Kids Say the Darndest Things: Episode 84

Dante: “I opened this bottle that says to push on the lid. But it just went click, click, click, so I pushed really hard and twisted and the lid came off.”
Me: “So much for childproof.”
Dante: “What’s childproof?”
Me: “It means kids can’t get into it.”
Dante: “Well, I opened it. How does that make you feel?”
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Me: getting ready to get back to work after a break “Alright!”
Dorian: “Alright what?”
Me: “I’m getting back to work.”
Dorian: “THAT is your alright situation?”
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Dora the Explorer: “Diga ‘Open the door!’”
Dominic: “Open it the door!”
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Dorian: “When I say no to Dominic and he says, ‘Pleeeeeeease!’ I just can’t handle the cuteness and I have to give him what he wants.”
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Dorian: “I maked a Minecraft cart.”
Me: “Made.”
Dorian: “Why made?”
Me: “Because it’s in the past and an irregular verb, the correct form is made.”
Dorian: “The past is like . . . the 90′s or the 70′s, not now!”
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Dorian and Dante were running around the couch for a good 10 minutes.
Dorian: “Doesn’t this kid EVER get tired?”

Funny Animals

My parents have a small hobby farm where they keep ducks, chickens, a pig and some goats. Since we can’t be there to hang with the animals, they send the kids photos of the chicks as they grow and the other animals, as well as videos of the goat kids doing silly stuff like climbing on the pig. The boys LOVE these and it has gotten to the point where if I show them an animal picture or video, they assume it’s from Gramma and Grampa.

The other day, I found this video on Facebook and showed it to the boys. Their reaction? “WHOA! Gramma and Grampa got a LOT of baby goats! I hope they don’t all jump on the pig!”

This is now one of their favorites and is guaranteed to make them laugh every time. Even if it isn’t one that their grandparents sent. :)

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Episode 83

Dominic: “HELP! Mama, help!”
Me: “What’s wrong?”
Dominic: “Help me!” Points to a loose thread hanging from his sleeve.
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Dominic: “Mama, come on.” Pulling on my sleeve and pointing at the blocks.
Me: “I’m not picking those up. You guys made the mess, you can pick it up.”
Dominic: “Hey, boys! Come pick up the blocks!”
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Dominic was bugging his brothers, grabbing their stuff and pulling on things.
Me: “Dominic, stop. That’s enough!”
Dominic: “I’m not doing ANYTHING!”
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Dorian: “Huh, this game is in Spanish. Good thing we understand a little Spanish!”
Me: “A little? You speak it all the time!”
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Me: “Why didn’t you let your brother have a turn?”
Dorian: “I did, but I told him what to pick and he wouldn’t listen, so now it’s my turn again.”
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Dominic: “La nose is on your body.”
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Dorian and Dominic were playing ball.
Dominic: throwing his hands in the air “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Yeah! Mine goal!”
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Dorian: “Hmm, what Minecraft video should we watch?”
Dominic: “Zombie ‘pacalypse.”

Family Movie Night: Wall-E

I have been wanting to do something as a family that doesn’t involve spending much money. While visits to the park are nice and free, I wanted more fun factor. On a forum that I frequent, there was a discussion of movie nights with themed food and it was such a cool idea that we decided to make it happen.

I chose Wall-E for the first movie night. We hadn’t watched it since Dante was about 3 or 4, so it was a good choice. Plus, Dominic is really into robots at the moment.

To begin, I made some tickets for the movie night, based on the tickets found here.

We colored some planets and made a planet mobile and we cut out some Wall-E glasses that I printed from this site. The boys loved them!

Finally, there was food. It was all Wall-E themed!

The menu:

The table (I used metallic twist paper to give it a space age feel and cut out stars from colored paper, it wasn’t too fancy, but it used what I had on hand):

I made meatloaf in a brownie pan to get the cubes. Surprisingly, everyone liked them, except Dorian!

We also had a Build-Your-Own-Robot Salad, where I cut some veggies into squares and rectangles of varying sizes and everyone got to build their own robot with them. You can see Dante’s robot here and the cubed potatoes.

And finally, Galactic Jello for dessert! This was MUCH anticipated by the kids. They saw me making it and were dying to try it. I got the idea from this awesome Dr. Who galaxy Jello, but I didn’t have many of the things she did, including blue Jello. I used pink Jello with blue food coloring to give it that darkness and added an assortment of sprinkles. I didn’t have stars, so I put snowflakes in and they worked fine. Unfortunately, most of the sprinkles in the middle dissolved and there was weird sugary liquid seeping everywhere when I cut into the dessert . . . but the kids didn’t care!

Overall, the first family movie night was a big hit. We’ll be doing more, for sure, but I need to plan out the movies in advance so I can make sure to include the proper ingredients in our monthly shopping. It was hard to find something that we had the ingredients for!

The Robots

Dominic is finally starting to draw pictures that actually look like something. He works very hard on this every day and the other day, he brought me a drawing and told me that he’d drawn robots. And sure enough!

They might not be the most amazing robots ever, but they do look like something, as opposed to random scribbles.

My New Kitchen

Irving has been doing a lot of woodwork lately and one of his projects was to build a countertop for the dishwasher. It had nothing over it, which meant we had to tie it to the wall to prevent it from tipping forward when the tray was out. Also, the top was pretty much wasted space. Not anymore!

Once he did the counter for the dishwasher, he decided to keep going and came up with this:

Our ceiling is pretty low for upper cupboards, so he put in a shelf for me. It’s pretty nice to have all that extra space! The back corner counter lifts out and the gas cylinder sits down in there so we don’t have to take everything out of the cupboard to replace the gas.

He also built me a simple holder for the knife set he got me for my birthday. I love having everything accessible and right by the stove!

Here’s what my full kitchen looks like at the moment (please excuse the mess! And the pantless toddler). Irving says if I keep going, the entire house will be a kitchen. Sounds good to me! :D