I totally missed blogging about Christmas. I had everything planned, thought out a very touching post about what Christmas meant to me and then I just sort of... eh. Well, it never happened and now it's after the fact. So instead, I'll post about some pointless stuff on this wonderful Sunday (last one of 2009).
1. Santa brought my oldest son, Jackson, the most wonderful Nerf gun I've ever seen. It sits on a tri-pod and has an ammo belt that feeds the Nerf darts through. Lately, we've been playing a lot of Nerf wars down stairs and in one Christmas miracle, he went from cowering by the stairs with my other son while I fired upon them with my pistols, to taking front and center with his M-60 destroyer. I didn't stand a chance. In fact, Jackson was taking on both of us and we found ourselves cowering behind the couch as he unloaded round after round on our puny bunker. It was quite impressive. I was proud to see him step up to the challenge and unleash heck. Of course, I couldn't allow the one-sidedness to continue, especially since I was on the losing end. So, I went out and bought myself a new Nerf sniper rifle with a scope and about 50 darts. Take that sucker!
2. You may have noticed, but I've added a few elements to my blog. Thanks to one of my friends, I'll be able to make regular updates to the blog to give everyone a heads up of where I'll be as the new year takes off with The Mashimoto Madness. First on the agenda is my release party on January 11th! It's going to be tons of fun and I hope to see everyone there. I believe it will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Sandy Barnes and Noble. We're going to be announcing the winner of the Create-a-Character Contest and handing out some awesome prizes. Please come.
3. Speaking of the Create-a-Character Contest, it's high-time I announce the finalists! Man, it was awesome raking through almost 2,000 entries. I had a lot of laughs and I was really impressed with how creative all these kids were. Without any further ado (whatever that means), here are the 6 finalists in random order:
Matt Mercer from Centerville Elementary - David "Static" Sanders
Hannah Sutton from South Jordan Elementary - Alex "Zipper"
Kaitlyn Larkin from Sunrise Elementary - Nathanial "Nugget" Nottingham
Rachel Steele from Wasatch Elementary - Jan "Skunks Eleven" Wickum
Jenny Ladd from Santa Clara Elementary - "Pucker" Frankincense
Nicolas D'Amico from Summit Academy - Joe "Waffle"
I wish I could pick more. Seriously, the creativity was flowing from every school and even though they may not have had their character picked as a finalist, they need to write a story about their creation. Absolute brilliance!
4. I saw Avatar last week. Holy Goats! (Do cows really need to monopolize their own exclamation?) That movie blew me away. The special effects were unreal. How much longer will it be until we no longer need actors and actresses to play the lead roles in movies? My future as Brad Pitt's stunt double is in serious jeopardy.
That's all for now. I know it's not much, but Heidi's made my Mamaw Cole's spaghetti and I've got a Nerf battle to plan... So, see you soon!