Monthly Archives: February 2017

Short Silly Stories: Cat and Dog and Friends

Short Silly Stories are stories written by Mike and MacKayla.  One person starts the story and they take turns writing different parts to see where the story ends up.  No one knows what the story will be about till it is finished, sometimes the story makes sense and other times not so much.  Have fun and have a laugh.
Mike (Dad) – denotes the part of the story written by Mike.
MacKayla (Daughter) – denotes the part of the story written by MacKayla.



Cat and Dog and Friends

One day we stumbled upon a dog and a cat that were friends.  A dog and cat who are friends is a strange sight to see.  They would usually be chasing each other.

All of a sudden a pink bunny, blue tiger, and a Minion named Bella, came chasing after the cat and dog.  Something strange is going on here?  But what?  “I know what is going on here,” said the pink bunny.  “There is a strong storm coming and everyone is running scared.”  It seems the animals were not chasing after the cat and dog, but they were scared and running looking for a place to hide from the storm!  Bella the Minion told everyone to calm down and to follow her.  She had a house with two bathrooms and six rooms and it also had food for everyone.  

The storm was coming quick so the blue tiger told them all to hop on his back and he would get them there fast.  The storm came and was very fierce, but the house stood and everyone was safe.  The animals all went back to their own houses but found they were not there, the storm had blown them all away.  Bella the Minion knew what to do.  She invited all of the animals to live with her in her house.  All of the animals agreed.

Now when people walk past and see all of the animals getting along it sure is a strange sight to see.

The End

Short Silly Stories MacKenna Edition: What is Going on?

Short Silly Stories: MacKenna Edition are short stories written by MacKenna who is six years old.  She is working on writing and reading and wanted to share with everyone what she has learned.  Enjoy these Short Silly Stories!


One day MacKenna and MacKayla were playing outside.  All of a sudden we heard something inside the house.  We went to see what it was and it scared us!  It was mommy and daddy banging all of the dishes.  But then, all of a sudden there was something outside.  Me, mommy, daddy, and MacKayla went outside to see what the matter was.  It was a pony with hearts and rainbows on it.  Then, Michael and Cayden woke up.


The End


Q & A With MacKayla and Dad: It’s a Small World or Big


Q & A With MacKayla and Dad is a series of questions and answers.  Each time either MacKayla or Dad will ask questions and the other will answer them.  Whoever is asking questions will make up those questions as well.

Dad’s questions, answers, and remarks indicated in black.

MacKayla’s questions, answers, and remarks in pink.



Q. How many people do you think are on Earth?

A.  Like about a thousand.  Maybe trillions.  I don’t know there is fifty states dude.



Q. If you had unlimited money, what would you do with it?

A. Buy food like spaghetti and tacos.  Oh and candy.  What else could I buy?



Q. If you could be the star in any movie, which one would it be?

A. There’s a movie Luke Bryan is in, I think it is Angry Birds I would be in that one.



Q. Do you think we are alone in the universe?

A. Maybe.  We don’t know.  No one has explored all of space yet and never will.  It is too big and too far.



Q. What one thing would you like to rid the world of?

A. Pretty much like jerks in the world and death. 


Deep answers to deep questions.  Look for our next installment of Q and A with MacKayla and Dad.  Who knows, we may have a few guest question askers and answer givers!

Dad Names Shopkins, Well Kinda


Shopkins have been around since about 2013.  Unlike Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Care Bears, he would have no idea what their names are.  I decided to ask him to name the Shopkins without knowing their real names.  Here is what he said.


Although some of the names he came up with were pretty close, he did not get any right.  There are over 900 Shopkins that cover seven seasons or release sets.  I will let him see how these ones are named then try again. Maybe next time he will get at least one right.


Short Silly Stories: The Box


Short Silly Stories are stories written by Mike and MacKayla.  One person starts the story and they take turns writing different parts to see where the story ends up.  No one knows what the story will be about till it is finished, sometimes the story makes sense and other times not so much.  Have fun and have a laugh.

Mike (dad) – denotes the part of the story written by Mike.

MacKayla (daughter) – denotes the part of the story written by MacKayla.


The Box

“Nothing ever happens in this town,” said MacKayla.  “I know,” said MacKenna.  MacKayla and MacKenna sat on the couch watching a boring T.V. show about snails and how they move so slow.  All of a sudden, there was a knock at the door.  They went to open it up.  “Grandma and Pap!” the girls yelled.

“Now it won’t be boring!” said MacKayla.  Pap brought a box in from the car.  It was a smaller box.  “I wonder what is inside?” said MacKenna.  They opened the box and inside was another box!  “oh great nothing,” said MacKayla.  She noticed inside that box was another box.  They opened that box and they saw it was a box of food shaped toys called Shopkins!

The girls tore open the packages and started to play with their new toys.  As they were playing they noticed that some of the toys were moving!  Upon closer inspection, they realized the Shopkins were real!  MacKayla poked the one Shopkin in the shape of a cookie and noticed crumbs came off of the toy.  “Where did you get these Grandma?” asked MacKayla.  “eBay of course!” said Grandma.

 MacKayla and Mackenna had a dilemma.  Instead of toys they now had pets.  We better keep these yummy looking Shopkins away from our brothers before they eat them.” said MacKenna.  “Right!” said MacKayla.  They turned around to gather their new pets up but it was too late.  Their brothers ate all of the yummy looking food pets.

“Well at least we don’t need to take them to the bathroom.” said MacKayla.

The End

Parenting Pet Peeves: Crayons

Nothing is more enjoyable than your little one bringing you a drawing they just made.  The look on their face of how proud they are and your acceptance of their dog, err cat, err tree, err house picture they just drew is something really special.

The quintessential children creation tool is most likely the crayon.  A great writing and drawing utensil for all ages.  Crayons can be almost any color, they can be any size and shape, and for the most part can easily be scrubbed off walls.  However, with all the above-mentioned greatness that is the crayon, crayons really bug me.  Some may say it is unfair to think this of crayons.  To those people, I say you may be right and my actual grudge against the crayon is actually an issue in with my kids treat and use crayons.

Over the years I estimate that I have bought my kids around a thousand crayons.  Where are those crayons?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Now these are whole crayons I am speaking of here.  If we take into consideration the number of times the crayons have been broken in half then in half again then in half again, the number of crayons located somewhere in our house has quickly surpassed the total number of people on Earth (7.4 billion as of August 2016 if you were wondering).  Another problem I have with crayons (most likely another problem with the kids using them) is how they always end up on the floor.  One or two would be acceptable as crayons tend to be round and round things roll off of things like tables and desks.  What gets me is it is never one or two.  There is usually one crayon they are using then the other thousands are on the floor.  I know I can’t be the only one who has these problems.  Bigger containers, different sizes and shapes of crayons, or explaining to them how to properly use and maintain crayons doesn’t work.

I suppose kids will be kids and the above issues I mentioned with crayons are just a by-product of kids being creative and expressing themselves.  Who am I to limit a child’s creativity?  I would rather get my picture of a cat-dog than nothing at all.


Back With a Little Help

I started Parent Bucket back in 2013 with a vision to share with people the ups and downs and lefts and rights of being a parent.  I had a good run, however, as many know, being a parent and working full-time doesn’t leave much room for leisurely activities.

Fast forward three years.  My oldest daughter, MacKayla, turned eight.  She’s doing everything kids her age should be doing.  Going to school, getting good grades, and either unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), has found the internet.  One of her latest obsessions is YouTube.  She thinks it is pretty cool that kids and parents record themselves doing whatever they want.  Playing games, opening new toys and displaying them, or just being silly.  I noticed she was really into these videos and I said to her “You know you don’t have to just watch people all the time, you can do what they are doing.  We can write stuff and record stuff and put it on the internet for other kids just like you.”  She looked at me and smiled and said, “Ok, well then lets do it then.”  So here I am.

I started back up the ole’ blog for starters.  She says she wants to be a content creator instead of a content consumer.  I think that is pretty neat.  Even her sister who is a bit younger is showing interest.  In this day and age, it has never been easier to share your story with anyone who is interested.  Even though it is not my first go around at this whole blogging and content creating thing (even if my first go around was a bit short lived), I believe it will be a great learning tool for everyone including myself.  Being able to market your personal self can greatly help in the future when trying to market your professional self, something I need more of.  I also think of this as a way to keep some pretty neat memories of our life “backed up” so to speak.  We will be able to look back years down the road and have a good laugh or two I’m sure.

So, with a little help, Parent Bucket is being resurrected.  We will be going at our own pace and writing and doing things when we can.  We would appreciate it if anyone reading this comes back and checks up on us once in a while.  You can always follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  It doesn’t cost anything and you may even get a chuckle or two from it.