Friday, June 10, 2011

The Funny Book

I've done a lot of things wrong since I became a parent 15 years ago, but one thing I am great at is writing down the funny things my kids say as they grow up. I keep a journal for each child with their unintended witticisms. Every six months or so, somebody will ask to pull out the journals and we'll spend 30 minutes reading them out loud as a family, and laughing all over again. A few favorites:

Sean saw a man dressed up in a Leif Ericsson-type costume.
Me: "That's a viking hat."

Sean: "But why do we have to vike in it?"

Elise wanted Auntie to play pretend with her.
Auntie: "I don't want to right now."

Elise: "But pretend you want to."

Our cat Bobber peed in the laundry room.
Max: Why?

Me: Well, Bobber's an old man.

Max: Does Grandpa pee in the laundry room?

It was pouring rain and I had plans to walk with a friend. On the way to preschool, Max and I saw a woman jogging in the rain.
Max: I don't want you to do that.

Me: Well, I think we are going to go to a place where we can exercise inside.

Max: How about Trader Joe's?

Sometimes I throw in something funny they've drawn, or have them record milestones in their own writing.

These books are definitely on our list of "things to grab in case of fire." What are some of the cute things your kids say?


  1. The kids things say are my favorite funnies. I loved all of these. What a great idea to keep a journal. I remember some of the funny things my kids and grandkids have said, but not all of them.

  2. I remember you doing that and now I wish I had followed your lead. Love it!

  3. Oh these are going to be fantastic memories that your children will one day share with their own children. It was such a lovely way to keep a record of those smiley moments.

  4. great idea! I don't have kids yet, but will definitely try to do this when I do :)