“Sweet Jokes”, 5/14/2018

Hello Friends,

The rain is coming down here in Chicago, which makes it a perfect time for a joke! This one came from the St. Viator Elementary School Peace Builder Talent Show (that’s a mouthfull). While the joke is not a Sweetie original, she loved it and has re-told it many times.

Sweetie: There’s a tray of muffins baking in the oven. One of the muffins turns to his neighbor and says, “Is it just me or is it really hot in here? The neighboring muffin stares back at him and yells, “AAGGHHH – a talking muffin!”

Me: “Huh…ha!”

Well, there you have it folks. I hope your week is starting off well. And if you’re around here, try to stay dry!

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“Sweet Jokes”, 5/7/2018

Hello Friends,

I warned you that I would keep sharing, so here’s another gut-buster from the older daughter.

Sweetie: “What is a tissue’s favorite dance?”

Me: “Ummm, dunno.”

Sweetie: “The boogie boogie! Get it?!?”

It’s the small joys sometimes, folks, the small joys.

“Sweet” Jokes, 4/30/2018

Hello Friends,

I’ve read in other blogs about children developing their sense of humor during their kindergarten year. Now I’m living it.

Earlier this year Sweetie started coming out with a variety of jokes. And to be fair, they were the quality you would expect from a 5-year-old. Lately, she’s been cracking me up, so I decided to share. Here’s tonight’s gem:

Sweetie: “What do you call a dragon that sneezes?”

Me: “Uh, dunno.”

Sweetie: “A dragon-orama!”

And with that she burst into laughter – killin’ it.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh, and no worries, I’ll keep sharing!

Laid Bare

Does your child do this? Strip crayons of their wrapper; exposing the somewhat fragile, somewhat sticky inside, leaving piles of wax paper shrapnel in their wake? This is the Cricket’s latest thing.

Barin' it all

Barin’ it all

I would like to think a naked crayon has a better “feel” and allows her to better express her creativity. Yeah, I am sure her Picasso-esque piece is on its way. Or maybe she is developing her fine motor skills. Chime in Developmental Psychologists. Unfortunately, there is no room for naked crayons in our bag. Oh no, those buff colors are put in their own place for some soon-to-be-discovered awesome recycling project. Suggestions?

Un-wrapper Undercover

Un-wrapper Undercover

We Interrupt This Program…

Yeah, they do that when you don’t pay your registration fees.

can't quite see

Can’t quite see…

So those of you who stopped by on Wednesday may have gotten a screen with just an error message on it. No worries, nothing happened, I just forgot to pay for the next year’s hosting. That’s all, minor oversight…and we went dark.

Really? You didn't pay the bills?

Really? You didn’t pay the bills?

Anyone else out there distracted? Holiday shopping, decorating (going on our fourth day and we’re still not done), visiting with friends and family? Well, just be sure to take some time out for you. Getting us back up and running took one minute, exactly one minute. So make sure you take at least one minute for yourselves.

Ha! Silly Daddy!

Ha! Silly Daddy!

So you’re probably wondering what these pictures of the Cricket have to do with a lapsed registration fee. Honestly, nothing. I just figured I would pepper an otherwise boring post with her pictures. Just gratuitous cuteness. Enjoy.

I love holiday cookies!

I love holiday cookies!

 

Birthday Cosplay

We had a surprisingly busy spring this year. Wife and I have been distracted by a home renovation project that will soon become the focus of our lives, and probably the focus of some posts, too. Add to that the other life stuff that happens every day and here we are already in June. Because we were so busy, we decided to keep Sweetie’s birthday party low-key this year. Tough to do in general, but she has been attending parties for classmates and friends and that just adds to the pressure.¬†Needless to say there was not much to post about from this year’s party. It was nice and all, but nothing like last year. So I decided to take you all back..

Sweetie chose a Curious George theme for her 3rd birthday. That was great because there is plenty of stuff at the local party store for Curious George – he’s a popular little monkey. Sweetie’s godfather, Micompadre, upped the party ante though when he asked/suggested/challenged me to dress up to fit the theme.

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Micompadre let me know that he owned a monkey suit and would happily join me in the fun, as you can see. With his support, and a giant costume store just down the street, it was on. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat were in attendance.

George!!!

George!!!

Now despite the obviously high quality of our costumes, not all of the kids loved it. In fact, many of them had a look that was either incredulity or horror. We kept moving and didn’t stay in front of any child too long in order to avoid breakdowns. And thanks to the quality costumes and unseasonably warm day, our time in costume was quick.

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Just a man and his monkey friend

I have to give all credit to Micompadre. Without his push I would not have added this to our party planning. There are wonderful and fun places to go when family supports you. So something else to add to the list of things I didn’t see myself doing: cosplay for a birthday cause. But the parents out there are not surprised; they’ve done it too. To the would-be dads: expect to wear many different hats as a father, some that you never thought you would even consider. I think this is especially true for a stay-at-home dad. But when you see your little girl’s face light up, and the mood of the party shifts to “fun-silly”, it’s worth it.

Random Thought for Thursday: Nose Hair

“Daddy, when I get older will I have hair come out of my nose?”

Sweetie asked me this question from the back seat and I immediately felt that I had to handle it delicately. She had been quiet prior to the asking, so I knew it was something she was thinking about. I didn’t want her thoughts to turn into worries.

Everyone knows that everyone has hair in their nose, right? Rather, everyone who is not 3 years old know this. I couldn’t tell her she already had hair in her nose. What if I made her feel silly for asking the question? What if this fact of nature freaked her out?

I am a fairly hairy guy (good Eastern European genes there), and I happen to be approaching 40. So I am losing hair where I want to have it (on my head), and growing it where I don’t want it (ears, eyebrows and nose). Any guy who is getting older can tell you this happens. So I know half of the population does grow more nose hair as they age. But is it the same for women?

¬†While I was weighing the best way to answer Sweetie’s question, she piped up:

“If I don’t, then all the dust and garbage and stinky houses will all get in.”

Yes, you read that right, dust and garbage and stinky houses. Maybe this was not such a concern after all. Maybe this was just part of their lesson plan of the week: learning about the senses.

“Yes, honey, I imagine you will.”

Question answered, on to the next one.

What can I ask next?

What can I ask next?