Recent Quotes

Ev: “There was a snake in my school’s trashcan.”
James: “When I was a kid, there once was a black snake in my basement, and my dad killed it with a shovel.”
Ev, incensed: “Why!? Why would you kill it? They’re just geckos without legs!”

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I had a headache and asked Charlotte to get me a cup of water.
She brings one to me a minute later, and says, “Here you go. Just look out for the bug in there.”

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Charlotte: “Are baby fairies’ wings made of satin?”

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Charlotte, in the backseat of the car: “Awwww.”
Me: “What?”
Charlotte: “I’m holding a pretend picture of my cute new baby cousin!”

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Charlotte: “I want to meet Aunt Lauren’s new baby.”
Me: “Me too. I’m going down to meet him, but you guys aren’t because it’s just going to be a really quick visit and you’re all kicking colds around.”
Charlotte: “Awww.”
Me: “I know. You’ll meet him soon, though. Want me to take lots of pictures?”
Charlotte: “How bout just one?”

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Char: “What does infinity mean?”
Me: “It means without end, going on forever and ever.”
Char: “I wish that I had an infinity slide.”

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Evelyn: “I’m an alto. Then below that is a tenor. And above is sparta, which is really high.”

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Overheard: girls are on their own in the den. Thump, thump. Ev: “Would you stop that?” Char: “I’m not doing it!” Ev: “Okay. Whoever is doing that, can you please stop.”

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Evelyn: “Let’s play Rock-Paper-Scissors.”
Charlotte: “OKAY! I’ll be Scissors!!!”

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Ev: “Poke Char. It’s on my list.”

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Char: “Can we go to Garage’o’s Pizza for lunch?” (Grotto’s)

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Charlotte: “I can’t wait to go snowball picking.”

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Me: “Yeah, so [this publication I love writing for] is not going to be printed anymore.
Ev: “MOM! You could just write another BOOK!”

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Jingle Bells came on my Pandora Christmas station this afternoon. Char, eyes bright: “Hey! Don’t we know this song?!”

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‎”Here Comes Santa Claus.” Char: “How can they see Santa Claus? He’s scarce.”

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Evelyn: “Char, I don’t know what you’re so scared of. It’s like you think Voldemort is coming out of our neighbor’s compost bin.”

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Charlotte: “I don’t want to be good. I want to be bad, because then I get attention.”

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‎”Here Come Santa Claus”: Evelyn: “Why does it say ‘so be good for goodness sake?’ Earlier in the song, it said ‘be good because Santa Claus comes tonight’. That doesn’t make any sense.”

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Evelyn, making a fleece tie blanket for Calvin: “I think making this quilt is easier than tying balloons!”

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Charlotte: “I LOVE the Earth.”

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Me: “Evelyn, do you want me to come to your school’s Thanksgiving feast tomorrow with Cal and Charlotte?”
Evelyn, looking down shyly: “If you come, I can’t sit next to my friends.”
Me: “Well, what if we didn’t sit together, and you sat with your friends, but I still came?”
Evelyn: “My teachers said we have to sit with our family if they come.”
… Me: “So you don’t want us to come, because you want to sit with your friends?”
Evelyn nods.

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I just finished making a huge double batch of chocolate chip cookies with Evelyn. Me, making a teachable moment: “So, when do you think it is easiest to wash the dishes after baking?” Evelyn: “During regular working hours.”

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Me: “Is it possible to die from terrible sleep?”
James: “Yes.”
Charlotte: “But I’m still alive!”
James: “That’s because you’re young.”

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Char: “Evelyn says she has an imaginary friend, and when I sit on the edge of her bed, she says I’m sitting on her friend. But I’m NOTTTT! There’s nothing THERE!!!”

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Charlotte is full-on reading. At the grocery store: “Here, Mommy, I want some decaf spiced chai. And this one’s your favorite,” holding out a decaf spiced chai and an Earl Grey.

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Me, talking to the girls, who are playing outside: “Yes, so we’re going to go to Lowes to get some garland and lights, and we’re also going to get our real tree, and we’re going to have a mini home Thanksgiving dinner.” Charlotte: “Yay! and can we put on our swimsuits and jump around in this,” she says, twirling the sprinkler and hose.

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Having a really nice conversation with Evelyn, I stopped and said, “Evelyn, I just can’t believe how grown up and mature you are.” Without missing a beat, Ev replied, “And I can’t believe that you have metal fillings in your teeth.”

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Cal is playing with the phone. Char: “Oh, no. He might dial 1-9-9!”

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Char: “There are 12 candy canes. I don’t think that’s enough to last through the whole winter.”

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I was showing the girls how to see things on Google Maps’ Street View. We looked at our house and some friends’ and families’ houses. Charlotte: “Ella and William don’t even know that we’re looking at their house, do they?

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Evelyn, knitting: “I started with 10 stitches and now I’ve got about a thousand. This is not going to look good.”

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Leaving to go get our Christmas tree, Charlotte: “We need to put a sign in front of our [yard ornament] snow man that says ‘Don’t STEAL THIS.”

 

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