1) The Lady
-- the grandma-age lady with a hoodie pulled up over her head and dark sunglasses on her face -- walking into the police station in the small town near our home -- carrying two six packs of beer. There's a story there I just know it. (I almost stopped to ask.)
|St. Nicholas was the tree that Arius|
ran right smack into.
William's way of saying that he thought the heretic, Arius, not only couldn't see the forest, but couldn't see the trees, either. I love the way this nine-year-old brain works! He cracks me up -- and makes me think!
3) Silly Me
...for protesting (at first) Gabe's burning desire to buy a broken Nerf Machine Gun at the thrift store the other day. Why waste $2.99 on a broken toy? Seriously, Gabe?
|The owner of this blog does not endorse gratuitous violence.|
Except when it doesn't make a mess and nobody ends up crying.
Gabriel pretending to shoot William; William pretending to
cower in fright. All part of a normal morning here.
But, hmmm... Wait. Broken Nerf guns only shoot pretend Nerf bullets. Nothing I like better than pretend Nerf bullets lying all around the house! No mess, no siblings complaining about being shot in the eye, no ducking them, myself. Happy Mommy.
O.K., kiddo! Go right ahead and buy yourself a broken toy! So, he did; Gabe bought that $2.99 broken Nerf gun with his own money out of his own little wallet. And you know what? Both little boys have gotten more mileage out of that Nerf gun over the last couple of days, you just wouldn't believe it. Never measure another's enjoyment by your own dull light -- especially if you're too old to remember the better reality of make-believe. I remember now, though. Silly me.
|Bless me, Father for I have sinned: I snarled at the children when I was hungry|
and blamed it on Lent. :/ Yeah. True story. But I'm working on it, I promise.
5) The Lewis Chessmen
|Played as a knight, this "Warder," also called a|
"Berserker," was known for his wild "trance-like"
rage during battle. As you probably guessed, we
get the term "berserk" from these fellows. Look at
him, though. Isn't he hysterical?
Unfortunately, though, set of small chess pieces and a simple board is app $80 (American money)... Dernit. But laughing at this crazy guy is free!
* Check out the interactive site explaining all about the history of these chess pieces -- and be sure and show the kids the free games! Too much fun and lots of good learning here for all of us. That always makes me smile!
6) And This
Just bought the Brave soundtrack for my laptop playlist.
Sarah Bareilles' "Brave" is a great one to belt out, but "Touch the Sky" is a fun one, too. Can you just see me flinging out the Summer Kitchen door, kids, dancing through the garden singing this? No? ;) Maybe once the snow melts out that side of the house. Ya never know. Spring is upon us!
7) Our Sweet Evelyn
I'm a grandmother? What's with that? (Still pinching myself over children!
* For lots of smiles and peeks into other blog windows this morning, run over to Kelly's at This Ain't the Lyceum.
*Oh, and one last reason to smile: