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Kids Lighter Side

On his Facebook page, Ryan has posted many
funny situations and conversations with Reece
and Amelia over the years. So we decided to
share them with you. For sure, you'll get a real
laugh out of these! Expect this section to grow
as Ryan's shares these special tidbits with us.

December 2021
Amelia and I were at the pet store, just looking around.
Amelia:  Dad, let's go look at the guinea pigs, I love them.
Amelia:  I like that one right there, the brown and white one.
Ryan:  You mean the one with that funny weird bald spot on his head?
Amelia (defensively and in a stern voice):  DAD, YOU HAVE A FUNNY WEIRD BALD SPOT!

Old memory (around 2016)
Amelia and Heather were watching 'Finding Bigfoot' on TV.
Ryan:  Amelia, do you want to play or do something with me?
Amelia:  No, I want to watch this until the end.
Ryan:  OK.
Amelia (as the show is  ending): So, when are we ever going to see bigfoot?
Ryan:  Amelia, you never do, you just never do.

I came home from the grocery store with some Oreo cookies and wanted them to last awhile.
Ryan:  Reece, I just bought these Oreos. If you want some, just let me know.
Reece (later that day):  Dad, can I open the Oreos and have some?
Ryan:  Yes, but just four cookies.
The next day, when I went to get an Oreo, I noticed that four were gone from the top row. My first thought was that Reece actually listened to me. Then, under the plastic wrapper, I saw that there were two more cookies missing.
Ryan:  Reece, I said you could only have four Oreos yesterday and there are two missing under the wrapper.
Reece just smiled.

February 2022 -
Amelia wasn't feeling well, left class and went to the school nurse. So I picked her up.
Amelia: Dad, look at the note my math teacher wrote for my hall pass to go to the nurse. He spelled nurse (nurce) wrong.  Maybe that's why he is a math teacher.

February 2022 -
Over the past year, there were a couple of times that Reece has had a little hair above his upper lip. Each time, I offered to buzz it with my electric razor and he agreed. Tonight, around dinner time, when we were exchanging valentines gifts/candies amongst the family, a sunbeam hit his face and I noticed a decent looking mini-mustache.
Ryan:  Hey man, when we're done here do you want me to zip that off for you?
Reece:  Nah, I'm good.

Old Memory - When the kids were little, about 4-5, while riding in the car with mom, the moon disappeared behind a cloud.
Amelia:  Mommy, look, the moon is playing hide and seek with me.

Old Memory -
Being in sports and knowing your last name is on the back of your shirt, Amelia came home one day and dropped this on me.
Amelia:  Dad, did you know all the teachers at day care have the last name Staff?

December 2021
- Amelia 12 years old.
Ryan:  So why don't you play Lacrosse anymore, because you had to wear a skirt?
Amelia:  No, it's because girls don't get helmet and pads and can't check or hit each other like boys can.
Me:  Oh, that makes sense.
Amelia:  Same with hockey, girls can't check and boys can. THAT IS SEXISM AT ITS FINEST!

August 2021
Sometimes while driving my car, like most guys, I will look at a pretty woman jogging or walking by. If the kids are with me, I usually look out of the corner of my eye. Then one day this happened.
Amelia: Dad, I know what you’re doing.
Ryan:  What?
Amelia:  You're looking at that woman jogging.
Ryan:  Oh, I guess I was. There’s nothing wrong with it, most guys do it.
Several times over the next couple of weeks, Amelia pointed it out when she caught me doing it again, almost as a joke. Then one day, while I was parking the car at Target, a funny thing happened.
Amelia:  Dad, you’re doing it again.

RyanI know.
Amelia:  Eww dad, that’s my teacher!
Ryan:  Well, your teacher is very pretty!

August 2020 - Another "Would you rather" game:
Ryan:  Reece, would you rather have a snake or 30 spiders under your bed?
Reece:  Neither.
Ryan:  I caught a lot of snakes and bugs when I was young.
Amelia:  Were they poisonous?
Ryan:  No, one snake may have been, so I picked it up and threw it because it was near uncle Alan.
Reece:  Would it hurt if it had bitten you?
Ryan:  Probably not more than a bee sting, if was a garter snake. You just need to grab them up on their neck, right behind the head so they cant turn back and bite you. It would be like be if I had an apple on my shoulder, I wouldn't be able to bite it ... well unless I moved my shoulder forward. Anyway, you get the point.
Reece:  Yeah I do, snakes don't have shoulders.
Ryan:  Uh, no that's not the point.

July 2020
Sometimes Reece and I play "Would you rather have a...". For instance, a sports car or big house. He knows to come up with things that are hard to pick between.
Reece:  Dad, would you rather have the best most expensive computer in the world or .... (as he thinks it over) ... an endless bag of Lays potato chips?
Ryan:  I guess the computer because you could sell it for a lot of money.
Reece:  I'd take the Lays chips, then I could solve world hunger.

July 2020 - The other day while in the car.
Reece:  Dad, it would be cool if we had millions of dollars so we could all have our own house, right next door to each other.
Me:  You mean now or when you are grown up?
Reece:  Now.
Me:  Then how could I keep an eye on you guys to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to and not getting into trouble or hurt?
Reece:  You could put cameras all over the house.

July 2020
While I was in the kitchen doing dishes, I hear Reece run up the stairs.

Me: Reece, what are you doing?

Reece: Nothing.
Me: Seems awfully suspicious you running up stairs.
Just then a bottle of Gatorade falls out of his pocket that he had gotten from
the garage fridge.
Me: Busted.

Amelia, Reece and I all laugh a bit.

Old Memory - Kids were about 5 or 6 years old. Amelia played soccer and Reece played t-ball.
Amelia:  (after her soccer game):  We lost today, 2 to 1.
Reece:  That's weird, all of our games end in a tie?????

June 2020 -
I work from home and was going to be busy for a while. I told the kids to make their own lunch, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chips. Two hours later:
Ryan:  So, did you guys make yourselves lunch?
Kids:  Yes.
Ryan:  OK, then you don't need any Taco Bell?
Ryan:  Well, I am not going to get you Taco Bell, but will pick up something (quesadilla from Chipotle).

May 2019 - We have a pet dog named Olaf.
Me:  Amelia make your bed.
Amelia:  Olaf messed it up.
Me:  (lol) Yeah right, make it.

Early 2019
I was pulling on Amelia's toes, cracking her knuckles (she likes to do this before bedtime).

2014 (kids age 5)
- One day we had
fish sticks and peas for dinner. Reece liked them, but Amelia didn't. Heather called them for dinner and, as they come down the stairs, Amelia sees there are fish sticks.
Amelia:  (yells) FISH STICKS!!!! and drops to her knees in a meltdown.
Amelia:  AND PEAS!!!! (starts crying and flops on the floor).

2014 (kids age 5) - Anytime we served something the kids really liked, such as pizza or sweets, Amelia would always look at Reece's plate to be sure he didn't have more than her. So one day when Heather was making a batch of cookie dough, I asked her to make one super large cookie. Later I put the big chocolate chip cookie on Reece's plate and a normal cookie on Amelia's plate. They came down the stairs for their cookie and sat down. Amelia looks over at Reece's plate.
Amelia:  WHAT THE HECK!!!

April 2018
Doing homework that was due yesterday with Amelia ... and she is upset.
Amelia:  Dad, I already did this 3 times today.
Ryan:  The same worksheet?
Amelia:  Yes.
Ryan:  The same math equations?
Amelia:  Yes.
Ryan:  Well why are you doing it again?
Amelia:  I don't know, I think my teacher just doesn't know and she gave it to me.
Ryan:  I can write at the top "Amelia already did this 3 times" to your teacher...
Amelia:  No, Ill just do it again.
Ryan:  Well did you turn any of the ones in you already did 3 times?
Amelia:  No. I lost them all.
Ryan:  Oh, lost all 3?
Amelia:  Yes.
Ryan:  And the truth shall set you free ... do it again.

March 2019
While talking about the possibility of leprechauns over dinner.
:  Ok each of you give me a yes, no or maybe answer to the following and if they exist.
Kids:  OK
:  Santa
Reece:  Maybe
Amelia:  Yes
Ryan:  Easter bunnies
Reece:  No
Amelia:  Yes
Ryan:  Tooth fairies
Reece:  No
Amelia:  Yes
Ryan:  Leprechauns
Reece:  No
Amelia:  Yes
(Here is where it gets funny, when they basically flip-flop)
Ryan:  Ghosts
Reece:  Yes
Amelia:  No
:  Aliens (visiting earth/being seen by humans)
Reece:  Yes
Amelia:  No
:  Bigfoot
Reece:  Maybe
Amelia:  Maybe
:  Monsters of any kind
Reece:  Yes
Amelia:  No
Me:  Any kind of life form (plant/animal/intelligent) elsewhere in the universe.
Reece:  Yes
Amelia:  No

February 2019
This weekend we were at a hockey tournament for Amelia in Grand Rapids. After one of the games, Reece and I went to the restroom. While standing side by side at the urinals.
Ryan:  I wonder what the longest pee anyone has ever done?
Reece:  I'm not sure.
Ryan:  I wonder if it was like 5 minutes or something.
Reece (without hesitation, which is the funniest part of this story)
 Mine was 1 minute and 37 seconds.

January 2019 - Today, when the kids got off the school bus, they were walking with neighbor kids and having a serious discussion about something. As soon as they walked in the house, they started scrambling around looking for stuff. Shortly thereafter, Reece was holding a music recorder. Amelia had a ukulele and a kitchen pot with pencils (drumsticks).
Ryan:  What are you guys doing?
Amelia:  We are starting a band!

The other day in the car.
Reece:  Dad, my friends said hell isn't a bad word.
Ryan:  Usually it's not, but it depends on how you use it though.
Reece:  They said bloody hell.
Ryan:  Yes, that would be a bad use of the word.
Amelia:  Did they say it with a British accent?
Ryan (lol):  It doesn't matter if there is an accent, you still shouldn't say bloody hell.

December 2018 - While staying with Ryan and the kids in November, Grandpa notices Amelia grinding a brand new pencil to a nub in the electric pencil sharpener.
Grandpa:  Amelia, what are you doing?
Amelia:  I'm making this pencil so the elf can hold it.
Grandpa:  Elf?
Amelia:  Yes, the Elf on the Shelf. I leave him notes with questions and he answers me back.

November 2018 - Last night, as I'm tucking Reece in bed.
Reece:  Dad, I'm scared.
Ryan:  Of what?
Reece:  I hear mice in the pipes at night.
Ryan:  What?!?!?
Reece:  Yeah, I can hear them in the walls.
(Reece has excellent hearing and knows that I do not)
Ryan:  Well, they aren't in the pipes. But when it gets cold, they could be near the house, in the cracks, just outside the house, because that's where it's warm for them.
Reece:  Well, it's scary.
Ryan:  Have you ever seen one in the house? I haven't, so we're safe.
(I admit the whole time, I was subconsciously rolling my eyes, thinking he was just hearing things or that the noises were maybe outside. That night it snowed about 3 inches, so in the morning I shoveled the driveway and sidewalk. As I'm shoveling, I came across tracks outside of Reece's bedroom, about 24 inches from Reece's pillow
! I couldn't believe it, Reece was right!)

October 2018
We were at The Pumpkin Patch one Sunday, a family Halloween tradition. While the kids were playing in the corn, Reece came over a couple of times to dump dried corn from his shoes.
Ryan:  Hey bud, is that corn annoying when it gets in your shoes?
Reece:  Yes.
Ryan:  How would you like it if you had to always walk around with it in there?
Reece:  No way.
Ryan:  What would you do if you HAD to always walk around with in it in there?
Reece:  I'd buy new shoes.

September 2018 - Last night, at bedtime,  Reece had a loose wiggly tooth. I am usually the tooth puller. It went like this.
Reece (in bed):  Dad, I have a loose tooth. Come check.
Ryan:  Ok, come to the bathroom, lets take a look.
Reece:  Never mind, its ok.
Ryan:  Ok, just don't swallow it while you're sleeping.
Reece (as I'm shutting his door):  No dad wait, lets do it.
Ryan:  Are you sure? We can wait 'til tomorrow.
Reece:  Yes, I'm sure. i don't want to swallow it.
Ryan:  Ok, come on in here. Hold your thumb out to the side and if it starts to hurt allot, point it up.
(Then there was a lot of thumb action, but mostly just a scared little guy.)
Reece (all the sudden says):  Dad that's the wrong tooth!
Ryan:  What?!?!?
Reece (with a grin, since dad is usually the joker):  Just kidding.
(We both laughed for a bit, he got me good.)
Ryan:  Here I go. Dang, lets try again.
Reece:  No dad, you go it.
Ryan:  Oh, I did?
(The tooth fairy came the next morning.)

August 2018 - While on vacation in Florida, Grandpa and Reece went to a bakery to pick up a birthday cake for Sue. The bakery also served lunch, so they ordered sandwiches.
Grandpa:  Reece want to try a bite of this tuna sandwich?
Reece:  No, I hate tuna.
Grandpa:  Reece, hate is a pretty strong word, do you know what it means?
Reece:  Yeah, it means you don't like it.
Grandpa:  There's a difference between hate and dislike. If I told that you could never play video games again if you don't eat this sandwich, would you eat it?
Reece:  Yes, I would.
Grandpa:  So you don't hate tuna, you just dislike it. How about these nuts?
Reece:  No, I HATE nuts.
Grandpa:  Even if you couldn't play any more video games?
Reece:  No, I wouldn't eat them.
(As they continued to eat and were almost done.)
Reece do you want to try some of this potato salad?
Reece:  No, I ... (pauses) ... dislike it very much.

August 2018 - While visiting the kids' Grandparents in Florida, we were out for a walk on the beach. We saw a seagull with a fish tail hanging out of its mouth.
Ryan (at 11am)
Wow, that seagull has a mighty big breakfast.
Reece:  Yeah, or it could be lunch.
Ryan:  Yes it could be.

May 2018
Before school one morning.
Reece:  Dad, check my homework, you have to sign off on it.
Ryan: (as I start looking it over):  Ok
Reece:  No, don't look it over, just sign it.
Ryan:  What? That doesn't sound right, here's one you got wrong.
Reece:  Dad, I said sign my homework, not look at it.
Ryan:  No, you said look it over.
Reece:  Ugh (and walks away).
Ryan:  Dude ... I don't think so.

May 2018 - Amelia loves shoes (sports, high-tops, bright colors, etc.) and if she is spoiled in any area, it's this. So two days ago on the way to school.
Ryan:  So did anyone at school like your shoes yesterday?
Amelia:  Yeah, a bunch of people.
Amelia, why do you like shoes so much anyway?

March 2018 - I work from home. Kids are now on spring break ... so, just a few minutes ago.
Hey guys, I need you to stay downstairs for 10 minutes at least, no fighting. I have an important call to make. The only way I want you to interrupt me is if there is a fire. Got it?
Reece:  Geez, dad!
Amelia:  Dad! We were in the middle of making a YouTube video. Now we have to start all over! Grrr!

January 2018 - Yesterday.
Heather:  Maybe the kids should take a Spanish class?
Ryan:  Or another language maybe?
Ryan:  Amelia, if you could take a class learning another language, what would you take? Give me three choices.
Amelia:  Braille, Latin or Hieroglyphics.
Ryan:  lol, why?
Amelia:  They sound interesting.

September 2017 -
The other day, while riding in the car.
Dad if you could make any movie real life, what would you pick?
Ryan:  I'm not sure, let me think on that.
Amelia:  And don't say Jurassic Park!

August 2017 - Yesterday's quote of the day.
Amelia:  Dad, when I grow up and am rich, I'm going to buy a really big safe about as big as this car, to keep all my stuffed animals in.

June 2017 -
While at a McDonalds the other day, we were eating and talking about getting ice cream cones afterwards. Since they no longer have chocolate, the kids decided to first try a free sample of the vanilla before ordering. As we were trying the samples, I decided that we had eaten enough junk.
Ryan:  Let's not get ice cream.
Amelia:  Mean!
Reece:  Dad, you said we could!
Ryan:  Believe it or not, sometimes dads are wrong.

March 2017 -
Last week, at breakfast conversation before school.
Dad, did you know that no human has ever lived to be 200?
Ryan:  Yep.
Amelia:  No, not true, Santa is over 1000 years old.
Reece:  Oh yeah.

March 2017 - Every year, since the kids were 3, we have made a leprechaun trap for St. Patrick's Day, with an orange for bait. And every year, when the traps are checked, the leprechaun has escaped the trap and leaves orange peels or rips up the orange and makes a mess. Yesterday.
Ryan:  So are we making a leprechaun trap this year?
Reece:  No, I just want to be nice to him.
Amelia (heartless):  I want the trap to be metal with a metal sliding door that traps him in there so he can't get out!

February 2017 -
Yesterday morning before school.
Amelia, do you want to wear a sweatshirt today?
Amelia:  I would wear my Adidas sweatshirt, but then it would cover my cool Adidas shirt.
Ryan:  Good point.

January 2017 - A reminder to watch what I say, lol. Reece brought home a paper he wrote for school, marked with the teacher's comment, "Nice job Reece!" The paper read as follows.
Title:  Late for School - I was in the middle of my TV show when my dad came up the stairs.
He yelled, "Get your butt in the car". I said, "Fine, one sec. Geez man!". I ran quickly to the car. We got to school in time for learning.

January 2017 -
A couple of days before Christmas.
Amelia:  Dad, wasn't that weird when I was like 2 or 3 and I opened a present and it was from Santa and he had wrapped my gift in an old diaper box?
Ryan:  Yes, that was weird alright.

November 2016 - One morning.
Reece:  Dad I want the things for your eyes for Christmas.
(Reece gets up at the first crack of light, so I'm thinking this would be great and maybe with a sleep mask he will sleep longer.)
Amelia:  You mean the things people wear when they sleep?
Reece:  No, the things you wear and it feels like you are inside a video game, when you punch for real, you punch in the game and when you walk for real, you walk in the game.
Ryan:  Oh.

September 2016 - This morning Amelia is getting dressed and decides to wear a black long sleeve shirt with fluorescent yellow stripes, yellow shorts, knee high fluorescent yellow socks and red high-top basketball shoes.
Ryan:  Amelia are you sure about that?
Amelia (puts her hand up in the stop motion):  Dad, I've got this!

August 2016 - While snacking on deli roast beef the other day.
Reece:  Dad, where does this come from?
Ryan:  Cows, like hamburgers.
Reece:  That's kind of sad.
Amelia:  Sad, but delicious.

June 2016 - Reece gets off the school bus and comes up to me.
Reece:  Dad, I know what arithmetic is.
Ryan:  What?
Reece:  It's math.
Ryan:  Yep.
Reece:  Today I measured a circle.
Ryan:  Really?
Reece:  Yeah, I never want to do that again!

March 2016 -
While in town, Grandpa took the kids out for breakfast.
:  Reece, there are 5 pieces of fruit left in your bowl, lets say that one is you, one is Amelia, one is me, one is your mom and one is your dad. What order are you going to eat them in?
(For a few seconds, Reece gives it a little thought, then eats himself first.)
Reece:  Grandpa, which one is you again? (lol)
(So he eats Grandpa next, then Amelia. Lastly, he looks at mom and dad, sticks a fork in both at the same time and eats them.)

February 2016 - (Amelia was in first grade)
So we have a big shipping box, about 4 feet long and 18 x 18 inches wide/high. Amelia has been playing with it and in it for a couple weeks. She has turned it into a spaceship with markers.
Amelia:  Mom, I think I could fit two kindergartners in here.

February 2016 -
Amelia is in hockey and Reece is in gymnastics. The other day in the car, out of the blue.
Amelia:  Reece, so you know, eventually you are going to have to wear a leotard in gymnastics.
Reece (pauses for a bit, then says):  Dad, do I have to eventually wear a leotard?
Yes, but not until you are 8, so you have a couple of years yet.
Reece (after about 5 seconds of silence):  I don't believe you, you're lying!"

January 2016 - Reece's New Years resolution is to have fun. Amelia's is to be brave (lol). So last night when she didn't want to use the spicy toothpaste.
Heather:  Remember to be brave.
(Needless to say, that didn't go over well. Amelia had a meltdown.)

March 2015 - Reece is walking down the stairs hiding something behind his back.
Ryan:  What ya got there?
Reece (with iPad and notebook in hand):  Dad look at this.
(He shows me a sequence of numbers and letters he has written in his notebook. I look at the iPad and see that he's on a page to order a Ninja Minion" for $9.99. He's wanted this for a while.)
Ryan:  What are you going to do?
Reece:  Is it ok if I buy the Minion? I've written down your number off that card.
Ryan:  What card?
Reece:  The one you gave me, but I gave it back.
(He's talking about my expired Costco card.)
Ryan:  Yes, if it works, you can have the Minion.
Reece:  I sure hope it does.

October 2014 - Each kid brings a snack each day to school. Amelia's teacher will let her have 2 snacks. Reece's teacher allows one bag. This morning.
Reece:  Dad, I want two fruit snacks.
Ryan:  But you are only allowed one.
Reece:  So put them both in one bag.
Ryan:  The snack packages?
Reece:  No, open and pour them into one bag.
Ryan:  You are sneaky.
Reece (smiling) Yep.

September 2013 -
The car ride conversation to daycare is usually fun, today it went like this.
Dad, when do we stop going to school?
Ryan:  18 more years.
Reece:  Is that why you aren't in school?
Ryan:  Yep, because I'm all done.
Reece:  How old will we be?
Ryan:  22.
Reece:  Dad, I want to be a Grandpa. When will Amelia and I be Grandpa and grandma?
Ryan:  When you are old, a long time from now, mommy and daddy will probably be in heaven then.
Amelia:  Yeah Reece, we have to be mommies and daddies first.
Ryan:  That's right, your kids will be our grandkids and your kids will be your grandkids.
Amelia:  We all see God in heaven, like before we were born, right?
Ryan:  Yep, and people are already there, like Grandpa Dave.
Reece:  Dad, why is everyone born babies?
Ryan:  Because that's the way it is.
Amelia:  Because God made us that way.
Reece:  Did God make the grass?
Ryan:  Yeah, he made grass, trees, people, animals, etc.
Reece:  But not flags?
Ryan:  Um, flags? No he didn't make flags.
Reece:  Or houses or buildings?
Ryan:  No, people made those.
Amelia:  Is God white or brown?
Ryan:  I'm not even sure if he's a boy or girl.
Reece:  I think everyone makes houses.
Ryan:  I've never made a house.
Reece:  Neither have I, but we should. We could make it how we want it.
Ryan:  True, we could, but making a house is hard.
(We arrived at daycare. I love these morning conversations.)

Sometime in 2013 - When Reece was about 5, he had been watching TV and noticed the beeps over the swear words. He was at the age where he was testing me as to what he can and can't say.
Reece:  Dad, can I say "beep"?

Ryan:  Sure, but how do you mean?
Reece:  Can I say, "What the beep" or "Beep you"?
Ryan:  No you cannot.

Sometime in 2012 - An old memory from when kids were in preschool, about age 4.
Heather:  The kids have a makeup day on Friday.
Ryan:  That's ridiculous. They can skip that.
Heather:  They cannot Ryan, what are you thinking?!
Ryan:  They are only 4. That's absurd, they aren't going.
Heather:  What's wrong with you?
Ryan:  Why would they have a day where they put on makeup, that doesn't even make sense.
Heather:  Ryan, it's to make up for the snow day they missed last week!
Ryan:  Oh.

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