A Year of Smiles – Day 230

Reason to SMILE #230: KIDISMS VOLUME 5

In honor of my younger son’s twelfth birthday, I present to you Alex’s Greatest Hits:

3 years old: Clean Up Time

Me: OK, Alex. It’s time to pick up your toys. I’m going to count down from ten and you see if you can pick up all your toys before I’m done counting.

Alex: How ’bout I count and you pick ’em up?

 

4 years old: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Alex and his older brother, Corey, were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. Corey pounds his fist on his other hand while he says,” Rock, Paper, Scissors, shoot!” On “shoot”, Corey forms scissors with his hand and Alex — well, he makes a gun with his fingers and says, “Ha! Ha! I shot your scissors. I win!”

 

6 years old: The Lord’s Supper

The congregation was sitting in quiet reverence of the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The Pastor raises the cup and says, “This is filled with juice but we know it represents the blood of Jesus…So as we drink this cup…”

Alex sits up and loudly announce: “I’m not drinking that!”

 

7 years old: The Fog

The drive to school was eerie due to a dense fog that covered everything. Visibility was at a minimum and as we neared Corey’s school, the fog was so thick that you could not even see the school building.

“Look, Alex!” I said. “Corey’s school is gone!”

From behind me, I heard an evil little laugh erupting. “Bahahahaha! One down – one
million to go!”

 

8 years old: Spanish 101

Corey: Usted esta aburrido! That means, “You’re boring,” Alex.

Alex: You’re a burrito!!

End of lesson.

 

9 years old: Pizza

Alex opens up a box of pizza and sings “Aaaaaaaah” in his best angelic voice.

He closes the box and opens it again. “Aaaaaaaah,” he sings.

“It would be cool if it did that every time you opened the box, wouldn’t it? I wish there was an app for that!”

 

10 years old: Trust Issues

Corey: What did you see at the College Fair?

Alex: A dead dog’s heart.

Corey: Was there a live dog’s heart?

Alex: No. It has to be dead.

Corey: Then you just saw a dog’s heart.

Alex: The veterinarian told us it was dead.

Corey: You can’t always trust a veterinarian.

Alex: Yeah! Because they take out dog’s hearts!

 

11 years old: European History

While studying for a social studies test, I asked Alex what countries France colonized. He thought for quite a while so I decided to give him a hint.

“One is right above us,” I said as I raised my hand to point upward.

To that, Alex replied, “Mom, France did not colonize heaven!”

 

Alex: On Growing Up

“I don’t get why my voice is cracking!” Alex complained.

“Because your voice is changing,” I replied.

“But my voice has already changed. Is it going to change again?!? It’s like God changed it and then said, ‘No, I don’t like that one. Let’s try another one.’ ”

Poor thing! 😝

 

Although you may not be able to fully appreciate these SMILE moments, I thank God for every single one. Being this kid’s mom is a blessing from God. There’s no one like my Alex, that’s for sure! He’s given me twelve years of SMILES and I’m sure there are many more to come.

 

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A Year of Smiles – Day 165

Reason to SMILE #165: BLUE FROSTING 

The Scene: Snack Room on a Wednesday night at church

The Snack: Sugar cookies shaped like surfboards

The Group: Six year old boys and girls

The Instructions: Decorate your own surfboard cookie with frosting and sprinkles. DON’T PLAY WITH THE FROSTING!

That one kid: 


His response: “What? Don’t judge me!”

How could I not SMILE at a blue faced little boy enjoying such a yummy mess?

A Year of Smiles – Day 40

Reason to SMILE #40: KIDISMS – ROUND 2 (Because 1 “kidism” is never enough!)

smiley-laughing-and-cryingOn New Year’s Day, my boys and I sat in church as the pastor issued his New Year’s Challenge/Inspirational Message to the faithful few who attended service that cold and rainy morning.  His sermon text was Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  After a few introductory comments, the pastor questioned the congregation, “Can you really do ALL things through Christ?”

He then proceeded with four arguments for an affirmative answer to his query.  The first argument was that you can do all things through Christ if you want to.  Pastor called this the principle of Personal Desire.  He explained this principal by pointing out that most of us find a way to do the things that we really want to do.  If we want to go to the movies, we make the time.  If we want to buy a car, we find the financing.  Anything that we truly desire to do, we find a way to make it happen.  He then brought into question the nature of our desires: Do we want to serve God?  Do we want to have a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father?  Do we want to further His Kingdom?  Finally, the pastor inquired of the congregation once again, “What do you WANT to do?”

Now at this point in a sermon, I fully expect my younger son to be slumped down in the pew or leaning forward with his head in his hands half-listening and half-daydreaming.  It seemed, however, that my son was fully alert and attentive on that particular morning.  As soon as the pastor asked, “What do you want to do?”, my son leaned over toward me and whispered, “I want to teleport!”

Okay.  So, he was just half-listening and half-daydreaming and he definitely missed the pastor’s point.  That’s my kid, though – never a dull moment but those moments always make me SMILE! 

 

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