A Kid Quote Involving “The Other Guy”

kid quotes bubbleIn honor of Biz’s 4th birthday tomorrow, I thought I would share a recent quote from the boy himself.

Biz is always good for a funny kid quote. Heck, he’s always talking.

What makes Biz particularly funny, though, is his facial expressions and hand gestures.

I guess he gets the hand gestures from my side of the family, being Italian and all.

Unfortunately, I can never get him on camera at the right times to capture the really good stuff. (He’d be a great vlogger.)

He’s pretty much comedy gold all the time. Or so he thinks in his head. Today, he repeated every word I said as I was having a phone conversation with my husband. Every. Single Word. He even mimicked my laughing when I couldn’t take his relentless mocking while trying to figure out who would be picking up G from soccer.

Most of his quotes go on forever, so I’ll just leave you with this one gem he recently gave us. Keep in mind, religion isn’t a big topic in our household. To steal a quote from Jenn at …so this is love.., we are “religiously awkward.”

At the dinner table

Biz: You know, God made us.

G, Dad, Me (nodding and wondering where he’s going with this one): Oh, really?

Biz: No. Hold on. It was the other guy. Wait. What’s the other guy’s name again?

G (half laughing): Do you mean Jesus?

Biz: Yeah. That’s it. Jesus. It’s Jesus that made us.

I still have no idea where it came from, but I will forever think of Jesus as “the other guy.”

Do you have any funny kid quotes to share?

My Giving Pledge: November Donation + Baking a Difference

 

Image via United Way NYC website

This month’s donation was a no-brainer.

Hurricane Sandy was the most devastating storm to hit the Eastern Seaboard. We were lucky in Maine to be spared a direct hit from Sandy. We only got some wind and rain.

But our neighbors to our south were hit hard. Harder than many of us could have ever imagined. And it’s going to take a long time to recover.

When the storm hit, I thought about my fellow bloggers in the New York / New Jersey area. I hoped they were okay when I didn’t see a blog post or a tweet from them after the storm.

It’s funny how small the blogosphere becomes when a natural disaster hits.

I’ve been following Ilene’s posts over at the Fierce Diva Guide to Life. She’s talked about the storm, how it has affected her and those around her. She’s written about how to help and how not to help.

Because I’ve worked in the nonprofit arena accepting donations, I know what it’s like to get a bunch of stuff you don’t need from well meaning people. Though I donated $10 via text to the American Red Cross during a football game a week after the storm, I questioned where I really should be sending my money. I also wondered if people would still be giving a month after the storm. As Ilene noted in a post yesterday,

Help has poured in. But much more help is needed. Much, much more. Your clothing and non perishable food donations helped initially, but rebuilding will be a long term effort – and one that takes money.

So, in addition to my small donation by text to the Red Cross, I made a bigger donation to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery FundAccording to the United Way website, contributions to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund will be used by local United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address the near and long-term recovery needs of communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.

This is also the fund that will be receiving the proceeds from an online bake sale that Ilene and other bloggers are involved with to help Sandy victims rebuild. The bake sale is going on now and is being hosted by Justine at A Half Baked Life. You can bid on yummy baked goods made by some fabulous bloggers up until 11:59pm tonight (11/26).

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For Better or for Worse, It’s Elf on the Shelf Time

If you have little ones in your life, you’re probably aware of Elf on a Shelf (affiliate link).

I’ve noted that Elf on a Shelf is actually better than an advent calendar because it’s a nice way to count down to Christmas that doesn’t involve daily candy and/or small presents.

The problem, of course, is that in order to keep the “magic” of the elf going, you have to be diligent about moving the elf from spot to spot around your house from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas day.

And if you travel during this time period, the elf has to show up wherever you are. Because he’s magic, and he knows how to find his family each morning when he comes back from giving his report to Santa each night at the North Pole.

Heck, you have to remember where you stored that darn elf the day after Christmas last year. (Does anyone even remember what they did the day after Christmas last year?)

Our “Elfie” has shown up in New York City and Massachusetts. It’s not easy to secretly transport and strategically place an elf from one location to another while you are traveling and the kids are running around yelling things like “I wonder where Elfie is!” “Where do you think Elfie will be when we get there?!” All while I’m nudging my husband to get the elf and find a spot for it while I’m yelling, “It’s been a long trip. Go potty before you look for Elfie!”

So, I guess what I’m saying is that the elf stresses me out. The honeymoon is over. He’s a lot of responsibility. And if you screw up, you can totally ruin the magic of Christmas. G is 7 now and is able to figure this thing out with one small slip up.

Plus, let’s face it, the elf is a tad bit creepy looking.

elf on the shelf

Our “Elfie” on the shelf. He likes books.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Elf on a Shelf has its merits. It is a cute idea (that I totally wish I had), and you can use the elf as leverage when your kids aren’t behaving as well as you’d like.

elf on a shelf popular names

Our elf is named “Elfie.” We are clearly not that creative in the elf-naming department.

It’s just that the websites and blogs that are all about being “creative” about your Elf on the Shelf are kind of killing me right now. I’m not the type that will stage an elf doing some sort of “naughty” thing, whether it’s good or bad.

I’m lucky if I remember to move the Elfie. (Sidenote: If anyone wants to start a website/service that sends out daily reminders to move your Elf or keep track of where you put it, let me know.)

Look at what a simple Google search turns ups for Elf on the Shelf:

Actually, that last one is totally worth visiting.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Do you get creative or are you just lucky to remember to move it?

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