Sometimes Filters Work

Hello Friends,

We are NOT at Lollapalooza this weekend. In fact, we are far enough northwest of the park that I would not even claim to be “adjacent”. But thinking about “Lolla” made me think about social media, which, in turn, made me think about filters. I don’t use them often, but one day the girls found me my phone, turned them on, and took roughly 143 photos of themselves, their cousins, and their uncle. Many have been deleted, but one shot in particular catches my attention whenever I scroll through my photo gallery.

I like it. And in this case, I think the filter works. I think it works because it is simple, and there is just something about the Cricket’s expression. So for me, in this instance, the filter works.

Again, not too profound, so that’s it from me, friends. If you are at Lollapalooza, enjoy, stay hydrated, and stay safe. If not, well, have a good weekend.

Dad Jokes Abound

Hello Friends,

It seemed like everyone was getting in the Dad jokes this year. I starting hearing them last week, bandied about on radio programs, used in email contests, and, of course, enjoyed between Fathers in preparation for the big day. The Cricket latched on to a particularly “good” one, so here goes:

“What do you call a bear with no teeth?”

“A gummy bear!”

Even better than the joke itself is Cricket’s delivery. She doesn’t always wait for the “What?” after the opening question, and rapid fires the punchline at you. Of course, she’s cracking up regardless of your response.

I hope that the weekend, especially yesterday, was excellent, and that this week is starting off well too. Stay away from those real “groaner” jokes, but stay open to the funny ones!

Singin’ Out Loud

Hello Friends,

Our girls will often break out into song. Sometimes for a brief second, sometimes for a longer moment. And most often at the dinner table. Sometimes it is an actually song, many times it is just randomness. Either way, I seldom have a camera ready to capture the performance.

Well, here is one instance where I was ready, and the Cricket delivers. Her heart-felt delivery of this emotional ballad conveys her connection to her inner self. And by inner, I mean beneath the skin…actual inner, not metaphysical. Enjoy!

“I Love My Bones”

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am going to try to put up more video content. Let’s see where this chapter takes us in 2019!

Damn Polar Vortex

Hello Friends,

By now you have all seen, heard, or experienced problems from the polar vortex. Even though it is leaving the Chicagoland area, this weather pattern is still causing problems. Just look what it did to our M&M cookies today:

Thankfully, I have not blogged about my past cookie fails, so there is no evidence to contradict my claim that these wafers are the result of the nefarious polar vortex. And really, these “cookies” have been the only thing to go wrong.

So I hope you guys have survived this weather well. More to come…

Car Ride Karaoke: “Sister Time”

Hello Friends,

we all know the situation: you’re driving along from point A to point B when all of a sudden it comes on. Your song…your jam. Before you can check the traffic around you, you break out into song. Full bore, all out beltin’ it. Maybe perfectly, maybe pitchy, maybe flat – doesn’t matter. In the car you always nail it.

Sweetie often breaks out into song in the car and I find myself thinking, “Aww, I wish I was filming.” The other day I had some assistance from Wife so here  we are. I’m not sure what to say about Cricket’s freak out (you’ll see). So move over James Corden; watch out Elena (of Avalor); Sweetie’s on. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our car rides.

We’ll see you out there!

 

Quotable, Maybe Not Share-able

Hello Friends,

Wife recently brought home this little gem of a book and I thought I would share, both the book and my concern with using it. At face value, My Quotable Kid, appears as advertised: “A parent’s journal of unforgettable quotes.” Published by Chronicle Books, this hand-sized journal seems like a perfect tool to capture the funny things that kids say. The pages are printed with a series of empty, lined thought bubbles and text boxes, ready for filling. One issue that I have with this medium is similar to my concern with blogging in general – how much should I share?

Sweetie is now 6 and her comments are funny and insightful – definitely share-worthy. The Cricket is 3 (almost 4), and while she is sometimes profound and definitely funny, her comments can be surprising.

For the first example, let’s take a look at the naming of our Nissan Versa. So many people name their cars, our family is no different. The other day Cricket decided our car needed a name and that needed to happen…right now. Her suggestion: “Daddy, let’s call our car ‘Blackie’.” Sheesh. Looking at the car, which is black with dark-tinted windows, the name is obvious. Without that image, however, the comment from this child, with her pale “White-Hispanic” complexion, is a bit cringy.

Moving on, let’s talk food. Kids get their words wrong all the time. Everyone knows that, right? It caused me pause, however, when Cricket ordered lunch the other day by asking for “a big tit of pizza.” Yep, just like that. Again, funny, but it stops you when you hear (or read) that request without context. Okay, not sure what context I can give that one, though.

The last example stems from Cricket’s bathroom use. We had a bad run at the end of the school year where Cricket seemed to forget all of her training. One part of the recovery had Wife encouraging Cricket to hold her pee and walk herself to the bathroom. The other day when I commented that I had to use the toilet, Cricket, ever the helpful child, recommended, “remember Daddy, squeeze your vagina.” Ummm…yeah.

Out of the mouths of babes, eh? Kids say the darndest things, no? My Quotable Kid sits accessibly in our kitchen, just waiting to archive funny sayings like these. While I can’t buffer every quote with some sort of preface, they would spark some fun storytelling with the readers. Got any good quotes to share (Ha! – I know you do!)? Leave them in the comments below!

“Sweet Jokes”, 6/4/2018

Hello Friends,

Sweetie just wrapped up her Kindergarten year. Despite not being surrounded by like-minded comedians, she is still bringing the jokes. The latest example of her humor:

Sweetie: “What do you call a panda bear with no tail?”

Me: “Oohhh, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “A useless panda.”

Me: “Huh. Hmmm.”

I am not sure this was an attempt at humor or just a stab at the Cricket. Her favorite animal is the panda bear and her favorite stuffed animal is her little panda bear, “BB” (thanks Buyo and Panda Express!). To be clear, BB does have a tail.

PeiPei

This joke, along with a slew of others that were left on the editing table, sparked our conversation about the difference between “funny” and “silly”. Funny being genuinely humorous and silly being an attempt at humor that misses because it just went the wrong direction. Like the direction 5 and 6 year old children take…often.That is now a sort of litmus test during our joke brainstorming sessions. It seemed the easiest way to tell Sweetie that her jokes were not funny without crushing her spirit. Double-edged sword though, as she is not beyond telling me, “Dad, that was just silly, not funny,” when I reach too far for a laugh.

On that note, I think that wraps up our current Sweet Jokes series. If Sweetie comes out with something really funny in the future I will be sure to share though. I hope it has brought some smiles to you all out there. It’s been fun for us, and we’ve found that sometimes a little silly can be just as good as some funny.