Friday, April 13, 2012

Barnes & Noble Books Brats And Beyond

I love books.
I love bookstores.
I especially love
Barnes & Noble.
It is my second favorite
place to visit...
a close follow up to

Now, the good thing about
Barnes & Noble
is that they have a
God was smiling down
just for me when they
came up with 
that combination.

Our little Sweetcheeks
loves Barnes and Noble, too.
Her Mom and I went there
after picking her up from
the other day.
First we had a bite of lunch
at the Starbucks counter.
She's a good eater and will
eat anything put in front of her..
well, except for meatloaf, 
but we won't talk about that here.
but it does involve gagging.
Then we must look for a book.
This is NOT an easy task.

Someone wants an expensive
BARIBE book 
with CDs and all the glitz.
Mom says NO.
She is not interested
in SweetCheeks having
Barbie "stuff".
Here comes the
settles herself in a chair
and declares
My Mom doesn't wahnt 
me to have ENY fun...
EVAH!  Seriously, Nana..
I nefver havfe eny

We let her have her
moment of despair
and then,
being sweet tempered
underneath it all,
she snaps out of it,
and picks something that
is agreeable to everyone.
WHAT is the deciding factor?
Well, it comes with a necklace-
of course it does!

Mom also picks her up a
Now I am not bragging but
on the way home 
SweetCheeks is looking through
her new workbook.
Mom, I dohn't know WHY
yohu got me this boohk!
Why's that?'s a baby book
and I'll be through it in
(Seriously?  You are in
4 year old KIDDYGARDEN
and you think this is a
Mom (slightly disgusted)
takes the book
and turns to one of the 
last HARD pages in
the book.
Okay, SweetCheeks..
(Smarty pants)
WHAT is 22 + 3?
Pfffft..Isss 25!
WHAT?  Okay a fluke there.
Okay, then,
WHAT is 18 + 4?
Pfffft...Issss 22!
I am choking back my laughter
as we sit stunned.
My daughter is adding on her 
fingers cuz math never 
was her strong suit and she
will slap me for telling you this.

I guess next time we will
go for something a little
A copy for SWEETCHEEKS....
And a copy for ME!
What I want to know is
how do today's kids
get smart so fast?
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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

She could probably balance your checkbook, Diana! : ) Everything starts early now.

My granddaughter will be 21 months in about 10 days and what a drama queen already. Putting her little hands up over her eyes when she's crying or over her mouth, like it's just too horrible to contemplate ~ I expect we have a lot of theatrics coming our way!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

That girl sure does keep you on your toes... : )
& I recently went to NY city, sat on a small stool in the Nintendo store, while my little cousins shopped... all these 4 & 5 yr. olds were playing/working on these computer thingies... I didn't even know how to turn them on... kids these days.. WAY ahead of the adults....

Sweetwater Style said...

Ahhh...books and coffee! A combination that can't be beat. The kids at school tell me that our media center smells like Starbucks...why you ask? Because in "Library School" they taught us that if you want a library where the teachers want to come....make sure you keep the coffee on! So I make a pot of 48 cups every day....and it works! See-I was way ahead of the game!

Patty Patterson said...

I'm not so sure how kids get so smart so fast! But Math is a pretty good subject to be smart in. It gives many people problems!
And - since Sweet Cheeks is going to go through that baby book in no time, it looks like you're going to get to make another trip to your favorite bookstore soon!

Anonymous said...

wow, she is very clever, I don't think she learned that in school yet so she pays attention for certain.Clever little sweet cheeks.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Wow. That's definitely impressive. I'm always amazed at volume of homework each night. Everything seems to be coming at them at lightening speed.

Debi WeeFaerie said...

LOL! Go Sweetcheeks! Totally agree about the bookstore/coffeehouse combo! That was a stroke of brilliance if ever I did see one!

Debby said...

Sweet Cheeks is sgoing to be a math queen. That's really something. I like how she told you that she never gets to have fun.

Susie said...

Diana that is funny and wonderful at the same time. This is good. Love the little meltdown:):) Now there's an actress. Smiles, Susie

outjunking said...

Now that Sweet Cheeks is very impressive at 4. Every generation of kids is smarter than the last. I am sure if I had to do what the kids do today in school I would have to Google it, to even begin to know where to start.

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

Smart and sweet, a winning combination!

momto8 said...

must be from all those trips to Barnes and Noble!

momto8 said...

must be from all those trips to Barnes and Noble!

Petie said...

Wow, adding two digit numbers at 4 is pretty incredible. She is a sharp little girl. Have a great weekend.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, she could add those and is in kiddygarden. No way!! Little genius there. Hope your daughter doesn't read your blog, but most likely does.

Gina said...

Aaah yes, I have one of these as well. No matter how smart I think I am, she will always be 5 steps ahead of me. Your daughter better brace herself, it's only going to get worse! LOL Cute story!

Tete said...

What a bummer about the Barbie combo- that would have been so cool, but I love the tinker bell necklace. I can so see her wearing that with her princess dresses.
Yeah, you would like that place when they have a starbucks in there. I go for the books alone- bwahaha!
SC is so much like Craig its not even funny. He was like that when he was little. Could count to 32 at age 2! That's how many channels we had on the tv at the time.
My biggest concern with him was not to get him too far ahead of his age group when we worked on stuff at home so he wouldn't be bored in school, and then become a problem for his teacher! I did that with Doug, and he was so bored when they did it at school cuz he already knew it. They wanted to know how he knew it, and he said my mom taught me that already.
I am sure having older sisters show her things, too, is going to make this little diva a genius!
Hope you are having a good day after all you did yesterday. Mine so far is doing just fine. Need to go and get Craig up to get started on another area of the bedroom...yuck.

Ruth Kelly said...

As soon as my grandson came home from school and was doing homework, my grand daughter started to do homework and was writing letters just like him. I am amazed at her math skills - a child prodigy!

Nellie said...

Sounds like SweetCheeks is a math "whiz kid." It's really hard to stay ahead of the little ones these days!

Maureen Wyatt said...

You can tell your daughter I didn't laugh at her. I was counting along on my fingers! I was a disaster helping my kids with their math homework. It doesn't look like Sweet Cheeks is going to need much help! ~ Maureen

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

lol...I think I need the one you got?? What a cute story! Sweet cheeks is adorable.
I had to laugh because Mellodee's little granddaughter had that very same melt down..
Emily hasn't had her first one yet..but it's coming!
If you have stop and read it..
Little girls are soooo adorable. That's why I had four I guess.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I too love Barnes & Nobles and I love real books; although I did think about buying a nook for traveling but I love the feel of books. Hope you have a wonderful day Diana.
Hugs, Noreen

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana: You and Sweet Cheeks had me laughing as usual. I was counting on my fingers too...Happy Friday..Judy

pembrokeshire lass said...

Loved it..thanks for sharing it with us!! Joan

My Dream Canvas said...

So cute. What a lovely post. Thanks for visiting me often. I love your comments, they make my day. Have a lovely weekend.

SImple and Serene Living said...

My granddaughter isn't allowed to have Barbies either. Thanks for the good laugh with the Einstein books. I remember when my grandson was two and explaining to me how to use their complicated printer HUH???

Anonymous said...

Kids are born so smart. They can teach me a thing or two my grandkids at that age did and now they are teens. I wont go there. math. oh My. You make me laugh with your blogs. I enjoy dropping in even though I may be hard core sometimes with comments but you still Wove me I see. Keep me laughing.


Savannah Granny said...

The kids today who so smart are the ones born to highly intelligent Nanas. Did I spell intelligent correctly? Let me just spell check that.
Oh well, what does spell check know, it didn't like Nana.
Hugs for you and Sweet Cheeks

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You just have one little smart darling girl.

I love Barnes and Noble, too.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Barnes & Noble rules. My favorite place to visit. When we go on vacation, I can waste a whole day there in those comfy chairs. Starbucks was a nice addition too.

Julie Marie said...

Hello Diana... and thank you so much for visiting me today at my blog!... I have seen your pretty picture around on other blogs and thought I should pay you a visit too... I am signing on as your newest follower as well... your granddaughter is just adorable, and I LOVE Barnes and Noble too (I was just in there this morning!)... xoxo Julie Marie


Oh my sweet friend, your grandgirl is adorable and such quality time you spent with her, priceless! Barnes and Noble, how totally wonderful! Thank you for your lovely visit and have a great weekend.

bj said...

Such a little cutie...I KNOW you had fun with her. :))

Made In The South said...

First I have to say I was reading your post about Olive Garden and when I scrolled down I almost lost it! (laughed so hard had to run pee) That is CRAZY. That person had to be uncomfortable.
Ok now on to this post..Poor sweety ~ her mom is no fun! My kids would tell me "Your not my friend!" and I would reply "God sent you to me to raise you and be your mom, not your friend."
That would make them so mad. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend,

Blondie's Journal said...

She is such a darling and wise beyond her years. My daughter babysat a little two year old for awhile and not long after he learned some basic words, he was counting! Amazing!

What a fun day! :)


Life on Lemon Lane said...

Poor mommy...sweet cheeks will definitely be giving her a run for her money in the math department. I love Barnes and Noble, too. I have to be careful though because they love my wallet in return...Have a wonderful weekend. Patty

Pam Kessler said...

Fingers? I need a calculator to add things up nowadays. Maybe your daughter should start savings up for early admission to Harvard or MIT.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a real smarty, (I should know, I teach!). Keep up the good work, we need a few more geniuses in the world!

Cindy Adkins said...

She is totally adorable!!! And so smart, too!!! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. My guess is she gets it from her nana!!!

Donna said...

What?? No Barbie? I grew up playing with Barbie's, and they were always one of my favorite dolls. Of course, maybe that's why I have such a poor body image of myself!!
Sounds like you had a fun day!

camp and cottage living said...

How wonderful Sweet Cheeks already likes the bookstore! She is a smarty, for sure. Her mother should have gotten something more challenging like multiplication
No, I think you're on to something with Einstein!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh I remember those meltdown days!
Actually, my big kids still have them now and then!
Oh, that SC, she is a genius!

Josh Rose said...

P.S. My guess is she gets it from her nana!!!