Minions Meet Munchkins

While Munchkins wander about at their leisure eating candy and looking huggable, Minions help carry out plans for world domination. This week the Minions met the Munchkins and it was a match made in Happy Buddha Land.

It all started with makeup. I couldn’t get any takers to model my wares for the shop, so the first round of photos were taken of me, by me on a timer in my very hot kitchen slash living room slash my house is small…2 days before I had to move out.

This means I had to get out the makeup that’s been on hiatus since….well and literally go dig my hair straightener out of the trash can. I stayed up all night wrestling with chargers, websites, apps, and all things I hate. After being up for 40 hours straight, my original aesthetic vision for the Make Our Day Shop had been severely compromised, my house destroyed and I had to head off to teach the Minions.


I arrived with day old make-up melting off my face to a room full of happy high school students anxious to see me after 2 days apart. “Ohhhhhhhhh Teacha wary be yoooooo tee ful today.” I burst into tears. “Oh no teacha wary sorry is beautiful every day.”

I showed them what I was working on and they immediately offered up Bob, our resident ladyboy, as a model. He was ready to answer the call and I thought, Bob you may have the posture and poise of Grace Kelly but you have the BO and sweaty 5 o’clock shadow of the 16 year old boy you are and I need these clothes to sell. He was smiling at me and I said, “I wish you could Bob, but these clothes are for girls.”

After that idea was out the window, the Minions had a little pow wow. Teacha…why you want to make a shop? You not like to have your job as Teacha? You want be model? I assured them I wasn’t trading the chalk for the makeup bag anytime soon and that contrary to opinions of local shop owners, I hadn’t been missing a ton of calls from Maxim.

We talked about the Munchkins, their school, their family situations, and looked through pictures of all the holidays and birthdays we’ve spent together the past year. They asked questions and immediately wanted to learn Fear Not. After another pow wow they said, Ok…..we going to help you.

Here are my interns! Prim (17) copywriter, Peaw (14) photographer, Bob (16) entertaining, Speed (18) accountant, Bible (16) translator
Here are my interns! Prim (17) copywriter, Peaw (14) photographer, Bob (16) entertaining, Speed (18) accountant, Bible (16) translator

They gave up their last Saturday of summer break and showed up 3 hours before playdate time to do the prep that normally takes me hours to do alone every Friday night, photographed the rest of the inventory for the shop AND made the Instagram and Shopify ads.


After some Tom Yum and green tea, I took them to Munchkinland along with volunteers Megan and Chareese. They continued to impress me with their positive attitudes and willingness to get involved. The confidence and joy it brought them was unmatched by any other project we’ve done together. On the ride home they were talking a mile a minute about their new little sisters and brothers and asking if they could plan next week’s lesson. I wanted to cry again but I can’t imagine how much that would have confused them.

It has always been my goal to have my private students volunteer but because I am not fluent enough to communicate my plans with their parents, it’s never really panned out. After seeing the Minions meet the Munchkins, I know Big Brothers Big Sisters has to move to the top of the list.

So here is what my Minions have for you today. Next week I’ll teach them invoicing and balance sheets so they can see what we earned and decide how to best spend the money.

I realize the readers of my blog and the market for these clothes are not one and the same….(we may have been having snow cones for breakfast instead of pursuing the market research phase of this plan) but if you would like or share our FB page ( ), we may be able drum up a sale or two that way. We also won’t turn down any contributions of cash, crayola, or cash to buy crayola. Link to donate:

Special thanks to Megan and Jocelyn for hosting me and helping out and Brooke for picking up hashtag duty…..that’s where I threw in the towel.

Love from Munchkinland, see you all wary soon.








Published by Make Our Day

I am originally from Missouri and currently teach English, wrangle Munchkin's, and give hugs in Southeast Asia. I planned on doing the typical backpacker thing for a year or so and moving on.......but 6 years and hundreds of munchkins later, the ride's been anything but "typical". We're still here and still making munchkins' days one hug and high five at a time. Send us a note, some love, or a donation if you're able. Love from Munchkinland, Teacha Katie.

2 thoughts on “Minions Meet Munchkins

  1. Oh, Katie my love, if only my body were small enough to wear your wary wary beautiful clothes !!!!!  I did give your Mom money yesterday to buy one of your beautiful dresses.  She will look beautiful. Yesterday we got to see Steven receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Management Degree from Evangel University.  There were 500 + graduates.   Then I stole him from his family and he, your mom, Grandpa and I went to Colton’s to eat.  The boys had to get back to school so Samuel could be in the track meet yesterday afternoon.  He had to get permission from the god of athletes at Bolivar school to miss even half a day on a sport event day and Mr. Social Simon had a party at school to get to.  Grandpa and I went on to track meet. You must take care of your self so you can enjoy your USA homeland for a while.  No 40 hour days!!!!!! Love you so,Grandma   From: Make a Munchkin’s Day To: Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:34 AM Subject: [New post] Minions Meet Munchkins #yiv7579014389 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7579014389 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7579014389 a.yiv7579014389primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7579014389 a.yiv7579014389primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7579014389 a.yiv7579014389primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7579014389 a.yiv7579014389primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7579014389 | Make a Munchkin’s Day posted: “While Munchkins wander about at their leisure eating candy and looking huggable, Minions help carry out plans for world domination. This week the Minions met the Munchkins and it was a match made in Happy Buddha Land.It all started with makeup. I coul” | |


    1. Thanks Grandma, no more 40 hours is right. April /May sounds very busy for you, birthdays, graduation, GRANDCHILDREN (PLURAL) coming home. You’re just as busy as I am. Love you, see you in a couple weeks.


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