My sister was going through some of Ka-Diva's papers, and found this "Emergency Contact Card" mixed in with her things. She lists her Mom's Cell Number and 9-1-1 for emergencies. At first glance, I wasn't quite sure what she meant by "Mrs. Lynn - Not that bad." Mrs. Lynn was the big twins' Kindergarten teacher a couple of years ago and lives on the other side of their cul de sac. I thought, "Well, that's nice that she thinks Mrs. Lynn isn't 'that bad,'" but what does that have to do with emergency contacts? That's when I realized Ka-Diva meant that she should contact Mrs. Lynn if there was an emergency that wasn't "that bad." :-) Funny thing is, my sister has called on her more than once! Her husband is an EMT, and with four kids, someone is always getting hurt. :-)
Buddy (upon taking a long, looong time in the restroom, my mom called in to him "Buddy, are you okay in there?") - His response... "I'm good! Just a singin' and a poopin'!" (such a boy!)
(from my sister's FB) - "Butterfly has started the "terrible twos," I'm afraid. Ka-Diva was frustrated with her last night. She threw her hands on her hips, huffed, and said, "I can already tell when she starts school she is going to get notes in her binder from the teacher ALL THE TIME!!"
Colton (my BFF's 4-year-old) - "Mommy, what's Heaven like?" Katie went on to describe in beautiful detail what she thought Heaven must be like... Colton, pondering her description, replied, "Do they have nice chairs?" Apparently comfortable seating is a concern for this particular 4-year-old. ;-)
Monkey - The older Monkey gets, and the more he is able to communicate, the more I am beginning to discover just what types of things he does when he is with his daddy. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take Monkey to his old daycare for a visit. Along the way, we passed that good old fast food establishment with the golden arches. I've never taken Monkey there before, but someone certainly has, because my 21-month-old looked out the window, pointed, and exclaimed, "MMMMM!!!" :-)
There was also the time when I thought I would be a super nice Mama and give Monkey his first real cookie. Not one of those baby ones... I walked into the kitchen and asked, "Monkey, would you like to try a cookie?" I didn't think he'd have a clue what I was talking about, but I knew that he would try it because I was eating one (and anything Mama eats has to be good)... Boy, was I wrong! Monkey's eyes lit up like a Christmas tree as he came running into the kitchen shouting, "COOKIE?!?" Yep. I think Daddy's been busted.
(also from Christy's FB) - "The kids have a Christmas performance at school tomorrow. Ka-Diva (from the tub) said, 'Man, I bet it smells like soap there tomorrow. All the parents are giving their kids baths tonight so they don't have the one kid there that stinks!' Lol"
(after a particularly smashing success at their Christmas performance) - "Performance went great tonight! I told the kids that I, without a doubt, had the two most talented kids in the show. Buddy just smiled and said, 'All the other moms are saying the same thing to their kids right now too, you know...'" :-)
Monkey - During our little visit to his old daycare, Monkey made himself quite at home. While hanging out in the "big kid" classroom, Monkey spotted a toy that he apparently just couldn't live without. He was a man with a plan. Monkey grabbed the toy, tucked it under his arm like he was carrying a football, exclaimed, "Come on, Mama!" and proceeded to run through three rooms straight to the front door of the building. The daycare director was standing at the door, and Monkey walked right passed her, said, "Bye-bye!" and tried to push his way out of the building with his pilfered toy in hand!
Booger Bear - We had an early Christmas at my house with all of my kids last Saturday (more on that in a later post because it was awesome!). At one point during the evening, I overheard a conversation between Booger and my mom.
Booger: "Is Santa coming to your house, Nana?"
My mom: "No, I don't think he is..." (not elaborating that she doesn't have kids at home)
Booger (eyes HUGE): "What did you DO?!?"
Booger knew that you had to be pretty bad to have Santa pass you by. He had already told me that he knew he hadn't always been a good boy, but that Santa had already come to see him once. So the fact that Nana didn't think that Santa was coming to see her absolutely shocked him. Booger couldn't fathom a world where Nana had done something so terrible that Santa wouldn't come to her house! :-)
Banana - Banana loves her Mimi almost as much as her Mimi loves her. :-) The following is what I believe is a fairly accurate representation of how our conversations usually go during the times we are together.
Banana: "Mimi! Mimi! Mimi! Mimi! Mimi! Mimi!"
Me: "Yeah, baby?"
Banana: (Big smile)
I've got some pretty fantastic kids in my life, and they never cease to crack me up, make me think, and make me proud to be their "Aunt Tammy, Mama, Mimi, Tammy." :-)