Last night after spending about an hour listening to both of the boys read to me Kolby wanted to cuddle on the couch for a while....so we made a little nest and she got one of her dolls and we all wrapped up to watch the news.
As we were laying there Kolby said, "Daddy, I love you more than the rest of the family...I love you more than mommy does, I love you more than Maxim does, I love you more than Brecken does and I love you more than Kia and Lilly do (our dogs)."
Of course I was smitten and thought, "Ohhh I have finally made it as the Dad Of The Year! My daughter and I are really connecting!" I had to say something back, so I took the politically correct route and told her that I loved her too, and that she is my favorite and most special daughter. (That way in 10 years she can't rub it into the boys and say, "Daddy says I am the favorite!")
Within minutes she fell asleep and I dropped her in her own bed.
This morning I told/bragged that story to Steph about how much Kolby loved me compared to the rest of the family unit. Steph laughed at me and said, "She says that to me all the time, that is her way of getting what she wants!"
Well, I am a sucker for her and I will pretend that I am the most loved, but it is pretty smart on her part too, to realize that you can use your words to get what you want! Even if it is a little late night cuddle with your daddy when you should be in your own bed!