What the kids want to be when they grow up

After asking Joel, his first response was, “What do you want to be?” When I said “computer programmer” he said I was already one and I was like “Alright!”.
He had to think about it but eventually said “Rock star”. :)
Alyssa said she wanted to be a teacher. A “teacher-teacher” not a “teacher-helper” like mom. :P

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We had parent/teacher conferences tonight. It has always been good and tonight was no exception. The teachers had nothing but good to say about Alyssa and Joel. I still wonder what am I doing right? How do I know if I will keep it up? I also worry that my kids have set the bar high early on, so will I expect high marks for the rest of school? Also, my parents were very strict when it came to grades. I got 3 B’s the first semester of high school and was grounded for a month. Recent proof shows that my kids are smart. I don’t want to put so much pressure on them, but I know they are capable of good grades. That’s what my parent’s thinking was when I was growing up. So, on one hand I think my parents were too strict, but on the other hand I can see how it is easy to believe that my kids are capable of good grades.

Discussion of God with Alyssa

Alyssa peppered me with questions tonight about God and heaven. Being an atheist it is hard to answer those kind of questions. There’s an urge to tell her it’s all hogwash, but at the same time she is a child and I want her to be optimistic and believe in magic, like Santa. I feel like as an adult I am very much a pessimist. I could use some advice on how to raise a child when one person is Christian and one an atheist.

Kind Joel

Tonight Joel went to be with Owen, a stuffed puppy. Alyssa came out of her room and said that she couldn’t sleep without Owen, so I went in Joel’s room and asked if she could have Owen. He said no and Alyssa started bawling. After a couple of minutes, Joel called out to me and gave me Owen, saying that Alyssa could have him. What a wonderful gesture from a 3 year old.


There’s a book where there are some lines that mean we have to tell a joke, according to Alyssa. There were two lines at the end, which meant two jokes…

Alyssa: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Me: I don’t know, why did the chicken cross the road?
Alyssa: To get to the other side!
Me:  (chuckle)
(on to the second joke)
Alyssa: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Me: I don’t know, why did the chicken cross the road?
Alyssa: I just told you!


Sometimes I say that the first to the bathroom to brush their teeth can choose which parent will read books with them tonight. Alyssa was the first one in tonight. I have a sore throat and told Alyssa I didn’t feel well. She said to me, “Do you want me to pick you so I can read to you?” And then she read me books! That was so sweet of her.

Joel’s Party

At one point tonight Alyssa and Sophie were hogging Joel’s new toy garage — a gift from Uncle Chris. We told the girls to let Joel play, so the girls left… taking all the cars with ’em! Joel didn’t seem to care — he used a piece of pizza crust as a car! I was laughing so hard I cried!