The other day I heard my daughter walking around singing to herself, "Honk, honk, honk, honk-tuation!" I think I like her version even better.
(You can hear the original song in the video below as well as appreciate the sweet dance moves of this little girl, it was all I could find on YouTube.)
Phillip had a birthday and turned 100 this week. Or so he's been telling everyone.
"You're only as old as you feel," I point out to him.
"Exactly," he says.
Phillip's birthday was the most epic birthday fail ever, on my part. I mean, I remembered it, but that's about it. No gifts, no cake. Nada. November just snuck up on me and there were a couple of other things I was knee-deep in planning, and before I knew it his birthday was here. I have plenty more excuses, but I'll spare you the details.
"Sorry you had the worst birthday ever," I said that night after putting the kids in bed.
Phillip seemed genuinely surprised. "What? No, this was the best birthday ever!"
"Why??" I asked, totally confused.
"Because now I don't have to do anything for yours!" He proceeded to thank me for lowering the bar and we drank hot chocolate together.
And that's what 12 years of marriage looks like, apparently.
In my middle schooler's social studies class, they were supposed to think of what's necessary for a hamburger. The teacher's objective was to get them to say things like "farms" that were thinking a few steps further back than just ingredients like meat, lettuce, and buns.
My daughter's answer was "The Big Bang" because:
- Hamburgers consist of cows and plants
- Both cows and plants need water
- Water wouldn't exist if earth were any closer to or farther from the sun
- The sun (or earth, for that matter) wouldn't exist without the Big Bang
- Therefore, the Big Bang is responsible for hamburgers.
The teacher blinked at her a few times and said, "We don't need to go back to the galactic level."
My daughter also reported that a friend who had social studies later in the day told her that the teacher prefaced the assignment by saying not to talk about the solar system.
This was an actual conversation with my preschooler as I was getting lunch ready:
"Can I have one animal cracker before lunch?"
(Holding up her outstretched hand) "How many is this?"
"Can I have five?"
At this point I asked what made her think that if I wouldn't let her have 1, 2, 3, or 4, I would say yes to 5.
She considered my point for a minute and asked, "Six?"
Our toddler is going through a funny phase right now when he gets mad. Instead of the standard "throw yourself on the floor and have a temper tantrum" move, he yells unintelligible gibberish at us while running away as far as he can get.
Last night before family prayer Phillip asked him to put his toy away, so he did what any self-respecting 1-year-old would do and hurled it to the ground, hid his face in the curtains, and growled at us whenever we said anything to him.
|May all your temper tantrums be this funny.|
I'm not that great at planning ahead (see take #3) but I've started thinking about Christmas. If your family, like mine, tries hard to find ways to connect your kids with the true meaning of Christmas, please check out my giveaway for two free copies of the Names of Christ Advent Devotional sponsored by Heidi at A Lively Hope.
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