A: Mom! Read me a story.
Me: I'll tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Aubrey who didn't go to bed like she was told, and she stayed up too late, and the night monster came and ate her. The end.
A: Really, mom? That's not a real story. Tell me a REAL story.
Me: Okay. Once upon a time, there was a...(looking around her room for inspiration) dinosaur who lived in a cage. And that made him very very sad. So he bit through the bars, ran to the forest, and now he lives on our lot and eats all of the bunnies. The end.
A: Grrrr. That's terrible!
E: Tell ME a story.
Me: Okay. (Looking around her room for inspiration) Once upon a time, there was a little girl who sewed. And she sewed and she sewed and she sewed and she sewed and she sewed. Then she stopped sewing because she realized she was hungry. But when she stood up, she saw that she had sewed herself to the chair. So she starved to death. The end.
Me: Okay. Once upon a time, there was a mermaid...
E: THAT'S NOT REAL!
Me: Okay. Once upon a time, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus went on vacation...
A: And Jack Frost and the Sandman and Elsa and Ana?
Me: Yes. All of those people and all of the other Disney characters. And they went on vacation to Mexico.
Me: And they all went to dinner at Carlos & Charlie's. They drank margaritas and ate Mexican food and sang all of their songs. They all ate lots of chips and salsa. What they didn't realize was that the salsa was made from ROTTEN TOMATOES! So they all go sick and had diarrhea for a WEEK!
E & A: EWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Me: But they're all better now. The end. Goodnight.