Saturday, June 20, 2015

Paul Bunyun

August, pulling up hundreds of little maple tree sprouts in the flower gardens:

"I'm the fastest lumberjack ever."


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Interview with Jorge, age 8

[Age 8 years 7.5 months]

What is your favorite food?  pizza!
What is your favorite song to sing? mmm. hard... I guess the theme song to the GI Joes.
What is your favorite song to listen to? classical music
What is your favorite movie? ooooh... I guess... Harry Potter Movies
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? um, a fox. an artic fox.
What is your favorite color? red.
If you could pick one vegetable for us to never eat again, what would it be?  Oh no! um. Lettuce.
What is your favorite book?  oooh... um, it is... um, [August whispers "Hardy boys, maybe??"] Yea, Hardy boys.  Or Chronicles of Prydain.
Where would you like to go on a vacation? oooh, Guatemala
Who is your best friend? Jacob T
What do you like to do with this friend? uuuuuh, play games
What is your favorite outfit? probably that shark shirt and my sweatpants..the gray ones with the orange stripe
Can you tell me a joke that you like? um, the cat joke. {he didn't know Katie said the same thing}
Fairies or Princesses?   oh no.  Fairies.  At least my tooth fairy.
Favorite Flower? um..(looks outside)  probably umm..what are they called... milkweed flowers.
Favorite Bird?bald eagle
Favorite Butterfly? oh.  I don't know any butterflies.  [Katie: yes you do.]. Fine.  A swallowtail butterfly.
Favorite Season? fall.
Favorite work at School?  oooh... grammar.
Favorite Dinosaur? tyranasaurus
What do you think are three words that describe you?  does it have to be "j" words because I'm Jorge?  [no]...  Energetic, Jolly, noisy
What do you want to be when you grow up? a cook.  no doubt that.
Anything else you want to share? uh..nope!

See Also:
Jorge age 6
Jorge age 4

Interview with August: age "4 and and a half and 2 months from 5."

August at 4years 10 months

What is your favorite food?  Um.....spaghetti? with sauce? and butter.
What is your favorite song to sing? I don't know.  because I have a new song.  Oh, it's a song from ant-world.  And you don't really know it.  (how do YOU know it?) because I made the movie!  It's called Anty goes to explore. And it's not a person, it's an ant.  Because ant world is about ants.  There's no humans in it.
What is your favorite song to listen to? Probably the same song I like to sing.
What is your favorite movie? Mader Tall Tales
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? a giraffe
What is your favorite color? um, all the colors except dark green and dark brown.  But light green??? Reallllly nice.  Right mama?  Just not like, black. Because I do not like black.  But I DO like silvery gray.  I do like most colors.  Right mama? right mama? Because I am really cute.  If I have a black shirt, I'd still like to have it on. Ok?  Red is nice to have.
If you could pick one vegetable for us to never eat again, what would it be? Um...turnip?  I mean radish.
What is your favorite book? Sesame, probably?  Or the counting pig book.
Where would you like to go on a vacation? Um, camp?
Who is your best friend? Betty!
What do you like to do with this friend? I don't know that much.  But when she was in Oak, then I liked to work together with her.
What is your favorite outfit? I don't really know, yet, but soon I will.
Can you tell me a joke that you like? [laughs]...ok...I know a joke that I really like.  But I don't know what it's called, but I know how almost all of it goes.

Aren't you glad I didn't say banana?

That's what I call it.
Fairies or Princesses?  what are you asking about? Um...princesses...? I mean fairies, because they can fly and princess can not fly.
Favorite Flower? Rose
Favorite Bird? blue jay
Favorite Butterfly? monarch
Favorite Season? fall
Favorite work at School? um, papercutting
Favorite Dinosaur? T-Rex.
What do you think are three words that describe you? [long conversation about what describe means].. I am kind of tall, and I am really funny, and I talk a lot.
What do you want to be when you grow up? a cook.
Anything else you want to share? I don't really know.

See also: August at almost 3.
See also: August at 13 mos

Auggie answers mommy questions

1. What is something mom always says to you?  I love you
2. What makes mom happy? lots of good snuggles
3. What makes mom sad? punching or hitting or kicking
4. How does your mom make you laugh? um, I don't know.
5. What was your mom like as a child? I don't really know, cuz I wasn't here for when you were a little kid.  Mom, really, I wasn't here.
6. How old is your mom?  38
7. How tall is your mom? I don't know how many inches, but I know you're reallly tall.
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Snuggle Auggie
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? Work
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?  um.....because she does a long math
11. What is your mom really good at?   math
12. What is your mom not very good at?  um, hmmm...I don't know....can you tell me?  what makes you laugh and what you're not good at.
13. What does your mom do for a job? work
14.What is your mom's favorite food? salad?
15.What makes you proud of your mom?  because she makes me have warm snuggles. That's why.
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? I don't know
17. What do you and your mom do together? play games and watch movies
18. How are you and your mom the same? that we have light skin and we sometimes have the same color eyes.
19. How are you and your mom different? because we don't have the same color hair, and you have dresses and I don't.
20. How do you know your mom loves you? becuase I give you nice warm snuggles
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?  um, hmm... I don't know. 
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? to the store?  Or the library or work probably.
23. How old was your Mom when you were born? You're 38 now.  And i'm 4.  So 34.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An Interview with Katie -- Age 10

[Age 10 years 0 months]

What is your favorite food?  Um...I'd have to say probably burgers or tacos.
What is your favorite song to sing? that's really hard, I've got like 500.  well, maybe not 500, but...still...a lot. (long pause) um...I really like the songs from Into The Woods a lot.
What is your favorite song to listen to? I like a lot of instrumental music but I like a lot of Disney music.
What is your favorite movie? (every answer gets a long pause and staring off in space).  It's really hard because there a lot of movies that I like.  And movies I don't think I will like before I watch them but then I watch them and I do like them, but then I don't watch them for a long time and I don't like them anymore.  Can I have a favorite 25?  Are we still on this question? Are you just going to wait until I give you a movie?  Yikes.  Um.... I really like... Um...  Let's see..  I kind of like things like GI JOE and The Hobbit, but then I also like Barbie movies and Fairy movies...I can't just pick one.
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? I'll be stuck on this one again...let me think... the animal that most represents my personality would probably be like a deer...or an owl.
What is your favorite color? blue....well...teal, really.  teal then white.
If you could pick one vegetable for us to never eat again, what would it be? do onions qualify as vegetables?  Good.  Onions.  Now, wait...onions or tomatoes. [tomatoes are a fruit]. Oh, right.  Then onions.
What is your favorite book? oh yikes. I like the Harry Potter Series.  And I like the Ever After High series.  Oh I had to answer this questions once and pick one and I wrote 5.  I also like the Warriors series.
Where would you like to go on a vacation? Yikes.  I'm torn between Puerto Rico or Hawaii.  Tropical Island.
Who is your best friend? I have 2. Anna and Elena.
What do you like to do with this friend? Um..have parties.
What is your favorite outfit? depends on what kind of time of year it is.  In the winter I like warm dresses with tights.  In the summer I like shorts and a tank top, and in fall and spring I like skorts and a short sleeve shirt.
Can you tell me a joke that you like?  That cat one you made up. [There were two cats crossing a river.  One was named OneTwoThree; the other was named UnDouxTrois.  Only one cat made it to the other side.  Which one?  OneTwoThree...becase the UnDouxTrois Cat Sank [quatre, cinq].  ][I can not take credit for this joke.  I read it online.]
Fairies or Princesses?  Fairies
Favorite Flower? I like roses a lot.  But I also like flowers like tulips and bluebells and daffodils.
Favorite Bird? I'd say Swans
Favorite Butterfly? Does it have to one I've seen before?  Then most likely a Madagascar Rainbow Moth.  Wait, would that count?  Oh good.  It's so pretty {long description}
Favorite Season? spring
Favorite work at School? Probably going to put that as fraction...well...the math workbooks.
Favorite Dinosaur? probably pterodactyl.  that's pt.
What do you think are three words that describe you?  Crafty, Kind, and smiley.
What do you want to be when you grow up? artist, ... . yeah. artist.
Anything else you want to share? Um... I'm really picky..

See also: Katie at 6
See also: Katie age 8

Katie answers silly questions

1. What is something mom always says to you? i love you
2. What makes mom happy? us not being loud and crazy
3. What makes mom sad? us being loud and crazy
4. How does your mom make you laugh? I'm not sure. by laughing.
5. What was your mom like as a child? i don't know.
6. How old is your mom? 38
7. How tall is your mom? 6 feet...?
8. What is her favorite thing to do? spend quality time with the kids...as long as they're not loud. 
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?  work.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?  writing a very interesting report (for my work)
11. What is your mom really good at? giving hugs
12. What is your mom not very good at? I'm not sure...um,  I don't know.
13. What does your mom do for a job? teach
14.What is your mom's favorite food? ice cream
15.What makes you proud of your mom? that she's really smart
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Hermione
17. What do you and your mom do together? crafts, and just in general just hang out
18. How are you and your mom the same? we're both really smart and crafty
19. How are you and your mom different? she works a lot more than me
20. How do you know your mom loves you? she gives me a ton of hugs and says it like 100 times a week.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? that he makes very good coffee
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? Home.
23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 28

Smarty-Katie follow-up:

Scores were posted late-afternoon: she did great.  She's in the 90%+ percentile even among students 2 grades above her.

She's as happy about doing well on this as she is about successfully swimming across a pool, finishing a craft or sewing project, identifying a bird or butterfly correctly, or mastering a new song on her recorder.  Incidentally, those are all things she also did yesterday. It's a part of her skillset, but not a big deal.