Monday, March 16, 2009

scales

the husband often employs a catchy little phrase in his daily ramblings that kinda baffles me. if you happen to talk to him, you may hear him preface a statement with, "on a scale of 1 to 10..."

for instance, he will say, "on a scale of 1 to 10, i am tired."

or, "on a scale of 1 to 10, it looks like rain." or "on a scale of 1 to 10, i love you."

etc.

etc.
etc.

this morning as the children were getting ready to leave for church, i was reminding them to gather their sunday bags and get a piece of gum. because, i let them chew a whole piece of gum (on any other day, just a half piece) after the sacrament has been passed. and just now, typing it out, i may have to rethink that one. gum is probably a little irreverent to be chewing during sacrament meeting. however, i do not allow them to blow bubbles. ok? and we no longer take little baggies of snacks to church, so it really is the only refreshment they receive. on a scale of 1 to 10, i think maybe it is ok afterall. as long as they are reverent chewers.

anyway, oldest daughter has a stash of bubble gum that she has been rationing. middle daughter wanted a piece of it to drop into her sunday bag. she begged and pleaded with oldest daughter to have a piece of the precious gum.

as i am in the bathroom, applying non-waterproof mascara (when will i ever learn to wear only waterproof mascara on the sabbath?) i hear this little exchange:

middle daughter: can i pleeeaaassse have a piece of your gum?
oldest daughter: on a scale of 1 to 10............(pause, pause, pause)............. no.

many thanks to the husband.

however, as i was jumping into the car, i noticed middle daughter with a little piece of pink bubble gum tucked securely in her fist.

on a scale of 1 to 10, oldest daughter really is a sharer.

12 comments:

lifeasme said...

LOL yep i'd say your hubby is random!! but there are worse things your kids could be learning from him so i say 'leave him be' in his own little world anyway!! LOL

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog!! :) It was nice to hear from you and yeah....i love the gospel and all that it stands for! Just have to keep chugging along and see the plusses more often than the minusses (are they even words? i've confused myself now!!)

Debsx

Me said...

On a scale of 1 to 10..that is the cutest little story! Love it! Kids are precious!

Rebecca Talley said...

Yep, husbands do have funny sayings. Mine says, "Might as well, can't dance" to so many things that now my kids say it.

Cute story--isn't it nice when the kids share?

CaJoh said...

Those little phrases are the best. My wife was trying to think of some that I tend to use yesterday. I'll have to see if any are safe to post.

Chris said...

I think my wife is just trying to get me to leave a comment on her wonderful blog. We have many profound sayings in our family that you should ask her about: "Sharkfin" "It rains a lot in Oregon" and "If I never see you again...."

On a scale of one to ten any post that mentions me (at least in a positive way) is awesome!

I love you dear. I truly am your biggest fan, even if I rarely comment.

Ruth P said...

I want to hear all of the other "profound" sayings! I think that warrants another post, Steph!

Michelle said...

My little saying when I am frustrated is "That's just ridiculous". I thought in the grand scheme of things it was pretty safe to use in front of the kids. I didn't factor in how silly it sounds when a 4 year old says it! One of the most eye-opening experiences is to listen to your kids play "house" and then you get to hear their interpretation of how you do everything.

wonder woman said...

On a scale of 1 to 10, water-proof mascara is the only way to go.

p.s. love the gum idea. I want to stop taking snacks to church, too. But my kids are only 2 and 4. On a scale of 1 to 10, then may be too young.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Your kids must have better gum manners than mine. If I gave them gum (anywhere; but imagine how embarrassing it would be in church!) they would be pulling it into strings out of their mouths, blowing bubbles (I can't even chew gum without blowing bubbles!) taking it out and rolling it into balls, putting it behind their ears and of course getting it stuck in their hair, etc, etc, etc.
So gum is outlawed in our family.
I'm such a MEAN mom! (of course, on a scale of 1 to 10!)
:~D

uniquelynat said...

on a scale of 1 to 10..... that was a great post. and i don't think that chewing gum during sacrament meeting is a bad thing. at least they aren't going to leave crumbs or smushed crackers everywhere.

Cami said...

I found your blog on Mormon Mommy Blogs. I give my kids gum too! lol No harm in that. Getting it to stay in their mouth is another thing entirely!

That Girl in Brazil said...

And THOSE are the moments we need to remember.

TOo cute.