L., donning a rack that is supposed to hold puzzles on his head:
"I am wearing mine space helmet. I am rocket man. Achully, I don't need mine helmet. I am riding mine motorcycle."
Me, to L.: "You're a pretty good kid."
L.: "Yep. I sure am. Tanks. For sayin' dat."
L., in response to nearly anything remotely good that happens: "Oh yeah. Dat's what I'm talking bout."
Or: "That's dunna be awesome!"
L., in agreement with most things. "Yep. Yep, I sure did."
Looking around the basement or family room, usually before heading to a nap. "I need sumting. For to play with."
Panicked, missing a treasured item (usually in a restaurant booth or grocery cart): "I got-for mine truck in dere!!"
N., playing outside with the neighborhood boys who are largely ignoring her. "I said first one to the driveway is the loser. Loser. Loser. Loser. Winner!! (pats self on the back) Way to go, me."
Me to O., dejected because it's only little kids at the museum on his day off of school. "It's tough to be big sometimes, isn't it?"
O.: "Yeah, I can't just hang out on that car all day. I'd rather be home."
Me: "Doing what?"
O.: "Studying. Math."
O. : "No. Just kidding." (runs off to play vet.)
O: "Do you think there are more road signs, or mailboxes in the world?"
L., looking out his window before nap: "Hey! There is a squirrel in our yard! And in our driveway! Maybe it is looking for acorns. Or poop."
L., every afternoon when we put N. on the bus to go to kindergarten: "It's just you and me, Mom. And Hazel."
L.'s favorite knock knock joke. (Still)
L., backseat commentary on the drive to some errand: "Why is that mixer truck on da road? Supposed to be on dirt. Wish I could be a mixer truck driver. Or a backhoe. Wish my backhoe could turn into a jetski. Or a boat. Or a ship. Maybe. You thought it was a digger man. But it was a sailor man."
L., imagining any number of strange sights or scenarios. (a bear on our street, a fire man stuck in a tree, something wearing an odd hat, whatever. "Would that be silly?"
L., wielding a pretend sword or stick or bungee cord with hooks: "I am bad knight! They have swords! And hit people!"
L., every single day: "I yuv you Mom. You're best mom in da world."