we have been busy here in stodmor land so let us just do a quick catch-up.
first off, chicka had her first track meet yesterday, it is a city-wide meet for all 3rd graders. given the procreating ability of mormons that means approximately 2.1 million 8/9 year olds were running.
we gave her some advice….’keep looking forward when you run, you can’t smile, wave, or talk to people while you are running your race.’
why did we have to tell her this?
because she has done all three things last time she raced.
she placed 2nd in the 50 and 1st in the 100 m dash in the semis, but was not fast enough to make the finals.
that’s okay, her heart was in the softball throw.
she just stood, flat-footed, and let the softball fly, she got 3rd. she is ESTATIC!!!
sir, upon seeing how far she threw just flat-footed, has immediately started teaching her some form while throwing. in fact, that is where they are right now.
did i mention he started teaching her to hit a ball with a bat when she was 3?
the softball throw has a special meaning to me. you see, in 3rd grade i too had a track meet (given the procreating ability of newport there were about 50 kids there)
i told my parents i was the best thrower in the universe (that was saying something since we were trekies and knew the universe was GIGANTIC)
of course i was totally lying.
the big day arrived and my parents were proudly behind me waiting to see their daughter clobber the competition.
i did not.
in fact i threw the ball straight up in the air and it landed 8 ft in front of me.
chicka threw over 65 feet just standing flat-footed.
mom and dad? you finally have someone in the family tree that can throw a softball for real. (of course i should mention my sisters lou and roonie KILL it with softball)
next, today bear played pretend.
pretend with toys, scenes, words, actions, and no TV on that he was following and he played for about 30 minutes.
all from HIS imagination.
it was beautiful to watch.
and it was 12 years in the making.
cast of characters that starred in bear’s acts today: mr. and mrs. potato head, woody, buzz and zooboomafoo.
next, today queen had her tutoring so ms. jackson and the queen heading to wal mart with her trusty IPAD that had her grocery list on it and did some shopping, queen style.
when i saw her cart, i laughed out loud.
water, gummy bears, m&m’s, smelly candle, resolve carpet cleaner, football, squishy ball, shampoo, oil of olay age-defying scrub, and a clay mask facial cleaner.
i plan on stealing the clay mask when she lets it go, which won’t be soon, and i am going to try some of her age-defying scrub when she ain’t lookin’.
did you know they have age-defying toothpaste?
and last, i may have mentioned the magic 8 ball before.
well, now the majority of the family is using it to answer all things important.
‘will something happen to my husband?’ chicka asked.
‘is chicka a liar?” bird asked (fight ensued)
‘will i have a good day?” keats asked on his way out.
jobs, futures, money, what to do, all are answered with the magic 8 ball.
keats even suggested we get a family one as he feels chicka’s is somehow tainted against him since she is the owner.
i love me some good ol’ logical thinking.