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When Is a Joke No Longer Funny?

Yesterday I saw a video on Facebook. It had been shared by two people who are wonderful, loving people, and the title of the video was “Good, clean…funny!” It’s a video that seems to have first been posted online in 2011, but was posted on Facebook two days ago, and has gone viral. (I’m not going to link to it. If you have to see it, you can Google it.)

The video, which runs less than two minutes, is two teen boys pranking a third (their “friend”, according to one site I found) in a community shower using the “never-ending shampoo” prank. (Clean fun? Get it?) And when I first started watching it, it was funny. But then you start to hear distress in the victim’s voice. Then he starts saying, “Help me. Help me,” and it sounds to me like he’s crying. He may not be actually crying, but he is asking for help, and you can see him getting more frantic as the video goes on. Continue reading When Is a Joke No Longer Funny?

July Kindle Giveaway: Win your choice of a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card, or Paypal Cash

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes both values at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

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Kid Quotes (7/13)

B: I love you more than any girl in the whole world.
I’ll remind him of that in 10 years.

I just walked into the playroom in time to hear Blake say, “Blake, you’re a genius!”

B to me, after I got sick: I don’t think I want to touch you, because, well, you’re infected.

The next day, this happened. At least the kid understands where germs come from.
I’m always reminding the boys to wash their hands, but I’ve been really pushing it this week. Jack just woke up and tried to give Blake a hug.
“Don’t touch me! You haven’t washed your hands yet!”
Nothing like a little peer pressure. Or paranoia. Either way. Continue reading Kid Quotes (7/13)

#100HappyDays Day 38

#100HappyDays Day 38
They’ve been apart for five days while the big guy attended camp.

TOS Review: Veritas Press Self-Paced History – New Testament Greece and Rome

Veritas Press Review
Today’s review is for the Self-Paced History of New Testament Greece and Rome from Veritas Press. This online course is aimed at students in grades 2-6, but older students may enjoy it, too. Jack just finished 6th grade, and has no patience for things that he feels are “too young” for him (such as the preschool shows his little brother wants to watch), yet he really enjoyed the lessons. Continue reading TOS Review: Veritas Press Self-Paced History – New Testament Greece and Rome

Book Blast and Giveaway: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

ContactContact by Laurisa White Reyes

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.



“CONTACT is a page turner that will keep you guessing right along with Mira, right up until the last revelation. And it will make you reconsider the next time you wish you knew someone else’s secrets!” – Margaret Petereson Haddix, author of the Missing and The Shadow Children series

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Kid Quotes (6/30)

I went to put some washcloths in the cabinet and found a wet washcloth half-folded/half-wadded up on the shelf.
Me: Blake? We don’t put wet washcloths back in the cabinet.
B: I didn’t know.
Me: What do you usually see me do with wet washcloths?
He makes a flattening motion with his hand.
Me: I straighten them out and put them over the tub, right?
Nods his head.
Me: So no more wadding up wet washcloths and putting them back in the cabinet, right?
B: I tried to fold it up.
Somehow I get the feeling that he missed the point.

Blake was right in my face and said, “Why do you have three eyes?”
“I don’t silly. And it’s a good thing or my glasses would be even more expensive.”
“You’d have to get glasses and one of those things mayors wear.”
“Who wears?”
“Mayors. You know those guys who own the city.”
You heard it here first. All mayors own the city and wear monocles.

Of course I had to ask Blake where he got the idea that mayors wear monocles. And of course that conversation went nothing like I anticipated.
Me: So what makes you think Mayors wear monocles?
Rolls his eyes like he does when he’s embarrassed.
Me: No, it’s okay. I’m just curious. Which mayors wear monocles?
B: I think about fifty of them.
Me: Oh yeah?
B: Yeah. And probably about twenty-five don’t.
I nod, because I’m speechless.
B: Yeah. I think about fifty wear them and twenty-five don’t. I don’t know which ones, though. I should look that up.

B: He vanished out of thin air.

Blake was looking for his sandals, and he hasn’t worn them in quite a while. “Oh, yeah! They outgrew me!”

B: I don’t listen to you because you’re smart.
Me: um…what?
B: you’re really smart.
Me: okay.
B: I don’t listen to you because you’re smart.
Not smart enough, apparently, because I have no idea what he was trying to say.

B: Mama, I’m lucky to have you as my mama.
I’m going to print that out, have him sign it, and hang it on the wall. ;-)

Not to be too graphic, but when did diarrhea become a verb? Blake is recovering (hopefully, please!) from a stomach virus. But he doesn’t “have diarrhea”. He tells me, “I diarrheaed again.”

I used to make shepherd’s pie all the time, and the boys loved it. Then they didn’t. Last time I made it, Blake got all excited when I told him we were having shepherd’s pie until he saw it and realized it was “that stuff” and wasn’t really pie. Tonight, I needed a way to use up some potatoes before they went bad, so I made shepherd’s pie. I figured they’d either eat or I’d have leftovers for lunch.
B: What are we having for supper?
Me: Shepherd’s pie.
B: Does it have the stuff you usually put in it?
Me: Meat, corn, and mashed potatoes. Yep.
B: I love shepherd’s pie!
And they both ate every bit of it without a complaint. I didn’t dare remind them they don’t like it. Excuse me while I bang my head against the wall.

B: The smaller the rock, the harder it is to carry it on your foot.
Apparently, the small rocks fall between your toes.

There were two pancakes left.
B: Hey, Jeffrey, how ’bout we split them both in half?
How ’bout you just each take one? LOL

After finishing his supper of chicken, rice, and mushrooms, Blake turned to me with a big grin on his face and said, “I ate all my fungus!”

At the beginning of what became the longest game of Monopoly Junior ever, Blake asked how much money we were starting with.
“I don’t know. Count it.”
After counting, “Thirty-one dollars! That’s too much money for a kid!”

J: Can we have fancy sandwiches for supper?
Me: I don’t even know what that means.
J: Fancy sandwiches. Like with lettuce and tomatoes.
Me: Uh…okay.
So we had bacon sandwiches. Fancy bacon sandwiches. More commonly known as BLTs.

Me: Okay. The last things we need to get are Kleenex and cashews.
J: So we need tissues and cashews.

J: What if Jesus had been born in a different year? If he had been born after 1BC, would it be like negative BC or something?
Blank stare.
He’s still expecting an answer.
Me: I…don’t understand the question.
J: How would they say what year Jesus was born if he’d been born after 1BC?
Me, sputtering: The dates aren’t from the beginning of time up to Jesus’s birth. The dates start at his birth and go backward.
J: Why didn’t someone tell me that?