My kids are awesome, a retrospective

I was trying to remember something funny Aliyah had said and I realized that facebook is not a good place to put those kinds of things. Usually I try to blog them but keep forgetting. So while I was trying to find this particular funny thing, I copied and pasted a bunch of others. Here they are, for posterity (and ease of searching) – in order of those most recent.

  March 2012


  •  My girls are in the beginning stages of planning their own magazine. They’re doing an idea map right now.

  • When we passed 2 older gentlemen in a convertible today, Shayel said, “Old people in sport cars are funny, it’s like they’re pretending to be teenagers.” Aliyah responded, “Yeah, they’re adorable.” *spit-take”

  • The commercial Shayel made up walking home from the Redbox. “After years of being eaten, they planned their revenge. Meet, the spicy sweet potato fries. <insert maniacal drum beat> They bite back.”

  • I think it’s just so fantastic that my oldest texted me throughout the day today. She started out by telling me she got 100 on her bop it, to demonstrate how awesome that is, my high score is 39.

  • “You know, farkles, the things all over mom’s body.” – Aliyah

  • My 6 year old last night told us she wants to give her tooth fairy money and some of what her nanna gave her to the food bank to help people who don’t have enough food.”

  • SO FREAKING PROUD of my fantastically amazing bad-ass dancer. Shayel is still recovering from a 24 hour stomach bug, looks like death warmed over and feels about the same and she toughed out an hour dance rehearsal for the Jungle Book. I know men who are more pansy than that.

  • Thanks to a playdate for Aliyah at her friend’s house, Shayel and I got a date for 2.5 hours. I know it’s kind of sickening how many times I say this but that kid is so frickin awesome. Some day she might make me crazy so I’m sucking the marrow out of every wonderfully blissful experience with her now.

  • ‎”I’m crying on the inside of my brain. Oh no, my head is filling up with water.” Aliyah

  • “Mom, I’m going to go outside and look at the moon, it gives me a peaceful feeling.” ~Shayel.”

  August 2011


  • My 6 year old just informed me that she was born on Mars and her parents died in a war so she was taken to an adoption center where they put her in my uterus so we could be her parents. This explains why sometimes she doesn’t feel like she’s the same as other people. I’m not sure how to feel about this revelation that I was impregnated with someone else’s martian spawn

a green hat. And this bow will change everything

More hilarity from Aliyah

…green guy, do you like how your life is? Cuz I can change it…with new clothes. 
…you. a green hat and this bow will change everything
how do you feel? it will make your life better forever 
…blue man, listen to me, you have no shoes. you need to fix yourself up. you’re not supposed to wear a sleeping bow with that nice hat
…now, you, I think you must be sleeping. seriously. 

Everyone out of the way, I need to dress the pig

Heard from Aliyah just now

Everyone out of the way, I need to dress the pig
…now it's your turn bald man and alien who is purple
…what?! do you want to be naked and ugly for the rest of your life?
…ok, I'm finished with you, move off the stage…ooooofffff. theeeeee. staaaaaage.
…Thank you.
…now, I'm going to give you this hat and you will love it

She's playing jumpstart on Wii

new do’s

The girls got hair cuts today, we always usher in the new school year with a new hair cut. Somehow while we were at the salon the idea of brightly colored streaks came up and so while we were waiting for Aliyah's cut to finish, Shayel and I went next door to the RiteAid and bought fucshia hair dye. Now the girls have nice new cuts and rockin' pink streaks in their hair – they feel very cool right now and Shayel LOVES her bangs (her idea, I was reluctant but told her it was her choice, I think she made a good one)

After we got home, a friend from Shayel's second grade class called her and I snapped a picture of her on the phone…I think we'll see Shayel in that position often. It was hilarious to me how she immediately took the phone and went to my bedroom to sit between the bed and the wall with her feet up the wall and her back against the bed…it was somehow so typically "tween"

industrious 4 year old

My 4-year-old (Aliyah) is such an interesting and fun kid. She seems to really enjoy machines. She likes to draw factories and tell us how they work. She has a very geometric and abstract sense of art and loves to take "kids stuff" and turn it into "grown up stuff".

I'm really interested to see what she gets into as she gets older.

This is her laptop for today. I love how she worked out how to prop up the monitor and keep the page from falling. I know it's not genius stuff for a 4 year old but I find it really cool to observe.