Thursday, April 16, 2009

Writer's Workshop--I don't want to dance

The Prompts: (Mama Kat)

1.) If I sent you four hundred dollars today what is ONE thing you would spend it on and why. ps I want my change. Well I saw a really cute shirt at Fashion Bug and some capris that I would buy. I'd also pick up a few pairs of flip flips. Then like any good mom I'd buy a bunch of stuff for my kids. If I were lucky I could get a babysitter and I'd go to the movies and out to eat with my honey. Your change would be a dime.

UPDATE: I was told by a faithful reader, who will remain nameless, that I did that wrong...that I CHEATED, as she stated. Well, she's right (and mean). I didnt read the question carefully enough. Which makes more sense, cause I wondered why Kathy would care what all I bought and why she would get any change.

So now that I see how I should have answered this, I wouldn't buy a bunch of junk for my kids. I'd buy an Ergo. That's it. And Kathy would get about $200 back. That's okay. I would have the ONE carrier I've been longing for. So Kathy, even though I know you aren't reading this, because I told you not to bother, please give me $400 and I'll give you back $200...and hey, Mother's Day is coming up and my 17 year old will be 18 and I ALMOST had her on Mother's Day. Does that count for anything?

2.) What are your kids talking about?

3.) Tell us about a local news story that's all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods. We've had fires burning all over the place. Homes GONE. Very sad. And it happens every few years.

4.) Share some blogging advice. Please, please, please, remove the word verification.

5.) Tell us about that time at the playground when that thing happened. I swore I'd never tell.


What are your kids talking about?

Kori: Mom, this problem says to simplify it and I can't. Either the book is wrong or I'm really confused.

Mom (in her mind): Yes the book is wrong. You are right. Tear that page out.

Mom (out loud): Well bring it to me so I can see if I can help you.

Kori (explaining to mom how to simplify like she's an being the idiot, not Kori): You see, this question is 1.05, and you see, the other questions you just take off the zeros, and you see, there is no zero to take off for this question.

Mom (in her mind): Stop talking.

Mom (out loud, while trying to explain): Maybe you need a break from math and mom for a minute. Why don't you go upstairs and read your Bible and let God infuse you with His joy, peace and love.

Mom (in her mind): Meanwhile, I'll be doing the same.

The Cat: (incessantly) Meowing

Asa: Waaa! Waaa! (trying frantically to climb on the couch)

Kati: (helping Asa to stop climbing on mom) Do you want some orange? Let's go put you in your high chair.

Mom: Um, no. He hates his high chair.

Kati: How 'bout we get your bar?

Mom: UM NO! Bars are too messy to eat in the living room.

Millicent: mumble, mumble, Kati, garble, garble, KATI!

Mom (in her mind): Yes, me too.

Millicent: mumble, garble, Kati, Kati, Kati.

Kati: You have to go dance for me.

Millicent: I don't want to dance.

Kati: Then go to school.

Millicent: Goodbye, mother and father, I've got to go.

Are you bored yet? Here's some more in my crazy life.

Kati: MOMMA! We can't go to the library today.

Mom: I know. We'll go tonight when Dad gets home. (We are down to one vehicle...but at least it's our vehicle we are down to.)

Millicent (screeching because Kati is not listening to her): Kati. Kati. Kati. Kati. KATI! KATI!

Kati: What?

Millicent: Go in my school.

Kati: I can't go in mommy's room.

Millicent: Kati. Kati. Kati. Kati. (beginning to screech) KATI!

Kati: What?

Millicent: Go in my school.

Kati: I can't go in mommy's room.

Millicent: This is my home and you have to go to my school.

Mommy: Your school is in mommy's room?

Millicent: Yes.

Mommy: Well Kati can't go into mommy's room. Can you have your school somewhere else.

Mill: NO!

Mommy: Can Kati sit in the doorway since she can't go in.

Mill: NO! She has to go in my school room.

Mommy: Well Kati can't.

Mill: Well I can't play because this is my house and that's my school room.

YES! I realize I'm trying to reason with a three year old.

Shall I go on?


Kati: Mom look at this (as she holds up some pipe cleaners for me to see.)

Kori: Asa, you have have some of this (handing Asa parts of a book that are completely torn up).

Asa: This, this, this.

Kori: Hey, what are doing? (Asa is standing up with the book.)

Asa: This.

Millicent: Here's some more for you.

Kati: She has a wiggly worm. Okay. Momma you are probably going to be surprised. (Showing me a picture.) That thing down there at the bottom that is all green...that is a pie.

And that's a look into my life. I would love to hear the conversation at your house.


Yara said...

1 thing it said. You listed a bunch of things. Cheater!

Yara said...

3... very very sad. happens here every single year. I hate wildfires

Yara said...

4... did you notice I did that a few days ago? : )

2.... um.... wow.... I can't believe I read through all that. ha! Michelle, Michelle, Michelle..... and a cat to top it all off. What fun : D

Amy said...

Your conversation with Kati so reminds me of Dylan. You would think that by the age of 16 he would not still think he is smarter than the book. It drives me crazy! Especially the length of time it takes him to explain why he is right and the book is wrong. And you have all that other stuff going on at the same time. I don't think I could do it. You must have way more patience than me!

Anonymous said...

You must be exhausted by the end of the day after all that talk! :)

H.K. said...

You're hilarious! I love the converstions with your kids! Found you via Mama Kat.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Well now I HAVE to know what happened on the playground. :)

I dislike word verification more and more every day. I always get it wrong and have to retry.

Michelle said...

But I fixed it Yara.

Man, the fires are scary.

Yes, I did.

You know you want my kids to come spend the day with you.

AND AMY! AMY! YEAH. You commented again. I can used to this!

Amy is my real life friend who I go to church with. We canned last was so fun!

My girls talk and talk and talk. I hope Asa is more contemplative.

La Belle Mere UK said...

Big fan of the Writers Workshops! This was great.

Happy SITS day.

LBM xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy SITS!

Tranquility said...

It sounds like a house full of kids and conversation! Whew! :)


confessionsofacountrygirl said...

A house full of conversation! Have an AWESOME SITS day!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I know those conversations. I nanny for 4 kids!

Christina said...

Hmm... some family get-togethers STILL sound like that... :-)

leigh said...

Happy SITS day! You're kids seem like they keep you wildly entertained. Thanks for a peek into your life.


Elizabeth said...

Kids are great for comic relief, aren't they? Happy SITS day to you!

Raising Z said...

Wow! I have one almost three year old and his conversation exhausts me ;) I can't imagine all of that :) It sounds like you have a full house full of LOVE! Happy SITS day.

Crystalin Dunn said...

Congrats SITSta! Oh wow. Reading about other moms' twilight zone conversations with their kids is a whole lot funnier than having them with my own kids. Maybe I need to start writing all of them down, and waiting until I've read through it to respond to my kids. Oh, wait, that would take even MORE time out of my day. Oh well. I'll write 'em when I remember to and read 'em on days when I need a laugh.

Drahdrah said...

Happy SITS day to you !

Joy said...

Congrats on your SITS feature day!

sandy said...

I think I might have to start participating in this writers workshop too. Very fun!

Helen McGinn said...

Happy Sits Day! I'm still thinking about what I'd do with my $400! *L*

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being the FB at SITS! I know it was worth the wait:)
You have a beautiful family!

Kimmy C said...

Your family is beautiful! I am 1 of 6, my mom is 1 of 10 and my dad is 1 of 9... I know what a hectic house is like... but I wouldn't give it up for the world! :)

Happy SITS day.

4Hoffman's said...

Great post! Happy SITS day!!


Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Happy SITS Day Michelle! I have my coffee and comfy blanket and can't wait to read more.

Cheryl said...

Wow! How do you do it? Congrats as a FB.

Laura said...

Just one thing and 200 back..frugal is what that is!! I guess you have to be with 5+ children.. Great BLog!!

Pricilla said...

Happy SITS day. Conversations around here go like:

Maaa maaa maaaaaaaa!
Meow, meow MEOW!

Just as demanding. Just less verbal.

Tater Tot Mom said...

That was great and congratulations on your SITS day!

missy said...

Happy SITS day!!!!!
enjoy your comments.
i love reading these workshop posts!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy SITS day! I think I am going to join Thursday's Writing Workshop!

Karen said...

Happy SITS Day!

The college I work at was evacuated last night because of a wildfire and now I have a WHOLE day off unexpectedly!

Fun Workshop post.

Happy SITS day!

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

Amazed that you manage time to blog, write and keep up with 5!

happy sits day!

Anonymous said...

Happy SITS day! Great blog

Brandi said...

I don't know how you find the time to do it all! What a funny dialogue.

Congrats on being SITS featured blogger!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Via SITS...

Very funny! Minus a few kids, add a dog and you have my house!

And I also despise the word verification thing. Argh.

sweetjeanette said...

ok. NOW I'm tired. LOL

visiting from SITS - congrats on "YOUR DAY" !

Mary said...

Congratulations on your SITS Feature Day!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

I don't mind word verification, I use it myself to stop SPAM. What I don't get is when people use word verification AND have to approve the comment. That seems like overkill, ya know?


visiting from SITS - congrats on your big day!

Mrsbear said...

Happy SITS day. It sounds very much like an afternoon at my house. lol. Almost impossible to put together a coherent thought, much less do math. ;)

shortmama said...

Kids are great for some funny conversations!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Conversations like this would make me nuts!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Krissy @ B.Inspired, Mama! said...

Wow - busy mama! Good for you for homeschooling!!

Happy SITs day!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY sit day!
You are hilarious . I loved your conversation with your children :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Funny! Happy SITS day!

samsstuff said...

Happy SITS Day! What a funny post!

These writer's workshops look interesting, though I'm not completely sure I get how they work (maybe I'm just too tired right now).

Thanks for posting!

Shaunell said...

Hi from Sits! Your kids are SO darling. Good for you on your lovely outlook on life! :) LOVE kids. :)

Pam said...

Congrats on being SITS FB! Enjoy your day in the spotlight.

And I'm with you.. I dislike word verification as well.

Aleta said...

Happy Featured Blog Day to you!!!

OMG, that word verification thing is for the birds. I'm so with you on that!

Loved the writer's workshop share!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being the FB on SITS today. Much deserved and worth the wait! Conversations at my house are much different with two teenage boys.

Mom of Three said...

I am disliking word verification more and more. Happy SITS FB day! Good for you!

Mama Kat said... advertising THANKS!! ;) Do I have to give you your 500 bucks now??

Lamonica Epps said...

Interesting blog post. Stopping by from SITS.

Connie Weiss said...

I love Mama Kat's writing prompts!

Happy SITS Day!

Megan said...

LOL Kid / parent conversations are hilarious! Thanks for sharing those!

Happy SITS day!!! Mine was yesterday and oh so fun!! =D

I Wonder Wye said...

Happy SITS day!! I just read the first 'Twilight' book, and am looking forward to getting the others from the library. It was fun! My favorite TV shows (no order): The Closer, Burn Notice, Monk, and I LOVE Mad Men. I am a classic movie buff -- have seen most of the ones shown on TCM and an exciting day is when I haven't and I can mark it in the book! I am a writer and editor so will check out your Writer's Day. I am new to blogging but am having fun.

Rook No. 17 said...

Totally relateable! Thanks. Happy SITS day!

Zeemaid said...

yup been there had that conversation.. *LOL*

Happy SITS day!

Amy said...

Oh sweet nostalgia! That sounds so much like my home growing up. Lots of happy noise, confusion, everyone talking over eachother... Wonderful!

Unknown Mami said...

I just recently got an Ergo and my daughter is already 1 year old. Why didn't I just get it from the beginning. It's so much better than all the other carriers I have.

Happy SITs day!

KrysTros said...

Congrats on your SITS day! You are so brave having that many children!

The Dapper Darling said...

Happy Happy sits day!

Annie@A View On Design said...

Wow my kids are like your 20mth old, (mine are 10mth & 2yo) and not much making sense from them yet, I'm sure convo's like this will happen, it's only a matter of time - Great blog btw, I'm following now too! (sits)

angie said...

Congrats on your SITS feature. What a fun day, isn't it?