• http://www.ohmissyme.blogspot.com missy.

    hilarious. i love how smart she is and the things she says. thanks for sharing :) have fun in LA!

  • Meagan G

    #1 your children are probably the most beautiful I have ever seen.. aside from my own that is LOL..

    #2 Leta.. I just love her.. seriously.. how do you stand it!?!? She is amazing!

  • Savanah

    HA! :)

  • http://agreatleapinthedark.blogspot.com April

    Agreeing with #47. As a kid I was put in “gifted programs” and later in life my oscillation between being engrossed in something (where time stands still) and hopping around from one project to the next made me consider adult ADD as a possibility. But the more I looked at the “symptoms” of being right-brained, the more I thought, this isn’t a so-called disorder, it’s a strength. Good luck to you guys and Leta, she sounds like an amazingly gifted (and hilarious) kid.

  • http://asclepias.wordpress.com Livia

    Holy grape nuts! Great post!

  • http://www.tamarisktree.wordpress.com Kim

    Hilarious. Absolutely perfect.

  • http://tauntsociety.com/ Hannah

    Just too damned precious!

  • http://qcreport.blogspot.com/ Quinn Cummings

    No, it’s not ADD. It’s year you have to slog through. We who are on the other side of the vague year commend ourselves for never saying to our children what was the only thing we could think. Namely, “Dude, are you high?” Because this much distractedness is usually preceded by the wet sound of a bong in action.

  • http://www.laurenslaughinglife.blogspot.com No Babies Yet

    At first, I thought Katey went back to the car with Leta to breastfeed Marlo… and I thought “damn, that IS a great sitter.” Hahahaha.

  • http://ww.karigranda.blogspot.com Kari

    Hahaha. That’s so cute.

  • http://theconfusedhomemaker.com/ beth aka confusedhomemaker

    Leta is a smart cookie, she knows that the front seat is off limits. My kids are the SAME way about the front seat when they could be in it. Of course when I don’t want them anywhere near it, like when I’m trying to get everyone in the van & we are already an hour behind schedule, then they ALL want to check it out. I can also relate to the no touching thing & the absent minded professor thing. I was that kid, I am still in a lot of ways like that as an adult. Sometimes you just don’t want things all mixed up. Although I must admit the “absented minded” thing got easier when I entered academia & started writing more; being in academia or being “creative” (whatever that means) makes it easier to pull off the whole “absented minded” thing. No one thinks twice about it. Plus, when your 5 having Barbie say sorry really matters.

  • Lee

    I absolutely, positively do not want to diagnose your child with anything, I think that people jump to premature conclusions about that kind of thing way too quickly.

    But just as a point of information for anyone else reading this blog, people with ADD actually have the ability to hyperfocus under pressure, which is often why they leave things to the last minute. Or to focus intensely on one thing to the exclusion of all other things, which is why I was able to read a book on a bus full of noisy kids, but frequently missed my bus stop because I didn’t notice we’d stopped at my house. “Driven to Distraction” is a good book on the topic.

    Again, it’s ludacrious for people to diagnose 5-year-olds with ADD based on blog entries, and in no way is my comment supposed to imply that Leta has ADD.

  • http://irritableblogsyndrome.typepad.com Dayna

    That is awesome! I can’t stop laughing. I can only imagine the completely serious look she probably had on her little face when she said it.

  • Sara

    I love it. My mom says I used to do the same thing when she sent me anywhere in the house to do anything. I would be gone a few minutes, only to come back and have to ask what I was sent off to do. It’s obviously an early sign of her genius.

  • Cassie

    My boss just asked me why i was smiling. I was tempted to tell him the truth…

  • Sue

    now THAT is funny. “promise you won’t tell” ~ made me laugh and I hope it is not portend of things to come… ;)

  • Anonymous

    We had a very small kitchen in the house where I grew up. As I sat directly in front of the fridge, I’d have to get up every now and then during a meal to get something out. From the time that the request left my mom’s or dad’s lips to the time when I opened the fridge door, I’d forget what they had wanted. Like, every single time.

    Ooh, shiny things…

  • http://www.mentalmomma.blogspot.com Mental Momma

    Enjoy it while it lasts, probably not the last time she’ll use that phrase!

  • http://www.whoahgirl.com Anne

    That is too hilarious. :) Leta is seriously one of the most serious and funny five year olds I have read about. :) My nephew is about to turn four years old and I can get out of him rambling about Star Wars or seriously Auntie Anne, stop calling me a baby since I’m not a baby.

    Ahhh kids. :)

  • http://margaretslifeintransition.blogspot.com Margaret B

    HEATHER – I know you closed comments on the Daily Chuck – but Marlo is still in NB?? My son was born days after her and he’s currently sporting a 3-6 month onesie! I have a freakishly large child. And I’m jealous that she’s still so little! And Leta, as always, totally adorable and wonderful.

  • Anonymous

    Judging by the way you structured this blog post, I’m pretty sure Leta gets it from you, Heather. ;)

  • http://poopandboogies.com William

    I cannot believe Katey broke Leta’s confidence like that.

  • http://shmaytalk.blogspot.com Taylee

    I wish Leta had a camera following her around all the time so we could see all the moments of Absent-Minded Professor.

  • http://maybeinutah.blogspot.com Mari

    Ha ha ha! That made my day!

  • http://www.littlebabyfeet.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Leta’s good shit.

  • http://www.myveryownsitcom.blogspot.com Mrs Sitcom

    Oh my gosh – I LOOOOOOVE how literal kids are. Of course I can’t think of any right now but I used to have tons of stories like that from babysitting. Hilarious.

  • http://swedishpankakes.blogspot.com Swedish Pankakes

    Can you not wait until Marlo and Leta can entertain one another??

  • http://notbychoice.tumblr.com/ Kristina

    You wish you’d had my brother and I as kids, oh wait no, because we would have races to see who could put their clothes on the fastest. Not correct-est, the fastest. We always looked like we’d been thrown into (or out of, really) our closets during a tornado, not to mention all the ripped off buttons and seams or snagged zippers, etc. All Kriss-krossed out, yo! Only we always wore velcro shoes, because tying shoelaces took too long. And I then I go and wonder why 7th grade was the hardest year of my life.

  • http://www.weheartbaby.com/ Shaunna

    That is so sweet! What a cutie!

  • Marissa

    Of course Leta doesn’t have ADD, it’s called being a kid!! I send my 8 yr old son into his room to get dressed with specific instructions about what to wear and to put his dirty clothes/PJs into the hamper and about half the time he still comes out without his socks or leaves the dirty clothes in a pile on the floor.

    The best was last week when he took a shower after baseball practice and put his dirty clothes back on!!! I thought my head was going to explode.

    On the other hand he is very excited for the arrival of his baby sister (expected next week) and says he is going to love her and treat her with respect and make sure everyone else does too, because he’s her big brother and that’s his job. I think we’ll keep him.

  • DeAnna

    Don’t let Leta fool you Katey! My niece used to do that to me. I’d keep her ‘chocolate’ secret then she’d throw me under the bus when she was having quiet time with her mom.

    Yeah, ADD my ass – she’s completely normal.

  • Pantraya

    I knew I liked your blog for a reason!!! Today I read it at work and was holding in my laughter, as to not seem like I was reading a blog when I should be working. And teardrops rolled down my cheeks because I was laughing so hard on the inside. The blonde barbie and the brunette barbie? Whooo! That’s so funny!

  • http://grifandbrit.blogspot.com Sheelah

    I’d just like to reiterate #26. Can Leta PLEASE get her own blog?

    Captcha: wanton Rico…MEOW!

  • Christina

    Leta is too funny for words!!!! Childrens honesty is the best thing ever.

  • Leigh Anne

    i totally LOLed!

  • Josh

    Mom tells me stories about being petrified of going to daycare and was afraid of sending me there due to my near violent reactions of not wanting to go.
    She finally tracked it down to arts and crafts and their use of scissors. I ‘forbidden’ to use scissors at home and I was afraid i would get in BIG trouble if I was caught.
    My mom got a chuckle and we had a long discussion about good scissors and bad scissors – which ones were hers and which ones were mine.

  • http://manualnotincluded.com Kara

    It’s one thing when they obey you when you’re there. It’s a completely more awesome different thing when they do what you say when you’re NOT there! Good job training that one!

  • http://www.trackfourdesign.com/ Tess

    Heather…you kill me…I love your posts…Leta and Marlo are so lucky to have you as a mom…can I move out and live next to you and John…we have two great dogs and my hubby is a web designer…let me know!!! LOL

  • http://pbrippeyblogma.com PB Rippey/sleepless mama

    Leta is a sharp little cookie. Obviously–no matter what she’s focused on here and there–she’s listening!

  • http://heymrswilson.net Mrs. Wilson

    That is so awesome. Leta sounds like my daughter in a lot of ways – she gets completely distracted by other things and I have to constantly remind her of what she was supposed to do – but also not at all ADD-like. She’s also all about the rules. Except when she’s with my mother.

  • http://www.michellesmoment.blogspot.com Michelle

    I love how kids take rules, like no front seat. I remember when I thought my dad was “drinking and driving” when he would drink iced tea while driving….

  • http://seejenneat.wordpress.com Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now

    That is such a cute story. I love it!

  • Anonymous

    My Husband is like a total genius- an engineer and the smartest man I’ve ever known…but if I ask him to take out the kitchen trash, I usually just shout to him from th other room a few seconds later “You were taking out the trash,” because I know he will have forgotten what he went in there for by the time he gets there…and he usually responds “oh yeah, Thanks!”
    This is a guy who once actually got in the car without shoes when we were leaving the house…I looked down and then up at his face with a puzzled look on my face thinking “Is he kidding? Is he playing a trick on me? Oh…no, when I pointed it out he just quickly say “Oh, yeah, thanks” and runs back in the house as if I had just pointed out that he’d forgotten his keys or tickets to the show, not HIS SHOES!!!!
    It’s frustrating at times – but I just think he is busy solving pi and his brain can’t be bothered with the trivial realities of life.

  • http://www.d3voiceworks.com d3 voiceworks

    just another thing to add to the talk-to-dr-phil-about-this list

    our 5 yo is the same way, so sending her to parochial school is really all about the uniform, god be damned. oh, that didn’t sound nice.

  • elismsue

    LOL reminds me of the old Art Linkletter show…”Kids Say The Darnest Things” segment. Out of the mouths of babes!

    Yes, I am old enough to remember that show and also old enough to have difficulty controlling my bladder when I laugh! Darn you!


  • red

    Leta is so perfectly hilarious. I would love to take her to brunch.

  • Tanya

    LMAO!! I love Leta, she truly is the greatest example of childhood reality. Everything is literal, and her sense of humor is so fun. She is the best, great job Heather!

  • http://homegrown-insanity.blogspot.com Tracylea

    And the conspiring starts…

  • mk

    OMG, sweet girl.

  • http://keeponsmyelin.blogspot.com/ K*OS! (Keep On S’myelin!)

    Gah, I’m getting frustrated just thinking of watching how long it takes my son to get dressed in the morning.

    I should write and record a song called “Get Dressed, NOW!” in the tune to his favourite song of the moment…which would be Boom, Boom, Pow by the Black Eyed Peas.

    Actually, that might have a nice ring to it…”Get Dressed NOW! You’re slackin’s jackin’ my style….”.

    Anyway, after saying that, it’s nice to know that our children do listen even when we don’t think they are. I’m sure my son would have said something about sitting in the front seat too.