Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What the Kids Are Saying and Unknown Territory

I walked into the room to find every single bin dumped out in a big pile.
Me: Daniel, what were you thinking?
Daniel: Mom, I just wanted to make a big mess.
Me: silence
Daniel: Sometimes . . . I don't make good choices.
Me: laughter

I'm in the family room, and I can hear Jill and Daniel doing something in the guest room.
Me: Hey kids! What are you up to?
Daniel: Oh, we're just building—
Jill, interrupting: Nothing!
Daniel: "But we're—
Jill, interrupting: Danny, you're supposed to say "nothing."
Me: So what are you doing?
Daniel, really fast: We're building a fort!
Jill: Nothing! We're doing nothing, Mom.
Fort building is somewhat banned because of all the fights it causes. They can never agree on how the fort should be built, even when I help, and inevitably one of them will knock it down to the great distress of the other. I've decided they aren't mature enough yet for fort building, thus Jill's determination to keep it secret from me. Ha.

I had been upstairs, putting Alice down for a nap, and the kids were playing together, and I came down, entered the room they were in, and their backs were to me.
Me: Hey, kids, please remember to not yell or be too loud while Alice is sleeping.
Jill, while jumping in surprise: Mom! You scared me!
Daniel: Yeah, you scared me!
Me: Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to sneak up on you.
Jill: Well, you really gave me the freaks!

Jill was coloring a picture of Mike Wazowski.
Jill: Mommy, do you like my picture?
Me: Yes, I think you did a great job. Although you did color his eyeball green.
Jill: Yeah, well, I wanted his eye to be green. That's just how I groove.
Me, laughing: Well then I think his green eyeball is great.

Daniel walked up to Alice and shoved her out of his way.
Me: Daniel! We don't push! Do you like it when you get pushed?
Daniel: Well, I like to push people.
Me: You do? pause But do you like it when someone pushes you?
Daniel: Sometimes I push myself.
Me: Okay, I'm not sure how, but would you like it if someone else pushed you?
Daniel: silence
Me: Danny, please just go kiss Alice and tell her sorry. It isn't nice to push. Please don't push people.
Daniel told her sorry and kissed her and hugged her tighter than she appreciated.

Jeff is getting the kids breakfast.
Jeff: Danny, would you like some cereal?
Daniel, very fiercely: BRING IT!!

We were eating dinner, and there was a moment of silence. Then Jill broke the silence with this.
Jill: Mom, my hopes and dreams for kindergarten is to learn tae kwon do.
Me: Oh. Okay. That sounds great, Jill. Maybe we could find a class in Mexico.
She attended a birthday party last week that was held at a tae kwon do studio. The masters were there running drills and playing games with the kids. Then the birthday girl and the masters did a demonstration at the end. Jill was very impressed, but I still felt like that comment came out of the blue. We do hope to enroll her once we move if she is still interested.

Her statement during dinner made more sense after I saw this on display at Back-to-School night.

And finally, here is a video for your viewing pleasure. (If you can't see the video below, the click this link to watch it on youtube.)


  1. Love the comments from your kids and the movie! Welcome #4 Collett Kid!

  2. Congrats!!! Transitions are always fun! Might as well do them all at the same time. :) We moved during 3 out 4 pregnancies. I'm glad Jill is liking school. Those funny things make me miss hanging out with you guys!

  3. This is hilarious. I felt as though I was watching the events happen. Please keep collecting these and publish as a book. The video is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. wait, did I never comment on this? I totally thought I did. Well, your kids are hilarious, and the video is perfect. I've watched it a dozen times. Your kids truly are the funniest.

  5. I love the things your children say! —Heather Kimball

  6. I'm so excited for you guys!! Congrats!! —Chelle Belle

  7. Ooooooooh snap! Congrats, Meems! —Anna Clark

  8. Congrats!!!! And very cute movie —Brittany Young-Keen

  9. Some exciting news embedded in your little movie. Our kids all have B nicknames too, which I thought was funny. —Jessica Rhodus

  10. What a fun family movie! Congratulations! —Jodi B.

  11. Wahoo!!!!! —C Work

  12. Congrats! How exciting! —Jessica Mitchell

  13. Congrats!!! —Heidi

  14. Congratulations Mimi that's awesome news —Sara Hosler

  15. Congratulations! I hope you all have fun with the newest little one!! —Julia Stevenson

  16. Congratulations!! —Cheryl Tuttle

  17. Wahoo! Congrats!!! —Dominoe Hammond

  18. Congratulations!!! Such a cute video. Can't wait to hear all about you adventures. —Jessica Creer

  19. Congrats on the adventure and the new babe!! When are you due?

    1. Sweet, I am the first week of March lol. —Shannon

  20. Cute video! Congrats! —Allie Bies

  21. Congrats!!!! So exciting! —Rinna

  22. Hooray!!!! So exciting! So many changes. Congratulations! —Brooke

  23. How awesome, loved it! And Congratulations!!!! —Ann deJ

  24. Congratulations!! —Terri Hunt

  25. Congrats, Jeff! —Anthon Petty

  26. SO CUTE!!! YAY!!! Congratulations!!! —Allison Ward

  27. Woohoo!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! —Mindee

  28. Congratulations! —Wanda McPhillips-Judd

  29. Congrats Jeff and Mimi! So excited for your family! —Ems

  30. I looked for it twice. Failed. Fail again.

    Thanks for the helping hand.

    Congrats on babish Mimi. There may be an evolutionary reason there are four arms in a set of parents... —Galtzo

  31. VERY creative! —Pat Bachman


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