Some people are easily identified by their catch phrase. That one phrase that, upon hearing it, automatically makes you think of a specific person. All I have to say is "yabba dabba doo" and you know exactly who I'm talking about.
In Staley's world, catch phrases are all the rage. Staley has started to categorize people by a catch phrase--something they have said or done once or twice that she has found especially amusing and enjoys repeating. She then makes a daily habit of telling us what each person says or does.
Papa says 'Oopsie daisy'.
Grandpa says 'WHAT?!'
Grammie says 'Am I, Staley?' (For 'where am I, Staley?' during hide and seek.)
Elliott says 'No Way!'
Liam does 'Down. UP!'
Miss Vicki says 'See you later, alligator.'
Daddy says 'Holy cow.'
Mommy says 'Okey dokey.'
She also uses this phrase with her animal sounds and her songs.
Cow says 'moo.'
Jake says 'meow.'
Music says 'whoa, back' or 'bye mouse'. (Various song phrases from her favorite CD.)
Unfortunately, not everyone has a catch phrase. So then Staley will start out her statement...
Aunt Carrie says...
and then she'll come up blank. So if you want to join this prestigious club of catch phrase-ers, all you have to do is figure out how a 17 month old's mind works and find that one simple phrase that is both amusing and memorable. Let the games begin!!