**Today Isabella was making a fuss about having quiet time (as usual). I told her that after quite time we could make cookies or go to the museum. She perked up and said, "Oh, those are really good options!" And then settled right down.
**Lately everything is about "cheetahs"! And it is all very exciting! She's as fast as a cheetah. As strong as a cheetah. As hungry as a cheetah. She recently exclaimed, "I have as much money as a cheetah!"
**Isabella is always begging to watch a movie and eat popcorn at night (instead of going to bed). One evening, after the kids were asleep, Brian and I enjoyed a movie and popcorn, just the two of us. First thing the next morning Isabella sat down at the kitchen table, pointed to the last few remnants of popcorn in the bowl, stared at me and in her scratchy morning voice, said, "Seriously, Mom?"
**While Isabella and Oliver were painting Isabella started to criticize Oliver's work. I attempted to teach her the adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." She was thoughtful for a minute. She then looked at me, perplexed, and said, "So, I can't talk to anyone?"