Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bible Studies Today

Our girls were invited to attend an after school Bible study last week. Amanda wanted to go. Megan wasn't so sure.

Megan: Mom, what do you do in a Bible study?

Me: Well, any Bible study I've ever gone to was spent studying the Bible. That's why they call it a "Bible" study.

Megan: Oh. I thought it was making crafts.

Me: Hmmm. I don't think so, Honey.

Megan: Okay. I don't want to go then.

Upon Amanda's return from the Bible study ...

Me: How was it?

Amanda: Good!

Me: What did you do?

Amanda: We read the Christmas story and made these cool Christmas cards. Look!!

Megan giving me a total look of disgust: MOM.

Me: Yeah. Sorry. I guess Bible studies are different now.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Shut Up = $1.00

The girls have gotten into a bad habit of telling each other to "shut up". Actually, that's what's in their hearts, but the actual words they use are "shush up", because they've been told they can't use the words "shut up". Yeah, big difference.

Lately, they've given up on the shush and just gone straight to the shut. It got so bad one day that I told them, "The next one to say 'shut up' owes me 1 dollar."

Amanda was the first to have to pay up. (And it was a big, long and loud 'Shuuut uuup', so she definitely got her money's worth with that one.)

In church a couple weeks ago, our pastor said something like, "At least I had the sense to shut up."

Amanda immediately turned to me and said, "Mom, he owes you a dollar."

I guess some lessons stick better than others.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I'm thinkin' ...

that nothing says
"Merry Christmas"
like a spider pumpkin
on your porch
in December.

Here are the others (who are ACTUAL photographers) who are blogging what they're thinkin'...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm thinkin' ...

that at some point I apparently crossed over from fashion to comfort
(Hi - nylon peds!?), and that I should be concerned.

Okay, so I've never "linked up" to other friend's blogs before, but I'm doing it for the rest of this week. My friend Tracey threw out an idea to post 1 photo each day with the words "I'm thinkin' ..." and then finish the thought in one sentence. SO ... I hope you enjoy the change of pace and that you check out everyone else's "I'm thinking" posts! To see all the others, go to Tracey's blog by clicking HERE! She'll have a list of all the other links.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sign Language FAIL

The girls memorize a passage of scripture every week for school. Some of them are easier to memorize than others. I have found that it helps to put those more difficult verses to music, so every now and then we make up songs to help the words stick.

Last week Meg had to memorize Luke 2:10-11, and try as I might, no tune would come forth. So we settled for a rap. Even gave it some hand motions. I'll try to describe them so you can really get a visual ...

But the angel said to them, (cupping hands around mouth like a megaphone)

"Do not be afraid (right hand goes up to throat and makes a cutting motion ... kinda' violent, but this is a rap after all)

I give you good news of great joy (arms start at chest and reach out as if giving something)

which will be for all the people (arms sweep out in front, motioning to all the imaginary people)

today in the town of David (head tilts to the left and right hand points down to the ground on the word 'today'. It's quite dramatic, actually.)

a Savior has been born to you (arms go out to make a 'cross' on the word 'Savior'.)

He is Christ the Lord." (right thumb and index finger form an 'L' and travels diagonally from left shoulder down to right hip on the word 'Lord'.)

That last 'L' motion was the only sign language I could remember from my Sunday School days, and I was quite pleased with my incorporation of it until ...

Megan: Mom, it's 'He is Christ the LORD'. Why are you doing the hand motion for 'LOSER' on the word 'LORD'?!

Uh, because I forgot it was 2011 instead of 1975?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Smokin' Christmas!

As we were leaving Costco, we had to pass a truck full of freshly cut Christmas trees.

We also had to pass some people smoking ...

Megan: Ew, that SMELL.

Me: You mean the smoke?

Megan: YES.

Me: I know. Pretty gross, huh?

Megan: YES. Mom, 2 questions.

Me: Okay.

Megan: 1. Why don't we get a real Christmas tree?

Me: Well, we have a really nice fake one that's paid for. We would have to pay for a new one each year. What's the 2nd question?

Megan: Huh?

Me: You said, 'Mom, 2 questions'. Was it about smoking, perhaps? Because that is what we were talking about when you said that you had 2 questions.

Megan: Right. 2. Why do people smoke?

Me: It's just a bad habit that's hard to break.

Megan: I like the smell of real Christmas trees.

Me: Me too.

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Okay, so as I was on the web trying to find images of "smoking" or "Christmas trees", I stumbled upon a website specializing in non-smoking Christmas ornaments!! Seriously?! Why would anyone even want these on their tree??? Even if they DID finally kick the habit ... why must the Christmas tree suffer, people? It ain't right. That's all I'm sayin'.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pretty in Pink ... or Not.

This is Megan and her buddy Hannah. Together they are a riot with a capital R.

Hannah hung out with us after school the other day ...

Megan: Hannah, just so you know, my bed is all zebra and then the rest of my room is purple.

Hannah: Cool.

Megan: Mom, Hannah is not a girlie-girl.

Hannah: Nope. I'm a tom-boy.

Me: Got it.

Megan: Do you even like the color pink?

Hannah: No!

Me: Really?

Hannah: Yeah. The only time I wear pink is for breast cancer.

Gotta' love a girl with convictions. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lysol Party

Amanda: You know that song by Casting Crowns called Life Song?

Me: Yeah.

Amanda: For some reason whenever I hear it I wanna' sing, "Let my Lysol sing to You" instead of "Let my life song sing to You."

Me: Ha ha, that's funny.

Amanda: I know, right? I keep picturing this party on the counter with the Lysol singing and stuff.

Me: I like it.

I mean what party wouldn't benefit from the presence of a singing can of Lysol? And maybe a little dancing Windex, if you're lucky?