Out of the Mouths of Babes

Filed under:Family, Friends, Sami, Web Log (Blog) — posted by Tyler on June 19, 2006 @ 10:39 pm    Print Post

Two blogs that I really enjoy reading are ones that are not even written so much as spoken by two kids.  Bridger (4) and Sami (5) have been letting the world know their honest thoughts and feelings on a near daily basis for the last several weeks.

Kids have a neat outlook on life.  It’s interesting to read their innocent thoughts.

Bridger:  “Coulter is milking his boat cause he doesn’t want to go to bed.”  His dad explains that the phrase is actually “milking one’s goat” which it to “describe somebody who is loitering or deliberately biding time. His little brother Coulter doesn’t want to go to bed, so he’s being especially cute and nice so he won’t have to.”

Sami: “Jesus made the bunnies because Grandma Lee loves bunnies. She loves princesses, too. (Bridger doesn’t know who Grandma Lee is, huh?)”  The post was entitled “Move Away Bunny, Because My Dad is Coming Through the Road” and she always insists on titling her own posts.

Bridger: “Some bugs are nice and some are mean. Sometimes I wonder why Jesus made mosquitoes have sharp noses. They stick their sharp noses into your skin and suck your blood. They eat blood because that’s what they’re supposed to eat.”

Sami: “I like about princesses and I like to hug them in my heart. I love princesses.  I like about princesses, that they give me kisses on the lips. Girls kissing girls, like me and mommy do.”

Bridger: “I just drink chocolick milk and water and juice, so my muscles are strong. Chocolick milk is not like Coke. You shouldn’t drink Coke because it makes you small and makes your muscles little.”  Then Dad explains “Chocolick milk” is our little code name for PediaSure. But don’t tell Bridger that (he wouldn’t drink it if he knew it was healthy). He’s quite the picky eater and is pretty stubborn about things, so we round his diet out with a little “chocolick milk” on the side.

Sami: “My name is Samantha Lee, but everyone calls me Sami. I love it because it’s so short. I don’t like my long name because I don’t spell it as well. I love Jesus and I love my heart.”

Catch more of Bridger and Sami at their respective blog homes — The Dinosaur Boy and Sami Lee Stories.  (Bridger isn’t called “The Dinosaur Boy” just for fun. That kid knows a lot about dinosaurs and you might need a pronunciation guide when you read his blog because he’s constantly talking about them.)


Sami and Griff's First Pet a Fighter

Filed under:Cool Stuff, Family, Griff, Sami — posted by Tyler on April 7, 2006 @ 11:15 pm    Print Post

Betta FishI bought Sami and Griff a Betta Fish [wikipedia.org] tonight. They’ve never had a pet before, so this is their first. They’re also known as Siamese Fighting Fish. You’re not supposed to put two males in the same tank because they’ll kill each other.

I bought a neat little fish bowl that came with a light that shines in it. Sami is really excited to have it in her room as a second night light. When I suggested that she could use it as a night light, despite the fact that she already has one, she shrugged her shoulders and proclaimed, “I can’t really see with my other night light anyway, so I need the fish night light, huh daddy.”

I worked with Sami and Griffin for about 20 minutes to make sure they knew they couldn’t touch the fish, nor should they even touch the shelf that it sits on. I have no doubt, however, that Griffin will pull the tank onto the floor at some point and the fish will die a horrible death. I’m half tempted to buy another male Betta fish and let them duke it out if it is going to die anyway. It’s going to be either Griffin or another Betta fish, might as well save Griff getting in trouble and get a little entertainment. (Or perhaps that’s illegal or I’ll get the animal rights people calling the police on me? I’d better not find out.) Apparently in Thailand fish fights abound, but not within city limits where it is not allowed. Such a fight was described as follows:

When fighting is agreed upon, the fish are scooped our of their bottles and carefully put into a large tall jar. Coming face to face, the opponents are transformed into wonderfully beautiful creatures, their colour deepening their gills quivering and widening, their fins and tails spreading out and assuming a warm glow. Every part of the body becomes vibrant. They lose no time in getting at each other, biting fiercely and cruelly. With mouths locked for minutes or sometimes even hours, they fit up and down the water in the bottle manoeuvring for positions. Parts of gills, fins, tailsmortal combat, the enthusiasts would bet basing their calculations on the amount and severity of the injury inflicted and received by both sides.

It’s hard to believe I bought such a fierce fighter for my kids’ first pet. I guess if I were to buy them a dog it would be a pitbull. (Obviously I’m joking, just in case somebody questions it.) There are some posts on this page that suggest that these fish aren’t the fighters others say they are [aquahobby.com], so don’t worry…I’m not going to buy two males and put them in the tank with each other.


Reading C.S. Lewis to Sami

Filed under:Family, Sami — posted by Tyler on March 26, 2006 @ 12:13 am    Print Post

A couple of nights ago I was eating dinner with my family and Samantha was going on about how she plays “Star Wars” and “Narnia” with her neighborhood friends.  She said that she’s always Princess Leia and Lucy.  She hasn’t seen either movie, but she seems to know enough about both of them to successfully make-believe that she’s them.

Heather and I discussed letting her see the recently released (December 2005) “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.  I thought it might be too much violence for a 4 year old, but then again, I only watched half of the movie the night of my birthday because I was coming down with the flu.  But we both decided that maybe it would be best to read her the book first and then let her watch the movie.

We started reading the very same day and now we’re already on chapter four.  I read to her right before she goes to bed.  I remember my Mom sitting in the hallway between the two bedrooms and reading to us when we were growing up.  I really liked it.  I always hated it when I was too tired to stay awake for the story.  But my Mom was always nice enough to catch me up in the morning.

Griffin has been falling asleep before I finish each night, but Sami is wide awake and ready for another chapter.  She’s loving it!  It’s been fun for me, too.  I hope I’ll continue to read to her.  My good friend Josh has been a good example along with my Mom.  He read to her daughter and they finished tons of books together before she could even read herself.  I’m sure it helps in many ways.  Besides instilling the love of reading it should also create an even stronger bond between the two of us.  I reckon we’ll finish off the Narnia series and then move onto the Harry Potter series or something.

Any other recommendations for a 5 year old?  (She’s turning 5 on Tuesday and as excited as ever!)


Tooele Slammed by Snowstorm, Not Lake Effect

Filed under:Griff, Heather, Sami, Tooele — posted by Tyler on January 19, 2006 @ 11:06 pm    Print Post

Samantha, Griffin and LoganIn the last seven months I haven’t seen too much by the way of nasty storms, although there have been some stronger winds than I’m used to. Last night what I’ve been waiting for finally came.

We got clobbered with more than a foot of snow! I nearly didn’t make it out of our neighborhood. The further north I drove, the better it got. When I got to Salt Lake where I work, there was nothing. The difference, as described in a Tooele Transcript Bulletin article, was not lake effect. The storm that rolled through just decided to linger over our fine city of Tooele. We’re supposed to be getting some more snow tomorrow night and into Saturday. How exciting!

The kids had fun in the snow today. They made snow angels, waded through the deep stuff and slid down the driveway on sleds. It’s the most snow Griffin or Sami have ever played in. They had fun playing with their friend, Logan. They also “helped” shovel the driveway, but the true heroes of shoveling were the Barths (our fine neighbors to the west of us) with their monster snow blower! They saved us all a lot of work.

I should note, however, that when the snowplows came by, they covered the sidewalk and the driveway again, and Heather (my awesome wife) did second clean-up.  And if you’ve ever shoveled the snowplow crud, you know it’s extra heavy.  So good job, Heather!


Gifts from Heaven

Filed under:Griff, Religion, Sami — posted by Tyler on January 9, 2006 @ 9:12 pm    Print Post

My two cute kids!My two children are truely gifts from heaven. We had our usual family night and we assigned our little boy Griffin to say the prayer. He’s just over 2 years old now (in the picture he’s 1 1/2 and Samantha is just over 3) and he’s always needed help in the past. Tonight was a major breakthrough when he said the entire prayer by himself. Granted, he walked all around the living room while saying it and the prayer was only half audible, even to his parents (although I’m sure his Father in Heaven understood every word), but it was very neat to see him grow up all at once like that.

Sami gave the lesson tonight. She planned it all by herself. She had visual aids (small pictures that she drew and colored herself and cut out) and she made up a story about a little girl that tried to get to heaven by climbing a ladder. In the end she explained that she couldn’t get to heaven by climbing a ladder, only by choosing the right.

Gifts from heaven, indeed!


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