- Sometimes I forget how very closely the girls listen to everything we say in their presence. A few weeks ago, I was digging through the out-of-control sippy-cup drawer to find a matching lid. I didn't think too much about my frustration until, a day or two later, Mackenzie was playing in the same drawer, shouting, "Where's the freakin' lid??" Oops! At least it wasn't anything worse, I guess?
- When the girls say something they aren't sure they should be saying (like 'freaking'), they will turn to one of us and ask, "Is [random word] nice to say?" It cracks me up, and I love that they care enough to ask...I am sure the day will come when they seek out those not-nice words.
- We have been teaching the girls when it is appropriate to say 'God' (i.e. when we are talking about God, church, etc.). They had heard the phrase "Oh my God" somewhere, and started asking questions about it. We tried to explain that we are not supposed to use that phrase, and to say "goodness" or "gosh" instead. A & M have done very well not repeating that saying, but they are VERY quick to point out when they hear it elsewhere. (It is on Shrek, which is the ONLY DVD that plays in my car--random, I know--and they never fail to point it out. They also never miss the phrase 'shut up', but we haven't had many problems with that one...yet.)
- Speaking of phrases the girls never miss, Jeremy and I totally failed that lesson that says if you hear something you don't want your kids to notice, don't draw attention to it. One day last weekend, the four of us were in our bedroom hanging out. I think I had just had a shower, so Pandora radio was still playing on my iPhone in the bathroom. We were alternatively dancing around to the music and playing around in the floor, when this song came blaring out of the speakers. (That link is just the lyrics--no music!) Jeremy and both stopped in mid-sentence and looked at each other with wide eyes. He jumped up and ran into the bathroom to skip that song, while I burst out laughing. (Mom of the year, right here!) Luckily, the girls somehow overlooked the whole situation, and to my knowledge, that word has not entered their vocabulary. It was a close one, though!
- A & M are really into playing 'babies' these days. They take turns pretending to put one another down for naps, feeding pretend bottles, and reading to each other. It's all very cute and funny to watch, but they are starting to put some 'baby talk' with this game...which is NOT so cute. We are supposed to be long past the stage of unintelligible words and whines. When they get in the mood of whining and pointing, I have to remind them to use their words and tell them they are big girls now. I can handle the pretend baby stuff, but there will be no more deciphering noises and whines when I know good and well they can say whatever they want.
All I know is that my almost-three-year-olds are pretty freakin' awesome!