April 11, 2014

All Ella

Ella starts coughing, then Ani does too.
Janssen: Are you guys having a coughing contest?
Ella: No, we are having a coughing BATTLE!

Coming into our room in the morning, ready to go downstairs for breakfast. 
Ella: [shaking Bart's shoulder] Come on, big guy.
(Note that I have NEVER called Bart this - I have no idea where this came from)

Overheard in the backseat, the day after my brother, Crawford, got his LDS mission call:
Ella: Ani, did you know that Mom's sister. . . .[long, long pause], Mom's parents' other kid is going on a mission to Pennsylvania?

I wake up at 3 a.m. to find Ella standing right next to my bed, her face almost touching mine.
Janssen: What are you doing?
Ella: I just have one question. Is the Easter Bunny nice or mean?

After listening to The Lion King soundtrack for days on end in the car, Ella sings the "yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared" line.
Ella: What does "ambitions" mean?
Janssen: It's something you really really want and will do a lot of hard things to get. What do you think Scar really really wants?
Ella: [long pause] His teeth?

Rushing to meet Bart at the door when he got home from school:
Ella: Mom is just about at her witch's end."

Bart generally spends two hours twice a week with the girls in the morning while I get some work done.
Ella: We should read a book. We just don't get to spend very much time together. 
Janssen: You don't think we spend very much time together?
Ella: No. [big sigh] Dad just takes care of us almost all the time. 

During scripture reading one evening:
Ella: Jesus has kind of a whispery voice, but angels are actually quite loud.
Janssen: . . . .

Another night waking up with Ella standing right by my bed between 2 and 3 a.m.
Ella: I just love you SO SO much. I need a hug. 

Watching a car zip past us:
Ella: They must have bought one of those tickets so they could speed.

P.S. More Ella hilarity here.


  1. I love reading your All Ella posts. She is quite a cutie. And the expression on that last picture is priceless. Give her a hug for me.

  2. These are just my favorite! Such a cute girl.

  3. Haha! Love it! "Mom's parents' other kid," says the girl with no brothers. :)

  4. These are my favorite posts. You and Grace inspired me to do one of my own. It's up on my blog right now: http://joleeandnate.blogspot.com/2014/04/beckett-has-lots-to-say-and-felix-has.html. I think he's pretty funny, but he is my kid.

  5. Oh my goodness! That bit about waking up to her face to face with you - LOL! And the "dad just takes care of us almost the time" hahahah. She is great.

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  6. I love these posts. She cracks me up.

  7. Your kid is freaking hilarious! And how could you even be angry with a 3 A.M. wake-up call when it's that adorable?!

  8. Don't discount that Jesus and angels thing. From the mouth of babes, you know. ;)

  9. These are hilarious, and that last picture kills me.

  10. I am so grateful Kyle doesn't know how to get out of his crib yet! I'm sure 3am visits from children in your face must give you a heart attack!


  11. These are all so funny! What a cute little bug. I'm so glad you wrote them down. I can't pick a favorite, but something about the middle of the night visits to ask questions or express love just make me laugh and warm my heart all at the same time. :)

  12. I think I would have a flat out panic attack if nat appeared inches from my face in the middle of the night. Also, I wish I could buy one of those tickets to give me permission to speed! ;)

  13. I love these! Her remarks literally make me laugh out loud!

  14. Oh, my heavens. I laughed. So funny when you wake up and they are uber-close while you sleep. Out of the mouths of sweet babes come such funny stuff...

  15. ooh, my goodness! That girl is so quotable.

  16. ah...so good. Her witch's end. That sounds pretty accurate for how I feel most days when dad gets home!

  17. I love your Ella posts. Cheers me up and I honestly find myself recalling her quotes weeks later with a smile.

  18. I love this!! She is absolutely hilarious.

  19. Oh, goodness, that last picture! And I'm dying over her calling Bart 'big guy'. Too funny!

  20. I'm cracking up over how she wakes you up in the middle of the night to ask about the Easter Bunny.

  21. Of all the hundreds of blog posts I've written, the ones I end up returning to over and over are these funny kid sayings. Every time you write one down, it's like depositing a check for your future self and kids to cash. LOVE these. I found it's harder to write down every one with more and older kids, so I hope you keep up this fabulous recorder history of their adorable and hilarious antics.


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