Questions I Asked My Kids: Ep 58

I think I can let the cat out of the bag now. My parents are joining us for Christmas this year! They are serious about their traveling. Hence they left at 2:30 in the morning so they could drive for about 14 hours in one day. They have stopped for the night and will be here around lunch time tomorrow. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. The boys know nothing about them coming. It has been so hard keeping the secret, but the secret is safe. Just before they get here we’ll send the boys to DW’s mom’s (three house up the street). We got a refrigerator box to wrap with Christmas paper to hide them in to surprise the boys. I can’t wait to see their reaction. You will get to read all about to tomorrow. There will be video, too. Now to get these questions done and get a bit more cleaning done!

Whoo Hooo!!

1. How can you tell if two people are married?

Crash: If the girl has a ring or you catch them kissing. Actually, no, they may not be married.
Bang: I hear a big kiss happen… it’s really loud

2. What do mom and dad have in common?

Crash: You both fart, have glasses and Fitbits
Bang: You both have really hairy legs and you both wear jeans a lot

3. When is okay to kiss someone?

Crash: Either at a marriage or anytime after that or shortly before that
Bang: When you’re getting married or under a mistletoe

4. How do you make a marriage work?

Crash: Don’t make your gf/bf angry before you’re married because then it’ll be cancelled
Bang: Just like them and want to live with them forever

5. How many elves does Santa have working for him?

Crash: 1,347
Bang: 7 billion

6. What is Santa’s favorite food?

Crash: Most likely cookies
Bang: meat pie with tomato soup and garlic bread

7. Why did Dad marry Mom?

Crash: Because you love her and she’s a good helper and looked like she would get her kids to do stuff.
Bang: Because you were both pretty

8. Why did Mom marry Dad?

Crash: Because she loved you and you were funny and cool
Bang: Because she thinks you’re handome

9. What’s the funniest thing that you have ever done?

Crash: At school yesterday there was a sing-a-long with Christmas songs with a teacher who could play guitar and we made a remix and it was funny
Bang: I drank mom’s really thick, gross coffee milk (35% heavy whipping cream)

10. What is something we should do over Christmas break?

Crash: Go sledding and use my skis for my scooter
Bang: Build an igloo if there is snow

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Go Ask Your Father: Spring, Smarts, Lent, and Brains…

Is it spring, yet?

Thanks to that pesky groundhog, the boys think spring is supposed to come early. I had to explain to them that it was a) just a myth and b) it depends on which groundhog you believe because there are many and not all predict the same things. We had one day of unusually warm weather. It was warm enough to go without a jacket. Since that happened it’s warm enough to go without a coat every day. Or so the oldest believes. Officially, the first day of spring is March 20th. But this is Canada. Warm weather doesn’t get here until later. Much later. Like July.

Will he get smart now?

I haven’t written about this yet, but Crash has been struggling to focus on tasks. When he loses focus the fidgets set in and getting him back on track becomes near impossible. Last year he was diagnosed with ADHD (though he’s more ADD, it all falls under the same umbrella). As teachers, we know that diagnosis can be given easily and many parents opt to medicate. As we found out from the phamacist, some parents just start with highest dose possible. We are not most parents. We opted to educate ourselves and see if we could use some behavior modifications to help him. A year later and nothing has changed. He’s still struggling to focus. So we looked into medication – the lowest dose possible. Bang, having overheard many of our conversations, knows that his big brother is going to take medicine to help him focus in school. Crash takes his pill on the very first morning and Bang, without missing a beat, asks, “Will he get smart now?” Boy did we laugh.

Why is it called Lent?

Ahh. Good old Lent. What I wouldn’t give for a Coke right now. Or any pop/soda/cola. This is the first full week without and I’ve been craving one all week long. Come on Sunday! I know it’s for the better. I know it’s not good for me. But I want one. Lent originally simply meant spring. It’s origins are Germanic, specifically Old English,¬†lencten; also the Anglo-Saxon name for March – lenct. I just wish it was called over so I can have a Coke!

What happens to your brain when you die?

How’s that for morbid curiosity? Obviously, when we die our brains die with us. The heart no longer pumps the needed blood and oxygen required for it to function. According to LiveScience and¬†Jimo Borjigin, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, a study of rats was conducted as they died from a lack of oxygen. Just prior to heart failure, their brain sent a flurry of signals and chemicals to the heart. This combo caused their hearts to stop. The researchers found that when they blocked those signals and chemicals the heart lastest three times longer. After I die, I know exactly what will happen to my brain. It’ll be put in a jar on a shelf right next to Einstein’s.

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