Monday, March 21, 2011

From the Mouth of Babes Part 4

Here’s another round of quotable quotes from my kids.  Words from them that I would always want to remember. They make mommy and daddy laugh, they speak to our hearts, they fill our memory bank with tons of priceless treasures. From these words flow rivers of “senti” and fun times spent with each other. Every day with our kids is a time to fill our tanks and theirs, an opportunity to make memories. And with a whisper, we pray that someday Riel and Aethan will look back to a childhood full of joy… and borrowing from Pastor Peter - a glimpse of heaven on earth.

Esther 9:28
So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation

December 2008
Riel: Mommy can I sleep beside daddy tonight?
Mommy: Why do you want to sleep beside daddy?
Riel: I want to sleep beside someone with big tummy

Riel:  Mommy what are your toys when you were young?
Mommy:  Oh I only had a few barbie dolls, a toy telephone …
Riel: Maybe you didn’t pray when you were a baby mommy….

Aethan: Mommy, I think Jesus was crucified on a big, big cross because I heard from  my Sunday school that He is a big God.

Riel cannot sleep without his Ernie (of Sesame Street)- a hand-me down stuff toy from his Uncle Johlo. One night, he said:
Riel: MOmmy, can I bring my Ernie to heaven when I die?

Jan 2009
Aethan: Daddy, do you put shampoo on the hair on your armpit?

(Listening to Riel and Aethan talk about Riel’s poor eyesight…Riel is 5 years old and Aethan is 4 years old))
Aethan: Kuya, did you watch near the tv when you were a kid?
(talking as if they are not kids)

Feb 2009
(while taking a bath)
Riel: Mommy, you said we will grow taller if we sleep in the afternoon, right?
MOmmy: yes baby. why?
Riel: Didn’t you sleep when you were a baby, mommy?

Feb 23, 2009
Riel: Mommy, the commercial says “Zero Cavities for Filipinos”
Mommy: Yes …. why?
Riel: “I am a Filipino mommy but why do I have cavities?”

Feb. 25, 2009
Riel: Mommy, I think I’m going to ask a pilot to bring me to the U.S. so that I can discover more dinosaur fossils there.
Aethan: Kuya, I’ll bring you to the U.S. because, remember, I’m going to be a pilot!

Feb. 26, 2009
Mommy: Who was afraid of the big waves when we were on the beach?
Riel: Aethan!
Aethan: I’m Peter, mommy, remember?  (referring to the time that apostle Peter was afraid to walk on water)

March 12, 2009
Riel: Mommy, I want to have a kid!
Mommy: What? A kid?
Riel: Yes, mommy, a baby goat,remember?

March 15, 2009
Riel: Daddy, I want to be a soldier someday
Daddy: It’s not an easy job. When you are a solider, you will be assigned to different places.
Riel:  It’s okay daddy, I’ll put you in a safe place.

March 15, 2009
Riel went with daddy to the bank to withdraw money
Riel: Wow! Daddy, do we have a lot of money now? Can we go to the U.S. now?
Alvin: (Smiling) No baby, we need more money to go there.
Riel:  When I grow up daddy, I want a job and I will work so that we can have money to go the U.S.
Just recently, Alvin and I made it a habit to tell our kids things we remember from our childhood. This is during the time we bond most - at night.  We replaced bedtime stories with “our stories”.  It’s amazing that when we started this, memories just came flooding in.  We saw the delight in our kids’ eyes as they listen.   From then on, Riel and Aethan would always ask us, “mommy, daddy, do you have more memories to share?”.  My kids are growing so fast… I would truly miss this time but I’m happy to have saved a lot of these moments in my heart, my treasure box.

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