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Friday Fun – Make Up a Story!

“I had a hard day at the office…”

Earlier this week, I tried to get William to believe that he could come up with a random story with that wonderful imagination of his. He didn’t believe he could it.

Well, he didn’t. But I did – to prove it could be done. The resulting story is rather pointless, but both boys seemed to enjoy it, so feel free to share it with your own kids. 🙂

Once upon a time there a little mouse who wanted to be a fish. So he jumped in the river and swam to his heart’s content…

…until he came across a big frog.

“Hello, Mr. Frog!” the mouse said. “How are you today?”

The frog only said, “RRRIBBIT!”

“What does ‘RRRIBBIT’ mean Mr. Frog?”

The frog said again, “RRRIBBIT!”

“Well, yes, Mr. Frog, I heard that the first time, but I still don’t know what it means. Can you please explain?”

The frog merely said “RRRIBBIT” once more, and then hopped away.

The little mouse kept swimming. Soon, he came upon a mosquito.

“Hello, Mr. Mosquito!” the mouse said. “How are you today?”

The mosquito only said, “BUZZZ!”

“What does ‘BUZZZ’ mean Mr. Mosquito?”

The mosquito said again, “BUZZZ!”

“You know, Mr. Frog just did the same thing to me when he only said ‘RRRIBBIT’ but I still don’t know what either of you are saying.”

The mosquito went crazy and said “BUZZZ!” louder than ever. Then he quickly flew away.

The little mouse kept swimming. Soon, he came upon an earthworm.

“Hello Mr. Earthworm!” the mouse said. “How are you today?”

The earthworm said, “I’m doing well, thank you! How are you?”

The mouse was relieved. “Oh! I can understand you! I couldn’t understand Mr. Frog or Mr. Mosquito earlier. All they said were ‘RRRIBBIT’ and ‘BUZZZ.'”

“Turn around and look at them,” said the earthworm.

So the mouse turned and looked. Mr. Frog ATE Mr. Mosquito! “That’s all they were saying,” said the earthworm. “Mr. Frog was looking for lunch, and Mr. Mosquito was trying not to BE lunch.”

“Wow,” said the mouse. “What do you eat, Mr. Earthworm?”

“I eat dirt.”

“What does dirt say?”

The earthworm shrugged. “Nothing. What do you eat Mr. Mouse?”

“I eat cheese.”

“What does cheese say?”

The mouse shrugged. “Nothing. It was nice to meet you, Mr. Earthworm.”

The little mouse swam to the riverbank. He had decided it was time to stop being a fish and look for some cheese.

I’d love to hear from you!

Do you make up stories on the spot? Do your kids make up stories on the spot? What sort of stories do your kids like?



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Friday Fun – Chicken Little

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Yesterday, I had to return a book to the library. Unfortunately, it was just one.

You see, I had both boys in the car, and I had already told Charlie that he could be the one to put the book in the slot as we drove up to the book deposit.

William wailed. His face got red and tears streamed down. “This is the worst day ever!”

I think that the next book we borrow will have the story of Chicken Little.

It’s a story that I think a lot of people need to re-read. When William is old enough for social media, I will not let him take part until he can control his sky-is-falling attitude and remember what matters in any situation. Right now, he’s an irrational seven-year-old. It’s my job to teach him how to be rational.

“This is the worst day ever!”

Yeah, that reminded me strongly of “We need to get rid of all the guns!” “They’re gonna take away all our guns!” “We need to ban all Confederate flags!” “They’re gonna to ban all Confederate flags!” “We need to take down Confederate statues!” “They’re gonna take down Confederate statues!” “We need to rename Washington D.C. because George Washington owned slaves!” “They’re gonna rename Washington D.C. because George Washington owned slaves!”

Yep, because the sky is falling and I’ll NEVER have another chance to put a library book in the slot.

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Sometimes, Friday Is Not Fun

In light of the horrible massacre in Charleston this week, today’s post will not be my usual Friday Fun style. There are no words to express the sadness I feel over what took place in that church building. At the time of the shooting, I was doing the same thing as the victims. I was with my family, engaged in prayer and Bible study. Why should they have to die because their skin is a different shade than mine? They were people with as much right to happy life as me.

Someone said that haters like Dylann Roof are bent on bringing back “the good ol’ days” and not regarding how those days were not good for minorities and women. In what warped way can those days possibly be labeled “good?”

But this… this struck me worst of all:

Roof allegedly said, at the attack, that black people were “taking over our country. And [they] have to go.” These words echoed the sentiment that floored me when I was a teacher.

This attitude makes no sense to me. The white race wasn’t even here first! If people like that want to start shipping races back to their countries of origin, then they need to get on the boat too.

This is why I create characters like Ciaran. Please, learn from them.

The USA is country that is a tossed salad of cultures. If people like Roof and that former student of mine want a plate of plain lettuce, then they need to go somewhere else. I can’t imagine where ever they go to be very populated.

Personally, I prefer color and flavor in my salad.

My prayers are with the families and community affected by this senseless tragedy.


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Friday Fun! Defining Contradiction


I’ve been sleeping on the couch for the last two weeks. Ugh. Pollen is my mortal enemy and I feel I’m losing the battle. Hence the sparse posts. Fortunately, I’ve got these little comedians to keep up my spirits.

We went out for dinner one night. If the boys have been snacking in the afternoon, we have them share their meal. That usually means sharing a milk but separate water cups. After Charlie takes a sip from the straw in the milk cup, William will use his shirt to wipe Charlie’s “slobber” off of it.

At this particular restaurant, there were salt grinders at the tables. William grabbed the grinder and because he couldn’t shake salt into his hand, he attempted to put his mouth around the bottom so he could grind salt into it.

Because those germs are superior to his brother’s, apparently.

William – Age 6

Charlie and I were looking at pictures of the toddlers where he goes to preschool. During our conversation, I explained how they were younger than him. He looked at me and asked, “Mommy, how young are you?”

He’s such a little charmer! ❤

Charlie – Age 5

I’d love to hear from you!

How do your kids cheer you up when you aren’t feeling well? Because we all know they do! 😉 What are some funny ways that they completely contradict themselves? How do they naturally compliment you?

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Friday Fun! Random Winter Things

florida snow

Our neighbor has a snow maker. We think he’s pretty awesome. 🙂

The boys were having a discussion about something that happened the night before and it turned into an argument (a surprisingly quiet one). They kept asking me about it saying “Do you believe me Mommy?”

I said, “I can’t take sides because I wasn’t there.”

Charlie said, as if it settled the matter, “Well, I believe myself.”

Charlie – Age 5

We took the boys on a road trip to see snow. Because we live in Florida, we had to drive ten hours to get to Maggie Valley, NC. At the time, the only snow was at the commercial locations. Nevertheless, we had a blast watching the skiers, throwing snowballs, building snowmen, and William and I got to go tubing down a snowy hill. At the end of the day, we asked the boys if they enjoyed the snow. William’s response?

“I didn’t like it because it wasn’t real snow from the sky.”

*head desk*

William – Age 6

Kids will say random things. They will also pick up random things from the ground. Sometimes this happens at the same time. I have no idea what this is or what it’s used for, but Charlie found this little gem on the sidewalk:

tiny trashcan

Ooookay! Let’s go look for the faerie who lost it! 😉

Charlie – Age 5

Going with the theme of random, my boys also fight over random things. Yesterday, when leaving for school, we were ready to head out the door, when they had a shoving match. What were they fighting over? Who got to OPEN THE DOOR! Because there are only so many doors that we’ll open in our lifetime…


William – Age 6, Charlie – Age 5

I’d love to hear from you!

What are some of the random things that your kids do? Are they ridiculously picky? Do you look back at the weird things they fight over and laugh?


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Friday Fun! Silly Valentine Faces!

crazy William

Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! My boys have been giving me little love notes and extra hugs all week. 😀 But the best is when they make me laugh without even trying.  Sometimes I feel as if I’m about to float to the ceiling from laughing. 😀

Apparently, we put a lot of emphasis on Thanksgiving around here. My grannie was a direct descendant from the Mayflower and it was her favorite holiday. I love it too.  But Charlie still gets a little confused.

He keeps calling Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving. Yesterday, he came in from the backyard with a flower for me. He said, “It’s a Thanksgiving flower for you, Mommy.”

At least he understands the sentiment. 🙂

Charlie – Age 5

After spending half the day at the Children’s museum, THEN another two hours on the playground, both boys still fought leaving for the car.

“I wanna keep playing!”

And yet… the minute we get in the car, “I’m STARVING!”

William and Charlie – Ages 6 and 5

Charlie built a “train” using the dining chairs. He identified all the chairs as different parts of the train. Then William got home from school and stepped it up with other chairs and couch cushions. Before long, Charlie’s train had a sleeping car, a dining car, a church car, a dentist car, an art car, and… Well, you get the idea.

Now I need a comfortable place to sit. :/

William – Age 6

Once a week, I’ll bribe reward the boys for cooperating when we leave the YMCA by getting them happy meals. This week, they came close to not earning them, but it was mostly because of William’s whining. Charlie wasn’t too bad, but he did run ahead before I was ready. When we were buckling up in the car, I said, “Charlie, you weren’t listening.”

Charlie shot me a look that strongly resembled this:

memeYep. I lost it in a fit of giggles.

Charlie – Age 5

I’d love to hear from you!

How do your kids make you laugh? Do you find laughter to be the best Valentine’s gift? Do your kids suddenly contradict themselves?

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Friday Fun! It’s Healthy!

Charlie under the bed

The anecdote about William explains why I’ve suddenly become even busier and only have two stories to share this week, till I manage a new schedule. 😉

It’s tax season. That time of year when costumed people stand by the side of the road waving signs and Charlie says, “Let’s go visit the Statue of Liverty!”

Charlie – Age 4

I’ve started working out on the treadmill because of unique encouragement from William. We had gone to Busch Gardens and for about five minutes I followed the boys on Jungala’s climbing maze of rope bridges and nets.

Five. Minutes.

My legs were painfully sore for the next several days. There were times I wasn’t sure they would support me going down the stairs. I guess I spend too much time sitting and writing. William thought it was funny to poke my sore muscles and see the way I squirmed.

At least I can listen to an audio book on the treadmill.

William – Age 6

I’d love to hear from you!

Are your kids monster hunters? Do they appreciate national monuments? How do they encourage you to exercise?

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