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Entries from December 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008


Ninjabetic Review

Officially jumping on the bandwagon!

I give you the year in review by listing the first sentence from the first post each month this year:

JanuarySick of Sick - So I have spent the whole holiday weekend sick.

FebruaryDrenched at Disneyland - I heard there is this big old hairy foosball game happening this Sunday but the Simmons family will be attending the happiest place on earth.

MarchMission Accomplished - I will let you know more about the weekend I had later this week.

AprilTuesday Trouble - As most nights for me, last night was a busy one.

MaySquinting - I’ve been in a dark place for a long while.

JuneWii Will Be Fit - I am going to get fit.

JulyNot Quite the Same - I am so excited about tomorrow.

AugustCorn Festival - Tomorrow is the La Habra Corn Festival Parade, and we are going to be there bright and early.

SeptemberS.I.C.K. – Stuffy.

OctoberGood News to Share - Despite all of the bad news about our economy right now I have some exciting news I have been looking forward to sharing for a while now.

NovemberChange (Not what you think) - Back in May I took some time away from the blogging world to try and get my head around some serious life changes that were potentially coming up.

DecemberA New Nickname? – I am not a turkey person.

This year was filled with lots of highs and lows, and that includes my blood sugars. I had a lot of valleys in 2008 and lots of mountain tops. I guess that is life and I am ready for more of those.

Thank you for staying with me throughout the year and rolling with the punches.

2009 is gonna kick ass, I can feel it.


You Tube Tuesday #101

When little ones are around Christmas is even more fun. Watching little kids open presents with their eyes wide open as they tear through the wrapping frantically looking for that special gift that was at the top of their list is awesome. I love buying that one awesome gift that you know they will cherish all year long.

BUT sometimes, gifts are pointless. Fun and laughter can occur where you least expect it.

This clip proves that the most expensive gift may not provide the most fun.



Cheese Sticks and Ninja Kicks

Christmas was a very quiet one. Not typical for my family but a nice change. I did not leave my house on Friday or Saturday. Two days and I never saw the sun. That was both nice and maddening come Saturday night but I feel rested so it must have been a good idea.

Last night was a big night. I would hate to spoil it so check out the vlog post below. Then you gotta click the link.


Behind the Scenes of YTT #100

In case the clips I recreated for You Tube Tuesday #100 made no sense, I have posted all 5 video clips I chose below. I will also tell you a little bit about what happened shooting each scene.

#5 - Dramatic Prairie Dog

This clip cracked me up the first time I saw it. We knew it was all about the "zoom in" at the end. George (my son) was really good at perfecting the zoom on our lame camera and getting the shot exactly how I wanted it. I had to do it from the opposite angle then the actual DPD because of my ability to raise only my left eyebrow.

#4 - Ninja Cat

I knew we had cat ears somewhere but I could not locate them for whatever reason. I found this old Koala hat up in my closet from the Rose Parade years ago. I figured that would work and the hallway would be perfect. The problem was, do I crawl or creep? One take I crawled all the way which took forever and at the moment I am supposed to get up and run, I feel flat on my face. My son soon fell over laughing. It was hysterical.

#3 - Charlie Bit Me

This was the first clip that was going to require real editing. I knew I wanted to play both Charlie and Harry to add to the humor. The concern was lip synching. Gillian had a wise idea to put the clip on the TV in front me (yay Apple TV) so I could watch it. The best part was when I bit George's finger so hard that he did the "OUCH CHARLIE" scream for real!

#2 - Happy/Mad Baby

This clip, believe it or not, took the most takes. The problem? George. He would not stop laughing. I think it is because I watched the clip below at least 25 times before we shot just to get all the facial expressions down. It is a short one but there is a lot of stuff going on. George was laughing so hard at the end that I lost it. I left it in because I think it made it even funnier.

#1 - Menudo - "I Like to Dance"

I knew this would be my number 1. I have watched this 100 times and laugh every single time. I knew the dance from when I was a kid so that was easy. In fact, I over danced the "me gusta bailar" part just to make a point of how bad the dance is. Just like "Happy/Mad Baby" I watched the beginning of this clip over and over to get the head turns, the facial expressions and the overall cheesiness down. I am most proud of this one!

P.S. If you want to dress like Johnny from Menudo, go to your local Thrift Store. They may have those sweet pants I found.



You Tube Tuesday #100 - SPECIAL EDITION!

For the past 99 weeks I featured different video clips on this blog.

This being the 100th week I had to do something different.

Something over the top.

Something special.