"When me Daddy, can me drive the van?"
(Okay, jiving with him here.)
"When me Mommy, can me cook at the stove?"
(Explain that most definitely when he is a Daddy he can cook at the stove.)
"When me M, can me wear a barrette; paint my nails; have an umbrella?"
(Hmmm...well, when you're 4 you can do bigger boy things, and, yes, you can have an umbrella.)
And my latest personal favorite...
"When me a fish, can me live in there?"
Said last week at the Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut while pointing into a dark and murky tank with some no-nonense fish. Hmmm...T, you can be many things, but I can confidently say that you will not be a fish.
And finally, at night when we pray I usually end by saying, "You are a holy and awesome God." Sometimes I pause to let T fill in the words. It goes something like this, "You are a holy--moly." :)
(Just a few more pictures from the aquarium:)
M's big catch.
Touching a sting ray. Ever since reading the library book, Never Smile at a Monkey, a book about poisonous/dangerous animals all over the world, my kids have been a bit obsessed with sting rays. When we first went to the lake they wanted to make sure that there were no sting rays in the water. And when T is chasing the girls at the lake he pretends to be either a shark, octopus or, you guessed it, a sting ray. It was really fun for M to be able to see and touch one. T was too afraid. :)
They got to touch a crab, too. A very fun trip with Aunt MB and Uncle Carl--thanks for coming guys or kids as T calls anyone without children of their own.