I will make you eat those words.

16 12 2008

The boss and I played a fun game at dinner tonight picture-001while my wife was trying to keep Bubba awake on the potty.

(Bubba was showing the unmistakable signs of an impending bowel movement and he didn’t take his usual nap.  Doesn’t he look pleased? If you are wondering, my wife finally settled for a little grunting before letting bubba go to bed early).

Anyway, back to the point of this post – the game the boss and I played was to sound out and write down words in between bites of food.  I was actually pretty impressed with his ability to sound out words.

picture-005Don’t get me wrong; he needed lots of help – especially with the quirkiness of how some words in the English language are spelled.  (I don’t think there are any spelling rules that aren’t routinely broken.)  And, even I had to seek the council of my wise better half when attempting to help with the spelling of ‘broccoli’.

Anyway, here is a picture of his work.  We created quite a list (and actually, there are more on the back).  See if you can figure out what we were eating!

If you are having difficulty reading this masterpiece, let me give you some help.  The words are:

Column 1:

  • Foot (we were going for food, but I was willing to accept foot)picture-010
  • Food
  • Corn
  • Carrot
  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Fork
  • Bowl
  • Bite
  • Teeth

Column 2:

  • Taste
  • Lick
  • Lips
  • Scooby Doo (there was a dramatic shift in theme at this point)
  • Shaggy

Anyway, I was able to kill two birds with one stone.  I exercised his mind and (even more challenging) got him to finish an entire meal.  The whole thing took an hour and a half!  But, I didn’t have to stay on his case the whole time and there wasn’t a mess afterward.  So, it was worth investing the little extra time!

Best part of all…after our game, it was bath time.




Snow Day

16 12 2008


This morning, I got up early and laid out my son’s school clothes for the day.  I prepared him his breakfast.  I got his lunch and school bag all ready to go.  Then, I went into his bedroom and woke him up and carried him into the bathroom.  I gave him a shower.  Then I instructed him to go get his clothes on and eat his breakfast.

After my shower, I went in to check on his progress.  Of course he was sitting in the living room naked no even having sniffed his breakfast.  As usual, I jumped on him about not minding or paying attention.  I reminded him of the usual morning time crunch and that he better get his act together.

At that moment, I happened to glance out the window.  I noticed the street appeared to be covered over with ice.  In Dallas, that usually means school will be canceled.  So, I went and checked the district website and, sure enough:


When I was a kid, I used to love to hear those words.  Today was the first time I heard them as a parent of a school age kid.  Very different!