Monday, August 25, 2014

The Great Teddy Bear Hunt

Kari Edmond sadly stood staring in her toy box. She looked once. She looked twice. She looked again, but she could not find what she was looking for. She threw all of the toys out of the box and continued looking, but still she could not find what she was looking for.

Mommy enter the room and eyed the huge mess. "What on earth are you doing?" she asked Kari.

"I'm looking for my teddy bears." explained Kari unhappily.  Kari had four teddy bears. Blueberry was a blue bear. Cherry was a red bear.  Blackberry was a black bear. Lemony was a yellow bear. They were her favorite toys.

"Where did you last see them? asked Mommy.

"I'm sure they were in my toy box." insisted Kari on the verge of tears.

"Don't worry we'll find them." Mommy assured her.

She and Mommy looked through Kari's whole room. Still, there was no sign of any of the bears.  They started looking through the rest of the house. They didn't find any sign of the teddy bears but they did find Kathy and Karl, Kari's older sister and brother. Karl was sitting at the kitchen table lingering over his homework. Kathy was in the living room watching TV. "Did either of you see Kari's teddy bears?" asked Mom. Karl shook his head. Kathy didn't even look up from the TV. "Well, why don't you two help her look while I start making dinner." suggested Mom.

"Sure." said Karl quickly slamming his textbook. He was up for anything that would keep him away from his homework.

Kathy still didn't even take her eyes off the television set. Mom went into the other room and turned off the TV. "I said  help your sister find her teddy bears." said Mom. Kathy scowled at her mother unhappily, but she got up to help her sister as she was told.

They looked all over the house, for over half an hour but there was no sign of any of the teddy bears. Kari collapsed on the living room couch on the verge of tears. Just then, the garage door opened and in walked Dad who had just come home from work. "What's the matter, pumpkin?" he asked when he saw Kari's sad face.

"She can't find her teddy bears." explained Karl. All Kari could do was nod miserably in agreement.  She was too sad to say anything.

"I thought I saw Bijou with something red in the backyard." said Daddy.

"Bijou!" exclaimed  Kari angrily. Bijou was their big white puppy. She was very fond of socks and she was always trying to bite Kari's stuffed animals. Kari ran out to the backyard followed by Daddy, Kathy and Karl.

They looked but at first they didn't see anything. Then, Daddy spied a flash of red under the swingset. He went over and reached down and picked up a red teddy bear. "Cherry!" exclaimed Kari reaching for the bear.

"What's this?" said Kathy as she saw something blue under the tree and scooped it up in her arms. It was a blue bear. "Blueberry!" exclaimed  Kari happily as Kathy handed it to her.

Daddy found a yellow bear on the lawn in front of Bijou's dog house.  He had barely picked it up when Kari grabbed it out of his arms. "Lemony!" she called excitedly.

They looked all over the yard but still they could not find the fourth bear. "Well at least you found three of them." said Dad trying unsuccessfully to cheer up Kari up.

Kari just gave him a look, and it was not a happy look. "You wouldn't say well at least I have two of my children, would you Dad?" she asked.

Karl couldn't help chuckling until Dad gave him a not very happy look, and he shut up.

Just then, Mom came out of the house. "Look what I found." she said. In her arms, she held Bijou hanging out of Bijou's mouth was a black bear.

"Bad, bad Bijou!" said Kari reaching for the bear. At first, the dog didn't want to give it up, but Daddy managed to pry it out of her mouth.

"Come on, Bijou." said Mommy taking the dog into the house. "We'll find you one of your own toys."

Kari hugged her teddy bears to her and went in the house too. Daddy, Kathy and Karl followed. They all went back to their respective activities while Kari went to put her bears away. When she came back, she sat down on the couch. Bijou climbed up next to her. "I hate you, Bijou, you bad bad dog!" said Kari. Bijou leaned over and licked Kari across the face. It tickled, and Kari couldn't help laughing. "Okay." she admitted. "I don't hate you but I am mad at you." Bijou licked her again. Kari sighed "Okay." she said. "I love you, but I am still mad at you!"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alana is Awesome!

Alana Burgess had an older sister, Annie. Annie didn't like Alana going into her room. She didn't like Alana touching her things. Alana loved going in her sister's room, however. She loved looking at Annie's stuff. She went into Annie's room. She found Annie's phone on the floor near the bed. It must have dropped out of Annie's pocketbook. Annie never went anywhere without her phone.

Alana sat on the floor playing with the phone. She knew Annie would be mad if she found Alana with her phone, but Alana didn't care. She started playing with the ringtones. She recorded herself saying "Alana is awesome!" and then she set it as the phone's ringtone. She listened to it a few times and smiled. She wished Annie really always had to hear that whenever her phone rang.

Suddenly, Alana heard footsteps. She peaked out of the room and saw Annie on the stairs. There was no time to change the ringtone back. She quickly dropped the phone and hurried out of the room.

Just as Annie came into her room, she heard Alana's voice calling out "Alana is awesome! Alana is awesome!" and it just kept repeating. "Alana is awesome!"

"Ha Ha, very funny, Alana." called Annie, but she didn't really sound like she thought it was funny at all. She looked all over the room trying to find out where the voice was coming from. Finally, she realized it was coming from her phone, and then she got really angry.

As soon as she got off the phone, she rushed  into Alana's room. "How dare you touch my things!" she yelled angrily at Alana. "You know you're not supposed to go in my room." She shouted a bunch of other things too. "You change my ringtone back!" she said finally.

"Change it yourself." declared Alana.

Annie glared even angrier at her sister. Unlike most kids her age, Annie was not very good with phones. She knew how to talk on them. That's about it.

Alana shook her head. Right about now, she hated her sister, and she didn't want to do anything for her.

"Mom will make you!" said Annie. She went off down the hall to find Mom and tell her what had happened.

A few minutes later, Annie came back with Mom. "Please change the ringtone." said Mom. She said it very calmly, but Alana could tell from her expression that Mom was very serious.

"Okay." said Alana. She took the phone and left the room. Then, she came back and handed it to her sister.
Just as Annie took the phone back, it started ringing again. It didn't say "Alana is awesome" anymore. Now it said "Annie is awful!" "Annie is awful! Annie is awful !" it repeated over and over again.

"Alana!" yelled Mom and Annie at the same time.

"Well you didn't say I had to put it back to what it was." said Alana.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pretty Pretty Priscilla

Priscilla Chadwick was a beautiful  baby. Everybody thought so. She had the bluest blue eyes and the blondest blonde hair. Even all the doctors oohed and aahed over how cute she was. As she got older. She only got cuter and she knew it. She couldn't help but know it. Everybody was always telling her how beautiful she was. 

All her life, everybody wanted to do things for Priscilla and be her friend because she was so pretty. It was as if they thought being pretty could rub off on them just because they hung around someone who was pretty. It got so that Priscilla didn't even think she needed to be nice to people. She just expected them to want to hang around her and do things for her, and they did.

 Whenever, there was a choice to make Priscilla always got to choose first. She always picked what game would be played and for how long. That was just the way it was and nobody questioned it.

 Then, a new girl moved to town. She was put in the same class as Priscilla. Her name was Jane Miller.  Jane wasn't exactly ugly. She was just kind of plain. She certainly was nowhere near as pretty as Priscilla. After Jane moved to town, Priscilla just figured life would go on as usual. For a while, it did. Jane went along with whatever Priscilla said just like everybody else.

One day at recess, Priscilla said "Let's play tag."

Jane said. "No, thank you. I don't think I want to play tag today."

Priscilla's mouth opened in shock. Nobody ever said no to her. She was the pretty one.  "Well, we're playing tag." insisted Priscilla. The other kids went along with Priscilla because they were used to it. Jane went to play on the swings.

When one of the other kids asked if they could go on the swings too, Priscilla said "No. We're playing  tag!"

At first, the other kids all continued played with Priscilla like always. Then, a few of of them wandered off  by Jane. "Hello." Jane warmly greeted the other kids who approached her. "Do you want to play with me? We could go on the swings some more or we could go on the slide or whatever. What would you like to do?"

For a moment,  the other kids didn't speak. The were so used to being told what to do by Priscilla. They hardly remembered how to think for themselves . Finally, somebody said. "Let's go slide." So they did.

After a while, somebody else said. "Let's go back on the swings so they did." After that they actually took turns making suggestions of what to do.

Finally, Priscilla asked Jane and the kids who were playing with her, "Don't you want to play with us?" None of them did.  Priscilla stomped off. Some of the kids that she'd been playing with followed her. Some of them stayed to play with Jane and those other kids.

The next day at recess even more of the kids wanted to play with Jane. By the end of the week, Priscillla was playing all by herself, and she was not happy about it. She was used to being the center of attention. She was not used to being alone. She did not like it.

Priscilla sat alone for a while. After a while, she went up to another kid and asked. "Why doesn't anybody want to play with me anymore." The other kid shrugged and ran off. Priscilla asked another one of the kids, but that kid didn't want to tell her either.

Finally, one of the kids said. "You may be pretty Priscilla, but Jane is nice. "

Priscilla couldn't believe it. Nice was better than pretty? She didn't think anything was better than pretty. She didn't know if she knew how to be nice she only knew how to be pretty.

The other kids looked like they were having a good time with Jane. They were all smiling and laughing and happy. They were smiling and laughing and seemed a lot happier than they did when they played with Priscilla.

Jane came over to Priscilla. "You know you can play with us too." she invited Priscilla.

"I didn't think you wanted to play with me anymore." answered Priscilla.

"I never said I don't want to play with you." said Jane. "Just don't be so bossy You  can't always be in charge just because you are pretty."

Priscilla thought about it. She didn't really like playing alone, and she was tired of it. "Okay." she agreed. She went off to play with Jane and the other kids. They were playing on the swings.

After a while, Priscilla got tired of the swings. "Let's go play tag now." she said insistently. She jumped off the swings and got ready to go play tag but nobody followed her.She stood there for a minute not knowing what to do. Being nice and not just being pretty was going to take some getting used to. However, she didn't want to go back to playing alone.  "I mean, would anybody like to play tag with me?" she asked nicely. Some of the kids did and some of the kids didn't. Those that wanted to play tag went with Priscilla and those that didn't stayed on the swings and that was okay.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Will Winnie Wake Up?

Zia Dunlop always woke up early. Her sister, Winnie always woke up late. Zia woke up and watched TV and played with her toys and just generally amused herself at least for a while. Then, she got bored and waited for her sister to wake up. "Mommy," she asked, "When is Winnie going to wake up?"

"I don't know, babe." replied Mom.

Zia frowned. "I want Winnie to play with me. Will you play with me?" she asked hopefully.

Mommy shook her head. "I have laundry to do. Would you like to help?"

Zia turned up her nose and shook her head.  "That's boring." she said. She said down in front of Winnie's door to wait as Mommy went down the stairs.

Zia sat outside the door for a few minutes. Then, she began gently kicking the door. When there was no reaction from Winnie's room, she began  kicking the door a little harder. When she still got no reaction. She began banging the door with her fist.

"Cut it out!" screamed a voice from inside the room.

"Winnie!" Zia screamed excitedly bounding into the room.

Winnie was still in bed with her eyes closed. She opened one eye as Zia entered the room. "Get out!" she said insistently. Then, she turned over and went back to sleep.

Zia sighed and left the room.  She sat back down and continued to wait for Winnie to wake up.  Zia decided to see how high she could count before Winnie woke up. She had only gotten to 100 before she got bored.  Then, she started wandering up and down the hall.

"What are you doing?" asked Mommy as she came up the stairs.

"I'm waiting for Winnie to get up, but she sleeps forever." whined Zia.

Mommy smiled and went back to the laundry. Zia quietly opened Winnie's door and tiptoed over to the bed. She leaned over hoping that any minute Winnie would wake up. Winnie didn't move at all. "Winnie!" she whispered. Winnie still didn't move. "Winnie!" she yelled a little louder.  Winnie still didn't move. "Winnie!" she shouted. Winnie sat up and opened her eyes and looked around when she saw Zia she glared at her. "Get out, Zia." she shouted angrily. Then, she lay down and went back to sleep.

Zia frowned unhappily and headed for the door, When she reached it, she turned around and said "You're the most boring sister in the entire world!"

For a few minutes,  Zia was so mad at Winnie she never wanted to play with her again. Then, she got bored again and went back to waiting for Winnie to get up.

 Finally, it was lunch time and Winnie still wasn't up.

"Winnie! Zia! Lunch!" called Mom from the kitchen.

Zia suddenly realizing she was starving hurried down to the kitchen. "Where's Winnie?" asked Mommy.

"She's still sleeping." replied Zia.

"It's time for her to get up. Go and wake her up."

Zia smiled and happily ran back up the stairs. She ran into Winnie's room. She went over to the bed and started shaking her. "Winnie! Winnie!" she said loudly. "Mommy said it's time to get up. It's already lunch time."

Winnie groaned and sat up. "Tell her I'll be there in a minute." she sighed. "I gotta get dressed."

"Okay." replied Zia. "And after lunch we can play." she added excitedly.

"After lunch I have a report to work on for school."

Zia's head hung down sadly.  She was filled with disappointment. All that waiting for nothing.

Winnie saw how disappointed her sister was. "Well, maybe we can play a little bit later." she said.

Zia instantly perked up. "I love you, Winnie!" she said excitedly. "Even if you do sleep too much." she added.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Good Is a Brother?

Kimberly Dyer was about to be a big sister any day now. "Aren't you lucky?" said Grandma. "You're going to have a baby brother or sister." Grandma was staying with them in case Mommy and Daddy had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night.

"It's a girl!" said Kimberly confidently.

"Or it could be a boy." replied Grandma.

"It's a girl!" repeated Kimberly insistently.

A brother! The very notion of it horrified Kimberly. What good is a brother? He wouldn't want to play dolls with her or have tea parties, and they couldn't share clothes and make up when they got older. Boys liked sports and the played rough or at least the ones in Kimberly's class did. Kimberly hated sports, and she certainly didn't want anyone who behaved like the boys in her class living in her house. No, she was definitely going to have a sister she knew it or at least she hoped so.

The next day, Kimberly was sitting on her Mom's lap on the couch. At least, she was sitting as close to her Mom's lap as she could since Mom had gotten so big with the baby. "Mommy?" she said.

"Yes, baby?" replied Mommy sweetly.

"When is my sister going to be born?"

"Well, the baby is going to be born soon." replied Mommy.

"You mean my sister." insisted Kimberly. "It's going be a sister. I know it." she added in a softer voice.

"Oh, you do, do you?" said Mommy but she said it with a smile. She kissed Kimberly on the cheek.

A few days later, Kimberly woke up to the smell of pancakes. Mommy made the best pancakes in the whole world. Kimberly excitedly hurried to the kitchen to eat breakfast. When she was about to enter the room, she noticed it was Grandma standing at the griddle making pancakes, it wasn't Mommy at all. "Good morning." Grandma greeted Kimberly warmly. "Did you have a nice sleep?" she asked.

Kimberly didn't answer. She was to busy looking for Mommy. She even got down on the floor and looked under the table.

"Did you lose something?" asked Grandma when she saw Kimberly crawling around under the table.

"Where's Mommy?" asked Kimberly accusingly as though Grandma had done something with her mother.

"She went to the hospital to to have the baby." explained Grandma.

"My sister!" exclaimed Kimberly excitedly.

"Or brother." added Grandma.

Kimberly shot Grandma an evil look. Then, she started dancing around the kitchen and shouting "I have a sister! I have a sister! I have a sister!"

"Kimberly!" exclaimed Grandma. "We probably won't know if it is a brother or sister for several hours yet. Sit down and eat your breakfast. You have school today." Kimberly frowned and slid into her chair. How could she eat at a time like this? Kimberly couldn't wait to hear about her new sister. Food was the last thing on her mind.

Kimberly could barely get through the school day even though she was only in kindergarten, and she only had a half day. As soon as the school bus dropped her off at the bus stop, she eagerly ran over to where Grandma stood waiting for her. "Is my sister born, yet?" she asked eagerly. "When is she coming home?"

"Yes, your sister is born." replied Grandma. "Only she's a brother."

A brother! Kimberly's eyes and mouth opened wide with shock and disappointment.  What in the world was she going to do with a brother?  She wanted a sister! It was supposed to be a sister!

"Do you want to go see your new baby brother?" asked Grandma.

Kimberly shrugged. "I guess so." she said. She didn't really care but it would be nice to see Mommy and Daddy. Even though, they had only been gone since yesterday she missed them.

The whole drive to the hospital Kimberly just kept thinking 'A brother. What am I going to do with a brother?' and shaking her head.

When they got to the hospital, they went up to Mom's room. Mom was sitting on the bed with a tiny bundle wrapped in a blanket in her arms. She smiled when she saw Kimberly. "Hi sweetie." she said. "Why don't you come on over here and meet your new baby brother?"

Kimberly stood in the doorway and didn't move. Grandma gave her a little push. She reluctantly walked over to the bed.  Daddy lifted her up so she could see Mommy better. "Benjamin." said Mommy to the bundle in her arms."Meet your big sister., Kimberly. " She turned the baby toward Kimberly. "Meet your baby brother Benjamin." she said to Kimberly.

Kimberly looked at her baby brother. She couldn't help noticing that he was actually kind of cute with his bright blue eyes and big ears. 'Okay' she thought. 'Maybe, it won't be so bad to have a baby brother.' Out loud to the baby she said. "Hi Benjamin. I'm your big sister."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sasha Doesn't Study

Sasha Early's mom greeted her with a kiss on the cheek as she entered the door when she came home from school. "How was your day?" she asked.

"It was alright." replied Sasha. She quickly tossed her book bag on the floor next to the door. Mom glared at her, and she quickly picked it up and put it on the hook where it belonged.

"Do you have any homework?" asked Mom.

"I have a test tomorrow." replied Sasha. She grabbed a bag of chips out of the cupboard and a bottle of water out of the refrigerator. She went in the living room and flopped down in front of the TV.

"Make sure, you study." said Mom.

Sasha didn't even look up from the TV. After, she finished eating she continued watching for another hour. Just as she turned off the TV, Mom came down the steps with a load of laundry. "Did you study yet?" she asked Sasha. Sasha shook her head no. "What are you waiting for?" asked Mom.

"I'll study later." Sasha promised. "Can I please just go outside for a little bit before it gets dark? Please mommy?" she begged.

"Okay agreed." her mother reluctantly. "No more than a half hour."

"I love you, mommy!" exclaimed Sasha gleefully hugging her Mom as she hurried out the door.

An hour later, she still wasn't back. "Sasha!" called Mom angrily out the door. "It's time to come in. You were only supposed to be out for a half hour." Sasha slowly and reluctantly came back in the house.She immediately went into the living room and flopped down on the couch.

"It's time to study." said Mom firmly.

"I'm too hot and tired from being outside. I need to rest a little bit." complained Sasha.

"Sasha!" said Mom angrily.

"Mom!" whined Sasha. She didn't get off the couch.

They argued back and forth for a while. Then, Mom finally went in the kitchen to make dinner. By the time dinner was ready, Sasha still hadn't studied. "I'll study after dinner." she promised. Mom gave her a doubtful look. "I mean it." said Sasha. "I promise." Mom just kept frowning. She had heard that before.

After dinner, Sasha started playing her DS. "I thought you were going to study after dinner." said Mom with intense disappointment in Sasha.

"I will." promised Sasha yet again."I just have to get through this level." She continued playing her game.

An hour later, Sasha was still playing. "It's time to take a bath." said Mom. "Did you finish your studying?"

"Not yet." admitted Sasha. "But I.."

"I don't want to hear it, Sasha." said Mom frowning deeply. "It's time for your bath." Sasha took a bath and got ready for bed. Then, she had just enough time to study before she went to bed, but then she saw the new book she wanted to start reading sitting on her night table. She decided to read one chapter before she started studying. She started reading.

A half hour later, Mom came in, and Sasha was still reading. "Sasha, bedtime." she said.

"But, mom." panicked Sasha. "I haven't studied."

Mom just shook her head sadly. "Whose fault is that?" she asked. "Now it's bedtime." insisted Mom.

"I'll get up early and study." promised Sasha.

However, the next morning, Sasha barely wanted to get out of bed when it was time to get out of bed. "Sasha!" exclaimed her mother. "You're going to be late!"

Sasha finally got out of bed and quickly got read for school. "Do I have to go?" she asked worriedly before she stepped out the door. "I didn't have a chance to study, and I am afraid I'll fail my test."

"You didn't have chance to study?" replied her mother raising her eyebrows at Sasha.

Sasha blushed. She knew she'd had plenty of time. She just didn't do it. She hoped the test wasn't that hard. Maybe she could still pass it.

After school, Mom asked Sasha. "How was your test?"

Sasha frowned. "Really hard." she said unhappily."I didn't know anything. I think I failed it. I've learned my lesson.  I am not ever going to go without studying again." she promised.

Mom wasn't so sure that was true. She had heard that promise before. She hoped this time Sasha really meant it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's Not An Elephant

Penny Chesterfield loved elephants. Her favorite movie was Dumbo. Her favorite books were the Babar books. Her room was filled with stuffed elephants of every size, shape and color. The only thing she didn't have was a real elephant. Even though, she kept begging for one.

One day, when Daddy came home from work. Mommy and Daddy sat Penny and her brother, Jeffrey down to talk them. "We have a surprise for you two." they said. "On Saturday we are going to take you to the zoo."

"What kind of animals do they have at the zoo?" asked Penny excitedly.

"They have lots of animals." said her father.

"Like what?" asked Penny excitedly hoping.

"Like lions." said  Daddy.

"And?" asked Penny eagerly leaning forward on her elbows..

"Giraffes." added Mommy.

"And?" asked Penny again  even more eagerly. By now, she was practically bouncing out of her seat with excitement and anticipation.

"Monkeys." added Jeffrey as Mommy and Daddy  nodded in agreement.

"What about ---"

"Yes, they have elephants." said Mommy as Penny began jumping up and down excitedly. She could hardly wait for it to be time to go to the zoo, but they weren't going for another few days.

Finally the day came. Penny was up bright and early ready and eagerly waiting to go even before Mommy and Daddy woke up. "Come on, come on. Let's get going." she said when they woke up and had barely opened their eyes. When everyone was finally ready, they got in the car. The ride seemed to take forever to Penny. When they got to the zoo, Penny eagerly hurried out of the car.

Once they were in the Zoo, the first thing they came to was the wild animals. "Look at the beautiful lioness." said  Daddy.

"It's not an elephant." said Penny in disappointment.

"That lion cub is adorable." said Mommy.

"It's not an elephant." sighed  Penny.

"Wow! That one's really big!" exclaimed Jeffrey.

"Still not a elephant." pointed out Penny. She had no interest in lions.

Next, they saw the giraffes.

"Have you ever seen anything  so tall?" asked Mommy pointing to one of the giraffes.

"It's not an elephant." said Penny turning away from the giraffes.

"I'd like to be that tall." said Jeffrey.

"Not an elephant." replied Penny crossing her arms in front of her and frowning.

"Watch them eat leaves off the top of the trees." Daddy said to Penny.

Penny shook her head. "Still not an elephant." she said boredly.

Their next stop was the monkey house.

"Look at that one." said Jeffrey pointing to a monkey hanging from a tree.

"It's not an elephant." replied Penny disappointed once more.

"That one's watching us." said Daddy pointing to a monkey that seemed to be staring out at the crowd.

"Not an elephant." said Penny again.

"That little one is cute." Mommy said.

"Still not an elephant." said Penny totally bored with the monkeys.

By now, Penny was totally losing interest in the zoo. She didn't even want to look at the animals in the next exhibit. It would probably just be something equally as boring as lions, giraffes and monkeys. "Come on just take a look." Jeffrey urged her. Mommy and Daddy nodded in agreement.  Penny didn't want to but she decided to take a peek just to get them all off her back. She turned around really quickly and then her mouth flew open and her eyes opened wide with excitement as she saw a pack of big gray elephants and one cute little baby elephant. "Finally!" she said excitedly. "Elephants!"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

She did it!

The sun was shining brightly in the sky in the early morning when Estee Pringle and her twin sister, Tallulah woke up. Daddy was at work. Mommy was still sleeping. The girls took some books off their book shelves and began flipping through them. After a while, they got bored with that and went to find something else to do. They didn't bother cleaning up the books. They just left them all over the floor.

"I'm hungry." complained Tallulah

"Me too." agreed Estee. They wandered downstairs and into the kitchen. They took some PopTarts out of the cupboard and some juice boxes out of the refrigerator. When they finished eating they didn't bother wiping the table or throwing out their garbage. They just went into the living room.

In the living room, they took all the pillows off the couch and had a pillow fight. When, the got bored of that, they watched TV. When they finished watching, they didn't bother cleaning up or turning off the TV. They just went to find something else to do.

They just continued wandering throughout the house leaving messes wherever they went  until they finally ran out of ideas of what to do so they went upstairs to see if Mommy was up. She wasn't. They brought some toys into Mommy's room and played on the floor quietly until they got bored again. Then,  They climbed up into bed beside Mommy and turned on the TV. The loud noise woke Mommy up. She  sat up and opened her eyes. "Who turned on the TV? " she asked sleepily but she wasn't really angry.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing accusingly at each other.

Mommy stretched and got out of bed. She stepped right into the middle of the Lego village Estee and Tallulah had been building on the floor beside the bed. "Ouch!" she exclaimed angrily along with a few other choice words as she felt the pinch of Legos beneath her feet. "Who left the Legos all over the floor?" she asked and this time she was angry.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing to each other again.

Mommy just frowned. She ushered the two girls into the bathroom to brush their teeth. After she had put toothpaste on their brushes, she went into her own bathroom to brush her own teeth. When she came back, there was toothpaste all over the sink and counter. "Who got toothpaste all over?" she asked.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Talullah.

Mommy just frowned again and shook her head. She wiped the counter and the sink and then went into Estee and Tallulah's room to get out clothes for them to wear. The minute she stepped into the room, she couldn't help noticing all the books all over the floor.  "Who took all these books out?" she asked upon seeing the mess.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing to each other yet again.

Mommy made the girls clean up the books. She picked out clothes for them, and they got dressed. Then, she got dressed too. Once they were all dressed, Mommy asked "Are you hungry?" Both girls nodded. It felt like hours since they had eaten their PopTarts. They followed Mommy downstairs into the kitchen. Mommy eyes opened wide with shock and horror when she saw the huge mess of PopTarts and juice all over the table, counters, and floor. "Who made this mess?" she asked.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing.

Mommy made the girls help clean up the kitchen. Then, she made some scrambled eggs and toast. After they finished eating the delicious food, Estee and Tallulah helped clean up again. They cleared the table as Mommy washed the dishes.  As they were clearing the table, they kept dropping silverware and didn't bother picking it up. When Mommy  thought she was finished rinsing off all the dishes and loading them into the dishwasher, she wiped her hands on a towel and turned away from the sink. She saw all the silverware on the floor and sighed unhappily.  "Who dropped all of that and didn't pick it up?" she asked.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing at each other once more.

After all, the dishes were really cleaned, Mommy lead  the girls into the living room. The first thing that Mommy noticed as they entered the room was the sound of the TV. "Who left the TV on?" she asked.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah.

Mom turned off the TV. Then, she noticed the couch pillows all over the floor. "Who took the pillows off the couch and didn't put them back?" asked Mommy.

"She did it!" replied Estee and Tallulah pointing again.

Mommy made the girls help her put the pillows back and straighten up the living room. Just as they were finishing up, Mommy saw something shiny under the table. She reached her hand under and pulled out a quarter. Then, she reached back under the table and found a dime and a nickel. After she had reached under the table a few more times, there was nothing left under the table, but there was a whole pile of money on the table. "Who left all this money under the table?" asked Mommy.

"I did it!" exclaimed Estee and Tallulah at the same time as they both reached for the pile of money.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brynn the Big Talker

"Six Flags!" exclaimed Brynn Thatcher excitedly. "We're going to Six Flags! I can't wait! I want to go on everything especially all the roller coasters!" She started jumping up and down excitedly.

Her younger sister, Mallory bit her lip and shook her head. "I don't think I like roller coasters." she said quietly.

"That's because your a scaredy cat." replied Brynn.

Mallory gave her sister an angry look.

"Brynn." replied Mommy also giving Brynn an angry look.

"I'm sorry your a scaredy cat, Mallory." said Brynn.

"Brynn!" exclaimed Mommy even angrier. Brynn knew enough to let it go this time.

To Mallory, Mommy said. "Don't worry. You'll have fun too. There are lots of rides at Six Flags. You'll find rides you like too. There is a Ferris Wheel and a carousel and a lot of other rides."

Now, it was Mallory's turn to be excited. "I can't wait to go on the Ferris Wheel!" she exclaimed.

"The Ferris Wheel?" exclaimed Brynn with a laugh. "The Ferris Wheel?'' she repeated. "You're looking forward to going on the Ferris Wheel? Oh, Mallory, your such a baby."

Mallory glared at her sister again.

"Brynn, that is quite enough!" exclaimed Mommy by now at the end of her patience. "That is enough talk about Six Flags for now." she added in a much calmer voice. "It is time to get ready for dinner."

They would not be going to Six Flags for a week. The time could not possibly pass slower for Brynn and Mallory. Every day, seemed like a week.

Finally, the day they were going to the amusement park arrived. Brynn talked excitedly about all the roller coasters she was going to go on throughout the ride to the park. Mommy, Daddy, and Mallory could barely get a word in.

When they got to the park and got their tickets, they started walking around. When they came to the first roller coaster. They stopped. "Oh, that one looks a little big." said Brynn.

"Are you sure?" asked Daddy. "I'll go on with you." Brynn shook her head no. Daddy shrugged. They moved on.

Every roller coaster, they came to after that, Daddy asked if Brynn wanted to go on. Brynn shook her head no. It was too steep or too twisty or had too many loops but there was always some reason why Brynn didn't want to go on.

Finally, they came to this tiny little roller coaster in the Kiddie section. Brynn was about to come up with some excuse why she didn't want to go on when Mallory said. "What a cute little baby roller coaster! I want to go on."

"Me too!" said Brynn weakly. She wasn't really sure she wanted too, but she couldn't very well say no if even Mallory was going to go on.

Brynn and Mallory got on line to get on the ride. When it was their turn to get on the ride, they strapped in. The ride started up. Brynn held tightly to the metal safety bar and closed her eyes.

Mallory was much more relaxed. "Whee!" she exclaimed each time they went around a curve. "This is fun! Don't you think so, Brynn?"

Brynn didn't answer. She was too busy praying that the ride would stop soon, and it will be over.

Finally, the ride was over, and it was time to get off. Mallory quickly jumped out of her seat as soon as they stopped and the safety bar was released. Brynn followed slowly behind on shaky legs.

"That was great!" exclaimed Mallory. "Can we go again? Don't you want to go again, Brynn?"

Brynn shook her head no.

Mallory smiled. "You can't possibly be afraid of that little tiny roller coaster, can you?" she said. "Now, who is the baby?"

"Oh, shut up!" replied Brynn.