Monday, May 26, 2014

My son, the poet

Benjamin is such a ham. Tonight at dinner he came up with this gem for Lisy:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Give me all your money,
Because I'm robbing you.

"Help! The fridge is eating me!!"

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cute Makayla Day

Sometimes there is a day when one child is just so cute and steals our attention. Today it was Makayla, who is now 3.

Makayla is snuggling with our bunny, Freya
We went on a walk, but I carried Makayla a little when she grew tired. I put her down shortly before we got back. She said, "I'll take care of you, Mom." Then she pushed her hands out while saying, "Pshh, pshh, go away!" She then said to me, "I saved you from the big monster, Mommy."

Our bedroom light is connected to the clapper. I was trying to clap on the light, but it wasn't working. Makayla was talking non-stop and interferring with the sensor. When I exclaimed in frustration Dominic said, "It's not working because Makayla is yammering." So Makayla started saying, "yammy yammy yammy yammy."

The window was open. The wind picked up and blew around all the loose papers in the room. Makayla ran to the window and slammed it shut. She proudly proclaimed, "I saved everyone!"

Friday, May 9, 2014

What will they think of next?

"I have an ear here," Elisa said as she raised her arm and pointed at her armpit.

"You have an ear in your armpit?!" I asked incredulously.

"Yes," she said matter-of-factly.

Dominic called from the kitchen, "You mean you don't?" Very funny, dear, I thought but didn't say.

Then Benjamin ran up to Elisa, lifted her arm, and screamed into her armpit.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Made-up Lyrics

If you haven't heard it yet, there's a popular song that says, "What does the fox say? Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!" Tonight Lisy came up to me singing, "What does the mom say? No-no-no-no-no-no-no!"

Benjamin used to replace random words in a song with condiments. Ketchup and mustard were his most often used substitutions. For example: "I am a child of ketchup, and he has sent me mustard." He doesn't sing this way anymore, but he still likes to surprise us with it occassionally.

Rachel loves Frozen and all the songs on it, "Let it Go" being one of her favorites. The other day we were playing outside in the garden. Instead of singing, "Let it go, let it go ... the cold never bothered me anyway," she replaced it with, "Let it grow, let it grow* ... the flowers never made me sneeze."

*Correction: When I read this post to Rachel, she corrected me. She actually sings "Let it bloom..." Oops.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sweet Hour of Prayers

Elisa: If I read in the afternoon, I fall asleep. The other afternoon Elisa asked if she could read to me, and since I wasn't going to do the reading, I thought it would be alright. Nope - I fell asleep pretty fast. I vaguely remember snuggling up to Lisy, but she was gone when I woke up. That night Lisy prayed, "Thank you that I could read to Mommy, and thank you that I could be Mommy's teddy bear."

 Rachel: I'm trying to transition Rachel from repeating everything I say during her bedtime prayers to thinking about what she wants to say. I ask questions like, "What else are you thankful for?" Her usual response is "wainbows." Lately when I ask if she wants to pray for anyone, she responds with "Please bless Mommy to get enough sleep." Then she smiles at me and whispers, "that's for you."