This morning we went to see the Nutcracker ballet with some friends. One of my favorite holiday traditions, of course--made better by the fact that we knew four of the children in it, including Clara--all homeschoolers.
After they'd been dancing a while, Emma leaned into me and whispered (loudly, like a 3 year old), "Mama, is this the NutCRAPPER?"
Hmmmm.....she never heard that word from me! :)
Then later, when the Mouse King is battling the Nutcracker, and all the mice are dancing, she whispers to me, "Are those RATS?" To which I said quietly, "No, they're mice. Just watch, sweetie." She thought a minute, then says, "Well, I know what they really are! Ballerinas!"
Which kind of made up for her earlier comment.