Friday, August 26, 2011

Broken Gage

I'm not sure how (or if) it happens, but I think some people's cuteness gage gets a little wonky when it comes to their own children. For example, lately I think everything Aaron (4) says or does is so cute. Then I think, if I told someone about it, would they think it was cute too? And the answer is usually "probably not". The result of these reflections is that I am sitting down to write out the cute things he's said in the last day or two for anyone interested to roll their eyes at.

While playing Gold Miner on my phone (he's very adept at it and it's fun to watch) as he collects the gold nuggets he asks me, "Are those muffins or cookies?" ~Clearly they must be something delicious if Miner Joe is willing to risk his life to get them, right?

Lately he often answers my questions or requests by saying, "Yes, my dear" or "of course, my dear". I adore it.

While showing how much we loved each other (à la Guess How Much I Love You?) I finally told Aaron that I love him all the way around the world. He asked me to show him so I spread my arms as far as I could and said, "Like that, except all the way around the world". Aaron looked from me to Greg and said, "Daddy can do it for you because he has the biggest elbows." ~If you have really big elbows you can reach your arms around the world. Just so you know. Long arms will not do the trick.

He always wears his hat so he can just barely see from under it as seen above, but I guess that's better than how he's been known to wear hats.

He uses "I hope" and "I think" interchangeably, meaning that he often says things like, "I hope there's gonna be a monster in the bathroom!"

This afternoon I gave the kids some pretzels, turned on cartoons and sat next to them on the couch. After a minute Aaron turned to me and asked, "Why are you not taking a shower?" Clearly I've never sent Aaron the message that the TV is a babysitter. Or that the afternoon is a fine time to take your morning shower (although this was at 4 pm and I rarely take them that late. And today I happened to shower way back at 9:30).

See the shirt Spence is wearing above? It's a notebook page that says: To do list: Be Awesome like MOM! While Evie was in America she bought it for him. It was a gift for Spencer , but I was even more delighted with it (minus the only wanting him to wear it around the house and hoping nobody thinks I bought it for my own kid thing) (Also, Aaron loves it too because it's yellow and everything that is yellow belongs to him automatically. He still lets Spencer wear it, though.)

So isn't that sweet that Ev bought that? As if she loves me. You would never guess that a few weeks before she had been so excited to see the back of me for a month.

All joking aside, I totally love this picture of our final farewell

And now that she's back home I get both yelled at and congratulated on the same quality. This morning she almost started crying during a moment of frustration when she shouted, "Mom! You said you wouldn't DO that!" "Do what!?!" "Make us laugh when we're mad*!" Then later while we chatted and made a pie she complimented me on my sense of humor and said, "Seriously, I love it so much."


Sheesh. I can't win.
*(I have a hard time not teasing, even when I've promised not to. Oops.)


Melanie Jacobson said...

I love the hugs and cuddles from my little ones, but there's something extra special about the interaction at a more grownup level.

MelancholySmile said...

If your cuteness Gage is off, then so is mine. I find that now that I'm done having kids {done! DONE I tell you!} everyone else's little ones have multiplied in cuteness as well. Needless to say, I thought all your examples were adorable. :)

I was just talking to j today about my memories of being a child and teenager-- you go thru such extreme emotions so rapidly! So exhausting. I feel for Evie {and you!} and hope I can keep my own sense of humor when little miss c reaches that age in a few short years.

Barbaloot said...

Love that he calls you 'my dear.' Did he learn that from his dad?

Evie said...

Well, geez, thanks for posting that!!
Plus when were already having fun or chatting of course it's funny if you make a joke. But making me laugh when I'm frustrated is one of the many reeeeaaaly annoing things you do mom.(just kidding(kind of))

Carolyn V said...

Aw! That's just so sweet!You're little guy is so cute. And I can't believe your daughter left for a month! You are so brave. (I loved the picture.)

Erin said...

Those kids are absolutely adorable! I love it.

Kazzy said...

Your kids are not only scrumptious, but they are clever too. That is the best combo ever!


Beautiful children!!!

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