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Monday, September 14, 2009

Truth can be insightful

This weekend I ended up with a block of time on Saturday morning that I spent at home with Abby and Emily (my youngest). We played board games for a bit, but they lost interest and began digging through their room and unearthing long forgotten treasure (and bubble gum wrappers). In their search they did manage to find one true gem... They found a bag of goodies a friend made to keep us entertained on one of our long road trips, and inside the goodie bag was a book with famous sayings that were intentionally left incomplete.

We spent two hours completing al 30 pages of the book. The objective was to complete the sayings accurately. We couldn't pull off accuracy, but I got some fun responses:


1. Don't bite the hand that . . . that gives you chocolate.

Mom's response: They're cute and smart.

2. Better to be safe than . . . get Hannah mad. You will never hear the end of it.

Mom's response: Add perceptive to the list. I must be doing something right!

3. If you lie down with dogs, you . . . why would you even do that when you could lie down in your bed?

Mom's response: Practical, too! Where is that Mother of the Year application form. With brilliant kids like these I'm going to be a serious contender this year.

4. If at first you don't succeed . . . you should try again. And if you still don't get it then ask Mom. And if she messes it up get Dad. He can always fix things.

Mom's response: What is this Dad business?! I fix all sorts of things. Just because I wrecked the bike ride because I couldn't figure out how to pump up my flat tire and ended up trailing the pack on a scooter doesn't mean I don't know how to fix things. Sheesh. I probably shouldn't include this part on my application, right?

5. Where there is smoke, there is . . . mom playing with her blog and not watching dinner.

Mom's response: What? That hasn't happened in at least a week year.

Maybe I should hold off on that Mother of the Year thing 'til next year?

65 comments:

Susan warmchocmilk said...

Some proverbs for the modern family.....I like it! :)

JC said...

Oh you are rolling this meowning aren't you ...

Lindy said...

I love the "mom playing with her blog" one - priceless!

Southern Belle Mama said...

Love this...kids are so insightful! :)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What a fun activity.

ymK said...

oh I should print out the smoke with blog one and put it up in my kitchen.
You have smart kids there!

Grant said...

During our next meeting, I'll be sure to inform everyone here that it's better to be safe than to get Hannah mad.

♥ Braja said...

So....when's their blog start?
:))))

ck said...

Your girls are hilarious! What a great post.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Love number 5! I am the queen of burning dinner!!

Very funny post!

Riddle Girl said...

You've got some funny girls!
I would love to know the name of that book.
And why would you want to lie down with dogs! (So SMART!)

blueviolet said...

I relate to your burning food from blogging, you know I do!

I think it's really cute that they got so involved as to finish the entire book at once!

Danielle said...

That sounds like a great game and I would vote for you for mother of the year. ;)

Kristina P. said...

These are so much better than the real ones.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Paah! I love the smoke one. Definitely go for mother of the year.

Helene said...

Your daughters are quick thinkers...I like their responses (even better than the "right" responses)

Kathy B! said...

There is not really a mother of the year contest! I just got an email from someone asking how to enter... totally tongue in cheek!

TKW said...

Oh my. You have delightful girls! That last one though? A bit too close for comfort!

Beth Dunn said...

We thought we knew everything then we had children! xoxo

Tsquared417 said...

What a fun activity!! And insightful. ;)

Mary K Brennan said...

At least you're blogging while dinner is burning. I'm usually standing right in front of it and wondering: "What's that smell?"

bernthis said...

my favorite: where there is smoke......

oh and of course the chocolate

Susie said...

Too funny!!

JennyMac said...

kids = brilliant. Love the logic behind lying down with dogs. Hysterical.

I would expect nothing less from your offspring.

~Laura said...

I say go ahead and fill out your mother of the year application. With creative girls like that, you are a shoe in!

Yaya said...

Haha! They totally called you out on blogging! ;)

Jen said...

hahahaha, that last one, so true. so true.

the ungourmet said...

HA! That last one made me laugh! Of course this has never happened to me! :D

the ungourmet said...

HA! That last one made me laugh! Of course this has never happened to me! :D

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh! I say you are mother of the year for raising two kids that can come up with those answers!


LOL

thedomesticfringe said...

LOL! I love their response to the smoke statement. I've done it myself. ;-) Accidents, they happen.
-FringeGirl

A Mom on Spin said...

Very cute post, my friend.

Very cute!

Cheffie-Mom said...

This is AWESOME!! Love #5!! Hugs!!

faemom said...

LOL Bright girls with excellent memories. Should every mother be so lucky?

WhisperingWriter said...

Haha on being on the blog and not watching dinner.

This has happened to me a lot. I've burnt a lot of corn.

Pam said...

Oh this sounds like so much fun! I love the stuff that comes out of kids' mouths. They are amazingly perceptive. I'll vote for you for Mother of the Year!

Zip n Tizzy said...

Don't they know people pay good money for smoked foods?

passions and soapboxes said...

So funny. I am not one to talk though. I have lost track of time while blogging and burned things or worse.

Heather of the EO said...

Uh huh.

Really, these should replace the others. Your girls are very wise! :)

peewee said...

HAHAHHAHAHAHHA! TRUE DAT on that last one!

Mark said...

I love this! Great game for creativity.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh I LOVE this post, Kathy!

I think it's cool they sat and thought up the answers to all 30 pages - and I love the answers they came up with some of them. Your girls are brilliant! Pretty and smart(asses) and just like their mama! ;)

Michele said...

What? You've already won Mother of the Year!

I totally forgot about a pot on the stove today, too, and burned a batch of mincemeat to cinders. Fail. But I think at that time I was in search of a missing child, so at least I have an excuse.

Kristen said...

haha I love it :) I don't have any children to make fun of my blogging but my own mother manages to :)

LadyFi said...

Hilarious! Especially number 5 - that's me all over!

Laoch of Chicago said...

When you were small did you ever have mad libs?

ScoMan said...

Haha I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has eaten charcoal due to skimming about the bloggosphere and forgetting about dinner.

And on 4, the best ad I have ever seen is for a handyman business. "We'll repair what your husband fixed"

K said...

Excellent words of wisdom.

Mother of the year is over rated anyway.

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Ooh, the last one!! I've not created smoke, but I have forgotten about a pot of water, boiling away!!!

Theta Mom said...

Love this...your kids sound very intuitive! LOL

Just found yuor blog from Modern Mom and I look forward to reading more from you! :)

confused homemaker said...

Very smart kids, #1 was my favorite.

Gibby said...

Your girls are brilliant! And I have been living by Number 1 for years now. It's worked out quite well for me.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Soooo cute! Love it!!

And I'd still send in the application hun!

The Good Cook said...

Where's there is smoke.. is my favorite!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Honestly, this is SO funny! and the where there is smoke one? You know you should make it into a plaque and sell them....do you know how many millions of mommies would buy them?

lol... can I have a percentage though?

Jane said...

What a fun exercise! I'm going to have to try this with my kids. My favorite? Where there is smoke! So true in my house.

i am the diva said...

Your kids are BRILLIANT!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Love it!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

You can always rely on your kids to keep you humble. :)

Suzy said...

You're a great mom. I would have made them watch TV. MADE THEM.

Zeemaid said...

*LOL*

I love it.. especially #5. I'm so glad you have a record of this stuff for down the road...

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

Extremely insiteful children!! You are definitely in the running for mom of the year in my book!! How else did these children become so intelligent???

naptimewriting said...

Hilarious. I love the logic of "why would you lie down with dogs if you have a bed?" Genius. Clearly.

Bethany AKA Mother of the Munchkins said...

Now I know I'm not alone on number 5... so long as the fire dept. doesn't called, it's okay for dinner to burn once 'n awhile due to blogging.

Mom of Three said...

LOL. I like your writing. :-)