Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mr. Incredible Goes to the Doctor

A couple years ago, we received a Mr. Incredible costume along with some other hand-me-downs. Liliana tried it on once, but she was too big for it. Emmett wore it a few times, but outgrew it quickly as well. Then it sat in our dress up bin, largely untouched, for the bulk of the time we've had it... until recently. Edison pulled it out a few months ago and put it on. He became a big fan of the costume, although at that point he had never seen the movie. He would pair the costume with his green monster slippers and we'd call him the Increda-monster. He'd pair it with tap shoes and we'd call him the Increda-tapper. Today he was wearing the costume and didn't want to take it off when it was time to go to his Dr appointment. He simply added some red rain boots, informed me he was "all red," and got in the car. In the elevator at the doctor's office, a woman asked, "Are you Mr. Incredible?"
"No," Edison replied, "This is an Incredible costume." As if he thought she really believed him to be Mr. Incredible, and he needed to set the record straight so she wouldn't run off and tell people she had just met the real Mr. Incredible. She chuckled and I said, "Yes, it IS an incredible costume!"

Emmett's Invention

Last week while I was helping the boys fold their laundry, Emmett sat down in a huff and started whining about how much he hated folding clothes. I told him he may as well get over it, since he'll have clothes that need folding throughout his life. After a few moments of grumpy contemplation, Emmett exclaimed, "I'm going to build a robot that folds clothes for me so I never have to fold laundry again!"
To which I responded, "If you come up with a robot that folds clothes, many people would buy it from you and you'd become a very rich person."
Emmett looked at me like I was slow in the head and grouchily said, "I'm not going to sell it! I'm going to use it to fold my laundry."
"I meant you could make more than one," I replied.
"Ok. I'll make two. One for me and one for Liliana," he said - still grumpy.
I hope he does figure out how to make one someday - not because I care about him making tons of money, but because I'd love one of those machines!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Over and Out

Emmett and Liliana camped out in the back yard with David this weekend. They had a walkie talkie in the tent with them and while David was still inside finishing up some work, Emmett kept using it to call inside and ask questions or share random thoughts and comments. When David first gave the kids the walkie talkie, he told them that when they are all done talking and want to let the other person know that they are ending the conversation, they can say, "over and out." Emmett didn't quite remember the phrase, so he would finish with "Good night. Love you. Out and in." It took us a few minutes to realize what he was saying and why, but it was so cute and sweet that we couldn't bring ourselves to correct him right there and then. Love that kid.

Friday, March 6, 2015

A date with a toddler

For Valentine's Day, David and I sat down with the Liliana and Emmett and scheduled a date with each of them over the following few weekends. Liliana and I went to see a movie (Paddington Bear) together and Emmett asked to go to Dairy Queen for treats, followed by perusing a store nearby. Liliana scheduled a swimming date with David, and Emmett is going with David to see a movie. As the older kids began to go  on their dates last week, Edison, the 2 year old decided he wanted to go on one as well. When asked what he would like to, Edison said, "Get a cupcake." I told him he and I would go out for a cupcake on our date this weekend. Almost every morning and after most naps this past week, Edison has awakened saying it was time for his date and his cupcake and has been sad when he found out he still had to wait. This morning he woke up crying about it, and luckily I could tell him we'd be going after nap time and dinner. When we parked at the mall where there is a cupcake shop and I opened his car door, Edison giddily said, "I'm so excited!" He was so happy to finally get out on his date. We wandered our way through the mall towards the shop and Edison stopped to check out fountains, lights, store displays, and even the sparkly design swirling through the floor. Once inside the shop, he picked out the most frosting and sprinkle covered cupcake available. He then proceeded to eat the cupcake... one sprinkle at a time - hopping out of his chair to pick up each sprinkle he dropped (which I quickly snatched away before he could put them in his mouth). After awhile, he decided he wanted the cake more than the frosting, and started eating bites from the bottom. He made it about halfway through and then we took the rest home for later, stopping to check out anything eye-catching on the way out - including a puddle to jump in outside. Luckily Edison was ready for the puddle, since he had put his rain boots on to go with his Micky Mouse PJ's that he wouldn't allow me to change before leaving the house. To top off his date outfit, his hair was sticking pretty much straight up because David had blow-dried it that way yesterday and Edison didn't want it combed today.
 He had a great time and I enjoyed being able to give him my full attention and let him lead us along in our activities, so I'd say our first official date was a success.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Understanding Yogurt

Liliana: Mom, does this yogurt need to be stirred?
Me: Does it say, "fruit on the bottom"?
Liliana picks up the yogurt and looks at the bottom of the container.
Hahaha! After David and I chuckled, we clarified what we meant. Kids are awesome.