This entry was started months ago. Owen was still in diapers. Danny was just about to turn 7. Fiona wasn't yet riding a two wheeler. A lot has changed. We'll start with Owen who takes adorable to a whole new level.
I don't have to go pee.
It's time to try.
He sits. He pees. And then he looks up at me and says: You were right.
Me (in total shock): Whaaaaaa?
Owen: You were right and I was wrong.
I was saying Hi, Owen informs me after he'd opened a kitchen window.
Who are you saying Hi to?
The trees. Oh, of course.
Molly is cleaning my hands, Owen says. Oh boy. Molly is the dog.
Look, mom, Owen says.
I can't, honey. My eyes are on the road.
You can see the road from my window.
I am hungry, Owen says in robot staccato.
You are a robot. You do not require food, Jim replies in the same robot voice.
He's in love with robots, though.
What's will my pup pup grow up to be, mom? Maybe a robot like me. Yeah.
My diaper is like a potty, Owen informs me.
And he's still obsessed with his penis.
My penis is touching me, Owen says.
My penis is looking at me, Owen claims as I'm changing his diaper.
My penis is cold, Owen tells me after coming inside.
And he still sucks his thumb.
I'm not sucking my thumb because there are police officers over there, Owen informed me.
Fiona actually doesn't say much.
Owen, you forgot to find me! I was in the closet! Fiona wails. It's risky playing hide and seek with a 3 year old. We found him in the kitchen happily eating.
Mom, do you want to see my picture. It's Queen Fiona, she says. See? My girl does not do princesses. She knows who's really important.
Danny, you are asking me to do three different projects and I can't keep up with that. I'm going to have an anxiety attack.
Fiona pipes up: And then she'll run away from home.
Danny is actually kind of fun to talk to these days. He's at the edge of the age of reason. And he gets along better with his sister now.
She's fun now that she's five, mom, Danny says.
Don't put the peppers in your nose or on your face; put them in your mouth.
A mouth is part of your face, mom, Danny says.
Now Danny, what are you NOT going to do [to your siblings]? I ask.
Boss them around and spank them. Good boy.
There's only one adult here, Danny says.
Right there. You.
I'm an adult? How do you know that?
Because your legs are bigger. Oh, of course.
I can get a car when I'm 16, Danny explains.
Oh, how are you going to do that?
You can buy it for me.
Um, how about you save your money and buy it yourself?
Meh. (Seriously, he said "Meh.")
And here's why I dread the day he gets a license ...
That was dangerous, we hear Danny squeal from the backyard. A few minutes later, he came over and explains to us that he rode his Big Wheel down the slide. So we went back to watch this spectacle. I saw one ride down the slide and said: Let's make that the last time.
Jim's response? Let me give you a tip, buddy. Keep your center of gravity low, lean back a little.
A joke from Danny: Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get a pickle.
Molly chewed this one, Danny says.
That's what happens when we leave our toys on the floor.
NO. We can change her into a frog.
How about we just pick up our toys?
I've never been 7 before, Danny says.