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Smarter Than Einstein's Dirty Socks

There was a time when she thought she was so clever when she hid her eyes behind her chubby little hands, popped those hands out fast, and yelled, "PEEK-A-BOO!" She was certain she had startled me.

There was a time when her best hiding place was just around the corner, with her nose buried into the wall. All I had to do was call out, "Where's Alexis?" and she would crumple to the floor in a pile of giggles, completely impressed with her own fantastic hide-n-seek skills.

There was a time when she thought that if she yelled "LELLOW CAR! OVER THERE!" at the top of her lungs then waved in the general direction of everywhere, I would be certain to be fooled into thinking she had beaten me at her favorite game AGAIN.

As she grows older and wiser, she looks for new ways to try and fool me, new ways to show just how smart she is, and better ways to get the upper hand in our relationship.

Someday soon, she's going to realize that running up to me giggling, her eyes filled with mischief and a snowball in plain sight, isn't exactly the best way to trick me.

Someday she *is* going to be smarter than me.

She *will* manage to pull the wool over my eyes.

But, for now, I'm going to bask in the joy she finds in her obvious little game.

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Reader Comments (14)

The show Parenthood? Amazing. Has so much heart. Beautiful acting, beautiful writing. Just thought we should clarify that.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCorrie

Wait, you mean the peek-a-boo and hide-n-seek phases end? The belly laughs that I get from those games are my favorite!

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertehamy

@Corrie--Well played. Well played, indeed.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle (~~burghbaby~~)

The obvious snowball is the best snowball. Ask my kids. (I kinda agree.)

And I have snowpants!

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFireMom

These words could've fallen out of my brain and landed on my own blog. So true!!

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

Isn't it wonderful!

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkyfirewife

There's something in my eye.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Love the obvious little games too! Sooo cute!

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I can see that mischief in her eyes. The snow ball is certainly coming for you. I don't look forward to the day my son outsmarts me, but the way I seem to be losing my mind it won't be long.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOtter

I miss Mr. Obvious Trick. He moved out somewhere around the start of puberty. The twins, Mischief and Sneakypants, are still around, though.

Have I told you lately how much I admire the way you are able to capture all of your moments with Alexis? Not with your camera, although that's amazing as well. But with your heart. So many moms get caught up in everything that comes with growing up that they overlook the most important part: Enjoying it.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSportsmama

LOL. Loved this series of pictures...I could just see it ending in disaster for me. Id be so wrapped up in taking the picture that I'd not move my camera in time *G* I'm so easily distracted, I've already got one kid pulling the wool over my eyes (and he's currently in the middle of a grounding for that very reason)

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

It's so wonderful to come to your blog and see your joy in your daughter! It makes me remember when my boys were little. Thanks.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrazed Nitwit

I miss the Lellow Car game. *sniff*

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlea

Oh my goodness, she's just so pretty in the pictures! And such a big girl too. Wow. :)

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
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