Thursday, November 29, 2012

Boys vs. Girls: Watching TV

The teenaged protagonist and her love interest are about to kiss for the first time.

Rachel (3), "Kiss her! Kiss her!"

Benjamin (7) "Eeeww. Do we have to watch this?"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kids can be a bit obvious

So the other day Samuel was telling me about how he started walking his friend, Rebecca, home from the bus stop. Then he told me how much he enjoys being in the same class as Rebecca this year. Then he asked when he can start dating. "Sixteen," I said. "You still have 7 more years."

"How old does a girl have to be to start dating?" he asked next.


He thought he was being subtle, because he waited a few minutes before admitting that there was a girl he liked and looked forward to dating. "Do you want to guess who it is?"

Without skipping a beat I responded, "Rebecca."

A look of amazement (and a little bit of embarrassment) crossed his face. "How did you know?!"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Who's on your family tree?

What are your family dinner conversations like? We had another zombie discussion tonight. As a matter of fact, "No zombies at the table" and "Don't eat your brother's/sister's brain" are common phrases around here. Though I must admit that a little kid saying, "bwaaiiins," is cute. Even Makayla holds up her arms and growls "bain!"

Benjamin was the first to finish his meal and put up his plate. He came back to the table as an undead in search of brains. Elisa said, "I don't want a zombie in my family."

Dominic admonished her, "You can't choose your family. You're stuck with them, even if you don't like them."

Then Samuel quipped, "We have zombies on both sides of our family. Mom's family and Dad's family."


Rachel keeps begging to see zombie pictures. Why? "Because they say bwains!"

Friday, November 9, 2012


I miss the pitter-patter of little feet as my children and half the neighborhood kids clomp around. They are running up and down the stairs, from the backyard to their bedrooms and back again, in an epic boys versus girls "war." One of the kids is supplying the background music of "Gangnam Style," blaring from his phone.