Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So Much To Be Thankful For

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I asked Megan,"What are you thankful for?"

Megan replied,"Well, do you want to know what I wrote on my paper for school?"

Once we established that her school paper addressed my original question, I affirmed that I did.
"Well," she said,"I wrote I am thankful for Mommy and Daddy and my cats.'"

"Aren't you thankful for your brother, too?" I asked.

"Yeah, I am," Megan responded, "but I didn't think of that at school."

Happy Thanksgiving. May you be thankful for too many things to think of.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Qeen Pam

Today was a good day. I turned the projector TV on and off using the universal remote control. Megan taught me how to do it. And I got a package in the mail from someone who read my running blog and decided to send me some free gear. Also, I got to star in one of Megan's "stories." She writes a couple of these a day now. She only asked for help with the word "beautiful."

Here it is in case you are having trouble reading her "riding" (as she wrote in another composition):

Once upon a time
a beautiful
to run and one
into the forist
and she got
lost in the forist
the end.

At bedtime I asked her to tell me a story. She said she didn't know any stories. I said but you write lots of stories everyday. She told me,"But I can write stories better than I can say them." The funny thing is, I know exactly what she means.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween, A Three Act Play

Act 1 - Bauman Farms

(Mom and the kiddos spend the day (Oct. 4) at Bauman Farms. There is much merriment, perhaps with the exception of getting lost in the dark maze)

Megan (diving in): Liam let's pretend we are swimming in the nuts!
Liam: Mom, We're swimming.

Liam: This is a huge-hugie.

Random Stranger: How old is your son? (after his third time going down the zip line by himself).
Mom: Two and a half.
Random Stranger: Wow! And you aren't worried he is going to fall off?
Mom (thinking to herself): And you aren't worried about minding your own business??

(later in the day)
Megan: Mom, can we ride those cars?
Mom: (not wanting to pay an extra $3): No, but you can have donut holes!
(Cheering all around)

Apple lady (to Megan): Honey, you can't touch them all! Now I have to throw these ones away!

(More sliding, running, and jumping before we all go home completely worn out)

Act 2 - EZ Orchards
(The Smiths make the annual family trip to EZ orchards (Oct. 16) with Little Red Schoolhouse. The downpour subsides right as the haywagon is loading up)

Michelle, the school director: Oh, I have to get a picture of your family every year!

Megan: I'm going to get this one! Isn't it a good one?

(Liam walks around confused by all the choices)

Megan: Did you see me do it?

Liam: Megan's not sharing!
(The Smith family is the last to leave, but not before buying a dozen donuts and a gallon of apple cider)

Act 3 - Halloween Day

Mac: Were any of the other runners dressed up?
Mom: Well, a few people had on orange shirts.

Megan: Can we do the jack-o-lanterns now?

Mom: Most people think it is gross, but I kind of like the slimy stuff.
Liam: But it's yuck!

Mac: You should not be allowed to draw circles on a pumpkin. I am going to get my drill.

Mac: That was great. I am going to get another power tool.

Chickens: bok-bok-bok-BOK!
Cows (after the chickens have had their fill and they finally mosey over): Moo!

Megan: Is the pumpkin going to catch on fire?

Liam: This candy makes me stay awake.
Mom: You have to share your candy with Mom and Dad.
Mac: Arrg. It sucks that tonight is the end of daylight savings.
Mom: Ok, that's enough candy! Time for bed.

(The lights fade as the kids snuggle into their beds and Mom sneaks back to the kitchen to eat more of the kids' candy.)

The End