The Parent Teacher Conference

Parent teacher conferences were last night.

Dani (age 7) was up first.  Her teacher (who has been teaching for many years) raved, “She is so smart, creative, impossible not to adore, and did something I’ve NEVER seen any other child do.”

There had been a wasp in the classroom and Dani tried to catch it.   I’ve mentioned before that she loves bees and wasps.  But that wasn’t the mystifying part to her teacher.  Apparently, Dani had a conversation with the wasp and pretended the wasp was her mom.

I really have nothing else to say about that.

At the conference, we received a stack of Dani’s school papers.  She had written a lovely note.

Here’s the entire message:

I love you.  you are grate parints.  I like you.  You gise are the best peple in the wrld your nice I love you.

The note was almost enough to melt my heart, were it not for this sloppy, but sincere paper.

Things That Bug Me: Mi brasis, my sistr, mom, my brudr, scool, homwrk, and soop

I inquired about the soop.

“What did you mean by soop.”

“You know that cheesy soup you make?”

“With the vegetables?  I thought you loved that.”

“No.  It bugs me.”

I know what I’ll be making for dinner next week.  Mooah-ha-ha.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Appreciating my unique kiddos.


  1. Oh so funny! I love the wasp story, but the “soop” story is the best 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. LOL! Bring on the soup!

    I have 10 days until my parent teacher conference. Soooo nervous….

  3. The first note is so sweet, and the second one is so real. Love it!

    We don’t have parent teacher conferences until January. So the year will be halfway through before I have a clue what’s going on!

  4. Don’t you love how they keep it real?

  5. I’m very impressed about the wasp whisperer! My husband does that all the time about meals… he says – or acts quite obviously – that he likes them. Then I make the meal again and I hear some small sighs and see him picking at it. Turns out, he does not like the meal. SIGH.

  6. Great parent/teacher conference. I hope mine go as well as yours did!!
    Thanks for the Friday morning laugh.

  7. LOL. Glad to hear it went well! You again made me laugh as usual!

  8. You evil mom! Haha!!

    That was so nice what she wrote – sure makes being a buggin’ mom all worth the while 😉

  9. I love this story!! Dani is way too cute and would get along so well with my 6 year old Peter!! I love the wasp story and the “soop” story is great, but I love the “what bugs me” drawing, that’s the stuff I love to see with my kids, the little stuff that they may not say all the time. I’m also glad to see that our school is not the only one that has the kids write their feelings not worrying about their spelling yet. Part of me worries that they will develop bad spelling but I think it is great that schools are getting the kids into writng. Also, my son spells better than I do so maybe there is something to it! I love to read your posts! You really are one of my favorites!!!

  10. I think my son needs Dani around. Since getting stung this summer he FREAKS out (like full out phobia!) when anything comes buzzing by. Even fruit flies bother him! He could really use a Wasp Whisperer! 🙂

    I love her spelling! (And yeah, I see a lot of soop in her future!) 🙂

  11. So cute…love the last note so real….and love her spelling, adorable! GAve me a nice morning chuckle!

  12. Thank you for the giggles on a day where I really need them!! Perhaps Dani will be an entomologist (someone who works with insects) when she grows up!!

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    firstname lastname @ yahoo is mine. 🙂

  14. Oh, but the cheesy soup sounds delicious with veggies. Cute post!

  15. Hahahah. You’ve just got to appreciate uniqueness. This was so funny!

  16. Adorable! What a sweet note! 🙂

    And that second part is hilarious! Kids are too much! 🙂

  17. Bwahahaha!!!!!!!!she melted your heart and came back with a wamy. LOL

  18. Make enough soup so you have leftovers the next day! Kids are so sweet sometimes.

  19. kids….they giveth AND taketh away! yep, let them eat soup, and lots of it. LOL

  20. I’m with Nicole…

    It’s amazing how sweet they can be sometimes, and then they say things…like Marlee yesterday…she said you are so sweet (singing this to me), (repeat a billion times) then she said, I think I need to spank your bottom…as in that’s what I say to her all the time. I do say it sometimes, but not as often as it is engrained in her brain.

    Hope the soup is great! 🙂

  21. This is too cute!! I love her “Things that bug me” – because it looks like something I might have done as a child! (I once wrote a “journal entry” in Grade 2 about my wishes – the first was for my sister to turn into a lizard so I could let her out the front door and never let her back in again. I also wished that my brother would go back to beign a baby and stay that way.) But I’m intrigued by this cheesey soup! Sounds delicious! haha!

  22. Awww that is too sweet…and the second part is funny. Now you know what punishment to use—the soup!

  23. That tells me that she’s really fickle…and hilarious!

  24. Lol I hate when my girls do the soup thing to me! Lol orrr I’ll ask them if they like and enthusiastically say yes….then I notice the push game…see how far you can spread it out and see if mom doesn’t notice….I inquire….well they say, I like it….but ummmm not really 🙂

  25. How cute is she! I love severely misspelled kiddo’s letters. And I think as moms, if we didn’t ‘bug’ them, we wouldn’t do our jobs right. And how can cheese soup be bad? Kids nowadays I tell ya.

  26. Pretty sure we’re all gotten love notes like that…enjoy the soup!

  27. hahaha!! Kids really do say what they mean. She is so cute, except when she’s not I’m sure. I love it though. I can’t wait to get school papers from my little one. 🙂

  28. I remember reading my kid’s story book at his kindy open house when he drew a picture of his weekend. Playing “sockr” and his dad hit him in the head with the ball. Hope that he clarified to his teacher that it was an accident. probably.

  29. It’s our job as moms to bug our kids … prepares them for life as an adult 🙂

  30. Hilarious!
    She loves you, how could you feed her nasty vegetable soop?
    She better come and live with me, I’ll let her eat anything she wants.
    (I’m doing that with my grandkids cuz i want to be the favorite grandma.)

  31. too cute. isn’t it funny when they come up with these things that make you say… ummm ok?

  32. Baahaa, love the soop comment, soop bugs me sometimes too but you really are A GRATE parent 🙂 Notes like that make being a mom totally worth it! So, did she catch the wasp?

  33. Hahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh! This totally cracked me up. I love kids and their brutal honesty as well as their sincere sweetness. Too bad they grow up to be teenagers! lol

  34. Oh, I’d so be having that soup next week. 🙂

    Kids are weird about stuff like that. My middle son, who normally would eat pizza for every meal if we let him, had a fit this morning that he did not want pizza for lunch at school today. And it’s good pizza, too- they get it delivered b/c their school doesn’t have a cafeteria. I ignored him.

  35. Thank you, this is so funny.

  36. Oh this is great! How does a soup bug someone?! That’s awesome!! Send it for lunch one day too!

  37. You cracked me up with the Mooah-ha-ha. Yes indeed I think you need to make the soup.

  38. I think that’s how it goes with parenting – you get to the best thing and the worst thing about your kid’s day.

    You gotta save those drawings – priceless!

  39. That’s right….you show her! Cheesy soup it is!

    Ha ha ha….what an awesome little chica!

  40. Aww that is too sweet! Definitely frame-worthy! 🙂

  41. Well 1/2 isn’t bad :). And yes definitely make the soup!

  42. Awww, I love the way she spelt everything…”my bruder”…I can hear her speak. So you’re a bee…I shudder to think what animal I’d be in my son’s eyes.

  43. That is the sweetest letter ever! And it’s really true – kids DO say the darndest things!

  44. —Classic.
    She must take after her mother :))

  45. That note is so sweet!

  46. Hmm. I’m sure Freud would have something to say about that wasp story, right? I can just hear your “Mooah- ha-ha”…funny;)

  47. Lol I love that soup bugs her Ha! Bailey brought home papers the other day and it said I eat peanut butter for breakfast.. I was like What? his teacher must think I am the worst mom in the world Haha!! I promise I give my child breakfast hehe!

  48. I vote for the “soop” too! hahaha. I love the note she wrote. My daughter is terrified of anything that flies….including FLIES!

  49. I know it’s not “nice” but that picture of her sister is too funny! I’m glad that even though you apparently bug her, that she still loves you and thinks you’re a great parent, lol!

  50. Stephanie says:

    too funny! are you a Seinfield fan? all I can think of is “no soop for you!” 🙂

  51. I am cracking up! I don’t know which I love more…her amazing ability to sound out words or her brutal honesty on the bugs worksheet! Either way, they are both great!

  52. Ahhh, what a sweetie!

    LOL! What bugs me. Oh my! She’s in for a surprise!

  53. This is classic. I love the insights into the minds of our children.
    Is it just me though, or do teachers seem to get a different version of our children? My daughter’s teacher is like “She’s such a delight! So sweet and helpful.” And I’m like, “Really?” 🙂

  54. What a hoot! Your daughter IS adorable. I love all the mispelled words. I’m saving every paper my kids write when they’re little!

  55. I like your style, girl! Bwa ha ha!

  56. Hahaha – the best part of this story is that she was talking to a wasp like it was her mom!! Too funny.

  57. I love to read your blog. It always makes me smile!

    By the way, I’ve given you The Versatile Blogger Award. If you’d like, feel free to stop by and pick it up.


  58. Too funny! Now I’m wondering what it was she was saying to the wasp…

    I’m glad your conference went well. I’m worried about what it’s going to be like for me sitting on the other side of the table after teaching for so many years. I have my first one ever in a couple weeks. ::fingers crossed::

  59. So funny! Sometimes you wonder where they come up with these things.
    I’m proud of her with the wasp… I would have been hiding and crying. I’m a big baby.

    We have conferences in a couple of weeks. I never know what I’ll learn.

  60. Thedesertrocks says:

    You handled that well. I think I would have cried. Thanks for the smiles and hope you make her eat all the soup you put in front of her!

  61. That’s so funny! That first letter definitely makes up for the stuff that “bugs her”. 😉

  62. You have to take the good with the bad, right?! Never a dull moment around your house.

  63. That’s hilarious, and too cute!

  64. Haha! I guess you know what to use as punishment now! 😉

  65. lol We learn so much from their drawings don’t we? 🙂

  66. Sometimes soup bugs me too, in particular when I go to a restaurant *cough*Panera*cough* and they don’t have the soup they’re supposed to have on a specific day *cough*creamy chicken and wild rice*cough*.

    Clearly because of my cough I’m in need of some comforting soup.

  67. Hilarious! She’s one cutie pie that daughter of yours. She has a lot of spunk! Soup for punishment. I think Kimberly is on to something!

  68. As a teacher, there is nothing I love better than phonetic spelling! They are trying so hard to get something down on paper! She sounds like a little spitfire!

  69. At least it’s not really soap that bothers here. That would get pretty stinky.

  70. OMG! Your daughter is hilarious!! I was cracking up.

  71. This had me laughing! She sounds so cute and sweet!


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