Thursday, May 1

LELLOW CAR!

The kid has a favorite color--yellow. I know yellow is her favorite color because she endlessly points out things that are yellow, especially yellow cars. As we drive down the road, she joyously yells "LELLOW CAR!" each time she spots one of the little blobs of sunshine on wheels. I don't know how this skill can be turned into gainful employment, but I'm sure if it can be done, Alexis will find her way there.

Probably about two weeks ago, I started thinking this whole LELLOW CAR! thing seemed pretty fun, so I joined in. It didn't take long for my competitive spirit to rear its ugly head. I decided I should try to beat the kid at her own game. I tried to find the yellow cars before she could. As I don't have my own giant head blocking my view out the front window, I sort of had an advantage. So, I beat her to the LELLOW CAR! punch quite a bit. I may have even rubbed in a few times by yelling "Ha! I beat you!" and "You're too slow!" a few times.

I was the LELLOW CAR! Master, and dang proud of it.

Then, suddenly, I wasn't.

I couldn't figure out what happened, but suddenly the kid was managing to yell LELLOW CAR! before I could even catch a glimpse of moving sunshine.

I blamed the fact that I was, you know, DRIVING, and maybe paying a bit more attention to signs, cars making illegal turns in front of me, SUVs trying to run me off the road, making sure I sort of kind of but not really obeyed the speed limit, etc. You know, the things that I should have been doing instead of playing LELLOW CAR!

Admittedly, it annoyed me that I was losing the LELLOW CAR! game. I am, after all, an awesome mom who loves to feel superior to her two-year old by crushing her at every opportunity. If you check the dictionary for "competitive," you will find a picture of me.

Apparently, Alexis is also in that picture.

I figured out why I've been losing the LELLOW CAR! game lately. The little cheater has been LYING and yelling LELLOW CAR! when there was, in fact, no LELLOW CAR! anywhere to be found.

Alexis, it's on. You are so going down.

LELLOW CAR!

50 comments:

  1. oh, i love her. i have a cheater in my house too. little liar mccheaterson always beats me at battleship, because he moves his ships quietly when i get close.

    hey! i see a LELLOW CAR!

    yeah-huh.

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  2. My teenager like playing "Punch Buggy". Whenever she sees a Volkswagon Bug she punches me in the shoulder. I changed the rules, now it's poke buggy, but I still hate the game.

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  3. It doesn't take them long to learn that trick, does it?

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  4. Smart kid! Cheat to win!!!

    We used to play punch buggy, too! It was always so fun to beat my dad at it.

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  5. I too try to control children at their own games, and I ALWAYS lose. I like to think I'm just helping to build their self-esteem. But I really AM trying.

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  6. I'm laughing down here in the desert because all three of my guys play that silly yellow car game too!

    And the punch buggy game, only we call it Slug Bug. Admittedly, one of the biggest problems with this game is that Jock takes that very literal... and slugs his brother for all he's worth. We had to change it so that Mom doesn't play... because HOLY HELL!!! those boys slug hard!

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  7. LOL! I'm sure deep down you're really one proud mama ;)

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  8. Amy screeches CAAAAAAAAAAT! or DOOOOOOOOOOOOOG! in her highest pitched voice whenever she sees anything remotely resembling a dog or cat.

    I love that Alexis is cheating! Such a clever girl.

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  9. Cheater McCheater pants!!

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  10. Hehehe. Food for thought: cheater or future CEO of Fortune 500 company? I love this kid, and I also like lellow!

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  11. Sounds like SHE's got a bit of competitive spirit, too . . .

    You should start a new game. The "Black car" game or something . . . because that color is so common, you could just drive down the road screaming "BLACK CAR!!!" nonstop!

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  12. I'm just glad that it's a LELLOW CAR! and not, say, JERK! or IDIOT! because you know how kids pick up on things they hear. And I know in our car they hear all sorts of things they shouldn't when we're moving in traffic.

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  13. ImpostorMom8:12 AM

    hahah, that's so funny. She knows how to level that playing field. :)

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  14. That cheeky little monkey! Sounds like she comes by it naturally, though.

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  15. Mine sees trucks all.the.time. He calls out every dump truck, work truck, fire truck, police car, etc. Forget the other cars on the road, they don't matter at all.

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  16. That is hilarious. Of course she's going to be competitive with a mom as talented as you. And oh man, they'll beat you ever time at your own game won't they?!

    Such a hilarious post!

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  17. "cheater cheater pumpkin eater"

    How FUNNY!

    Thanks for your well-wishes over the last couple of weeks...I really appreciated it!

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  18. You know this only hold true to what she will be like when she is older. Better step your game up momma she is gonna give you a hell ride as a teen! LOL

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  19. How funny. I bet you didn't think you'd have to worry about her surpassing you at games for a few years yet.

    And learning to cheat that young? Very astute. hehe Her poor kindergarten teacher will be in trouble! And the poor boys.....

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  20. I SO have the same competitive problem. We do the whole Slug-bug thing, minus the hitting in the arm. But I am so syked when I get more, is that wrong?

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  21. HA ha...your in the fibbing stage!

    Just wait, it gets better. This morning, I was putting my slippers on. Daughter (4) said, "OH no Mommy! They have poop on them!"
    What?!?! As I threw them off my feet and into the washer.
    "How did that happen?" I asked her.
    "I dunno...probly da utter day!"

    See...no poop....she was "kidding" she said...after my feet were already cold!

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  22. meagan@meplusthree.us11:24 AM

    Ahh man I remember playing punch buggy.

    *prays to the Gods I do not get severely punished for the crap I put my parents through*

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  23. WTG Alexis! You're mommy should be nicer to you. I bet she beats you at Candyland, too.

    My kids play the slugbug game, but I won't allow them to hit each other. For some reason if you see a lellow slugbug you are supposed to yell, Bingo. Don't ask me, I try to stay out of these things.

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  24. that's funny! I love that she figured out how to trick you!
    Gavin used to scream "Fire-f&^k!" every time he saw anything that had flashing lights (including squad cars and tow trucks). Didn't matter where we were, he was sure to announce the presence of an emergency vehical...including at my grandfather's funeral...several times. And we all know how loud a 2-1/2 year old's voice is...

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  25. She's very smart to figure out fibbing.

    So in a way, congratulations. That is, till she figures out it works for everything else too....

    Then I'm just sorry.

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  26. That is hilarious! I can imagine the wheels turning in her head "I gotta beat mama SOMEHOW! I know! I'll just keep yelling 'ellow car! yeah!"

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  27. LMAO! Clever child!

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  28. Heehee what a little cheater! That's cute that you play "Lellow car" with your daughter... :D Have a wonderful day!

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  29. Wow, she's already learning to fib. Sounds like the teenage years are going to be JUUUUST great! (note the sarcasm in my voice...)

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  30. Have you considered getting really tinted windows to help obstruct her view a bit more? Just a thought!

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  31. oh thank goodness I am not the only one who would take their own child out in the spirit of competition. I do not lose Candyland or any other game on purpose- I want to win darn it. And, when I lose- I can't stand it. Maybe there is a pill for that....

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  32. Around here mine are searching for "con-ber-bables." I think Alexis found her fave from Tico the (nasty-looking) squirrel.

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  33. Omg I love her even more now. When my oldest son was her age he carried around a yellow mustang Hot Wheels car. His "LELLOW CAR". He had many LELLOW CARS in his collection and would pull them out and line them up. But the mustang was THE LELLOW CAR.

    I know he's quite a bit older than Alexis but when they're adults we should totally set them up. It's kismet.

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  34. How long did it take you to figure that out, Einstein? ; ) (Oh, and we are no longer allowed to say "What.Ever" I know, I know, I started it...but now I'm ending it)

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  35. Ahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Payback is a bleep isn't it! My son and I race to the bathroom each night for brushing teeth. He claims that we all get to take turns being first in line for the race. But he lies. I'm never first!

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  36. My 4 year old just learned how to pronounce yellow.

    I cried.

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  37. Are you sure lellow means yellow? Maybe she's not cheating at all--in fact maybe she's been winning this whole time-even when you think you've seen them first.

    Anyway, go Alexis! I love that you are giving your mommy a run for the money!!:)

    wow she isssss cute one!

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  38. HILARIOUS!! Lellow is Kennedy's favorite color too!

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  39. I'm laughin' my butt off! How could I not see that cheatin' tactic coming? Too funny...

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  40. She is so your kid!

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  41. It is even more fun when they get older cause you can sneak up behind them, put them in a head lock and wrestle them to the ground. All in the name of 'noogie!' - that rubbing your fist into their hair thing.

    It is even more awesome when they are taller than you - SUUPPERSTAAAAAAAR! - and then you can snap their bra strap as well!

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  42. Found you via Tinks' place. Read her thing on yellow. Maybe your daughter is just pointing out her yound and single side? You go mom. There's nothing worse than a cheating two!

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  43. And so it begins... heehee You are so screwed! :D

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  44. I didn't realize there were that many yellow cars on the road. I'll have to start paying closer attention in case my toddler picks up that game, because I also hate to lose!

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  45. Heh. Great kid. Mine have done the same thing. :)

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  46. We don't play "Punch Bug" anymore because I see them first. HaH!

    Just remember, though, that 2 or 3 years from now, pronouncing it "lellow" will embarass her...just as "ducks smim in crick" is mortifying to the Howler.

    Enjoy this while you can--the jokes get worse!

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  47. Just be glad the game isn't slug bug...

    I am always amazed at how fast kids learn the art of deception. Isaac figured out he could fake the puke sound and we'd come running to rescue him from his crib when he was about 13 months old. Stinker pants.

    I think we had another baby so that I could hear lellow for a few more years.

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  48. My oldest son is colorblind so yellow is his thing. It's the only color he sees that's not some ugly shade of brown and green for him.

    I miss hearing "lellow", dang speech teachers anyway!

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