Friday, June 19, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Playing in the World Cup, Chicken Jockey Madness, and Cryptic Messages from the Kids' Shower

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! Summing up the last 7 days in 7 quick takes. How was your week?


My 7-year-old's soccer wrap-up event was on Saturday. I don't mean game, I mean event.

They call it 'World Cup Day' and each team represents a country (by random assignment.) They all make banners for their country and march in a parade across the field before playing a tournament that lasts for infinity. I dread it every year.

My son's team this year was Spain, and not only did they have a banner but each kid wore a stick-on mustache and a T-shirt with the Spanish flag and a little sombrero with pom-poms hanging on it from the party store... someone shoot me from all the cuteness.

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I don't know. I don't like to sound like a killjoy, but I guess I am in this particular instance. Getting the email from the poor coach asking for volunteers and donated supplies and drivers... it made me sad for her. Why are we doing this? What are the kids getting out of this experience? (Aside from the ubiquitous participatory trophy.)

On the way home, do you know what my son asked me? "What's the World Cup?"

And there you have it.


After we got home and showered off all the cuteness from World Cup Day, it was time for my son's Minecraft birthday party.

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If you're a perfectionist like me, you will have noticed immediately that the Creeper and Ghast paper plate decorations on the door are lined up funny. And it's going to bother you all day.

We tried to encourage some active games, but you really can't avoid sitting around playing Minecraft at a Minecraft party, so that's what the boys did for part of the time.

There was intense debate over whether you need a mod to make Pigzilla. An in-depth discussion on the rarity of spawning chicken jockeys (apparently that's a zombie riding a chicken.) I thought I might see a fistfight over an escalating disagreement on whether or not some bad guy named Herobrine really exists.

To those who aren't familiar with Minecraft, I fully realize it sounds like I'm on drugs right now. That's why I can't stand this game. This is your brain; this is your brain on Minecraft.


My 3-year-old has been absorbing all of this Minecraft madness from her older siblings for years, but I didn't really realize to what extent.

On Sunday at church I was walking her back to her class after a pit stop when she said, "Bad guys killed Jesus."

"And then he came back to life, didn't he?" I said.

"Yeah," agreed my 3-year-old. "He re-spawned."


The kids have been having fun playing with a card my son got for his birthday, which plays Get This Party Started by Pink when you open it.

One morning my 3-year-old woke me up by coming into my room at 6 AM and saying, "Do you like this song?" and opening it right in my ear.

That would probably be on my list of least favorite ways to wake up. And why I hate that song now.


This was our last full week of school, hurray! With three kids in school doing fun end-of-year stuff all day long, the calendar is filled with nonsensical notes like "wear green shirt for camping day," "sunscreen and water bottle for Olympics day," and "bring labeled tennis racket and disposable bag lunch for field trip."

I just can't remember it all, so at this point I'm pretty happy if I only forget one special thing per day.

Today is Red Carpet Day in my daughter's class, where the kids wear their finest clothes and have an awards ceremony. Her brother overheard us talking about it yesterday and was thoroughly confused.

Her: I'm so excited for Red Carpet Day!
Him: What's that?
Me: It's a special day in their class where they get awards and dress up.
Him: [long, disbelieving pause] As a red carpet?


My oldest daughter came home this week and informed me that they had a fire drill at school. With less than a week left before summer vacation, I asked what the point of that was.

"We're supposed to have two a year and I think they forgot," she said, shrugging and helping herself to an apple from the counter.

And that was the moment I realized that she knew adults weren't perfect. That means she probably knows that I'm not perfect. Next will come the criticism. I'm not ready for this.


One very rushed morning, my shower was occupied so I decided to cut my losses and use the kid's shower upstairs.

I pretty much stay out of their bathroom at all costs. So I was pretty delighted when I opened the shower curtain and saw that not only had they been keeping it clean, but that someone has a sense of humor.

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Do not pass 'Go.' Do not collect $200.

I wonder who that message was really for...

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Janine @ This Little Piggy Stayed Home said...

The fire drill story is hilarious! Time to start covering your tracks ;)

Jenny said...

I'm seriously so glad my kids are too young to get the whole minecraft thing because I'd go insane. Now im really hoping it all dies down before they get to know what it is.

Your kids are so funny. I love it.

Unknown said...

Both the shower and fire drill story cracked me up. Bad guys killed Jesus... On our ridiculous road trip, we pass this ginormous cross. Dietrich says, "Jesus died on the cross." All I could think of to say was, "Yes, but not that one." By ginormous, I mean like a skycraper, but in the middle of nowhere.

Queen Mom Jen said...

Herobrine is real! My kids freaked out when he showed up last week in their game. So now you know....

That poor, poor coach!

Jenny Evans said...

That was a pretty good answer, actually!

Jenny Evans said...

For your sake, I hope so too!

Catie said...

My husband likes to say that we sound insane when we talk about Candy Crush. I can see how Minecraft is a similar issue. I just about lost it at 're-spawned.' That is hilarious.

Jenny Evans said...

Yes, I didn't know at that moment to laugh or cry. I settled with an awkward chortle and sent her back to class.

Let's Talk Mommy said...

Ahh wha ta busy week but I love ending it with go to jail in the shower. Brilliant. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme