Views of Thing 2

I have done a couple of questionnaires with the children, which you can find here and here, and I’ve finally gotten some time alone with my stepson in order to make him part of this series too. I plan to ask the children these questions once in a while, tracking their changes and views on life. Here’s a picture of Thing 2 and below are his responses;

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1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 I’m going to say, like, a few squares.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Something that goes on forever.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Zooz. I liked the Sky Quest. And here.
4. What are you good at?
Art, studying animals and rocks;  I do study them.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
I don’t know. “You got 100%” or something like that, in school. 
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of school and some project that I studied on the otter. I really liked that.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
Eat lots of candy, I think, and stay up all night.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
(lots of laughter) My brother, farting.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Geologist… or one of those people from Marineland that do the things with the dolphins- I want to do that, with otters instead.
10. What makes you cry?
 If my brother’s mean, or other people are mean.
(As a side note, he had just cried because Thing 1 attacked his guy in Minecraft)
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uhm, no.
12. What are you scared of?
Roller coasters.
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
The shark and the horse. I just think it would be funny… Or the body of a tick and the head of a dog. 
14. Who is your hero?
My Dad and my brother- No real reason, just because it’s nice and because they’re people who I do things with and look up to. They always help me. 
15. What is your favorite song?
Get Lucky by Daft Punk.
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone who looks out for me and, if we have a fight, someone who will always come back. They help me do things.
17. What is your favourite memory?
When we were at the cottage, I liked going fishing and swimming together and going out for dinner at that really, really, really good place. I loved the french fries. 
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
An otter because they pretty much get to do whatever they want.
19. Who is your best friend?
Maitland.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go out for a few days, like go camping or to the cottage, or something like that. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Always help people in need, or help clean up.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
A house and a bunch of animals.
23. Why do people get old?
They’ve had a whole year of life, so you just get older. They get wrinkly and stuff because they’re just growing too much skin and it’s crinkling up. Your skin gets thinner and thinner so your veins start to show too. 
24. What is love?
I have no idea. How many questions are there? We’re just halfway?!
Oh boy, okay…
When people get together, they eventually start liking each other and they do all these activities together, then they fall in love. It’s when two people spend all of their time together, then move in together and they get married. That’s all I’ve thought about it.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
“Hello. I love you, let’s play! Take me for a walk. What do you want to do? I’m hungry- could I please have some water?”.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
To crawl through a computer and then be in a different place or on a different planet. Oh- and to make things float, with mind control. And splashing water at people out of NOWHERE!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
You get a lot of free time and you don’t normally have to take care of anyone a lot. You also don’t have to do as much work as adults do, or even go to work. You get to just stay at home for the whole day. That’s all I’ve got.
 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because of the sun- people who live where it’s really, really hot out have darker skin. People who have light skin, like white skin, have it because they don’t need the dark skin because it’s not going to be super hot and it’s not going to be really cold. Sometimes where it’s really cold, people have darker skin too… just not super dark.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Someone in Vancouver, like if they were still a kid- My Papa Dale, if he was still a kid. He’s really fun and always goes fishing with me, teaches me how to cast and helps me pull out fish too. He would be a fun friend to have. That’s all I’ve got.
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
My family because they always cheer me up and tell me that we’re doing exciting things together.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
58. It’s lucky because, whenever they tell me to pick a number between 1-100, it’s mostly a winning one and it’s an even number.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would tell people what to do and, uhm, make them build new houses for orphans to live in. I would make people have to adopt more orphans, to give them families so they can live nicely.
 
 
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
They always get to eat candy whenever they want and get to do whatever they want, pretty much. They get to do fun things and go to parties by themselves or have alone time, like at my other house- I don’t understand that.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
The phone, the computer, a house, ovens and TVs.  I can’t pick between all of those.
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Once, my mother and I coloured on my brother’s face when he was sleeping to get him back for drawing on me. He had glasses and a moustache.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
The oven or stove.
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
My favourite word is “boom-boom” because it’s fun to say.
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Um, Fishland, with fish everywhere. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
Scary things…no, wait… fun things mostly, like wave pools and going to the waterpark.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The trumpet because I really like the sound and they’re kind of soothing. They’re really fun to play and it’s kind of like a flute- I already know how to play the flute.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Fun, lucky and polite.
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Um, fly!
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
I’m going to say the Xbox.
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
White, with lots of clouds and it’s peaceful.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
My life, my family and my pets.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Going on a roller coaster. That’s what I answered on the “What are you afraid of?” question, because it was really hard to do because it gives you this really weird feeling. It feels like your skin is going on the back of your face- and I don’t like fast rides. You know that weird feeling that you feel when you’re on a roller coaster- I don’t like that, it’s what scares me.
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
Yes.
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Not having that sickness thing with your heart, I don’t want you to have that.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
I always get my way.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
I would make sure there were no more tornadoes or things like that happening.

 

If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

 

An Interview With Thing 1

I recently came across a fun questionnaire for children on the CrayonFreckles site and, with the exception of a few questions (I swapped some of hers out for some of my own), I used her outline to interview my oldest son. I had to change a couple of things to be more age appropriate, as my son’s already aware of how babies are made, and I wanted to change out a few of the more religious questions. I’m so glad that I did this- although it’s an easy questionnaire and doesn’t take much time, I discovered things that I didn’t know about my child and this has made me feel so much closer to him. I teared up a couple of times, listening to him talk, and he teared up during one of these. He’s heading to an age where it’ll be a lot more difficult to speak to him for any length of time so, while he’s still receptive, I’m so thrilled to have taken this time with him.
Be sure to check out the site mentioned above for a great printable, in case you want to ask your own wee ones!
1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 That’s kinda tricky. I would say, a big house, with lots of land and just squares and rectangles.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Stars. Planets and then, far beyond all of the planets, there are other galaxies….probably with other life.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Canada’s Wonderland. I like it more than the cottage because nothing really exciting happened at the cottage. Well, we tipped a canoe but… 
My favourite thing about Canada’s Wonderland was all of the rides and Ethan flipping out on the rollercoaster.
4. What are you good at?
I’m good at learning different languages. I’m good at sports and I’m good at helping others.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Hmm. I don’t know. Wait, are these questions necessary? Probably something you’ve said.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact I’ve started a job and that I’ve raised lots of money for charity- and that I will help people when they need help.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
You don’t want to know!
I would probably play tons of tricks on people, or get all of the money from a bank… but, I mean, I’m never going to be invisible.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
Wet socks. Ones I’ve worn after gym class.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whatever is going to make me lots of money.
10. What makes you cry?
 When I saw that you guys were sad when I was about to have my surgery. Like, seeing the people I love being really sad.
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uh, I don’t think there were dinosaurs. I did see the movie but, uh, I don’t think so.
12. What are you scared of?
The unknown.
(answered straight away)
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
A cheetah mixed with a bear. It would be strong and fast. 
(As a side note, I’m so glad he didn’t say “bulldog and shihtzhu”- that’s totally what I was expecting)
14. Who is your hero?
Probably you or Dad. Mainly you though ’cause I think that you are very smart and you know how to manage things. You hold everyone together and do fun things.
15. What is your favorite song?
One Republic- Counting Stars (he could only name the lyrics to it).
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone that you can count on, for your secrets- someone you trust. 
17. What is your favourite memory?
(after a lot of thought)
When I got the Dad I never had. There’s lots of memories from when Ethan and I played together, or getting to have tiny siblings because I’ll get to have nephews and nieces. I would say the best one was getting to have a Dad though because mine left me.
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
I like tigers and bears but I would say I’d like to be a tiger because they’re going extinct…so if I was one then maybe I could help protect the tiger existence. 
19. Who is your best friend?
Um, well I guess I’m popular. I had two schools here so I have friends from there and from the new school too. I can’t really choose my best friend because I have tons of them but, if I have to, then I would say Cole, Jaren and Dylan are my best ones. And Hayden too. Those are all of my best ones and I can’t choose just one. There’s also Lucas- and then that would probably be it.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go on a walk, or go to the beach…something outdoors-like. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Don’t go out without your parents.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
I would do things for people that don’t have a lot of food. I would use some for my family and I too, going on a big trip and getting a good-sized house.
23. Why do people get old?
I don’t know, I’m not a scientist! You’ve gotta do *something*. That’s the way we were made- if we don’t get old then we can’t grow up, have kids and families. I don’t have a big theory, that’s just the way we were made.
24. What is love?
Why are you asking me such weird questions?! It’s when two people have strong feelings for eachother and they decide to be with one another, to have a family together and to stay together for their lives. That’s what I think love is.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
Ben, you’re a sonofa—-
Don’t write that. Mom…alright, whatever. She would say, “I need to be fed. I want to go to the washroom. Pay attention to me!” She would just give us orders and ask for things, like Charlii does.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
Super strength and super speed. I would also have super intelligence and, I guess, why not- to fly!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
That you don’t have to pay for your bills or make your own food and you don’t have to buy your own house. You don’t have to take care of yourself and you don’t have any kids to deal with, unless you’re an older sibling like myself. Sometimes you can sit back and play a videogame or just play outside and take a bike ride. Plus, you always have family there to help you make decisions and help you get through things but, if you’re a grown up, you have to make your own decisions.
And can I add another answer the question before this? I would read minds too. 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because some choose to stay inside and that makes them very pale- I don’t know why though. Some people are just born that way. I don’t know the story but there were two groups of people and they split up- there was a black side and a white side and I don’t know how to tell it but some got lighter because of where we live, I think? I don’t know. These questions are hard.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Oh! Um, Stephen Hawking! I’d like to be friends with him or Albert Einstein…or any great inventor or mathematician. They could help me with my homework, help me construct things and, if I hang out with them a lot, then I would become smarter too. 
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
When I get sad that I may die some day, I try to think of the present and live life for today. I’ll just distract myself if I’m sad in general, with something else to do.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
Eight. It’s lucky because, when I was 8, I got a soccer jersey with my age on it and it was my favourite number for the whole year. After that, it kind of just stuck with me.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would eliminate electricity or water bills. I would start to pay the country $100 towards grocery costs for families that might need it. I would try to get it so that school work is done in schools and not at home.
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
Love. For sure, it’s just really confusing to me.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
I would say electricity, being found and used to power so many things. It gives us light and electricity is related to technology- I just think it’s all really cool. 
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Yeah, I’ve played many jokes! I joked that my friend’s girlfriend liked me…and set it up with the whole class. Everyone was in on it and he believed it but then we obviously told him it was just a joke.
I also drew on my brother’s face while he was sleeping. Twice.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
Our kitchen….The stove!
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
I’d say “stuff” because it gets me out of lots of things that I didn’t want to say. 
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Funland. Only because B.C. is already a place. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
 Most of the time I don’t have any dreams but, when I do, it’s a nightmare. One time I had a nightmare that we were walking on a bridge and the girls fell off when I wasn’t looking. They were swept under the water and you and Dad jumped in after them. Then it was just Ethan and I. Before the dream ended, his jaw opened wide open and his face turned into stone. Then he fell apart…and then I woke up.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The drums because I like the beat and I like  how, when you whack all of them at the same time, or really fast, it creates a very unique sound. Most of my favourite songs have lots of drums in them.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Silly, weird and awesome. 
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Karate and  to also learn how to conquer my fears. 
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
 Probably my wooden axe. 
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
Um, I don’t really believe that you go to Heaven. I think, if it is real, I picture it being very bright and anything you want, you get. I believe in reincarnation though so I think we just come back. Maybe you could just have a choice though and go to Heaven instead. It’s hard though because no one really knows.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
 I am thankful for a family that cooks my meals, puts up with me and gives me a good future- if that makes any sense.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I can’t remember lots but I’d say controlling my feelings and moving away from one of the house I liked and one of the schools I liked. 
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
No. 
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Um, you stop keeping me inside sometimes and I just go wherever I want to go, whenever.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
(jokingly says)
I’m kinda balanced because girls love me, only sometimes they’re way over-the-moon…. only my Nana is allowed to be over-the-moon in love with me. Seriously though, the greatest thing is that I have a home and food. Many families don’t have that.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
 To help all families in the world love each other, get along and be happy- everywhere.
If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

An Interview With Peanut

I saw this post flying around on Facebook and decided that I would make it into an interview, with my oldest daughter, and post it on here in order to have the cute keepsake. Without further ado, here are the words of my three year old Peanut.

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1. What is something mom always says to you? Eat.

2. What makes mom happy? If I eat all my lunch.

3. What makes mom sad? Um… if we have to throw out toys.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? Um, painting the wall.

5. What was your mom like as a child? Um, a birthday cake.

6. How old is your mom? Ummmm, four.

7. How tall is your mom? Seven and one thing.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Make a craft.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Don’t like it. Make a craft and go for a walk.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? For walking.

11. What is your mom really good at? Painting.

12. What is your mom not very good at? Not making sandwiches.

13. What does your mom do for a job? Writing things down.

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Sandwiches.

15.What makes you proud of your mom? I love you.

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Mermaid.
(man, I love this kid lol)

17. What do you and your mom do together? Go for walks and on dates.

18. How are you and your mom the same? You’re twenty and I’m two.

19. How are you and your mom different? You’re Mummy and I’m Peanut.

20. How do you know your mom loves you? We paint a card for you, for Balance Day.
(She was confused on this one, saying she shows me she loves me by making cards for Mother’s Day…. which she thinks, for some reason, is called Balance day. I suppose that makes sense, as I juggle quite a lot :P)

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? When he makes things for you.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? To Freshco’s.

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? Um, twenty.