Here are some new vocabulary words and expressions Tristan has learned in the last couple of weeks along with sentences that show their proper usage:
No, Tristan, don't hit the butterfly with the sword. It's delicate.
Mommy. Butterbug. Dekkit. (Mom, the butterfly is delicate.)
Tristan: waddah up! Mommy: No, I'm not putting the ladder up so you can jump into the pool and sink like rock.
Wivah cwoss! (Mom, drive across the river with your car!)
Mom: If you don't get this underwear on right now you're going to have some trouble on your hands. Tristan: Fine then!
talk about it
After many unsuccessful attempts to get Tristan to say what he wanted for dinner he said, "talk about it." I said, "You want to talk about it now?" He said, "NOOOO!" So, "talk about it" sometimes also means "I don't want to talk about it."
When Tristan doesn't get his way he accuses everyone of being "mean".
Now whenever Tristan or Julius gets a stern talking-to, Tristan says, "told you! told you!" I have no idea where that comes from or what it means. Does it mean "I warned you not to do that?" Does it mean "I knew that was coming?" Hmm.
[screamed at his brother after I left them alone in the car for 20 seconds while I ran back into the house to get my wallet]
The conversation goes as follows:
Tristan: [yelling] shutup! shutup! shutup!
Me: [just entering the car] Did he just say 'shut up'??
Me: Where did he learn that suddenly?
Julius: Well... I told him to shut up.
Julius: It was a really big mistake. BIG mistake.
Me: Yeah, I'll say.
Tristan: shutup! shutup!
Me: Hey, Tristan, don't say shut up.
Me: Okay, try this... say "quiet please". That's more polite.
Me: Quiet, PLEASE.
Tristan: quiet! shutup!
Tristan: quiet! pweas!
Me: Good job, let's all try to be polite. [leaning over to Julius, speaking sotto voce] Let's stop talking about it so he doesn't say --
Me: -- yeah, THAT.
Julius: Oh, great. Now he'll never stop saying shut up.
Me: He will if you stop saying... "YOU KNOW". Tristan, do you need some trouble?
Tristan (softly): quiet. pweas.
Me: Thank you.