Archive | January, 2011

{this moment}

28 Jan

I love reading Amanda Soule’s blog…every Friday, she posts something called {this moment}. “A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

I’m going to start doing this and I think you should too.
So, here is my inaugural {this moment}

George Washington wiped out here

28 Jan

I was playing a U.S. President word game with one of the kids. Clue given: “What was a job Washington had before becoming President?” Three “hint letters” into the solution: S-U-R, my child excitedly yelled: “SURFER!”

Wakan Tanka

27 Jan

The dumbest thing I’ve ever said: “Sure, we can make a teepee today!”
Only to be followed by the most surreal thing I’ve ever said: “But we’re gonna need rope. Where did I hide it when I confiscated it from you guys when you tried to walk the baby?”

Please note the following:

  • When you make a teepee, you can’t have TOO many poles. I mean, it’s just something I learned on my journey and I wanted to share with everyone. If you collect 10 long sticks for construction, go back and collect 5 more.
  • Do not discourage your kids from decorating the inside of the teepee with skeletal remains (of unknown origin) found on your back property. It really steps the decor up and screams “native.”
  • Superman sheet as teepee panel, while perhaps not historically accurate, looks pretty cool.
  • Do not be discouraged when *you* are playing in the teepee more than your kids. Remember, they asked you to build it, but they totally didn’t expect you to really do it. So, you’re kind of on your own on that one.
  • When your children subsequently tear down the teepee because the 10-year-old neighbor girl claimed to have a superior design and reinforcement idea, don’t fret. This is only the first of many times where your boys will rip your warm, beating heart right out of your chest and pounce on it because of a girl’s influence.
    Get into it.

ANY body part?

27 Jan

*Maximum* number of questions you should allow your child to ask your sister’s body piercer friend about his profession: 4

The conversation leading up to the threshold:

Kid A: (Question #1) What are those holes in your ears?
Piercer: Bamboo rings.
Kid A: (Question #2) Do you have a lot of other piercings?
Piercer: Yup
Kid A: (Question #3) Do you pierce people’s noses?
Piercer: Yup.
Kid A: (Question #4) What about belly buttons?
Aunt B: (exasperated) Oh my God! You can get *ANY BODY PART* pierced!!!
And….then came question 5.
It’s all a horrible parenting haze after that…

Duck Jesus

27 Jan

Pragmatic walker

27 Jan

June 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Me (while frying chicken; to Paul, 7 regarding Anthony, 2): “Paul, please go for a little walk around the house with Anthony while I finish dinner, OK?”
Paul: “Where’s the dog leash?”

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