Category Archives: My kids think they're funny

How to kill an hour on a Sunday afternoon–Mabel’s satirical science board

I just found this while sorting through old papers, and decided to type it up before recycling it. Mabel’s best estimate is that she made this when she was seven, or maybe nine. The Study: How ignorant can big brothers … Continue reading

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Dainty, Demure, Discreet Mabel

Mabel’s just been regaling me with tales out of school, which I will now share with you. They did a fashion show for French class (narrated in French, for educational value) and she had forgotten to bring something to model, … Continue reading

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Keeping track of blocks, bells, and clappers–all while losing my marbles

Henry, Isaac, Rose, Mabel, and Hazel. The photos in this post were all taken at the beautiful Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah, where my children–particularly Mabel–seemed determined to make funny faces for every photo. Mabel’s just lucky I didn’t … Continue reading

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Also the talent of wit

Every time I’ve told this story to anyone in real life (and since it happened a couple of weeks ago, I’ve told it quite a lot) people have either appeared genuinely shocked, or just didn’t seem to find it funny. … Continue reading

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The perils of having artists in the family (or, What Not to Wear, tracing-paper edition)

Mabel asked, “Hey mom, you know that thing you did for drawing how clothes will look on you?” “You mean my croquis?” “Yeah. I want one of those.” “They’re really easy to make–just have someone take a picture of you … Continue reading

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In the grand family tradition of altering song lyrics

Mabel just came up with both of these new versions: — All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and tall, Mabel didn’t get their luck, For God made Mabel small. — All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great … Continue reading

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Another homework-inspired post

Rose is excited because tomorrow she’ll get one chocolate for each word with “ui” she brings in that the class hasn’t already thought of, and Mabel has given her “cruise,” “ruin,” “fruit,” and “bruise.”  Rose says, “I’m going to eat … Continue reading

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