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

W, X, Y & Z: Cool crafts for kids


A Whale, a Xylophone, a Yarn doll, and Zoo animals, all as cute as can be!
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W: Whale
(Made from paper bag & fiberfill)
-Stuff a paper bag 3/4 full of fiberfill, tie off a tail, and paint blue or gray. The water spout is fringed paper rolled up and glued into a slit on the top.
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X: Xylophone
(Made from a cereal box)
-Cut a cross section from the cereal box for the body of the xylophone, cover it with paper and decorate. From the cereal box, cut 6 strips in descending size and marker/paint then in rainbow colors for the keys. The stick is a skewer with a pompom.
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Y: Yarn Doll
(Made from yarn)
-Wrap yarn 50 times around an approx. 8 inch book and slide it off. Tie off a head and body, pulling out and braiding a few stands for arms. Braid the boys’ legs and leave the girls’ free as skirts.
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Z: Zoo animals
(Made from cardboard & yarn)
-Glue colored pictures of animals to cardboard, cut notches in the top and bottom of the cages and wrap yarn around to create the bars.
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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 πŸ™„ 

“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. πŸ˜›
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜›

“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.” πŸ˜›

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

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!

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 πŸ™‚

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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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˜‰

Random thoughts #20: YouTube, kid problems & solar system


My brother was trying to voice-dictate a Youtube search for “how to defeat someone in wrestling.” This is what came out:

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how to delete someone in listening

Kid: “I fell. But nothing hurts.” Well, that’s good.

Observatory – for looking at/studying stars from outside. Planetarium – for looking at/studying stars from inside.

I would stand in line for this
There’s always room in life for this

A kindergartener had studied astronomy in a summer camp, and it showed: “What happens if the Earth falls in a big black hole?”

Little girls discussing how hard it is to pronounce words like “spaghetti,” “certificate,” and “photographer.” Totally hilarious!

My sister: “I pocket-dialed YouTube and it’s playing a Joseph Prince video!” #howdoesthatevenhappen

Catching Fire!
Katnisss going back to The Games
Needs an ally to win, and here’s the next name
It’s Haymitch, victor of the last Quarter Quell
Could there be a better ally than him? Pray tell
He’s studied The Games the past 25 years
“I’ll save you Katniss” -Peeta volunteers!!!
-Studio C’s “Peeta’s Song” (most hilarious way ever to pick holes in the Hunger Games πŸ˜› )

A convo among kids 10 and under on music consisted of the singing of snippets of secular songs and the following words. Taylor Swift. Michael Jackson. Wrecking Ball. Bruno Marx. “Really gross.” “Terribly inappropriate.” Parents, PLEASE keep track of what your kids are listening to.

Ahhh, the diversity of Southern California. White, Black, Oriental, Mexican, Indian, Middle-Eastern…it’s wonderful to see so many different people anywhere you go.

The brave heart never stands alone

Your random alligator fact of the day: “Alligators have even been known to survive freezing conditions.Β  They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface.Β  This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms.Β  In extreme cases, they may get frozen to the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free once the ice melts.”Β 

“I never study.”
“Then how do you pass?”
“Just sheer knowledge.”
-2 middle schoolers

Finally got to watch Interstellar. Mind-blowing!

The T-shirts kids are wearing nowadays reflect what they’re getting taught. And I gotta say, we’re failing our kids by clothing them with these egotistical, self-centered, excuse giving messages:
“It must be the candy talking”
“The sarcasm is strong with this one”
“I tried being good, but I got distracted”
“Perfect princess”
“Sorry, I always win”
“Shake it off”
“Awesome is my middle name”
“Always looking good”
“I’m sassy, cool and sweet”
“Give me space”
“Even my swag has swag”
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s just what I do”
“My swag gets the most likes”
“It’s not that I forget, it’s just that I don’t care”
“Princess of everything”

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

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pic courtesy of Microsoft clip art

Random thoughts #19: Kid Snippets


These were collected from the end of the school year through the start of summer πŸ™‚

Kindergartner girls are playing with Disney princess dolls and one looks at her friend’s doll: “Wow, yours has yellow eyes! [inspects hers more closely] Mine’s creepy as well!”

“She writes neat, especially when she draws.”

Kindergarten boys discussing how to hug your shadow.

The entire fifth grade class just spent their entire recess discussing which brand of mayonnaise is better, Best Foods or Miracle Whip.

A little Mexican kindergartener trying to put on a French accent. ::cuteness overload::

Kindergartners think closing your eyes while swinging makes you go higher. Second graders think closing your eyes while swinging is terrifying and that they’re going to fall. There’s something in there about growing older and losing the sense of wonder…

Kindergartners are watching a movie and the characters are sliding down a snowy hill and cliffs to escape the bad guys.
K 1: “That looks like fun!!”
K 2: “That’s not fun, you could die!!”

The kindergartners wanted to know where all the sand in the sandyard came from.

Two 2nd grade girls:
“That was rude.”
“No it wasn’t.”
“To my instincts it was.”
“Well in reality it wasn’t.”
“Well I don’t care about reality.”
Me: “…Ai yi yi”

My siblings and I were seriously discussing whether alligators can jump… The physics and biology involved…

“Why are you guys so afraid of losing teeth?” -a sage 3rd grader to a group of kindergartners who’d spent the whole day wriggling and peering at their teeth in mirrors.

Leave it to a kindergartener to find goofs in a fairy movie. “Her wings are wet, how can she fly?”

Kindergarten girl: “My mommy can only do high ponytails. And she doesn’t know how to braid. I’m like, “You gotta get teached!””

The kids are making Jurassic Park-type noises on the playground…

Little girl on a noisy bus: “I can’t even hear myself! But I know what I’m saying.”

Forget playing “house,” it’s the cutest when kids play “work.”
“I want a promotion!”
“You’ll get a promotion!”
“You already got fired.”
“Okay, you get a promotion: $1 per year.”
“I hate this company!”
“I’m suing, then.”
“I’m gonna sue you for $2.5 million!”
“Come on, we’re taking this company to court.”
“They’re only giving me a raise; I want a promotion!”
“Can you even afford a lawyer?”
“Don’t worry, I’m a professional.”
“Okay, you get a promotion. You’re Vice-Manager.”
“Oohhhhh!! YES! You’re fired. You’re fired! You’re fired! EVERYBODY’S FIRED!”
“You can’t fire me; I’m fireproof.”
“Then we’ll get a fire extinguisher.”

Aren’t kids da bomb? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs πŸ™‚

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!

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!

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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