Monthly Archives: September 2012

Kids say the darndest things – Fall 2012 edition

I’m not doing a WWW Wednesdays update today because I’m still reading Dandelion Wine (it’s really good, by the way). Instead I thought I’d do an update of “Kids say the darndest things” since it’s been a while. I don’t always capture the outrageous things my kids can say, but I’m glad when I do.

To make things easier, Son #1 is my 6-year old, Son #2 is my 4-year old.

Mixed signals
Son #2 kept hugging me while sucking his thumb one recent morning in my car, while we were waiting for his school to start.
Me: Why are you hugging me? Are you tired?
Son #2:  No. It’s because I love you.
Oh, I’ll take that!

Rock the vote
Son #1: When the election comes, I’m voting for Barack Obama.
Me: Why is he your choice?
Son #1: Because he’s already president and he deserves to stay president.
Me: Some presidents do well and deserve to be re-elected, and some don’t. What about Romney?
Son #1: I don’t think Mr. Romney would make a good president.
Out of the mouth of babes…

The coolest job
Son #2: When I grow up, I want to be a cockroach exterminator.
Me: Why is that?
Son #2: Because I get to wear a gas mask.
Beats sitting at a desk the whole day, for sure.

Books are a danger to your wallet
I recently bought a Lego Star Wars dictionary at the school book fair. The boys’ latest conversation while flipping the pages went like this:
Son #1 (pointing): I want this one.
Son #2 (pointing): And I want this one.
Son #1: And I want this AT-AT.
Son #2: Me too!
Son #1: Then we should get two. One for you, and one for me. And one for Mama so she has her own AT-AT and doesn’t play with ours.
How does he know I always wanted one?

Only in America
One day, I was talking with the boys about Big 5, a sporting goods store not far from our house. I wanted to buy some new swim goggles there for Son #2.
Son #1: They sell guns there, you know. And bowling balls.
That one left me speechless.

The next two cartoons are for all moms out there, who share the joys and pains of motherhood with me. Enjoy!

Mom, can you carry me?

Mom, can you carry me?

Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

Mom feeling exhausted

Mom feeling exhausted

Just looking at this cartoon makes me want to take a nap…

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Solitary

I embrace moments of solitude every day, when I can take the opportunity to relax, reflect and recharge. I wouldn’t want to live like a hermit but as an introvert, I enjoy spending time on my own, or with small groups of people when I can have great conversations.

I love being around my kids and doing activities with them, but I also encourage them to find something to keep them busy on their own. Believe it or not, I’ve never heard them say, “I’m bored” and I hope  I never do.

One solitary moment I enjoy capturing is reading. Here’s my six-year old reading a Batman storybook at the breakfast table. The only problem is, he’s way too busy to eat…

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: solitary - reading

WordPress weekly photo challenge: solitary – reading

Nature can be quite solitary too, such as this sweet pea I found not too far from our vacation cottage in Idyllwild, California this past summer. There are a lot of white and pink sweet peas growing all over town but this one stood proud and alone on its chosen spot.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: solitary - sweet pea in Idyllwild, California

WordPress weekly photo challenge: solitary – sweet pea in Idyllwild, California

And then there’s this katydid I snapped a photo of a couple of years ago. It was at night in my backyard, on the dirty window glass. Unfortunately my kids were sleeping so all they got was this stinkin’ picture.  This is the very first and only katydid I’ve seen in my whole life, but hopefully not the last. I had no idea how big katydids really are and I’m glad it didn’t try to jump on me as I was taking its picture. Have you every seen one this close?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: solitary - katydid

WordPress weekly photo challenge: solitary – katydid

WWW Wednesdays – September 19, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Sorry, I’m a day late for this weekly update but sometimes life gets in the way of books. I hate it when that happens.  ;-)

My bookshelf

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury– What I’m currently reading
Today I’ll (finally) start  Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

– What I recently finished reading
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. It’s unfortunate the first 100 pages of this book go very slow because the story overall is quite interesting and the pace picks up afterwards. I liked the idea of mingling four different writers’ lives, all of whom include pretty big secrets, to entice me to keep reading. I also enjoyed learning more about the publishing industry and what it takes to get a book written and out on the store shelves. The famous writers’ quotes on writing that start each chapter were a very nice touch too.
– What I think I’ll read next
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book has been on my to-read list for quite a while, so I’m glad I finally ordered and received it from the library.
My kids’ bookshelf

Tumford the Terrible by Nancy TillmanWhat they’re currently reading
Tumford The Terrible by Nancy Tillman. If you’re a Nancy Tillman fan, plug your ears. I don’t think she’s a great artist and her illustrations look pretty cheesy. I also don’t think she’s a great writer and could use a better editor. But… my kids love this story and it’s easy to understand why. Tumford makes mistakes on a regular basis but never apologizes, even though his owners insist he must. It’s a good lesson for kids who wonder why adults are so insistant on requesting apologies. And Tumford sure makes a lot of funny looking faces.
– I love the Nana Quimby books, Cat Up A Tree and Mouse In The House by John and Ann Hassett. In Cat Up A Tree, Nana Quimby calls the fire department to help get one cat down from the tree facing her house, but they won’t help unless “the cat is playing with matches.” As new cats join the first one, Nana’s calls for help stay unanswered. So when the town gets overrun by mice, do you think Nana Quimby will help? In Mouse In The House, Nana Quimby gets a cat to get rid of the mouse, then a dog to get rid of the cat, etc. I really like the unexpected ending of this book.

Back to school for rotten ralph y Jack BantosWhat they recently finished reading
We’re big fans of the Rotten Ralph books by Jack Bantos at our house. Ralph’s attitude and behavior can be quite rotten, but his friend Sarah always ends up showing him a better way. Great, fun lessons about life for all kids.
Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph – Ralph gets tired of not winning any prizes at the carnival so he resorts to cheating, but his friend Sarah will help him find his way back to honesty.  
Back To School for Rotten Ralph. Poor Ralph, Sarah’s going back to school and he doesn’t want her to make new friends. Poor Sarah, Ralph shows up at her school and sabotages every one of her attempts to make new friends…
Rotten Ralph’s Trick Or Treat. Ralph and Sarah go to a Halloween party dressed at each other, which makes for a very rotten Sarah…

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Everyday Life

Everyday life can be quite repetitive, unless you’re a treasure hunter or maybe a time traveler (wouldn’t it be cool?). But repetitive doesn’t mean boring, and I enjoy capturing the little moments that make a day unique in its own way.

Of course, I can’t avoid the emptying of the dishwasher first thing in the morning. But I always try to beat the timer and do it under 3 minutes. By now, I’m a pro and I’m waiting for my gold medal.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: everyday life

WordPress weekly photo challenge: everyday life

And you know what makes the house chores go a lot faster? Looking at the gift my six-year old made for me: flowers out of my favorite color and a love note. I get gifts from him about once a week. I bet he’ll make a great boyfriend and a great husband.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Everyday Life - paper flowers

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Everyday Life – paper flowers

Somehow, breakfast never consists of simply sitting at the table and eating. It’s often the last thing on the kids’ minds as they prefer more creative activities, like building their latest Lego contraptions. I’m a big admirer because I can’t build stuff like that without following directions.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: everyday life - building Lego

WordPress weekly photo challenge: everyday life – building Lego

Wordpress photo challenge: everyday life - Lego contraption

If you read my recent post about the Sunshine Award, you know my favorite time of the day is when I read books with my kids at night. This is what my bedroom floor looks like as they go through their nightly book selection. Actually, it often looks a lot worse. This was a good day.

Wordpress photo challenge: everyday life - reading children's books

Of course, my second favorite part of the day is when I read books by myself before going to sleep. Unfortunately I often make it to bed late, get sucked into the story and freak out when I look at the clock. Uh oh, better turn off the lights. Good night!

Wordpress photo challenge: everyday life - going to sleep late

WordPress photo challenge: everyday life – going to sleep late