Random thoughts #22: Oscar, kids think, & 7


“I’ll call him Oscar.”
“Oscar? You can’t name a lamb Oscar. You name a lamb Fluffy…or Cottonball…But you don’t name a lamb Oscar.”
-Paws & Tales kids radio show

“Ten days after I turned 8, got my lips stuck in a gate; my friends all laughed. And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crowbar and I had to spend the next 6 weeks in lip rehab where I met this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee, right on the lips, and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week cuz both of our lips were so swollen. And when he did start speaking, he just spoke Polish, and I didn’t know but like 3 words in Polish, except now I know 4 – because Oscar taught me the word for lips.”
-Veggietales “I Love My Lips” silly song

Took me the longest time to figure out what Larry was saying in that ^^ monologue 🙄 

“He’s my pet and his name is Oscar. He’s mine.”
-kindergarten girl, of a fly buzzing around the room.

You don’t want to hear how these giraffe puppets took so much time and hassle to make. You just want to see the cute picture. So here you go. 😛
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. 😀

Going out of your way to step on and crunch the few dried deciduous leaves = fall in Southern California.

Wintery crafts are the best!

Me to two middle schoolers who were fighting: “It takes 2 to tango.”
One of the middle schoolers: “Yeah, but…but…it takes one to…play video games…”

If coffee is warmed in the microwave for 22 minutes instead of 2, the smell takes over 2 months to go away. 😛

“I call it, “Victory of Life”!” -kindergartener in a melodramatic voice, of a pattern she’d just decorated her paper with XD

According to a 1st grader, you can “speak Texas.” 😛

When the Carl’s Jr. root beer tastes like it’s been mixed with sweet tea 😕

Straightforward kindergartener: “Once I had something go in here [points to arm] that touched my blood to see if I could have eggs or not.”

“A hacker is someone who goes on a computer and makes your technology not work.” -2nd grader

Do you know how hard it is to arrange 7 things in a perfect circle?

Now a half circle or mountain, that’s not hard:   

 Speaking of 7, and of 7 stars, I really like how the symbol for Aragorn’s kingship is the same as Jesus’. 8)

I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading:

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. -Revelation 1:16

That’s our Jesus!

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Easy kid crafts: Igloo and Jellyfish


Some crafts we helped the kindergartners in daycare make. You can use these for the letters I and J, or as winter and animal crafts, or just as a fun activity anytime 🙂

Igloo

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Glue a Styrofoam bowl to a base, and add a bent strip of cardboard to form the entrance.

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Cover that with cotton balls, and add stuffing/batting for snow.

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Jellyfish

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These are coffee filters colored with markers, gotten barely wet, wrung out and laid flat to dry, then had thin strips of streamers glued around the edge. They’re then draped over a plastic or Styrofoam cup that’s been cut down to half its size.
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Poke a hole through the filter and cup to secure both together and have a way to hang it up.
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Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs 🙂

Wall 1

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These were painted with a light blue paint wash, then a light purple one.

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Daffodils, made with paper, a single egg carton cup painted yellow, and a chenille stem.

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Poppies made by sticking colored tissue paper squares onto waxed paper with watered-down glue, then cutting out the flower shape.

Wall 2

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Ducks and frogs (the base was an egg shape because it was Easter time) and birds and butterflies, with a couple grasshoppers floating on leaves in the pond.

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Wall 3

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Beehives with bees! The body is a thumb dipped in yellow paint, the head is a pinkie tip dipped in black paint, and the wings, stripes and stingers are drawn on.

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And a group of dragonflies hanging from the ceiling.

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So fun to see their interpretations of some of God’s beautiful creations!

Random thoughts #18: Billboards, travel, solar system, & kid surprises


There was a taxi with the label “clean air vehicle”…and the driver was smoking. 😐

Ahhhh…I haven’t been on Molendrix.com in forever.

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I like the combo of pink and tan.

I’ve been reading a lot of free Kindle travel books lately.

Ketchup actually makes a really good dip for plain potato chips.

In Vegas, if you want an all-black taxi with a cool driver dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses and an earpiece, it’s $50. A regular taxi with a plainly-dressed driver is $20. In Vegas.

Have you seen the largest photograph ever taken? Click here and prepare to have your mind blown by the sheer grandeur of our solar system and our God who made it.

“Stay connected. Or stay disconnected, ya ignoramus.”
-a radio station billboard

Kindergarten boy, about Pirates of the Caribbean: “They’re scary. But they have good songs.” Never seen it but from the previews I’ve seen and the couple songs I’ve heard, that seems accurate.

Kindergarten boy, on anacondas: “Are those a fruit? Or a vegetable?” Yes, genuine question.

“You don’t have to be famous to be unforgettable.”
-billboard

Wendy’s honey mustard is a nice dip for homemade chicken sandwiches.

1st grade boy asks: “Is everyone the same?” And I’m thinking, what do you mean-quality, looks, identity, value…? #loadedquestion

So cute to see a little girl at school practicing moves from her hula class.

There must be something artsy you can make out of paper crayon wrappers.

Know what’s really cool? Watching an 8th grade boy sit with a kindergarten boy and patiently teach him how to play a game. 🙂

“Grab your hat and let’s go to Paris!”

Never mind that that ^^ is a snippet of a kindergartner girls’ “pretend” game. That sounds good NOW 😉

At first I didn’t like the Kindle’s non-auto-rotate feature, but now I really do. 8)

“You won the game, but the game says you lost.”
“You won the battle, but lost the war.”
-middle school boys during a game

My littlest brother asked “Can I have cinnamon gum?” and my mom thought he was asking for “some income.” XD

Getting a swag code entered 11 seconds before it expires :O

The need for discernment…

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I just can’t look up at the sky and NOT think about our God.

When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
-Psalm 8:3-4

Pretty puzzle piece picture


I like looking for creative, pretty, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary crafts to do 😀 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. 🙂

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 😉 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! 😀 There are many different ways to do this craft, and I’m looking forward to trying new styles and looks. 🙂

Edible terrain map!


Look at the kindergartners’ latest school project! It’s a landscape of different terrains, all made out of sweet goodies!

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Flat cookies go down first as the base to build on. Green-tinted sweetened coconut makes the “grass” of the “plains.” The “hills” are chocolate chips and the “mountains” are Reese’s peanut butter cups (you could substitute bigger chocolates here), with more chocolate chips on top for ridges and white sprinkles for “snow.”

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There’s a “river,” of blue frosting. Next to the “plains” on that side is a Kit-Kat “plateau.”

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The “river” leads to an “ocean,” also of blue frosting, and bordered by “coasts” of graham cracker crumbs. The ocean contains cheddar whales (the only non-sweet thing, though gummy fish could be used here) and an “island” made of a vanilla wafer.

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What a sweet, educational craft!

Graduation trip journal (part 2): Into the West


September 22, Tuesday – our cousins had a few more goodies before we left that evening. We went to the Philadelphia Art Museum, before which are the famous “Rocky steps”—the steps the boxer Rocky (played by Sylvester Stallone) ran up in the movie series “Rocky.”IMG_2097IMG_2106

There was also a nice view of Center City, the historical part of Philly.IMG_2115

Said goodbye to our cousins, and boarded our red eye flight to Las Vegas.

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City lights from plane window

Once we landed, we embarked on another adventure as we needed to be in Idaho for my dad’s business meeting the next morning. We rented a car and my dad drove through the night to get there on time. We took a break for a few hours to sleep, but it was tiring!


September 23, Wednesday – We reached Idaho. It’s an underestimated state! It’s really pretty—green and farms everywhere, besides mountains and prairies.
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After our meeting at lunchtime, we decided on the spur of the moment to go see Yellowstone National Park. That’s the way we roll 🙂 We glimpsed the Great Tetons on the way there.IMG_2178

Once inside Yellowstone, it was great to just be surrounded by nature: the Old West kind of nature.IMG_2227

And there were buffalo. Lots of buffalo. We’d only seen buffalo once before, when we went to Utah this May. So it was real fun to see them again. Here, as there, the buffalo weren’t afraid of or spooked by humans. We’d see some grazing by the side of the road, and stop to take pictures.

IMG_2361 Buffalo grazing beside the meandering river,IMG_2331

fishers wading in knee-deep in said river,IMG_2353

beaver dams, rolling hills, glimpses of mountains behind, sun flashing behind the trees…IMG_2289IMG_2291

…it was a beautiful drive. 🙂 We didn’t go very far into the park (didn’t realize till we got there and got a map how big it is!) but we went to see Old Faithful. Unfortunately, it’s going off its steady rhythm because of all the junk people are throwing in. But about 40 minutes after the previous eruption, it erupted again. It was steaming quite a bit, then suddenly- IMG_2451

Fwoosh! The water shot up in a steaming flume. IMG_2462

It didn’t last very long, but it was so cool. Then we drove to our hotel just across the border in Nevada.


September 24, Thursday – We explored the somewhat remote Nevada town we’d stayed in the night before. It was small and quaint, the kind of place where everyone knows each other and people are friendly. At the same time, with the big open spaces, dusty roads, and mountains around, it had a very Western feel.IMG_2730

The feeling was definitely that of a small group of people who’d banded together to make a good living for themselves in the desert. Besides, of course, the couple of flashy casinos that were there ripping people off because it was, after all, Nevada. 😉 Then we drove into Utah to stay with our friends who hosted us when we visited there in May.


September 25, Friday – Spent time with our friends in the morning, then had a leisurely drive to our hotel in Las Vegas. On the way, we were treated to a veritable light show in the heavens! First came a gorgeous sunset, as the sky flashed with gold.IMG_2918

Then—we saw it farther off and soon we were driving through it—rain! That was followed by a stunning double rainbow.IMG_2951
But it wasn’t over yet! That night we were treated to a lightning storm! We could see the clouds lighting up, and sometimes the lightning flashing. There were some big bolts! I didn’t get any pictures because we were driving, but it was really spectacular! So, four sky wonders in one day—it was a magnificent day in the West. 😀


September 26, Saturday– My dad had a meeting in the morning, so I hung around the hotel. Then we had lunch in the hotel (it was one of those big deals with hotel, restaurants, and gambling in one). Vegas has cheap food to bring people in to gamble: we just come and enjoy the cheap good food 😉

And finally our trip was at an end. We got to the bus stop and the bus took us home to California. It had been an exciting trip, but we were glad to be home.

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