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Merry Musical Monday!

As we were going to the store over the weekend, the Clan kids decided they wanted to listen to some Christmas music.
Super was determined to listen to ‘Frosty the Snowman’, the only Christmas song not on my Christmas disc.
So this post is for Super.



Merry Musical Monday! Alvin & the Chipmunks

Every Monday in December I’ll be posting links to some of my favorite Christmas songs.
Today’s song is from Alvin & the Chipmunks, The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late).
I love this song and it’s one of the Clankids favorites.
What’s your favorite Christmas song?

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Merry Monday!

In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I thought we’d have a little fun.

How about some Thanksgiving jokes for kids? 

Tell them to your kids or let have the kids tell them to their relatives at dinner.

Let the laughter begin!


Why do turkeys gobble?
Because they never learned table manners!

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

What’s a Pilgrim’s favorite kind of music?
Plymouth Rock!

What’s the friendliest vegetable on Earth?
The sweet potato!

Q: Why did the Pilgrims want to sail to America in the spring?

A: Because April showers bring Mayflowers! 

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?

A: The outside 

Asked to write a composition entitled, “What I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving,” Little Johnny wrote, “I am thankful that I’m not a turkey.” 


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Friday Fun: Trick or Treating Edition

If your kids Trick or Treating experience was anything like the one the Clan Kids had last night, your kids probably brought home enough candy to last throughout the rest of this year, and half of next.

We had a fantastic time!

Sassy ran from house to house. I could barely get her to slow her roll. She also hit a personal best at getting to pet 5 dogs and 3 cats while out.

Bean Pole refused to keep the box on his head. (He went as a Creeper from Minecraft). I completely understand. I tried the thing on and you can’t see where you’re going. Dangerous when you are walking down porch steps.

Super’s Luigi costume was a bit too big. The belly that came with the suit made him look pregnant. The first few houses we hit Super would ask for an extra piece of candy for his ‘friend’. I asked him who he was saving the candy for and he just shrugged. Little turd! (I did tell him not to do that anymore, and he didn’t).

We have to hit a couple of different neighborhoods. (Grandparents have to see the kids and take their pictures too!) The first two went off without a hitch, minus Sassy asking to pet everyone’s animals, Super asking for extra candy for his non-existent friend, and Bean Pole constantly losing and dropping his head.

By the time we made it back to our own neighborhood, the Clan Kids had about 30 minutes left to trick or treat. They were stoked! So stoked that at the second house they ran to, Bean Pole slipped on the front step and fell on his bottom. Ouch! He dusted off his tushie and laughed it off.

A huge dog lived at the second to last stop of the night. Sassy being Sassy, she wanted to know the dogs name (It’s name is Moose), if he was nice(Yes, he was), and if she could pet him. (I told her to stop asking that, but did she listen? No.) Satisfied she got to pet the dog and got candy, she ran to the next house, as did Super. Bean Pole chatted with the lady a bit longer. When he realized the others were already at the next house he said thank you and goodbye. Which was a good thing because the lady was struggling to keep the dog from escaping her house.

Bean Pole crossed the street and was talking to me about Moose.

All the sudden we hear the lady yell. “MOOSE!”

We see the huge dog bounding toward us.

At this point, Bean Pole drops his candy and books it as fast as he can away from the dog.

Now, Bean Pole is a pretty laid back kid. He’s never in a hurry to do anything. So it was quite hysterical to see his eyes bulge, drop his precious loot from the nights excursions, and vanish before the dog even got out of its own yard.

Moose was indeed a friendly dog. He stopped so my friend and I could pet him. I’m sure the lady was grateful for not having to run the neighborhood to catch him.

Bean Pole eventually came back. Who knows how far he went. He picked up his candy and we walked the rest of the way home.

So what did I learn from last nights Trick or Treating?

  1. Sassy will never stop asking to pet other people’s animals
  2. A large costume is still too big for Super.
  3. Bean Pole may actually be a future track star…dog necessary 😉
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Halloween Movies for Kids

We love Halloween at our house. We decorate, carve pumpkins, and watch Halloween movies. Here are some of our favorite movies to watch to get in the Trick or Treating mood.

The Clankids suggest either Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman or Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein.


It’s the Chipmunks’ third and final full-length feature! Alvin is struggling with nightmares of werewolves. Alvin believes that the new next-door neighbor Mr. Talbot is a werewolf. Of course, no one believes him. Meanwhile, the boys are working on the school production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When Alvin blows up the school auditorium, he is expelled from the production. Theodore is put in to rise his lack of confidence. Alvin and Simon are trying to discover the secret of Mr. Talbot. Will the play go as planned or will the Chipmunks mess it up?! And is Mr. Talbot a werewolf?


While the Chipmunks are working at the amusement park, Majestic Movie Studios, in a singing attraction. Little do they know that the real Dr. Frankenstein are in a new attraction called, “Frankenstein’s Castle”. After Alvin drives a crazy bus ride, they miss their next performance and get locked in the park after closing time. Dr. Frankenstein figures that the castle isn’t scary enough and re-creates the real Frankenstein and after the monster finds the boys, it starts a wild and wacky adventure!

Clyde’s Recommendation: The Monster Squad


12-year-old Sean Crenshaw and his best friend Patrick are die hard monster fanatics. Along with their friend Horace (nicknamed Fat Kid),junior high tough guy Rudy, Sean’s kid sister Phoebe, and little Eugene they come together and talk monsters. But when Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, and The Mummy come to their small town to get an amulet to control the world, Sean leads his friends into action to protect their town from the forces of evil.

My Recommendation: The Worst Witch


Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can’t seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss Cackle, has an evil twin sister (Agatha) who plans to destroy the school. Can Mildred foil the plan before the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry) comes to the Academy for the Halloween celebration you’ll never forget?!!

We hope you pick up at least one of these awesome Halloween movies!

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

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Music Monday!

Music Monday!

It’s the week of Halloween! I love this holiday!

This week I’ll be posting a Halloween themed post everday, today thru Thursday!

What kid friendly song pops into my head when I think of Halloween? (Check out my other blog,, to see the other song that pops into my head).


So, turn it up and let the kids dance around to this fun little ditty =)


Review: What Do You Want To Be



Book Blurb:

Mrs. McGee, poses that important question on the first day of school. Children excitedly (and sometimes shyly) talk about their career aspirations in verse. Delightful occupations such as dancer, baker, nurse, fireman, architect and many more are mentioned. During these hard times, children need to dream!

About the Author: 

Beth has been in marketing for 20 years and is a former bank vice president. Now, a full-time writer, she has published two children’s picture books, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? and THE MISSING KEY. She’s also published in three Echoes of the Ozarks anthologies (poems and short stories) and A Bad Hair Day anthology. She has been published alongside celebrities and famous authors in two six-word memoir books, IT ALL CHANGED IN AN INSTANT and SIX WORDS ABOUT WORK. She’s even published in a 2013 six-word desk calendar!

My Thoughts:

I sat down with my 9 year old daughter one night a couple of weeks ago and read this to her. I absolutely adored this book! It was so cute. I smiled the whole time I was reading it to her. But what you really want to know is what my daughter thought of it right? Here is the conversation we had.

Me: Well, what did you think of the book?

Daughter: It was awesome! The author is a really good writer!

She had so much excitement for the book that my 8 year old son read it the next morning at the breakfast table before school. He also enjoyed it. AND, if that’s not enough praise for this wonderful children’s book, my housemate (a future elementary school teacher) read it. She loved it too. 

The book is written in verse, which made it even that much better. The illustrations were spot on. My kids really enjoyed those as well. All around great book for kids.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! Well Done Beth! I highly recommend this book.



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Friday Fun!

Bean Pole has to touch everything. He starts by feeling things with his fingers. He rubs the object around in his palm for a minute, then rubs it against his cheek. Sometimes he will go as far as putting objects into his mouth to fully examine them. He has done this since he was a toddler. Clyde and I are used to this. 

One particular occasion of this always sticks out in mine and Clyde’s minds. Bean Pole was probably around 4 years old when this happened. He had been outside catching lightning bugs. He brought one in and sat down at the dining room table, triumphant in his mission to catch one.

He took the lid off the container and began his examination of the bug. He picked it up and looked it over. He asked the age old question, ‘How & why do their butts light up?’

Clyde answered Bean Pole the best he could. We could almost see the wheels turning in Bean Pole’s head.  He continued to stare at the bug, then somehow managed to pull the bugs butt off. He put the rest of the bug back into the container and contemplated the lighted part of the butt.

Then he did the unthinkable…

He put it in his mouth!

We gagged along with him and he was eventually able to spit it out without throwing up everywhere. 

It’s a story we laugh about now, but at the time it was truly disgusting.

Happy Friday everyone!


Friday Fun!

Today’s Friday Fun post doesn’t feature any of the Clan Kids today. My kids are great. Most of the time they’ve got a few antics up their sleeves that I can’t resist talking about, but they were outdone this past week.

Saturday, my official yet unofficial assistant & I were at the Not-So-Square Arts Festival in Mt. Vernon, Mo. (I call her my official unofficial assistant because I can’t pay her to help me out. She does it out of the kindness of her heart…and because she’s awesome like that…and because I’m awesome to hang out with. One day when my books hit the big time, I’ll pay her, and then she’ll become my official assistant.)


While my assistant was checking out the author, art, photography, and craft booths, I manned the table. Dutifully ready to promote and sell my books and jewelry. (Yeah I make jewelry too.)

A man approached the table with his very cute little girl riding on his shoulders. I told him about my book and while he was reading the back cover, I looked up to chat with the little girl.

At that moment, a big long line of drool ran out of her mouth and right on top of her daddy’s head. It was so thick, I actually thought she had thrown up on his head. I stared at her and she stared back.

There was an internal struggle going on in the little girls head at this point…

Little Girl: What do I do? Did she see me do that? Did Dad notice? He didn’t say anything. I’ve got it!

She looked down at me and smiled. This is when I noticed she had a piece of peppermint in her mouth, hence the drooling. I’m surprised that I didn’t bust a gut laughing at what happened next though.

While smiling innocently at me, she casually rubs the drool into her dad’s hair, then kisses the top of his head. I can’t help but give her a big smile in return. Her dad never flinches while any of this is going on. (I’m thinking he was totally absorbed in the blurb on the back cover of my book. He probably should have bought a copy).

I thanked them for stopping by and didn’t see them again after that, but I want to thank them for giving me something to share today!

A parents love in unconditional! Happy Friday!


Friday Fun!

Nope, I didn’t forget and I still have about 40 minutes of Friday left. Then I have got to go to bed because I have a very important joint birthday party to host tomorrow for Super and Sassy. That’s right Super turned 9 a couple of weeks ago and Sassy will be 10 in a couple of weeks.I’m just amazed I got them to agree on a theme. What’s the theme? Minions (specifically from Despicable Me). It’s going to be awesome!

Anyway, on to the Friday Fun.

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again. I love going out to eat with my family. Not only because I don’t have to cook, but because we have some of the best family conversations.

The conversation started with Super and Bean Pole telling Clyde and I that they both want to be surgeons when they grow up. (The fact that they are even contemplating this makes me one proud mama).

Super: I want to be a brain surgeon. (Awesome, right?)
Super: How do you do surgery on the brain?
Me: First you have to cut open their skull with a saw…
Simon: o.O
Me: Yep…so you can get to the part of the brain you need to operate on.
Super: But the person is asleep right?
Me: Sometimes, sometimes they have to be awake for the procedure…
Simon: O.O
Me: …yep…
Super: What other kinds of surgeons are there?

Then the discussion turns to all the kinds of surgery doctors there are, but Super goes right back to the brain surgeon thing and the schooling it requires.

Super: How long do I have to go to school to be a brain surgeon?

Me: A long time, but you’ll be studying with other people that want to do the same thing. You have to go to college, then medical school.

Super: How long will that take?

Me: I’m not sure, but you get to do all sorts of interesting things, like dissect a dead body.

Super: O.O …

Clyde: Yep you’ll have to cut it open and identify all the organs.

Super: O.O …

Me: Do you think you will be able to do that?

Super: O.O … I guess.

Then we have Sassy…

Sassy: I want to be a dog sitter and wash cars.

Me & Clyde: O.O … oh, no…

Good night all! Have a pleasant and safe Labor Day weekend!

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