August 29, 2011

Music Critic

I was listening to the radio this past weekend singing loudly while I cleaned the kitchen.  Sammi came into the room, sat down at the table and watched me for awhile.

Sammi:  "You have a really good voice Daddy."

Me (flattered):  "You think so?"

Sammi:  "Oh yeah.  You have a great voice for talking - just not for singing."

Me:  "Oh..."

Sammi:  "Yeah - I'm sorry, but you are a terrible singer."  She held up her stuffed, pink monkey, "Even my monkey thinks so..."

August 26, 2011

Mr. Mom

Sammi's mom has been gone now for a while.  It has been really hard on Sammi to be without her so I've been trying to pick up the slack as much as I can and try and help make her mom's absence in Sammi's day to day activities go a little smoother.  I've learned how to braid her hair, I've made time to do arts and crafts with her after school, I lay down with her at bedtime and tell her stories, I paint her nails, etc...

Last night while getting her into her pajamas after her bath, Sammi looked up at me and gave me a huge hug.

Sammi (squeezing me tight):  "Thank you Daddy!"

Me (taken aback):  "For what?"

Sammi:  "You make a pretty good Mommy - but you are a great Daddy..."

I know that there will be times as she races towards adolescence that we will butt heads and have our little arguments and fights.  I just hope that during those times when I start to feel unappreciated, that I will remember just how wonderful and 'appreciated' she made me feel with a simple hug and a 'thank you' last night.

August 22, 2011


Sammi (plopping down next to me on the couch):  "Whatchu doing Daddy?"

Me:  "Nothing honey.  I'm just sitting here reading."

Sammi:  "Hmmm..."

Me:  "What?"

Sammi:  "Oh nothing."

Silence for a few minutes.

Sammi:  "Sooo...  You don't have anything else to do?"

Me:  "Nope.  Just taking it easy right now."

Sammi:  "Hmmm..."

Me:  "What?!?"

Sammi:  "Nothing."

More silence.

Sammi:  "So you really don't have anything to do right now?"

Me:  "Well, besides reading this book - no."

Sammi:  "Hmmm..."

Me:  "Alright, what's on your mind Samantha???"

Sammi:  "Well, I know something you could probably be doing right now."

Me:  "What's that?"

Sammi (smiling):  "You could be getting your butt off of the couch and making me some lunch - that's one thing that you could be doing right now..."

August 16, 2011


One day I was driving to the store with my kids in the car.  I was flipping between radio stations trying to find a good song.  One station was playing a song that I liked so I cranked it up and started to sing along.

Son #1:  “What station is this?!?”

Me:  “It’s the Beatles.”

Son #2:  “We know it’s the Beatles.  What station is it?”

Me:  “The ‘oldies’ station.”

Both boys rolled their eyes in unison and started cracking up.

Son #1:  “The oldies station?!?  Oh my God – turn it to something good!”

Son #2 (grabbing his chest and faking a heart attack):  “I can’t take it… Your music sucks so bad – it’s killing me!”

Sammi (chastising her brothers):  “Don’t make fun of Daddy’s music!  He just likes the oldies station because he’s old!  He’s kind of like an ‘oldie’ too.  Aren’t you Daddy?”

Me:  “Um, yeah…”

I looked in the mirror and my boys were both staring at me with big grins on their faces.

Son #1:  “We’re sorry Dad, we forgot how old you are.”

Son #2:  “Yeah, we’re sorry oldie – oops, I mean Daddy.”

August 8, 2011

Girls vs. Boys

Sammi:  “You mean there has never been one lady President?!?”

Me:  “Not yet honey.”

Sammi (outraged):  “That’s stupid!!!”

Me:  “I agree.  Women can do any job that a man can do – just as good.”

Sammi:  “Yeah, and girls are a lot smarter than boys too.”

Me:  “Well…”

Sammi:  “Yes they are!  Listen to this poem, ‘Girls go to college to get more knowledge. Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.”

Me:  “Well I guess I stand corrected.”

It’s hard to argue with that kind of logic - especially since apparently I fall into the category of people who went to Jupiter to get more stupider... 

August 4, 2011

The "S" Word

Sammi:  “Daddy, Connor called me the ‘S’ word!”

Me (thinking the worst):  “Connor said the ‘S’ word?!?”

Sammi:  “Yeah.  He called me ‘stupid’.”

Me (chuckling):  “Ohhhh… Connor called you ‘stupid’.  That’s not the word I thought you were talking about, but it’s still not very nice honey and I’ll talk to him.”

Sammi started walking away and then turned around smiling:  “You thought I was gonna say ‘sh*t’, didn’t you?”

August 1, 2011


Sammi (Looking at her dinner with disgust):  “I’m not eating no peas!”

Me (Trying to correct her grammar):  “I’m not eating any peas.”

Sammi:  “Me either!”
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