Monday, December 28, 2009

Annoyance Turkeys

One of the presents the kids received in their "Wii bundle" for Christmas this year was the game Lego Rock Band.  Being naive of all things video gaming, though, we didin't know that you needed to have special controllers to play the game.  So the kids were unable to play it for the first few days until we figured out what to do.  The controllers are quite expensive and we researched (meaning asked other gaming geeks) what to do.  Luckily we found most of what we needed at our local BX (Base Exchange, the military department store for you non-military-lingo acquainted folk).  We pooled all the money we received for Christmas (thanks Grandmas and Grandpas) and bought 2 guitar controllers, 1 drum set, and 1 microphone.  We had to order the microphone, but luckily a visiting friend had an extra one we could use for a couple of days.  So, with all our new equipment we were finally ready to become virtual rock stars.  The game is really a lot of fun and the whole family enjoys playing it.  Here are a couple of shots of "the band".  The name explanation is below...... 

Look at those rock stars!

Noah is singing We Are The Champions!

Even Phantom is part of the band!

What are the Annoyance Turkeys?  
     Last year when Noah was in the 4th grade he was copying his spelling list on the dry erase board, writing the words 5x each.  To mix it up a bit he likes to sometimes see how small he can write the words, or write them in a shape of some kind.  One day he wrote the words as small and close together as possible in 2 colums.  It just so happened that the words, "annoyance", and "turkeys" were part of his list and lined up perfectly in the 2 colums with no spaces so his dry erase board read:
annoyanceturkeys
annoyanceturkeys
annoyanceturkeys
annoyanceturkeys
annoyanceturkeys
 This was not an abnormal occurance in our house but this particular day it just struck Rob as the funniest of things.  When he came home from work and walked passed the classroom he burst out, "WHAT is an annoyance turkey?".  Noah explained to Dad what he was doing and after that Rob said, "oh, well, that would  make a great name for a band" - and since both my boys want to be rock stars (way before Lego Rock Band ever made it on the scene) the name kind of stuck and they'be been using it ever since.
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