Friday, April 12, 2019

7 Quick Takes about Getting Up on the Wrong Side of the Crib, Why You Shouldn't Invite a T-Rex to Your Wedding, and Asking for a Favor

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


When it's my turn to teach preschool at my house (my 5-year-old does a rotating home preschool with a few kids his age,) the 2-year-old always joins in. He loves to be included, and is often more into it than any of the kids who are actually preschool-aged.

But this week he woke up grumpy and was in a foul mood all morning. When 9 AM rolled around I asked, "Do you want to come do preschool with us?"

"No," he huffed and scowled at the floor.

"It'll be fun!"

The sour expression on his face deepened. "I don't wanna."

"We're about to start. Are you sure?"

In answer, he just grabbed a blanket from the back of the couch and flung it over his head with an exasperated groan.

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Pretty sure he's sure.

I get it, though. Sometimes I feel the same way about mornings.


Maybe one reason the 2-year-old is so tired is the hours he's been putting into his art.

I've been finding his work everywhere, to the point where it doesn't even surprise me anymore to see scribbles on the wall.

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The daily affirmation I say to myself in the mirror every morning is: This is just a phase. This is just a phase.

But at least if he's going to vandalize the house, washable marker on porcelain is the way to go. It wipes right off with water.


My 1st grader came home from school with this drawing of dinosaurs getting married. She often brings home pictures she draws during free time in class but this was not her usual style.

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I love the top hat.

"What gave you the idea for this drawing?" I asked.

She explained that the art teacher had a can filled with slips of paper with drawing prompts on them, and the one she got was 'dinosaurs at a wedding.'

"Well, it's very creative."

"Thanks, but the other kid who picked 'dinosaurs at a wedding' drew a T-rex eating the bride."

Okay, that's pretty creative, too.


I thoroughly enjoyed listening to general conference this weekend. (A more detailed recap is here if you're interested.)

Aside from the spiritual insights and ideas to improve our family's focus in life, I also enjoyed the way the kids misheard "discipleship" as "recycling" and how when President Nelson announced that the church is building a new temple in Hungary my 7-year-old said, "Speaking of which, when is dinner?"

Also, one of the speakers at general conference specifically used the word "figuratively" for emphasis instead of the incorrect "literally," which I really appreciated.

It was such a refreshing change from when people say things like "my mom literally burst into song" and I'm like, "OH MY GOSH, IS SHE OKAY?!?"


One of my favorite conference talks was this one by Mathias Held, partly because his conversion story to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is so similar to mine.

Well, sort of.

I wasn't looking for a message from God like he was (if anything, I was actually avoiding one,) but I did have the same experience of learning about the church, logically believing it was true, but not wanting to be baptized until I knew it was what God wanted me to do.

It was even through the same scripture, Mosiah 18: 10, that I felt like I got my answer. Like Elder Held, I called the missionaries that day and set a date for my baptism.

If you have 10 minutes to spare and you think you can resist being distracted by what appears to be broccoli in the flower arrangement behind him, I highly recommend this talk from Mathias Held.


I continue to be amazed that our washer and dryer are still working. I'm not sure exactly how old they are, but they were here when we bought the house 10 years ago and I could tell then that they weren't brand-new.

Even without things like potty training and stomach flu, our 8-person family does one or two loads per day. Multiply that by 10 years and that's a lot of laundry. But they are still going strong.

But I hear the newer style machines are nice. Instead of a deafening buzz that makes you wet your pants if you happen to be standing nearby at the end of the dry cycle, you get a pleasant little tune that sounds like fairies playing the triangle.

Maybe we'll buy ones like that someday, when our current machines crack under the stress. Until then, I'll have to settle for watching this video.

These two are absolute #couplegoals.


For several months I've been unable to leave comments on Blogger blogs (including my own.) Specifically logging in with Explorer to leave comments was a pain in the butt, but it was a quick fix that worked and frankly that's all I had time for.

Then I started to get emails from some of you saying that you couldn't leave comments either, so I played around with my blog settings and now it at least works for me.

Can you help me out by leaving a comment below to see if I've fixed it for you, too? Something related to the post would be great, but if you can't think of anything just leave the name of your favorite superhero. Thanks, guys!

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Anonymous said...

Every time I clean crayon off some surface of my house with a magic eraser, I realize how bad my mom had it before they were invented.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the laundry dance!!

Rosie said...

Commenting to see if it works!

Chaun said...

Ha! That's a good point!

Chaun said...

I used to graffiti the bathroom sink as well. One such time I thought I was particularly clever when I wrote her name instead of mine. To my surprise, my mom approached me and told me to clean it up. Amazed, I asked how she knew it was me. She responded, "You're the only one of your sisters who knows how to write in cursive!"

Unfortunately for her still, I'd written her name in Sharpie, where it remained until we replaced the sink.

me said...

sharpie din't come off the sink? I would have thought rubbing alcohol would have taken care of it. (This is a comment to see if it works.)

Emily Gibbons said...

Ok, the couple dancing to the washer has inspired me. I'm totally making up a dance for the little tune our dishwasher plays!

Anonymous said...

That is a funny dance. I think the appliance gods are smiling on you with your old set and hope they see you through many more years, even if you can’t dance to the “BUZZZZZ”! My mother’s set has to be over 30 years old at this point. I’m on my third washer and second dryer in 15 years. It sings me a less fancy and much shorter song, but I keep wondering when it’s electronics are also going to short out (prematurely, in my mind.)

brenda said...

Hey I can finally leave comments here LOL

Diana Dye said...

My five year old still draws on stuff. She's the sweetest thing and feels so bad when she gets caught. It doesn't mean she'll stop though.

Kimberly Hendrickson said...

The dryer dance video had me LITERALLY laughing out loud. :)

Kassie said...

I feel like I need to give my first grader the "Dinosaurs at a Wedding" prompt and see what she draws...

PurpleSlob said...

Oh, I hope this works! I got tired of going to Mozilla or firefox, then I just quit bothering. But I missed you!

Kath said...

I cannot perform under this kind of pressure...

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

I liked the art work (the one on paper, not so much sink). I think the last time I tried to comment it worked, so here’s hoping this one does, too. Thanks for the smiles every Friday!

Kathy said...

My son loved to write his name on EVERYTHING! My favorite was the underside of the toilet lid. WD-40 gets crayon off walls... just passing that around.

Unknown said...

I'm glad to see that the dinosaur prompt resulted in a wedding instead of dinner! Even though dinner is more in keeping with a dinosaur's nature.