The kids have been trying my patience enormously lately, so I thought it'd be a good idea for me to remember their charming moments. Good theory, right?
1. We came home from the grocery store one morning and Mac really wanted to play out front. Much to his dismay, I told him no, that I had to put the groceries up and couldn't watch him in the front yard. Cora then placed her hand on my arm and looked me in the eyes, "Don't worry, Momma, I can watch him for you!" Apparently that forty minutes headstart she has over her brother makes her infinitely older.
2. The kids invent words; I'm sure that's very normal. Mac often takes being a wordsmith to an extreme though, making up a word and thoroughly embedding it into his vocabulary. The past two weeks he's been using "ferociouness". It sounds like ferociousness but without the 's' at the end of the ferocious part. I asked one time if he meant ferociousness and was corrected abruptly. It means precisely whatever he wants it to, which is not ferociousness.
3. I've had a lot of talks with Cora about listening to her body. Your body will tell you when you need to go potty - don't ignore it! Similarly, your body will tell you when you need air when swimming under water - don't ignore it! (Explanation on the latter: she's highly competetive and challenges herself to underwater swimming contests; these don't always end well.) I walked into her room the other day and saw clean clothes strewn about. "Cora, why are your clothes everywhere?!" "I listened to my body and it said "NO" to these clothes."
4. Mac was holding a one dollar bill. "That's George Washington. He's our first President." And I smiled, surprised by his keen sense about money. And then Mac continued, "He went to the pyramid and came back with money." And my smile was swallowed by chuckles and a brief correction. Only very brief because I have no idea why the pyramid is there! Anyone care to educate me, to save me the time researching it later?
5. There are inherent differences between boys and girls. Raising boy/girl twins really allows a parent to see this since both children have equal exposure to toys (we don't enforce any gender particular rules when it comes to toys). That being said, Mac makes weapons out of things and Cora does not. We have a decent collection of lego duplos. Cora lately has been marrying off Cinderella to each male lego figure. Mac, instead, made "funeral spray". The spray, apparently, has a fairly obvious use: "you spray someone and they turn dead."