Once again, the kids are happily pointing out, through their normal dialogue, the phrases we use too much. Darnit, for instance.*
Nora has gotten to that very fun stage where she journals out loud every night before she falls asleep. It's like this verbal outpouring of everything important that has happened to her that day, and more often than not, it includes phrases I didn't realize had (and I wish I hadn't) used. Things like "Never ever do that!" repeated over and over for about 15 minutes. Not sure what I was talking about, but clearly it made an impression.
Sidamo will pick up on phrases and use them completely out of context, like last night when we heard him calling Nora a "multiple times." As in, "Nora, you multiple times, put that back!" That traces back to about an hour earlier when Greg lamented having to ask Sidamo "multiple times" to start getting ready for bed. It seems 4-year-olds can turn just about any exchange into an opportunity for name-calling. And it won't be long, I'm sure, until we hear Nora chanting "multiple times!" from her crib. Multiple times.
*I think you'll all agree I deserve some kudos for at least keeping my curses PG-rated. I seem to remember Sidamo using some less kid-friendly phrases when he was Nora's age, so at least I'm learning restraint. Parenting is all about progress, right?