And now...my silly little love muffin, who officially became "preschool age" yesterday on her fourth birthday. She got to have breakfast at Waffle House with Grandma (complete with dessert), mini cupcakes at school (the teacher told her she could have two), got to jump in the massive puddles at home with her rain boots and rain coat on, got at almost hour-long bath after puddle-jumping to get clean (and warm), and got to watch one of her shows on a school night while having her favorite go-to meal for dinner: cheese sandwich (not grilled) and BBQ chips.
My way of commemorating her 4th birthday was to give her her very first dose of REAL cold medicine! I've been waiting for that day for four years! She woke up today with no snot dripping down her face, no boogers crusted to her face, and much less stuffiness than yesterday. Triaminic and I are going to have a very beautiful relationship!
A Lesson on Jokes
A: Mommy, I'm going to tell you a joke.
M: Oh, you learned a joke at school today?
A: No, but I'm going to tell you a joke.
M: OK, go ahead.
A: ....... put a goat in a tree! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
M: Well honey, that's not quite a joke, but it sure is something silly.
A: Mommy, I'm going to tell you another joke!
A: ..... put a chicken in a rain cloud! HAHAHAHAHA!
A: ..... put BBQ chips on a sandwich! HAHAHAHAHA!
A: ..... put a house on top of a bird! HAHAHAHA!!
A: ..... put a dolphin on top of a cat! HAHAHAHA!!!
*and on and on and on for four miles*
A Lesson on Style
M: Look Aria, new panties! They're a new style for you...boy shorts.
A: Why am I wearing boy panties?
M: No honey, they're not boy panties...it's just a style name, that's all.
A: Mommy, I love this new style!!
A: *singing to the tune of Style by Taylor Swift* I never go out of style, I never go out of style! These panties never go out of style! We never go out of style!
A Lesson on Space Objects
A: Mommy! Did you see that red thing in the sky? What was it?
M: No honey, I didn't see it. Where did you see it?
A: In the sky, out the big window in the front [of the car]. Did you miss it?
M: I guess I did. Maybe it was an airplane.
A: No it wasn't an airplane! It was in the sky and then it fell down over there *points to the trees across the street*
M: Well maybe it was a bird.
A: Birds don't fall!
M: Well...maybe it was aliens!
A: Ugh! No mom, it wasn't aliens! It must have been a space rock!
M: Oh, like an asteroid? *thinking to myself "she has no idea what that even is...*
A: No, it wasn't an asteroid. If it feel from the sky, that means it was a meteor. Meteors fly around up in space and then fall to earth. Sometimes they fall into the oceans.
M: Who taught you that?
A: I don't know. Mommy, look at those birds!
(she tends to be like the dogs in the Disney Pixar movie UP...." ......squirrel......")
M: *under my breath* Probably stupid Star Trek.
A Lesson on Shells (continuation from previous story, actually)
A: Mommy, look at those birds!
M: Yes honey, I see them.
A: They're flying away really fast. They must be trying to get home and out of the rain and snuggle up in their nests with their families.
M: That's exactly what they're trying to do!
A: Mommy, do you know what my favorite kind of shell is?
M: *that's not a topic that usually follows birds* No honey, I don't.
A: A sea star! That's a shell from the water that's shaped like a star!
M: That's true. But it's not really a shell. A sea star is a creature that lives in the water...it doesn't have a shell.
A: Oh. Did you know that some shells sounds like the sea?
M: I did know that, but how do you know that?
A: When you pick up a shell and put it to your ear and listen, you can hear the waves from the ocean. That's so cool!
M: That is really cool, isn't it? You know, Grandma used to have a really big shell a long time ago that you could hear the ocean in.
A: But she doesn't anymore.
M: No? How do you know that?
A: Because I've never seen it in her house before, that's how.
M: Well maybe it's put away somewhere...we'll ask her about it next time we're over there.
A: Mommy, guess how many cupcakes I had today?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAUTIFUL!!
(FYI: My next book review will be on Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and will be headed your way in the first half of March).