oh, nina.

What do you do on a hot, hot, sweaty, HOT Friday night in Cambodia? You blast yourself with fans and listen to your 14-year-old crack up laughing as she scrolls through old Facebook posts of yours. Almost every one she read was something Nina said, so we decided to make a post of it for posterity.

Livi: She’s funnier than Jimmy Fallon! (High praise right there.)


Sept. 3, 2009
Gabe just pulled in the driveway, and Nina (3) yelled, “Jesus! I mean, Daddy!” (He must be doing something right.)

Nov. 3, 2009
Off to run errands. Nina (3) is wearing a costume flower headband from my friend, Ali. Nina: “I’m going to be beautiful, and everyone will stare at me.”

Nov. 6, 2009
Everything’s a competition with my 3-year-old. Nina: “I’m the cutest in our family.” Me: “What about Mommy?” Nina: “Well, you’re kind of cute, but I’m the real cutest.”

(clearly, she isn’t lacking self-esteem)

Dec. 8, 2009
Nina (3): “Mommy! I know how to spell camera! N-I-K-O-N!”

Jan. 11, 2010
My 4-year-old just asked me an easy question: “Mommy, who made GOD?”

Jan. 13, 2010
Nina (4), getting ready to Shred with me: “Is ¬†your belly flat yet?” I pull my shirt up. “Oh,” she says, frowning, “well, THEIR bellies are flat.”

Jan. 28, 2010
Nina (4): “I messed up on my popsicle. Can I have another one?”

Feb. 22, 2010
Nina (4): “Where’s Daddy?” Me: “Panera.” Nina: “When can we go there?” Me: “Someday maybe.” Nina: “Does it have a zoo?”

Feb. 25, 2010
Nina (4): “Whose belly did Livi and Ava be in?” Me: “Mine. Same as you.” Nina: “How would you get pregnant again and again and again.” Me: “Ask Daddy.”

March 4, 2010
Nina (4): “I’m proud I have this family.”

March 16, 2010
Me to Nina (4) who just woke up uncharacteristically late: “Good morning, Sunshine! You slept a VERY long time!” Nina: “Is it Spring yet??”

April 27, 2010
Nina’s latest epiphany: “Mommy! I thought Diego’s name started with a G. Giego. But it’s a D. Diego! I just saw it on the screem!”

May 2, 2010
Nina (4): “I smell bikini!” (pause) “I mean, zucchini!” (big difference there, child)

June 9, 2011
Nina (5): “Mommy, was there such a thing as books when you were a baby?”

April 4, 2012
Nina (6), patting me on the rump: “Mommy, you have a jelly booty.”

April 27, 2012
Nina (to Ava): “When I toot on you, it gives you courage.”

July 27, 2012
Just kissed Nina good night. She screwed her face all up. “What?” I asked. Nina: “You already have morning breath!”

Dec. 29, 2012
Nina (before bed): “Can you remind the Tooth Daddy that my tooth is between my two pillows this time and not under them?”

Feb. 24, 2013
Me (after accidentally dropping my keys in the clothing drop box at the back of the thrift store): “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.” Nina: “Are you sure? You’ve been alive a long time.”

March 12, 2013
Nina (in bed): “Dear God, I pray that we can do what Mommy wants, and I pray that we can do what YOU want. And if Mommy wants it AND you want it, that’s PERFECT.”

Nov. 7, 2013
Shooting the breeze with one pubescent and two pre-pubescent daughters about uterine linings and menstrual flow and the logistics of how/where sperm fertilize eggs and whatnot when all of a sudden I blank about how it all goes down. Like totally blank. Nina (7): “Didn’t you write a book about all that?”

(which reminds me of this)

Nov. 10, 2013
Nina: “MO-OM! Ava’s not speaking love!!”

Dec. 5, 2013
Adventures in Plant-Based Eating, Vol. 63. New homemade soup of the night: potato, corn, & bean (yum!). Me: “So, Nina, do you like the soup?” Nina: “Eh. (shrugs shoulders) I mean, it’s the best soup you’ve made so far, but eh.”

Oh, my side aches. Thanks for the laughs, Miss Nina! Love you, crazy girl!

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