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.

Impromptu Science

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.

Impromptu Science

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.

Impromptu Science

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.

Impromptu Science

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.

Impromptu Science

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.

Impromptu Science

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.