Monday, December 31, 2007

M Is For - Make Me Laugh

"Alexis," I say, "What is your new gymnastics teacher's name?"

Alexis is sitting in the back seat of the van after I have just picked her up from her gym class. She is drinking her chocolate milk that I bought her at the Exxon and trying to curl her legs up underneath her, criss-cross-apple-sauce style (that's what she was telling me). "I ... uh," she chugs a drink of milk, "I dunno."

"What do you mean? You didn't ask her her name?" She's usually so good about people's names.

"I forgot. I think it starts with an M," she says sheepishly.

So, being the puzzle-solver that I am, I say, "Well ... is it ... Madeline." No. "Is it Maxine?" No. "Is it Meridith?" No. "Is it Mary?" No. "Is it Margie?" No, and she begins to giggle. "Is it Molly or Milly?" No, and she giggles more. "Is it Maude?" Nooooo. "Is it Michelle or Margaret or Madison or Marie or Mindy or Marilyn .......?" she is laughing hysterically and I am having quite a lot of fun thinking of all the M names - there are a lot of M names! I then say, "Is it Michael or Max or Morgan or Mor-eese?"

She can't hardly control her giggles but tries to speak through her piggy snorts and cackles and says, "Maybe it wasn't an M," and she sighs loudly. "Maybe I don't 'member."

"You don't re-mem-ber?" I scream, in a joking tone. "After all that ... and now you say it may not even be an Mmmmmm?" she loves this game and is laughing so hard the chocolate milk is coming out of her nose. And so I say, "Let's start with the A's. Was her name Ann-a-bel?"

She screams, "Nooo. I'll ask her next time," and I stop the alphabet-name-guessing-game before she starts spewing chocolate milk all over the van.

And ... the two little piggy's snorted and laughed .... all the way home.

On the upside ... It doesn't take all that much effort to make them laugh - does it? They are just looking for reasons to laugh. And ... it is those moments of sweet laughter that just make my day!

42 comments:

Dawn said...

What a fun Mom you are. Your right, it doesn't take much to make them laugh and it makes life so much more enjoyable.

Holly said...

The best sound in the world is the sound of my children laughing.

utmomof5 said...

I love that sound!! Childrens laughter is the best sound in the world!!
You sound like a fun Mom!

Christina

Wendy said...

I can just look at mine and he will crack up...it is so easy and so precious!

pb&j in a bowl said...

Sounds like a fun ride home. I love hearing kids laugh!

bermudabluez said...

Your everyday life is so uplifting, Kellan!! Hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year!!

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

That's hilarious. Glad you were able to have a good laugh with your kids. And I really like the new template. It's snazzy!

Eileen said...

I love the sound of children laughing. I love it at work, but especially at home. Tonight, my nephew, who is 5, was laughing so hard, he had all of us laughing. It was the best feeling...ever.
XOXO

Melissa said...

You are truly the coolest mom!!

carrie said...

I love little moments like these too!

Happy New Year Kellan!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

You are a good Mommy - making your kids laugh is a wonderful gift. I try to make Connor at 14 laugh but am RARELY successful - he'll smile but laughter is rare - darn those teenage hormones!!

Hallie

jennwa said...

There is nothing better than hearing my kids laugh. It is a feeling that stays with you all day.
I hope you all have a happy new years.

Lisa said...

Rosie and I play this game too... Except I'm the one that can't remember! LOL

A child's laughter is true music.

Bren said...

What a funny story! They are just looking for reasons to laugh, aren't they? Sounds like you are too. :)

Steph said...

What a sweet and fun story! :)

angie said...

What a wonderful story to remind me that laughter is one of lifes sweetest gifts.

Andrea said...

You're right...it's amazing how easy it is to make our children laugh if only we try.

Kellan, you really bond with your children. You have the kind of relationship with your kids that I hope to have with mine.

Enjoy the piggy snorts today (and tomorrow...and the next day...and the next day...)

kim-d said...

First, I just have to tell you my 6yo granddaughter also takes gymnastics--for her it's all about the leotard (which she calls a tutu). What's cuter than a 6 yo doing gymnastics! Anyway...

Isn't it funny how your "made her laugh moments" with Alexis just about made me cry...AGAIN. Please, give my emotions a break and tell another story involving Courtney and Chloe and scarfing down Arby's or terrorizing their siblings. Please!

Happy New Year, Kellan. Looking forward to a great 2008, involving you and your blog!!!!

The Stevens Family said...

Ahhh...the joys of hearing a child's belly laugh! Gotta love it. I love the post about your son. It is too sweet, especially following the church shoes post! And your house is absolutely gorgeous even with your red neck husband living there!

missy said...

I giggled at you stopping so she wouldn't spew the milk all over the car, cause the whole time I was thinking "Oh, she is going to spit that milk all over the back of the seat!"

I love, LOVE, to crack my daughter up. We spend a good part of our day talking in funny voices and saying weird things just to make the other one laugh. God blessed me with just the right kid, know what I mean??

Jen said...

I love hearing my kids laugh too. You sound like such a fun mama.

Kami said...

SO true! I love to make my boys laugh and can usually do it by just lauging myself for no reason at all.

Now that I think about it maybe they think I am off my rocker and it's just, "quick, laugh so she doesn't snap!"

;-)

Ness said...

I miss mine being at that age. You are one great mom!

Ness
www.dachshundstrong.blogspot.com

Beth said...

You are so nice to play along with your kids! I need to learn to be sillier with mine...we would probably all benefit from it!

Shellie said...

I love the kids' laughs so much I wish I could bottle it!

wheelsonthebus said...

I think the best time to make them laugh is when you really want to yell...

Emily

Regina said...

Laughter is one of the glues that hold a family together...or at least makes the time together a little more bareable!

I'm glad I finally made it over to your blog!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
You have an awesome blog.

Blessings,
Regina

Leah said...

I love it! I love giggling with my children over everything and nothing all at the same time. I think it's a nice bonding time, without being complicated or expensive. Good for you for being quick on your feet and turning that moment into a neat memory!

Amanda said...

Its so fun to make children laugh. I also remember how much easier it was to laugh when I was a kid. The kind with the piggy snorts you mentioned! Happy New Year, Kellan. I look forward to more of your funny stories in '08.

Are You Serious! said...

Loved your post! Very cute...

Sharon said...

Being the serious sort--I don't snort often. But when I do----LOOK OUT!
And you can bet it will happen at the most inappropriate times. Like during church or at a sad moment. My sense of humor--it is really warped at times.
I am horrible with names. So even if I had guessed the name-- I would have promptly forgot it. ;)

dlyn said...

Aw - great post! Blessings in the New Year for all of your family!

Maria said...

Aww, how fun. You're right, though. Kids just like to laugh. When I try, the kids will laugh at anything. My husband is not always the funniest, so when he cracks a joke, the kids really double over. I love reading your blog.

Barrie said...

There's nothing like a good chuckle with the kids! Happy New Year!!

Jen said...

So true, Kellan. Those are the moments I treasure the most. When my little boy laughs, life is perfect. It is great that you aren't afraid to be silly - those are the best moms!

Becky said...

Awww, that's so cute! You go, mom!
You have such a great way with words, Kellan. And I'm so with you on that...moms (and dads) need LOTS of times like these together while growing up. It's what memories are made of. I try and get my boys to laugh really hard at least once a day...either by joking around or by tickle torture. I want them to always remember lots of times of laughter in our home.

Michelle O. said...

What a cute & funny story! Jean laughed so hard milk came out her nose once too. She didn't think it was funny though, and we all had to stop laughing...lol

kim-d said...

Really, I don't normally do two comments in one day, but...

I just had to say thank you very much for your words, Kellan. You are SO right and you said it with your signature tact and diplomacy, which is an incredible thing to have since not many do! You are a gift to me, Kellan. :)

Rachel said...

Kellan,

You are such a great mommy.
She's so lucky.

girlymom said...

Chocolate milk in the car, you do have older children than me! I love these stories of your daughter, I can picture the same scenerio with mine. I am horrible with names, so it is typically my HUbby listing off names and me shrugging going, uhhhh I don't know.

Patti said...

I love-love-love a good laugh!

JCK said...

I love these moments! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.

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