This week for school, Isaac needed help completing a timeline of his own life so far. He was only supposed to include seven things, but was having a hard time deciding what to share. I went to the drawer that holds our life’s history and pulled out the calendars, in hopes to find something really spectacular. And I did. I give you “Some of the Best Things My Kids Have Said”. These are written here exactly as I wrote them on the calendars. (Keep in mind Liv was born in 2002 and Ike was born in 2004.)
June 8, 2005: “Rick’s been working a ton lately. Tonight he built a fort/tunnel with the kids and they've been playing together for a while. Olivia put her arm around Rick and said, ‘I’m really glad you came over tonight.’”
October 14, 2005: “I was putting Olivia and Isaac down for bed. Ikey fell asleep, but Olivia wouldn't. I was sick of lying there, so I said to Olivia, ‘I’m going to go out now. You need to stay in here and go to sleep.’ About ten minutes later, Ike started crying. Rick rushed in and asked Olivia why he was crying. She said, ‘Ummmm...something happened to him.’ Rick: ‘What happened to him?’ Liv: ‘I did something to him.’ Rick: ‘What did you do?’ Liv: ‘I poked him, and I scratched him, and I bite him, and I took his pacifier out, and I put my finger in his mouth, and I picked up his head and dropped it.’ Needless to say, Rick had a hard time punishing her.”
April 5, 2006: “The Second Counselor in the Bishopric asked Olivia how high she can count. She stretched her arms as far above her head as she could and proceeded to count on her fingers.”
March 14, 2007: “Rick came home from work and noticed that the kids were coming down with a cold. ‘Sounds like you two have the sniffles,’ he said. Isaac, excited to chime in with his knowledge on the topic said, ‘Yeah! I have nipples, and Olivia has nipples, you have nipples, and Mom has nipples too! Everyone has nipples!’”
January 1, 2008: “Ike was in bed with Rick and said, ‘Hey Dad, guess which one of you grown-ups is my favorite?’ Rick said, ‘I don’t know. Who?’ SO sweetly, Ike replied, ‘Mom is.’”
June 23, 2008: “Ike and Rick were wrestling. I told Ikey to be careful that he didn't accidentally kick Dad in the pee-pee. Ike, very seriously, said, ‘Mom, we don’t call it a pee-pee. That’s too silly. We call it a penis or a ding-ding.’”
November 12, 2008: “Ike loves to play ‘What Am I Thinking Of’ games. In the grocery store, he invited me, ‘Mom, guess what swear word I’m thinking of?’”
September 16 & 17, 2010: 16th- “Tomorrow is my first day subbing since before the kids were born. I’ll be in Ike’s classroom. He’s super excited. When I was hugging him good night he said, ‘You’re gonna be great, Mom! I KNOW it!’” 17th- “Ike woke up this morning, came into my room and said, ‘Happy Subbing Day!!’ and gave me a huge hug. When I was helping him get ready, he said, ‘You’re gonna be great Mom. And if you’re not at first, well, just keep doin’ it and doin’ it until you get better.’”
February 11, 2011: “So, Isaac asked me if people grow a little every morning. I told him that sometimes it seems like kids grow that fast, but that once you hit a certain age and size, you don’t grow anymore. Astonished, he asked, ‘What?! You mean you don’t grow on your birthday??’ I told him, ‘Nope. Grown-ups don’t get any taller.’ His awesome response: ‘Just wider?’”
I tried to convince Isaac to include the thing about the nipples on his timeline. No dice. He decided on his memorization of "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. He mastered it when he was three.
As my kids have grown, the calendars have been filled with hilarious and sweet words. It’s always such a fun thing to look back and see how our relationships have been formed and have grown.
What are your favorites that your own kids have said? Comment below!