This is really very easy, don't worry!
We have two reply options: Quick reply, which you will find at the bottom of any thread, and Reply, which is just above the Quick Reply box.
The Reply box is the same one you will see when you choose to start a New Topic, and will show you all of the possible formatting options... but that is for another topic.
To find the smilies in the Quick reply, look at the top of the box that you post in, and click on the little icon that looks like a smiley face to get them to pop up. Easy enough on the Reply/New Topic... you can't miss 'em! They're to the left of the reply box!
So, what you see is a portion of the available smilies. Scroll down to see more, but to find ALL of the available smilies, make sure you've got the scroll bar up to the top. You'll see a drop-down box that says
"View more Emoticons."
You'll see four categories:
Smilies 1 -- the basic group that you see when you bring up the reply/new topic box
Halloween - self-explanatory
Misc - Everything from Happy New Year to Thanksgiving, summertime, autumn, and CHOCOLATE!
Winter-X-mas - Cold and Snow, fireplace, Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
I hope you enjoy all of the additions, and if you have any requests, just let me know!