Wow… they do listen!

In the middle of a discussion between Daddy and the girls on how whining only works when parents give in…

“So… why do children continue to whine at the park or the museum… ?”
– Daddy, trying to prompt the girls to arrive at the answer “Because their parents give them what they want when they do”

“Because they never want to come back there again!
– Amanda, showing that she understands that lesson, anyway 🙂


Waterfowl among us

I have an idea what, Daddy!”
– Emily, indicating that she may have the answer to a now forgotten question

“What?! What?! What?! What?! What?!”
– Amanda, indicating that she can be rather annoying when she wants to be

“What’re you, a duck?”
– Daddy, indicating to Amanda that she is indeed being annoying

– Emily, indicating that she’s developing quite a sense of humor

“No, she’s a girl duck!”
– Mama, indicating that Emily probably got that sense of humor from her

Watch out for the watermelon!

“Look! A squirrel eating watermelon.”
– Daddy, glad that the rinds he left on the porch railing were being enjoyed

“EEEK! A squirrel-eating watermelon?! (Dramatically) Who knew a fruit could be so savage?”
– Emily, making her father very proud…

School daze

“I got no school this week.”
– Amanda

“Sounds like you *ought* to have school this week.”
– Daddy, commenting

“I *have* no school this week.”
– Amanda, correcting

“No… I *don’t* got no school this week!”
– Daddy, “correcting”

“I *ain’t* got no school this week!”
– Emily, continuing

“I done told you I ain’t got no school this week!”
– Mama, capitalizing

– Amanda, completing

Voices from the bottomless pit

“What do we want to have for lunch?”
– Mama, just returned with the girls from piano lessons

“I dunno… I just had breakfast.”
– Daddy, who got a late start to the day

“Around here on Saturday, it’s ‘if you’re hungry, eat.'”
– Daddy again, in response to Mama’s look of exasperation

“Well, guess I’m gonna eat all day!”
– Amanda, speaking the truth as only a child can

Amanda’s superpower REVEALED!

(Daddy’s spontaneous lyricism, sung to the tune of “Spider-man”)

Mandie-moo, Mandie-moo
Does whatever a Mandie do
Makes a mess, super-sized
There’s her socks! Big surprise.

(This is as far as I got, since Shannon nearly fell out of her chair laughing so hard at the last bit.)