Thursday, January 31, 2008

I Smell a Rat

Yesterday the girls dressed as kittens for Nursery Rhyme day at school. They were 2 of the 3 Little Kittens (although actually I think 4 of them decided to do it together, so it wasn't really the 3 little kittens!). Anyway, I had to look up this nursery rhyme because I knew a little of it, but it's really long and I didn't know it all. According to Wikipedia, it's possible that the colloquialism "I smell a rat" came from this rhyme, because in the last verse the mother cat smells a rat. It's debatable whether she really smelled a rat, or if she was using it figuratively, in effect saying that maybe they only washed their mittens to get more pie. I thought it was interesting (I know, I'm weird!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Smart kids

It's been a very long time since I blogged, but the last few days have been very "bloggable". Tonight at dinner, Abby asked "What does 'communicated' mean?" I answered "talked, or talked to", and she said "Oh, like we're communicating now?" Yes, that's exactly right! Then, not to be outdone, Sarah asked, "Is 'oink' an onomatopaeia?" "Yes, it is!" They're 4 1/2 - sooooo smart! Like little sponges - it really is amazing.
The other great moment came yesterday. We went to gymnastics - it was a make-up day from last Thursday which was cancelled due to tornado warnings. Sarah wanted to go, but Abby didn't, so Abby and I sat in the gym and watched Sarah. She smiled and waved after each thing she did - it was really cute. Then, in the middle of class, she ran over and gave me a kiss, then ran right back. Last night she said, "I'm embarrassed to tell you this, but I love you so much that I had to run over and give you a kiss during gymnastics today." Wow. Now that is a moment to remember! This mommy gig is pretty awesome.