Thursday, April 3, 2008


Sullivan and I have shared a long-time "joke" since he was just a few years old. When teasing one another, we will say,

"Have you lost your cotton-pickin', ever-lovin' mind?"

It's usually said in mock horror.

Like in response to me asking for a kiss, or to him, when he asks for a softdrink in the middle of the afternoon.

When he was little, before he could say the entire sentence, our exchange would go something like this:

Mom: "Have you lost your ..."

Sullivan: "cotton"

Mom: "pickin"

Sullivan: "ever"

Mom: "lovin'"

Sullivan: "MIND?!?"

I'm not really sure how this exchange first originated, but it's been carried out through many a year -- he is EIGHT, afterall.

And it never fails to bring some giggles on his part, and a big smile on mine.

Well, not to be outdone, Oakley has apparently decided that she wants in on the inside joke.

I was placing her in her car seat this morning and noted to her that we're going to have to ask Daddy to raise the straps on her seat.

"Why?" she asked.

"Because," I said, "they're getting too tight."

"They're not too tight." she responded.

"Well, they're a little bit too tight, because you've grown so much taller," I said.

Her response:

"Have you lost your mind? Or cotton?"


Ang :o) said...

wow your son is a gorgeous little kid! and she is just too cute!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

That's hilarious! I LOVE it when they start talking and get things not quite right. I love your little saying too. It's really sweet to have something like that with your kids, who by the way, are both beautiful!!


Mission to Macie said...

THAT is funny!

Jill :)

The Ferrill's said...

TOO CUTE! It's amazing what they pick up on! Smart little girl!

missy said...

Too cute!

Leslie said...

So darn cute...just like always. hee hee

Anonymous said...

Sullivan is one handsome little fellow. Oakley is a doll.
Sometimes our kids may think that
Mom has lost her cotton picking mind. Mom to 4

Anonymous said...

I love the part of the program where
Kate on Jon and Kate plus 8 says
Today I think I'll loose my mine.
Many times our little angels know
how to push the right buttons....

Jake and Taryn said...

How cute! I love that Oakley just jumps right in on the fun...and how smart that she picked up on that joke!! :) I love the picture of her with her navy bow and shirt! She is so adorable!

David and Sarah said...

I love that story! Too cute.

Nicole said...

She is so smart Jana, and funny!