Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sweet Dreams



I sometimes call Alexis - Betty Boop.

Sometimes I call her - Tweety Bird.

On occasion ... I call her Miss Muffet.

I've always called her - My Tiny Girl.


I call her My Tiny Girl, because she is my baby and she is my youngest girl.


She is, however, not really ... a tiny girl.


There are girls that are tiny - you know - fragile and petite.


She is not one of those girls.


She is short - as most 6 year old girls are.


She is the smallest girl in the house.


But ...


she is not so tiny.


And ... because she is not so tiny, I have tried to make efforts - over time - to keep Alexis away from the sweets - you know - the Little Debbies, the bags of tiny Oreo cookies, the left-over Halloween candy I have stashed in a drawer.


For the most part ... she does well.


She is not allowed to drink sodas, unless it is a special occasion - this has helped.


She is only allowed to snack - if she asks for permission.


I offer apples and oranges and carrots, and she takes them happily.


This has all worked rather smoothly - keeping Alexis away from the sweets.


That is ...


Unless ...


She sneaks, ever so quietly, to the side of my bed - on a Saturday morning - nudges me until my eyes slightly squint open - and then she asks, "Can I have some ice cream?" in the quietest little tiny mouse voice - and ... her mother, who is more in a dream state than awake, and is not at all certain if it is, in fact, a dream or not, answers ...

"Sure," and then rolls over, snuggles her fluffy down pillow and falls back to sleep.


On the upside ... I've caught her doing this twice. Remembered the "dream" when I finally woke up - asked her about it - found out it WAS NOT a dream and that she had in fact had a bowl of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on it - for breakfast. I don't know how many bowls she has actually had - over the years - but I did tell her to, "STOP DOING THAT! IT'S NOT FAIR TO AMBUSH ME WHEN I AM ASLEEP." She's pretty darn smart and sneaky - My Tiny Girl.

84 comments:

Pam said...

She she may not be tiny....but neither is her brain. that is one smart girl! Good for her. She will grow into her body...but good for you for offering healthy snacks and choices (and the occasional ice cream breakfast!)

Brittany said...

Whoa... Smart! I wish I had learned that one at her age... Way to go Alexis! I mean... bad Alexis... lol

Pam said...

I forgot- I wanted to tell you I got my gift card today! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Ashlyn is already excited to go get new flip flops...you are the best! (we are still praying for that precious baby!)

Summer said...

My boys do stuff like that too!

LaShawn said...

My kids do that to me too. Sneaky devils.

Rachel said...

I should try doing that to my husband. Smarty Pants!! How is the little baby doing? Keep sending you lots of prayers.

Melanie said...

What a smarty! I need to use that technique with my hubby.

How's the precious baby boy? Still praying for him.

Hillary said...

hee hee! what a tricky little girl!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Pretty tricky! My kids like to ambush me when I am on the computer, they know I am not paying attention to them.

tommie said...

Bright little girl! I can't wait for the day the kids can get their own breakfast and i can sleep in.....she's six you say? Just a couple of more years!

dlyn said...

Ice cream with sprinkles is not a good breakfast? Whoa - I've been going about this the wrong way!

Rachel said...

a) love the graphic
b) we have that bow
c) do you know about ribbonrockstar? awesome bows. cheap.
d) it's cold pizza for breakfast, NOT ice cream. Sheesh. She's a TEXAS girl, get it right :-)
e) I adore you :-)

We will be coming to SA this spring. Ya wanna get a margarita?

jennifer h said...

So would you also say that Girl Scout Cookies aren't a nutritious breakfast either? Oh wait, I had those, not my kids.

This was too funny. Clever girl.

How's the baby? Still sending good thoughts and prayers...

Tammy said...

She's definitely a SMART girl! :)

She's so cute, the picture you posted looks a lot like her MAMA!

Holly said...

I'd say she's one smart cookie!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My son considers it a balanced breakfast when he puts ice cream on a waffle!

She's a cutie-pie!

Cathy said...

Amazing how clever those little critters are, no?

Love the photo!

multipleblessings said...

*rofl* ... Well, at least she asked first! ;)

Julie

Dawn said...

Whoa! What a smart, cute girl. She's figured that one out already. I ask my husband for things when he's asleep.

HRH said...

cute and sneaky is a very dangerous combo. good luck.

Mo said...

She's not only smart, she's adorable too!

girlytwins said...

Such a smart little thing. She is adorable. I can see one of my girls doing this when she gets bigger. However in their 'tiny' state I'd say yes to ice cream for breakfast :) Maybe it'd help them not look sooo skinny.

Val Cox said...

oh that's so sweet. She's a smart one, your youngest!

Becky said...

She's learned to work the system, lol! She's a doll, though, Kellan.

How is your nephew's little one doing? Just wanted you to know that my family has been praying for him on the way to school each morning.

Bavani said...

That is such a cute picture :)
Looks like Alexis has figured out that her Mummy has a sleep-permission-giving problem :)

Anonymous said...

She's adorable! Oh, just let her eat icecream with sprinkles for breakfast ;-) !!!! Just kidding, of course - one of my aunts used to tell her kids that "If you ask if you can have a treat (or any great privilege) and I say yes, ask me again, because I probably didn't listen to you!" The funny thing is that these kids often DID ask again! Funny kids!!

JCK said...

She is a smart one that girl! And adorable, too.

LaskiGal said...

Look at that sweet little face. It would be awfully hard to say NO to that face . . . You have a tough job, mommy!

Eagles' Wings said...

What a sweet girl... I wish I have one of them... girl.. ;-). I know the tricks that children play on them Mom. I get it all the time! :-(.

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

That's funny how Alexis can catch you off guard. It reminds of how Joel will ask, "Mom do you want some cookies?" Then I say, "sure", and then he says, "Then maybe I'll have a few with you!" Kids are pretty sneaky when they want to be!

Wentworth Family Blog said...

she is one smart girl, and beautiful too!

bermudabluez said...

My daughter used to do that to me ALL the time!! Except with her...it was more like....Can I go to the Mall???? Can I sleep over so and so's??? Can so and so come and spend the night???? And I would say SURE. Then. I would promptly FREAK OUT and YELL and SCREAM that I NEVER said that...and she would quietly say...uh...yeah, you did Ma!! When you were sleeping!!

carrie said...

She is so beautiful.

You can't blame a girl for trying!

kim-d said...

You're going to have to start calling her your tiny SMART girl; she is doing at 6 what it took me until 16 to figure out! And beautiful; don't forget beautiful. Cause she sure is. Vanilla ice cream with sprinkles...awww, why not. Since it's for breakfast, she has all day to play it off...

Have a wonderful day, Kellan Renee!

Jacki said...

HAHA....Emma does this to me too....but she sneaks into my stash of candy. And then tells me she did it when she comes back upstairs.

Jen said...

Your lucky that is all she is asking you for when you are half asleep! You better watch or someday she'll be asking for your credit card to go shopping!

This Southern Belle said...

Now, THAT is one smart chica! Kudos to your tiny girl!

Steph said...

Smart and sneaky! :)

JO-N said...

Your tiny girl is one smart girl and is that her in the photo?

Katrina said...

Kids are smart like that. They learn quickly how to take advantage. :-)

Queen of My Domain said...

My boys have that figured out already, my girls ...not yet. But if you really think about it ice cream could be compared to chocolate milk. In a very broad and vague way. They both have milk and lots of sugar. ;) At least she is asking, my youngest will help herself to the pantry and serve herself anything she can reach before I get to her.

Debbie in NC said...

Alexis is adorable. I think back to my 5 year old ballet pictures and I was a little chub. She will be fine because you are a wonderful Mom and are offering healthy alternatives. I grew out of it and was thin until menopause LOL. My son, at 21 is still trying to gain weight and muscle. Maybe I should have cooked more? Nah.....

Amanda said...

LOL! She looks so sweet!

I think its good to avoid snacks anyway....not much nutrition in them anyway.

kimmy said...

I'm the same way. I tend to "give in" more easily with the kids when I am half asleep. They know that too!

My daughter is my youngest child and I tend to call her "peanut." She is 6 years old too (she will be 7 in July). She is tiny for her age though. She barely weighs 40 pounds and can still fit in 5T clothing. She eats like a horse though - I just don't know where she puts it all!

Kimmy

Maria said...

She's cute! I am actually going through the same thing with my 11 year old right now. I'm trying to teach him what a portion size actually is. I'm also giving him water with his dinner until he loses some weight. It's hard, isn't it?

Steph said...

That's one sharp cookie you have there!

Patti said...

She may not be tiny but she's ingenious! LOL
We call Mad "tiny b" and she really is a petite little thing. I hope she never has the weight struggles her parents have.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

What a pretty picture! I can see "you" in her face, Kellan! My kids do that to me sometimes, too. They also claim to have asked me something to which they say I gave them permission, which I know darn well they did not. Always trying to push the envelope! How'd we raise such smart, tricky kids in the first place? :O)

Lizzy

shay said...

She looks pretty tiny to me! But whatever she is...she's a smart one lol. My girls try the same thing on me and sometimes it even works!

Man, you are in TROUBLE!!!!

suchsimplepleasures said...

i'm laughing over here because, this goes on in my house, too!! those sneaky kids...they get ya when you least expect them to...and, when they know the chances of saying yes are very good!
also, whenever i clean my children's rooms, i find empty candy wrappers hidden under their beds and in their sheets. my question, though...i don't have candy in the house (because i'll eat it) so, where the heck are they getting these stashes from?
you're daughter is beautiful!!

Catizhere said...

What a BEAUTIFUL child!

Maggie has asked for pudding for breakfast. I'm NOT a big breakfast eater. I know, I know..most important meal....blah.blah.blah.

Daycare has a breakfast club. They eat there. I feed them on the weekends, but usually not until 9:30 or 10:00 am.

Marie said...

She's just too cute Kellan! And smart too...asking for ice cream when you are half asleep!

Misty said...

She's a true female, figures out what she wants and makes a way to get it. CUTE girl.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Smart girl, she is! She's so dang cute. I try to do this with my kids too. It's not an easy feat! :)

Ness said...

I ended up putting my oldest on WW in 2nd grade and she did phenomenally! She got the weight curse from my side of the family. I read you daily but don't always have time to comment. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Take care.

bren j. said...

I think your 'tiny' girl is a 'tiny' GENUIS!!

If only I could eat ice cream for breakfast without guilt. What a feeling that would be!

Joanna said...

Ohh, I hate it when they do that!!
I bet she'll end up being 6ft.3! Your husband looks pretty tall and with all that extra calcium she's good to go.

Laurie M. said...

She is so clever! Actually, vanilla ice cream with sprinkles for breakfast sounds pretty good! Good for you for intilling such good eating habits at a young age!

My Goodness said...

"Hey mom, can I get a blank check out of your purse? Really? Thanks!! See you when you wake up. I'll be the one riding a brand new bike...listen for the bell!"

Gotcha, mama!!

Great story!

Kathryn said...

She looks tiny to me. And gorgeous too!! Little cutie. And a girl that sneaks ice cream? A girl after my own heart. :)

my wonderful men... said...

Very cute and smart.

Kids they know how to get what they want, they must be born with it because we don't teach them.

katy said...

That girl has a great future ahead. She is smart enough to be valedictorian and with those sneaky skills she should be in the CIA or FBI. Hostage negotiating would be good...

katy said...

That girl has a great future ahead. She is smart enough to be valedictorian and with those sneaky skills she should be in the CIA or FBI. Hostage negotiating would be good...

katy said...

Sorry for the double (now triple) comments....dial up and any blog with more tha 20 comments do not mix. I think its stuck after 10 minutes of not moving and then I click again...oops.

Janice said...

She is pretty darn cute too-

I love it, my kids wont stay out of the kitchen. it drives me so crazy

Karen said...

Kids are too smart these days. She's a sneaky one.

pb&j in a bowl said...

That's ingenius- in a tricky, kinda way. I LOVE IT!!

Amy said...

My girls always get me while I'm sleeping! BTW, your tiny girl is precious!

Cheeky said...

Kids seem to know just the riiiiight time to ask for something so they get what they want - too bad we lose that skill as adults

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Kellan,

Thank you so much for keeping John in your prayers. That means the world to me.

I truly appreciate it.

Hallie :)

The Boyds Family said...

And cute too!!

At least she asks - I just find the wrappers hidden in the drawers, after the fact.

Have a great day!
Yvette

Amy said...

she is a beautiful little girl...and already knows how to "work it" when she needs to...:-)

La La said...

She's a cutie patootie!

I could do ice cream for breakfast on a Saturday!

tricki_nicki said...

Uh oh, watch out for that one! When I was 16 I'd come in at curfew, tell my sleeping parents I was home and then sneak out my bedroom window. They were none the wiser. Your girl's no dummy either!

Eileen said...

She is so cute! And so smart....she knows she has a good thing going, who wouldn't love ice cream for breakfast!! My girls do this to me all the time, when I am sleeping, that is when they hit me up with questions. Later, I get, "but you said it was ok." Gotta love them, they are smart cookies.
XOXOXO

Angela said...

My dad was always forgetful and when he caught me doing somethng I shouldn't I would tell him "but you said I could"
He always fell for it.
You got a smart girl there

Leah said...

She's darling Kellan, and just perfect. Except for the sneaky ambushing while you're sleeping! That's hilarious! and hey, at least she's getting plenty of dairy, right? (looking on the upside here...LOL!)

girlymom said...

We could be best friends...I can eat ice cream anytime day or night...Love it!

Stacie said...

Ice cream for breakfast...my kind of girl!

Jen said...

I love ice cream for breakfast! Shhh! Don't tell my kids.

It's like that scene in Bridge to Terabithia, where Jess tells his mom he's going to the museum, and she's half asleep and is like "Yeah OK whatever..."

Huckdoll said...

It's amazing what we agree to in our sleeps! Yes, so not fair :)

BTW - Tiny Girl is adorable!

Shellie said...

She's a cutie! I will pretty much sell my soul to my kids on a Saturday morning just to keep sleeping!

LunaNik said...

Adorable! Look at her sweet face! Ambushing mom while she's asleep...classic move. She will only get better at it too...that's the truly scary part!

mama meji said...

She's a cute smartie! And you remind me again that I really should ask my husband to sit on the table with me and discuss the prospect possibility of having kid #2. Wink.

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