It's not all fun and games around here, if that's the impression you got on my last post. For one, we are surrounded by pirates. And sharks. And yes, it's complete with a skull-and-crossbones multi-colored flag on top, so WATCH OUT.
For another, there are some seriously mouthy comments to rival the seriously sweet comments.
Eli doesn't read Harry Potter with us, though he's seen snippets of the movies, but he HAS picked up on the use of wands. Sort of. He picks up branches, paint stir sticks, and spatulas to unleash "expelliarmus! Psssssssssssssssst! You're dead!" He most recently "expelliarmus"ed Caroline out of the bathroom because he was trying to get some private time and she wouldn't leave him alone.
Another example: the kids weren't exactly thrilled to go house-hunting but sometimes we all have to do things we don't want to do and we dragged them along. Patrick was particularly vocal about how awful it was, though, so while loading up after yet another house Joe was reading Patrick the riot act about how he needed to BE QUIET or he was going to be in SERIOUS trouble....
Patrick: Dad, I think you're forgetting about one thing...
Joe: Oh, yeah? What's that?
Patrick: How hard I can punch.
We don't encourage him punching people by any means, but he likes to practice a good ka-pow on Joe's palms, so we were shocked and internally dying with laughter at his attempt at a threat. Hey, maybe we're not the best parents out there, but we all know I wasn't puttin' up that front anyway :)