Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Is There A Vaccine For That?

Today C got her MMR vaccine.  She was very worried about getting a shot, so I explained that a momentarily painful shot was better than getting a very bad disease.

At the appointment, we were given an information sheet about the MMR vaccine.  C was reading all the details of problems caused by the three diseases.  She came to me and spoke very seriously:

"Momma!  I definitely don't want to get measles, mumps, or rebellia!"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Don't Go Breakin' His Heart

C snugs into my lap for a hug.

Me:  I love you more than the biggest hug in the universe!
C:  Why did you say that?
Me:  Because it's true!
C:  Oh!  (Climbs off my lap and starts playing in the living room)

Five minutes later:

C:  Momma, can you be the one to tell J that you love me more than anyone else?


A Star Is Born

C:  Momma! You know the Christmas story we are doing in Sunday School?  I'm going to be a star!   And do you know why?
Me:  No, why?
C:  Because stars are BRIGHT and BOLD!  I'm the one, all right!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Real Toe Tapper

That moment when the five year old points out that I Love My Lips has the same tune as The Water Buffalo Song, and the teens scratch their heads and sing the two songs aloud simultaneously to figure out that, yes, they do have the same tune.
Did YOU know that?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Math Application

Helping to read a recipe:

"Eleven twoths - or is that seconds? - teaspoons of baking powder..."

Fractions:  check!

Thinking Outside of the Box

We're having an interesting discussion about how Dum Dums lollipops get to the dollar store.

C:  Momma, do babies come to the house in boxes, or does someone bring them to your house?

Me:  Oh, dear.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Old-Fashioned Footwear

We are somewhere in the middle of the story in the book of John where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

C:  Momma, what did Lazarus look like?
Me:  Nobody knows.  He probably looked like an ordinary guy.
C:  Did he look like Daddy?
Me:  Well, probably not.  He probably had dark hair...
C:  And a nice soft beard?
Me:  Yes, a beard.  And his skin was a little darker than Daddy's.
C:  And he probably had socks on!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Not a Rose by Any Name

Me:  I'm going to take a quick shower.
C (with nose plugged):  I sure hope you don't stink any more when you come out!

Yeah.  That's kinda the point, kid!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Shape Of Things

I forgot to tell you about the Play Doh.  Yesterday she was playing with it while I printed some of J's schoolwork.  She came to me with a piece that had two very clear circular bumps about half an inch apart.  The bumps were about the size of pencil erasers.

Anyone want to guess how she made them?


When she told me she was going to pretend to be an egg, why did I fail to foresee her rolling wildly on the floor in my bathrobe while loudly quacking?

My optimistic yearning for peace and quiet got the better of me for a moment!

Monday, September 29, 2014

She Knows Herself

C (sees a pretty pink hair bow in the store):  Oh, Momma!  Isn't it pretty??!  Can you buy it for me?  Please?  It's only a dollar!

Me:  Yes, it is pretty!  But would you actually let me put it in your hair?

C:  Yes!!!  No, I wouldn't.  (Puts bow back on display.)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reenacting Great Literature

She ran upstairs to get her plastic horse and her baby doll.  Then she put the baby on the horse and make the baby hold a plate.  She did all of this so she could sit on the living room chair and yell, "That Sam I Am!  That Sam I Am!  I DO NOT LIKE that Sam I Am!"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What's in a name? (Part N)

C:  Hee hee!  They shouldn't call this breakfast sausage!  That's silly!  They should call it dinner sausage!

Hmmmmm...I guess we eat pancakes for dinner a little too often...

Friday, September 19, 2014

There Might Be Dragons...

Me:  We shouldn't do things like that because they are dangerous.
C (enthusiastically):  Oh!  You're right!  We shouldn't do dangerous things! ... Momma, what's dangerous mean?
Me:  It's when we do something that could easily be harmful.
C:  Like what?  What's something dangerous?
Me:  Well, standing on the arm of the rocking chair to reach something is dangerous.
C:  I did that today!  It was dangerous, wasn't it?
Me: Yes, it was.
C:  So standing on the arm of the rocking chair is dangerous.
Me:  Yep!
C:  And playing with dragons!  That seems dangerous!
Me:  Wha ...?
C: Unless they are nice dragons.  Then it's okay.
Me:  Well, but you won't know if it's a nice dragon or not until it's too late.
C:  Oh.  That's true.  So when I see a dragon in the back yard, I should stay inside.  Thanks, Momma!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Float Like A Butterfly...

A recent conversation reported by DD17:

C: I want to be a butterfly!
Dad: where would you fly if you were a butterfly?
C: I would fly into the street and attack people!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Looking For Some Freedom

Between having our car and the church van repaired, and the rental car we used, DH and I have had to leave the house every morning to drop off or pick up a car. Today was no exception. As I was preparing to go, C and I had the following conversation:

C: Momma, I love you! Even when you're not here.
Me: Oh! I love you, too!
C: And I'll love you even when you're dead!
Me: ...Oh. Great.
C: But I won't miss you! I'll still have a brother and a sister!
Me: Yes...
C: Oh. But that's almost the same as parents. Sigh.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Different Sides of Beauty

As she strokes my hair, she sings a little song: 

I like your hair
It's so, so so-oft
Plus I like to sneeze in it...

Thursday, March 20, 2014


She's decided to read her memory verse 17 times. Super-spiritual exercise or clever bedtime extension?

The answer is clear to me.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

On Being Mean

C climbs on my lap, clenches her teeth tightly, leans closely in to my face, and whispers loudly: Momma! I want you to be more MEAN!

Me: Why is that?

C: Because I want to be mean back!

Yeah, I've felt that way at times, myself.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sharing a Snack

Finally climbing into my warm, comfy bed only to realize that someone small was here before me with a crunchy snack.

Good Fun That Is Funny

C was looking at her magnetic calendar and said, "Momma, when the February day is over, and the March day, then will you stay home with me? It will be April then, and it will be rainy, and I want you to stay inside and play with me while it rains. Please? I know lots of good games we can play!"

This sounds so very sweet! 

It also sounds an awful lot like the beginning of the Cat in the Hat, though...

Thursday, March 13, 2014


J and C have a loud, volatile relationship. If they aren't playing wildly, they're arguing wildly. Since there isn't a lot of playtime in the homeschool day, much of it is fighting. Today is no exception. When things were noticeably calm, I expressed my surprise to C. 

Her answer? "I'm pretending to be nice to him."

Saturday, March 1, 2014


C uses her zigzag scissors to cut out a shape. She makes a few smaller shapes, then glues them on. Finally, she draws a small orange circle.

"Look, Momma! The Dramatic Republic of the Congo!"

This is strange on a couple of levels.

Hypocrisy In Action

Mommmmmmmaaaaaa! Jimmy's tattling on meeeeeee!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An Oldie

She's watching her first Shirley Temple movie now. Cute looks, drama, singing and dancing.

I'm going to be sorry. I can just feel it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Creation Vs.

C: Mommy, God made everything. Right?
Me: In a manner of speaking.
C: Okay! God made everything. (Thinks for a second.) Oh - except China made some things, too.

Friday, February 7, 2014

A New Name

Lately, when C talks about her daddy, she sometimes refers to him as "that demonstrated nut."

Where does she come up with this stuff?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What A Mess!

C: Momma!! Come up and see this awful mess in the bathroom! Come quickly!!

Me (racing up the steps with all sorts of scenarios flashing through my imagination): COMING!…(seeing nothing extraordinary)…what's wrong?

C: LOOK! Look at that!! Someone used up all the toilet paper and DIDN'T CHANGE THE ROLL!!

Ah. Finally someone understands me!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Why She Loves Me

C wore a short-sleeved dress to church today, and has been running around the house without her sweater all day (against my advice).

It's past bedtime now, and we're just waiting for Daddy to get home so she will go to bed. She climbs up on my lap. We chat for a few minutes about the appeal of Facebook, and then she asks, "Momma, do you know one thing I really do like about you? Really, a lot?"

Me: What?

C (as she pulls my arms around her): You're warm!