There's one thing I've been dreading for the past six months--Moses' 7 yr old birthday party. I've learned a few things from my past failures. 1. Don't plan the party on a holiday weekend. 2. Don't only invite kids of the opposite gender of party kid. 3. Don't plan a water party before June. And so on...

Somehow we hit upon a winning success for Moses' party with a great day and time, great weather and great party idea. We had almost his entire first grade class there. And no one was more excited when it was over than me.

Moses won the monkey bars, not the long jump. And he would've won the 100m Dash, if he hadn't been afraid of breaking the tape.

He came away with an incredible amount of toys and money.
Woo: On one hand, I'm happy for you, Moses... on the other, I'm glad you don't have a party every year.
Woo was in charge of the Father's and Sons campout this year. He made reservations, made the menu, shopped for food, set up, cleaned up, etc. He did find someone else to cook and to speak.
Woo: This is going to be horrible, but the good news is they'll never ask me to do it again.
I'm sure it turned out fine.

Moses also had his first grade Show-n-Teach this week. He taught his class how to stuff their pajamas with clothes and blankets to make "body guards."

Penelope: Mom, is poop a bad word?  
Me (tired of her calling other kids that): Yes.  
Penelope (eyes wide, very serious): I never say that word to anyone. 
(A lie)
Penelope (walking away): I only said that word to the door... I go poop on the potty...  
Penelope (on the stairs, yelling): Mom! Is it ALWAYS a bad word?!
Penelope gave her first talk in Primary today. She did a great job (not perfect, but fine). There was a long pause at the end before I had to remind her to end it, "In the name of ..."
Nellpea: Archie, you want the gorilla kind!? (Vanilla)

What the kids bring home from their Trade Day is always a window into their soul. Ruby brought home a bunch of old pencils, markers, erasers and stuffed animals. Most of it looked like the dumped out contents of somebody's pencil box. She did get a feathered headband for all of her brothers and sister, which they all were excited about.

Herbie had a field trip and his class patriotic program. Holding up the letters A for Abraham Lincoln and V for Valley Forge were his big parts. Herbie NEVER sings any of the songs he learns in school at home, and he never mentions his parts or anything about it. It's always kind of a surprise to see he knows them so well, and seems to be enjoying them.

Linus has started to build some very elaborate creations with his legos and blocks. They're so big, he can't move them, but they look pretty cool on the ground. Snowmobiles, airplanes, boats, trains, trucks and trailers, tractors, and the like seem to what he likes to build. I don't know if he sets out with one of those in mind, or if he decides what it is when he's done.

Archie has been sick most of the week. He's a good sick boy. He does very little crying or whining, just walks around slowly, looking sad. His worst day was the day of Moses' party and he was such a good sport. I'm sure he was totally confused, but he just followed me around the park without complaint until he got to sit down and eat his ice cream.

Well, that's about it!



I love my mom because... she helps me a lot.
My mom makes the best... pancakes.
My favorite thing to do with my mom is... make dinner.
My mom is good at... love.
My mom is as beautiful as... an angel.
My mom teaches me... to be a mom.
My mom loves me because... I am obedient.

I love my mom because... I am awesome.
My mom makes the best... pizza!
My favorite thing to do with my mom is... eat.
My mom is good at... making dinner.
My mom is as beautiful as... ME!
My mom teaches me... the Gospel and awesomeness.
My mom loves me because... I'm awesome.

I love my mom because... she is nice.
My mom makes the best... cookies.
My favorite thing to do with my mom is... to go shopping.
My mom is good at... frisdie.
My mom is as beautiful as... flower.
My mom teaches me... to be like Jesus.
My mom loves me because... she is nice.

I love my mom because... cuz she's pretty.
My mom makes the best... some soup.
My favorite thing to do with my mom is... to go on a walk.
My mom is good at... I don't know.
My mom is as beautiful as... a butterfly.
My mom teaches me... to learn things.
My mom loves me because... I don't know.

I love my mom because... she's my mom.
My mom makes the best... cookies.
My favorite thing to do with my mom is... help make dinner.
My mom is good at... giving hugs.
My mom is as beautiful as... a mom!
My mom teaches me... to pray when I go to sleep.
My mom loves me because... I'm hurt.


Archie did some good scribbling on his paper. Thanks, Archie!

Hope you all had a great Mothers Day!



Moses had a play date. I decided this was a good opportunity to send him by himself to the park. He was nervous, but went as far as the pavilion before he looked back to see me on the porch watching. Then he ran back home. I encouraged him to go again, to go clear to the playground--his friend and his mom were there waiting... So he went again. He came right back, and said they weren't there. I told him he hadn't gone far enough to see, he could ride his bike. So he left again on his bike and stayed.

I texted his friend's mom, who immediately called back. They weren't at the park; they were expecting us at their house, so I piled everyone in the car and picked up Moses, who was waiting all alone outside the park with a very worried expression on his face.

I figure, short of being kidnapped, that's the worst lone trek to the park he's ever going to have, and he made it.

Penelope's lesson in church: Adam and Eden!

Penelope has recently started to say, "Mom! You're the best mom in the whole world!" and then give me a giant smile. She says it so frequently and started so suddenly, it's almost like someone told her to tell me that (like her Primary teacher). I have mixed feelings. It's cute, but I also know I'm not the best mom in the world. Plus, I hate flattery. I'd rather she just tell me she loves me.

Here's the board game Ruby invented and designed. She called it Ichabox.

There has been a marked change in Ruby's behavior the last few weeks. She's had a change of heart of some sort, but I don't know exactly what. I think part of it is picking better friends. Today she was a dream come true.

Ever since kindergarten roundup, Linus has decided that he's one of the "big kids." He now refers to the older kids as "the other big kids," and if I slip up and say "big kids" without including him, he's quick to correct me.

He got a few activity books at the roundup that he's been pouring over. I overheard him praying for help to remember the number 20.

Archie holding a baby his size, but not his age.

Archie is our first child to not tear off socks the second we put them on. He actually ask for clean socks almost every morning. He's also started to say the wrong color on purpose. Some say he's making a joke, but I don't know. It's almost like he's testing us.

Herbie told me that Mormon 3:3 was his favorite scripture, which I thought was an odd choice. Then he told me that after not feeling well one evening and still not feeling well in the morning, he opened his scriptures and that's what he read. When he read about the people not recognizing that the Lord was helping them, he realized he was doing the same thing.

Woo watched the latest Avengers movie at work on Friday, which as a movie was subpar, but as a day at work was pretty awesome. He did some laughing in parts that were not supposed to be laughed at and came home with a giant soda cup that has fascinated every single one of the kids. They all aspire to own a cup like that some day.

I keep running faster and faster. This hasn't happened to me in a long, long time. Every morning I think, I ran pretty far yesterday, I'm not going to be able to beat it. And then I do. It's kind of exciting. I would love to run really fast again.

Also, I have to say that I love living in this beautiful place, where we can go on a lovely walk in all directions the second we step out the door, and where we have such a peaceful yard with a great view, while putting hardly any work into it at all :).

That is all. Hope you had a great week!

Testimony Below (very short):

I know that the source of all comfort, hope and healing is Jesus Christ. He has the power to strengthen us in our trials, the power to make our burdens light, and the power, when the time is right, to deliver us from any bondage we may be in, great or small.

I have seen this many times, and I know it to be true.




One block of pine sawed and sanded.

Two Nails hammered by Herbie.
Three hour visit from an old friend of Woo's.
Four axels polished.


One kid (Moses) with the faith to pray for Herbie's car to win.

Two short runs for Chelsey.
Three heats won by Herbie's car.
Four discussions on how the Pinewood Derby is about having fun...


One Linus at Kindergarten Roundup.

Six happy kids when Herbie got a present for each sibling and shared all his candy from Trade Day.


Two kids separated (Penelope and Archie just not working in the same bedroom).

Seven bracelets brought home from work by Woo and already lost.


One field trip for Moses (+binoculars!!!).

One package opening turned object lesson on sin.

Two Happy Birthdays...

To You.

Two sporty presents.

Nine years for Herbie.


One kid trapped 6" off the ground.

One kid with a walkie-talkie and tux.

One playdate for Ruby, and...

Two high heels on the playground

That's all! Hope you had a good one!



This was a quiet week. Probably the biggest event was the Payson Utah Temple open house. Our Stake President owns the construction company that built the temple, so our whole Stake was invited to the pre-open house, where everyone who worked on the temple and their families/friends were invited.

We went after school and work, along with everyone else, so it was pretty crowded. I'd say it was less crowded than a regular open house, but also less organized, so I'm not sure going with us was an advantage, other than to see us and have Woo buy dinner for everyone who could at Zupas afterwards.

The temple is really big and really pretty. My favorite was probably the upper floor, which had a waiting room in the center and was surrounded entirely by sealing rooms that took full advantage of the stain glass windows on the outside.

Linus gave a talk this week, that he mostly wrote, and I read over with him three times before he had it memorized. Yay! Four kids down in the talk arena, two to go. Being in such a small primary has really worked out for my kids because they get to speak so often, and are really getting comfortable with it.

We had one day of snow before it warmed up. Of course, it was the day Moses had his Daddy Day, and Woo wanted to go for a bike ride. I think he survived.

I don't know where he learned this since we don't go on diets, and we don't drink diet coke, but maybe it's just obvious??
Moses: Herbie, you know if you go on a diet, you have to drink diet coke!

I did something pretty crazy for me... I invited another family for dinner on a school night. It was a new family with a boy in Herbie's class, so Herbie was very excited about it. The kids cleaned the house so well, it's lasted us a few days.

I'm starting to see bursts of my old energy that I haven't seen since I got pregnant with Penelope. For example, I cleaned most of the house in an hour, and the whole time I kept thinking, I remember when I cleaned like this everyday and it didn't wear me out... It felt like an old friend. Also, I'm running faster.

Woo and I watched The Imitation Game last night. Woo's a big Alan Turing fan, being a computer geek and all, and I always enjoy a biography. But, when we watched it, I think I enjoyed it more. Woo likes the facts straight. He'd much rather watch a documentary because he hates dramatization, and it's true, they bent over backwards to put in some extra conflict (as if his own life didn't have enough), and added/manipulated some things to make a "good" movie. A lot of things were pretty heavy-handed.

Ruby's class had a pizza/pajama party. Ruby came down in a pair of pajamas that didn't have a drawstring and dropped to the floor when she wasn't holding them up, then a pair that showed four inches of ankle, before I let her borrow my hotwheels pajama pants. She was very excited. I've worn them once, but it made me a hero with every single one of the kids (and my husband). They're big, but I think she's confiscated them now.

Penelope's started to wear dresses on a daily basis. I'm not sure she was aware it was allowed. She's run into a few other little girls who wear dresses or church shoes all the time, and when she finally tried it, no one told her not too.

Archie's getting a tooth. He's drooling a lot. He's also cranky. Sometimes Woo likes to sing him songs, just to hear him say, "Don't sing that! I not like that song!" even if it's normally his favorite.

Well, that's about it. Hope you had a great week!