He Who Laughs Last, Laughs The Hardest

From the 6 year-old:

A rose by any other name would be a tulip.

A chain is only as strong as metal.

A fool and his money are teamwork.

A good man is a nice man.

A leopard can’t change its name.

A penny saved is in the piggybank.

A picture is worth at least $2.

A poor workman always blames it on the other workmen.

A problem shared is sharing.

A rolling stone gathers snow or dirt.

A thing of beauty is beautiful.

A watched pot never drops.

A woman’s place is a nail polish store.

All good things come to your heart.

All that glitters is sparkly things.

All you need is happiness. (This makes my heart swell!)

An ounce of prevention is worth a dollar.

Ask a silly question and you’ll get a silly answer.

You’ve made your bed so neatly.

Beauty is only a funny word.

Behind every great man is a woman. (What a smart little guy!) 

Boys will be big one day.

Don’t bite the hand that you have on your body.

Don’t count your chickens before they are laying their eggs.

Don’t cut off your nose to smell anything.

Don’t put all your eggs in a pan.

Don’t put the cart somewhere else.

Don’t teach your Grandma to play tag.

Don’t throw the baby she’ll crack her head!

Every cloud has big puffy white stuff.

Everything comes to him who sits down.

He who laughs last, laughs really hard.

By 4 year-old:

A rose by any other name would be another flower.

A chain is only as strong as cement.

A fool and his money are rich.

A good man is a nice man.

A leopard can’t change its self.

A penny saved is lots of money.

A picture is worth 2 pictures or more.

A poor workman always blames a lady.

A problem shared is still a problem.

A rolling stone gathers more stones.

A thing of beauty is a rose.

A watched pot never drops.

A woman’s place is in a tower. (He had just finished playing a video game where he was trying to rescue the princess in the tower.)

All good things come to princesses . . . .or me.

All that glitters is glue.

All you need is good things.

An ounce of prevention is worth lots of money.

Ask a silly question and you’ll get many more silly questions.

You’ve made your bed, neatly.  I did.

Beauty is only mommy.  I guess.

Behind every great man is a woman.

Better the devil you know than smovel. (a made-up bad guy)

Boys will be a boy. 

Don’t bite the hand that you are wearing.

Don’t count your chickens before they are are lined up nicely.

Don’t cut off your nose to smell.

Don’t put all your eggs in a basket.

Don’t put the cart under a car.

Don’t teach your Grandma to jump in the lake.

Don’t throw the baby on the floor.

Every cloud has puffy stuff on it.

Everything comes to him who is nice to others. (Proof that he does listen to my sermons!)

He who laughs last, is funny.


Best of The Blogosphere #3

Nathalie and I both keep journals with our boys’ adorable musings and it’s undeniable that kids really do say some funny things.  But what about some of the funny things that we say?  There have been times when the words are leaving my mouth, I am thinking: I can’t believe that I am saying this!

Design Mom by way of Design Taxi was introduced to Nathan Ripperger’s art work.  Nathan takes things that parents cannot believe that they have said and creates funky wall posters based on the words.  I wonder what he could do with the time that I said this?

His artwork is available for sale on his Etsy website.  Be sure to visit!  What a great gift for Father’s Day!

Good manners will take you far in life.  Take a look at what 1000 Awesome Things had to say a while back.  A few weeks ago a gentleman and I pulled up to a 4-way stop at the same time.  Instead of scowling and booting it through the intersection before I had a chance to wave him through, he smiled at me and waved me through (unheard of in my neighbourhood!).  I waved my hand – no, no, you first- because I am fairly certain that he was there first.  And then he did something that made my day (clearly, it doesn’t take much): he smiled, put his hands together and bowed his head.  It’s amazing how a simple thank you can make someone feel good.

Having a rough day?  Feeling overwhelmed?  Here’s  a gentle reminder that the best mom, is true to herself, where she alphabetizes her spice rack or not.

And in case you just need a good cry, get your tissues ready and watch this:



Overheard at the Breakfast Table

On our last grocery shop orange juice with pulp was mistakenly bought.  We tried to pull a fast one on the boys and serve it up as the usual variety.  Our eldest took a long drink from his glass after biting into his eggs.  He scrunched up his face, turned to his brother and said:  “Hey, someone put leaves in my juice!”

Summer Smiles

At the risk of sounding all Goopy or Oprah-ish, here are some things that I have come across this summer that just make my day. How about you? What has been your favourite summer find?

My Quotable Kid – a journal

Every parent has stories of funny things their kids say. Like this summer my three year old told me that I was “taking away all of his fun” when I thwarted his attempt to “fly” from a high surface whilewearing a blanket for a cape and a helmet. That’s me – a total meanie.

Window writers to identify drinking glasses

I stole this one from my sister-in-law. She solved the problem of the Mystery Glass. After a few wine spritzers or fruity cosmo’s the inevitable begins: “Is that my glass?”

Charms don’t work for my absent-minded friends who are too busy tracking their three year olds to remember whether they are the pink stiletto or the martini olives. Use Crayola Window Writers to scribble each person’s name on their glass.

Kids love this. Adults love this. The joker in the crowd loves this -some interesting nicknames might be revealed after round two.

Twist ‘N Sparkle Carbonator from Williams-Sonoma

I must confess that I read about this carbonator in O Magazine. The boys and I love bubbly water (actually, I pretty much love all things bubbly) so in effort to reduce my inflated San Pellegrino tab, I purchased one of these. The boys and I have had fun making carbonated O.J. and other fun umbrella-type drinks. I am definitely the party-hit when I twist the carbonator and we watch the bubbles fizz.

I have to hand it to my husband for creating the best cocktail of the summer – lemonade, vodka, Cointreau and a splash of lime cordial mixed together and then carbonated. So yummy, it comes dangerously close to fourth baby territory. (Don’t worry – not really!)

Cars 2 pancake molds and flippers from Williams-Sonoma

And while I was picking up the carbonator, I saw these spatulas and pancake molds. The perfect way to spend the morning while nursing a carbonated cocktail hangover 🙂