Friday, February 19, 2016

7 Quick Takes about Cow Riding, Smoothies of Sadness, and Becoming the Crazy Lady Who Follows People in Parking Lots

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday!


I seriously recommend buying this {affiliate link} ride-on bouncy cow even if you don't have children, just because having it in your house will make you smile.

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Really, it is so stinking cute, and I think its presence makes us all feel good. As evidence, I overheard my 4-year-old singing, "If you're happy and you know it, kick a cow!" and booting it across the living room.


One thing I love about having a preschooler is the questions. Oh, the questions.

My daughter pointed out a graveyard on our way to a picture appointment for my son and asked "What's a graveyard for?"

"When people die, we bury their bodies in graveyards," I answered.

"How do the dead bodies get to the graveyards?"

Good question, I thought. "We put the bodies in a big box called a coffin, put the coffin in a car, and drive it to the graveyard."

"Oh." After a long pause, she said, "I don't know much about dead bodies. I've never been dead before."


While school is out for a week of February vacation, we're the temporary stewards of Kermit, my son's class frog.

I'm spending this entire week terrified that he's going to die on my watch, and it turns out that pet frogs aren't even that interesting. At least this one isn't. I've seen him move like three times.

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The crickets he eats also really creep me out. One cricket buckled under the stress the first night and committed suicide by drowning himself in Kermit's water bowl. The kids were very sad but I drew the line at burying him (see take #5 at this post if you want to know how I feel about that.)


I drank this.

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Ingredients: kale, chard, and crushed dreams.

Phillip has been listening to this podcast on his way home from work by some guy who ends every episode with "Peace. Plants." And I think that's all you need to know about the content of it.

Anyway, he decided to whip up these green smoothies and make invite everyone in the family to have some.

Three kids said they weren't interested, one loved it, the other started dry heaving, and I just thought it tasted weird.


Because I'm next in line to become Martha freaking Stewart, I made little heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast on Valentine's Day.

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Please note the mud smoothie on the side.

After taking this picture, I realized the knife and fork weren't placed correctly, so scratch that Martha Stewart stuff I was saying before. Actually, you should just be grateful it wasn't a paper plate.

My mom was also here for a visit and brought the kids the cutest little heart-shaped chocolate boxes I've ever seen.

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The downside of a box this small is that I couldn't figure out how to eat half of the chocolates without my kids noticing.


There was a 50% off President's Day Sale at Savers, my new favorite store for the kids' clothes, so I thought I'd go in and see if I could find some good deals.

The parking lot was so full I had to stalk a lady leaving the store in order to find a spot, and it turns out the lady herself had parked at the lot of the store next door... making for an awkward 5 minutes as I trailed her all the way over there at .02 miles per hour trying to look casual about it.

Found 4 winter coats for $4 each and a bunch of shirts and PJ pants for $1, though, so I'd do it all again if I had to.


While my mom was here we went on a walk and came across this sign posted in a neighborhood:

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I guess "Alert Children" is the more PC version of the "Slow Children" signs, which I always thought came across as more of an insult to the neighborhood kids than anything else:

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Katy said...

What a week - again! Your captions crack me up.

Carolyn Astfalk said...

My son had to care for a toad for a scout merit badger. We found one in the backyard. The kids loved caring for it (and another that his sister just had to have), but man, they are BORING. They just sit. And eat. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Smoothie of crushed dreams. Bwahahaha.
Kicking cows makes me smile too.

Jenny Evans said...

At least you got to see it eat! My son tells me that Kermit only eats at night when no one is looking.

Chaun said...

Oh my goodness. I need, I mean MY CHILD, needs that cow

Rosie said...

I've been gradually trying to make my smoothies more and more green but that level? I don't know that I'll ever reach it! On the plus side, maybe I can convince my kids to stop snitching the whole thing if I make it that enticing shade of black ;)

Unknown said...

So I'm intrigued by the cow. Do your kids like it for riding or only kicking? I meandered off to Amazon between takes 1 & 2 to read reviews, but I'd like your take on it.

Jenny Evans said...

The cow is awesome! I actually tell my kids not to kick it - the rubber is really heavy-duty, but still... not its intended use. My 2- and 4-year-old love riding it. (The 2-year-old is still learning how to get on and off, and how to bounce without tipping over forward but he's figuring it out. He's a little delayed developmentally so I'm sure other 2-year-olds can do it easily.) The older kids try to get on it and while I couldn't find an officially published weight limit, I tell them not to when I see it. They seem too heavy to me.

Jenny Evans said...

He figured out that adding beets makes it look less nasty, and also had to concede that perhaps this was TOO green and he should be more reasonable in the future. ;)

The Not So Perfect Catholic said...

Kids say the darndest things!
Trying to figure out how to eat 1/2 of the candy without the kids figuring it out: what a predicament! :)

Moonofsilver said...

I seconds you on the crushed dreams being in those smoothies. 1/5 kids loving it is awesome through!

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Unknown said...

The cow thing is funny - and the song is hilarious :-) The smoothie looks....interesting ;-) I'm a huge fan of bargain shopping - sounds like you found some great buys!

Queen Mom Jen said...

Haha! That sign makes me smile. Oh and I did cereal on Valentine's Day, not a single heart shaped pancake here. Who scheduled Valentine's Day on Ward Council day? Yep, so sign me up for mom of the year :)