• http://triplyksis.blogspot.com/ Adiel

    It makes you wonder just how dumb they think adults are. Best part: “and my favorite, “disgusting poo-poo head.” You know, to distinguish it from the compliment “poo-poo head that is delicious enough to eat.”"

  • Bex

    Haha! She sounds like a cool chick.

  • http://alittlecrazyalotoflove.blogspot.com/ kbreints

    That is awesome. I wonder where she learned it?

  • http://www.jillshalvis.com/blog Jill S.

    Ah, I miss those sweet four year old lies. I’m on the fifteen year old ones, and trust me, they’re not as cute.

  • http://justlikejessejames.wordpress.com/ jesse james

    I just tried that line on my girlfriend for some home made chocolate chip cookies last night. Doesn’t work when you’re four – doesn’t work when your thirty one. But, it’s not worth it to stop trying. It might just pay off someday.

    I think we were whining at the same time.

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com Robin

    Are you suggesting that chocolate treats don’t solve all the world’s problems? Because I disagree … and don’t you think her fine acting skills at least earned her an honorable mention chocolate treat?

    But good for you for setting rules and following through. I may not be the purveyor of fine parenting skillz but I know some when I see them elsewhere.

  • http://www.spriteskeeper.com Sprite’s Keeper

    Already using her feminine wiles to get her way. That deserves her a morsel!

  • Helen Tarnation

    They don’t get any better when they get older. The husband has had severe heartburn for a long time, and for which he will have tubes put in both ends this Thursday, yet he seems to think that stopping for a milkshake every night (or making someone else do it) makes it feel so much better.

  • http://www.dearreilly.blogspot.com Erin Rae

    Did you soak the cedar plank? We cook salmon on cedar planks often and the usual routine is to soak the thing over night. Smokes up real nice.

  • http://www.mydogumentary.wordpress.com gingela5

    Oh I love grilling stories–my dad has nearly set the house and himself on fire a few times. There’s just never enough lighter fluid on the charcoal…

  • Krysta

    I am 25 and operate under the same logic as Leta when trying to get my boyfriend to go out and buy dessert. And I use the words “chocolate treat” as well.

  • http://partonponderings.blogspot.com Rachel

    Definitely using that line next time I’m trying to get my husband to go buy ice cream…

  • http://www.unbalancedlibra.com Unbalanced Libra

    Well, you know, Leta is absolutely right, chocolate DOES make a belly feel better!

    My kiddos are going through a *poo poo head* phase. Oh, and dumb ass…nice.

  • http://blondechickbloggin.blogspot.com Jenni

    My personal favorite…

    “I’m stuffed Mom. I couldn’t eat another bite. So… What’s for DESSERT?”

  • http://www.thejoyof.blogspot.com Joy

    Brilliant naievity…scary sometimes isn’t it? :)

  • http://www.skinmax.biz Tabetha

    I think Leta is actually a very advanced mini-you, more so than you might realize. She weighed her options and rationalized that asking for bacon would just lure Coco, plus chocolate is more like something a 4-year-old would need to sruvive.

    She’s a smart one, she is. You two have done very well. As for me, I can’t wait until she’s 16.

  • http://suburbanmatron.blogspot.com/ Becky

    On a car trip last weekend, I tried to satisfy my two year-old’s demands of “need chocolate!” by handing him a granola bar. He looked confused, then said, “need brown chocolate!”

    Like, woman, maybe you’re new, so let me be specific.

  • http://www.showlush.com lush

    The only thing better than grilling stories are turkey frying stories. My ex-husband had never fried a turkey before, but totally KNEW what he was doing. (Instructions are for p*ssies.) WEll, he WAY overfilled the fryer and then plunked the not entirely dry enough turkey in. On my mother’s brand new deck. She wanted it stained, but probably not with cooking oil.

    /Go Leta. I hope you’re still writing this blog when she graduates to booze.

  • http://www.jillmormon.com Jill Mormon

    “Mommy, I need to play my game some more. Right now. Or I could DIE!!!!”

    “No more games right now, son. Maybe after dinner.”

    “But… how can you say no when I love you so much???”

    “Love has nothing to do with video game privileges, son.”

    “It does when I can’t love you even bunches more unless you let me play. Plus I will DIE!!!”

    And on and on it goes. Parenting ROCKS. I don’t remember spouting such awesomeness to my Mom.

  • http://goatygoat.squarespace.com Lana

    Leta’s prospects for growing up into a career in politics are astonishingly high. This story is awesome.

  • Sara

    Oh man, that was funny. I laughed so hard at “the compliment poo-poo head that is delicious enough to eat.”

  • http://www.becomningsomething.typepad.com Natasha

    Well, cedar planks DO smoke. I think that’s the idea. But we have soaked them and they’ve been fine, on low temp. Takes longer but works.

    We’ve got this strategy I’m sure you’re heard of before: Kids say they’re full. We ask if they want [delicious treat we don't even have]. They excitedly exclaim yes. We say, Aw, too bad we don’t have any but look at all that yummy food on your plate! THAT will fill you nicely. And even though we do this all the time, we managed to jazz it up just enough and act convincingly enough that they always forget and say, DOH! Foiled again! And they’re supposedly Gifted.

    So, Leta may know how to work it, the clever little thing, but so do I!

  • Ramsey

    My 3.5 year old is also doing this sort of thing. At times it’s hard not to laugh.

  • Sol

    Yeah, in my family we had cups. In our bellies. And our dessert cup was always barren, wasting, and in dire need of replenishment, and our peas/spinach/disgusting vegetable cup was always overflowing. Always.

  • Marsha

    Well, did she get the treat??? Last night Jenny (4 also) would not eat when the rest of us did. We were having desert and she “demanded” some also. After being told she could have some once she ate her dinner she screamed “OK. But I only want JUNK for my dinner” Sounded perfectly ok to her.

  • http://ohdelia.com Delia

    Oh chocolate. Is there any problem that you can’t solve?

  • http://www.realityfish.com Robin G.

    It’s a bit frightening to consider the kind of teenager she’ll be, isn’t it?

  • http://www.girlfromtexas.wordpress.com Suzette

    Why, oh why weren’t there blogs 20-something years ago when *I* had a little girl? What a great way to preserve all those great moments that would otherwise fade into the mists of time. And Leta apparently has a lot of them to preserve! Keep ‘em coming!

  • ma2one

    SOAK the planks in water before using.

  • http://www.abdpbt.com anna

    What is it with men and grilling? Is it the sheer length of the utensils, or something?

  • http://icouldcrybutidonthavetime.wordpress.com amyz5

    wait, does jon still have eyebrows? if yes, then he was probably over-reacting to the flames.

    chocolate is the great pacifier, at any age.

  • http://teacherwoman.typepad.com Margaret

    At such a young age,she already understands the power and corruption of chocolate. It took me until at least 5; my grandfather was a dentist and we had to hide all sugar when he came to visit.

  • http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com sara

    I don’t have children but I do have young nieces… and we have wondered aloud many times if PMS can start at age 3.

    I’m thinking by four she could totally be having cramps and craving chocolate. Then you’d have something to blame the mood swings on, too. :)


  • http://www.iambossy.com/ BOSSY

    Yeah, cute story and all – but are those green peas Free Range?

  • Shanna

    In our house, apparently popsicles, not chocolate, can cure all of our 3 year old drama queen’s woes and boo-boos. Last night she bumped her toe on a toy walking across the room, immediately fell to the floor holding said toe, and through her crocodile tears screamed in her screechy, only a 3 year old can make that sound voice “It hurts, Mama, I neeeed a popsicle”

  • http://nycmomandmore.blogspot.com Marinka

    I’m still laughing about the water bottle. But about the stomach ache, I’m not a doctor, but I’ve developed the “tummy poke” where you stick your finger into the complaining kid’s stomach and if they laugh, they’re faking. And if they scream out in horror, not so much faking.

  • Goober

    Yes, but has he lost his eyebrows yet?

    Just wait til the piezeo lighter dealamabob quits working and he resorts to matches.

  • http://bestofcourt.blogspot.com Court

    I think Leta is on to something – EVERYTHING WOULD BE RIGHT WITH THE WORLD if chocolate fixed tummy aches. I think we would have peace on earth.

  • http://www.csquaredplus3.typepad.com/ Chris

    To help Leta with her eternal salvation, just teach her what Larry the Cable Guy says, “Lord, I apologize for that right there, and please be with the starvin’ pygmies down there in New Guinea, A-men.” Seems to work.

    Jon should slick his face and hair back with that gooey stuff stuntmen use – I think it protects around flames…or maybe it ignites. I can’t remember.

    Fabulously written. As usual.

  • http://www.fuckedupchick.blogspot.com J.

    ALWAYS grill with an extinguisher close by!! And I do think that chocolate is the universal cure-all.

  • Alex

    I am not sure about you guys…. maybe my husband loves more than yours….

    When I say “I am sick and only chocolate will fix it” he ALWAYS finds me some…

    He is a peach (about that… I could expand on non-peachniness, but not enough time…

    Leta is on to something…

    AS for the cedar planks, I am the griller in the family and I have grilled some really amazing things… and I can NEVER get them to work either.

  • Anonymous

    Are Leta’s chicken nuggets free range, ethically grown, and lulled to sleep every night with a gentle nursery rhyme?

  • http://notinsaneperse.blogspot.com Kelly

    I certainly hope you’re not talking smack about Target’s $1 bins. That’s even worse than lying.

  • http://whowhatwhenwhereandsometimeswhy.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    If you had told me I had to wait that long for my dessert, I would’ve begged God for a weeping womb, pronto.

  • http://www.mydogumentary.wordpress.com gingela5

    Your Daily Chuck is so cute! My dogs will hardly sit still long enough for me to get a decent pic of them…dumb dogs!

  • http://www.wrathofdawn.blogspot.com Dawn

    I just had a terrifying thought… what if you’re not blogging when Leta’s 16? I mean, did we even have blogs 12 years ago? Who knows whether we’ll still be blogging in 12 years’ time?

    I may have to go through life never knowing if the 16-year old Leta claims jello shots cure 2nd day cramps…


  • http://everedstone.blogspot.com/ eve

    Me: No you can’t have a treat you didn’t eat your meal.

    #4: I’m full up with dinner but my treat tummy is empty.

  • http://limesaregreatfruits.blogspot.com marysia in tx

    I just wanted to say that when I saw today’s Daily Photo, I was struck by the similar view we had last week here in Texas:


    Gotta love the pollution!

    I met you at your SxSW meet-n-greet last March, but I have to say I am haunted by how dorky and nervous I was to speak with you and Jon. I promise, I’m not usually that socially-maimed.

  • http://www.curtistucker.com That Sneaker Wearing Entrepreneurial Cartoonist Internet Guy

    I’m not exactly sure how, but I know the iPhone 3G could have prevented Jon’s grilling problem… now let’s see, where’s that App Store button…

  • http://jackandjillputupablog.com/ Jack&Jill

    I love hearing Leta’s answers to things…so funny! Darling.