The Little Crew is enjoying dinner right now. In an effort to not have children awake at 10pm, we are attempting earlier dinners for the youngest three with some staggered bed times until all of the kids (Lord willing!) are in bed by 8pm. It doesn't always work out, but at least we're trying.
So, while scarfing down some spaghetti and salad, Jer and Abby are discussing the finer things in life - funny-to-them Bible names.
"Shem and Ham and Potatoes," Jer said. "I like Shem and Ham and Potatoes!"
"Jer, those are not food names," I replied. "Those are people."
And then Abby asked the question that must have been on each of their minds, "But why do people have food names?"
Last week Jeremiah looked into my eyes, and in a very serious tone, asked me, "Mommy, why are your eyes black? Is it so you can see in the dark?"
Often Jeremiah comes to tell me what's on his mind. His conversations usually go something like this:
"Mommy, I was sitting. But I wasn't."
"I ate some apple. But I didn't."
"I'm tired. But I'm not."
Needless to say, there is usually some detective work to be done in order to figure out with part of his statements reflect the truth.
In other news, Rachel is learning to communicate more and more clearly. She nods her head to say "yes", she grabs my hand and leads me all over the house to help her find things, and she sometimes says, "Yeah!"
Joshua just came downstairs. Jer and Abby told him that they are having Dutch Babies (aka-Oven Pancakes or German Pancakes) for dinner. This is a favorite of all the kids and to miss out would be a trajedy of epic proportions. A bit distressed and perhaps feeling left out, Joshua came to complain to me about it.
"Mommy, Jer and Abby said they're having Dutch Babies for dinner. Is that true?"
"Ummm...have you checked their plates, Joshua?"
You better believe the little ones got a good laugh out of that!
And before I go...
Abby: "Rachel has a little tummy."
Jer: "I have a big tummy."
Abby: "But not as big as mine. Mine is BIG!"
They speak the truth...their tummies have now consumed, between the three of them, 5 helpings of spaghetti and meat sauce and half a plate of salad. If they were truly eating Dutch Babies for dinner, they probably would have polished off half the tray by now. Then Joshua would really have something to be upset about.