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When I am in the car, driving around town with Dylan and Summer, I like to play a game called, “Let’s be very quiet and listen to NPR.”

And instead, the girls like to play a game called, “Tell us a story.”

I’m very bad at making up stories. I’ll start strong with a tale about a giraffe who escapes from the zoo and falls into a vat of pink dye and becomes the first pink giraffe but then I completely lose focus and all of a sudden everything takes a dark turn and the giraffe is in foreclosure and living in a homeless shelter.

So usually we compromise and play a game where I’m thinking of an animal and the girls ask me questions until they can guess the animal.

Except 3 year-old Summer only asks one question over and over again.

Does the animal eat doughnuts?

So I always give my best guess on whether the animal I’m thinking of…. like a snake, a monkey, a possum or an elephant would actually eat a doughnut if given the opportunity.

Usually I say yes because who turns down a doughnut? Except maybe a fish because soggy doughnuts just aren’t worth the calories.

After we decide which animals do or do not have a hankering for pastries, the girls ask for music which is code for: Please find that Taylor Swift song that goes, “She wears high heels, I wear sneakers. She’s Cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers.”

When I can’t immediately find it on the radio, Summer wants to know why we don’t have the iPod in the car because that song is definitely on our iPod.

And I want to know why a 3 year-old is well versed on iPods but can’t come up with a single question in our animal game other than “Does the animal eat doughnuts?”

20 Responses to it’s 19 degrees and i’m so happy to be in the car

  • traci says:

    Donuts? Very valid question. ANd what about acrylic nails? What was the animals feeling on that? Or the Tiger controversy? Where did the animal stand on that?

  • layla solms says:

    let’s be real quiet and listen to NPR is my favo-rite game in the car! especially car talk. i am in loooove with those guys.
    my kids, however, like to play guess who. is it a man/woman, family/famous, blah blah blah…
    i’ve now resorted to carrying along my ipod player thingy loaded with batteries…just ask me what happened to my radio. i DARE YOU πŸ™‚

  • Megan says:

    I’m thinking about writing a bestselling childrens book because my girls love my Richard the Rat stories so much. I’ve been telling this series for months now and they still love it.

  • Rebecca S. says:

    shouldn’t NPR’s soothing tone lull them to quiet? Am proud that you are not sellign out and listening to some crappy Laurie Berkner. Taylor Swift is growing on me. Although there is nothing like “Party in the USA” right now.

  • merlotmom says:

    Without NPR I think I would die. Just die, I tell you. My kids are used to it now that they’re older but I should have thought of that game when they were young. My bad.

  • Sally says:

    The girls could have answered at least one of The Year in Questions in today’s NY Times! Under Songs of the Year, under (B). I NEEDED them! Bless your tummy, your mama and your family.

  • Nis says:

    Oh Kelcey! This post had me wondering if you and I were leading the same life… except you live on the East coast, I’m on the West coast, you have two girls, I have one. Those sorts of details, you know. However, I too *hate* the storytelling game and my four and half year old is far too well-versed in Taylor Swift and iPods and less so in whether or not animals have appropriate numbers of appendages (Does it have two legs? No! Ok, so it has four legs? No! It has three legs! What?). My husband hates it when I read blogs aloud to him but I made him suffer through it and he was laughing at the end. Happy New Year!

  • Nicole says:

    Love this, catching up on your blog πŸ™‚ After the last story I made up, my son said, in the nicest possible way, “don’t make up your own story again, mommy”. We recently revised the “who can be quiet longest?” game, but they keep starting over every 45 seconds.

  • Taylor Swift provides obtained to be actually well-known. I usually do not assume she’s the very best vocalist, however the girl’s tunes definitely speak towards people.

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