Ari heard my footsteps as I came downstairs. “Hi, Mommy!” he said.
“Hi, Ari!” I answered. “What are you doing?”
“I’m coloring with Isabelle!” he replied.
“I see that,” I said.
“I’m drawing a flower,” Isabelle said.
“I can see that,” I replied.
“I wanna draw a flower,” Ari said.
The coloring continued. A few seconds later, Ari said, “I wanna draw a tushe.”
Isabelle and I started laughing.
“A tushe? Oh my G-d,” Isabelle replied.
Published by Stacey Shubitz
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.
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39 thoughts on “Coloring Together”
Hahahaha! This little exchange is adorable–and brace yourselves–I’m sure there are a lot more tushes in your future!
I can only imagine…
This is the sweetest! I can only imagine what is drawing looked like. 😉 I also just love the chronicles of Ari and Isabelle; what a fun little brother-sister bond they have formed.
Thankfully just scribbles!
Oh, these two adore each other. We are really lucky!
Such a sweet, cute conversation. You’ve got a little ham on your hands! 😉
I sure do!
How sweet! I think Ari and Isabelle belong in a picture book:) Their bond and the precious things that they do!
You’re kind to say that! I’d say they get along about 90% of the time. If he takes her markers… whoa!
Little brothers… ❤️Ari.
He is funny and sweet!
My boys would love this. If only I could share pictures of the day they stripped themselves down and painted their *whole* bodies, penis first!
Oh. My. G-d! I can’t even…!
So adorable! Mine quickly learned to draw tushes, too—hours and hours of laughter!
Unless he’s a modern artist, I’m happy to report there weren’t any discernible tushes on his paper. 🤣🤣🤣
At my house, they figured out pretty fast (5 and 7) that “It’s just 2 circles next to each other, Mom!” 🙄
Heaven help me!
I remember a slice of your little readers together, now her’s one about little artists. This togetherness is honey to a mother’s heart.
I love this slice and how it captures that moment with the dialogue between you and your two children. So funny!
What a cute moment you’ve captured! It’s my first time reading about your kids’ adventures, I think I’ll ned to check out more!
This brought such a smile to my face. Out of the mouth of babes is all I think of hear big your story.
Your picture adds to the tenderness of the moment with your two children.
Very cute, Stacey! I am sure Ari loved the big laugh! He and Isabelle are such wonderful friends, and I hope they continue to enjoy each other and be there for each other as they grow up and have their own families. I am sure they will! What a treasure to have this family and these simple joys every day! A great collection for them – perhaps to give to them when they graduate from high school or university. A wonderful gift!
I’m with Isabelle, “Oh my G_d!” From the mouths of babes. Watch out for Ari. He says what’s on his mind.
Short, sweet, easy laugh on this Sunday morning!
Haaaaa! Was Ari able to sketch out a tushe? What a riot. I had a notebook when my kids were younger to try and capture conversations. As with most things I got so busy I didn’t keep it up the way I wish I had. So glad you are capturing those snippets with your own babes. They are treasures!
This is adorable. My 4 year old granddaughter recently went to see a circus. When I asked her what she liked best, she said, “The camel poop!” There’s more fun ahead.
HA!! Love little kid conversations! This will be a great post to return to ten years from now!
I’m going to need to hear from Ari about his “tushe” drawing on Voxer. Can already imagine how he said it!
So cool… I’d be drawing one too..
So cute! The best conversations happen while coloring. My two girls do the three marker challenge – they pick three markers out of the bin (blindfolded) and then they have to draw a picture in color with those three markers. The older two siblings (and my wife and I) are the judges. The best part: the conversations. Thanks for sharing!
That’s an awesome activity! Something for Ari to try with Isabelle once he gets beyond scribbling.
Thanks for the smile and chuckle. Reminds me of when my then 4 year old nephew exclaimed to his little sister, “Jesus Christ, Ella, can you knock!” Just like his beloved grandmother.
Love to hear/see more people coloring with their kiddos and just enjoying the time together. Something my grandma did with me all the time!
So sweet! I always look for opportunities to eavesdrop on kids. Their dialogue is priceless!
Haha! In our house it’s poop jokes! All the way right now!
In the words of the famous author, George Takei, and I do quote: “Oh my!!”
I look forward to the humor in your home and the years go by! 🙂
Oh, such a sweet and funny moment!
You had me at “tushe!”– Christie
This is very sweet and very funny. I have loved making my transition to fourth grade this year, but seeing so many people posting about their own children does remind me of the love and wonder I had when I worked with preschool-kindergarteners. Thanks for helping to inspire the memories!
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