TGIF! I hope everyone had a wonderful week - and if you didn't, the weekend is here so let's laugh a little to help get us over the week.
I had a very close relationship with my grandparents. I still miss them over a decade after my grandma's death and five years since my grandpa passed. This video reminded me of them. This couple doesn't look like them, but sure acts like them!
For all of the Moms out there who write - and drive!
And a little Mitch - Mitch makes everything better!
I promised you nephew stories! He's just too cute for words. So we're playing Mario Kart (which is nowhere near as easy as he makes it look, btw) and I end up in last place.
Me: I REALLY suck at this game.
Dillon: Aunt Jenn, you can't say that! (whispers) It's a bad word.
Me: But you have to admit, I'm really, really bad.
Dillon: It's just a GAME, Aunt Jenn.
After four more tracks, I still wasn't any better.
Me: I can't do this! How can you do this?
Dillon: (shrugs) You just stay on the road.
Ahhhhhh, now I get it. Because I was driving off into space, lava and cactus on purpose.
Have I mentioned that my nephew is super dramatic? He comes by it honestly - his dad was an actor.
He wanted juice with his lunch but my mom just got new carpet. It's white. Yes, a grandma got WHITE carpet. I couldn't let him have his juice with the lid off. I was super paranoid that he was going to spill it all over. So I would twist the lid off, hand it to him (while keeping my hand under the bottle as though I'd be able to catch every ounce of dark red juice that spills) and promptly take it back after a sip.
This worked a total of two times. Then he wouldn't give it back.
Dillon: I need the lid off.
Me: Dillon, no. You might spill it and we'll be busted.
Dillon: I won't spill. I promise! I need the lid off.
Me: Aunt Jenn says no.
Aunt Jenn manages to get the juice bottle back.
Dillon (throws his 5 year old hands up in the air): That's IT! I give up! I'm going home. ("Home" is twenty miles away)
He stomped out the door.
I laughed until I cried.
He got to drink his juice with the lid off.
He spilled it.
I cleaned it up.
Mom doesn't know. :-)
Shhhhhh, don't tell her.
Thank the gods for Stainguard.
When I have a break in between classes, it's not always worth it to go all the way to the teacher's lounge. The school that I was at last week was like a maximum security prison (elementary school even). I had to get buzzed through two checkpoints just to get in and then a third to get to the second level of the school. I was sitting in the hallway on a break with my cart next to me (all my presentation supplies are in it) and a little girl comes running by. She stops, backs up and scrunches up her cute little face to say, "You no have a home?"
She was really concerned so I couldn't laugh at the whole absurdity of the question - as if a homeless person was going to go through the trouble (or even be able to get through them) of checkpoints just to sit in the hallway and read.
We do Dog Safety with the young kids three years in a row (Pre-K, Kinder and 1st) to really drive home when it's okay to touch a dog and when it's not okay whether the dog is their own or someone else's. Sometimes I get the same kids two or three years in a row. Apparently, this little boy had me last year because he did my entire presentation right along with me!
Me: Cooper has a favorite toy. Do you want to see it?
I pull out his toy.
Class: It's a banana!
Boy: But it's not just ANY banana - it's his squeaky banana! He could play with it all day long! It gives her a headache!
He had it down to the inflection in my voice. It was funny and creepy all at the same time. It's amazing enough to remember the presentation word for word, but to get my tone of voice down? Wow!
We have company coming into town this weekend. My cousin's son is giving up his job at the L.A. Times to join the Army. So Tim and Trish are coming down to pack him up. He gets two months at home with the family before reporting for boot camp. A courageous decision that he feels very led to do. We'll be enjoying some family time. And, of course, CHARGERS football on Sunday!
What about you - any big weekend plans?
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