Sunday, May 6, 2018

How To Speak Preen...

The accepted terminology for a person approaching the teenage years is "tween."  I think a more descriptive word is "preen."  That's what we use for Miss A, who is eleven.  She is a delightful person, and I have every hope that we will pass the hormonal storms of adolescence with minimal damage.  But, of course, we have our share of preen snark.  Here I will post a collection of B and I's terms and definitions as we enter this new stage of life...

The Moo of Displeasure:  n.  Sound given by the preen when she is told she must do something she does not want to do.

The Noncommittal Yak Humph:  n.  Sound given by the preen when asked for an opinion on something she cares nothing about because she is absorbed in what is vitally important at the moment to her.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Gender Cause?

Mama, reaching to put something on a high shelf:  Sometimes I wish I were an inch taller.
Miss A:  Then you'd wish you were an inch shorter.
Mama:  Doubtful.
Miss A:  And you'd have three boys instead of three girls.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


This exchange just took place...

B:  That's just my cynical side.
Miss A and Miss M:  What does cynical mean?
J:  Yeah, Daddy, what does cynical mean?
B:  It means a kind of humor that's sort of biting.
J:  No it doesn't!  It means looking at the world pessimistically and expecting the worst to happen.
Miss A:  Oh, that's Grandpa.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Quotes of the Day...

Miss M (looking at this picture of a baby turtle.):  He looks like he's ready to play volleyball.

(While eating bunny-shaped fruit snacks in the car.)
Miss M:  Flopsy can't eat these.
Miss A:  I bet she would prefer veg.
Mama:  But bunnies like fruit.  Doesn't Javert (neighbor bunny) like fruit?
Miss M:  But Flopsy doesn't like to eat anything SHAPED like bunnies.
Mama:  But... I like to eat gingerbread men, and they're shaped like... humans...
Miss M:  Bunnies are way more emotional than humans.

(While eating a cheese stick.)
Miss A:  Sort of tastes like grass, but... smoother.
Mama:  Uh.  You've been eating grazing?
Miss A:  Yes, but that was a few months ago.

Miss R:  I have two loose tooths at a time!

Miss R:  Ok.  Get ready.  This is the dramatic part.

Miss A:  Is that Thorin?  He's kind of handsome...
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quote of the Day...

Darth Vader:  Search your feelings.  You KNOW it to be true.
Luke:  Nooooo.  Nooooooo.
Miss M:  Why is he crying?
Miss R:  Well.  You know we have to listen to our parents.  Now he has to listen to his dad.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quotes From Miss M...

I'm telling you.  Orcs are the worst thing that can happen to you.  You think your life is tough now?  Do you?  No.  It isn't.

Mordor Orcs

(In the garden.)  Ummmm...  The worms are in some sort of Celtic knot.

We are baby tigers, and you are the mama tiger, and daddy is the daddy tiger.  He's off getting fixed.

You know why 128 is my favorite number?  Because if you split THAT in half, you get 64.  If you split THAT in half, you get 32.  If you split THAT in half, you get 16.  If you split THAT in half, you get eight.

(With no toys or anything in her hands.)  (Giggle giggle)  I just love playing with this yeti crab.  It tickles.

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Miss M:  Flopsy wants to see the aquarium.
Mama:  Well, Flopsy can, but YOU will have to carry her and not lose her or set her down anywhere.
Miss M:  Well, some kind of magic, some kind of Flopsy Miss M magic, makes it so she sees everything I see.  But she just can stay in the car.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Miss M Quotes...

Miss M on the bumper cars:  Hey Mom!  I'm number twelve!  I can go to the temple!

(Pretending to be pirates on the walk to school.)
Miss M:  Set sail for John Tyler Island where we will steal the treasure of education!

(Looking at a movie player.)
Miss M:  Hey!  That one can do veechy esses AND dvds.