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What is it with my kids? They say and do some of the darndest things. My youngest daughter especially. I'm telling you, the girl lives in her own world. And it's a very special and happy world.

The syrup in the bellybutton is the most recent event. It started with breakfast and waffles. She was wearing her bathing suit. She's one of those kids who can't eat anything without wearing it. She gets it from her father. I'm afraid that he is the same way. When she discovered that there was syrup in her bellybutton, you would think that she would instinctively go wash it out. But, oh no! Not this child. It is much funner to show everyone how you can make your bellybutton stick together and almost disappear. Of course, this meant that all the other children had to try do the same thing and when they couldn't, that was when she proudly proclaimed, "I have syrup in my bellybutton and I like it." Yep, she's a special one. Then there's another recent event when the oldest girl was having a sleep-over and the kids were playing charades. Someone had made a guess at what the answer was, the person who was "it" said, "no, but you all just keep hollering out." Well, that was when the cute, young one decided to "holler out". No, not any words, just a nice, cute "aaahhhhh!". It was really quite funny, but I had to explain to her that was not what they meant.

I have a mommy gripe. I'm sure it's not just me. I'm sure that it's every mom. But why? My kids ALWAYS need ME! Dad can be home, standing right in the kitchen and the kids will seek me out and ask me to get them a glass of water. They are helpless and they must also think that their dad is. Here's one of my favorites...."Mom! I'm all done and my butt needs wiped!" When will this stop? OK, I know the answer...when they learn to do it for themselves. And according to the track record, I've got about two more years with the youngest. But why is it that I never hear, "dad, I'm all done and...."?
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boys and men...

Posted 08-12-2008 at 09:48 AM by weatherologist

Boys are different. They do things and see things that girls don't. They collect rocks and... garbage. All of my boys have collected rocks. Rocks are cool. It doesn't matter what kind of rock or where it came from. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a rock; just have a rock 'shape'. I can remember my oldest son bringing rocks home from everywhere and there was a time that he could tell you where he found them. "This one was from Grandma's house. I got this one in that parking lot." (This rock was actually a piece of asphalt.) He could identify them all. And they were all important.

And then there was the time that Pokemon was all the rage. He had a dozen or so pokemon keychains that he had collected from his kid's meals. He decided that these made really great ornaments for the Christmas tree. It was really difficult for me to let him put these on the tree, but it was even more difficult to let them all remain 'clumped' together. His logic, "they were able to talk to each other'. EEEkkk...

And new shoes... all boys think that a new pair of tennis shoes automatically gives you 'superhero' powers. I am amazed at how quickly my boys could run in a new pair of shoes. "Watch mommy! These shoes are so fast."

But my latest memory comes from being in the bike shop yesterday. We were there buying my oldest a new bike when my 3 YO noticed a very small bike with training wheels. With great excitment, he exclaimed, "Look mommy! This bike will go as fast as lightning!" Well, I looked and sure enough, the bike had lightning bolts on the seat. He got on it and rode it around the room. Yep, fast as lightning!

Let's see...MEN! Men are also a special breed. Maybe this comes from the fact that they are actually just bigger boys. Have you ever noticed how a man will "look" for a much needed item. Let's say that he needs a can of apples from the pantry. "Honey!? Do we have any apples?" Yes, in the pantry. "Where? I've looked everywhere." Everywhere of course translates into, "I opened the door and 'glanced' at each shelf. I did not move any thing that might have been blocking my view. In fact, I probably did not actually bend over and look at the lower shelves." Or what about putting their laundry into the laundry basket. What is with THAT? My husband likes to drop the dingy item "near" the basket and he always leaves his socks wherever he happens to remove his shoes.

Which reminds me of another one that my middle boy does... He NEVER closes his drawers. I go into his room and every drawer is left open. AAAAhhhh! This one is obviously a inherited gene from his father who never closes cabinets. This works just fine for him because he is only 5'3" and his head will not slam into an open cabinet. But the rest of us...

That's about it for now. I am sure there is more and they will come to me. Please feel free to add in the comments section any gripes that you may have...no matter what the gender.
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  1. Old Comment
    Ok, ok... I fess up... I have issues with our hamper. My clothes usually end up on top of or beside it instead of in Guess I'm busted .
    Posted 08-12-2008 at 10:22 AM by mams1559 mams1559 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    lol, are you sure those aren't my boys and dh? I can add leaving empty milk/tea containers in the fridge, not closing the toothpaste, and/or letting the trash spill over onto the floor and just walking around it. sigh....men and boys can't live with 'em, but sure can't live without 'em.
    Posted 08-12-2008 at 01:17 PM by aiangel_writer aiangel_writer is offline
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    For a second there I thought you had called my wife and my mom and you were writing this about me.
    Posted 08-13-2008 at 08:17 AM by GCSTroop GCSTroop is offline
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    This is really funny weather... Our heaviest box when we moved from CO to WY was the rock collection. My son's key chain collection is way too heavy to carry. And I just leave the dirty clothes right where they are now. They only stay there a day or two now, 'cause they realize they won't get any clean clothes otherwise...
    Posted 08-14-2008 at 06:32 PM by emeraldsky emeraldsky is offline
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    Things I did as a child:

    1. Climbed around in dumpsters in Germany. Awesome fun.
    2. Collected screws that were near the curb on my walk home. Why? Because they were there of course.
    Posted 08-19-2008 at 08:17 AM by bigthirsty bigthirsty is offline

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