today is Gavin's birthday:
Gavin: "so what did you and Clementine do [while I took Hazel to her My Gym class]?"
me: "just some errands. we got yogurt for the girls' breakfast tomorrow. and the coffee we brought you."
Gavin: "oh. I thought you might be executing some secret plans."
me: "nuh-huh, nothing going on here."
Gavin, with a cunning glint in his eye: "Clementine, what did you and mommy do while I was with Hazel?"
Clementine: "we went to the store."
Clementine: "we bought yogurt."
me, relaxing to what I hope is an imperceptible degree.
Clementine: "and we got coffee for mommy and daddy."
Gavin, sounding actually disappointed: "oh."
Clementine, in a rush: "and we got cake for daddy. it was cake with fruit on top. and then cupcakes for us. because we don't like cake with fruit. three cupcakes for Juniper, Clementine, Hazel. one is pink, one is yellow, and one is blue."
By this time Gavin and I are both shaking with suppressed laughter.
Clementine: "yeah. cake with fruit. cupcakes. for the surprise."