April Quotes

Char, whining. Evelyn: “Please stop bothering me. I’m writing a song.”

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Char: “Calvin, what’s your name?” Cal: “Atlas.” Me: “You’re my son.” Cal: “No. I Cal-fin.”

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From across the playground, Charlotte looked strangely awkward at her tennis practice. It took me a minute to realize it was because she was playing with her left hand. I went over and said to the coach, “Charlotte isn’t left handed.” “Oh,” she said, “Charlotte said she *was* left handed.” After practice, I scolded Charlotte for saying that and asked why she had lied. “Well, my right arm and hand were getting tired and I needed to get them a break.”

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Charlotte was griping about having to drive to meet James on campus this morning. “Why do we have to drive and then walk home?” I explained that we have a busy day and Daddy and I coordinated everyone’s different needs and schedules. Evelyn: “Wow. That’s a lot of math.”

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Calvin, patting the middle of his bottom: “My. butt. is broken.”
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Evelyn packs a first aid kit to go to her friend’s house. “Somebody might fall and hurt themselves. You never KNOW!” Me: “But don’t you think your friend’s parents will have bandaids?” Ev: “Yes, but this way we won’t have to go inside!”
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Charlotte started welling up with tears as we were watching a PBS special on plants tonight. A wild tobacco plant “called” a predator bug to come eat the baby caterpillars that were gnawing on it. The bug showed up, shoved its proboscis into the caterpillar, and slurped it up from the inside. (I guess we should wait on watching other nature shows, because it was pretty tame.)
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Evelyn and I were having an important conversation about conflict between Charlotte and Evelyn and how I can help, along with general discussion of birth order expectations. I ask what I can do differently. Evelyn: “Well. You could ignore Charlotte’s whining and crying, and treat us like we’re twins.”
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Building a train track, Char, in excited whisper: “This is going to be way awesomer than I THOUGHT.”
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Charlotte, organizing her Calico Critters: “It’s soooo hard to keep the triplets together. Smushy and Mushy stay close, but Peter…”
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Calvin in my lap, reaching around and caressing my eyebrow: “Mommy has beautiful eye.”
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Calvin, gesturing to a broken baby soap dispenser: “Daddy help that.”
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Charlotte: “Spring is here! The sun is coming out, and so are all the STUDENTS!”
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Charlotte just posited that the reason cafeterias are called that is because “the little children are like bacteria that go to eat there!”
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Calvin just ran up to me with a boxed milk chocolate bunny in one hand and a fork and knife in the other.
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With a cold, Calvin said he had a “bunny nose” when he meant a “runny nose.”
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Discussing names in the car. Evelyn likes the name Delphina. Charlotte likes the name Brendan. And Calvin cheered, “I like the name HOT COCOA!”
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“When do you girls think it is going to feel warmer?” Ev: “I think it already does. Today doesn’t have the spice of chill yesterday did.”
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Cal to James, who is working on the stairs: “SCUSE me! Calvin goin take a nap!”
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A week before Easter, I dug the Easter and spring decorations out of the loft in our garage and decorated. When the kids came down, they were very excited. Then Calvin ran up to me: “Going Halloween next? We buy pumpkins? Halloween?!”
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Evelyn: “What can I say? I like ancient historical massacres.” (talking animatedly about Pompeii.)
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“Charlotte, do not lick your knife.” Char: “Well, Evelyn did it.” Me: “And if I had seen her do it, I would have said, ‘Evelyn, do not lick your knife.'” Evelyn: “Well, I had to because there was a bunch of stuff on it that I didn’t want to get in the jelly jar.” Are you kidding me?
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Charlotte, to Calvin, who is screaming at his Duplos: “Calvin. Stop fighting with yourself.”
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Charlotte: “Do I smell cookies?” Me: “No.” Charlotte: “Well then, what’s that warm baked good smell?” (brownies)
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Charlotte: “Want to see a grandma turn into a vampire?” (she has fake teeth as a prize from the dentist…)
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after the Newark Easter Egg Hunt, Evelyn: “I heard a lady comforting her child who didn’t get a big prize, but it sounded more like she was comforting herself.”
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Evelyn, Char, and Cal have recently been dressing up and pretending to be embodiments of parts of the day. This morning while tidying up, I found a note from Evelyn to Calvin: “To my beloved Son, afternoon. I love you more than darkness. Love, Twilight.”
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Calvin: “I eat Mommy.” Me: “Oh no! But who will take care of you if you eat Mommy?” Cal: “Daddy get up, give Mommy medicine.”
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Ev: “I’m trying to eat a little healthier than I used to.” Me: “Yeah?” Ev: “Like, more carrots.”
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In early March, we had snow flurries in Newark. Evelyn: “Oh, I wish it was not snowing. You didn’t give it to us this winter, so it’s too late now.”
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Other new things Calvin is saying:
-“You hear me, Mommy?”
-“Come WIF me, MOMMY!”
-“I don’t think so.”
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Walk home this morning, Calvin asked for hot cocoa. I said we don’t have any, but we can put it on our list to get at the store. Calvin: “Watch Thomas. Write Thomas on list.” When we got home, he excitedly “wrote” all the things he wants to do today, and it’s so precious.
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Charlotte, pulling a frozen water bottle out of the freezer to put in her lunchbox: “Wow! This really hard. (beat) Want to punch it?”
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Sitting with Cal and Char having breakfast the day of my half marathon race, I say I’m starting to feel a little nervous. “About your race?” asks Char. I nod. Char: “If you start to feel scared, just tell yourself, ‘It’s okay if I don’t win. I like to run because running is fun.”
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I told Calvin I was going to check his ears and touched his outer ear. “OH! I found a bird!” I exclaimed, pulling my finger out. “No! put bird back in ear,” he said, pinching his fingers together in my palm and returning the invisible tiny bird to his ear.
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Evelyn was explaining why she feels overwhelmed with school responsibilities and projects. “I mean, Mrs. Miller was handing out Scholastic book forms, and I thought to myself, ‘you know what, don’t even give me one of those because I hardly ever order from them and it’s just another paper that I’m going to shove into my folder and never look at again.'”
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Evelyn: “Girl friendships make me crazy.”
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Evelyn, upon rising, was doing some stretches on the floor in her room while I got Calvin and Charlotte up. Calvin: “I do toe touches sometimes.” Then he got down on the floor in child’s pose and wanted everyone’s acknowledgement.
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discussing my half marathon this weekend at dinner. Charlotte: “I’d like to run 180% miles!”
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Evelyn interupts James at dinner when he says something about visiting Alcatraz. “I think I’ll learn about that in fourth grade when we learn about government!”
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Calvin, turning away from his cars to pronounce loudly, “I go Dunkin Donuts SUNDAYS!”
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Calvin comes up to the whipping cream I’ve just whipped: “Can I. drink. it?”
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Sideways kids.
Visit from James’ parents.

How Char rides her scooter.
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