Hour Twenty PawB11: Fra Martino

There are things that you get used to over the years that your brain just does not want to relearn. For example, “Fra Martino.” That’s Italian. I don’t know Italian. I learned “Frere Jaques” and my brain doesn’t want to make the switch from French to English. “Mom, sing this round with us!” Ok. Sure. I love to sing rounds with my girls. “Fra Martino campanero something something. Blah blah blah. Morning bells are ringing. Morning bells are ringing. Ding ding dong. Ding ding dong.” “Mom! It’s ‘Din don dan!'” Not in my head it’s not.
Now we’re at church and the morning bells are ringing “ding dong ding” and it’s all very confusing. But pretty. I still love a good round with the girls.
Let’s go to Sunday School. I wonder if I’m subbing today…Look! Harley wants to come, too!



Hour Eleven PawB11: Cheating

I seem to be the only one here, so I’m going to cheat on this one. Then I’m going to bed even though I’m not caught up or ahead like I had hoped. Bless the bloggers who keep it up through the night. I’ll try to check in on you once in a while. ūüôā

What Would Your Kids Say?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 11:07am

I figured FooFoo’s answers would be funniest, so I put them last, but I asked her first so don’t be confused on the last question. It really should go bottom to top. Aww…poodles! I hit save after Alyn’s answers and they all disappeared. Come back Alyn!

First, introductions: Who are you?

  • A. Alyn. (And what does Mom call you?) Alyn
  • K. Ken! (And what does Mom call you?) Ken!
  • M. Mary (And what does Mom call you?) Mmmm…MaRu
  • F. Princess Peach (No, really, what’s your name?) FaithLynn (And what does Mom call you?) I don’t know. (I don’t call you anything?) Oh, Squeaky Squirrel!

1. What is something Mom always says to you?

  • A. Do the laundry
  • K. Clean your room.
  • M. (You can’t look at what FaithLynn wrote.) What did you say? (Go over there and lie down so you can’t look. I said, What is something Mom always…) says to me? Wake up, it’s time for school!
  • F. I love you.

2. What makes Mom happy?

  • A. Doing the laundry.
  • K. When I do the dishes.
  • M. Ummm…When it’s her day to pick! (But it’s always my day to pick. Does that mean I’m always happy?) Uh, yeah.
  • F. I don’ t know. (Nothing makes me happy?) No, I just don’t know.

3. What makes Mom sad?

  • A. If I don’t do the laundry.
  • K. When I lay on my lazy butt and watch TV.
  • M. Ummm…when we don’t get out of bed in time.
  • F. ……I don’t know. (Does Mom get sad?) Sometimes yeah. (But you don’t know why?) I know why. (So, why?) …I don’t know.

4. How does Mom make you laugh?

  • A. She doesn’t. I make her laugh. (Not even when I threaten you with a fork?) That’s not funny…that’s…threatening. (How about when we play Stinky Pinky?) Maybe sometimes.
  • K. That’s a hard one. Um…I don’t know. Next question please? (No, you have to think of something I do that makes you laugh.) I’m not sure of anything (*FooFoo bursts through the door* “Stop taking the quiz! I have a hairbrush I need to hang up and I don’t want to hear!”) Why are you typing so much? Don’t type everything I say! Darn it! That made me laugh! There!
  • M. She tickles me!
  • F. Makes silly faces.

5. What was Mom like as a child?

  • A. I have no idea. (Have you seen any pictures of me?) I’ve seen them but I don’t remember them. I said you were probably a geek. Either that or a clean freak, but I didn’t say that.
  • K. Mm mm mm. (*in the notes of “I don’t know”*) I have no clue. (Have you seen any pictures of me?) I think I’ve seen one, but that’s it. (Not even on Facebook?) No, not on Facebook, but I’ve seen one though. It was just a normal picture. (What was I like in it?) Ummm….I can’t really remember but I think you had red hair.
  • M. I don’t know. (Have you seen any pictures of me?) No, I haven’t. (Not even on Facebook?) I’ve seen some pictures of you on Facebook, but not when you were young! (Fair enough. We’ll look later.)
  • F. …Me!

6. How old is Mom?

  • A. 36 or 38. I know it’s an even number.
  • K. I have no clue. She won’t tell me. (Am I 100?) Definitely not. (Am I as old as Dad?) No. (Am I 30?) I’m not sure…I’m pretty sure she’s a bit older than 30 but I’m pretty sure she’s not 40.
  • M. 36?
  • F. *Tell me how old you are.* (*whispered like there is someone else in the room besides me* You don’t have a guess?) No. (Am I as old as Dad?) No. (Am I 100?) No! (Am I 30?) No. (Am I older than 30?) Yes! (Then that’s close enough!)

7. How tall is Mom?

  • A. Not as tall as me. (How tall are you?) Pretty tall. No, scratch that and put, “Taller than Mom.”
  • K. Pretty tall. I’m not sure exact, though. (Am I as tall as Dad?) No. (Am I as tall as Alyn?) Yes. You are taller. Barely though. Alyn’s tall.
  • M. Hmm-mmm *shrugging shoulders* (Am I as tall as Dad?) Bigger than that, I think! (Am I as tall as Alyn?) No. Alyn’s way taller than you!
  • F. I don’t know. (Am I as tall as Daddy?) NO! (Am I as tall as Alyn?) …Yes.

8.What is Mom’s favorite thing to do?

  • A. Tell me to do laundry. No, I’m just joking. I said, “Play on her computer and listen to music.”
  • K. Play on Facebook and Twitter. I get like 12,000 twitters from her every day.
  • M. Put the laundry away. Wait…wait…take that back. Mommy’s favorite thing to do is text!
  • F. Work.

9. What does Mom do when you’re not around?

  • A. Play on her computer and listen to music.
  • K. Twitter
  • M. Mmmm…when I’m not around…when I’m not around…Watch TV.
  • F. Go to work.

10. If Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

  • A. Inventing a new computer.
  • K. The most twitters in one second.
  • M. Singing
  • F. …sad. (I’ll be famous for being sad?) Uh huh.

11. What is Mom really good at?

  • A. Typing.
  • K. Twittering
  • M. Singing
  • F. Drawing me bunnies.

12. What is Mom not very good at?

  • A. Playing video games.
  • K. Doing a back-flip…into a pool. (Have you ever seen me try that?) No, I haven’t. (So how do you know I’m not good?) Because the older you are the harder it is to flip. Break your back. (So you’re calling me old?) Not too old, but kinda. I’m just a kid. I’m only 9…almost 10.
  • M. Cartwheels
  • F. ……hmmm…hmmm……(I don’t ever mess anything up?) *don’t type that* (Why not?) *because I don’t want you to.* (What do you think I typed?) *sigh* *What you just said.* (You’re right. I did. Why can’t I type that?) *’cuz I’m thinking.* (OK, I’ll wait.) ………You’re not good at drawing me telephones.

13. What does Mom do for her job?

  • A. Taxes.
  • K. Help Dad.
  • M. Umm…put the laundry away.
  • F. Clean up the house with me.

14. What’s Mom’s favorite food?

  • A. Ice cream.
  • K. I’m not quite sure. She has lots of favorites. (Can you think of one?) Tuna…fish sandwiches. She ate those last night I think…no…the night before last night, sorry. This is a long quiz, isn’t it? (Actually it was a salmon sandwich, but that’s close enough.)
  • M. Umm……popcorn.
  • F. I don’t know. (What do I eat a lot of?) I don’t know. (What don’t I like then?) I don’t know.

15. What makes you proud of Mom?

  • A. …She’s smart.
  • K. That’s a hard one, I’ll have to think on that…umm…dot dot dot…Finding new calendars. I’m amazed that she can find so many. Especially ones that have flaming swords…that my friend Kyle is afraid of. *This is a long quiz*
  • M. When she finds my stuff. (Like what?) Like…there’s so many good choices I can’t think of one. (You mean you lose your stuff all the time?) No! (So what kind of stuff does Mom find for you?) She finds some socks for me if I don’t have any in my drawer.
  • F. Doing what I said. (What did you say?) Doing….what…I…told you to do!

16. If Mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

  • A. The secretary at the doctor’s office. (What cartoon has a secretary at a doctor’s office?) Tom & Jerry…they don’t really talk which is why I thought of that. And I think Bugs Bunny has one in one of his movies.
  • K. Hmm. Somebody on the Flintstones. I’m not sure who, but somebody on the Flintstones. (You don’t know her name? Or it doesn’t matter, just anybody from the Stone Ages.) I just don’t know her name. I know exactly what she looks like, I just don’t know her name. Yabbadabbadoo Exclamation Point! (So what does she look like?) It’s hard to explain. (What color hair does she have?) OK, now that I can’t figure out. But I know she has a skirt that’s ripped at the bottom and looks like a tiger. (Fred’s wife?) Yes! Yes! Yes yes yes! And Dad would be Fred!
  • M. Mmmm…I’m thinking…Stephanie. (Who’s Stephanie?) Ummm…Stephanie on Lazy Town. (Oh, so I have pink hair?) *laughing* If you were a cartoon character, yeah, or you could go to the beauty shop and make them give you a pink wig. You’ll have to find some pink tennis shoes…pink socks…pink clothes…
  • F. Princess Peach

17. What do you and Mom do together?

  • A. Eat. (You mean we only eat together?) Yes. (We don’t do anything else?) No. We’re just at the table with Dad. (Boring.) Yup.
  • K. *crack in the roof, crack in the roof, dot dot dot dot dot* Clean the livingroom together. I think the fan is making a clicking noise and it’s annoying. Stop it fan! Stop it!
  • M. Mmmm…shop. (Shop for what?) Shop for milk because we drink it really really fast.
  • F. ……(You don’t have to whisper.) Tell me what. (Tell you what we do together?) Yeah. What do we do? (Well, do we play games? or sing? or go to Girl Scouts or anything fun like that?) Go to Girl Scouts together!

18. Where is Mom’s favorite place to go?

  • A. Home or Arkansas, but when we’re in Arkansas she’s embarrassed of the little girls and Ken and wants to go home. (But I’m never embarrassed of you?) No, ‘cuz I stay out of the way and don’t get in trouble.
  • K. The clinic.
  • M. Mmmm…Stryper concert!
  • F. Work

19. What’s something you want everyone to know about Mom?

  • A. She’s been on TV. (Why?) Singing. Wait. Why was she on TV or why do I want everyone to know. I’m confused. I should have studied better. (Both.) What? What was the question? (Why do you want everyone to know I was on TV?) Because it makes you sound kindof interesting. What is that noise? The fan? Makes me not want to be under it anymore. (We’re done here.) Are you still typing everything I say? I’m outa here.
  • K. Nothing. (You want Mom to be a secret?) No. I just don’t know anything right off the bat. I’ll have to think about an hour on that so might as well skip it. It will take me about an hour on that one. “Get Plenty of Sleep” That’s what a calendar says. (That’s Dr. V’s dog, Brody.) It’s sleeping. Hey, if this is a quiz, why don’t you ask me a question again? (Because that was the last question.) It was? Does that mean I can go continue my game? If it does, Peace Out! (Please go get Alyn.) I think I know where he is. (Alyn’s still not here, so I’m going to him. “Hey, Alyn, when you’re done, come to my room.” “Why?” “I have a quiz for you.” “About what?” “Just come.” “I want to study!” “You can’t study! Just come!”)
  • M. She sings. (OK, please go get Ken for me so he can take the quiz, too.) Ken! Ken! Go take the quiz! Some of those were hard and tricky, so…(FooFoo yells, “I did all the quizzes!” Ken says, “Is this a hard quiz?”)
  • F. Yes! (Yes what?) Yes I want everyone to know what I just said! On there! Everything! E-ve-ry-thing! I mean EVERYTHING! Get it? Ev-ry-thing? (Anything you didn’t say yet?) No. Everything I DID say! What you just typed on your computer. I mean on your laptop. (Is there anything I forgot to ask you?) You got a email! (Pay attention. This is the last question. Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you want to say?) Hmm. Trash! Trash! Trash! (Are you calling me trash?) No. I’m throwing trash at you! (I see that. Please stop.) I can’t! It’s fun! Trash! It’s a big party! Trash! Trash! Now I’m throwing it at me! Trash! Trash! (I think we’re done here.) *giggle* (Go tell Mary now.) But not right now. I want to throw trash in here! (Please take your trash and ask Mary to come here. Thank you, FooFoo.) You know Alyn’s in bed. (I’m not surprised. Please get Mary for me.) OK! I’m going to get her! Sockydockydockydock!
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Hour Ten PawB11: Staring

OK, I’m staring now. Not even halfway through and I’m just staring. ¬†I guess it’s time to call out the big guns: SIXTH GRADE!! ¬†Most of my sixth grade class chose to create PowerPoint presentations. That’s good because they’re pretty good at it now…and bad because they’re hard to post. So, here are some links to a few of the presentations. They won’t embed and you’ll have to run them yourselves.

But I’m staring.

I think I’m going to go take a shower or something and shake this off.

Another preschooler next hour. ūüôā

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Hour Nine PawB11: Ninja Girl

Human Fluttershy by Xylan-Moonhawk

Have you ever been asked to do something outside of your comfort zone? Do you try or do you just bow out as gracefully as you can and leave it to the next schmo? ¬†Or are you like me and it really depends on what it is. ¬†My oldest son is one fantastic artist. He’s into anime and he’s also a Brony. ¬†Here’s one of his pieces that made it into some Brony page somewhere. It’s all beyond me.

Anyway, he’s been at a marching band (Go Marching Jaguars!) the past few days…just walked in the door actually…and he usually takes these requests but since he’s been gone, it’s fallen to me. ¬†I don’t mind the ponies. They’re pretty basic and they’re…PONIES! But tonight Mary asked me…while I was writing the last blog…to draw this anime ninja girl she found. She hands me notebook paper and a pencil that’s been sharpened with a knife apparently and has no eraser and looks at me like it’s just going to happen.

I don’t draw people. They’re HARD! They’re complicated and there’s nothing people know better than people. You make something off, crooked, disproportionate…people see it right away. So, did I say, “No, sweetie. Why don’t you find me a pony?” NO! I got this “I’m on a pony roll” attitude on and I begged for an eraser…and here it sits all pink with green and white and purple spots and I held the pencil at weird angles so that it would write and I drew as fast as I could so I could get back to this blog.

Now, with three minutes later, I’m going to present to you my attempt at anime. Please don’t laugh. It’s not my specialty. Not that I have an art specialty, but if I did it wouldn’t be people.

PhotoBucket Ninja Girl

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Hour Eight PawB11: Getting Our Groove On

It’s Music Time!

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My friends at the Freak Show are live right now and I’m tuned in for some good blogging music. Everyone should call in and request some good blogging music for me because it’s really hard to concentrate. They’re discussing Play-Doh right now and happy accidents. Pet owners don’t often think of happy accidents, but sometimes accidents can be fun. ¬†Chocolate chip cookies were an accident? Oh, praise the Lord He has a sense of humor that tastes good!

Me: 9 minutes. Anything you want to say on my blog, Brian?

OK, I’m going to try to get ahead a little bit, so it’s time for another installment of adorable preschooler. What, Mary? What do you want me to draw now? Wow. You’re trying to get me into anime? Who is that? A nameless anime ninja girl from PhotoBucket? OK. I’ll try, but she’ll have to join the Blogpocalypse. ¬†Music and ninjas and now I want a chocolate chip cookie. See you soon!

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Hour Six PawB11: Adrenaline

Have you ever been going along minding your own business…blogging or whatnot…when all of a sudden your world shakes? And I don’t mean an earthquake. I mean you hear bad news or there’s sudden danger in your world type of shaking? What if you heard sirens coming closer…closer…and you step outside and smell smoke? You look to your right and there’s a wall of fire visible just over the rise. Your neighborhood is on fire. People are pouring out of their homes with arms laden with whatever they could carry. You realize you left the door open and your two dogs are now running free and scared as fast as they can go, dodging in and out of the neighborhood greenery…and your children are still playing inside. You call for the dogs and run inside to gather your family in your arms and load them into the car knowing the smoke that you can see swirling across your windows means the fire is just behind.

Adrenaline is pumping.

You are thinking with clarity and speed, but you can’t be two places at once. You must take your family to safety, check on the elderly neighbor down the road that doesn’t drive…no time to chase those dogs! You lift a silent prayer and GO! This is the terror that faced so many in Texas this year. ¬†My new friend Casi lives in Texas and relayed this to me today when I spoke with her on¬†Facebook:

I know that there was a ton of chatting and posting on the KLTV fb page of missing animals, found animals and a place for animals.

For example, my dear friend Karen had to evacuate. They have 6 horses, but they only have a 2 horse trailers and no way to get the cows out. They sent out texts and posted on fb for help to get their animals out. Anyone with trailers were asked to come immediately. People with extra land would allow others to “store” their animals there.

There was a large community support. The news mentioned it a couple of times on the air. They would also air missing animal reports and give out numbers of farmers/ranchers that had large trailers and were willing to help.

One of our local community centers became a pet shelter for misplaced pets and evacuated pets.

kltv.com and facebook.com/kltv have [personal stories]. I tried to search through kltv’s fb. They have a WEALTH of stories and personal postings. But you have to scroll all the way back to July/August. We had several friends who evacuated their entire ranch.

If you couldn’t find extra help or didn’t have time, you had to mark your horses/cows with your name and phone number and set them free and hope they could get out and be found.”

“Hope they could get out and be found.” What a thought. Your only recourse would be prayer and the kindness of strangers…and what if you return and you have no home? No fences for your cattle and horses? No hay in the barn for winter? It’s been a year of drought, and now this? Heartbreak. You can help the “strangers” that have been helping. They aren’t equipped for such large-scale rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming. Please consider a generous donation to a worthy cause listed with PawsitivelyTexas.com.

Third Grader's plea using Tux Paint.

Third Grade PowerPoint: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1U3Hl6PcwRjwYLLutEOPsIOnnDA5ntUPgF9b-kUHMjhA/edit

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Hour Five PawB11: Speechless

Sometimes we don’t get what we’re looking for. Excuse me, grammarians. Sometimes we don’t get what we’re seeking. You know, ask and ye shall receive; seek and ye shall find… Well, it may apply to God, but it doesn’t always apply to His creation. ¬†Ask any veterinarian who walks into a room and just wants to get a straight answer to “Where does it hurt?”

Sometimes, speechless is just plain cute, no matter how flustering it can be. ¬†You be the judge on this preschooler’s cuteness factor!

Speechless is cute, right? So, here’s my kitty who is also pretty speechless.

Laser doesn't have anything to say right now.

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