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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Life According to Asher (age 2)

My little guy seems to have his own set of rules for life (as do most all 2-year olds, I think). Here are a few of life's rules, according to Asher:

1. Always prepare for the unexpected (On a recent outing, he balanced two matchbox cars, a plastic spoon and knife, his toothbrush and a small stick in his chubby little hands. We think he might be the next MacGyver.)

2. Food tastes better when announced ("Yuuumm....apple....yummy yummy yummy...hot dog...")

3. Sharing is for losers (We need to work on that one.)

4. All I really need to know in life I am learning on Sesame Street (He religiously tunes in to hear the letter and number of the day...as announced by Cookie Monster and the Count...and the rest of his day is mere fluff.)

5. A hug and a kiss will forgive any misdeed. (Yeah...when you are 2-years-old it works anyways...)

6. When in doubt, pass the blame. (Asher's first complete sentence was "Noe [his big brother] did it.")

7. To be dirty is godly.

8. If I close my eyes, no one can see me. (Hide-and-go-seek at our house is a little lame.)

9. Don't forget to stop and smell the roses. (And then pick them...and then crumble them up with your hands and pretend you are the Cookie Monster eating cookies...and then stomp on them with your feet.)

PLEASE tell me this all sounds a little familiar....I hate to think I am raising a little anarchist.


  • Every time we go anywhere, I mean ANYWHERE, my 2-year old has to take at least one toy and his cup and his candy or other snack. Sometimes it's five toys and nothing else, but it's never empty-handed! Kisses also make every hurt go away instantly! That's kind of a nice one for us - easy fix! No matter how hard the konk on the noggin, a small kiss makes it all go away!
    posted by Blogger Tina at 2/25/2007 05:40:00 PM  

  • My almost 2 year old tried to bring 5 large stuffed animals with her to church this morning....luckily paring that down to one was not too tramatic.

    Also, if you are negotiating anything (especially a nap)...if you end any sentence with "okay?", she responds..ok...and it is.

    The tantrums have started, and ignoring them and walking away TOTALLY works to get her to stop.

    She also has this dichotomy with dirt. She wants to be dirty to much, but the minute that is achieved, she wants it all washed off. so weird. 2 is fun though...one of my favorite ages.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 2/25/2007 06:55:00 PM  

  • LOL!
    Sorry, Jen, but your son is normal. And pretty average. :)

    What I mean to say is that my 2 year old son sounds very much like yours. He tends to take things apart to see how they work; tubes of toothpaste, his toys, his food, etc. He's also very good about going on and on about his "owies" and his "bonks" in great detail (and asking me to kiss them all better).
    Oh, and he terrorizes his two older sisters in ways that terrify me because he's so good at getting them to cry; and then the next moment he's apologizing and kissing their heads.

    2 year olds are hard. And fun. :) Add "boy" to that, and you have an adventure! (not that my girls weren't adventures, but it's so totally different --at least for me it was...)
    posted by Blogger Cheryl at 2/25/2007 10:22:00 PM  

  • HA! I love this. My son is only 11 months but I am sure this is the road I am headed down. Sounds like the joy and exhaustion continue.
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 2/26/2007 08:17:00 AM  

  • It's all normal Jen. You have a busy little boy :) I love the pic of him with a cell.

    My 2 1/2 year old has some of her own rules too: She insists that we call her "Soofee, tiny baby" (she is in no way a tiny baby). Her very large baby doll needs to go on all excursions with us (the doll is nearly as big as she is so we almost need an extra car seat for the thing...). There are NO meals, only snacks. If I want her to eat lunch, I have to call it a "snack-lunch". She insists that she needs cookies, ice cream and "chok-yat" multiple times a day. an

    And I love her :)
    posted by Blogger chloe at 2/26/2007 08:34:00 AM  

  • I think my 2 year old is the only one in the entire world that can't stand to be dirty! After dinner she always insists we wash her hands (even if they're not dirty).

    Any kind of sweet is refered to as a brownie, though if it really is a brownie it's even better.

    She too only eats snacks. I'll ask her if she wants lunch and she tells me "No 'unch, I nee' a snack!"

    Boys sound more challenging! I love watching my little girl grow and figure things out.
    posted by Blogger Trivial Mom at 2/26/2007 11:11:00 AM  

  • Jen, this is an adorable post. I love #1. I have a great mental picture of his "chubby little hand" with all that cool stuff in it. Makes me excited for T to grow up. Kids are hilarious. Challenging... but hilarious.
    posted by Blogger Beth at 2/26/2007 01:12:00 PM  

  • I was so relieved to read this today! I am on my third two-year old adventure. I have all girls.

    My two year old has to sing all the time- this I love. She sings everything from "I Am Like a Star" to "Davy Crockett". She especially enjoys singing during Sacrament meeting and down the aisles of grocery stores.

    I do seem to be able to heal all wounds with a kiss- it's amazing how universal that is.

    She loves to act out her songs and it always amazes me the little stories in her head. It never fails to bring a smile to my face when I see her acting out a little play.

    Little Miss also enjoys taking things in the car, then dropping them and complaining the whole trip about how she can't reach her toys.

    Sharing is when you take something from someone else because you might want to play with it.

    And if it weren't for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (cheesy and pretzel) and cups of milk, I think she'd die of starvation.

    Glad to hear that I am not alone! Thanks for the post!
    posted by Blogger normal mom at 2/26/2007 05:48:00 PM  

  • Oh, he's too cute! Daniel's mom had some phrase for her 4 boys--"smash rip ruin". I think Asher is one of many! You get to have all the fun cleaning up after his messes of many kinds. :) My favorite is his first sentence. I was surprised at how fast Abby learned "mine". Just sigh and roll with it--but that's easier said than done!
    posted by Blogger Katie at 2/27/2007 08:49:00 AM  

  • What is it with the obsession with cell phones. It's pumpkin's favorite "toy". I get the whole emulation thing, but I would like to think I am not on the phone that much. And she likes to yell into the phone. I really hope that's not what I sound like to her.

    Love the post. And the picture.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 2/27/2007 02:25:00 PM  

  • Are you in Washington DC now? This is Amber. I knew you briefly. I am now in Kentucky. We are still waiting for our DC job to go through.
    posted by Anonymous ambar at 3/03/2007 04:01:00 PM  

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