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2012 Yearly Pumpkin Carving

2012 Yearly Pumpkin Carving

I just now realized I never published this blog and it has been sitting in my draft section since October.  Every year Carmen’s family does a Pumpkin carving and last year we did the 2011 pumpkin carving at our house.  However, his year it was done at Eric’s house.  I look forward to doing this every year.  It is nice to be part of a family tradition.  It ended up being dark once all the pumpkins were carved so we took the picture inside.

 

My Bear and Wolf scouts!

My Bear and Wolf scouts!
My boys are cub scouts in pack 43 here in Mt Zion and right now is rank advancement time.  I am proud to announce that Derrick has just earned his Bear badge which includes his whittling chip and at the next pack meeting Connor will earn his Wolf badge!  As part of the celebration the pack invited The Amazing Dudley to the pack meeting and he is truly amazing!  I have known Justin Dudley for awhile and I would recommend him for any kid event!  He has been entertaining kids in our community for 20 years now.

Still a proud father! Emperor Turkey Disguse

Still a proud father!  Emperor Turkey Disguse

This years parent visitation fell on the week of November 14th, 2011.  My son Connor Bradshaw was lucky enough to follow in my eldest son Derrick’s foot steps and have Mrs. Hatayama this year for 2nd grade as well.  We started off with Mrs. Hatayama reading a story to the kids about a turkey attempting to hide from the farmer during Thanksgiving which leads into one of the most fun activities I have ever gotten to participate in at the schools.  We are assigned a task to help a turkey disguise himself so the farmer will not attempt to cook him for the big Thanksgiving dinner coming up next week.  Last year, when Derrick was in Mrs. Hatayama’s class, we created a Darth Vader Turkey Disguise.

Connor wanted to stay with the Star Wars theme since it worked so well and he had a great idea for just the right disguise.  We were introduced to our turkey which turned out to be Gibbles, the 2nd cousin of Derricks turkey last year Gobbles.  I mean that does make sense since Mt Zion is such a small town.  This put a little pressure on Connor and I because it seems Gobbles has become infamously known for terrorizing his fellow family members.  The mission, which we totally accepted, was to not only find a costume to disguise Gibbles in, but to also  create something that would rival Darth Vader.  We offered to talk with Gobbles but turkeys can be very paranoid and he would not disclose his location.   However, Derrick was pleased to know that Mr. Gobbles is alive and doing well.  Connor decided we should do The Emperor Palpatine  which I thought was a great idea!!  Connor started working on the makeup while I started with his robe.  Once Connor created the light saber, I attached everything to him to complete the costume.  Finally, the only thing left to do was create a quote Gibbles could use in the event that his disguise failed him. I have to say that it is highly unlikely that this disguise would fail. After all, we are talking about the person that brought down the entire Republic.  However, in the event it does, we just need to enlighten the farmer to this fact.

2011 red carpet movie premiere birthday for Derrick and Jessikah

2011 red carpet movie premiere birthday for Derrick and Jessikah

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It has been a year since the pirate birthday party we organized for Derrick and Jessikah.  This year we decided to do a smaller red carpet premiere birthday party with family and just a few friends.  An invitation was sent out to all prospective guests informing them they were formally invited to a red carpet movie premiere to celebrate the birthdays of Derrick Bradshaw, Jr. and Jessikah Bradshaw.  Instead of a birthday cake Carmen had this really good idea to make huge rainbow cupcakes with gold glitter, which turned out great both in appearance and taste.  Pictures were taken as the guest arrived and walked down the red carpet. Once all the guests arrived, lunch was served followed by Zookeeper the movie.  As the kids were eating, I went down to Wal-mart and developed the pictures that  I had taken when everyone first arrived.  After the movie those pictures were put inside a star frame that each guest got to decorate and attach with magnets.  Last, but not least, after the craft was finished and the cupcakes were eaten, we opened birthday presents.  I’ve uploaded some photos from the party and you can see those by visiting the link below.

Here is a gallery with more pictures of the red carpet premiere birthday party.

Happy 16th Birthday to Jacob Clark

Happy 16th Birthday to Jacob Clark
This past weekend we celebrated a combined 16th birthday party for Jacob Clark and Joey Bartmann.  Most of the photos have been uploaded to Carmen’s facebook profile.  The great photos were taken by Ted, Carmen’s step-dad and he did a fantastic job!  The party was based on a Barbecue/cook-out theme with a pool, thanks to Carmen’s mom, Linda Hoppe. Carmen’s mother was nice enough to open her house up so we could have a pool party.  Good food and great company is a very important thing and it was nice to see everyone together. The party was a great success and we all got to celebrate both Jacob’s and Joey’s entry into the driving years of life!

Dustin and Devin Clark at MSHSA State Solos/Small Ensemble

This past weekend I visited Mizzou: University of Missouri to watch Dustin Clark and Devin Clark participate in the MSHSAA State Solos/Small Ensemble Festival.  I have been lucky enough to watch these two kids grow into men over the past couple of years. If you spend any time with them at all, it is clear that they have bright futures ahead of them.  I am honored to call them close friends.  In order for someone to get invited to this festival they must perform in front of a judge at the local level and be awarded a 1 out of 5.  Those students with a 1, are then invited to come and perform in front of judges on the State level and then again rated between 1 and 5.  The first performance, a mixed double quartet (MDQ), was scheduled for 8:30am that morning.  The drive is about 2.5 hours so my day started off getting up around 5am.  The mixed double quartet includes Abby Williams, Devin Clark, Dustin Clark, Elisabeth Keller, Kyle Klemp, Laura Brunette, Matt Harvey and Rachel Anna Chopin.  They sang the songs Set Me As A Seal and Ride On King Jesus. As you can tell by the video, they truly are amazing.  They were awarded a state level score of 2.

Link to: MDQ Brunette singing Set Me As A Seal and Ride On King Jesus at the state level. Sang this April 30, 2011 at Missouri State Columbia.

Dustin Clark also made it to state with the solos Sea Fever and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.  He was awarded a perfect state level score of a 1.  Way to go Dustin!

Link to:  Dustin Clark Solo singing Sea Fever and Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Proud Father!

Proud Father!

This week, Nov 15th 2010, was parent visitation for American education week at school.  Today I went to visit my older boy, Derrick Lee Bradshaw, Jr, at his school.  We started off by going outside and playing Frisbee.  I think the kids wanted to show off the insane skills they had learned in PE class.  After PE we went back inside and were given an assignment. Derrick and I were eager to tackle this mission! Given the Holiday season, our job was to take a turkey and disguise him so that he might not get eaten.  Our turkey, named Gobbles, was in need of some serious help.  If we did not step in he would surely be eaten by the end of next week!  After Derrick and I talked it over we realized their was only one answer….. 

  He needed a disguise. This “disguise” needed to hide him well but also put him in a position that nobody would even dare ask if he was a turkey!  This calls for someone so scary, dangerous, and calculating that just the site of him would cause the prospective Turkey eater to shiver in his/her boots and not want to even make eye contact. Darth Vader!  Remember this is the guy that was told his “force power” was merely a myth and from across the room, without a blink or a moment of hesitation, he almost chocked the poor commanding officer to death.  However, because of his awesome helmet, that actually only adds to his spo0kiness, we will never know if he does blink.  So we decided to disguise our turkey as this legend from Star Wars.  As you can image Mr. Gobbles was very excited and eager to try on his new costume.  I kept picturing Toy story where the green alien guys were saved and they kept saying “we are eternally grateful”.    I handled the cape while Derrick Jr prepared his helmet and suit.

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  After putting on his disguise, there was final touch needed to insure Mr. Gobbles would make it until Christmas and that was a quote that he could recite in the event someone was daring enough to actually speak to him.  We decided to play on Darth Vader’s good qualities to draw sympathy from the would be accuser in this quote.  What better way to do that then to express his regret toward the dark side and the event that led him back to the good side of the force.  So we instructed Mr. Gobbles that if his facade were foiled, then the plan is to repeat the lines we gave him.  If that does not work, well he is a turkey and has the ability to run.  Maybe, while the distracted but hungry holiday eater is thinking about the sad sob story of Luke and his father, Mr. Gobbles can run away.

Mission Accomplished!

Jessikah and Derrick Pirate Birthday Party

Jessikah and Derrick Pirate Birthday Party
  On Oct 16th, 2010 Carmen and I threw a pirate birthday party for Jessikah, turning 9, and Derrick Bradshaw, Jr.  , turning 8.  We started the party around 1pm and they were greeted at the door by us wearing full swashbuckling pirate gear.  They were asked to suit up with the pirate weapons, hats and trinkets and then asked to wait in the dinning room where they could color and grab some grub until everyone arrived.   The storyline for the party consisted of our treasure being stolen by an old deckhand and I needed help getting it back.  The party was a way for us to recruit young pirates to our cause.  Once the treasure is found, which was filled with tons of candy and toys,  I would share the loot with them and promote them to young pirate status.  Yes, a certificate was provided. 😀  We created a total of five clues that sent them around the subdivision and finally to the treasure.  The young pirates expected to see my old deck hand, Willy, there but were surprised when they found the treasure.  Of course Willy did not fair well and it was obvious his greed was his undoing!   As soon as they noticed the treasure everyone started screaming and I think a few of them even lifted little Willy up in the air and carried him off chanting they found the treasure.  LOL  Other than I might have scared a few parents with my costume I think the party went pretty well.

Here is a gallery with more pictures of the pirate birthday party.

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