Jun 29 2012
(While eating breakfast, RJ is sitting on a stool with his foot curled up in his arms, somewhat like a contortionist…)
RJ: Oh Footy… Why don’t you love me anymore?
Dad: RJ, eat your breakfast. You still have to get ready for school.
RJ: But Footy wont even talk to me!
Dad: Have you considered buying it flowers?
RJ: I tried that, but he just stomped on them and ran away. He used to love me so much!
Dad: That’s called unrequited love — when you love someone and they don’t love you back.
RJ: No it’s not. It’s called, “He’s in a bad mood and maybe he’ll cheer up later.”
Jun 28 2012
RJ: This is going to be great. The big kids disco has no supervisors. I can totally get my party rocking out.
You’re six years old and somehow you’ve found yourself outside the fourth grade and older disco. You know this is the one to be at. Your sister has spent the past week talking about how great it is to go to the late disco. It’s waaaaay past your bedtime and inexplicably Dad isn’t freaking out about it.
Jun 22 2012
(while eating breakfast)
RJ: (glumly) School disco tonight.
Dad: Isn’t that good? You normally love going there and playing with your friends.
RJ: Yeah, but… I have to go to the early one. The one for little kids!
(It’s actually for everyone younger than fourth grade.)
Dad: That’s not a big deal. All your friends will be at that one.
RJ: Yeah, but so will the Pre-primary kids and the sheddies! Ugh! I can’t stand it! They always follow me around driving me crazy!
Dad: Well, they’re little and not very fast, perhaps you can outrun them?
RJ: No, there are just too many… (evil grin) There is one idea, though.
RJ: They are always walking around in lines, if I bump into the first one and he falls over and knocks the next one down, who knocks the next one down… They’ll all fall down, like dominoes! Dominoes!
Dad: And you can only get in trouble for bumping the first kid! It’s brilliant!
Jun 19 2012
We spent a little time making sock puppets after school last week. Actually, the kids spent the time while I made recommendations on which materials, glue and markers to use and tried to cook dinner.
Dad: No RJ, your hockey socks are not a good choice for a sock puppet.
RJ: But they’re uncomfortable and I never wear them!
The results were excellent… the dinner only average.
Need some advice or a friend to talk to? Better keep looking… Mr. Cray-pay is nothing but trouble and he is never in a good mood.
Watch out! Watch out! It’s Soxomonster Two Thousand and TWELVE and he is here to steal your breakfast!
You didn’t know that sock puppets are naturally born with 12 eyes? Apparently they all are. It’s only through an inhumane “ocular normalisation” process of that most puppets are left with two.
Jun 15 2012
On the weekend, LR celebrated her first communion. Despite the beautiful dress and fantastic shoes, she wasn’t very excited about it… until her friend arrived and then everything relaxed. She looked gorgeous and we all had a great time. The family got together afterwards for dinner and some cake. Congrats LR, it’s great to see you growing up!
A bit of a change from her typical wardrobe. The pants-with-holes-in-knees and t-shirts stayed at home today.
Jun 11 2012
(Overheard in the bathroom)
RJ: LR! While you were gone, the weather was just crazy, we had every kind of rain.
RJ: Yeah. We had light rain, normal rain, heavy rain, bucketing rain and torrential rain. And the wind!!
LR: How windy was it?
RJ: Lots of different kinds. Winds, heavy winds, gushing winds. The weather was just pouring down in buckets!
LR: (impressed) Whoah!
RJ: The trees were blowing everywhere and lots of branches broke off. Some of the trees even smashed down the power lines. We didn’t have any power here at all. Nothing worked!
LR: Nothing at all?
RJ: (intensely serious) Nothing… Not even the Internet.
Jun 7 2012
RJ baked some cookies for his friends on Monday. One was a delightful oatmeal cookie with cranberries and apricot pieces. The other was a delightful oatmeal cookie with cranberries and apricot pieces… and 5 tablespoons of salt. They were absolutely inedible — gnawing on a handful of rock salt would have been a better snack.
During lunch at school, RJ munched happily on his delicious cookie and offered one to his friend. Moments later, red faced and spluttering, his friend did his best to eat the cookie, but after a second bite was beaten. Apparently it was, “a bit saltier than he liked”. This was followed by a challenge for anyone to eat the cookie. Many brave first graders made the attempt, but the remains of that single cookie defeated them all. Meanwhile, RJ was happily finishing off his second, “They’re delicious, guys! I don’t know why you don’t like them!”
He pulled the same trick with Poppa that afternoon. An apology and a large glass of water were required as a highly entertained RJ giggled to himself happily.
This idea (along with many other RJ approved activities) came from the book “Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)“. Thanks Auntie Carrie and Uncle Paul for the great birthday present!
One of these cookies is not like the others.
Jun 6 2012
There was one thing on LR’s birthday list this year… aside from her own iPhone, laptop and pony. She didn’t get the iPhone or the laptop… but she did get a new ride.
Eighth birthday, new helmet and a new set of wheels...
Jun 5 2012
Yesterday afternoon, RJ baked us a cake for dessert. It’s his own recipe, from scratch, and contains “Way more nutmeg than you’d think.” The trophy and candles are an intrinsic part of the cake and he even had a little song to sing with it.
Its official name: The New York Margarita Pie
It was edible, fairly tasty and yes, it did contain a lot more nutmeg than we expected.
RJ's latest creation, New York Margarita Pie, sports as many candles as you want, because it's not a birthday cake.
Jun 2 2012
Happy Eighth Birthday, LR!
Eight years! Wow! You are growing up so fast!!! Even though we miss having our tiny little kid around, we are so proud and happy to see the thoughtful and considerate girl you are becoming.
Thank you so much for all the things you do to help out around the house. You’ve gotten better and better at negotiating, especially with your brother, and while this is annoying sometimes, it has meant fewer and fewer “battles”.
You continue to amaze us with the ease and skill you show when trying something new. With all the acrobatics, athletics, vaulting and gymnastics that you do, we’re just hoping you don’t end up running off with the circus when you’re older.
Lots of Love,
Mum & Dad
Please allow us to introduce: LR AGE 8!!!!!!!!