I’ve been cracking up looking back at all the thoughts our spunky little Clara Dawn has been thinking out loud lately. She is very certain and very matter-of-fact about everything she says. She’s got an eye for beauty/fashion/art and loves to put on shows and sing songs for any guests who come over to our house. Here are some recent Claraisms from my 4-year-old “middlest child” as she calls herself.
“These pants match this shirt because they’s yellow, but this skirt doesn’t match… but I’m wearing this skirt today for fashion.”
“Who’s your middlest child?”
Anything in the past happened “Last Day”. “When did we go to the playground, was that last day?”
“I can see everybody’s eyes but I can’t see mine because they’re up in the top.” (pointing to her own eyes)
The kids have been practicing winking. We’ve got more practicing to do.
“Mom, did you know when we were little, we were small? I’m my own self and daddy’s he’s own self and Ruby is she’s own self and mommy and Charlie are these own selfs.”
“Sheldon Cleaners has a bow tie shaped logo, so Clara always says “it’s just for daddys.”
“Mom, You’re so big, you’re almost twenty big.”
On SuperHero day at Spring Hill Day Camp I asked Clara what her special power was. She thought for a minute then yelled, “I have sandwiches powers!”
“I’m gonna read this whole long story. This is a picture of animals and this is a thing about animals… some of these pages are ripped a little bit but mommy taped it so it won’t be ripped.”
I tell the kids to wash “fronts and backs and in the cracks” during bath time and Clara regularly chimes in, “because bottoms are just privacy”
It’s a daily battle for Clara to let me do her hair. She doesn’t want me to comb it, braid it, or even put it in a clip or ponytail. It’s usually hanging in her eyes and she spends all of her time flipping it out of her face with one hand. On the days she decides to let me do it, she loves it and tells me “I want a braid everyday mom. I love it.” but the next day she says, “I don’t really want you to do my hair!” while thrashing around so I can’t fix it.
“Mommy, when I’m at the dentist can you just go away from me? I can do it alone, like a big girl.”
She’s always ready to strike a pose for the camera. I wish I could be more sneaky and catch more candid moments of her life – but for now, these moments will be just fine.
She was curled up in a little sad heap on the couch so I asked her what was wrong. She replied, “I’m just so sad.” I asked her why and she told me, “Because I don’t like Father’s Day very much.”
Clara has a great imagination. She loves to play dress up, and changes clothes many times each day. I’ll say, Clara please put those clothes back in your drawer.” and she will reply, “I’m not Clara, I’m Elsa.” (or whoever she is pretending to be at the moment.)
“It’s good for our bodies to get energy. God made us to get energy. When we go to the playground we get energy, when we slide we get energy, I could just get energy all day”
While I was changing Charlie’s diaper Clara came into the room plugging her nose, “My toy Elsa doesn’t smell it because she’s just a toy.”
Ruby: “Awe, can I hold one? Clara: “EWWW! What’s that smell?!?!”
“Did you know that all cars have shapes?”
“And you always always have to take naps every time because it’s good for our bodies to rest. Our bodies can play, play, play and God wants our bodies to rest and everyone in our family can rest their heads down.”
Clara Dawn, I am so excited for you to start school again. After spending all day every day all summer together, you are quite ready for some time away from your siblings and I. You’re so good at doing things by yourself and discovering how to do things without my help. You’re so creative and always willing to jump into any crafty activity happening – including “sharpening the colored pencils” which is the “craft” you’re currently working on since I am at the end of my “activities to survive the summer” stash.
I love getting to be your mommy and I’m so proud of the way you’re making your mark in this world, little one. Our family and our lives wouldn’t be complete without our “middlest child.” Daddy and I love you SO much!
I seriously can’t believe my little Clara Dawn is already 4 years old! She has really come into her own over the past few months and I love watching her confidence grow each week. She has discovered her innate ability to entertain people. She loves to draw and create, loves to dance and sing, loves making people laugh and has no threshold for how much tickling she can endure.
“If you are really fwustwated a mommy can help you feel better.”
“Nana is the best grown up I ever had!”
While holding a tape measure toward me she said, “hmmm mom, you’re twenty big.”
She loves the art table at her school and her teachers told me that she would do art all day if they let her.
“IT’S MY FRAVORITE FRAVORITE SWIMMING SUIT MOMMY!”
She often asks me what day it is. I’ll say “Tuesday” and she will yell out, “It’s Tuesday!”
She always thanks God for all the Rainbows and all the “Aminals” when she says prayers at bedtime.
Clara refuses to nap but occasionally she falls asleep on the couch, floor, or coffee table while Ruby is at school.
She never agrees or admits to “taking a nap” but often says she is going to “take a little rest”.
Each morning at school drop off Ruby wants to give hugs and kisses to Clara and Charlie before getting out of the van. Some mornings Clara squirms and screams and doesn’t want hugs and kisses. Other mornings she cries big tears about how much she will miss her Ruby girl. There’s no middle ground with Clara. She’s extreme. She feels ALL THE THINGS.
Speaking of feeling all the feelings, she was not happy about the seam on the toe of her tights on Palm Sunday.
Clara changes clothes about 5 times per day. She lays out her outfit the night before, changes in the morning, changes after school, changes before picking Ruby up from school, changes after dinner… this girl loves clothes.
She is basically a style icon – her daily outfits (which she chooses herself) are layers and layers of colorful amazingness. Here are a couple of examples:
Whenever I put in a Disney DVD she reminds me, “If a scary pawt comes then you can past forward it.”
Her shoes are on the wrong feet 100% of the time. You’d think there would be a 50/50 chance she’d get it right, but no, it’s absolutely always wrong.
Already a Patriot, whenever we are driving she calls out all the flags we pass, “I SAW ANOTHER CAMERICAN FLAG!!”
On our way into the car I said, “Jump in your seat” and she stomped her foot and said, “I don’t JUMP in my seat, I GET in my seat!” yikes!
She loves going to play at the mall play place and always reports back on any kids that looked at her or tried to play with her. “He was just looking at me mommy. I didn’t want he to look at me!”
“I’m gonna go get beautifulled up.”
When she gives herself a shampoo mohawk in the bathtub she calls it a “Bow Hog”
While driving home from school the other day she said, “Keep your eyes peeled because you have to keep an eye on my place.”
Clara LOVES her daddy. One on one time with Ryan is all she needs to become her best self.
I’m trying to help her be a teeny bit more friendly: responding/acknowledging when someone says “hello” or “good morning” to her. On the way to school we talked about saying “Good Morning to her teacher instead of walking past and ignoring her greeting. Clara told me, “I’m not gonna say good morning today.” and she didn’t…
I’ll ask, “do you need to go potty?” and she always answers, “No, princesses do not go potty.”
Her BFF Emmi’s dad has a Jeep and Clara loves yelling out “JEEP!!” whenever we see one.
“I think my brudder just loves me. And also, he loves one of those” (points to toast).
Clara and Charlie love each other so much. They chase each other around the house all day. I love seeing them laughing and playing together.
Clara loves talking to Ryan through the shower curtain in the mornings. She has so much to say when she first wakes up. I love listening to their conversations echoing in the bathroom.
When she’s playing silly games with Ruby and realize Ruby is laughing she starts saying “Eyeball Twash” over and over and makes Ruby laugh even harder. I have no idea what Eyeball Trash is or how she knows about it.
She loves to comb my hair and tries to braid it… which takes me a good chunk of time to untangle once she’s done.
Clara Dawn, you are so funny. I love seeing your sense of humor develop and love the look you get on your face when you realize you’re being entertaining. I love that your favorite song is “Jump Into The Light” and that you love singing songs about Jesus. You did an awesome job being three and I can only imagine how much more wonderful you will become during this next year of your life. I admire your strength, stamina and determination, qualities that make it difficult to parent you, but qualities that will be incredibly beneficial to you later in life. You’re a special little person and Daddy and I are so grateful God picked us to be your parents. And I’m really thankful God picked Ryan to be your daddy because he really helps me understand your shenanigans…
I love you and your shenanigans sweet girl. Thank you for regularly reminding me to “Let it go, Let it go…”
It’s due time for a new batch of Rubyisms. She is almost 4 and a half, loves to learn, and loves to talk. Sometimes if there is a moment of silence, she’ll just say, “Mom, let’s talk about something. Hmmmm. What should we talk about?” Then I’ll ask her what she wants to talk about and she will say something like, “Let’s talk about our favorite planets” or, “Lets talk about what babies like to eat.”
“Remember last year when we went to the Apple Portrait? I just love going to the apple portrait.”
“Mommy! I’m not acting like a baby. I don’t even have a baby hat!”
“When I go to Heaven I’m so excited for all the golden streets and magic beanstalks!”
The other day during Ruby’s quiet and alone time she came out of her room and told me, “Mom, I saw an adult named John!” I was alarmed… she went on to tell me, “He told me his name.” I asked her where John was and she said he was working outside but “he could hear me out the window!” Yep, she was talking out her bedroom window to a lawn guy working at the neighbors house. Obviously alone time is not her favorite thing.
“That one is Neptune. It’s the cold one. Brrrr. It’s cold because it’s filled with water. It’s no place for a picnic!”
I’ve been talking to her about honesty, I said, “Don’t lie Ruby. We always want to be honest with one another. We always tell the truth, no lying.” to which she responded, “But mommy! When I’m lying down I’m just tired!”
“I’m just going to go in this meadow to find a collection.”
“Keep your eye out for Giant Eagle because that means we’re close to our house!” (that’s the name of our grocery store)
I asked what she did at school today, “Well I learned about caterpillars and had a nice snack.”
This weekend Ruby asked Ryan, “Daddy, what planet is Disneyland on?”
We had some friends over for dinner Saturday night and Ruby asked my friend Liz what state she lives in. When Liz replied, “Ohio” Ruby was so excited, “I LIVE IN OHIO TOO! WE LIVE IN THE SAME STATE!!”
“Mom, did you know that only daddy and papa can argue with snakes? Because snakes can be dangerous so only daddy and papa can argue with them.”
She called from the upstairs bathroom, “Mommy! This is the first time I peed in a cup at our house!” Horrified I ran upstairs and found that indeed, she had peed in a cup she found on the bathroom countertop. Apparently she remembered me trying to get a urine sample from her at the pediatricians office.
While looking very closely into my eyes, “Mommy! I can see myself in your eyes! Your eyes are like a mirror!”
“Do you know what kind of good we eat at Halloween? Macaroni and marshmallows and also watermelon! They’re good for you too!”
“When it’s dark outside it’s ominous.”
Ryan: “I’m gonna watch the Tour.” Ruby: “Well that’s unsettling.”
“Hold on, hold on. Let’s see what’s going on here.”
“Aaaarrrgggg! There’s corn everywhere!”
“Mommy, we have eyes to see so we can see treasures.”
After accidentally head-butting me in the face, “It’s ok mommy. God makes our bodies heal.”
“Mommy, if I see a clue then I can totally pick it up!”
On a long drive back to Michigan Ryan and I switched seats so I could drive for a while, Ruby told Ryan, “Daddy, thank you for sharing the steering wheel! That’s so nice when you share with Mommy.”
I took her to the splash park and instead of playing in the fountains she spent an hour putting mud puddle water into sandwich baggies.
“These apple slices are exquisite!”
“Is tomorrow not a far day?” She has no concept of how long any length of time is. I’m hoping to figure out a way to help her understand this soon… which could be a long tome or a short time from now.
“What’s the big holdup? It’s taking so so so so so looooong! It’s taking FOREVER!!”
“Digestive juices help our bodies stay healthy. That’s why we have digestive juices. Every kind of kid and every kind of baby and every kind of mom and dad have digestive juices. Isn’t that great news mommy?!?”
When I pulled off her band-aid I told her it wouldn’t hurt too bad. After it was over she said, “It felt good like a blanket!”
She asks everyone, “What are you trying to prove??”
On the drive home from church, “We learned about praying. We find a quiet place to pray… like how I always go in my closet to pray.” I had no idea she was praying in there. ha!
“…and butterflies use their tongue as a straw!”
During an intense moment after Ryan and I couldn’t get her to let us get the splinter out of her foot, Ryan told her if it gets infected her foot could fall off. She looked at him with sternly and replied, “But daddy, my foot has bones in it! God made our bodies not to fall apart!!!!”
I am so excited for Ruby to FINALLY start school again. She went 2 mornings a week last year, and starting Sept 9th she will be going to preschool 3 mornings a week. YAY! She went to the dentist and the eye doctor to get all ready for school. Both appointments were the highlight of the week. She loves going to the doctor. ha!