One day Natalie was watching me change and play with David in his room, and then all of a sudden, she said, "Where Dackwy? (Zachary) I miss him. I go look for him. I can't find him! Oh, dere he is! Dackwy, I lookin' for you. Want talk a minute?" :)
One day Natalie gave Davey a hug, and he fussed because he had just woken up, and she cooed in a sweet, motherly voice, "You don' like dat?"
Another day, Natalie and Davey had both just woken up from naps, and neither of them was in a very emotionally stable mood. Natalie tried to give Davey a hug, but he just kept crying. She stepped back, and her lip trembled as she said, "Baby no like me?" Poor little thing!! I assured her that Davey was just grouchy and that he did actually love her. :)
Natalie was trying to say 'ice pop' and 'popsicle' at the same time, and she came out with 'ice pickle'! LOL!!
One morning as the kids were playing, Zachary said to Natalie, "Natalie, it's jumping concert time!" Her response - "I tired, Dackwy."
I told Natalie to hurry on the playground ladder and she replies in a very serious voice, "I can't. I prolly fall. Wike dis." Then she proceeded to demonstrate falling down in a very realistic way. :)
Zachary occasionally says to me, "I love you even when you're mean." or "I love you even when you're grouchy." So heartwarming... :)
Zachary talked me into buying radishes for a vegetable a couple of weeks ago - YUCK!!! But I bought them, and he tried them, and liked them (or at least ate a few bites and said he liked them). Later that night, he said "Thanks for letting me try radishes myself, Mom." So it was all worth it, then. :)
One day we were discussing that meat came from animals, and this interesting quote came from Zachary - "Sausage is made from dead animals? I like that kind of dead animal. It comes in my McGriddle." Yes, true...
Natalie has learned the word 'petrified' from the Bethany Boys - who said they weren't educational? She and Zachary occasionally use it in the correct context, such as "I petwified of the zipline." or "I petwified of the waterslide."
When my friends, Anna and Nate and their son Elias were here for family camp, the kids had such a good time with them! Zachary and Natalie were so cute with Elias, and they had fun playing together! Natalie called Nate 'Meat', so we thought that was pretty hilarious. :) On Saturday morning, as they were getting ready to leave, Anna said to grouchy Natalie, "I'm going to give you a kiss on your cheek whether you like it or not." Natalie laid there and let her, then said, "I don't like it." :)
Natalie also occasionally says "No problem" which is really funny coming from her. :)
Zachary has been loving to make up games for us to play together - one night he made up this elaborate Superhero game where we wore capes (except when it was night we had to take them off to lay down), and walked around finding and collecting bad guys, then putting them in the dark bathroom (which was the jail). Natalie accidentally opened the bathroom door and let them out once, so we had to recapture them all. :) Another day, David played with us and he was supposed to be Batman, but at one point he was crying, so I picked him up, and Zachary said, "Batman, why are you in Mommy's arms?" :)
The kids were watching the movie Robots for movie night, and Natalie kept talking to the robots - at one point while eating her supper she said, "Hey, robot, want to see my tall straw? It's really big!" :)
Zachary accidentally sniffed some hot chocolate powder into his nose one afternoon, and he was coughing and feeling kind of awful, so he was grabbing his throat and saying, "I think I'm going to die!" I have no idea where he gets his overdramatic tendencies.
Natalie was watching Z play an iPad game, and she asked if she could play, too. Zachary responded, "No. It is not a multiplayer game." "Because why not?", Natalie asked. "It is not a multiplayer game!" Zachary responded again. Then he did pick 'multiplayer' the next time, and they played together and Natalie won! So he didn't feel too great about that!!
Sometimes when the kids are fighting over something, I will take it away and put it in a time out. One day, they were on the porch fighting, and I ran out to see what was going on. Zachary said to me, "We were fighting over the playhouse door. Are you going to rip it off and put it in time out?" I did not.
One day Zachary told me, "I wish we had three of everything. Then we could share better." Not sure that is the definition of sharing...
Natalie was walking up the driveway the other day with a pretty big rock in her arms. Zachary said, "Whoa, Natalie has a giant rock!" "Yes, she does", I said. As she caught up to us, Natalie said, "This a giant rock. It really big. God made it." Yes!! She is starting to absorb some of what I'm trying to teach her!! :)
Natalie and I were reading a book with a cat named Tiger in it. She said, "Dat sound scary." :)
I love that Natalie is so girly and nurturing when she plays with her 'babies'. But today I heard her throwing something away in the diaper pail, so I thought I'd investigate. I found a few clean diapers, with clean wipes inside, rolled up, and thrown away - she had been changing her babies, and throwing away their 'dirty' diapers!! It totally cracked me up!
Davey is definitely learning and growing every day, too - he learned to say 'uh-oh' this week, and he uses it often - since he loves to throw his food and everything else on the floor! He also claps now, and stands up by himself in the middle of a room - but no walking yet, unless he's holding onto something - he's really close, though!! He has gotten quite a bit more social over the summer, and he will go to more people now - his favorite game is to reach out to someone and then immediately reach back for me. :) He blows kisses sometimes - he puts his hand by his mouth and then blows as he pulls it away - it's so cute!!! :)
I can't believe the camp season is over - it really did go by so quickly - I say that every year, though!! :) We all had a great time, and grew a lot through the craziness of the season. I will definitely miss seeing our staff friends every day, and I know Zachary will be going through attention withdrawal next week, but I'm also looking forward to the normalcy of getting back to a routine with the kids and (eventually) starting school and all. :)