Monday, July 30, 2012

More Words of Wisdom

Here are some more words of wisdom from my children.

These first two happened a few months ago but are too funny not to share.  I love the wit and banter that comes from having a slightly older child.  I can't decide what's more funny.  The cleverness of Buddy's speech, or the naivety of Sambo's.

  • My friend, Nicki, went to Alabama for Porsche Driving School.  I was telling Buddy about this and after he asked when she'd be back, he said, "I hope when she comes home from Alabama she has a banjo on her knee."  
  • Buddy's middle name is Jesse.  Near the end of school a new girl named Jessie joined his class.  He came home from school and told me about the new student saying, "When my teacher told us we'd get a new student named Jessie, I assumed it would be a boy.  And if it was a girl, I would have assumed she'd have red hair, a lasso, and a horse named Bullseye."
  • Sambo was talking about animals.  Because he couldn't talk during the years and months kids learn about animals and the sounds they make, he still gets confused about stuff like that.  So on this occasion, he said, "What's that squirrel called that squirts stink out it's butt?"  (A skunk?)
  • I still make my kids ride in carseats, even though it isn't legally required.  We had a friend (age 4) over for a playdate.  I had to pick Buddy up from school while he was over, so I put the friend in Sambo's 5-point harnass, I put Sambo in Buddy's booster seat and Buddy sat in the middle with a seatbelt.   
          Buddy: "How come if Spencer is taller than Sambo, he had to be in the baby seat?"
          Me: "Cause that's the type of carseat his mom puts him in."
          Buddy: "Oh, so his mom is paranoid too."
  • Me:  Do you still have a crush on Ch___?
          Buddy:  No.  I have crush on E___ and Cl____.  I certainly don't need three.
  • I've been teaching Sambo to read.  He was sounding out "got" and by mistake said, "God."  I said, "Close..." and immediately he changed it to "Gosh." 
  • While reading the Doctrine & Covenants, Buddy read about Orson Hyde (section 75).  He suddenly stopped reading and said, "Oh.  For a second there I was hoping this was talking about Mr. Hyde.  You know from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  But this really isn't a story about monsters, so it makes sense that this is somebody else."
  •  Sambo was putting his arms in his shirt at Safeway because he was cold.
           Sambo: This is my baby (putting his hands in his shirt to puff it out like he was pregnant.)
           Buddy: Boys can't have babies. (pause) They can help, but we don't need to explain that to a 4-year old.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cub Scout Camp

Building a trebuchet.  Buddy and I learned mommy isn't so good at building things.  But by the end of the week, I definitely got better. 

The boys launching rocks with their trebuchets at the castle.

The long-anticipated week finally arrived.  Buddy went to Cub Camp!  Sambo and I tagged along all week, which turned out fun too.  I think I actually had more fun than Buddy.  There were 19 boys in our group, so we split into two "packs."  It was a ton of fun playing with the all the boys in our group.  I was so impressed with what respectful and fun boys we had.  I loved getting to know them on our long drives to and from the camp every day.  And watching them be supportive of each other and learn new skills made it worth it to be there.  I'll spare you my full feelings on the matter, but unlike most parents, I actually enjoy being with my kids.  So hanging with Buddy all week and supporting him in his activities was the best part of all. 

One token cute shot of Sambo.  He spent the week with the younger kids in a daycare-type area at the camp. 

Buddy had a lot of fun, even though it was super stressful at times for him.  He gets overwhelmed by lots of rules. (Heck-I got overwhelmed by all their rules too.  I'm a rigid rule-follower by nature, but I was ready to run myself over a cliff by the end of the week.  I was so tired of enforcing the camps strict rules all week.  No running!  No touching sticks!  Put that pine cone down!  No having any fun!!!!)  Plus the stress of learning new skills and not being perfect at everything was hard for Buddy.  Then halfway through the week he got really sick and eventually had to miss the last day.  But despite the ups and downs of the week, we really enjoyed our first time as a cub scout family.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Turn the Volume Down

This one is for my sister who sent me an email tonight saying she is worried about how loud and crazy her kids will be when they come to visit in a couple weeks.

No need to worry.  G came up with a solution today (before she sent her email) because of how loud OUR kids were during lunch.