Elizabeth's Friend: "I have to root for the Beavers. Do you like the Beavers?"
Elizabeth: "Um... I actually root for the Ducks."
EF: "You don't like the Beavers?"
Elizabeth: "We do like the Beavers, but we like the Ducks a little bit more."
EF: "Why do you like both teams?"
Elizabeth: "Well, my dad roots for both of them. So I have to."
(While brushing teeth...)
Elizabeth: "There's one part of your body that needs rest, but it's the same part that wants to stay up: The Brain. Your brain needs a lot of rest, but it says 'I want to stay up and THINK!' but it needs rest, but it doesn't want to rest."
(I was in the kitchen when I heard from the living room...)
Elizabeth: "They just said in that commercial that if you're sick, you should eat honey."
Me: "Yeah, sometimes it's good for a sore throat."
Elizabeth: [grabs her throat] "Uuuuuggghhh... I do. I have a sore throat."
This guest post comes to us from Elizabeth's Grandpa Tom. An incredible true-story:
(In the parking lot at the Children's Museum...)
Grandpa (upon spotting a car that he thinks looks just like their grey Rav4): "Hey Elizabeth, I hope we don't get in that car by mistake."
Elizabeth (without looking back at Grandpa and Grandma's car): "Don't worry Grandpa, that one doesn't have white stripes on the back lights like yours, and the license number is different, and that one has grey door handles. The ones on your car are black."
(Even though Elizabeth doesn't need to look back at Grandpa and Grandma's car to spot these differences, Grandpa does. And is amazed to find she is exactly correct.)
(Elizabeth notices an airplane in the sky...)
Me: "Next time we go to California, we won't be on a plane, we'll be in a car.... for a long time!"
Elizabeth "How long?"
Me: "The first day will be about 8 hours, and the second day will be about 8 hours, then we'll be there."
Elizabeth "Whoa.... How long does it take to get to Oregon State?"
Me: "We're in Oregon right now."
Elizabeth "How long does it take to get to the whole world??"
Elizabeth "And, how long does it take to get to Spanish Land?"
(We are dressing up to go to the Davis Graveyard....)
Elizabeth: "Are those the shoes you are going to wear?"
Elizabeth: "But those are not witch shoes."
Me: "They are very practical, though."
Elizabeth: "No they're not!"
Me: "Oh, sure they are."
Elizabeth: "Nothing is EVER practical."
Elizabeth: "I want to eat the whole pot of mac & cheese."
Me: "All of it??"
Me: "Well, why don't you ask your tummy if that's what your tummy would like."
Elizabeth: "Ok. Tummy? Do you want the whole pot of mac & cheese? He said 'YES, INDEED!'"
Elizabeth: "I want you to count how long I can hold my breath underwater."
Me: "Ok... go. One-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three, one-thousand-four, one-thousand-five, one-thou..."
Elizabeth: "No, no, no. Count. Count normal. Like this: Onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnineteneleventwelvethirteenfourteen. OK?"
Elizabeth: "And, count fast."
(While taking a bath, pretending to be a Milkshake stand. She hands me a cup of bathwater....)
Elizabeth: "....and here is your milkshake! It's our special, Blueberry-Strawberry-Mango!"
Me: "Thank you, how much do I owe you?"
Elizabeth: "IT'S FREE!"
Elizabeth: "Yes. We have TOO MUCH MONEY!"
This is classic Elizabeth. Funny, smart, and adorable. Enjoy this little vid, and be sure to stick around for the grand finale of cuteness. This was taken December of 2008...
(While I check out the box of hair color I just bought....)
Elizabeth: "Don't color your hair."
Elizabeth: "No, just not right now. We're playing. It's your day off."
Me: "Oh, you're right."
Elizabeth: "You should take a day off."
Me: "From what?"
Elizabeth: "From doing things your way."
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(While driving, we see a team of window washers way up on the Big Pink building)
Elizabeth: "What are they doing up there?"
Me: "They are washing each window on the entire, huge building!"
Me: "I wouldn't want that job."
Elizabeth: "Me neither. Booooooring!!!"
(When we had both guinea pigs on the couch with us, Lucky almost bit Chowie... and gets in trouble with Elizabeth...)
"Hey, Lucky! Little Chowie is just a little pig. Chowie is just out to have some fun! She's just checking out the world...that's what being a guinea pig is all about, Lucky!"
Elizabeth: "Want to hear a joke?"
Elizabeth: "Where did you get your license?"
Elizabeth: "Yeah, where?"
Me "What? You want to know where I got my license?"
Elizabeth: "No, that's the joke."
Me "Oh... ok. Start again."
Elizabeth: "Ok. Where'd you get your license?"
Elizabeth: "CLOWN COLLEGE!!"
(Reading the information about each Guinea Pig on the Oregon Humane Society's website...)
Me: [Reading] "Stormy is a gentle Guinea Pig looking for her furever home. She is looking for a place that will provide her with the socialization and companionship that little piggies crave..."
Elizabeth: "Wait, let me write this down."
(Playing the blanket game, Elizabeth pretends to be my blanket & lays down on me....)
Elizabeth: [Moving] "Boo!"
Me: "Aaah!! My blanket is alive!"
Elizabeth: "Yes, and I can talk too!"
Me: "Whoa! I didn't know I had a talking blanket!"
Elizabeth: "Just read my tag. It says [in a booming voice] 'At night, while you are snug, I COME ALIVE AND TALK TO YOU!!"
(While playing hide-and-seek.)
Elizabeth: "HOW'D YOU FIND ME??"
Me: "'Cause I'm smart."
Elizabeth: "Well, I'm smarter than you."
Me: "Oh really? But I went to college."
Elizabeth: "I went to college, too!"
Me: "You did? When?"
Elizabeth: "April... 1st."
Me: "Oh... what was your grade point average."
Me: "I see..."
Elizabeth: "And Zhu Zhu Pets."
Me: "Here you go.... have you ever tried Cinnamon Toast Crunch?"
Elizabeth: "Oh yeah."
[takes a bite]
"Whoa... maybe I haven't tried it! Mmm.... yum."
Me: "It's my favorite."
Elizabeth: [quietly to herself] "Mmmm, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Part of a good breakfast."
(When the flu came to visit...)
Elizabeth: "Are you all better except for your cough?"
Me: "Yep, I feel mostly all better except for my little cough."
Elizabeth: "I think he likes you!"
Me: "Uh huh, I think so."
Elizabeth: "He's like, [high-pitched voice] 'OH, I LOVE YOU! I'M VERY SORRY YOU HAVE ME!!'"
(I'm so proud of my little shop keeper. Elizabeth sets up her 'Fabulous Fashion Boutique' at least once a day, and I go shopping. On a recent trip...)
Me: "Hello! What do you have that's new today?"
Elizabeth: "Perhaps you would be ines-sa-ter-rad in this...?"
Elizabeth: "When I was at Grama & Grampa's, we were watching 'Max & Ruby' and Max wanted a dragon shirt. Grama said, "How does max know there's a dragon shirt?" and Grampa said: "INTERNET!"
Me: "That is funny."
Elizabeth: "If you were there, you would think it was funny!"
Me: "Oh, are you going to eat your plum?"
Me: "Why'd you ask me to cut one up for you?"
(While watching the big game... and seeing the Auburn mascot...)
Elizabeth: "Do tigers eat ducks?"
Me: "...hm...I don't know if ducks live near tigers. I'm gonna say probably not?"
Elizabeth: "I think they do. Tigers eat everything except themselves, and other tigers."