This week I had one cute experience of each kid expressing their secret desires...
Rachels is to be on Toddlers and Tiaras! Tonight I had this show on while we were cleaning up after dinner. It was the Vegas episode and so I put it on just to drive Chris crazy. He said, it is a good thing we don't live in Vegas anymore... Rachel would love this! Well a few minutes later Rachel after seeing a girl her age on TV says: "pageant please". So I ask her thinking I misunderstood (b/c she speaks oddly and very softly) "do you want to be in a pageant?" "Yes please!!!" she replied and than she struck a pose... yes we have a diva on our hands!
Callum goes everywhere these days saying "Elmo Elmo Elmo"... we got him a small stuffed Elmo lovey when we went on vacation so he holds it all day long. After a particularly painful morning of kids screaming (and Miriam our nanny still 15 minutes from getting to work) I thought I should put on that Elmo & Goo Goo Dolls song that I saw once googling them on for their video slide. The kids loved it, especially Callum. It was like his baby dreams came true. He had no idea Elmo was real and had a show that played on my computer. Now every time he sees me working online he says: Elmo Elmo! I feel so bad telling him no and I think I feel a touch guilty b/c if Callum knew Elmo had a daily TV show (we don't really watch any children's TV) he would feel very gipped! It is too bad for Cally the Goo Goo Dolls don't play on the show every day... I might actually want to watch Elmo.
Finally there is Harmon. Perhaps he is the one I feel most proud of these days when it comes to great speech. It is hard to believe 18 months ago he really couldn't even say Momma and now well he could probably share a Shakespearean sonnet! Seriously he communicates so well. For example he told me yesterday: Mommy I like crafts, tomorrow can you, me, Miriam do crafts... no babies. He also told me cutely when I got home from vacation: "mommy I like Callum. He is my best friend." Unfortunately he also had to add: "I don't like Rachel. Can we have her go bye bye?" I know he loves Rachel. He tells her when I'm not looking "I love you" or "Rachel you pretty" but I like how he is expressing frustration with her. In the past he would just deck her or bite her. I much prefer this method!