We're to the point now, where I'm almost scared to know what Kate will be like as a elementary schooler! How much bigger of a personality can one little person get? There is NO TELLING what will come out of her mouth. The things she says are so funny, to us anyway. And lately, she has developed an almost teenage repertoire. Here of a couple of things I hear from her on a daily basis. (Be sure to insert the applicable attitude and tone of voice, of course.):
- Oh, come ON, Mom!
- Watch and learn!
- Just doin' my job.
- I already told you once. I'm not going to tell you again! (Pretty sure she's just repeating what she heard from me on this one!)
At the end of dance class one Thursday afternoon, Kate's teacher handed all the kids a sucker as they walked out of the door. Being the mean mom that I am, I took it away from Kate and told her that she could have it when we got home. I didn't want her to get the sticky mess all over my car. Of course, this did not go over well with Kate at all. She started screaming, crying and just throwing a typical toddler tantrum. I tried to calm her down, to no avail. Meanwhile, I'm trying to get her wrangled into her car seat and strapped in. From a few homes down the road, a dog started barking. Kate immediately stopped crying and our conversation went something like this:
Kate: "What's that, Mommy?"
Me: "I don't know. You tell me. What is it?"
Kate: "A dog! He's barking!"
Me: "He sure is. What is he saying?"
Kate: (Pauses, thinking....) "He says 'Give Kate sucker!!' "
Let me preface this by saying, neither Kevin or I drink. We don't think alcohol in and of itself is wrong (although it can be), but we have made a personal decision not to drink or have it in our home. I'm not trying to start a discussion on alcohol, but just needed to set the stage for this story. SO....
Kevin and I were discussing dinner plans one night. Kevin turned to me and said "Who's cooking dinner tonight? Papas and Beer?" (Papas and Beer is a Mexican restaurant in our area.) Well, Kate must have liked that option, because she got really excited. The only problem was she kept saying "Yeah, Mommy! Let's go pop a beer!" Um.... no.
For all you parents of Frozen-obsessed children:
We're in that stage where Kate wants to go everywhere with me, and by everywhere, I mean everywhere. Like, even the bathroom. So one day I went into the bathroom and closed the door. The next thing I know, Kate is banging and pounding on the door as hard as she can, and demanding to come in. I tell her to wait, and I'll be out in just a second. It's silent for just a minute, and then I hear her softly knock and bust out in song- "Elsa? Please, I know you're in there! People are asking where you've been. They say 'Have courage." and I'm trying to. I'm right out here for you. Just LET ME IN!!!"
After dance on Thursdays, we often just go out to eat to make things easier. So Kate and I pulled into Moe's after her most recent dance lesson, and were just meeting Kevin over there. I hadn't really told Kate where we were going, so this is our conversation as we pull into the Moe's parking lot:
Kate: We going to eat? Guacamole??.
Me: Yes, Kate. We're going to eat dinner at Moe's with Daddy.
Kate: That's what I'm talking about!
Kate and I are waiting in line at WalMart when somebody comes over the loudspeaker and pages someone to the front. Kate looks at me and says "Was that Papa calling me?" When I told her that no, it was not Papa she got a REALLY excited look on her face. She turned to me and said "That's God talking??"
We've been talking to Kate a lot this week about Easter, what it means, and the story of Jesus' death and resurrection- obviously in toddler terms. So tonight I asked her how Jesus died, expecting her to say "on the cross" like she has the past few times. This is the story I got....
"Umm.... Jesus fell in the river. And then He said "oh no!". And then the crocodile came along, and snapped him on the arm. And Jesus died."Never a dull moment with this child.
For the past few weeks, when we would punish Kate or tell her no, or something else that she didn't like, she would look at us and say in an angry voice "UNTIE!". She has seriously said this about 50 times- after getting a spanking, or under her breath when we tell her not to do something, or really anytime she's not getting the reaction she wanted. We had no idea what in the world she was talking about, but just the way she was using that word, it didn't sound nice. I'd even ask her "Kate, was what you just said to Mommy nice or was that mean?" and she would indicate that it was mean. So, we kind of took it as her form of cussing at us! We would tell her not to say that, and put her in time-out if she would say it to us, but we still had no idea what she was really saying or what it meant! We just knew she thought she was being mean. Well, we finally got her to tell us where she got it from and it came from the movie Tangled. She kept saying "Rapunzel said it to her Mommy when she was mad."
So today, we sat down and watched the movie with her just to see what exactly Rapunzel was saying and how she used it. We were asking Kate "Has Rapunzel said it yet?" and she would say "Nooooo, not yet!". Well finally, toward the end of the movie, she said it. And Kevin and I about DIED laughing.
It is the part of the movie where Rapunzel confronts her mother about being kidnapped as a baby. She is angry and hurt, and her words come out in just an anguished/mad tone. She looks at the woman that she's always called Mom and says "I'm the missing princess, AREN'T I??"
So now we realize that every time Kate gets mad at us, she looks at us and says "aren't I"!! I guess we will let her keep saying it. It is so much better than some of the alternatives!
Kevin actually blogged about this story himself (complete with a video example). You can check it out on his blog, here.