Weird Stuff Kids Say…Featuring My Twins

Please check out my post, Weird Stuff Kids Say, over at Moriah Densley’s blog. I reveal all the fun/weird/wowdidyouactuallyjustsaythat things my twins have said lately.

(You’ll remember Moriah as the lovely judge of the “What’s Going on Here?” caption contest, and author of Song for Sophia and Valkyrie’s Guardian.)


“What’s Going on Here?!” Caption Contest Open for Submissions

Yesterday, I introduced author Moriah Densley. Moriah has generously agreed to act as the sole judge for the “What’s Going on Here?!” Contest!

Contest details…

Leave a caption for the following picture of Moriah’s ADORABLE children in the comments section of this post.

Contest deadline is 11:59pm PDT on August 24, 2012.

Humor is appreciated, but not required. (Let’s keep it clean though)

Winners will be announced when Moriah is done judging :)

Prizes are amazing, and as follows…

Grand Prize Winner will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 15 pages of their novel, AND and a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, AND, a package of writing goodies (chosen by me and I always include great stuff!)

First Runner Up will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 10 pages of their novel,  AND a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia.

Second Runner Up will receive book one of Reid Lance Rosenthal’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West. (I had a leftover book from Reid’s contest) 

The Soapster Award! If you read yesterday’s interview with Moriah you’ll know that she bribes her children in order to get time to write. This award goes to first person who figures out what happens when you microwave a bar of soap. (Prize is a copy of Moriah’s e-book, Song for Sophia)

Best wishes!

Bigfoot, an Email, and a New Pet

I usually do a writing quote on Fridays, but since it’s summertime I figured I’d mix it up a bit and share with you the actual email I sent to the dear hubby yesterday.

I must preface this with a photo showing they have little fear when it comes to animals, as evidenced by this picture of them at the local county fair. Yep, that’s Bigfoot!


Dear Hubby,

Your kids have a new pet. They found it today, asked if they could keep it, and I said yes.
I’m gonna let you guess what it is, but I’ll give you one hint first…
It’s dead.




So, any guesses as to what the Corbett twins found? (Keep in mind they are seven-years-old)

Contest Update, and Some Fun Links

The “Best First” contest was a rousing success and garnered a whopping THIRTY-FOUR entries!

I don’t envy Reid right now as being the one who has to sift through all those fantastic sentences and select three as winners (One Grand Prize winner and two runners-up). When I was compiling the list for Reid I couldn’t help but think how hard it was going to be for him to just pick three!

So, it’s little wonder that he hasn’t made his selection yet. While we wait, I found some fun links that I wanted to share…

Click HERE to see the newest editing symbols. They are hilarious!

Click HERE to see why I’m stalking the mailman as I await a package from Amazon that will contain what I hope will be the best writing tool evah! Seriously, I peer out my window when the mailman drives up to our box just hoping against hope that Amazon shipped it early. So far, no such luck. I think I’ve become Mrs. Kravitz by now I’m looking out the curtain so much 😦

Click HERE if you have no idea who Mrs. Kravitz is.

And finally, click HERE to learn about a book I wish I had when my twins were at that oh so tender age of not wanting to go to sleep—the hubby and I called that age zero to now. (Hint…the title is Go the F*&k to Sleep)


Quote from the Corbett Kids

Today’s quote is about life, and comes from the Corbett kids. They rattle off this phrase (sometimes cheerfully, sometimes not) when life throws them something unexpected, or something they don’t like.

Right now it’s usually reserved for when Mommy serves something for dinner they hate, but I hope they’ll carry this attitude into adulthood–along with the willingness to change what they don’t like instead of sulking or getting mad about it.

(Works best if said in a sing-song manner since it rhymes)

“You get what you get, so don’t throw a fit.”


No Training Wheels (oh, and a quote too)

Yesterday, I taught my twins how to ride their bikes without training wheels. I’d been working with them the past week (and by “working with” I mean I huffed and puffed alongside their bike with a firm grip upon their seat while panting out encouraging words) but yesterday was the day I finally let go.

My daughter went first.

Yep, I let go and stood in the street, fighting back tears (much like I am now as I type this) as my daughter took off on her own. She stopped shortly after with a look of immense pride and amazement. Her brother gave her a bouquet of flowers (weeds he picked from the yard) I gave her a hug, we practiced a few more times, and then I pronounced her an official bike rider.

Then, there was my son.

Quite a different story.

I wheeled him into the street, huffed alongside for a while while making sure that he not only remembered how to use the brakes (he likes to drag his feet instead of using the brakes) and why it was important to stop properly (in addition to the dragging feet thing, he thinks it’s fun to stop by ramming his front wheel into the sidewalk curb). He promised to brake and stop correctly, and then I told him it was time.

He told me, “I’m shaking with fear.”

I told him, “You can do it. I can’t keep up with you anymore. It’s time. You’ve got your balance and you know how to stop. You just need to do it.”

And then he did.

He even stopped properly. His sister ran into the street and gave him a bear hug while jumping up and down and shouting “You did it!”

Then, he practiced a few more times, did a fantastic crash into the sidewalk curb at high speed, and got right back on after an “I told you so” type of lecture from me about using his brakes.

I proclaimed him an official bike rider. Then, hubby came home and all three of us showed him what we could do.

A great day indeed.

Today’s quote is from Dale Carnegie…

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Need Some Ideas…

Summer vacation is here, and I’m looking for ideas to keep two rowdy six-year-olds busy.

We’ve signed up for the summer reading program at the local library (this will be our third straight year participating), I bought squirt guns yesterday and let them go wild, and we’ve got plenty of playtime with friends planned. Also, we’ve got workbooks, worksheets, and fun games so their knowledge doesn’t fly away.

Plus, I’m a firm believer in unstructured, “come up with something to do” type of play, and of that there will be plenty.

But, we’re talking about three straight months, and this is our first summer vacation and one I want to make memorable, so does anyone have fun ideas to keep them busy?