Monday, March 28, 2011

What the Kids Are Saying

The wise guy gene continues to show up in my kids' comments to me. I'm hoping that the student gene in me starts to pop up more often for my stir crazy boys.

I'll set the stage for the first one. My husband and I decided to pull up the wall to wall carpet in the living room, dining room and hallway. It was 10 years old and I couldn't look at it anymore. Also, naive me got a light gray carpet back when I had just two little ones. You can imagine the cleaning headache over the years.

So I'm bent over trying to remove what seemed like a thousand stubborn staples in the floor, and my middle son says:

"Mom, when I'm rich, I'll hire a team to do this kind of job." My thoughts: "Hopefully, if you're rich, you'll get a jacuzzi for Mama's hunchback after years of housework." I wish I could say that I was as glamorous as Cinderella when I'm cleaning around here. Jillian does call me Cinderella which is sweet. One more wise guy remark from the boy peanut gallery, "Jillian, I think Mom is closer in age to the stepmother in that story." Thanks guys.

Here's another not so Hallmark moment between mother and sons: "Mom, how can I focus on my homework plan (now that's something I would like to see in writing) when you keep telling me to sit down and do it?" My thoughts: "Homework gets done with a pencil and paper and not with a basketball and hoop. I know...call me old fashioned, my dear boy."

Here's my last one: "Mommy, don't cut your hair. I want you to look like Rapunzel." My thoughts, "Jillian, you really don't want to see how my very long curly hair will frizz up and add an extra 6 inches to each side of my head."

22 comments:

Judy Croome said...

My sister had two girls, then a boy. We couldn't believe the difference! I'm with Jillian, I think you'd look cute as Rapunzel.

Judy (South Africa)

Mari said...

Aren't kids something? Glads you have these written down!

Janna Qualman said...

Oy, the gems of motherhood, huh? ;)

antoinette marie said...

i love the evolution of kids...how they form their own personalities and such and then progressively become like an adult...mine is only seven so he's in the 'parrot' stage which is really forcing me to watch my mouth lately....keep enjoying those gems! stop by my blog again if you get a chance...i'm back to it now!

shabby girl said...

Oh. My. Gosh! I LOVE this post! So very happy that you are documenting these words on your blog! LOL!!!

You crack me up! Thank you!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Just think of it as mental exercise...they are keeping your wit sharpened. :-)

Kim said...

They are smart - you gotta give them that. I can't believe you have the kind of energy it takes to pull up carpet and deal with what's underneath. I applaud you!!! I hope there's not too much work underneath.

Thanks for the lovely comment and compliment on my post. I looked through our pictures (thousands as you can guess) and the last time Shaune and I were pictured together was at our wedding in 2008. All the pics are of the kids or one of us with the kids. He begged me not to put the pictures up because he couldn't believe the state of his hair loss. I told him nobody cares about stuff like that.

Karen Lange said...

Keeping you on your toes, that's for sure. I'm pretty sure I learned more than my kids did when they were growing up...

T Rex Mom said...

I still imagine you glamorously pulling up staples - much lovelier than Cinderella.

Valerie said...

"I think Mom is closer in age to the stepmother in that story."

Priceless! Ridiculous, of course, but priceless nevertheless.
I do enjoy reading what your kids say.

glnroz said...

Kids! aint they sumthin? lol

glnroz said...

Kids! aint they sumthin? lol

the wild magnolia said...

Kid's keep the funny, true, and ridiculous quotes coming. They make life worth living. We can glance backward for a moment in their childhood perceptions! No worries in those days. :)

Thank you for sharing!

Wishing you a most wonderful day!

Gerri said...

No he didn't!!! You so are not as old as the step-mother...our kids. :)

Jenners said...

Jeez...your kids (except for sweet Jillian) treat you like rodney dangerfield! More respect for your dear mom, boys!!!

The Writing Instinct said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. It is great that you did document your children's precious responses. Imagine their reaction when they read their own words in a few year's time!

Best wishes to you and your wonderful family. Hope you have recovered from pulling up the carpets!

Take care,
Mervat
xo

Paul C said...

Always fun visiting here. 'Hallmark moments is right.' The banter you have with your kids is precious.

Joanne said...

I hope you're keeping a journal documenting these precious moments. Some day you'll all look back on them with fond memories!

Caitlin said...

Haha! Thanks for the laughs- even if they are at the expense of your sanity!! :)

Angela said...

So basically you are telling me that these hallmark moments don't end. With soon-to-be four boys in my house, I have no hope. At least you have Jillian to back you up. Thanks for the smile. ;)

Michelle said...

Gotta love what comes from the mouths of babes. I just got a "Mommy, I just tooted. But not on your bed. Aren't you proud?" Uhhh yeah. Proud.

Susan Fobes said...

I always enjoy reading these Kelly! These are the "funny" conversations that get us through, am I right?