just do it

February 14, 2011 |  Category:   life

And it went something like this:

Mia: “I’m writing in my diary right now and I don’t want anyone to read what I’m writing”.

Claudine walks over to the table where Mia’s writing in her diary and hovers.
Mia: “CLAUDINE! Go away! I don’t want you to read it!”.

Me (while washing dishes): “Uh, Claudine doesn’t know how to read yet. She doesn’t know what you’re writing”.

Mia: “But she knows how to read SOME words, like “I” and “Mia”.

Me: “Um, ok, but she’s not going to get any information just from those words out of context. But anyway, Claudine, you should give Mia her privacy.”

Claudine walks away, reluctantly.

Me: “What are you writing in there anyway?”

Mia: “Stuff. Private stuff. And I’m going to make sure no one reads my diary by switching up the key and locks so no one can open it”.

Me: “Ok, but you just told me how to open it. You don’t want mommy to read your diary either?”

Mia: “No”.

Me: “Ok, guess it’s really private”.

“Do it”.

I hear a little voice and I look down. Claudine appears out of NOWHERE and is suddenly standing next to me. She cups her hands around her mouth and whispers again, “Do it.”

Me: “Huh? Do what?”

Claudine (points in Mia’s direction behind her other hand so Mia can’t see):
“Read. The. Diary.”

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  • Caddy February 14, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Oh wow! Mia is growing up, wanting more privacy and doing more things independently. I did find Claudine’s reaction somewhat amusing though.

    P.S. I love that Beverly Clearly’s books are in the background of the photos. Ramona Quimby is such a classic children’s character. I can relate to her wanting to empty all the toothpaste out of a tube too. Haha!

  • kate hart February 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

    HA! That is absolutely priceless. Kids seriously amaze me with their humor. Oh + definitely had a hello kitty diary like that back in the day… love it.

  • Khemy February 14, 2011 at 2:39 am

    This totally put a smile to my face.

  • lynelle February 14, 2011 at 2:51 am

    what do your girls enjoy playing with? How do you manage their toys? Thanks.

  • Kate February 14, 2011 at 3:44 am

    haha!!..so funny! All this children’s jealousy..

  • Wendy February 14, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Mmmh. There’s a plot going on…

  • Liz February 14, 2011 at 6:16 am

    That’s so cute! She might be a detective one day with such curiosity and discretion 😉

  • Twiggs February 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

    oh your daughters are really amazing!! they jut have an acute sense of humor! 😉 happy valentine’s day!!

  • Shokoofeh February 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Your stories are truly the sweetest. Never get tired of them! :)

  • Ali February 14, 2011 at 7:08 am

    The subversive sister! Love it.

  • Emma February 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Haha! Claudine is hilarious :)

    I remember those diary years …

  • ftenshin February 14, 2011 at 8:05 am

    this is hilarious!! thanks for sharing 😀

  • Susan February 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Haha!! Love it.

  • jennifer February 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    hahahaha! love it. they are adorable.

  • Nani February 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    haha this made me smile. Claudine is something else.

  • Annika February 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Subversive yes! Definitely! But cute as well.

  • Julie February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am


  • Paige Davidson February 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This made my day. Thanks.

  • Clara February 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Died laughing! This gave me the laugh I very much needed today!

  • Padmasari February 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hahaha.. very funny! :)

  • PJ February 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Such cute dialogue! Just make sure that Mia doesn’t forget the key/lock combination to her diary. I can remember forgetting how to unlock my diary… not pretty!

  • Naomi February 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    that’s too cute:)

  • galen February 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    oh dear lord, this made my day. hilarious! love it.

  • Jessa February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    ahhh, life with girls 😀 That made me smile 😀

  • Lani February 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    That is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard! I can just see little C trying to conspire with you. What a rascal. I’m glad Mia has a diary, too. Good habit to get into. Can you believe I still have all my old diaries? Just can’t bring myself to toss them.

  • Tim McMurdo February 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    And to think I thought the voice would be coming from the back of your mind. :)

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the laugh; that’s a pretty awesome story. Thanks for sharing! : P

  • Crystal February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Very cute, made my day!

  • Tanya February 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    this warms my heart deeply!

  • Kathy February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the laugh! I so needed it today :)

  • Maggie February 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Been a reader of your blog for a while but never commented–I just had to, however, when I read this post! Such a sweet story–your two girls sound like they’ve got lots of spunk and individuality already. Absolutely adorable.

  • Erin February 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    So funny! This entry brought back memories from my childhood. I had a Minnie Mouse diary with a lock. Also, I see that you have the whole Beverly Cleary book set! Now I want to buy it for myself.

  • Christie February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Another great post, Jenna. I love that Mia is reading Beverly Cleary’s books. She is one of my favorite writers, too. :)

  • emmy February 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Haha!!! Great post! Your girls are not only adorable, but really funny too!!!

  • cvjn February 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Oh man, we have a very similar dynamic in our house. One day when my older daughter (also 7) was at school, my little one (almost 4) disappeared and got very, very quiet. I sensed she was up to something, and when I called her name and walked down the hall to find her, she came tearing out of her sister’s room all startled. I said “Oh. I think someone was playing with Sissy’s toys.” And my little one said “Mama. She’s at school. Let’s DO IT!!!!!”

  • kate duffly February 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    oh my god. i just laughed out loud for several minutes. actually, still laughing. so f-ing funny. i made my husband (who, i suspect, has deep distain for the blogs i read) listen to the entire dialogue.
    Do it.

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  • Dana February 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

    That last line really made me smile

  • Rowaida Flayhan February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Wow this is soooo cute you made my evening lol!
    ur girls are soo adorable

  • nicole @ deliajude February 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

    hysterical. truly.

  • Nidhi February 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    aaah too freaking awesome! hahaha

  • Megan Champion February 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm


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  • nikkiana February 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Too cute! This story brought a big smile to my face.

  • lesley February 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    oh my goodness, thanks for the chuckle! priceless.

  • Truly Smitten February 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh Claudine….*tear* =*D

  • Jennifer February 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    That is the FUNNIEST thing I have read in a long time! Thank you for the drama.

    Jennifer in KS

  • maria February 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    this made me so happy.

    i can hear the little whisper.

    it’s a soft, tender moment.

    thank you for sharing.