the middle of something she really wants to do! Spaulding (smiling sheepishly at Mommy, before responding): Ummmmmmmm, you mean like right now, as she sits there typing away, but wants to find out about our Ball too much to go take a nap?! :::::::::All sheepishly look at Mommy, who cocks her head and smirks, as if saying, "Oh, well! I'm caught!"::::::::::: All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: Ex-act-ly! So, what type of creatures DO like to take naps and sleep whenever possible?! ::::::::::Mommy must nudge them all awake after they ponder a little too hard, but realize that their very action gave away the answer::::::::::::::: All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Ding: OK, so stuffed animals like to sleep, but what does that have to do with the lost little ones? Axlerod: Elfis' magic is powerfull! Think how high the flowers were. What better place to hide then in the middle of a tall flower?! :::::::::::A series of hesitations hit the rest of the family as they feel like the answer is right there before them, they almost grasp it, but not quite, all being innocent enough and naive enough to not quite grasp any concept that could even just be used to be sneaky:::::::::::::::: Axlerod (being so much older and having lived in Peoples World for several decades, isn't as naive, so does understand): When Elfis put the flowers to sleep, he also put the babies in the flowers to sleep! That's why none of the lost ones even knew they were the cause of any commotion! ::::::::::Finally, the light flicks on and stay on in their innocent minds::::::::::::::::::::: All: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Now we get it! Ding: I thought they were just being brave when they all came back into their family's arms! They slept through everything and didn't even notice there was a problem! Thank God, I didn't hurt them at all! Lady (exasperated by her son's inability to forgive himself for something he didn't even do): If they did know they were lost and did get scared, you still wouldn't have hurt them! ::::::::::::::Ding tries hard to leave the guilt behind, knowing he did nothing wrong, but not yet feeling it. He gives everyone a quiet little smile, knowing they would understand his dilemma.::::::::::::::::::: Dee (giving her brother an affectionate pat): How's Elfis doing? Axlerod: He felt as guilty as Ding is feeling, but we also talked to him. Since he is older then Ding, he seems to be taking less time to get rid of that fake guilt then Ding is! Ding: Fake guilt? It's real! Axlerod: I don't mean fake, like unreal, but like there are two kinds of guilt--the first one comes from committing a sin, and is very real. We are guilty of that type and should feel guilty for it. But, the second kind just comes from a feeling, not based in doing anything wrong, or committing any kind of sin. That's fake guilt, and can just be ignored, because it's undeserved. Spaulding: Yeah, like sometimes if Mommy stubs her toe, I say that I'm sorry! Ding (still confused): Why? Spaulding: I feel like I caused it, even if I was on the other side of the room! Ding: That's silly! Axlerod: No, that's fake guilt! Doesn't feel silly at all. Feels beary real, however when you look it over and discover you did nothing wrong, then you know it's fake, and just ignore it until it leaves on its own! Spaulding: If I dwell on it, it will stay with me, and I remain with that yucky feeling. Ding: But, if we start ignoring it, it leaves?! ::::::::::::All the grown ups smile as they realize he understands!::::::::::::::::: Ding (with a big relieved smile): Cool, then...gee, the Teddy Bear Ball at the Flower Shower was just fantastic, wasn't it? Not only the real flowers, but the chocolate flowers and the honey flowers! Yummy! What else could stuffed animals want? ::::::::::The two married couples grab each other and start dancing again.::::::::::::::::: Teddy (singing in his beary best Teddy Bear voice): ~I could have danced all night, could have danced all night....~ :::::::::Dee grabs her brother's paw and her gradnfather's paw and starts dancing together to Teddy's singing.:::::::::::::::: Ding (to the reader as he continues to dance): It was a fantastic night. Until next time... ::::::::::::::::::::::All continue to dance until they fall asleep.::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Friday, March 05, 2004

The Terrible Accident!

Spaulding: My biggest fear in life almost happened! Teddy: It was an accident! I thought I lost my bwuder! Spaulding: Well, it wasn't THAT bad! Teddy: You don't know! You didn't see! You were unconscious! I thought you were DEAD! Spaulding: I was unconscious?! I remember sitting on Mommy's lap as she leaned over and then the next thing I remember was being scooped up and having Mommy quickly check me over as she wrapped my paws in face clothes! I WAS WET! Teddy: That's the part you missed! As Mommy leaned over, you accidentally hit Daddy's cup with your feet and you and the cup fell to the floor! The cup splattered most of the way across the room! I yelled, "His paws! His paws! Don't let his beans get wet!!!" Spaulding: Oh, I vaguely remember that! Then Mommy grabbed me, even before I was fully on the floor... Teddy: ...she was sooooo fast, I thought she had become the Road Runner... Spaulding: ...come to think of it, as she threw me across the floor, I had a moment to think that it couldn't be Mommy, because she doesn't move THAT fast! Teddy: I couldn't believe it was Mommy either, because she DID throw you across the floor! Spaulding: Right before she grabbed me, my face was about to hit in a puddle of soda! I put my paws out to stop the fall, but my beans got wet, so I'm beary glad she did grab me and throw me before they got wetter! Teddy: Yeah, but WHY did she THROW you?! :::::::::::Both look sheepishly up at Mommy, not wanting to sound ungrateful, but not knowing why she didn't simply just pick him up?!:::::::::::::: Mommy (willing to speak out loud, to try to defend herself this time): I don't know! All I thought was "soda...wet...beans...puffy paws...must stop!" I threw Spaulding before I bothered finding out if I was wet from the soda too. The only dry spot I saw was across the room, so I made sure Spaulding got into the dry spot as quickly as possible! ::::::::Both consider her words carefully, yet, even still a bit hyper from the accident, they are able to stay awake, as they decide Mommy did the right thing under the circumstances. Then, thinking of the possible alternatives, they stand up on Mommy's lap and give her a hug!:::::::::: Spaulding: I remember my neck crunching into something that wasn't soft, but wasn't real hard either, and that was the last thing I remember until I was in Mommy's arms! Teddy: Mommy threw you against Daddy's leather notebook holder. It's not as hard as the table, but with paper inside, it's still not soft! That's when I thought I lost you! I saw you ram into it so hard that your entire head rammed into your left shoulder, and then you fell into a heap, (Teddy is trying to hold back tears) like a rag doll! You didn't move, even when I called to you! You didn't answer! And Mommy quickly ran out of the room to grab towels, but I didn't know why she didn't pick you up right away! Spaulding: What was Daddy doing? Teddy: He was doing two things at once! He grabbed me to hug me as he picked up his cup, so no more soda could puddle out! I think he was afraid what was left, might get all the way over to you! He moved beary quickly too, but Daddy is more like that then Mommy! ::::::::::::Both smile sheepishly, knowing, if they were talking about anything other then almost getting their beans wet, it would have been a full fledged laugh.:::::::::::::: Spaulding: How long was Mommy gone? Teddy: The bathroom is just the next room, so no more then two seconds! Spaulding (with a mischievous smile): Mommy getting to the bathroom, grabbing a hand towel and grabbing me in two seconds?! Did Axlerod do his magical time thingy?! Both (relieved that they can laugh again): Kehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Wow! If Ax had been in the room, he could have stopped this all from happening! Spaulding: It still turned out all right anyway! Teddy (nodding in agreement): Mommy didn't slow down after she grabbed you with that hand towel! Spaulding: That's when I woke up! I remember she wiped me down all over, then sat me down in the chair as she took off my clothes... Teddy: ...your clothes were wet, and she didn't want that wetness to hit your body... Spaulding: ...then, without ever leaving me, she checked my paws to see if any of them were wet, while she ran back into the bathroom for a few washclothes and hand towels! Teddy: Your hand-paws WERE wet, so she had to act quickly! She wrapped your paws up in faceclothes as she dropped the handtowels onto the puddle! Spaulding: And then she said something to Daddy that I will never forget and will love her forever for saying... Teddy: ...and I loved Daddy's answer too! Spaulding: she dried my paws as thoroughly as possible, while rubbing the puddle with a handtowel below her bare foot, she said to Daddy as she laughed, "Gee, I guess this shows where my priorities are, huh?" Teddy: Doesn't it feel good when you are more important then a soggy carpet?! Spaulding (nodding in agreement): And don't you like Daddy's reaction? Teddy (smiling with his best "I'm loved" smile): Yeah, he said, "Of course, that's how it's supposed to be!" Spaulding (in his loudest whisper): YOU KNOW, THE REST WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED, IF WE HADN'T WATCHED "THE APPRENTICE" THE NIGHT BEFORE! Teddy (with his wry smile and his very best whisper too): OOOOOOOOOHHHH, THEN IT WAS ALL OMAROSA'S FAULT? Spaulding (matching Teddy's expression, but dropping the whisper): Well, not ALL her fault! I did learn the technique when Mommy accidentally knocked me out of bed one night! She guilts easily! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Mommy AND Daddy like to take beary good care of us, but Omorosa on "The Apprentice," that show about those young peoples trying to win a job with Donald Trump, sure knew how to milk an accident for all its worth! Spaulding: I don't know too many people who haven't been beamed in the head by a small chunk of drywall or plaster! Teddy: Well, we also don't know too many people either--but Mommy and Daddy both said they've had that happen to them, and it is no big deal! Spaulding: But, Omarosa got hit by a small chunk and milked it for all its worth... Teddy: ...waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy past its warrantee! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: She got out of all sorts of work milking that accident, AND got so much attention, even if no one else believed it! Teddy: She did take it waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too far when she called it "a concussion" to Mr. Trump though! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: That's when we found out that he got to watch all the tapes of what everyone has been up to during the series. Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Are you saying you've been acting a bit like her lately? Spaulding (sheepishly): At first I wasn't! I was beary, beary scared! You know how scary it is that our beans can get wet and then grow beary big! My one paw is much bigger then the others! Teddy: Your limp is bearily noticable! Spaulding: It doesn't exactly hurt so much as it feels like I bearly have enough fur to cover my beans! Your beans are in your tush! How scary would it be if they puffed up! Teddy (shivering at the thought): Yeah, I was beary scared for you! Spaulding: So those first hugs and cuddling I got from Mommy were beary, beary needed! But then.....then I remembered Omarosa and the chunk of drywall, and watching her have too big a headache to help fix up the apartment, but not so bad that it stopped her from playing basketball with the neighborhood kids! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Teddy nods as he listens:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding (meekly): I'm not sure when it went from needing Mommy's attention to simply wanting Mommy's attention. Teddy: Did you need your head wrapped up? Spaulding (trying to be honest): I liked Mommy rubbing my head! She made it feel better! I dunno about needing it wrapped though! I know I liked it when she took me into the bedroom, bandaged my head and tucked me in all by myself. She took such care of me and it felt great! But then she left and I was all by myself! I didn't like that! Teddy: When she came back in here, she grabbed Pez for you! Spaulding: We should tell who Pez is again! Teddy: For Christmas, Santa gave us a plush Pez Dispenser that's also a Teddy Bear. Pez lifts up his head whenever we want a piece of candy, but he's also here to keep us company when one of us is left all alone while Mommy and Daddy do things around the house and our family is still in the bedroom. Spaulding: We've adopted him as a member of the family, but he's kinda like a pet for us! He doesn't talk at all, but he seems to like Axlerod the best, but still likes staying with us to keep us from being lonely. Teddy: Then Pez did stop you from feeling lonely? Spaulding (sighing): Yes, but I was booooooooooooooored! Teddy (suppressing a giggle): Yes, we could hear you moaning all the way in here! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding (in his beary best Omarosa voice): But I was being a real trooper, not complaining too much! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Mommy smiled when she saw us all climbing off the desk! She knew where we were going! Spaulding: Wow! You were all going to make the hike to the bed without Mommy's help? You guys really love me! Teddy: Of course we do, although it sure was easier when Mommy took us all! Spaulding: Why did you all stand at the bottom of the bed? Teddy: We were afraid that if we walked near you, our steps would make your head hurt more! Spaulding (grabbing his head like he does whenever he wants attention now..... :::::::::::Both stop in mid-conversation, after reading what Mommy just typed, look at Mommy, then look at Spaulding with his paw still rubbing the little knot on his head. They break into a full fledge laughing fit, as they realize what Spaulding has been doing, without even realizing it. Spaulding takes his paw from his head and sits on it to remind himself to stop doing that as a sheepish smile comes on his face, followed by another laughing fit from the two of them.:::::::::::: Spaulding (now trying to control his laughter): Seriously! There still is a little knot on my head where I banged my head, and when you came to visit me yesterday, it was big and did hurt a little when anything moved, but just a little! Guess I like the attention! I really, really like the attention everyone gave me after getting hurt too! ::::::::::::::Teddy quietly smiles and nods in agreement.::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Mommy was so sweet to keep checking on me for the last couple of days. You guys came in and actually read to me and kept me comfortable while you all hung next to me and even napped with me! Daddy wants to hold me with you while Mommy goes downstairs to make lunch or dinner and he's beary, beary sick himself! Teddy: He was just as scared for you as I was when you got tossed! That's why he grabbed me! He wanted to save you, but there just isn't enough room for two people and a Teddy Bear to occupy the same spot, so he grabbed me to make sure I stayed all right! I'm Daddy's beary own Teddy Bear, but you were the Teddy Bear they both fell in love with enough to have this family continue to grow! You are beary loved always by every one in this family--stuffed or people! Spaulding: I really do know that, but occasionally, just occasionally, it's beary nice getting such loving attention from my family! I sure wish Omarosa gets that from her family, because she certainly can't expect to get it from people who are competing against her or from her potential boss! Teddy: You know how we act when we want our coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee and Mommy and Daddy forget to give us some for a while?! Spaulding (shyly looking down at his paws): Ummmmmmmmmmmm, do you mean when we act like I've been acting the last couple of days?! Teddy (with a wide smile and a twinkle in his eyes): Yeah, like we are about to die any second from lack of coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding (Now mirroring Teddy's smile as he boldly looks at his brother): Yeah?! Teddy: Isn't it the same thing? Don't you think we all like a little extra attention every once in a while?! Spaulding: Yeah?! Teddy: Don't you think it would be much easier to just ask for what we want? :::::::::As Spaulding thinks this over, Teddy looks at Mommy for an answer.:::::::::::::: Teddy: If we simply asked for some cuddling time, or a much needed hug, or for a cup of coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee or a story, would you give it to us? ::::::::::::::::With a big smile, Mommy barely needs to nod.::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: That's beary true, BUT...isn't it more fun to pretend we are actors annd do a grand theatrical I've been doing the last couple of days?! Teddy (after being awaken from thinking about Spaulding's question): Good point! ::::::::::::As if on cue, both turn around, look at Mommy, melt down into their seats with shoulders hunched over, and faces drawn and downwards...:::::::::: Both (in quiet little voices, sounding very much like they may pass out at any moment form the strain of talking): :::::::::::::::And finally, as if out of their last moment of effort, they dramatically swoon as if stuck in a small tornado, before falling down, as if in a coma. Mommy laughs and ask, if, just maybe, they might like a mug of coffee. Both jump up as if sprung out of a jack-in-the-box with huge smiles on their faces.:::::::::::::::::: Both (while handing Mommy their coffee mugs): Yes, please! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Well, it's coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee time, so gotta go! Teddy: Until next time... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe

Monday, March 01, 2004

Flexing Our Internet Savvy Muscles

Teddy: Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! We've finally did it! Spaulding: Almost, anyway! Teddy: Well, it won't ever be completely done,... Spaulding: ...because we want to keep up with it this time... Teddy: ...but it IS up and running! Spaulding: Do you think, maybe we should tell everyone what we're talking about now? Teddy: As much as we've been talking about it lately, don't you think everyone will know we're talking about our brand new and improved web den?! Spaulding: Yeah, you're probably right! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Since web sites shouldn't take this long to make, maybe we should s'plain why it took so long! Spaulding: We don't want people to think we are NOT Internet savvy! Teddy: That's our beary description of all we do online! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Well, it really started about four years ago, when Mommy wanted to make a small web site for her new business! Spaulding: It was a typing business... Teddy: She says it was a "Sek-it-tear-rio Services" business, because, along with typing, she also created resumes' and newsletters and corrected boo boos in peoples' term papers! Spaulding: Hoping she might get some customers from across the country, she advertised with a web site. Teddy: It was right before we were born! Spaulding: Well, right before you were born! I was already here, but didn't know much back then! Teddy (eyes widen): Wow! You're OLD! So, what happened? Spaulding: Like I said, I was here, but didn't know much back then. Mommy didn't even bring me to her computer in the basement back then! ::::::::::::::::::Teddy is shocked by this news! He imagines Mommy at a full fledged desktop computer, instead of lying back in her recliner with her laptop. He can't even imagine where a computer would fit in the basement with all those Need-to-be-Adopted Teddy Bears living there. He tries to think of Mommy working, but, finally, has to be awaken to continue.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Well, Mommy doesn't like to talk about that experience much, but she says it took four months to get that site up sorta right! Spaulding: Having that kind of business, Mommy relied on Microsoft's Office programs that included FrontPage, but she always hated using Frontpage, because it's sooooo hard! Teddy: Sounds like we could have made a whole bunch of money being near Mommy when she made web sites with that program! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Daddy started a beary profitable home business for us a while ago! Any time he or Mommy use bad words, they owe us twenty five cents! Teddy: Fifty cents if they say bad words about themselves, because no one says anything bad about our Mommy or Daddy! Spaulding: And only twelve and a half cents if they use another word when they mean a bad word, like when they say "Shhhhhoot!" or "Dangit!" Teddy: That's how we get enough money to go where ever we want to go! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: So, to cut down on cost, Mommy and Daddy decided to switch our Internet Provider from DSL to dial up again... Teddy: ...we liked DSL, but using the old fashion method of dialing up is always cheaper! Spaulding: Doing that though, meant that we would lose our old web den... Teddy: ...which was no big deal though, since our old IP was bad enough that, when we lost our page and asked for help to get it back, we received no response in the four months Mommy kept asking for help through e-mails! Spaulding: The only way we ever got it back was by pure accident. It just started working again one day?! Teddy: Still, it's much quicker to upload photos through DSL then through dial-ups... Spaulding: ...and our old service was nice enough to give us an extra month free, when they heard we wanted to leave... Teddy: Mommy had it in her mind to have our web site up and running before that free month was over -- on February 20th! Spaulding: She also had it in her mind to use GeoCities through Yahoo! because it's free, even if she feared it meant having to use FrontPage again! Teddy: But, we checked out all the links for GeoCities and found something called "My SiteBuilder,"... Spaulding: ...which is their own site building tool,... Teddy: ...or, so we thought! Spaulding (nodding in solemn agreement): For six weeks, we helped Mommy make a beary cool multipage web den using that program! Teddy: But, when we tried making something specifically for that program though, it told us to download another part of the program. Spaulding: When we went to download it though, it was going to cost money! Teddy: Our whole mission was to make a free web den?! Spaulding: We wrote to ask for FREE help, but they weren't beary helpful! Teddy: We now had ten days to make a web den before we had to upload using dial up! We knew we were switching services way before we did! Spaulding: This would test Mommy's patience... Teddy: ...or make us beary rich! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Still planning to use GeoCities, because it was one of the few free services Mommy found, she decided she would calmly... Teddy: ...knowing it's beary hard to understand the directions,... Spaulding: ...and also knowing we were here to help her... Teddy: ... dust off and open up her FrontPage! Spaulding: You can also upload it to use in GeoCities! Teddy: Once again she helped us make a five page web den that looked sooooooooo cool! Spaulding: With just two days left to upload it using DSL, we were making some last minute arrangements to make it look even nicer! Teddy: We were also e-mailing help people at Geocities for little questions again, but not getting helpful answers. Spaulding: And finally, at the end of that day it happened, after working on it for five whole hours that day! Teddy: We couldn't believe it! Spaulding: All we wanted was for each page to have our two pictures and our den title! Teddy: So Mommy copied it from our home page to paste it onto another page! Spaulding: And when we went back to our home page, Teddy's picture was gone! Teddy: That was bad enough, but since we hadn't done anything else with that page, we figured if we closed it without saving it and then opened it again, my picture would be back! Spaulding: BUT, when we opened it again, his picture was STILL gone! Everything was ruined! Teddy: Can't have "Spaulding and Teddy's Web Den" without Teddy! Spaulding (nodding in agreement): We were so shocked and upset that we didn't know what to do! Teddy: That was probably a more grown up reaction then Mommy's, although I understand what Mommy did next! Spaulding: Being able to read her mind, I watched as all the efforts of the last seven weeks... Teddy: ...including triyng to keep up with the housework and everything else we did... Spaulding: ...flashed through her mind like a beary quick photo projector... Teddy: ...and then she did it! Spaulding: Most embarrassing! :::::::::::::::::They both get the courage to look at Mommy to see if they are in trouble for what they've said or if she wants them to stop. Since Mommy does know it was a very bad moment, she is willing to let them continue, but certainly isn't angry with them for what they've said.::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy (embarassed for Mommy): She went running to her bedroom to cry! Spaulding: Something about having this one fun little project that she wanted to do for us in the midst of all the hard work she does. Something about fun turning into something beary bad. Her thoughts were beary jumbled and hard to understand, like she was thinking too quickly for me! Teddy: One thing we DID understand... Spaulding: ...and got five dollars for keeping track of all the words... Teddy: ...was her language! Spaulding: Boy, oh, boy, was she upset! Teddy: We didn't know what to do! Spaulding: She did tell us that she wasn't angry with us, which made us feel better, but we were still upset that she ws upset! Teddy: ...and upset because it looked like we'd never have a web den again! Spaulding: But Daddy saved the day! Both: Yippie!!!! Teddy: Daddy saw what happened and immediately searched for free web sites that had their own building tools! Spaulding: The only reason we had our last web den was because that DSL service included an easy to make web building tool with it! Teddy: Not only did Daddy find a free web site place, but he found one with that same web building too! Spaulding: The free web site place is called Tripod, which is through a place called Lycos. Teddy: The so-easy-to-use-even-Teddy-Bears-can-use-it web site building tools is called Site Builder! Spaulding: To make our photos "web-ready" we need to use our photo organizing/fixing program called Microsoft's Pictureit! 2002... Teddy: ...which, although easier to use then FrontPage, tends to freeze up every third try at doing something! Spaulding: So, between Mommy needing to do chores and go grocery shopping... Teddy: ...and Pictureit! 2002 being a lousy program... Spaulding: ...we still didn't have our web site up by the time we lost our old DSL, although we got many of the pictures uploaded! Teddy: BUT, we finally taught Mommy how to make the pictures beary small before uploading them... Spaulding: saving them as "web-ready" pictures... Teddy: it still didn't take too long to upload the rest of our pictures AND... Spaulding: ...AND, it helps us have more space to save our pictures for our site when we do upload them! Teddy: Like, before when we uploaded the pictures, one picture would sometimes use about 345,285 k's of space,... Spaulding: ...but now the same picture only takes 90ks! Teddy: Since Tripod gives us 11 mgs to work with that means we can use lots and lots of our pictures now! Spaulding: And, what's beary weird is that they don't look any smaller?! Teddy: We were done making most of our six room web den in three days! Spaulding: We're still waiting to see if someone can help us with our Blog page though! Teddy: Now, you would think that once we are done our web den that we have finished working so beary hard on it too, right?! Spaulding: Well, we still need to accomplish one beary important part of having a web den! Teddy: We want lots Teddy Bears and people to visit us! Spaulding: We need to advertise our Web Den for Teddy Bears to find us! Teddy: We've developed a four part plan to do that! Spaulding: First, we started learning about WebRings... Teddy: ...which are rings of web sites about similar things. Spaulding: At least, that's sorta the idea behind them! Teddy: In order to do our second part of our plan,... Spaulding: start our own ring of web dens made by other Teddy Bears or stuffed animals,... Teddy: ...we have to prove to the people who give us rings that we know how to put the rings on our page! Spaulding: They're rules are that we have to join at least three webrings before they think we are smart enough to run our own! Teddy: We're Internet savvy! We can put rings on our den! Spaulding: Still, the first ring is to actually join these webring people, so that one seemed fair! Teddy: And it's also obvious that it is for new webringers, since its name is "My First Webring." Spaulding: Mommy had to work hard to understand the directions, but we were there to help her! Teddy: We got it right our first try, although we thought we didn't! Spaulding: Then we searched the directory for other rings we might want to join! Teddy: We spent hours and hours going through different possibilities and then agreeing with Mommy on which ones to try next! Spaulding: There were a few Teddy Bear Webrings, but they were full of Teddy Bear makers, not Teddy Bears, so we didn't take any of them! Teddy: BUT, we stumbled on a ring called "Adorable," Spaulding: ...we're too cool to be adorable, but Mommy still is always calling us adorable, so we figured it would make her happy! Teddy: We've also been approved to join "Once Upon a Time" Webring, which is for stoires for kids. Our lives are our stories and kids will probably like reading about us! Spaulding: As we write this, we've been approved for all three web rings, but the codes are doing weird things to our page... Teddy: ...we've contacted the ring masters though and should have it straightened out soon! Spaulding: The "My First WebRing" will bring us some visitors... Teddy: ...that's called "bringing traffic"... Spaulding (nodding in agreement): We're Internet savvy, but we don't expect everyone who reads our journal to be Internet savvy, anymore then they should expect us to understand everything about Peoples, but, my bwuder is right, it is called "bringing traffic." Teddy: That first ring is fine, but the other two aren't exactly what we want! Spaulding: "Adorable" has our good buddies at Bear Jest, so that's cool, but I don't understand how selling supplements or a the web site for a French radio station are considered adorable?! Teddy (shrugging his shoulders): I'm not sure how listing web rings or selling jewelry is adorable either? Spaulding: And then I'm really not sure how a ring made for kids to read some books online is so full of summaries for parents to buy books for their kids or detailed information about the writers of children's books only?! Teddy: Still, they are the closest we've come to rings that are similar to ours and we have to prove that we are mastering the coding! Spaulding: We can figure out which we want to drop, once we start our own webring! Teddy: And our third thing we've done is to join a Teddy Bear Search Engine! Spaulding: THE Teddy Bear Search Engine, which we've added to our den and have spotted Mawson's web den on that engine too! Teddy: We're trying to convince the engine owner to add a new choice because he doesn't cover Teddy Bears with their own dens yet! Spaulding: And finally, we will be going from search engine to search engine to promote our site! Teddy: "Promote," another word borrowed from other places that Internet Savvy bears use too! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: You can get companies to do that for you... Teddy: ...but that cost money! Spaulding: We have money... Teddy: ...but we like spending our money on important things... Spaulding: hotdogs and coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee... Teddy: ...unless we can talk Mommy and Daddy into giving us some... Spaulding: ...or buying tickets into museums or rides and stuff... Teddy: ...unless we can talk Mommy and Daddy into giving us those things... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding:, once we can get these webring thingies done right, we'll be tackling engine submissioning! Teddy: So, basically, our web den is done, but we're not close to being done yet! Spaulding: And still, we are forever searching for other Teddy Bear dens made by bears. Teddy: Once we get to the part where we form our own ring, we want a list of bears to contact to see if they'd be interested too! Spaulding: It's hard but we're doing it! Teddy: So, if you still don't see us much, at least you know what we're up to! Spaulding: But now that there is no rush, we can relax a little,... Teddy: ...but still vacation season is coming, so we might not relax. Spaulding: No matter how fast we go, this I know... Spaulding: Until next time... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

A Little Extra

Teddy: After we publish our Blog we peak at other's blogs! Spaulding: Found this link on another Blog... Teddy: ...the one above... Spaulding: ..and tried it! Teddy: It's to figure out where your accent says you are from in the USA. Spaulding: It's for people, but since we speak like Mommy and Daddy, we did it with Mommy. Teddy: Strangely, some of the answers didn't apply! Spaulding: Like when we write, sometimes we say, "Y'all," but in real life we say, "You guys!" Teddy: That wasn't an option! Spaulding: Anyway, we ended up being only 50% Northerners! Teddy: Didn't even qualify as "Yankees" and we've never even visited the South! Spaulding: Have some fun and try it out! Teddy: Meanwhile, we have to get back to catching up on this Blog! Spaulding: So, until next time...

Sunday, February 15, 2004

A Beary Special Valentine's Day!

Spaulding: Considering that Mommy and Daddy have always intentionally ignored Valentine's Day... Teddy: ...they say that they show their love for each other every day and Valentine's Day is merely a greeting card company ploy to sell more stuff in an otherwise dead month for greeting card sales, so they refuse to go along with it... Spaulding: ...Valentine's Day has become quite an event in our little Teddy Bear World! Teddy: It started last year, when Spaulding and Lady decided to celebrate the day, even if Mommy and Daddy aren't big fans! Spaulding: We made plans early, which included having Axlerod and Teddy watch the kids while Lady and I had some private time, just to cuddle and talk. Teddy: But they also decided to give each other romantic, specially made for the other, cards that Mommy helped them make! Spaulding (blushing so much he looks like a crimson bear): Oh, yeah! I remember her card! And I can't believe how close she came to my card for her! ::::::::::::::::::::::::He continues to blush with a big smile on his face, knowing that it was such a special thing between the two of them that neither were going to go into any detail of what those cards were. Lady, who is here to help with the journal entry along with the rest of the family, is also blushing as much as Spaulding. Fortunately, the kids are more interested in helping with the journal, so they don't notice enough to ask anything about what's happening.:::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Now Daddy was watching Mommy helping Spaulding and then Lady make their cards, so he got to thinking about his own cute, sweet, and beary special, little Teddy Bear--ME! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe :::::::::::::::::Teddy, in shock, looks at the others for an explanation for the laughing. It brings more laughter, which he simply doesn't understand. He has all the confidence of a "beary special" Teddy Bear, so doesn't consider what he says as boasting, which is exactly why everyone is laughing.:::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Since Mommy and Daddy don't celebrate Valentine's Day, it was no big thing for them to go out grocery shopping on Valentine's Day, last year. Lady (still blushing a little): Actually, I think they went out that day to give us some alone time too! ::::::::::::Spaulding thinks for a moment, and then nods in agreement while the blushing rises a little more again.::::::::::::: Teddy: Hey, Valentine, you were there, why don't you tell the story? Valentine (delighted to tell the story, but a bit bashful with everyone suddenly looking at her): I was sitting on a shelf in the "Seasonal Aisle" with all the other Easter decorations, particularly other stuffed bunny rabbits, lambs and chicks, when a huge hand pulled me off my shelf, turned me all around, as the beary big person... Teddy: ...Daddy!... Valentine: ...yeah, but I didn't know much at that time, not quite being born yet! I think he was checking to see if I had any flaws! Teddy: You're perfect though, so he didn't find any! ::::::::::::::::::The whole family smiles as they nod in agreement.:::::::::::::::: Valentine (blushing more now and looking at her long feet): Well, he rushed me over to Mommy... Teddy: ...even though you didn't know she was Mommy yet... Valentine (nodding in agreement and looking into Teddy's sweet face): ...and asked her if she thought I would be a good size for someone named Teddy! Dee (trying to be helpful): Oh, you're perfect for Teddy! Valentine (blushing again): That's what Mommy said, even though I didn't know who or what a Teddy was back then, not being born quite yet! Teddy: Daddy was sad to see me without someone special on Valentine's Day, so he had to buy me someone to love for all my beary own! The way Mommy tells it, they really rushed to put the groceries away, looking forward to seeing my face when they sprung this surprise on me! Ding (having experienced a few crushes of his own, so early in his young life): It was a great face you made too! You smiled so big, I thought the two ends of your mouth were going to meet on the back of your head! Axlerod: I was afraid that Daddy was going to drop her, when she started speaking her first words... All, in unison): "Hi, bunny! Hop along with me! Boing boing boing boing boing boing boing boing! Happy Springtime! Boing boing boing boing boing boing boing boing!" Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Lady (to explain to those who read this journal): Valentine is the only one of us to have the ability to speak out loud in Peoples World! Teddy: The minute I pulled her out of that bag, she became officially born! Axlerod: And you officially fell in love with her! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine (suddenly finding her courage): And I fell in love with him too! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Lady: We were nice enough to let her get to know everyone without rushing in on her or overwhelming her though! Valentine: I dunno about that! On the shelf, we were often handled by little kids, so we used to think we were all going to homes with kids in them. Sometimes the kids were beary little and tried to suck on our ears or foot. Sometimes they would be grumpy and toss us clear across the aisle. Most of us wanted to grow up with little kids,...or, at least figured we would grow up with little kids! I never expected to belong to another stuffed animal! Never heard of such a thing! Teddy: Well, if it helps any, officially you belong to Mommy! Valentine (again feeling shy, but also bold enough to say what's on her mind): No, I belong to you, Honey! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine (over her shyness again): But still coming to a new home and meeting so many stuffed animals at once was scary! Good scary, like going down a sliding board for the first time, but scary! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Dee (feeling very grown up like compassion): Did we make it easy on you? Valentine: My memories are fading of before being born and of being newly born, but I do remember three things that made me realize I was home and beary loved. Dee: What were they? Valentine: The first was you giving me your summer dress to wear, so I wouldn't be cold. It didn't fit so well, but it made me feel like part of the family. ::::::::::::::::::::Dee blushes as Valentine looks at Teddy.:::::::::::::::::::::: Valentine: The second thing was waking up one of those first mornings and finding myself leaning against your shoulder as you held my paw so nice and warmly! :::::::::::::::::::Teddy now blushes.:::::::::::::::::::::: Valentine: And the third thing was Mommy actually ordering, just for me, my beary own special snaps for my beary own overalls, complete with the pink calico, so no one would mistake me for a boy, even if I wear overalls! That's when I knew I really belonged and wanted to live here always--kids or not! Ding (puzzled and glanicng towards Dee): Aren't we kids? All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine (with her big smile that mirrors Teddy's smile): Of course you are, but I meant the Peoples World kind! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding (after listening to this story, remembers why they all came to add to the journal this day): We will also be talking about this Valentine's Day too, right?! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Sure, but we had to start at last Valentine's Day to s'plain why this one was so beary important! ::::::::::::::::::::::All nod in agreement.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Dee (feeling just a little more connected with the grown up stuffed animal gals at the moment): This year, we all had something special in mind! Ding: Last year, we were still too little to know much about Valentine's Day, but with watching what happened when Aunt Valentine joined our family... Spaulding (with a proud Poppa smile on his face): ...and my son having a couple of crushes in the last year... :::::::::::::Everyone smiles at Ding, but know if they laugh, he will lose his confidence altogether.:::::::::::::::: Ding (blushing, but feeling a bit more connected with grown up stuffed animal guys at the moment): ...and watching our parents showing affection to each other all our lives.... Dee: ...and watching Uncle Teddy and Aunt Valentine fall in love so quickly and then getting married with our parents on Easter last year... Ding: ...this year we all wanted to make the day doubly special--in celebration of Valentine's birthday and as a day that we show how much we love each other! ::::::::All applaud Ding and Dee's little speech with geniune agreement and joy.:::::::::: Lady: We each had our own little ideas of what we wanted to do for one another. Valentine: We had so many plans that we were afraid that we would get all crossed up with the plans if we didn't tell everyone else. Axlerod: Being the patriarch of the family.... Teddy: "Patriarch!" Good word! Dee (not ashamed to ask at all): What does it mean? Spaulding: Every family has one person they look to for guidance, or to make a decision if no one is in agreement.... Lady: ...Generally, it's either the oldest or one of the oldest members of the family, because they have experienced more over the years, hopefully knowing all the other members beary well and basing their decisions on that knowledge.... Teddy: ...If that person is a gal, then she is called the "matriarch," because "matri-" means "mother.".... Valentine: And, like in this family, if that person is a guy, like Axlerod, then he is called "patriarch," because "patri-" means "father." :::::::::Ding and Dee think this over and are awaken shortly afterwards, so they don't miss anything.::::::::::::::: Axlerod (smiling at his grandchildren as he realizes how much they are like the rest of the family): Well, being the patriarch of this family, I was the one everyone was seeing for advice and ideas. It didn't take long before I noticed that some of these ideas were conflicting with other's plans. :::::::::::All look at him with confusion and surprise, not realizing, that each of them wasn't the only one to go talk to Axlerod.::::::::::::: Axlerod: And, since I often go to Mommy for help too, we both found out it was getting more complicated then we originally planned. We had to do something quickly, or there would be hurt feelings on the day of the year when that just isn't supposed to happen! :::::::::Axlerod and Mommy look at each other and nod solemnly.::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: Mommy knows that for some strange reason, we don't always like telling Mommy and Daddy our adventurous plans! :::::::Glancing at Mommy, Axlerod knows she is about to explain why, even if she hates interferring with their journal entries and prefers just to be the one who takes down all they say.:::::::::::: Axlerod (quickly to stop Mommy): Actually, we talked that over too, and figured out that we stuffed animals hate to tell Mommy and Daddy our adventurous plans because we don't want them to feel badly because they can't always come and we don't want them to worry too much about us while we're gone, even if I stop time while we're gone and they don't know we left! Spaulding (kind of embarrassed to say this, but feeling the need to say it so his children know that he knows this too): Also, we just like to go places without feeling like having our Mommy and Daddy HAVE to go with us! It makes us feel more grown up! :::::::::::Ding and Dee, knowing the feeling well, drop their jaws as they discover their parents know it too.:::::::::::::: Axlerod: So, before everything got out of hand, I had us gather for a family meeting last Wednesday night, after Teddy and Spaulding finished their last entrance into this journal... Teddy: ...and after dinner, of course! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: You need surprises for Valentine's Day and for birthdays, so I divided everyone's plans into two parts:... Lady: ...the first part was the surprises that we could keep even after agreeing on the second part. Valentine: And the second part was stuff we would all be doing together---like who's making dinner and where we were going to eat! Axlerod: That was the problem developing! The gals wanted to surpirse the guys with a specially made hotdog metloaf, but the guys were planning on taking the gals out for dinner! Then there was also the problem of what to do. Since it is such a beary special day this year, we had to go somewhere and do something, but could we do that without worrying about taking care of Mommy and Daddy?! Teddy: I particularly didn't want Valentine to make dinner, since it was her birthday too, so she should be treated like a queen for that day! Valentine (with her very biggest smile): As if you don't treat me like a queen every day! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Dee: I already planned to help my Mommy and Aunt Valentine to make dinner, so I offered to help my Mommy more, so Aunt Valentine didn't have to cook at all! Valentine: BUT, I wanted to do something specal for Teddy for Valentine's Day... Ding (speaking to the readers): Are you confused yet?! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: That's when some of the secrets everyone was telling me came in handy! Several family members had secret plans on where they wanted to take others, but Valentine was one of them, and she wanted to have a picnic, of sorts, at the Alice in Wonderland exhibit in the Please Touch Museum, which is a museum in our home city of Philadelphia, PA specially created for kids! Dee (also speaking to the readers): Stuffed animals, no matter how old they become, are always kids! My grandpa, Axlerod, is a kid, a beary old kid, but a kid still! He's just an older then me kid! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: For Valentine's birthday AND for everyone else to celebrate their love for one another, I decided, with everyone's permission, that instead of Valentine contributing to the day by cooking something special for Teddy, we would all go to The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, on behalf of Valentine! Valentine: Sounded good to me, if it sounded all right to Lady. I did promise to help make dinner! Lady: And I felt funny having the birthday gal make her own dinner on his birthday, so it sounded great to me too! Dee: I figured that I'd be able to help more with just Mommy cooking, so I liked it too! Ding: What was beary cool about that meeting is that we all could keep our individual surprises for each other, without having to tell everyone ahead of time! Dee: We all had surprises too! Ding and I were in charge of making a card for Valentine's brithday and a card for everyone for Valentine's Day! Axlerod: Everyone knew they were the card makers, so the only other one to make a card would be Teddy for his wife! They were all great cards too! Ding: It took two tries before we made cards that could be printed, and colored and given! Dee: At first we went to my favorite web site for paint-by-numbers... Ding: ...and the two of us painted a beary fun Valentine's card all by ourselves... Dee: ...only to find out that we couldn't print it!!!! Ding: We worked quite a while on that, and since Grandma... Spaulding: ...Mommy, as the rest of us call her... Ding: ...was helping everyone with their surprises, we only had a little while to make up for it! Dee: Grandma helped us search the Net until we found Ding's favorite coloring pages and then helped us color a birthday card from all of us... Ding: ...Uncle Teddy made his own personal beary special card for Valentine with Mommy's help... Valentine (with great delight): It said that his life was great before me, but now that I'm in his life, his life is soooooooo incredibly GREAT! Can you think of anything nicer to read?! Dee: Did you like our card too?! Valentine: Oh, it was gorgeous--and colored so beary well too! My favorite colors for a birthday cake and balloons! :::::::::::::::::Ding and Dee blush but smile with delight.:::::::::::::::::: Ding: We also found a great coloring page of a box of chocolate in the shape of a heart that could be cut out and taped under what looks like a real top for a box of chocolates! Dee: It was a lot of fun to color too! Did everyone like it?! Lady and Valentine: It was perfect! Thank you! :::::::::::::::Everyone else, including Grandma, nod in agreement.:::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Spaulding gave me the idea of what to give my Honey for her birthday---the only birthday I know where the WHOLE world celebrates with us! Spaulding: It was an easy idea, since we still had all the stuff needed to do it, after making Daddy his magical key chain and Teddy his macho bracelet, both with their names on them! Teddy: Mommy bought a kit that we can make bracelets, keychains or necklaces with plastic beads and string, and a whoooole bunch of square beads with letters on them. Spaulding gave me it, and it still had enough letters to make Valentine a waistlet... Valentine: a bracelet for my waist... Teddy: ...she really likes it and it looks great on her! ::::::::::::Everyone, including Valentine, nods in agreement, as Valentine rubs her paws along the letters of her name.:::::::::::::: Spaulding: I didn't want to spoil the specialness of Valentine's beary own birthday, but it was also Valentine's Day, and I wanted to do something special for my Laaaaaaaaady! While Mommy secretly measured Valentine's waist, I had her measure the crown of Lady's head too! I s'plained to Mommy the headwear that I wanted her to make my dear, sweet Laaaaaaaaaaaaady! ::::::::Lady steps out in front of everyone, like a model down a runway, and shows off her new light green ear warmer. Everyone ooh's and ahhh's in admiration.::::::::::::: Spaulding (still happy with his choice): I asked Mommy to make it wide enough to be used as either an ear warmer or as a head band to pull her ears back a little, but that it had to be a light green to go along with the light green trim around her faux fur coat. As usual, Mommy made it perfectly! ::::::::::::::::All nod in agreement as Mommy blushes.:::::::::::::::::: All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: There was one more group decision to be made before we celebrated together! All: Which day would we celebrate Valentine's Day on?! Axlerod: Yeah, we know that sounds like a no brainer, but in this family sometimes we have to organize everything according to how Mommy and Daddy feel! Lady: There is one day, every week, where Daddy has the energy to do something fun! Teddy: And since it coincided with Valentine's weekend, Daddy announced earlier in the week that he would take Mommy out for brunch to celebrate Friday the 13th! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: I told you that they don't celebrate Valentine's Day! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: Since Daddy and Mommy were going to need all our napergy on Valentine's Day, we all decided to celebrate our special day on the same day as Mommy and Daddy! Valentine: I sure am glad we aren't surperstitious! Teddy: Superstitious?! Who are you kidding? You don't go anywhere without your two rabbit's feet! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe ::::::::::It takes a while for them to all settle down after that laughing fit!::::::::::: Axlerod: We went to the Please Touch Museum's Alice in Wonderland exhibit, while Daddy and Mommy were out. Lady: I brought a beary big hotdog meatloaf just in case others would be joining us! Valentine: Since the Mad Hatter and March Hare were home when we went to their place for our tea party, I'm glad you did! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: We found out why those two are considered crazy! Spaulding: Know what they have at their tea parties? All: Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee!!!! Kehehehehehehehehehehe :::::::::::Again it takes a while for them to settle down after that laughing fit!::::::::::::: Dee: They also had NeHi in the frig, so Ding and I could also drink something while we eat. Ding: We're too young to drink coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee. We usually drink milk, but on special occasions, or during special dinners, we are also allowed to have one beary big NeHi of our choice! Lady: OK, so, Teddy Bears only drink and eat in Teddy Bear World, which is a pretend world, but still, I'm a mother, so just can't cotton to the thought of my kids ALWAYS eating bad things for them, even if we do eat them all the time! I'm a Mom. I can be like that! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine: The children, who were going through the exhibit as we came in, stayed and celebrated our party with us, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Axlerod: With Mommy taking care of the housework and all, plus trying to help us create our beary own web den, it's been so busy lately that we never had time to tell our Beary Buddies about are party! Spaulding (embarrassed and sad): I'm sorry, Beary Buddies, but we will catch you the next time, even if the next brithday in our family is in August! We're getting the Web Den finished and haven't seen you enough lately, so will be making plans to get together as soon as our Web Den is published! We didn't even have time to tell our neighbors downstairs, or the Need-To-Be-Adopted Bears in the basement! Teddy: Still, it's not every day that you have a party with book characters! We're going to have to start considering adventures back in the Astras soon, instead of in Peoples' World! ::::::::::::::::All nod in solemn agreement.::::::::::::::::::: Valentine: It was sad when the party was over, but we did get back home before Mommy and Daddy did! Axlerod: Since Mommy and Daddy were out, I only slowed down time, instead of stopped it! Spaulding: That gave us ample time to nap with them when they did get home! Teddy: Just because the party was over, didn't mean our celebration was over! After dinner that night, still had to show off our secret projects--like the cards and presents! Dee: And I got to show off my beary secret project that no one but grandma knew about! I made two birthday cakes---one for that day, and one for the following day, so Aunt Valentne could have a birthday cake... Ding: ...that looked just like the one in the picture that we drew... Valentine: ...except the one in the picture didn't have hotdogs in the middle... All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Dee: ...on her REAL birthday! Spaulding: Good thing she made two too! Teddy: We managed to eat all of the first one that night, so there would have been no leftovers the following day. Spaulding: It's Daddy's fault! He gave us a small cup of coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee late, and what goes better with coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee then birthday cake?! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine: My beary first birthday was beary, beary special! Thank you, everyone! Lady: And Valentine's Day was also beary, beary special! Axlerod: Out of all we made and did, the best part was still being together and knowing we are loved beary, beary much! Teddy : And for all reading this, who have Teddy Bears, let it be known... Spaulding: Even if your bears don't say it out loud... Dee and Ding: "Remember, you are beary, beary loved all year long!" Lady: And, if you don't have one--what's holding you up? Go get yourself a Teddy Bear! Valentine: Or any kind of stuffed animal! Teddy: Soooooooo, until next time...