The Caskey Family

May 8, 2010, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Elijah, family news, Funny, Merry, Micah, Uncategorized

Today Elijah said, “just call me Darth Vader,” Micah learned to kiss with a real pucker and Merry told a little friend of hers who’s a boy, “I love you.”  I just love watching them grow up.

The Difference Between Boys and Girls: An Encounter With Bad Guys
November 30, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Elijah, Merry

Elijah: “Here’s the sword Merry,” handing her a light saber, “when the bad guys come, or the bad monkeys (WHAT??) you scare them away and stab them with this sword, okay?”

Merry: “No, I’m scared, you get the bad guys.”

Elijah: “Okay, but you hold this sword.”

Merry: “No, I’m just scared, you use it.”

Elijah: “You go in here so the bad guys can’t get you, I’ll ‘a’tect (protect) you and KILL THEM!” (growling type MAN-voice)

The Joy of Toddler Joys
November 29, 2009, 4:15 am
Filed under: Elijah, Funny

Today Elijah got his first pair of light-up shoes, thanks to Grandma and Pap.  Need I say more.  The little man is happy.  He also got Star Wars (“Star Horse” as he says it) underwear.  He has a habit of showing off his new underwear to unsuspecting victims at church “Look at my new underwear, it has_____ on it!”  Whatever it happens to be, it was Spiderman recently, now Yoda.

Jeremy and I are trying to ward off a second church-underwear-display so Jeremy says to him on our way into the house today as Elijah’s carrying in the new underwear, “Now tomorrow at church, you are going to have to keep Yoda in your pants, okay?  No showing him to other people.”

Moses Rides a Bike
October 1, 2009, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Elijah, Funny, Merry

Says Elijah to Merry as they look at a picture of Moses riding a chariot: “Look Merry!  It’s Moses riding his bike with his horses!”

Says Merry to Elijah, very seriously: “Let me call my husband. . .” picking up the mandolin tuner, holding it to her ear and tilting her head sideways, “Hi Daddy, what are you doing today?”

Is Today National Embarrass Your Mommy Day?
August 25, 2009, 1:08 am
Filed under: Elijah, family news, Funny, Merry

On an excursion today to the seminary with some neighbors and the children, we passed a nice shaded bench with a lady student studying quietly seated there.  After we pass the bench, Elijah stops, turns around, points to the bench and says “Look, Mommy, it’s a bench!”  Nothing wrong with that sentence right?  Nothing wrong except the pronunciation!  Elijah replaces the “n” in “bench” with a “t.”  So I say VERY LOUDLY hoping the lady hears me “Yes, Elijah, it’s a BENNNNCH!!

Only a few minutes later on the walk, another of our neighbors joins us on our walk.  Suddenly, without any warning, Merry and Elijah pick a tree next to the road to stop at and drop their pants.  Both my neighbors are trying to stifle their laughter (I’m assuming because they are RELIEVED it’s NOT THEIR CHILDREN DOING THIS!) Elijah goes to the backside of the tree (as we have trained him in for an emergency such as this) and of course pees.  Merry is just standing there on the front side of the tree, with her pants around her ankles.  Bare bum showing to all the cars driving into the entrance of the seminary.  As I pull up Merry’s pants, I ask her if she needed to go potty, she says, “no” in a very matter-of-fact way.  Come on!  If you are going to drop your drawers in public, at least have a good reason!

Why Adina and I love Special Agent Oso
August 16, 2009, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Elijah, Merry

Jeremy writes,
We are new to the cable television scene.  In fact, in eleven years of marriage we’ve never been cable subscribers.  The seminary has cable included as part of the rent, so we’ve tested the waters.  I am personally excited to have the opportunity to watch every Steeler game with both ESPN and NFL Network.  Other than the aforementioned perk we have only watched a couple of shows in the morning on Playhouse Disney.  The kids are avid fans of “Little Einsteins” and “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”  The little ditty’s and theme songs are regular numbers in our household.

But Adina and I have an affinity for the bear of little brain, “Special Agent Oso.”  It’s not quite up their with the classical music and art fare of “Little Einsteins”, but it has generated some interesting behavior in the children.  Unlike the honey junkie, Pooh (another stuffed bear of little brain), Special Agent Oso gets his kicks going on missions to teach kids to do household chores and other tasks on their own.  Since watching this show Elijah is taking his own initiative in brushing his teeth (without being asked) and doing other household chores, “just like Agent Oso.”  Anything that gets my kids interested in housework has me on board.  Adina and I look at each other and laugh when the kids help out and point out that they’re doing just like Special Agent Oso does.

The show is voiced by Sean Astin, the actor who portrayed the lovable Samwise Gamgi from “Lord of the Rings.”  If you have young children (and more to the point, cable) check it out.

Jeremy attempts Solomon’s wisdom with mixed results
June 15, 2009, 1:05 am
Filed under: Elijah, Funny, Jeremy, Merry | Tags: , ,

Jeremy writes,
Today was a good Lord’s Day. We were blessed to try Clifton Baptist Church and are debating as to where to go next week – probably Immanuel. After lunch, and after Mom and little Micah went down for naps, I had the privilege to sit in the kids room and play and take a pseudo nap myself, amidst being pounced on and “snuggled” – which sometimes turns violent (an elbow here or there). While I was lying there Elijah and Merry started quarreling over Merry’s baby doll, both determined to have it. I aroused from my “sleep” and asked the two of them to come here and to “bring the baby.”

I thought this might be a perfect time for a lesson in sharing and what better story to tell than Solomon and the two women arguing over the baby. First, in my “wisdom” I tried playing Solomon myself and asked them both if they’d like me to cut it in half so they could both have a piece of it. Elijah immediately and morbidly acquiesced, while Merry seemed hesitant, wanting it all for herself. Elijah pipes in again, “Yeah cut it,” wearing a huge grin, “let me get your knife” as he proceeds to reach into my pocket. I was somewhat horrified and asked Merry again what she wanted me to do and following Elijah’s depraved lead, she agreed that cutting it seemed best. It was at this point that I had no other choice but to … (if you think I cut it, you guessed wrong) tell them the whole story of Solomon and the two women and who the baby was actually given to – the real mother who loved her child enough to give it away.

They enjoyed the story and decided to share. Hopefully they learned something, but perhaps I may have learned more. Given the most depraved option, my kids will probably go that direction. Perhaps I shouldn’t tempt that.