A friend of mine does a fabulous job of recording the silly things her three girls say, and the engaging (and sometimes maddening) scenarios that occur in a household of three kids under seven.
Not only does my friend record these priceless words and events, but each year she collects a sampling of the girls’ quotes and includes them on the back of their Christmas card!
This year, when I received their card, I asked her to forward the document to me where she records her family’s verbal tidbits. I wanted to (with her permission) share some of them with you. This is a WONDERFUL example of why every parent should keep a running list of the funny things their children say and do. It’s too hard to remember them in a sleepless, fatigued mommy or daddy brain without writing them down.
Enjoy the following quotes, and consider starting your own list of funny sayings!
July 28, 2004
Mom: Grace, don’t pick your nose while your finger nail polish is still wet.
August 3, 2004
Gabby: I need to go potty! I need my helmet!Mom: You need to wear your helmet to go potty?Gabby: Yeah!
August 10, 2004
Mom: Gabby, don’t flush the toilet with your mouth!
October 25, 2004 (a big morning for quotes)
Gabby after Mom checks her unders: No, I’m not poopy. I’m Gabby.
November 8, 2004
Frustrated Mom to Gabby who isn’t cooperating in putting on her pajamas: Gabby, these are they ladybug pajamas that you chose for tonight.
Equally frustrated Gabby: I want to choose to change my mind!!
November 12, 2004
Mom to Gabby after she suspiciously smells my homemade dinner: Does it smell nice?
Gabby to Mom: It’s not nice. It could be dangerous.
December 15, 2004
Grace: I’m wearing puppets on my feet so I don’t get wet when I step in Gabby’s pee puddle.
February 26, 2005Mom to Grace who has worn new eyeglasses for a few hours: How do your glasses feel?
Grace considers carefully before answering: Like bananas covered in cheese.
August 28, 2005
Gabby from the bathroom: Come help! I can’t wipe because I’m holding a big Popsicle!
Mom trying to regain some level of authority with Genavieve: Who’s the Mommy here?
Genavieve: Dada’s the Mama!
December 10, 2007
Genavieve: I go to doctor again. I stuck another bead up nose.
December 14, 2007
Grace, surprised that the chicken we are eating tastes good: Now I know why kids aren’t allowed to complain about their dinner. Because every once in a while it’s actually delicious!
December 14, 2007
Grace, happily looking into each box of a Harry & David chocolate tower of treats: This gift is nothing but junk, junk, and more junk!! Three cheers for junk!!!
May 12, 2008
Mom to Genavieve: Please don’t put bananas in my belly button while I’m doing yoga.
May 14, 2008
Gabby: I can’t go to sleep. My bed isn’t the right amount of bouncy tonight.
July 10, 2008
Genavieve, hoping for another dose of medicine: I just have one more headache.
July 29, 2008
Grace: I was up early this morning. I think the angels really did wake me with the morning light!
July 29, 2008
Grace: I can’t go to sleep yet. I think my tongue has some more words left on it.
August 2, 2008
Mom: Genavieve! Do NOT throw a fit on the floor of this port-a-potty!
August 4, 2008Genavieve: Grace, (can) I have a piece of paper?Grace: What’s the magic word?
Genavieve, pleased that she knows the answer: Abracadabra!!
August 18, 2008Dad to Genavieve: You need to get out of my office now because I need to work.
Genavieve: Can I be worky, too?
August 31, 2008
Genavieve, protesting her bath: I’m allergic to hot water!
December 3, 2008Grace: Why are you wearing that hat?Mom: I’m having a really bad hair day.
Grace: I think you are having a bad hat day by wearing it.
December 4, 2008
Genavieve, learning about life from a Charlie Brown cartoon: Mom! Guess how you die. When somebody runs over you, you just stick your tongue out and that’s how you die!
December 23, 2008Mom: Girls, how do you want me to do your hair tomorrow?
Genavieve answering immediately: Like a turtle.