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Monday, January 11, 2010

Little Lawyer
(two anecdotes)

One.

Whenever Sophia decides to take a nap, bedtime that night is a struggle.  For this reason I don't generally encourage naps anymore, much as I would like her to have one.  But, occasionally I will find her asleep on the floor somewhere in the afternoon, so we just work with it.

Well, this scenario happened the other night and bedtime that night was indeed a little torturous.  Joel and I were reading in the living room and she kept coming down needing this or that or the other thing.  At one point she asked for some fishy crackers.  We were exasperated, so Joel decided to give them to her.  Before he handed them to her he made her promise that she wouldn't ask for fishy crackers again.

She willingly did so and skipped back upstairs to "bed" where we could hear her singing and playing and running around her room.  And then we heard the little footsteps came back down the stairs and she was in front of us again asking for some crackers.  Joel reminded her of her promise, and she shot back with, "I not say fishy crackers!  I just say crackers. I want the white crackers now."

Needless to say, this time Joel got smart and made her swear to no more food, period.

No more loopholes for Sophia, at least not that night.

Two.

A few days ago, Sophia wanted me to go upstairs and get her coloring book for her.  I was in the middle of something so I told her she could do it herself, which she clearly didn't want to do.  She begged and begged me to do it for her and then she finally said, "Mommy, if you get my color book upstairs, I give you five dollars and a penny!"

When I finished what I was doing, I went and got her coloring book for her, just because I wanted to see if she would follow through with her outrageous promise.  Maybe she could come up with a penny, but where a three-year old was stashing a fiver, I wanted to know!

She happily thanked me for her book and scampered off.  I said, "Wait!  What about my five dollars and a penny?"

"Santa not bring it to you yet, Mom.  Sorry."

What a rip-off.

27 comments :

  1. Smart little thing.

    One of my girls was like that with napping--she reached a point that if she napped even for 15 minutes during the day, there was no getting her to sleep until midnight. But some days, I'd find her collapsed in the weirdest places, like on the stairs on the floor of the bathroom.

    First I'd laugh and snap a picture. And then I would weep, because I knew that bedtime would be torture.

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  2. You've gota smartie on your hands. It's a good thing she's also so cute. =]

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  3. OK, that kid's a keeper! Very cute stories...from a 3 year old. (I'm going to totally lie to you now and tell you this won't be a problem in her teens...)

    hee-hee

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  4. She totally outsmarted you! LOL! That little lady is hilarious!

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  5. too funny - kids are so entertaining, and smart, and creative - love their "little" minds!

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  6. You KNOW I am feeling your pain about the napping thing. At least you're getting some good stories out of it...I'm just getting a headache. :)

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  7. I am just envisioning the years to come. You are going to be having some fun "discussions" with that one. She is a super cutie.

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  8. Sadly, it's even harder to outsmart them when they're 10. At least they keep things interesting!

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  9. LOL...future ruler of the world! That's hysterical.

    My middle child, Emma, is just like that. We joke that she will either rule the world or destroy it. The jury is still out.

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  10. hahahaha - great stories! she's sounds like a cutie pie but boy - you have it in for ya when she starts getting into pre-teen/teen years! lol

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  11. That nap/no nap borderline is tricky. Gabe & Kanoa still fall asleep in the car after 4.

    But they sure sleep so much better at night without naps.

    I love Sophie. She certainly knows how to negotiate her case!

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  12. Ooh, she is a smarty pants! I bet she just gets cuter every day, doesn't she?

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  13. Oh! She is clever! You're going to get a run for your money with that one.

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  14. Oh my gosh, what a RIOT!!!

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  15. Oh, she makes me laugh! What a smart girl :) And Lara, I just read about your sugar goal...totally doable. I am still off sweets, cheese, and fried foods. Fourteen months and I have no desire to go back. I am down to my weight before my first child and feel great. Kudos to you for doing white flour as well.

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  16. Oh that little Sophia is definately a smart girl. She has it all figured out doesn't she? I do believe you got the shaft my dear! Too cute and VERY funny.

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  17. I am still chuckling as I write this comment. At least we know where our grey matter goes when we start to lose ours. Thanks for the laugh...she definitely outsmarted you both. she's going to keep you on your toes.

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  18. I love it! I have a little boy who would be great friends with Sophia. I can only imagine what they would come up with.

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  19. Five dollars and a penny, that is too cute.

    Our littlest, Zack, is starting to say funny things. When we went to the grocery store yesterday, he kept up a rambling dialog, as if he was a tour guide. Love their little selfs, worlds and words. We laugh, we cherish them. And I still want more kids, if only for the selfishness of having another 2 yr old with cute words and rambling half-nonsense sentences.

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  20. I absolutely HATE it when my kids outsmart me. This is different than just being smart -- I don't mind if they're smarter than me. But when they use those smarts to connive and outwit my many methods of getting them to do what I need them to do, that's what drives me crazy.

    Sounds like you're in the same boat!

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  21. Get that girl some clients and a bank account!

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  22. Ooooooooh. Smart girl. You're in trouble when she's a teenager!

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  23. Adorable and hilarious! I can't believe a three year old is already working the system of manipulation! Amazing!

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  24. I can only imagine these things because I live them too. Sophia and Sadie will have to be roomies at BYU. No guy will stand a chance.

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