From Feet Sleeves to Panty Hoes: Where My 4-Year-Old’s Mind Goes

Today I unlocked a new level of adulting achievement: I got my first crown!

And yes, the scrubs-wearing gentleman requesting payment after my dental experience said, “You got a crown for Christmas! Just like a princess!”

Eesh. And, lucky me, when they whittled down my molar (which seems to go against the natural order of things), behold! A decaying filling was discovered hiding behind the neighboring tooth! So not only did I receive the gift of a “pretend tooth” (as I described it to my 4-year-old), I had a filling too! Two for the price of one! (I kid, I kid, as the whole endeavor cost about as much as an actual royal crown).

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He and his classmates were donkeys for their Christmas pageant. *heart eyes!*

Ah well, I’m hoping this pearly pretend food masher holds up through the next two weeks of Christmas goodies, which, come to think of it, may be why I needed so much dental repair in the first place…

Anywho! On to the cuter items on the agenda!

George has always had a gift for gab, and he picked up words very early in his little life. I love this, because it’s always fascinating to hear what’s going on in his brain. Olivia, who just turned 2, has a vocabulary that grows every day, but she still gets frustrated with me regularly when I can’t understand what she’s saying (on repeat until my smile-and-nod approach annoys her enough to quit trying).

Here are some of the darndest things my eldest has come up with in the past few weeks:

George: Mama, what did Thomas Jefferson do? *pause* Do I need to get my (presidents’) book? I have to get my book when you need help.


About his pajama pants
George: They’re long. They have feet sleeves!


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Being braver than I expected. When did he get so big?!

George: I want to kick the sky! (He said this while I pushed him on a swing. It was all so exuberant.)


Mama: Thank you for helping! (after we put goodies in snack bags for my Sunday school class)
George: I’m a bit of an expert at helping. (quoting Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig)


George: Those are very cute cows!
(They were horses. I guess we need to stop reading so many books and visit a few more petting zoos…)


George: What are those?
Mama: They’re called pantyhose. They keep my legs warm.
George: What is a panty hoe?
And then I intentionally wandered off so the conversation wouldn’t take a weird turn…


What adorable or hilarious things have your kids or grandkids shared lately?

Current Reads:
1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I’m SO close to finishing! Thoroughly enjoying this bad boy.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling – I’m almost done listening to the entire series for the second time. The Hubs and I are also watching the movies as I finish the books so I can say exactly how the movies fail to match the books.
3. I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel – A very short audiobook I switch on while washing dishes. It’s an adorably accurate account of life as a fanatical reader and lover of books.
4. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper – A unique, daily read for Advent.

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