Convo 1 (sort of)-Ella:
I want a baby sister had left her lips and karate kicked my ears and then my brain so hard that I actually shuddered. And then clinched. Because I coughed, gasped, and almost pooped my pants all at the same time. She made this proclamation as we were getting into the car at daycare. Of course I completely shut that topic down, explaining that she had a baby brother and how great that was.
Convo 2 -Ethan:
"Mom, I wish I could have clothes like Batman. I wish I could have gloves like Batman. I wish I could fight bad guys like Batman. I wish I had a cape like Batman. I wish I could drive like Batman." All uttered in rapid succession, so he could unload all of his Batman wishes while he had my attention.
Convo 3 -Ella:
ELLA: Momma, what's a teacher?
ME: Someone who teaches you something. Someone you learn from.
ELLA: Well, why do they teach?
ME: So that you can learn something new.
ELLA: That's nice. I like learning something new. But like in a classroom?
ME: Yes, sometimes in a classroom. But not always.
ELLA: Well, I have teachers. 2 of them. And I like them. Ms. Ashley is my teacher and Ms. Nancy is my teacher.
ME: Yes, that's right.
ELLA: Hmm, that's cool.
Convo 4 -Ella:
ELLA: Something woke me up last night. I heard a noise, so I went to check out what was making that sound, and I saw something crazy downstairs. I went to go check it out, and I saw it, and it moved.
ME: What was it?
ELLA: The magic.
ME: The magic?
ELLA: (Nods head.) I guess it was fireworks...or whatever it was.
ME: (Starting to get a little creeped out, but still smiling and continuing to play along.) That sounds interesting.
ELLA: Maybe it was the fireworks that waked me up.
ME: Was it sparkly like fireworks?
ELLA: Yeah...and it was floating in the air like... an airplane. And it went into my room, and Zachary's room and into Ryan's room and into your room.
ME: (Officially fully creeped out at this point. Smile gone.) Last night?
ELLA: Mmhhmmm. And I heard something and it woked me up and I went into your room and I saw something. I saw something under your bed, and it was weird. I saw something weird under your bed and I don't know what I saw. And I went downstairs to see the noise that was waking me up.
ME: What was the weird thing you saw under our bed?
ELLA: I don't know, but I saw it.
ME: Maybe you were just dreaming.
ELLA: No, it wasn't a dream. I'm just for real.
ME: (Now slightly giggling that she just said "for real".) Oh, you're for real?
ME: Oh, okay.
ELLA: (Serious face.) It wasn't a dream.
ME: (No longer giggling or smiling. Small goose bumps forming.) Okay.
ELLA: I was just thinking about it, and I don't know what it was. I don't know what waked me up. Maybe it was a big ol' giant airplane---hey! Yes! I figured out what was waking me up! It was a big airplane!
ME: (Feeling a tad better that the conversation was winding down and we could talk about something else,like airplanes.) Well, airplanes can make a loud noise when they fly past. Maybe that sound woke you up.
ME: Good, problem solved. (Now mommy can spend the rest of the night wide eyed and completely paralyzed in fear while lying in her bed.)
Convo 5 -Ella and Ethan:
ELLA: (Making a fishy face and opening and closing her mouth like a guppy.) Look.
ME: Maybe someday we can get some fishies .
ELLA: (Suddenly releasing her sucked in cheeks and puckered pout with excitement) To eat 'em?
ETHAN: To eatum!
ME: (Laughing) No, sweetie. As pets.
ELLA: (To Ethan) Do you want to Adam or Etum?
ETHAN: To eatum!