Fun at Work

Today, is Fun at Work Day.  I don’t know what that means to you (do tell!), but this is our take:

Creativity and doing your best is a recipe for fun.   Sometimes the only solution is getting creative with attitude or how you perceive the task. But sometimes it’s in how you implement it.

For my kiddos, their work is school.  Sometimes, quite frankly, it’s hard to have fun at school when given a certain project or worksheet to do.  I challenge kids everywhere to think of one thing per day that they could do with what they’re learning, Phineas and Ferb style.

Volkswagen, I think, deserves kudos for using creativity in having fun and creating solutions for different ‘problems.’  So, to motivate my kids to get creative and have fun with work, I’m posting these videos!

The Great Pudding Debate

According to Disney, I somehow missed Make A Pie Day last week.  Outrageous!  I would have loved that holiday.

Yet, I maintain that if it’s not listed in the official Chase Calendar of Events then there are probably ten other Make A Pie Days, as there are for National Chocolate Day or any other fill-in-the-blank Day listed on a Facebook status. Go ahead, look up National Chocolate Day and see how many you come up with.

Sorry. Tangent.

Anyway, official or not, I was looking in my pantry and saw this:

In my house there is a great pudding debate. Chocolate or Vanilla.  So when pudding goes on sale (with coupon) I get both since our family is split down the middle.

I also like pudding pops – the swirl kind.

Hmm.  Pudding. Pie. Pudding Pops.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?   Yep.  I mixed it all up (didn’t use as much milk), threw it in the crust, and threw it in the freezer!

Took it out to start thawing before I started on dinner.

I LOVED the response.  And from now on, if I have dessert to serve… I’ve decided to set it out right as that 430/5oclock crabby hour rolls around for kiddos.

“What’s that?”  each kid asked with a little gasp after each word.  And each time I answered, “It’s yummy goodness for children who obey and are nice to each other.”

I like leverage.

And the pie was good, real good.  The pudding debate has ended.

Speed Talking the Bible

As we go through Genesis, as a family, Mike and I have learned that there are some portions that it’s best to speed talk in hopes of slipping past graphic details that may cause questions.  And if they do have questions, we often answer the bare generic minimum that’s age appropriate and just keep moving on.

We were reading one such passage last night.  Speed talking enabled the youngest two to miss some details but Katarina, afterwards, said, “Sheesh!  If the Bible were made into a movie, I don’t think you’d let me watch it!”

I think we’ll practice speed talking to gear up for Song of Solomon!

A New Language

Last night was our monthly Cub Scout pack meeting where the entire family is to attend.  In a moment of transparency, Mike and I would tell you that we dread going.  Why?  It’s just that we’re just tired, and sitting on metal chairs among a bunch of hyper boys, with a lot of awards to be given out, well, it can get … well, hard to stay awake. But we love seeing Sam and how much he loves Boy Scouts so it’s worth every minute.

Last night we were extra glad we went.

We witnessed a great communicator, or as Mike said, “The most alive human being I’ve seen in a long time.”

He was the director of the Idaho Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  And he spoke with, as we discovered, the third most used language in the United States – American Sign Language.  We were all a bit surprised that over 120,000 people in our state were deaf.  The director showed the boys a bunch of famous people that we weren’t aware were deaf and spoke of their positive attitude.

Anabelle, who had begged to bring her Nintendo DS “I’ll keep the volume off, pleassseeee….”  put her DS down in favor of watching the man sign and listening to his translator.  She even started asking questions, fascinated, and then whispered to me, “Can I learn it?”

In elementary school, I had a teacher who taught our class fingerspelling.  At a young age I mastered the ASL alphabet and it became so hardwired that whenever I sang the alphabet to my babies, I showed them the corresponding sign language to keep them engaged.  But the alphabet is all I know.

So after a bunch of research, I found a free online video course that helps you learn the basics of sign language.  Clearly, if learned at a young age it sticks with you, so I’d like the kids to at least know some.

Here’s what we’ll be trying tonight:  Free Sign Language Class