11 March 2015

And She Wins the Blue Ribbon


The Wife uses her key card to let the class back into the school. The student teacher is holding the door open.

Student (to Student Teacher): How come you can't open the door?

Student Teacher: Because the Wife is special and they gave her a card.

Student: You're right. She is special. She is great at art.

Student Teacher: Yes. She is.

Student: And she's good at dancing. That's why they gave it to her.

Student Teacher: Yep. I'm not good at art or dancing. I should work on that.




The wife at school. A new cub scout in the Husband's pack runs up.

Scout: I'm coming to scouts tonight.

Wife: That's great. It is at our house at 7.

Scout: Okay. I will leave my house at 6:30.

Wife. You live across the street. You can leave your house at 7.

Scout: But I don't want to be late.

Wife: I'm glad you're excited. Why don't you leave your house at 6:55?

Scout: I think I can do that.


08 August 2014

Not so Funny

Midnight. The Wife and Husband are driving home. It has been a long day and the Wife is trying to stay awake.

Wife: Oh, guess what?

Husband: What?

Wife: After I dropped you off this morning guess what I saw.

Husband: What?

Wife: There was a FedEx truck in front of me and when I turned the corner there was a UPS truck.

Husband: And?

Wife: So I came up with a joke.


Wife: What do you get when you cross a FedEx truck with a UPS truck?

Husband: I don't know.

Wife: FedUp.

Husband: Oh.

Wife: (laughing hysterically) Oh here's another. I feel like I'm caught between a FedEx truck and a UPS truck.


Wife: I'm FedUp!

Husband: Almost home. We are almost home.

Hysterical laughter continues.


15 July 2014

Learning the Impossible

As you may have judged from my previous post, there was a day last week when I was not feeling very positive. It had been a very long day with anger, tears, frustration, and guilt on everyone's part. That night there was a disagreement about brushing teeth, going to bed, playing with toys, the rules regarding a new toy and everything in between.

Moose and I were so stressed that we called up a good friend (at 10:00). As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Moose and I wanted a blessing to help calm us and let us know if we were even pointed in the right direction with our parenting.

Our good friend came over and brought his brother-in-law (BIL) to help. Come to find out BIL is a psychiatrist, who works with children, in the Foster Care system. We hadn't told our friend what we wanted, but we received exactly what we needed.

We kept them until 11:30 and received the council we needed, both spiritually and temporally. What stuck with us the most is something that BIL told us as he had been talking with us. He told us that one of the skills parents need to learn is how to shut up. As an adult we sometimes over talk when silence is more powerful.

Yeah . . . talk about teaching old dogs new tricks.

But by golly, I've noticed in the three days I've been working on this new skill that when I keep my mouth shut after succinctly and clearly explaining that it works much better.

The other skill I need to learn is to make sure that I don't let my emotions take control. I can be all torn up inside, but I have to seem like I am in control. If the kids realize they have control over my emotions then I lose the little power I have . . . Sigh. No talking and no crying . . . I have a lot to work on.