Monday, August 24, 2009



Chichen Itza

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Butterfinger Hot Dog: a recipe for success

On the quest for a year supply of Butterfingers, William and his brothers filmed a commercial for the crisp-ety, crunch-ety, peanut-buttery treat.

Although there's some questionable acting in the beginning of the commerical {see girl with red hair}, it is quite hilarious and heart-warming... Hilarious because of the Daniel's portrayal of a Lucha Libre. Heart-warming because of Lucha Libre's willingness to protect a man's precious candy bar.

Credits (in order of appearance):
Disgruntled Co-worker: Alan (Will's brother)
Bad Actor in a tan skirt: Me
ButterDog eater and Lucha Libre owner: William
Delivery Guy with "Waterhawk" style glasses: Michael (Will's brother)
Very pale Lucha Libre: Michael (and by 'Michael', I mean Daniel)
Cameraman and intense, all-knowing contributor: David (another brother of Will)
Music Composer: William, Alan, and GarageBand
ButterDog recipe creator: ME (it's always been a dream of mine)
Lost Bradford brother: Robs
Brainstormer, but won't get any more credit than what I write in this blog: Joe (MY brother)

Watch it, and send it to your friends and fans of Butterfinger!
We need all the publicity we can get.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mrs. Bradford's Classroom Rules and Procedures

I wanted something slightly different for my first day of school, so we made a video depicting the good and bad ways to do things around my classroom. William and Alan (Will's brother) acted as my 5th grade students. They are hilarious and very true to life.

The sound is a little bit off in the end. Apparently ilife '09 has some kinks to it.

Enjoy:

video

I showed it today and my class went crazy! All they wanted to do for the rest of the day was re-watch the video. I just hope they actually learned something from it--like how much I really do hate 5th graders snacking on Ramen Noodles and Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Wild Rumpus!

I finally returned to my classroom on Monday and have about 50 things to do, one of which is the "Welcome Back" bulletin board. I was thrilled when William so graciously volunteered to help create it. (Grading papers + Creating Bulletin Boards = Why teachers are grumpy)

I thought it would be appropriate to do a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme, since the movie is about to come out. (Turn up the volume and watch the trailer for the movie here.)

So I let WIlliam have at it, and this is what he designed:



I seriously am so floored! I love it. I'm so incredibly impressed with William's artistic skills.

Unfortunately, we have to change the "wild rumpus" part. Although that is a fantastic part of the book, it might create a bad impression of what 5th grade is actually like. I don't want my new 5th graders thinking that this year is going to be a rowdy party. It's actually going to be a year full of homework and AIMS testing.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Beatles Love

I got my teeth whitened.

Sure, I look happy now, but it was actually a very traumatic experience. It's a 2-hour procedure, and I was in excruciating pain by the 18th minute. On top of that, the pain medication that I took later that day made me sick the FOLLOWING day. Never. Again.

Anyway, during the 21st minute of the teeth whitening procedure, I decided to listen to the soothing sounds of the "Beatles Love" album on my ipod. I've seen the show in Vegas twice. It's seriously the most amazingly executed show on the planet.

On top of that, I spent much of my summer watching and studying the Beatles Anthology. It gave me a new sense of appreciation for Ringo Starr. Please, give the man more credit.

Of course, all this Beatles talk is fueled by the upcoming release of Beatles Rockband. Watch the opening cinematic found here

I think I'm just as excited for this game as these guys: