Welcome to the KingZoo and Funny Farm, where we learn to live, laugh, and love together. Here you'll find snippets of life in our zoo, parenting tips we've learned along the way, reflections on shining God's light in this world, passions in the realm of orphan care, and our journey as parents of a visually impaired child with sensory processing disorder. Have fun!
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Question: Why was Glenn angry when they arrived at their honeymoon resort?
Answer: Because Christine immediately spent a ridiculous amount of time emptying the suitcases and placing everything in drawers.
Q: In what month did they get engaged?
A: September 1965
Q: Why did they move up the wedding (and no, she wasn't pregnant at the time)?
A: They had originally planned to get engaged around January 1966 and to get married in June but Glenn's draft notice came up and as a conscientious objector he planned to go into Voluntary Service instead. They wanted to go to Voluntary Service together so they changed the wedding date to January 1, 1966 and went to Peoria, Illinois 2 months later to serve his term.
Q: Who was the maid of honor in their wedding? The best man?
A: Christine's friend, Margaret Zook and Glenn's brother, Wilbur Bauman
Q: In what area of the country did they go for their honeymoon?
A: Poconos, PA
Q: What was the name of their honeymoon place?
A: Birchwood Resort
Q: When did they return to the same location?
A: 1989, taking many of the same photos their photographer took the first time around
Q: What trophy did Glenn win on their honeymoon?
A: Ping Pong (My brother is still trying to wrap his head around this one - honeymooning in groups?)
Q: Where did Glenn and Chris live before going to Voluntary Service in March, 1966?
A: With Glenn's parents, Harvey and Veldora Bauman
Q: Why did Glenn shave off his mustache?
A: He promised Christine if she gave him a son the mustache would go. Chris was never a fan of the mustache because she says it always stuck straight out and because his mother's red hair came out only in his mustache but not in the hair on his head. In 1972 he got that son and the mustache went.
Q: When Chad was 3 or 4 and looking at Glenn and Chris' wedding picture, what did he say to Chris about Glenn?
A: Who is that funny looking man with you, Mommy?
Q: In thousands, how much money had Christine secretly squirreled away for their 50th anniversary trip when Glenn found it during their move this past year?
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I won't tell you her age because that would be rude but because I'm very proud of her longevity, I will let it slip that she was born in 1921.
We're not quite sure what Santa was saying to her, but she was certainly enjoying it.
Since she lives with my parents we were able to enjoy her presence in and out of our Christmas celebrations over the last four days.
And this. This memory will stay with me forever. HopeAnne learned to crochet in the past 2 months. Knowing that (Great) Grandmom has been the creator of many of our household decorations through the years, HopeAnne decided to ask Grandmom to teach her a new stitch. Grandmom was more than happy to help her out.
Proof that you don't have to share DNA to be family, that love flows through generations, and that each family member has a role to play.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
This year we enjoyed two new games; Bounce Off and Pie Face. Some of us enjoyed them more than others.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Presents had been given, gifts had been unwrapped, but there was one lonely gift bag under the tree. No one claimed it.
Upon closer inspection, we noticed that it said, "To Mom," but the space for the gift giver's name had been left blank.
With fear and trepidation I pulled a box from the gift bag,
and opened it up to find
I looked around. I waited for someone to 'fess up to this creative and witty gift.
The kids all looked around at each other. One after another they blamed someone across the room.
I could be wrong but I think Andrew and Mariana were named the most.
This went on for several minutes...
Before I admitted to buying it for myself just to see who they would think had done it.
And it was well worth the effort.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
one for Jesse,
one for Mariana,
and one for Shoun.
I told her that I misjudged the money supply and ran out of money after Shoun so every child younger than that would not be receiving gifts this year. She always looked at me funny after that.
We started with the oldest (opposite of the Secret Santa gift exchange where we started with the youngest - always need to be fair) who got to choose a gift off the pile and then give it to the proper recipient.
How did they know who to give it to, you might ask? Well, there was an initial written on the bottom of the box. However, just in case someone might decide to do a little pre-Christmas peeking, it was not the first initial of that child's name but instead was the third letter of the first name. Pretty tricky, right?
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Next, the older kids were treated to our annual pick of an 80s or 90s movie which they are not privy to know until the moment it is turned on. For some reason, they had it narrowed down to Big or Top Gun. Don't know where they come up with these things. Apparently we were a little off and it came out in 2000 but this year's pick was Erin Brockovich.
Christmas Eve morning we woke up to cinnamon rolls and brunch, then time to read the notes we had written to each other and placed in our stockings. Last year we added a new twist and before the stockings were put away in January we each wrote a letter to Jesus from ourselves. Each individual wrote about hopes and dreams for the year as well as things we wanted to work on. These letters were also found in our stockings when we opened them up. Always my favorite part of the day.
Then the kids exchanged their Secret Santa gifts.
To be continued....
Friday, December 25, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
He came back with ham again.
I don't remember if we sent him back a third time or if we all just had ham subs that day.
Some things never change....
A few months ago, we were given a wonderful gift of a gift card to Domino's Pizza. I was saving it for a time when the whole family was home and since tonight, Christmas Adam (we used to call it Christmas Eve Eve but as someone intelligently pointed out to us today, Adam came before Eve, it will be forever-more known as Christmas Adam), we are all here, I determined this was to be the day.
The Good Doctor was all set to run some errands so I gave him the gift card which was very clearly marked with the Domino's logo. Keep in mind that I have been reminding him of our Christmas Adam plans for a few weeks, mentioning the names of our philanthropists and the wonderful dinner destination to which he'd be traveling. Daily. Because his short-term memory has been damaged by 8 children and no longer works as it should. Unfortunately, it was malfunctioning even before that. Anyway, before he left, he tried to order on-line but for some reason, the code on the gift card wasn't working. He called the local store but they also could not get the card to work. So he called corporate headquarters but she couldn't get it to work and had to check with someone else who also couldn't get it to work. He gave up and decided that we would just have to pay for our meal after all.
And on the way to Papa John's he realized his mistake.
Looks like we'll try Domino's for New Year's Eve.
Unless The Good Doctor decides to try our gift card out at Little Caesar's instead.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The "joys" of having sisters?
Until he yells, "Paci," or "Music," or "Covers!"