December 4 13

There are things you know about your children.

The givens, I call them.

Like, if Isabella is spelling it, it will be spelled wrong about 98% of the time.

A given.

Like, how every single morning I will find a giant blue solo cup half-filled with water, with a straw in it on my kitchen table.

It’s an Isabella given.

Like, how if it’s Isabella’s turn to pick a movie it will surely be about zoos. We’ve got Zookeeper and We Bought a Zoo on rotation around here.

Animal given.

And how Isabella is AN ARTIST. Even as a toddler, her preschool drawings always stood out from the other children’s—they were full of colors and shapes and teeny, tiny intricate detail. There was the time she built an entire camp for mermaids out of modeling clay, and that time she built a stage—with overhead lighting from a small flashlight—for her my Little Ponies…out of an old box.

And then there was last night.

I know you put me to bed, Mama, but well, I made a snowglobe.

You made a snowglobe in bed? Who are you—Buddy the Elf? Haha. Isabella. You are so funny. Go back to bed.

No, really. I made a snowglobe. Out of that jar of lentils that you are never going to use.

Wait. What? Isabella! Is that real water in there? Did you get it out of your fish tank??

Look! Let me shake it and show you!


Sweetie. It’s lovely. It’s also, like, 17 hours past your bedtime. Can you please go to bed AND promise me that you’ll never do any sort of arts and crafts that involve liquids in your bed again?

I can go to bed. But I make no promises about crafts in my bed.


Because that’s just another given with her—no  promises about arts and crafts.

  1. She sounds *just* like my third. She can’t identify a b from a d but can draw one kick ass mermaid. All she wants for Christmas? An Emu. That’s all. How am I gonna make that happen?


    ali replied on

    I really, really wish I lived closer to you. I see so many parallels in so many of our children.


    An emu? That’s a toughie, omg.


    Comment by OHmommy on December 4, 2013
  2. Hahaha! That’s amazing!

    My favorite is still her drawing of me, complete with wine glass!


    ali replied on

    oh that was so, so perfect!


    Comment by Kristabella on December 4, 2013
  3. THIS! Oy. I could have written this. Instead of Isabella though, I’d of written Natalie. Who, I swear to you came out last night after being in bed for 40 minutes with a family made of pipe cleaners. I didn’t even know we had pipe cleaners.


    Comment by Issa on December 4, 2013
  4. So what did she do with the lentils? ;)


    ali replied on

    I found them in a nice little pile on my kitchen counter. She’s sly, this one.


    Comment by Annie @ PhD in Parenting on December 4, 2013
  5. I smiled when I read about the Solo cup. When I was young, I would ask my dad to bring me water every night. We had these huge plastic cups. He would always complain because he would always find them lying around.
    But he always kept bringing them to me!


    Comment by Abigail on December 4, 2013
  6. […] She’s even afraid to go to bed—for fear that she might miss out on something creatively wonderful. No, I’m not kidding. I mean, this is the child who made an actual snow globe IN HER BED. […]

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