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Old 07-10-2008, 09:09 AM
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Summer Vacation Smiley Story Contest!

Our smiley contests are such fun that we've decided to do another one! This time we are going with a summer vacation theme, so your stories need to use smilies to express as many words as possible and your story should be focused on summer vacation. Some examples:

beach and water sports
outdoor fun
camping and rving
theme parks and carnivals
cruises, air travel, car trips

Your stories can be fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter, just be sure they are themed around summer vacation. Remember, the more smilies and the longer the story the better! Entries are judged on originality and use of smilies.

The prize for this contest has been offered by our very own BuddyBeanieBaby (Theresa). She is offering this lovely Angel Cross (see photo) to the winner. The winner will also receive an "I Won" icon for their awards library.

Contest ends August 10, 2008 at midnight CST.

Have fun!


Story Example (this is a short version)

" I am so glad that summer is finally here!" said my son as we headed out to play . I couldn't have agreed more as in the ocean sounded very fun! I was done with my morning and had already, so we headed out in to the to go , loading our with plenty of . I took lot of of the kids while sipping on my and relaxing in my . I was in dire need of a but didn't want to get so I made sure to apply sunscreen. I was quite happy to get away from my and just relax and enjoy the warmth of the . Luckily I brought along some to as I was really . The were juicy and really . Just then my rang. So I told my husband where we were. I said and ate a before saying goodbye to the for the day. It was nice not to feel ! The kids and I found some and looked at the near the shore before hopping back into the . We stopped for , then it was off to and then the ride home at the end of our summer vacation.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:58 AM
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What a great prize Thanks, Theresa, for contributing it

OK, everyone, let's see how creative you can be
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:33 PM
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Theresa, that's a very pretty cross! Whoever wins it will be getting a great gift!

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Old 07-11-2008, 09:33 AM
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Glad I could donate the prize for this contest...

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Old 07-21-2008, 04:25 AM
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Hi there! I am new here and would love to enter this contest and learn how to enter these smilies.. anyone that can help me?
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by spacey58
Hi there! I am new here and would love to enter this contest and learn how to enter these smilies.. anyone that can help me?
Hi spacey and welcome to FC!

First, don't use the "Quick Reply" for this, it's easier if you use the "post reply" button. So click on that button and then on the right side of the box where you type your text, there should be a box with a handful of smileys in it. At the bottom of that box there's a link that says "More". if you click that link it will open a smaller window that has ALL FC's smileys. Simply click on the smilies that you want to use to insert them into the message.

Use your Alt+Tab buttons to toggle between your smiley box window and your text box window to easily go back and forth. Or you can close the smiley box each time, but then you have to open it again every time you want a smiley.

note that you will not see the smiley appear in the text box, you will see a bit of code that may look like this


Try that and let us know if you need any other help!
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:32 AM
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summer vacation

We so to the cabin every weekend. MY husband passed suddenly at 46 in 2005, so we no longer have that fun.

But...remembering how much he & enjoyed the and fun, makes it a bit easier to and enjoy the wonderful memories.

Especially grilling, , , , .

He always made sure that everyone had a time!

Please to each day as there may not be another, do not the small stuff.!

And always say i love you with a
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:37 AM
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the pic above is my late hubby, his last year at the cabin with our oldest grandaughter Ciera Rose... We miss him dearly.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:18 PM
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I was so to be on and spend time with my family. Seeing them always puts a on my face. This year we had a family reunion and I had the chance to see family that I haven't seen in years. We all and together. On our home, we stopped in Kansas to see my brother-in-law. I visiting because we have so much . I am looking forward to next year's and helping to the east coast for another reunion. It will be to see again. I plan to take lots of . It will be just and lots of and .
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:19 PM
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My very funny summer story!

I am not good with or other symbols but I know this story will make you ! Two years ago my husband and I were in Ft. Meyers Beach. It was a lazy afternoon and we were enjoying the warm gulf waters Anyway, I was facing out toward the ocean and he was facing the shore, I with my arms around his neck, just talking and relaxing. The next thing I knew a fin came out of the water about 10 feet to our right. I jumped back and started backing toward the shore yelling "fin!" Don't know why that is all that would come to mind. My crazy husband would not take my word for it but turned around to see what it was. By then it was directly behind him and had blown some air so I realized it was a dolphin, not a shark -- I was laughing -- he was not! Everyone on shore had seen the dolphin coming across and they were laughing too! Talking about getting your heart rate up. That's all!
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