Random Thoughts #24: Love, Yoga, & Oceans


Kindergarteners on a bird in a Dr. Suess book:
“That does NOT look like a bird.”
“That doesn’t look anything like a bird!”
“What kind of bird that?”

Sally: “Do you believe love is the answer to everything?”
Pianist: “Boy, I sure hope not.”
-Charlie Brown

More from our eloquent kindergarten boy:
“You’re faster than me, so this is very challenging.”
“Like a kaleidoscope.”
“You could break a bone, or crack your head!”
“I just got frightened because of a loud noise.”
“Here’s the ridiculous woman.”
“I can’t pronounce some words.”
“A little more effort.”
“My suspect-er went off at him.”
“She’s going to prepare us pizza.”
“To my surprise…”

3rd grader walking by a group of kindergarteners: “Hello there, little dumplings.”

“I need a bandaid, because I damaged myself.”
-tiny kid

Watching a princess movie, a second-grade girl wondered in an annoyed voice, “How come they always have to be about love and marriage?”

“I wonder why adults make such a big deal about kissing on TV when every Disney movie has kissing!”
-perceptive 4th grade girl

“Some exposure to childhood and other diseases in a school environment.” -in a craigslist ad for substitute teachers

Tan, green, and pink are a group of colors that go together very nicely.

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When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust
I will trust
I will trust in You

Snoopy and Sally discussing whether to start a story with “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time” culminated in “Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.” πŸ˜›

Had the most interesting convo with a smart and forthright 7th grader
Him: “Do you do yoga?”
Me: “Noooo…”
Him: “Because you look like the type of person who would do yoga.”
Me: “Inner peace and all that? πŸ˜‰ ”
Him: [surprisingly quickly and emphatically] “YES!”
Me: “Y’know, it’s not yoga. Reading the Bible is really peaceful. You should try it.”
Him: “I tried that a little bit…”
Me: “Try the Psalms. They’re really good. David wrote them, you know that?”
Him: “Oh. Just not the part with David and Bathsheba.”
Me: “Yeah, there’s no Bathsheba in Psalms.”
Him: “Ok. Good.”
Love when I have a chance to naturally share Christ with these kids πŸ˜€

It’s been so long since we in Cali had rain, I literally stopped to smell and listen to the neighbor’s running sprinklers.

Cute multimedia art piece!

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The ocean is such a powerful place, but a calming one too, if you know that God sets its bounds and rules the waves.

O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea;
Psalm 89: 8-9

Random thoughts #21: Rain, Disney, & hilarious kids


Man’s voice on radio: “I was having lunch with my pastor, and she told me…” *double take* There is just so much wrong with that situation.

Waking up to the sound of rain is pure bliss.

“A bad memory is so awful.” -kindergartener

“You don’t know what’s in my head.”
“Your brain!”
“No, what I’m thinking.”
“Your brain HAS the thinking, duh!!”
-2nd graders

“So you’re saying that God’s the biggest of them all, and He’s on my team!!”
(Because sometimes you just need a Veggietales reminder πŸ™‚ )

Lasagna made with boiled matzah crackers. It’s a thing. And a pretty tasty thing, at that.

While playing “kitchen,” a kindergarten boy was being aggravating, setting the price of the toy eggs anywhere from $12 to $100 million, so an exasperated classmate responded with “Then I’ll use my powers and I’ll put them on your face.” XD

Playing a game with too few people has its challenges, as these kids discovered.
“Can I not be out when I’m out?”
“I’m a ball, bounce me at the wall.”

Sit-n-Sleep will beat any advertised price or your mattress is freeeeeeeeeee

Pretty sure a kindergarten girl just invented a Transformer fairy. 😎

You know you’re a crafter when you look at clothes on the clearance rack not in terms of “will it fit me?” but like “that would be great for that other project!”

Don’t cross your eyes, because 1. Your eyes will fall out, or 2. They’ll stay crossed and you’ll see two of everything! (At least, so says a second grader πŸ˜› )

“Look at my green apple. It’s all green and shiny. My preciousssss!” The 1st grade girl who said this had no knowledge of Gollum, nor any idea how much she was cracking me up πŸ˜‰

I will find my way, I can go the distance
I’ll be there someday, if I can be strong
I know ev’ry mile, will be worth my while
When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong

Check this out –> https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/be-our-guest-restaurant/menus/dinner/  <– lap of luxury right there…

1st grade little boy: It’s so cloudy today!
Me: Yeah, I like cloudy days. How about you?
Him: No. Because you never know when it might rain.
Me: I like it when it rains. Don’t you like the rain?
Him: But…But there might be a thunder storm or a lightning storm!
Me: I love lightning storms! You don’t?!
Him: [completely baffled] No!! I don’t like any of those things! [runs off to play]
πŸ˜€

One 1st grader to another: “You sound like a henchman of a bad guy!”

Little girls playing a game of make-believe involving pretending to be pregnant, and making play cake: “I can only have 1 bite, cuz I got 3 babies in my stomach.”

Not-too-thrilled 2nd grader at snacktime: “Everything’s pumpkin now…so these are pumpkin crackers.”

Brother and sister, (1st and K) discussing play money received by the latter:
Brother: “You’re telling me you don’t know if they’re real?”
Sister: “They’re shiny…”
Brother: “Okay, then I guess they’re real.”
Take note, government πŸ˜›

For my mom, sisters and I, a “girls night out” consists of watching Disney princess movies…and soundly critiquing them based on the Bible πŸ˜‰

Pretty puzzle piece picture


I like looking for creative, pretty, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary crafts to do πŸ˜€ Here’s one I recently did, and I thought I’d share. It’s a terrific way to turn that puzzle that’s missing a few pieces into a cute or beautiful piece of art!
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Over the Christmas holidays, the daycare I work at was cleaning out its shelves and getting rid of stuff. The puzzle I made this from was missing a few pieces and so wasn’t useful for the kids. We were just going to throw the pieces into a bin to use on other crafts, but I thought of another use for it. πŸ™‚

I found a section without holes to use as the main part of the picture, made that part and glued it onto a piece of cardboard for stability. I cut the bumpy edges off, but, depending on the look you want, you could leave them.
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I thought about leaving it like that, putting on a ribbon hanger and calling it done, (and depending on your picture style, you could just put on a hanger and end here) but I kept thinking of more ways to fancy it up-it is princessy, after all! So I glued more decorative puzzle pieces around the outside edge of the picture. I glued them to the back so they’d peek out but not interfere with the main picture, but again, depending on what you want, you could stick this border on the front side. I used tacky glue for this part as it dries faster and you don’t have to hold each piece as long.
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I used a mix of fancy and plainer pieces for the border.
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And then, because glitter makes everything better πŸ˜‰ I added a little bit just outside the picture.
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Lastly, I wove a string of some gold beads around the outside puzzle pieces, using some superglue to secure it. That also became my hanger.

And that’s it! It took a while but I’m very happy with the finished product! πŸ˜€ There are many different ways to do this craft, and I’m looking forward to trying new styles and looks. πŸ™‚

Random Thoughts #12: Actually, foods, & these kids


1st graders playing “pretend” during recess:
“Okay, and pretend I didn’t care.”
“No, pretend you did.”

Oh hey! Those peanut-flavored Cheetos things I talked about last time? Dipped them in frosting and they tasted much better πŸ˜€ Vanilla was best XD

I actually like those apples that wrinkle up when they get dry. Yum πŸ™‚ I need to do that drying apple slices for snacks thing.

The captions on our iPad got messed up so the first lines of dialogue came below and subsequent lines came on top. And now Elrond talks like Yoda. XD

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When jump ropes tucked into little girls’ back collars and drifting down onto the floor turn them into Rapunzel…that’s imagination for ya!

Interesting is… A pair of women’s pants that are “raisin” in color.

This kid had a toy truck that actually folded out into Optimus Prime 😎

However did this knot get into this single strand of my hair?

Why do all the pictures of Sleeping Beauty have her in a pink dress, when for most of the movie she’s actually in a blue dress? Besides her waltzing about the forest in a peasant dress, she goes into the castle, pricks her finger, falls asleep, is woken up, and dances with the prince ALL in a blue dress. The only times her dress is pink are when it’s being made and during her wedding dance, at which times the fairies are alternating it between blue and pink. But in all the common Disney princess pictures, her dress is pink. πŸ˜•

My littlest brother to older sisters: “Can you do me a favor? Can you make more fireworks?” It was so cute, particularly because he’d never before used that first sentence πŸ™‚

Chili hot dogs are better than chili cheeseburgers.

My littlest brother had a hard time understanding why, when my sister had an earache, she got shots in her arms and legs, not her ears.

Once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop. You do realize I’m talking about watermelon, right? πŸ˜‰

This lady was wearing a plain grey-and-white striped maxi dress, but she’d jazzed it way up by adding a hat, hair tie, earrings, necklace, belt, purse, and sandalsβ€”all silver and sparkly. Completely transformed it 😎

Teal and bright cherry red. At first, they’re a bit of a jarring sight when you see them on alternating nails, but after some time they actually seem to meld pretty well.

An out-of-towner accidentally drove his car into a deep ditch on the side of a country road. Luckily a farmer happened by with his big old horse named Benny.
The man asked for help. The farmer said Benny could pull his car out. So he backed Benny up and hitched Benny to the man’s car bumper.
Then he yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull.”
Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled, “Come on, pull Ranger.”
Still, Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled really loud, “Now pull, Fred, pull hard.”
Benny just stood.
Then the farmer nonchalantly said,
“Okay, Benny, pull.”
Benny pulled the car out of the ditch.
The man was very appreciative but curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.
The farmer said, “Oh, Benny is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling he wouldn’t even try.”

I think this joke actually has a point. Unlike Benny, we do have others around us who are on the same mission. Reminded me of this verse: “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

Don’t despair, there are others out there who still love God and want to follow Him!

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