I was giving the kids baths tonight. Both were out and I was drying my daughter’s hair and Charlie slipped away. It’s never good when things are quiet. And my mom ears can hear problematic silence even over the roar of a hair dryer.
So, we turned it off and went looking for him. We found him naked behind the chair in the living room feasting on a package of Pepperidge Farm cookies. (This whole hiding and eating thing is probably prescriptive of some kind of future fat farm stay, but that’s a problem for another day).
I got him ready for bed and after reading a story to him, he said yet another funny thing to me. “Mommy, I love you like 100 donuts.” This is the ultimate profession of love from a kid like Charlie. I laughed out loud.
This brings me to my next tip. Keep a quotes list. As much as we think we will remember these little funny things forever, odds are — we won’t. I keep a word doc for each kiddo on my desktop and jot them down on paper as they come my way and then I put them on the list when I get time.
I actually got this idea from someone I used to work with. We had a lot of fun with quotes at work, and I have had a ball recording and re-reading the funny things my kids have said. I even send it periodically to the grandparents for their entertainment. And for yours, here are a few of my favorities:
- One of the mother’s day out teachers was stroking Charlie’s hair at nap time when he said, “My Daddy, he like it.”
- “I like nice Mommy.”
- With a guttural moan, “Ohhh. Look at da beautiful donuts over dere.”
- “Mom, you wanna go for a ride on my space shovel?”
- “My doll wants some M&Ms for a snack.”
- “Once upon a time, at the healthy Mexican restaurant…”
- “I would like a snack of mayonnaise.”
- “I’m going to use my excellent muscles to move these pillows.”
- “Mommy, you gotta lotta grass in your nose.”
- When I am sitting on the toilet, I can reach down to my toes and get my panties…that’s my exercise.”
I had a really hard time choosing favorite quotes, but what a problem to have. How do you keep track of the funny things your kids say?