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The PANK Perspective: Kids say the darndest things…

Back in the Spring for one of our family vacations we travelled to Smyrna, DE to visit my Aunt and Uncle. With my boyfriend and I in one car, and my parents, brother, SIL and two nephews in a van, we drove for a good part of a day, maybe not the best trip planning but it worked out okay.

Upon arrival we settled in at the hotel, and grabbed take-out pizza. All of us huddled into my brother’s room to eat. You’d think that after so many hours in the car, we’d want to be as far away from each other as possible, but we didn’t. This is one of the best parts of family vacations. We took advantage of spending this quality time together, and thankfully we all like each other, so it’s never a chore to hang out. Over dinner, we gave my boyfriend the low-down on my Aunt and Uncle; where he once worked, how they are connected to my family and funny stories from the past. When he asked why my Mom’s brother lives in the States and not in Canada, he made a comment about the name of the town – Smyrna. He kept pronouncing it like Smear-na. We corrected him, but he was convinced that we were all saying it wrong. He then went on to say that no matter how you say it, it sounds like a dirty word.

“You’ve got some Smyrna on your shirt.”

“Kiss my Smyrna!”

“I just Smyrna’d, and it smells.”

Yes, this is the man that I love. What can I say; he’s pretty creative and always good for a few laughs. While he listed a few more ways to use the word, my nephew was playing swords and shields with his Papa and not paying much attention to us.

Fast forward to the next evening as we’re all gathered around the dining room table at my Aunt and Uncle’s house telling family stories. There was a brief moment of silence as we finished one story to start another when my nephew took the opportunity to ask me a question.

“Hey, Aunt Dee?”

“Yeah, buddy.”

“You got something up your Smyrna?”

Every single one of us, other than my Aunt and Uncle busted out laughing. We didn’t think he heard us talking about the name of the town, and we surely didn’t think he’d use it in that context. With my relatives looking confused, we explained my bf’s take on the word and they didn’t quite see the humour the same way we did. Crazy Canadians they’d say.

If there’s a dull, awkward or simply a quiet moment, on family vacations or otherwise you can bet a child will take advantage of it uttering one of the many funny things that kids say. We had many stories of our trip to Smyrna when we returned home, but one of our most favourite was what my nephew asked. Kids say the darndest things.

Do your kids say the darndest things? What are some funny kids quotes you’ve heard recently that had you busting at the seams with laughter?

PS – The boyfriend was told the correct pronunciation of the town by my Aunt and Uncle. He still thinks his version is right.

 

About the Author:

Diane Morris is a PANK; Professional Aunt, No Kids and works for Mabel’s Labels as the Sales Coordinator. She’s an Aunt to two boys, and an “Auntie” to her boyfriend’s niece and nephew. She’s a sucker for romance, country music and peanut butter.

School’s Out For The Summer!

A big bag of lost and found items!


I know it’s officially summer when my son arrives home from school with a huge garbage bag filled to the top with his locker contents and all of his items that were fished out of the Lost and Found.

This year the haul included 3 thermoses, 3 winter hats, 2 baseball hats, 2 hoodies, a winter coat and a baseball glove (along with lots of crumpled up paper, old tests and some school supplies).  Yikes!  I long for the day that my son is more organized, but until then I’m glad we’ve got Mabel’s Labels on everything so that his stuff makes it back home…eventually!

Along with the warm weather, family vacations, and more relaxed schedules, I’m practically giddy about not making lunches every day. The fact that everyone’s wearing sandals and flip flops is a bonus too, because it means I won’t need to keep the sock basket filled.  Our family sock strategy consists of a basket near the front door filled with single socks. There’s no point in pairing them up because my kids just un-match them anyway. Rebels!

We’re looking forward to some fun outdoor activities and games, including afternoons by Grandma’s pool, backyard BBQ’s and evenings at our local Drive-In Theatre. Watching a drive in movie under the stars is so much fun and is a favourite summer tradition for us. There’s nothing cuter than seeing lots of little ones in their pajamas, swinging on the swing set and playing Frisbee while waiting for the first feature to start. Later they’ll be sleepy and cozy as their parents carry them straight from the car to their beds. Somewhere along the line I stopped wearing my PJ’s to the drive-in, but I think this may be the summer to revive that tradition. I’m not sure I’ll get carried in from the car, but it’s worth a try.

In addition to all the family fun times that summer brings, I love the quiet early mornings all to myself in the garden. It’s full of promise at this time of year, with lots of different vegetables and greens. This year we’ve got tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, bok choy, kale, collard greens, romaine and red lettuce. I’m hoping that when our kids are hungry, they’ll grab some cherry tomatoes off the vine instead of reaching for cookies (a mom can always dream!).

Garden Veggies!

What do YOU love most about summertime?  Any fun ideas to share? What are some of your favourite family vacations and summer activities for kids?

 

About the Author:

Karen Pearson is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear on the other end of the phone when calling Customer Service at Mabel’s Labels. She enjoys writing about her family, which includes a husband, 3 kids and a rescue dog from Greece.

Winging it at Disney

Tanna Clark Mabel's Labels Organization Blogger

We knew about our trip for months. It was a surprise for the kids and we wanted it to be great. There was a problem though. The idea of planning for Disney made me panic. So many websites, deals, and recommendations to look up I thought I would drown in the research so I didn’t  I didn’t research anything for a while. We booked our trip through a Disney travel consultant and she helped us with the little details like booking the room and gave us a few pointers.

I asked her if she knew anyone that just “wings it” when they go to Disney and she said a few but she highly discouraged it. She suggested at least making reservations for dinner ahead of time. So I picked out a few random places that sounded good and she made the arrangements. We didn’t end up using a single one of those reservations.

We have so much planning going on in our day-to-day lives that we just wanted to go enjoy ourselves and live in the moment. The last thing I wanted to do was rush to this reservation or that show or event. If the kids were really enjoying themselves at one place I didn’t want to stop them to go to another in fear that something would be missed.

Maybe we lucked out but Disney was amazing and the non-planning went rather well. We never waited over 30 minutes for anything, just missed the rain, and saw just about everything there was to see. We stayed from open to close at the parks and went out to dinner in the evening always finding immediate seating. It was fabulous!

My one caveat to winging it at Disney is we have older kids. My youngest turns 6 next week and she only needs a 10-minute nap to recharge. We specifically waited until they were older so we could enjoy this experience together and it be remembered by all. Some of you may need more structure with little ones in tow.

Have you taken the kids to Disney? Are you a super planner, mid range or a “wing it” kind of person?

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