This was a conversation I had with Erin a while back.
E: Mommy, those crackers are mine because I bought them.
L: Do you have any money?
E: Yes, because I'm 16, just for pretend.
L: So you have a job?
L: How much do you make?
E: 10 cents.
L: That's not very much.
E: Well, I go to the store and buy more money. I have to go to the store every day.
L: What do you do for your job?
E: I study.
L: For what?
E: For covering the rocking chair. (It's no wonder she only gets 10 cents!)
L: Do you do anything else?
E: Nope. Actually, I do. I eat and then I study.
This is how I know Erin's school is teaching her something. The other day after coming out of the hospital to visit a friend's baby she sees the American flag, stops in the middle of the sidewalk, puts her hand on her heart and recites the pledge of allegiance. How patriotic. Then a few days later she saw another one and said "hey, that's the pledge of allegiance flag!" I even overheard her teaching it to Alex by making him repeat it word by word, and then making him start again when she lost her place (the funny thing is he does it).
I laughed when Erin was standing in front of the Christmas tree and while holding a jack-o-lantern asked me if I would play Easter with her. Now that's a kid who loves her Holidays!
Tonight was our Christmas party and when Santa made his appearance, two out of the 30 or so primary kids started screaming... those would be ours. I would say our kids have a big case of Santaphobia. Erin has never sat on his lap. I asked her why and she said "because I don't want my butt touching his lap." Tonight Jared told her that if she saw Santa he would give her candy and she said "I'm done with candy." (Something we never thought we'd hear from her, but I guess her fear of that weird, jolly, fat man outweighs her love of candy).
And just to add one of Alex. He sneezes "Achoo!... I'm ok"