Moms need to retain a lot of information. Sports schedules, shopping lists, music lesson schedules, appointments, and let’s not forget, remembering life as it’s happening. Like jotting down the super funny thing your kid just said to you as you were walking into the store.
Kids. They are brutally honest. They say what they think and they mean what they say. Especially when they are toddlers and preschoolers. Oh the stories I have from teaching preschool for over 20 years! You’d be embarrassed by what your kids are telling their preschool teacher. I don’t really have the best memory, so I am so sad that I can’t remember all the cute things my kids have said. Sometimes I’ll post them on facebook, but that doesn’t keep them all in one place easy to find. So I’ve decided to find a better way to keep track of their funny moments on an app on my phone. I always have my phone with me so I know I’ll be able to write it down right away. And what’s even better? I can just talk to my phone and it will write it down for me. Because let’s face it, mom’s usually only have one free hand at a time, right?
Here are some of my favorite apps for jotting down notes and keeping myself organized.
1. InkPad is an easy app to use. It looks like a notepad and you just hit the + symbol to add notes. You can title them then write your note and the app automatically saves it for you. It also emails a copy to you just in case you lose any data on your phone.
2. Microsoft OneNote is your digital notebook for keeping track of what’s important in your life. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, and make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas. OneNote is your one place to capture and organize everything. Whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes travel with you. They are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices. Share notes with friends and colleagues, plan vacations, share meeting minutes or lecture notes with people around you.
3. Evernote. Easily gather everything that matters. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details for your projects with you at all times.
4. Simple Note lets you easily jot down your thoughts and organize them by tag, search note contents and tags later to find what you need again later, search through revision history for your notes, share them with others, and access them on any web-enabled device.
Out of all these, I really love Microsoft OneNote. You can add pictures to your notes, hand draw right in the app, and search for things on the web right through the app so you can save your searches. So let’s say you’re planning a birthday party for your son. You can add a “clipper” from OneNote to your web browser and clip the recipe for the cake right into OneNote. Once you click the one note tab, you can choose to save the full page, a region of the page that you select or and article with no images or the recipe if the blog used a plug in for the recipe. You choose where you want to save the article (you should have created the page in OneNote before you searched for the recipe) Then you hit clip.
It will be saved right there under the tab you created for your son’s birthday party. Then you can access it from any device, including android and apple devices, and share it with anyone you want through email. As you can see in my notebook below, I have a shopping list, quick notes, notes for home, Young Women (I’m a leader in my church), recipes and my son’s birthday. All in one place. So convenient! I keep the funny things my kids say in my Notes for Home section. I love going back and reading them. You could also have a doodle page for the kids to draw on to keep them occupied while you shop.
A while back I asked for your help. I wanted to hear some of the funny things your kids say to you. You really helped me out with over 40 comments. I’m going to share some of those funny things you shared with me.
Dayna said: My 3 yr old son and I were walking in the Safeway parking lot holding hands. He was walking in the center where the cars drive past. I Scooch him over so that he was towards the park cars and I was towards the center. He looked at me and said,” Did you move over in the middle in case a car comes it would hit you and not me? “. I smiled and said yes. He was holding my hand, then looked up at me and smiled and said,”I gonna miss you.”
Katie said: My daughters’ father is from Peru and I was born in Alabama where we now live. One day my oldest daughter told me she was “hickspanic”. She didn’t know how accurate she was.
Jali said: My 3yr old,” I’m not in the nude right now!” Instead of mood.
Heather said: When my son was 4 he was in preschool and he looked at the clock one morning and it was almost time to get on the bus and he said Mom can we buy a clock that moves slower this one goes to fast lol from the mouth of babes it is so true time sure does move to fast!
Jacki said: My son was outside learning to ride his bike(@3) when I called him in for chores, dinner ect. He was so made at me he turned and yelled, “Next time Mom when your riding your bike and you fall off. I’m gonna yell THATS WHAT YOU GET!”
Tobi said: My 9 year old said, “I’m glad I came to earth and didn’t follow ku-ku Satan!”
Jenn said: My 3 year old calls the kitchen “the chicken”, and when I drop him off at preschool he calls it “picking me down”, as opposed to “picking me up”
Marcella said: My 4 yr old son asked me for a poon. I corrected him by saying it’s spoon with an “s”. He instantly turned and asked me for a poon with an “s”!
Jed said: My 3-yr-old told me one day that he needed to take his jeans off because they were “choking my butt”.
Nikke said: My favorite mispronounced phrase of my youngest daughter is when she says “actually” instead of “accidentally”.
“why did you throw your cup on the floor and make a mess?”
“I actually did that mom”
Amy said: My 5 year old loves “choc-lick” and my 10 year old is quite content in the fact that we live in ” ca- partments”
Claudine said: My son (3 at the time) would sing along with Katy Perry’s California Girls – “Daisy Dukes, zucchinis on top”. He also always wanted to stop at the ice rink in the mall to watch the “honky players”
SaraJean said: My 2 year old calls blueberries “boo-bies.” I hope she doesn’t shout it in public any time soon! And any type of bodily function is called “making an ew.”
Angela said: My 7 year old still can’t say spaghetti. She says, “sga-betty”
Mindy said: My two year old calls smarties, ‘farties’.
Emily said: My 2 year old calls farts “beeps!”
Sharon said: My 18 year old grandson when he was 2 called a refrigerator a fig-R-fate-her and it stuck we still say that and laugh.
Brittany said: My 18 month old is very vocal and loves to sing. He perfectly sings the “Oh-oh-oh” from that song, Radioactive and then moves straight into “Happy Day to you!” Which is how he sings happy birthday. He’s already building medleys.
Amy said: My 2-year-old son, instead of saying “oopsie” says “oopies.” Cutest thing ever.
Sharyce said: My now 5 year old called his thumbs “the puffy finger”
Christa said: My daughter (about 2 yrs. old) used to say walk-ward for awkward. She even used it in the right context just said it like that.
Ami said: The other day she said “Pony fell down” I said lets look for bumps or bruises, she said “I have two bumps on my bum!”
Joe said: Hang-gurgers, narf (knife), and my favorite: fidge-a-fidger. We’re growing out of that phase. Only left with the double past-tense had-ed, saw-ded.
Bobbie said: Lately my girls have been jamming to uptown funk by Bruno Mars. I have to turn the song off for the last minute of the song because they can’t emphasis the n in funk. Suddenly the song becomes a little too dirty for me. I’ve tried explaining but those little ears haven’t grasped it yet.
Laura said: My Katie said to her boy friend that were here watching a movie “You can sit in the tampon right there.” What she meant to say was FUTON!
Emily said: My 5 yr old told me he “likes all the foods….except squash and alcohol”.
Bridget said: These are so cute! My 5 year old daughter still calls pajamas “kajamas” and meatballs are “meatbulbs”. Anyone for spaghetti and meatbulbs tonight?
Lee said: when my son was around 3ish, i was teaching him from a medical book, the different parts of the anatomy. when my hubby came home he told him “Daddy, i have peanuts (penis) and scratch ems(scrotum)…we laughed so hard…
And two for you LDS readers out there:
Jessica said: Ken Ken used to think the MTC was the “empty sea”
Laura said: When my Ashley was a about 2 yrs old she was always super still and so exited when the sacrament was gonna be passed at church. She sat reverently (which believe me was a shocker and otherwise an impossibility), we didn’t question it cuz we were so happy and proud of our little Wheetie pie (she would try to say Sweetie Pie cuz that’s what we’d call her and instead she could only say Wheatie Pie so that has stuck all these years). Anyhow, back to sacrament. One Sunday she’s sitting on my lap and she’s SOOO excited and just folding her arms but looking like she wants to burst and clap) and after the first prayer she sees them march up to the front after passing the bread and then as they put the table cloth on say the prayer then the boys get handed trays with little cups of water, she yells out “MAGIC!!!” Several people chuckled and I asked what she was talking about and it hit me, every Sunday she saw from her perspective that the bread was turned into water every Sunday and it was magic and in all actuality it was magic cuz the sacrament is magic. Each Sunday we can wipe away our sins and renew for another week those baptismal covenants we made years ago.
So there you have it, from the mouth of babes. I hope you are taking note of all the cute things your kids say. You’ll be able to pull them out and read them when you are having a bad day or even better, when they turn into teenagers and you need to remember how sweet and innocent they once were 😉
What are your favorite note taking apps?