Friday, December 13, 2013

Did He Just Say...?

I was reading Eli a book called "Bear Feels Scared." The book is about a bear who gets lost in the deep, dark woods all by himself. As we were reading this book, this happened:
Eli: I need to talk to Daddy.
Me: Why?
Eli: I need to ask Daddy if he's ever been lost before.
Jeff walked by his room.
Eli: Daddy! Daddy! Have you ever been lost?
Jeff: Well yes, actually. I once got lost at Sea World. But I said a prayer and then Heavenly Father helped me find my mom and dad.

We could see Eli reflecting on Jeff's story. Then Eli's chin began to quiver and he dramatically threw his head face-down into his pillow and began sobbing.

Jeff had to reassure him that everything was alright for 15-20 minutes after that. And now any time we are in a public place, Eli screams bloody murder if he is more than 10 feet away from us. Kind of nice for a change to have him eager to stay close to us, though.


Eli's fear of being lost has him constantly reminding us not to leave without him when he knows we are planning to go somewhere. One morning we were about to go to the library when this happened:
Eli: Don't leave me! Don't leave me! I have to go get my car.

Eli slowly backed into his room while repeating that over and over again, and making sure to keep an eye on me until he quickly disappeared in his room for 1/2 of a second and reemerged. He was ecstatic when he saw me still standing in the living room waiting for him and proclaimed, "I KNEW you could do it, Mom!"


Right before Jeff was leaving for work one day, this happened:
Jeff: "I love mommy. Carson, do you love mommy?"
Carson: "Yes."
Jeff: "Eli, do you love mommy?"
Eli: "Yes."
Jeff: "I love her more."
Eli: "I love you more."


After reading scriptures one night, Eli sat down with our Family Book of Mormon and was looking through the pictures for a while. After about 5 minutes, I heard him mumble, "And it came to pass..." Then he got super shy when he realized I had heard him say that. It was super cute.


Eli NEVER sings songs. Never ever. One day after going to the store, I put Eli in the car, and then I walked around to open the door for Carson. As I put Carson in, I heard Eli singing, "I crashed my car into a bridge. I don't care. I love it." And then he stopped when he realized I was listening.

That's a song for those of you who don't know. Also I can't believe he knew the words to it. And it made me realize he is soaking up more of what he hears than I expected him to.


Eli watched me put on one of our family reunion matching t-shirts in the morning. Then he ran to his room and said, "Which one are we wearing today, Mom?!?" He quickly appeared in the same t-shirt I had just put on. He loves those things!


Eli came up to me and gave me a hug then said, "Strikes!"
Me: What did you say?
Eli: Strike. One strike in football means you're out of the game!


This morning as we were getting ready for breakfast:
Eli: What's for breakfast?
Me: I was going to make pancakes.
Eli: No! That's not healthy for my BODY!

He then proceeded to eat Fruit Loops instead.


My favorite thing Eli says is when Carson is talking gibberish to him and Eli thinks they are carrying on a real conversation. So it usually goes something like this:
Eli: We're going to Grandma's house today, Carson!
Carson: GUMBA!! (How Carson says Grandma)
Eli: Not GUMBA CARSON! G-rand-MA!
Carson: GUMBA!
Eli: Mom! He thinks I'm saying Gumba. It's not Gumba, Carson!

That dialogue repeats itself at least 5 more times.


LC said...

these are my favorite posts.
so funny.
i need to tell iz a story about being lost so she will get some fear in her too.
also i love the i love you more thing. funny.
AND the little conversation between the two of them. it reminds me of my kids conversations. izzy sounds out words and says things so deliberately. one day they were just chatting and izzy hung her head after a few minutes of trying to explain something to him and she sadly said "mommy, miles can't talk." haha.

Kim said...

I love kid comments. So insightful into the minds of little kids.

Of course I love how Eli is teaching Carson how to say Grandma. And I really love that he loves the matching t-shirts. Warms my heart!!

Kenzman said...

Uhm I may have forgotten to read your blog in my new marriedness! Joe and I laughed out loud to all of these! Love your cute family!

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