The coolest job in the world

Jamie’s maternal grandfather was a “refuse driver.” In other words, he was a garbage man. That is a job that is, apparently, the coolest in the world according to young children.

Our trash is picked up twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. When we first moved here the big kids were often found those mornings excitedly watching the trash guys pick up our trash. They aren’t so interested in watching anymore, but Fritz most definitely is.

When we told the big kids that their great-grandfather had been a garbage man their eyes got big and they got incredibly excited. Truly the coolest job in the world!

An interview with Ani

Ani, age 8 years 9 months.

1. What is something that mom always says to you? Go up to your room.
2. What makes mom happy? Me being good.
3. What makes mom sad? Me saying “I hate you.”
4. How does your mom make you laugh? By telling me things I did as a baby that were really funny.
5. What was your mom like as a child? A smart kid.
6. How old is your mom? 30.
7. How tall is your mom? Twice as tall as me.
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Scrapbooking
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Talk on the phone.
10. If your mom becomes famous what will it be for? I have no idea. Probably for scrapbooking the best scrapbook page in the world.
11. What is your mom really good at? Punishing me.
12. What is your mom not very good at? Doing what I tell her to.
13. What does your mom do for her job? Take care of us.
14. What is your mom’s favorite food? Zesty lemon chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.
15. What makes you proud of your mom? That she went to school to be a nurse.
16. If your mom was a cartoon character who would she be? Katara and Sokka’s mom (Avatar).
17. What do you and your mom do together? Talk.
18. How are you and your mom the same? We are both ticklish.
19. How are you and your mom different? I play with Fritz more because Fritz is with me all the time.
20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she tries to teach me to be better.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? I have no idea!
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? In her room with Daddy talking to him.

Bob the Builder Can, Too

So the other day my friend (you know, my, like, BFF) and I were talking and we joked that maybe Barack Obama got the idea for saying “Yes, we can” from Bob the Builder. You know, “Can we fix it? Yes we can!” My friend even made a post about it and I commented that he does have kids the right age for having watched good old Bob.

Do we think he got the slogan from Bob the Builder? Nope. But we were amused at the thought. It was good for a laugh.

Apparently someone who read her post and my comment does not understand lighthearted jesting. They replied and totally explained, seriously, why Obama would use that phrase and why it wouldn’t have come from Bob (I actually agree with what the poster said, but in light of the fact that we were joking around it totally made us laugh and go “Okay, then”).

My current favorite scripture

My current favorite scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 88:188.

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

I love to learn and want to learn as much as I possibly can. This scripture kind of makes me excited to learn all I can.

Impromptu Science

This evening Ani wanted to play a board game (Risk or Clue) but it was almost 9. She was moving toward angry-mode when we told her it was too late. Then I had an idea. I told Ani and Cameron to get the dining room table all the way cleared off and we’d do a couple science experiments.


They were intrigued by that so they complied quickly and I grabbed two diapers, a measuring cup, a towel, and scissors. I quickly reviewed the steps in the scientific method and got the first experiment set up.


Our problem was to find out how much liquid a size 4 Pampers Cruisers diaper hold. Ani’s hypothesis was 2 cups (16 ounces). Cameron’s was 1 cup (8 ounces). And then we started pouring on the water.


We did one cup first. It held it no problem. Then we started 1/4 cup at a time. Even Fritz wanted in on the experiment. In the end we discovered that the diaper holds 3 1/2 cups (28 ounces!) before it starts to leak. We all agreed it wouldn’t hold that much on a baby, though, because they’d move and stuff.


For the second experiment, I cut a dry diaper open and showed the kids the SAP (super absorbent polymer) in it and put it in a bowl. Cameron added water and we watched the SAP grow as it absorbed the water.


Then I cut open the diaper we had filled with water and the kids played with the fully expanded SAP. They were both simultaneously grossed out and enthralled with how it felt to squish it around with their hands.


So there you go. Impromptu science on a Sunday night. There was no more mention of playing board games! Science beats board games in our house any day.

A Glimpse into Cameron’s Brain

Today in school Cameron learned about antonyms. I gave him some words and he was supposed to tell me the opposite. Two of his answers gave me pause, but then I realized that while they may not be what most people would say, they certainly are not incorrect.

According to Cameron, the antonym of SOFT is LOUD and the antonym of BACK is GONE.

Oh, boy

On Tuesday our country elected a socialist. It makes me sad that there are people who think it is okay to take hard-earned money from people making over $150,000 (or whatever the amount of the time is) and give it to other people. It makes me sad that so many in our country are so pro-choice (and, yet, the gay marriage bans went through… go figure) and would elect a man who referred to a pregnancy/baby as a “burden.” It makes me sad that socialism encourages people to be lazy. I mean, if you are going to get taken care of anyway, why bother trying. It makes me sad that Obama does not appear to respect the Constitution or state’s rights (we already had a war about those).

I read every page on his website in the “issues” section. I agree with some things. I disagree with a whole lot of things. I found some things just dumb because those aren’t his ideas, they are already happening. I don’t think McCain would have been excellent for the job either. I used to like Obama a lot. I voted for him in the primary. He talks pretty. He’s good looking. Then I started to listen to what he was saying rather than just the pretty words. When it comes down to it, I just don’t think he’s the right man for the job, and I agreed with him a lot less than I agreed with McCain. (Given the economy right now and given Romney’s experience with fixing things like that, I think we missed our chance for someone who could really help back in the primary time and McCain might have caused us to miss another chance by picking Palin instead of Romney.)

I don’t want a society that does not encourage people to work hard since they’ll get taken care of anyway through social programs. I don’t want society to get any lazier. It’s a sad future for my kids if that happens. In the Great Depression FDR created social programs. People dug ditches just to have them filled in by the next guy. There was a work ethic that made people not want to take money for nothing. People today are different. Some seem to like to take money for little or nothing. I don’t know why the change (Jamie thinks lotteries/easy gambling have strongly contributed.)

I hope Obama is a good president. He says he’s going to cut taxes, but looking at all the social programs he wants to fund, I just don’t see how he’ll be able to. It has to be funded somehow and the people he says he’ll raise taxes on, well, it’s awfully fuzzy math to even begin to think that amount will cover all those things. In the end, he is the president-elect like it or not and I will follow any laws he signs. I will support him in his capacity as president and will not do anything like refer to him as the “resident” or threaten to move to another country. That’s just divisive and stupid.

So, congratulations Obama. It really is cool that we elected a man that does not look white (his mother, and his grandmother who raised him, are/were lily white so he is not truly black as he is mixed race which, to me, is actually even cooler than electing a full black man since not so many years ago mixed race people were considered the lowest of the low and mixed race couples were illegal).

A Confession

I love The Suite Life on Deck. I love that it is absolutely mindless and I can sit and watch and not think at all and laugh. And, oh, how I laugh. The jokes are dumb and rather predictable, but I love it anyway. I’ve bought all 7 on iTunes so far so I can watch them over and over.