Sunday, February 28, 2010

I have to disagree. I think Mexican's like people from Illinois

Tonight, Megan was using Babel Fish to translate English phrases to Spanish and was totally cracking up the whole time. As Jack listened to us, he asked if we could ever go to Mexico.

Me: Sure. Maybe someday we can go. Megan: But we won't know what they are saying.
Me: Well, I know enough Spanish to get by so I think we'd be fine.
Megan: But what if they were swearing at us in Spanish? We wouldn't know what they were saying.
Me: Why would they do that?
Megan: I dunno. Maybe because we are from Illinois?
Me: ???

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jack's American Idol try out

Ah yes, Jack and my video camera have met once again. In this installment, we have Jack, a boy who wants so very, very much to put food on his table by trying out for American Idol. You have to appreciate the creativity of the initial "voice over" to set the scene. And then... he just begins to sing his little heart out to his self-composed "Stranded on the Streets". He's so into it that he doesn't even realize that spit came flying out of his mouth at 1:28 in the video. And seriously? The fade out at the end? Genius.

Although, I do feel quite bad about one thing. As we watched the playback on my video camera, I started to giggle a bit. Jack just looked at me with his big blue eyes and said, "Mommy, it's not funny. I tried my very, very best."

Ahem... Mother-guilt kicking in in 3-2-1...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

MLK day- A little bit different this time around

Before I had kids, I had an inkling there was a chance that they could be different. I mean, my brother and I were quite different when we were growing up so I figured that it was a possibility for my offspring as well. But I guess you never quite fully realize it until you experience it.

Over the years, I've noticed numerous differences between Megan and Jack. They are each their own unique beings and I love that about them. Now that Jack is in Kindergarten, I find that I'm able to see some of the differences more distinctly since Megan's already been through the same stage in life. It's even more apparent now that Jack is having some of the same projects or activities in school that Megan did.

Case in point- let's take MLK day. Megan and Jack's school has an "I have a dream" activity where the kids share what they would envision the world to be like in their dream. A couple years ago, I was somewhat surprised by Megan's thoughts on this because it seemed quite deep for a six-year old. She put:

"If I had a dream, I would make sure all the women of the world could show their faces. I could help by talking to our President about that."

She was referring to the women in Afghanastan that are required to wear the burkas.

Now, on the other hand, Jack put:

"If I had a dream, I wish all the kids in the world had Lego sets."

See? Different. So there you have it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's called hailing, or something kind of like that

Some of my favorite moments are just sitting back and listening to Jack's stream of thoughts that he verbalizes. I love the way his mind works and I had the perfect opportunity to just sit back and listen this weekend. We went to a water park in Wisconsin** and I floated along the lazy river with Jack and a friend of his. As we rounded one of the corners, Jack noticed something that looked like a cross between a hard water stain, and something else that I can only describe as gooey.

Jack: Hey Nick! Look at that.
Nick: What?
Jack: That over there, on the wall. It looks like somebody hailed on it.
Me: Hailed?
Jack: Uh huh. Nick, do you know what "hailing" means?
Nick: No.
Jack: It means when somebody throwed up on it.
Me: I think you mean hurled, not hailed.
Jack: Yeah, they hurled on it.

**Side note: I was hesitant to squeeze my post-holiday binge body into a tight swimsuit in preparation for the water park festivities. I likened me "slipping" into my swimsuit to feel more like stuffing a sausage into its delicate casing but honestly, one look at the crowd and I was feeling pretty good. In other words, not a lot if swimsuit models seem to frequent water parks. So I've got that going for me-n which is nice.