Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jillian on Cruises

My husband "earned" a cruise through his employer this year, and though we really wanted to take the kids with us (a shocker, I know) it was too expensive to take them along.  Stupidly, we had initially told them they could come, and showed them all of the fun experiences available on the boat, such as a pool, a kid's play area, a dessert bar, and a library.

So, this morning, my husband sat down with the kids to give them the sobering news, for they had been under the impression they were coming with us.  Joey shrugged and ran off to play with Dolphin.  (Click here for more information on Dolphin)  Jillian's sweet face, however, fell in disappointment.

"Oh.  I was really looking forward to checking out a book from the library."

She is a girl after her mother's heart.

Jillian - 1
Beth - 1  (I'm going on a cruise, baby!!)

Joey on Birthdays

Yesterday, Joey asked me when he had his birthday last year.  I told him his birthday was November 16th. 

Then he said, "When is my next birthday?"

"November 16th," I answered.

Joey sighed loudly.  "Again?!" he said.

Joey - 1 (Good try, Buddy)
Beth - 0

Friday, March 11, 2011


My friends and I were getting ready to play cards.  Joey watched with interest.

"Oh!" he said, finally.  "Are you playing poker?"

Joey - 1
Beth - 0  (I've failed as a parent)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

God Confusion

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which is an important day for Catholics, for it marks the beginning of Lent.  I sing in my church's choir, and we "performed" at 7:30 p.m. mass.

My husband and children sat in the balcony with me, as they usually do when I sing with the choir, but my husband is in charge of the children when it is time for communion or ashes, because I am singing.

According to my husband, when they arrived in front of the priest to receive ashes, Joey was in front of the line.  The priest bent down to make the sign of the cross of ashes on Joey's forehead. 

His eyes widened, he stepped back, and said, "No thanks."

I have to give the priest credit.  He stayed on his toes, turned to my daughter, and performed the ritual on her.  At that point, Joey decided the ashes were safe, and took the initiative to step forward and offer his forehead. 

However, my son was not finished yet.

During mass, Joey found two pencils in the pews.  As mass ended, we stopped to say hello to Father Kelly, our much beloved priest.  Joey pushed forward, holding out the pencils proudly.

"Excuse me, God?" he said, talking to Father Kelley.  "I have some pencils for you."

Joey - 1
Me - 1 (Great singing on my part!)
Father Kelley - 1
God - Infinity