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kidsinphotoboothhappy new year! i figured there is no better way to kick off 2015 on this blog than with a few of the fantastic things eleanor and samson have been saying lately. (i’ve shared several eleanorisms here before, but at 2 1/2, samson has been cracking us up lately as well.)  i just can’t get enough to these two right now (except around 5pm everyday, which is the most cursed hour around this place.) but there is never a dull moment around here and i’m constantly jotting down several silly things they say throughout the day to look back on and share with them someday.  a few of my current favorites below….


while screwing a pretend screw into the wall with a toy screwdriver, eleanor says to herself, “i’m going to screw this up.”

“samson, when you have to go potty, you run really fast to the bathroom. or just follow me next time. i’ve figured it out.”

while i was still pregnant with conrad a few weeks ago, “mama, do you like ketchup?” (she knows i hate ketchup, but she still pushes it on me all the time.) me: “nope, not really.” eleanor: “well, maybe you should eat it anyway because did you know it has tomatoes in it? tomatoes would be good for the baby.”

while listening to taylor swift’s new song, welcome to new york with me, she frantically states “but the lights DO blind me! they DO blind me!”

while at the kitchen table together eating ice cream, eleanor announces, “i have to go potty!” she gets off her chair and begins running to the bathroom, then runs back towards the table to add, “mama, make sure my ice cream doesn’t melt!”

talking very quickly into my iPhone without taking a breath the other day, “siri, do you remember me? my name is eleanor. do you think my voice is beautiful? elllleaaaaaanoooorrr. it starts with an E. like elephant.  your name siri is like syrup.”


“i do it my OWN self.” — samson, all day everyday.

after samson goes into the bathroom and locks the bathroom door and doesn’t let us inside, eleanor says while knocking, “samson, why did you do that?” samson: “because i do that!” eleanor: “yeah, but why?” samson: “because this is what i do! i samson rex davis, ah-wight?”

samson hands me a little round and flat piece of play-doh (pretending it is food he made for me). “be careful mama, it is hot!” me: “mmm, it looks delicious. what is it?” samson: “umm, i don’t know. maybe a cowboy cookie?” me: what is a cowboy cookie?” samson: “i don’t know. it has chocolate chips in it though.”

“mama, eleanor and i fight because eleanor and i are fwwwwwuuuuuustrated.”

while holding baby conrad with me, he whispers to himself, “such a tiny boy.”

more eleanorisms HERE. photo strips from a day in november when we were at bubby’s and they decided they wanted their OWN photobooth pictures, not ones together. ;)

  1. These are all so adorable and you can tell by what you’re saying that Samson is starting to get just that little bit older. It’s lovely to see how your kids are developing and starting to become their own people and say their own little things. x

  2. This is just so cute !!!
    You have adorable kids, dear Naomi :)

    Bisous from Paris, France

  3. Tara

    Too cute! I love those first little views on life. When my (now 13 year old!) daughter was three, we were driving in the car and she suddenly says very casually, “Mom,” yes honey? “Black goes with everything.” To which my husband leans over and whispers, “She’s going to be expensive.” To which she has lived up to. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kathryn

    HAHAHA! These were great! I’m not even a parent and these seriously cracked me up. I think my favorite was Eleanor with the T Swift lyrics. Thanks for sharing these gems!

    xx Kathryn

  5. Krista

    I can’t wait for my son (who’s a year and a half) to start talking a lot more. I always crack up at the things your kids say. They’re adorable.


  6. Chelsea

    such sweet little bugs, I love these post! Also, I’ve been thinking of you this past week- I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years and you make life in the city so dreamy. We finally got our shot to explore city life, and went to Chicago for a bit. Let me say I have a whole new respect for you- traveling about with littles in tow takes some serious bravery and skill. We had the greatest time and loved it, but I’ll be glad to get back to the farm too!


  7. Britney

    Too cute! Kids are so funny. Sounds like you have a very independent boy on your hands!

  8. Johnny

    Cowboy cookies are a real thing.. and they’re DELICIOUS!

  9. Neha

    Okay, this is just the cutest!

    This is definitely something I’ll have to when I have kids. Someday. Far, faaaaarrrrrr away from today. ;)

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog

  10. vicky

    oh my gosh. i know this is silly but i wondered if you would ever mention taylor swift on this blog! :) haha so silly but i absolutely love her. would be just like E to make a taylor swift song even more fun.

    these are SO cute! i waited for the day of possible samsonism posts! your family is so much fun.. and so funny ;)

    love this and love samson doing it all himself – all day, everyday! but my heart really melted when he held his brother and said “such a tiny boy”. they’re both the coolest kids in the world. can’t wait to read what kind of personality conrad takes on.

  11. I watched a TED talk once that said between the hours of 5pm and 7pm in their house is when everything gets frantic… so whenever our kids are wrestling or being chaotic… we always know its between 5 & 7

  12. You have the most darling kids. I love reading these isms!

  13. Tracy

    I remember when my daughters were this age. They said the cutest things, Made me smile everyday!

  14. Emily

    I when you post the ISMS! The mind of a toddler is something incredible and terribly funny.



  15. Alliyah

    the last one is far too adorable :’)

  16. They are so adorable, Reading this post make me laugh so loud! Thx :-)

  17. Carolyn M

    Thanks for making me laugh! Before I became a mom I was never around small children that much. The one thing I never realized was how funny they can be! I love reading Eleanor and Samson’s comments, and it has made me actually think back and write down many of my own girl’s one liners. Happy new year to you and your lovely family!

  18. Amy

    Oh I love the bathroom one from Samson. So funny.

    I’m 10 years older than my youngest sibling and one winter when she was about three we were driving home and she took off her winter hat. Her hair was so full of static and my best friend said teasingly, “I like your hair, Frannie.” In a beat she replied, “Thanks! That’s the way God made me!” It still makes me smile.


  19. yelle

    i have adored eleanor since day one! she seems super sweet. i hope my daughter some day is a fraction as sweet as she! xo

  20. these are some of my favorite posts! love that we now get some ‘samsonisms’ as well!

  21. Kelly

    I love all the eleanorisms and samsonishs! one of my favorite posts on your blog! lol! my husband and i don’t have any kids (yet!) but we have a puppy, and 5pm is our cursed hour with her, too! she gets into so much trouble and drives us crazy, even though at 4:59 she was a perfect angel.
    happy new year to you, josh, eleanor, samson, and baby conrad. :)

  22. You’re kids are the cutest! Its the simple little sayings that you’ll look back on and laugh at in coming years!

    Michaela X


  23. Hannah

    Those photobooth pictures are adorable! Eleanor is such a natural in front of the camera, she’s adorable. And Samson is such a cutie pie!

    I can just imagine each of them saying those things in their sweet toddler voices. Thank you for sharing Naomi!


  24. Oh my goodness how cute — “but the lights DO blind me.” I totally agree, girl!

  25. So adorable! I love that they wanted their own photo strip, too fun.

  26. hanna

    I love these sort of posts. –Hanna Lei

  27. Lexsa

    Ah! Please post more eleanorisms/samsonisms…. they’re the cutest little people!

  28. Klara

    Thank you for this, it’s the best post ever! haha you made my day crappy day better with this :)

  29. My heart melts when I read these. Far too cute.
    You have such a wonderful little family.
    Congrats on beautiful baby C, sending lots of love from the UK.
    xx :o)

  30. April

    Oh my gosh. I always love reading your Eleanorisms posts – they just crack me up so much! I love that you’ve started sharing Samsons sayings too hehe! I’m sure they’ll look back on this and be in hysterics when they’re older. It’s such a great idea!
    Have a great weekend!
    xo April Everyday

  31. Jess

    Seriously, Your kids are the cutest ever.
    Oh my word, this made my day.

  32. Lisa

    The things children say are so precious. Yours are darlings…I used to record ‘isms’, too. :)

  33. i just can’t.

  34. Stefany

    These are probably my favorite posts to read.


  35. Nikki

    Adorable! I can’t wait until my little guy has some “isms” of his own. For now is vocabulary is only 10 words or so!

  36. Lauren

    These actually made me laugh out loud!! I so needed that! Thanks for sharing these cute ‘-isms’ with us :)

  37. Stephanie

    Hi Naomi, I just wanted to wish you guys a happy New Year, I’ve been following your blog since just before Samson was born, and it’s just so wonderful. I know we don’t know each other (although I feel like I know you through following your blog) but I just wanted to tell you that my husband and I are visiting New York in October 2015, all the way from Melbourne, Australia, and we are so excited. I’ve been showing him some of your NYC guides, and we can’t wait to check out all of your suggestions :) I hope you have a great year, and keep sharing your insightful posts!

  38. annie

    going out on a limb here, but i just opened up a new etsy shop for handmade valentines and dunno why this post made me think you would really like it. would love to know what you think. happy new year yall! https://www.etsy.com/shop/EphemeraByAnnie

  39. Kelly

    These literally had me laughing out loud. Loudly. These are amazing, please keeps sharing more of them!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  40. They crack me up! Eleanor us such a little lady and Samson sounds like he’s turing into a proper little independant man, full name and all!! Lovely to look back at these in a few years and smile, they change so quickly! x

  41. ahahaha! Leave it up to Eleanor & Samson to brighten up your day with their adorable, funny sayings :)

  42. swati

    Gosh, they’re so cute. Here’s love to Samson and Eleanor all the way from India! Happy 2015!

  43. I’ve loved Eleonorisms since the very first post, so I’m sure I’m going to love what Samson has to say too!!!
    Have a very healthy and happy 2015!!!

  44. Nikki

    Love these! I’m really looking forward to what my own baby girl will come up with!

  45. Rebecca

    Haha! I have twin little ones that are almost two and we hear “Do it SELF!” all the time! :)

  46. Melissa

    “Eet’s a eepopahtoemus. And da eepopahtoemus ees eating da cheese on da faces!”

    That little gem happened just a few minutes ago as my daughter is busy coloring.. now the eepopahtoemus is eating a fish… anyway, thanks for the post and thanks for sharing the brightness of family. I’m a mom of three under five in Northern Manhattan, and most of the time I just feel like I stick out so much. I really appreciate how you share how great motherhood is and how beautiful life can be. I’m sure there are days when it’s hard, I know first hand how harsh living here can be and how demanding it is to have three babies, but I also know firsthand how exquisite this time of life is and how those little smiles and hugs can instantly light up any moment.

    Anyway, thanks, and I hope you have a great day!

  47. Julia

    They both have excellent language skills – especially for their ages; you can tell that they are read to a lot! :)

    Last week my boyfriend & I visited the Scandinavia House in NYC; have y’all been before? I ask because they had an EXCELLENT children’s area, which is free to the public, and very well done. :)

    Many cheers,


  48. LB

    There are such things as cowboy cookies! Imagine a oatmeal cookie with raisins, chocolate chips and m&ms. My best friend’s family made them all the time!

  49. Kids are adorable! My son has recently named himself ‘toastie toast’ and he insists that we call him that! Very random :-)

  50. kari

    Such adorable “isms.” Your house must be constantly ring with laughter.

  51. carly

    These are so cute! I love listening to the things the little ones say. My son walks around with a little tea pot and tells everyone “milk, tea, honey!”. At only two he knows he likes his tea and how to order it
    The Doctor Diva

  52. I love these posts you do!!!! I can’t wait to hear what things my little one will say one day. It’s such a great idea to keep track of the things they say. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on your new addition little Conrad!!!

    Xo, Randi

  53. Mun

    That innocence! My heart just melted.

  54. Gina Black

    I don’t know why, but that last one brought tears to my eyes! Too much tender adorableness.

    I love your isms, It’s so important for us mamas to write these things down and your posts always remind me to do it more often.

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  56. Laura

    the isms are so good! they always make me laugh out loud! thanks for sharing x

  57. Jessica

    My family totally has a recipe for cowboy cookies. They’re everyone’s most favorite. I should find it and get you the recipe!