E (age 6; has just walked in from outside): I just made an octopus with two legs!
In his hand he is holding a dandelion with the stem split in to two relatively even pieces, still attached to the head.
H (age 10, given to smart remarks): That's a du-pus (pronounced "dew-puss")
M (age 8, also quite clever): Or a bi-pus.
Earlier, my sister had told me about how they took the children up to the School District place where they test the kids to see if they are extra-smart. (Hers are, which none of us are terribly surprised about.) As they were leaving the building, H stopped and said, in his monotone robot-voice: "Kinetic energy overload imminent," and then ran to the doors and burst through them. But not literally.
Nine-year-old niece, who is using a puppet-clad hand to open the office door (she is talking for the puppet): "I sure hope that this tastes good."
And finally, for Family Home Evening last night, my sister got out Behold Your Little Ones, the new church manual for one-and-a-half-to-four-year-old children, and asked my youngest nephew to talk about a picture he liked. That was the lesson. He liked this so much that he said, "Now another lesson!" and flipped to another picture, and did it all over again.