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Thursday, October 01, 2009

My son would kill me if he knew I put this picture up of him and his daughter, but it's one of my favorite pictures in all the world. I love seeing my granddaughter having fun with her daddy.

There's something about a family laughing and playing together that is very binding. We laughed and played a lot as a family. We played board games when the kids were younger--we even had a huge water fight with squirt guns, IN THE HOUSE, when the kids were in elementary school. My husband had a bazooka, while the rest of us had little water pistols.

I made up a song for each of our kids that I sang to them when I tucked them in bed at night. I also made up a "rap" (remember those?) that I, well, rapped every morning before they went to school. My kids make fun of it now but my grandkids love it. :-)

The words go like this (have someone else do the rap stuff while you say the words, it's more effective that way):

You got your lunch, you got your keys, you got your milk money?
You brushed your teeth, you combed your hair, you changed your underwear?
Don't be so slow, it's time to go, what more can I say?
Be a witness to your friend, and hey, have a nice day.

Okay, I guess it IS weird, but it was fun at the time, and it gives us all a good laugh now.

So how about you? Any fun rituals that you do with your kids/grandkids? Or maybe that your family did when you were a kid? Don't be shy--it's time to share!

Diann Hunt  
posted at 12:07 AM  
  Comments (12)
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At 11:41 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Diann, what a cute picture! And I love the rap. Very fun. I bet you have some well adjusted grown-up children.

I don't remember rituals we had when I was growing up. Both my parents worked, and being an only child, I pretty much played it by ear a lot. I do remember Mom taking me to church even when the service was canceled because she wanted me to know that it wasn't okay to miss--even if everyone else did.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That is too cute!!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Sue said...

My parents bought a cottage when most of us kids were grown but it has been a great place for the family to gather in summers and early Fall. The grandkids have gotten to know their cousins and grandparents in a special way and the families bond over campfires and board games. 3 of our 6 families (siblings) will be up with Dad and our StepMom for Canadian Thanksgiving in a few weeks!n Can't wait to make more memories!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I LOVE that picture! And I can totally hear you rapping to the kids. LOL

We always went on a vacation every year. Yellowstone, the state of Washington, Wisconsin. Really fun places. To this day I can't get up really early and smell the "vacation air" without remembering those times!

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, your mother was dedicated, Cheryl!

Sue, that cottage sounds so cool! Your parents have invested in memories. How blessed you all are!

With those vacation memories, no wonder you love to travel, Colleen!

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

What a sweet picture.

I also made up two separate songs for my boys. I guess we just love them so much it makes us want to break out in song.

However, for my part, my little boy put his 1-year-old finger on my mouth and said, and I will never forget this, "mommy, please don't sing." Oops! He is nine now and I still sing to him, much to his dismay.

At 3:55 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Hi Diann,

I love the picture!

When my oldest, now 38 (how did THAT happpen LOL), and her sister were young, one of my favorite children's musicals was a Christmas musical about the Big Blue Singing Songbook. I had directed it at our church for 1-6 graders.

In the musical, the book gets wet and the others try to 'dry' it out. My favorite line was and is, "OH NO, DON'T STRETCH IT!" Whenever there is an opportunity to use it -- like the time I put her line dry ONLY clothes in the dryer. We had to rewash them and you guessed it, were stretching them back out.

It still makes her smile, even as she is protesting "Enough, Mom, I get it".

I would love to share that musical with my granddaughters, but it is no longer available.

Two Christmases ago, I started a new tradition of watching, "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve. Now, if I could just get them to like it as much as I do!


At 8:31 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Hey, Cheri, was that big blue singing book named Psalty?!! Our kids listened to his music, too! :-)

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I adore that photo, Diann. It has that "ginger peachy" that I love.

I'm worried that I'll never get grandkids. (There's a little envy going on here...LOL.)

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Hi Diann!

Yes, it WAS "Psalty the Singing Song Book". I was having a 'senior' moment when I posted that comment and could not remember the name for the life of me!

Every Mother's Day, I would sing in church with my two girls. A favorite song was, "I AM A PROMISE". When we got to the line, "I am a great big bundle of ----potentialite..ey", the church would break out in laughter. Such a big word for such a little girl LOL. Now, I am teaching it to Addi, soon to be 7. It IS a little hard long distance, but still worth the effort.

Last year, Addi and I started singing "Tomorrow" from the musical "Orphan Annie", but after the phrase, 'tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll love ya tomorrow,', I would add something to the chorus. One time, it was, "I love you...and miss you... I hope to...see you soon!. She soon picked up the 'game' and would sing ME a chorus. We giggled until I thought I would cry. These 'song games' were a great way to intereact with my kids/grandkids.

Christi called the other day and put Addi on the phone (they were at karate waiting on older sister). Addi is deaf and has cochlear implants in both ears. She can hear me on the phone if the speaker is turned on, or she is using her special 'ears'.

We were singing our newest version of "Tomorrow",and I began to hear laughter. They were sitting in a very small waiting room with other parents. I realized the speaker phone was working great!

And then at church with the girls,if I wanted to get a message to them, I would make up words to whatever hymn or chorus we were singing, i.e., 'do you want to go to lunch after church,' and put them in place of the words to the song. Keeping a straight face wasn't easy!

Thanks SO much for your post. It triggered some great memories of 'moments in time'.


Is there a word limit?? LOL

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, Cheri, MY daughter sang "I Am A Promise" in front of our church when she was two years old!!! I'll never forget that wonderful memory--partly because she pulled her dress up over her head while she was singing! LOL!

Such fun days, weren't they?!!

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Oh, Diann,that is SO funny about your daughter pulling her dress over head! I bet that got some did she do with the word potentiality?? It is SO good to hear that someone other than me remembers some of the great songs that were around for children in the 70's!

I was privileged to teach music at my daughter's elementary school (6th grade) school as a voluteeer for a semester. They had done away with the arts for financial reasons. Although I have no degree in music, I have years of experience in teaching childrens choirs.

In fact, I was teaching the same medley in my church for 1st - 6th graders.

At the Christmas program, the 3 sixth grade classes I had taught, sang the medley of Christmas songs from one of the musicals. The last song was "Joy to the workd". I will NEVER forget the power of the Spirit that came over me and gave me the ability to teach those kids, who had never even sang harmony beofore I came.

The school teachers, parents, etc., gave them a standing ovation. Christi's teacher commented afterwards that my 'face was glowing'. Oh, thank you Lord for the sweet fellowship with you, even in a secular setting!

In Christ



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