April 02, 2013 – Broken Heart
After several days of discussion, Edison finally conceded that “misappear” was actually pronounced “disappear”.
He sighed heavily, put his hands together, and said, “Do you know what this is? This is my heart.”
Then he opened his hands just a bit and said, “Now, it is breaking just a little.”
March 18, 2013 – I’m so pretty you have to wear shades…
Edison kept saying, “Mommy” and when I turned to look at him, he would squint his eyes and duck his head as if he was looking at something really bright.
This happened a few times, so I asked him why.
“You are just so pretty that I can’t handle it.”
March 17, 2013 – Rockafellow
Edison: Where were you today?
Me: Learning about essential oils.
Edison: Oh! Like Rockafellow?
Me: Um…No…Different kind of oil.
March 8, 2013 – Um…We don’t need to keep our scabs
“Mom, don’t wash my pants from Thursday. I think my scab came off in the pocket.”
February 20, 2013 – Tricky questions
I don’t believe in answering questions with, “because”…But then, I find myself trying to explain to a 4 year-old how diluted stocks almost took down the Vanderbilt empire.
February 18, 2013 – Don’t cry about Pluto
Edison: But Pluto IS big enough to be a planet! We are just really far away, so it LOOKS small! The next time someone says Pluto is too small to be a planet, I am going to cry.
February 17, 2013 – Don’t touch your mustache!
Me: What do you do if a stranger grabs you?
Edison: You yell, “Don’t touch my mustache!”
(I guess that’s what happens when you teach Stranger Danger and the Japanese phrase for “you’re welcome” in the same class…)
February 3, 2013 – No peep for you
Me: Night night. Not a peep…
Edison: OK, Mom…No peep for you!
February 3, 2013 – 2 sleds
(After getting a new sled.)
Edison: Now, I have 2 sleds!
Dad: Um, no…Your other “sled” was a laundry basket…
January 31, 2013 – Must take after Dad…
In Shanghai Noon, they walked into a bordello. Edison’s face lit up and he said, “Ooooo…Hello ladies…”
January 06, 2013 – Mommy’s toothbrush
Edison: Mommy! I can use your toothbrush!
Me: Uh…No you may not.
Edison: Yes I can. I just tried it, and it fit!
December 27, 2012 – Mommy is luckier
Edison: Mommy, I love you so much…
(Leans over to give me a hug, turning his back to Daddy.)
Edison: Daddy, I just tooted on you.
Dad: I am so lucky…
Edison: Mommy is luckier…I didn’t toot on her.
December 21, 2012 – Good report?
(Just heard this over the monitor)
Ed: If I ask Mommy if you were good while I was gone, will I get a good report?
Edison: Um…Dad? Um…Just take it easy on me, OK?
December 18, 2012 – Bricks and numbers
Edison: Bricks last a long time.
Me: They are made of clay, mud.
Edison: Yep…They are made of clay…Clay and numbers…
Edison: Yeah, numbers. In “The Story of One”, they said everything was made of numbers.
October, 2012 – Edison Dictating
I turned on dictating on my iPad and had Edison talk. This is what the iPad thought he said…
Get a good call me I I a.m.
I keep getting sick I love Bob
high and McChicken lacking
New on and I told her it will get Bob to find a talking and them and I don’t think buying people home
I am a dumb face
October, 2012 – Zero is an old number
Edison: You know what was a new number a long time ago?
Edison: Zero…Now, it is an old number.
08/18/2012 – I am so cool…
Today, while I shuffled the Uno cards, my son said, “Wow, Mom! That’s cool!”
Then, staring at me with adoration in his eyes, he added, “Everything you do is cool…”
Yeah, Baby. I thought. That’s right.
I wish that I could shuffle cards and get that level of respect from the rest of the world…
So this kind-of started as a joke…I had a little writer’s block, so I wrote this generator to get picture book ideas to get my creative juices flowing again.
It isn’t perfect, but it helped get me out of my writing funk and back on track. Basically, I just have a list of nouns, verbs, and phrases; and the generator randomly picks one of each and displays them as picture book themes.
Hopefully, it will help others as well.
Below are some picture book ideas…
* A fish who finds a new pet on a train…
* A mouse who learns a valuable lesson in his/her dreams…
* A train who runs on a plane…
* A bird who has a secret when no one else thinks he/she can…
* A fish who discovers something amazing with his/her mom…
* A mouse who has a secret in his/her dreams…
* A boy who organizes a club on a train…
* A boy who runs even when told not to…
* A bug who wants something really badly in a bubble…
* A train who has a secret all the time…
To refresh this list with new picture book ideas, click here.