Amalia: Mommy, I have a very thinkative question to ask you.
Me: I cannot wait to hear this. Go for it.
Amalia: How do pigs get so stinky?
Amalia: I am going to give you a round of a-clause! (claps her hands in a circle)
Me: (from the other room) Did you catch that?
Bryson: Mollie, what did you call that again?
Amalia: That is a round of a-clause. You can go like this (claps one direction in a circle) or like this (claps in the other direction).
Bryson: Actually, it's a round of applause.
Amalia: Applause or a-clause. I say a-clause because it's creepier.
(While enjoying pouring over a how-to-plan-a-Halloween-party book ...)
Baylor: Mommy, does anyone in our family like olives?
Me: Yes, Daddy and Grandpa E like olives. Some other people do, too. Why?
Baylor: Okay, then they can eat _______.
(Later on ...)
Baylor: Who in our family likes wieners?
Me: (stifling a laugh) Um, Baylor, wieners are hot dogs.
Baylor: (after thinking about that for a moment) Oh! So everyone does!
(Baylor reading to Amalia in the living room ...)
Baylor: "Mercury is THREE TIMES closer to the Sun than Earth is." Isn't that jaw-dropping, Mollie?!