Clues, this is from a newer trilogy and this scene has 2 of my favorite Nora elements - dogs and kids.
Here is some more before the quote.
"We got a system," ******* draped an arm over her shoulders as the boys stomped around the subflooring.
"It works. Well, we're here to help, if we can. And as payment I've got beef stew in the Crock Pot. A manly meal for manly men."
"I'm in," **** told her.
"I hate to miss it, but I've got a date." ***** tossed a hunk of his sub in the air. Dumbass caught the high fly like a veteran center fielder.
"Can you teach Ben and Yoda to do that?" **** demanded. "Stuff just bounces off their face mostly."
"D.A. here, he was born knowing how to field food, but yeah, we could teach them."
"Not in the house," Clare said absently as she pored over the blue-prints.
***** just grinned at the boy, broke off another small hunk. "Go ahead, practice with D.A. "
"D.A. stands for Dumbass, " ****** announced, "but we're not supposed to say ass. It's a bad word."
"Depends, doesn't it?"
"Well." Considering, ***** took a pencil out of his tool belt, drew on the subflooring. "What's that?"
"It's a donkey."
"Nah, it's a jackass."
"Mom! ***** drawed a jackass on the floor!"
"Drew," ***** corrected, and sent ***** a sighing look.
"I like to draw. Can I draw on the floor?"
***** handed over the pencil. "Have at it, midget."
Happily, ****** sat on the floor and drew a box with a triangle on top. "This is gonna be our house when we get married."
**** trooped over to ****. I need more for D.A. to catch."
**** obliged him with a chunk of sub.
"You're gonna be our uncle."
"That's what I hear."
"So you have to buy us Christmas presents."
"I guess I do."
"I got a list."
"A man after my own heart. Where is it?"
"On the frigerator at home. It's only ten more days till Christmas."
"Then I better get on it."
**** looked across the room where ******* was teaching ***** how to hammer in a stud. "I wanna hammer too."
"Then you better help me finish framing in the pantry."
"What's the pantry?"
"It's where your mom's going to keep food."
"That's the frigerator."
"Not everything goes in the fridge, kid. How about cans of soup?"
"I like Chicken and Stars."
"Who doesn't? Let's get it done."
Despite the endless stream of questions, he liked working with the kid, showing him how to measure, how to mark, how to hold a hammer. And he figured it showed their simpatico when **** lasted nearly an hour before he joined ****** on the floor with a pile of action figures.
He gave ***** credit, too. She fetched, she carried, she drove in a few nails herself - and rode herd on the kids.
He remembered his mother doing much the same when they'd added on to the house.