Amalia: Mom, that was a bad time for that bug to be here.
Me: Yup, especially for the bug. (He/she is now deceased.)
Amalia: Moooom, because of that bug (pause for dramatic effect) my life changed forever.
Me: (smiling at her mastery of drama) Yeah? It did?
Amalia: Yeah. Now, to me, this house is creepy.
(While we were playing the Brain Quest SMART game ...)
Bryson: What country is just south of the United States?
Amalia: Um ...
Bryson: Okay. I went there not too long ago. Actually, I have been to two countries recently. I went north to a country called Canada. Then I went south to ...?
Amalia: Los Angeles?
Me: (smiling) Well, sweetie, that is actually a city in the United States.
Bryson: (sounding out the first letter) Mmmm ...
Bryson: (smiling) Nope. Mmmmmme ...
Bryson: Mmmmmex ...?
Bryson: (smiling and laughing) That is awesome. But no. Mexic ...?
Amalia: (jubilantly) Mexico!
(In the middle of a friendly game of Trouble and completely out of the blue ...)
Amalia: (sobbing uncontrollably) I miss loving the color piiiiiiiiink!
Amalia: (running inside after taking a walk outside with Oma) Mommy! Mommy! I finally have something to put in my diarrhea!
Me: (laughing) Your what?
Christine: (laughing) Wait, do you mean your diary?
Amalia: (relieved) Yes! My diary!
Me: (still laughing) Yeah, sweetie? What are you going to write in there?
Amalia: Well, I am going to write, "Dead squirrel. Oma threw three leaves (actually branches) and then we thought they winded back but it was a bunny!"
(Later on ...)
Amalia: (talking about writing the letter "e" and how I write it a bit on the lazy/cursive side) Mommy, I'll just put a crisp one in my diarrhea.