Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Potentially Useful Information

At dinner during which there was no talk of either trains or tigers:
"Water trains and water tigers can swim. Water trains have wheels that go around like this (motions with arms) and it makes them swim. But water tigers just use their feet."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anybody Got an Extra Escalator?

"If you had a broken elevator you would need to be like the hulk and carry an escalator in your pocket."

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dancing FIXES Freaked Out Skin, Actually.

My friend's daughters were dancing.
"Stop that. If you do that it makes my skin freak out because... I hate that. Because it makes my skin freak out."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My New Favorite Song

The kid was playing his guitar, strumming something that actually sounded like a tune.
"Mom, do you know what that song was called?"
"No, what?"
He put down his guitar and whispered in my ear, "Don't forget me."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hard Hitting Questions.

Watching a Batman cartoon:
"Mom. Why can't real regular people go on the ceiling? I mean on the roof? Why?"
"Well, because regular people just can't make their bodies jump that high."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Probably So.

"When I'm a Dad, maybe I'm gonna still be funny."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I think I just got 'dissed.

Colin wasn't feeling well this morning. I helped him out and we went about our day. Checking in with him later:
"How does your body feel now,
"Uh...Better than yours."

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Ocean Floor Maybe?

"Mom, do mermaids live in the ocean or in the floor?"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Much

"Mom, how much does everybody love you?"
"I don't know, how much?"
Throws his arms wide to his sides, "This much."
"How much do I love you, Mom?"
"I don't much?"
Throws his arms wide to his sides, keeps going, wraps them around his back as far as possible.
"This much."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sometimes I forget.

Chastising me for walking too fast:
"Mom, if you go away from me in the dark sometimes, I'm scared. Because you know I'm just a regular kid."

Friday, November 19, 2010

No Habla Espanol

"Mom, how do you say 'hasta luego' in Spanish?"

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Badguys Vs. Gumballs

"Mom, I had-ed a dream that a bad guy was trying to shoot me in my eye, but then I got a gumball in my mouth, and then I spitted it out at him like "Phoo!" and he got dead."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

So it's okay then.

The kid was smacking his ankle against a wall.
SMACK! SMACK! "Ow. That really hurts."
"Colin, why do you keep doing that if it hurts?!"
"Well, it didn't get my blood out."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world.

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey came on the radio. I turned it up.
"Mom. That song freaks me out."
"Want me to change it?"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I wanna be in pictures...

"When I'm grown up and I'm in a movie, it's going to be a Stretchy-Man movie and I'm going to be Stretchy-Man!"

Friday, November 12, 2010

I kick it and so do you.

This text just in from today's carpool mom:
"Your son was serenading us with a guitar solo all the way to school that he titled "You Kick Ask!" - just FYI. :)"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We are not multi-lingual, but we can fool people.

The kid and I were sitting in the park waiting for some friends to show up when a Hispanic family walked by. "Shh! Mom, stop talking. Maybe they will think we can speak Spanish."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


"What if I was a skeleton and I was brushing my teeth and my bottom teeth fell out. That would be so funny."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sometimes I forget the words too.

"Eenie Meenie Miney Mo. Datcha bida-bida bo. Datcha bida, let him go. Eenie Meenie Miney Mo."

Dreams are weird.

"Mom, I had-ed a dream of three guys and they were the big guys and other guys were the little guys. And their names were Fyder, because he flied, Lieder, because she lies all the time, and Kadinder. He is one of the big ones."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Catchy Tunage

Songwriting in Batman pajamas, with Toys R Us guitar:
"Girrrrrlfriend....I don't want you. But girrrrrrrlfriend, I will want you later. And when I'm grown up, I will go to the beach and call my girrrrrlfriend. And go in my car wif my girrrrlfriend."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Let's start a petition to rename it.

"Mom, what planet do we live in?"
"No, Saturn!"
"Um, nope. We live on Earth these days."
"No. Saturn. Because it looks WAY awesomer. Erf is too pokey."
"I agree."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Not sure about the timing on this one...

"Mom! I have to tell you a secret!"
In my ear: "When I grow up, I'm gonna be your dad."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Balls Are People Too

"My ball was like 'No! No! No! I don't wanna go into the dark place! And then it was like 'Aaaaaaaaaaaah! DONK!"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Things I Didn't Know Number 8,756.5

"Babies are born out of their mom's boobs. Did you know that, Mom?"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Who cares it's not Halloween yet


"Mom we should get a Zignator. It goes inside the water."
"A zignator?"
"What's a Zignator?"
"Just a Zignator. You know." With that, he ran out the back door, leaving me to ponder.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fun with Poop!

"Momguesswhat? I have a new game to play at school AND at home too! It's called diarrhea."
The kid went on to describe a game of pretend involving running and flying and girls vs. boys. I was laughing too hard to clarify the word until later.

I thought that one looked bigger...

"Mom, you know where my sammich went?"
Kid points to his mouth, drags finger down his throat, across his chest, under his arm and down the side of his body to his right foot.
"In there. In my right foot. Not in my other one."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Waxing, Waning, Crescent and...

"Oh! Look at the moon, Mom! It's whole!"

Now You Know

"Dad, you know why ghosts get fat when they eat food?"
"No, why?"
"Cuz they don't poop."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Everyone has a price...

"If I give-ded you a bill-jin bill-jin dollars, then can I eat all the chocolate?"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nudist School

Getting dressed in the morning:
"What if I went to school naked? Then I would have to go to Naked School. That's where naked guys go."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

So Fast

Dropping him off at school:
"Mom, I want you to come back like Hot Wheels."
"What do you mean? In a cool car?"
"No. Come back so fast. I would miss you."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

She's not THAT old...

Introducing his buddies from school to his family:

"...'an this lady is my Gramma. She's OLD."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dragonfly Dream

"Mom, I had-ed a dragonfly dream. I had-ed a dragonfly dream but I just lost him. I wanted to tell him a secret! 'Don't sting good guys. Only sting bad guys!"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I'll Miss You Too

"G'night, Mom. I would miss you when I'm sleeping."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls...

“You’re getting so big, Colin. Hey, whey you’re 13, the girls will be 21 - they will be grown up ladies.”

“No, they will be my big brothers.”

“You mean sisters?”

“No. Brothers.”

“Uh. Well, they are still going to be girls when they are grown up.”

“That’s okay. I like girl brothers.”

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


"What do you want to be for Halloween?"

"I wanna be a bam-fire, I fink."

"What's a bam-fire?"

"You know, dey fly at night."

"Like a bat?"

"No, a bam-fire! You know, dey suck blood!."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Where is that Dinosaur Store?

"Mom, I haded a dream that I had a dinosaur pet friend. And he was a T-Rex an' he letted me slide down his back! And he only kiwed bad guys. And he ated dinosaur food. You buy it at the dinosaur store."

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's a Long Song

Playing his Toys R Us guitar,

"That was a Transformer song, mom. And it had a girlfriend in it."

The mom who drove him to school this morning said, "I listened to the Transformer song at full blast all the way to school. Half way through, he stops and says "It's a long song" and then keeps going."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Humorist

Colin, to friend: "I'm gonna miss you."

Friend: "Me too."

Colin, to me: "It's like...she's gonna miss hersewf."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Flat Colin

"If my food all came out of my tummy I would be flat!"

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fat Boobs

"If you get a baby in your tummy, then your boobs would get fat too."

"Oh yeah? Who told you that, buddy?"

"Nobody! I just sawld a lady!"

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Still Scary

"A pretend monster is under da bed. It's just pretend, so don't be scared."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Did You Get That I Want Some Mice?

As transcribed by me:

Dear Grandma,

"I want a mouse from Grandma Susan. And I want to say there’s mices at the pet store. And I want a lot of more presents for my burfday.
And den I will need a... want a Bat Cave and Batman and Robin.

"I already need one mouse, but my friend already got one. I want three mices for my burfday. One is gonna be the brother and the second one is gonna be the sister and the fird one is gonna be the other sister. No, the fird one is gonna be the husband, atchewally.

I want three. Grandma can you get them fer my burfday? But my burfday is gonna be for (in) a long time.

Can you? I want one from the pet store. I want three mices right now."


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bossy. Wonder Where He Gets It.

Wagging a finger at me as I sat at my desk after dinner:

"Now, Mom, we need to have NO more working today."

Kid's First Knock Knock Joke

"Knock knock!"
"Whose there?"
" pine...pineapple, um... uh...Carashew Cow!"
"Carashew cow who?"
..."Bumpy Carashew Cow! Hahahahahahaha!"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scream the Heck Out of His Head

"Mom, in my second dream there was a ghost in it, and I screamed the heck out of his head!"

Green at Heart

"If somebody throws paper and trash on the street then that is MEAN."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

First words on waking up this morning:

"That was the bestest roller coaster ever, you could sleep on it!"

Friday, September 24, 2010

Can You Check My Math?

"I'm gunna have my burfday. Know how old I'm gunna be on my burfday?"

"How old?"

"5 and a half"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dinner With Friends

"Hey, Colin, it's time to eat!"

"I'm not hungry. Mom...should we leave?"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

How About Backflips?

"You can't do cartwheels on an airplane."

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Think he Means the Crackers

"What are pets, Mom?"

"Animals people have at home, like dogs, cats, goldfish..."

"Goldfish are NOT pets!"

"They're not?"


"Well, what are they?"


Monday, July 26, 2010

Like When I'm Six

"Give me a kiss, Colin."

"No, I don't like kissing."

"Someday you might like kissing."

"No. I don't like kissing."

"Well, someday you might want to kiss a girl."

"Well, yeah... later... when I'm grown up. Like when I'm six."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I Won't Forget, I Promise.

"Mom, is this our tent?!"

"Yep, it is!"

"Ok. But don't forget to bring our camping beds. And a towel. And my bathing suit. And some clothes for
me to wear. And a picture to put on the wall and my toys and my Spiderman costume. And food. And my blanket. Okay, Mom?"

"Well, we will bring just what we need, there's going... to be lots to do there."

"Ok, Mom, but just don't forget my clothes."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Whatever is Faster

"Mom, I want you to buy a big, BIG car!"

"You know, small cars go faster than big cars."

"Oh...I want you to buy a small, LITTLE car!"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Bessest



"Your're my bessest friend of the whole world."

Said Most Sweetly and Sincerly...

"My butt farted a big, juicy fart for you. And when it came out it was a heart. A pink one--for you, Mom."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Backseat Driver

"Mom, now I need you to go norf, and then turn left. Ok? Don't turn left here, just go norf first."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gobble Gobble

"Thanks for the gobbles, Mom! Now I can see under the water! Wif my new gobbles!"

Friday, July 16, 2010

Second-First is Almost as Good

"Mom, put my shoes on me first!"

"You'll have to either put them on yourself or wait for me to put mine on."

"Ok, put mine on second, first!"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Chatty Babysitter

"How did it go with your Grandma last night, Colin?"

"I just tolded her to not talk and be quiet. She likes to talk!"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How does he know that Midas is the touch he needs?

"I'm goin' to be a Dad. And wif a girlfriend and a pool and a truck and a big, big house. And a little dog. Named Midas."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I Want One Too

"Mom, soon I want to get a new giant car that can fly, ok?"

"You mean like an airplane?"

"No. A giant car and it can fly so high somewhere, like to Canada!"

Monday, July 5, 2010

I Guess it was a Hard Quesion

"Mom, don't ask me, I'm not a grownup!!!!!"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

He reserves the right to change from cartoon character to super-hero without notifying the public at large.

"Mom, Spiderman does NOT wear 'Transformin's' shoes. He only wears Spiderman's shoes. I am Spiderman, Mom."

Time to go shoe shopping.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Genetic Evidence That He's My Son

"Do you want a snack, Colin? I have popcorn, cheese and an apple."

"I want chocolate."

"I have no chocolate."

"Then you're not my friend!"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Weird Conversation, 4am

"Mom! Mom! Mom! I want to be a boy mermaid!"

"Uh...okay. Go back to sleep, babe."

"No, mom! I want to be a boy mermaid right now!"

"Oh. I think you were having a dream, honey."

"No, I wasn't! I just want to be a boy mermaid!"

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kinda Works That Way, Doesn't it?

"Mom, I like you a lot. But sometimes when I'm mad, I only like myself."

Friday, June 4, 2010

Still Traveling

"Colin, look, you got a passport!"

"Oh good, I got a new one."

"Well, this is your first passport."

"No it's not!"

"It's not?"

"No, I had one when I died!"

"Oh. Okay. Well, this is your new passport then."


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Stand Corrected

Colin was starving. I gave him a big bowl of spaghetti.

"Go to town, kid."

"No, Mom," he said, "I go to table."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aww, Shucks.

I woke up with a smiling little face inches from mine:

"Mom! I'm your buddy!"

" are, honey."

"And you're my buddy too, right?"

"Yep. I am."

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dinnertime Existentialism

"Eat your chicken, kid. Bodies need protein too."

"I don't have a body."

"You don't?"


"What's that thing right there with toes and fingers and a head?"


Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm Losing my Narvels

"Mom, Grandma has narvels!"


"Yeah! I got some narvels at school too!"

"What are 'narvels', babe?"

"Those little round things."

"Oh. You mean marbles."

"No I don't. They're narvels, Mom."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You Can Buy Those?

"Mom, it was my dream we went to the human store and the robot store too. And we got to a monster store. And we got a kid that's human like us, that talks. A girl one."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Latest Colinism

"Woo-la-who": n, a tubular plastic hoop, about 4 ft. in diameter, for rotating about the body by swinging the hips, used for physical exercise or in children's play: introduced in the 1950s.

Also known as a Hula Hoop.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Better Check That

Measuring the washing machine with his dad's tape measure:

"Twenty-six, seven, five, six. Mmmm...I better check that."

Drops tape measure and runs out back door.

Baby Blob

"Mom, when I was a baby I was boring."

Sunday, May 9, 2010


"I'n afraid of fire, Mom, an' airplane crashing. But I'm not afraid of dying."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Finer Things in Life

"This is our big house where we live an' it has a sink and wittle cookies!"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Do I Really Need a Reason?

"Why did you got me a surprise, Mom?"

"Because I love you and you're awesome."

"Oh. Okay."

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Brown Guy

Trying to explain to Colin whose birthday party we were going to:

"You know the grown-up guy I was talking to, next to the pool last weekend?"


"You know, uh... Lily and Jasmine's Daddy?"


"You know...he had an orange bathing suit on?"

Colin said, "Oh yeah! The brown guy?!"

"Yeah! That guy!"

Laughing....because that is the most obvious thing, so why didn't I think to say that first?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Finked he Wooked Willy, Willy Cute

Dressed in his bathing suit for a pool party:

"Mom, what do you fink - do I wook so cute?"

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Discovering Pillbugs:

"Mom! Wook! It's a Woah-ly Poah-ly! But where he's going? Oh. He needs to go find his mom."

Friday, April 30, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle

In the car tonight:

"Woah, Mom! Look! That star is following us!"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Colin Gets his Groove On

When he saw the video he said, "I was a really good dancer!"

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Pied Piper of Owies

"Mom, does your owie hurts?"

"Yes, it does."

"How 'bout I play music for your owie so it doesn't hurts and it gets better right now?"

Sunday, April 25, 2010


"Ba ba ba ba."


"Mom, I'm a baby. I said 'Ba ba ba ba!"

"What does that mean?"


"Kid, you're driving me crazy. I can't understand you."

"BA. BA. BA. BA!!!"

"Ok. Please talk to me later when you're not a baby."

"I was saying 'I love you, mom.' Oh my God-uh."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons:

"Those guys are funny, Colin!"

"No they're not! They're just so cute and nice!"

Friday, April 23, 2010

My Son's Idea of Fine Dining...

"Mom are you going out?"
"With your friend?"
"Are you gonna hang out?"
"No, babe, we're going in her car and we're going to go to a restaurant."
"Oh! You're going to Bobs!"
(As in Bob's Big Boy)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Black Hat

"Daddy, I'm a good guy, right?"


"And you're a good guy, right?"


"Okay. I'm gonna shoot Mom."

So We Can Go To The Beach, Already.

"Mom, you see that clock?"


"That says it's summer time. Okay?"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Them Lazy Flowers

Kid was in the back yard blowing an obnoxiously loud whistle. I heard him singing, so opened the window to hear, "Wake up, wake up, wake up the flowers! Toot Toot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up, wake up, wake up the grass, Toot Toot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More Than One Way to Get a Sibling

"Mom, I'm gonna buy a baby for you."

"Oh yeah?"

"Yeah. It's gon' be awesim."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shorts vs. Talls

"This is just for kids, mom. It's not for talls."

Friday, April 9, 2010

I Must be Looking Thinner

"Mom, you can share my wittle underwear if you want to."

The Silver Bullet

In the minivan this morning, "Mom this is a race car, right? It says 'ka-chow' like Lightening McQueen!"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I Approve This Logic

"Daddy, can I eat this chocolate now?" "You'd better ask Mom." "No, it's mine, I better ask me!"

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kid Physics

"Mom, are you tall?"


"Is Auntie Sharen tall?"

"Yep. She's taller than me."

"Is she taller than you upside down on a roller coaster?"

"Uh...I think upside down on a roller coaster we'd be the same."

"Oh. Okay."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Might Be Time I Eased Off on the Butt Compliments...

We were out at the Americana, a local outdoor mall, today. As we walked around the fountain and came to the back of the 18-foot "Spirit of American Youth" statue, Colin shouted, "Aw! Cute butt!"

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I got out of bed this morning and started singing cheerfully but with a tired voice.

From the kid's bed: "Mom! Stop it!"

I laughed but kept singing.

"Mom, stop it I said! Oh my God-uh! You're gonna make me cry!"

Friday, March 26, 2010

For Sale:

One four year old boy in Spiderman pajamas. Cute. Says a lot of funny shit. Will kick you in the arm really hard while you try to use your laptop. Laughs when you protest. First come, first served. No refunds. No exchanges.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Where the Fishes Do Their Business

Kid headed out the door early this morning to go fishing with his Dad.

"Colin, do you want to go to the bathroom before you go?"

"Um...Does fishing have a toilet?"

Friday, March 19, 2010

I Have Been Warned

"You have to be nice to me if you want to be my friend, Mom. Cuz I can get a new Mom."

Monday, March 15, 2010

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor, Extra-Gooey-Super-Sweet

"I love you, Colin."


"Do you love me?"


"How much?"

"So, so, so, so...very...special...much."

"Wow. How much do you love Daddy?"

"Very special much, like you."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Are You My Girl?

When kissing Colin goodnight, he popped his tongue in my mouth.

"Eew! Colin, you can kiss your girlfriend like that one day, but not your mom."

"Yeah, when I'm a big man! And I can say, "Are you my girl?" and I can sing her a song! Wif my guitar!"

"That'll be a lucky girl."

"Yeah. My giwlfriend."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Four Year Old Nightmares

Colin woke up twice during the night last night, once at 2:30 am: "Noooooo! I can't put my socks on by myself, I can't!"

and again at about 4am:

"Don't touch it! Stop touching it! It's not yours, it's miiiiiine!"

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Manners for Grandma

Colin farted. "What do you say when you fart, Colin?" "Nuffink!"

He farted again. "What do you say when you fart, Colin?" "I awready said 'Nuffink'!"

A little while later my mom came over. I heard him fart from the next room. His Grandma said, "What do you say when you fart, Colin?"

"Oh, Excuse me."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Robot Dragon

"Mom, it was a robot dragon and he say, 'I'm biting you and making you dead!' and I said, 'No!' and then he said, 'I want to eat a giant house for my dinner!' and then I got him dead! In my dream!"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Makse Sense to Me

"Mom, my tummy hurts. I need the doctor to look in my belly button."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Where's the Baby?!

Kid sat up like a shot from a sound sleep and shouted urgently, "Mom? Where's the baby?!"

"What baby, honey?"

"Our baby!" He jumped out of bed and ran into the other room. He opened the guest room door.

"Mom! Where's the baby?" He sounded alarmed, so I jumped out of bed to follow him.

"We don't have a baby, honey."

"Oh. Did our baby died?"

"No, Sweetie. I think you were having a dream that we had a baby. We don't really have one."

"Oh. We need to get one."

All That Darkness Hurts the Eyes

After 2,487 story books, a trip to the bathroom and more water...I thought he'd finally fallen asleep.

"But I can't sleep, Mom. It's too dark."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


"Mom I'm gonna get a big, big skeweton (skeleton)! When I'm a big man!"

"Yeah! Now you have a little skeleton!"

"Yeah! But I'm gonna get a big, big one!"


"Mom? How would it get in?"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mr. Potts and Truly Scrumptious Can Kiss My Ass

We were all watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang last night. Colin turned to his dad,

"Daddy, I can get a different daddy like that one and he can make me a car! And I can get a different mom like that one with so so much candy!"

Sunday, February 28, 2010


"Mom, I saw a comeeto and the dog was wery, wery cute."

"What's a comeeto?"

"On the TV and it was a little dog, wery wery cute and I need Santa Clause to get me that one."

"Oh! A commercial?"

"Yeah, a comeeto. On TV."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Let's Call it The Arbitrary Song

Heard this little ditty from the bathroom this morning.

"I wanted a computer
and then I needed to poop
and then I wished for a computer
and then I was done!

"Moooooooooom! I need hewp!"

Friday, February 26, 2010

What Passes For a Segue Around Here

"Mom, I'm growing in (into) a big man?"

"Yes. Do you want to be a big man?"

"No. Yes. Soon. I want corn."


"I want to eat corn. Right now."

*Segue - (seg.way) any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Raisin Poop

"I don't like raisins in my lunchbox, Mom. They're poop."


"Yeah. Little poop."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Colin started a kid's jiu-jitsu class with some friends. In trying to explain to him what it would be like, I mimed a couple of karate chops and a kick.


"C'mon, kid, let's go to Jui-Jitsu!"

"Okay. Is that my punching class?!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


"Mom, remember when I was a girl? I was a girl and then I needed a new body and then I was a boy!"

We Love Her Anyway

Colin hugged his dog, "You're my friend, Dixie. Mom? Her name is Dixie, right? Not Cornishumonooldo. And she can't fly."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Morningtime Monster

He woke up singing:

"Morningtime, morningtime
I'm so tired I wanna sleep more
then a monster came in my room
and then I forgot to wake up
and then my mom and daddy got him away
and then I wanted to sleep more
and then the end!"

Another Anatomy Lesson

"Mom, your nose has circles like mine. Their name is knockers."

"You mean nostrils?"

"Oh yeah, nostrils."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

For Your Information

"Daddy, you have a skeleton head in your head. Did you know that?"

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nose Identity

4am, from out of the darkness, a little hand touches my nose.

"Mom? My nose is not a girl. My nose is a boy."


"And your nose is a boy, like me."

Friday, February 19, 2010


"Colin, don't squeeze the kitty."

"I NEED to squeeze him. But I just don't need to BREAK him."

Thursday, February 18, 2010


"Mom I made a song for you:

'Winnie the Pooh

went in there (down the drain)

and he got dead with spiders....

and fiiiiiirrrreeeeeeeeeeeee!!

You liked it?"

Playing Zoo

"Daddy, I'll be a monkey and you be a koala. A BIG koala."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How do I Start This Thing?

Upon waking up this morning, Colin made a fist and knocked on his skull.

"My head isn't working."

Monday, February 15, 2010

What Valingtimes Day is For

"I understand, Mom."

"You do?"


"What do you understand?"

"Valing-times day is for hugging Gramma."

It's a Man Thing

"When I was (am) a big man, I can have a mustache."


"Yeah. Like you! But I don't want to get hair on my tummy like you."


"And when I was a big man, I want a BIG BIG flashlight!!"

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Booger Portal

"Daddy, I got two doors in my nose."

"Those are called 'nostrils.'"

"No, Daddy. I got doors."

Friday, February 12, 2010

I've Got the Bags Under My Eyes to Prove it.

10pm. I plopped the kid, finally exhausted, into his bed.

Colin: "Mom? I don't like to sleep. You know that?"

Me: "Yep. I knew that."

Colin: "Zzzzzzzzzzzz"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Shock the Doc

Took Colin to the doctor today. "Which ear hurts, Colin?" she asked. He pointed to his left. "And I have a skeleton in my body and a blue heart and a baby in my tummy. But it doesn't look like a fish!"

Monday, February 8, 2010

All Messed Up

Colin is sick. "How does your body feel this morning, Colin?" "I'm all messed up. We could go to the pyrofractor?" (aka "chiropractor")

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Go By Yourself!

My husband asked my son if he needed to pee. My kid was wearing a headset and misunderstood - he thought his dad was asking him for help in the bathroom. He shouted over the music to his Dad, "No! You're big enough! You can go by yourself!"

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Somethin Funny

"Colin, can you say something funny?"

"Sure. One time I got a little tiny baby, then he can grow in your tummy, and I don't know. Because it will be funny then I can go in the sky, then I can run."


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Don't Worry, Kid. They Wouldn't Fit Through the Door Anyway.

At bedtime after a day at the Natural History Museum:

"Mom? Dinosaurs aren't real?"

"Not anymore. They used to be, but they all died a long time ago."

"Oh...They won't come to our house, right?"

"No. Never."

Monday, February 1, 2010

Just Don't Start With the Fart Jokes

"You're funny, Colin."

"Yeah, I know. I'm just funny like my Dad."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mom in Trouble

Colin just threatened to give me a time out. He's really mad. And I'm thinking...I would LOVE a time out. He's giving me the "very serious" face. He has no idea.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to Drive a Car

"I don't wanna go to school, mom."

"I understand, but I need you to go to school, babe. It's your job. Just like Daddy and I have jobs to do."

"But I don't wanna go to school, mom!"

"Hmm. Well, what do you want to know, Colin?"

There was a pregnant pause as he considered this while sucking on his spoon. Suddenly alert, he looked up at me. "How to drive a car!"

"Cool! Did you know that you have to learn how to read before you can learn to drive a car?"


"Yeah, there's a book you have to read about how to drive a car, and you have to be able to read all the signs on the street, too."


"So, how 'bout we get ready for school?"


Monday, January 25, 2010

Totally Not Anything My Kid Said

Just a quote I came across today, which I love:

"Be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued."

- John Holt

I get the point, and it's a beautiful one. But I guess my question is...would I tell another adult, whose good opinion and affection I valued, to quit choking the dog and please put his pants and underwear back on before going outside? And how much would I value the opinion of an adult who tried to kill my pets and flash his bum to the neighbors? Anyway. Food for thought.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thinking Ahead

"Waaaaaaaaaa!! Owww!!!!"

"Are you okay, Colin?"

"Yeah. I'm okay later when it's all better."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Suddenly, School Sounds Like Lotsa Fun

After leaving a huge mess in the living room and kitchen this morning,

"I know, Mom. I can go to school and you can fix the house!"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Let me at 'em

"It's not okay to hit people, Colin."

"But I can hit tigers and sharks and monsters. And blankets. Right, mom?"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Unforgivably Rude

Colin: "Mom, I wanna go outside!"

Me: "Dude, no way. You're wearing pajamas and no shoes and there's freezing rain out there. Come and get dressed."

Colin: "You're rude."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Difference Between Boys and Girls

The little girl is Colin's friend. Like most girls, she talks. You get to start seeing Colin's reaction to it about a minute in.

This was taken in September, 2009.

Oh Really?

"My great-grandma is dead. But just her body is dead. Not her head."

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bad Like Me

Colin's Daddy told him to wait a minute. Kid didn't like that.

"I'm gonna give you a "X." He drew a big "x" on his chalkboard.

Daddy said, "Can I get a star?"

Colin said, "No. Never. You'll never get a star. Because you're bad like me and you fight."

A New Leg

"Mom, I got two owies on my leg. I gotta get a new leg."

And more:

Colin: "Mom? I need a new leg, I said!"

Me: "Well, you can't really just buy a new leg and stick it on. If we took the old one off you'd have to get a fake one."

Colin: "We could just glue it."

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Scary, but Nice

Colin went on the Haunted House ride at Disneyland for the first time today.

"How did you like that, Colin?"

"That was too scary for me. But it was so nice, too."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cuz I Need Stuff

First thing this morning:

"Mom. I need to make a lot of money."

"How come?"

"I need to buy a motorcycle and a truck and a car and a big house and a train in my back yard."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mom Needs a Penis

Overheard conversation:

"Daddy, mom needs a penis." Daddy said, "Oh yeah?" Colin replied, "Yep. We should buy her one."

Thinking it's sweet of him to want to make up for what I'm lacking.