“Who had the eggs first?”

It is Rick’s day off, and the boys are playing hide-and-seek with daddy. Angus, our four year old, is feeling nervous as he rounds a dark corner.

Angus: “Pete, you go first.”

* * *

It is lunchtime, and the boys are at the meals table. I am busy in the kitchen.

Angus: “Pete, mum’s making a milkshake with ice cream but it’s not for us. Just her and the baby.”
Pete: “Okay!”

* * *

It is bedtime.

I am singing to Jamie, our twenty month old, who’s lying beautifully in his cot, but we can hear Angus carrying on in the other bedroom. Moments later, we hear daddy taking Angus downstairs to ‘the naughty cot.’

Jamie: “Gus, naughty cot. Me, bed!”

* * *

Randomly, during one evening:

Angus: “My grandpa can take his thumb off.”

* * *

We are in the car. I am taking Pete, our almost three year old, and Jamie to the shops. Pete decides to start screaming (loudly) about getting his sunglasses, which are out of my reach.

Mummy: “That’s enough Pete. I told you I can’t get them. You’ll have to wait. If you keep screaming, you’re not getting any milkshake at the shops.”
Pause.
Pete: “Happy now!”

* * *

Yet another bedtime.

This time, I am utterly exhausted and start to weep in front of the boys.

Angus: “Why are you crying mummy? Is it because it’s hard to be a mum?”

* * *

It is Sunday morning. Whilst rushing to get the boys to church, I forget to put the car into the right gear. Upon explaining this to Angus…

“Mummy, next time can you put the car in the right gear before you start? Daddy always puts the car in the right gear, doesn’t he? Mummy, next time I will remind you to put the car in the right gear.”

* * *

It is after bathtime. I am negotiating with Pete, insisting that he put his clothes on before he gets to play with his blue blocks.

Pete: “No, block give first.”

* * *

It is afternoon tea time, and the boys have just had mashed banana. As usual, Jamie refuses to let anyone feed him. Ten or so minutes later…

Jamie: ‘Banana all over my shirt’.

* * *

It is well after lights out, but I can still hear talking and laughter from Angus and Pete’s room. They have already been warned.

Me (storming in): “Right, who will I put in the naughty garage?”
Pete: “Not me!”

* * *

We are driving to Dee Why for our weekly picnic dinner. As soon as we turn onto the main strip of road:

Jamie: “Dee Why!”

Later, we drive by Officeworks so that I can pick up some photo paper. As soon as we pull up at the building:

Jamie: “Office work!”

* * *

In a rare moment of silence, Pete manages to get out his longest sentence to date:

Pete: “Daddy, daddy, tell you something….. Our big car, our big car is a Range Rover. Pa told me, our big car goes on dirt.”
Rick: “Well done, Pete, that’s really great speaking little guy. Well done!”
Angus: “Pete, our car is a Land Rover Discovery Defender. Not a Range Rover.”

* * *

It is a weekday, and Rick is working in his office. I’m catching up on some emails while the boys watch their morning dose of Play School. Suddenly, I hear a little person beside me:

Jamie: “Daddy do work! Mummy do work!”

* * *

In the car one day on the way to the shops:

Angus: “You know how Grandpa falls asleep whenever he sits down? That’s a bit funny, isn’t it? I wish I could do that.”

* * *

It is playtime in the morning. I’ve taken out some kitchen and cooking toys, and the boys are happily busying about making dinner and packing picnics. Suddenly, Pete and Jamie start fighting over the wooden eggs. Before I have the chance to intervene:

Angus: “Gus will sort this out. Who had the eggs first?”
Pete and Jamie (simultaneously): “Me!”
Angus: “No, Jamie had the eggs first. You need to give the eggs back to Jamie.”
Pete: “No!”
Jamie: “Yes!”

And such is life in the Mason household.

You can read more of our conversations here.

24 comments

lamina @ do a bit January 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I just love those precious conversation with little people… my little man cracks me up everyday with the things he says! LOVE it! :)

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Jess January 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

This makes me feel pure joy thinking about my future with even more little people in our life. My husband may ban me from reading your blog if I get any more baby fever, just getting him to agree to another 2 babies is near impossible!

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Pink Ronnie January 12, 2013 at 3:50 am

Jess, that is too funny! Tell your husband that more babies can only be a good thing.
Ronnie xo

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Jess January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

love. love. love. this! Can’t wait to have these stories with my little one! You’re a fantastic storyteller and I can imagine this a published book for your boys one day! Keep them coming!

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Pink Ronnie January 12, 2013 at 3:45 am

Hi Jess,
Thanks so much for your comment! It’s so lovely to have you reading here. That’s an idea actually – at the moment I put all their quotes in their Project Life album, but it might be nice when they’re all a bit older to have a compiled volume of their combined sayings!
Ronnie xo

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Jillian January 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

These are my favorite part of your blog. Your boys are such a trip.

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Jane January 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I LOVE these! They make me so happy! It’s like a mini-storybook! :) Life with your boys must be never ending surprises and laughter!

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The Art of Michelle January 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

absolutely adorable! i can’t wait to have kids and laugh at all the silly things they say.

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Fiona January 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I love reading the sweet, funny things your boys say! They are hilarious! You are doing such a great job at writing them all down and recording them. I love getting a little glimpse into their personalities! Hugs xoxo

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Meg January 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

These conversations and pictures are just the sweetest. You have the most darling little boys.

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Michele H. January 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

This is the best! I especially love the Range Rover conversation. You are a wonderful memory keeper and your boys are absolutely adorable:)

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Megan January 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

LOVE these! My favorite is the car one!

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Charlotte January 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I love these conversations! Angus seems focused on his grandpa a lot… what’s with the taking off the thumb comment? Also, let us know if he reminds you to put the car in the right gear. ;)

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Pink Ronnie January 12, 2013 at 3:46 am

LOL, that’s to do with the age old trick where you pretend you can split your thumb in half by using both your hands…
Ronnie xo

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Rin January 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

This is so good. Thanks for sharing. Your boys are so sweet.

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Pati January 12, 2013 at 2:42 am

Your boys are beautiful. Love the filter on those photos.
Xx
Pati

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Latrina January 12, 2013 at 3:21 am

Oh good Lord, I love these conversational posts of yours, Ronnie! I swear you should compile them into a book. I especially love this one:

“Angus: “Why are you crying mummy? Is it because it’s hard to be a mum?”

It made me laugh & tear up. So so sweet, those boys of yours!!

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Niru January 12, 2013 at 6:12 am

you are one lucky mummy, ronnie. with nothing more to worry about, neither car gears nor teaching life lessons to the young ones. life in the mason house seems really sorted with angus incharge!!! smile.
love these conversation stories, especially angus’s witty ones.

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claire January 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

Oh Ronnie. These make me laugh so hard I cry. I love that you do these posts….I have these amazing books that I bought in England many moons ago, which are along similar lines – they are a compilation of children’s thoughts and illustrations. Too, too cute. I never do this (it’s a little cringeworthy!) – but here’s a link to a few I took pictures of on my blog – I just think you’d love them….
http://oscarlucinda.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/if-baby-drops-out-of-your-tummy-when.html
sending love x

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Pink Ronnie January 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

LOVED it. SO cute…
Ronnie xo

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ashley January 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

well trained that the milkshake is so calmly accepted as mommy’s.
maybe it’s understanding that “it’s hard to be a mum”.
so precious. love these. xx ashley

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Debie Grace January 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hahaha your kids are so cute, Ronnie! I love especially the part where one of them asked if is it hard being a mum! I love that kid hahaha

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eskimo*rose January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hello my lovely, I hope I find you well, it certainly seems so looking over all your posts. I chose this one to comment on as I am literally laughing out loud, these conversation posts of your are rapidly becoming my faves!! My top one this time – grandpa falling asleep sitting up – sooooooo funny! Sorry I’ve been awol, not through choice, more massive internet problems … fingers x’d it seems to be fixed, but we have thought that before …
Belated happy new year, em xxxxx

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vitaminA January 24, 2013 at 6:06 am

I simply cannot get enough of these witty little conversations Ronnie! I adore your boys!! Makes motherhood all the worthwhile ;)

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