the truth...

"my mom"

by JUSTIN age 4.

What is something mom always says to you?
"Wash your pants" ....because I never do it on time. (yea, I'm mean. I make him wash his pants every time he wets them - which has been A LOT this week. If you have any ideas on motivating an almost 5 year old whom has been potty trained for 2 years not to leak in his pants and wipe his bum...do share.)

What makes mommy happy?
When I do what you say and I obey.(yup)

What makes mommy sad?
If I break your sprinkler and don't tell you. (insert MY pouting face...yea, already!)

How does mommy make you laugh?
You say funny words like, "someone has a cactus on their head."

What was mommy like as a kid?
I did not see what you acted like. I think you acted like an astronaut.

How old is mom?
80....(puzzled look on my face.) mom, you are 80(persistently.)

How tall is mom?
70 lbs. (o.k. so he did pounds instead of inches...Thanks Justin!)

Whats moms favorite thing to do?
Clean the house when I'm at preschool and watch your kids.

What does mom do when you're not home?
Work on the house and take care of Dallin and Anna.(i see a trend here!)

If mommy was famous, what would she be famous for?
Cleaning the house. (i hope he stays delusional for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!)

What is mommy really good at?
Sports like games. You are really good at sports like Hi-Ho-Cherry-O. Oh...and feeding Dallin, who is a baby.

What does mommy do for her job?
Watching the kids is your job.

What is Mommy's favorite food?
Spaghetti. (really?)

What makes you proud of your mom?

When you go on the toilet. That's what I like you doing. (i know...i've got seriously amazing skillz!)

If mommy was a cartoon character, who would she be?
The Beauty on Beauty and the Beast.

What do you and mommy like to do together?
Go to church. (i must admit i probed to get this answer. He first said, "watch tv." which is sooo not true, especially since the TV hasn't been on once in the last month (except when dad is babysitting of course)....a little wishful thinking on his part eh?)

How are you and mom the same?
We have the same skin, and both have hair which is brown. God created us that way. We'll also be together when we die.

How are you and mommy different?
You have a baby and I don't. Plus, I have fancier clothes than you. You don't even have characters on your clothes, just colors.

What can I do to be a better mommy?

You should not say "go to time out"....ever!

(In a tender moment one Sunday I asked the same question he said, "Wear more make-up and get some pointy, shinny black shoes." hmmm...not what I had in mind.)

How do you know mommy loves you?
Because you always say, "I love you" and I give you a hug.

and now it's my turn..

What time do your kids wake up?

5:30/6:00...lucky thing Patrick is the charge boy then!

On a good night, what time do your kids go to sleep? 8:00pm (that's ideal remember...realistically it is 9 or 9:30. yuck. when i got home from HFPE last night at 10 p.m., Justin was still awake!!)

How long have you been a mom? 4 years and 9 months

How old were you when you became a mom? 25

What is your favorite kid show? Signing Time.

Least favorite kid TV show? Sponge Bob...even if I've seen I for a total of 2 minutes at Grandma's.

Favorite meal to cook? Dinner...the only time I really cook. The other times I just throw stuff together.

What's the meal cooked most often? Vegi Stirfry on brown rice with pot stickers.

What is the kids favorite meal? Spaghetti

What are your favorite things that Patrick does with the kids? Wrestling with them and putting them to bed.

When was the last time you and your husband went out without the kids? To the temple 1 month ago...it's been tooooo long!

One thing you said you'd never do as a mom? Have a tremendously messy car like the ones I saw sported by virtually every mom (except my own)...What on earth was I thinking!? Needless to say, reality has set in!

Favorite past time with your kids? I just love the times when I stop what I'm doing to just hold them and love them. I love having Justin's big boy self on my lap. I love the bashful look anna makes when we cuddle. Dallin just melts my heart when he stares at me.Watching them as the snuggle close and stare at me with loving eyes is about as good as it gets.

Advice for a new mom: Don't assume you know it all....Get LOTS of advice and learn from those seasoned moms. Having kids changes everything. Be gentle on yourself and enjoy the adjustment!

When was the last time your kids said "I love you"? While I was asking him the questions.

What are 5 things that make you smile while being a mom? 1-How blatantly honest Justin is (like his dad).2-When Justin and Anna play together-nicely 3-cute bare bums 4-Anna's new use of language..all sorts of mixed up but sooo cute! 5-Dallin's newly aquired laugh. 6- I just love all of the new things kids are constantly learning. Watching their growth brings me great joy!

thanks, Jane, for the idea...even if you have no clue who i am!


Theresa said...

haha. those answers are classic. I love the one about fancier clothes than you..... ha!

Michelle said...

What a darling post... Justin has some pretty good answers!! So he likes pointy shoes? :) Very humerous. What a good idea to do an interview!
Kids always have funny answers. Last week in sharing time I asked the kids who the first prophet was. One of the sunbeams yelled, "Barack Obama!"

I can't believe how BIG Dallin is getting! That smile of his is irrisistable.

Bunting Family said...

That was really fun to read Julie, your blogs always make me smile!

Angie Larkin said...

What a fun idea! That post had a lot of work put into it. Isn't it cool how blogs become journals in a way? Justin will laugh at that when he gets older. Well, at least his wife will, especially the part about washing out his pants.

Michelle said...

I loved reading this. Isn't it funny how kids view their Mommies and the world? My kid's preschool does a shorter version of this for our Mother's Day Tea each year. I'm always a little nervous of what they say about me.

Audrey Taylor said...

Love you Julie, you're a good mom! Have any tips for being less stressed?

Karen said...

Cute and fun. Thanks for letting me steal the idea from your blog!

Jill said...

So fun to read! I loved it all!

Anonymous said...

Hope you save this post for your little ones later! Great post.

Anonymous said...

It's fun reading about you and your sweet kids, my sweet Julie!! I love your blog! LOVE, MOM

Jed and Kaydence said...

Yeah, Justin told me one time when I was his Primary teacher that I would look prettier if I wore lipstick! I laughed so hard...

Mythreesons said...

Justin's answers were hilarious! Way funnier than Jaxon's. I especially love the remark about your clothes. Poor Julie. You need some fancy clothes...

Liz's Blog said...

Julie...Whenever I'm having a bad day or just need to smile of laugh i come over to your blog and needless to say...this post did not dissappoint! I was laughing so hard at Justin's answers. Jacob has said the crazyiest things also! I miss you girl. I might have to go with my mother in law to some activity just to see you and all the other ladies!!! One day you should come over and hang out with us. Give me a call.

The Alvarez Family said...

Your blog makes me laugh. I can't wait until Rohan can talk.

Mel said...


He said you would be Beauty! What a charmer! I love your sense of humor...

Melissa said...

That is awesome! What great questions! I just might have to steal this and see what my kids would say... that's kind of scary! :)