There's a story about me that the kids like. One time I went to Arctic Circle on a kindergarten field trip, and because it was my first time ever being at a restaurant without my parents, I ordered a coke (which was verboten). The coke was delicious, but when I came home, I found that some mother on the field trip had called Mom and told her that I had ordered a coke (would that even happen today??).
When Dad got home, he made me brush my teeth for like half an hour. Then he brushed my teeth himself for another half an hour, and told me that all my teeth were going to rot and fall out (2 down, 28 to go ... ) Anyways, Ruby told that story to her class in church today, except that instead of ordering a coke, I ordered some alcohol.
Much better story, I'll give her that.
Linus really loves swatting at flies with the fly swatter.
Linus (to me): I killed a bee!
Penelope (from clear in the bathroom): Oh! You killed a bee?!
I'm in the bathroom!
Linus (very proud): Yeah, I'm good at killing.
One evening after dinner we went out to rake some leaves. Within seconds we lost all the kids to the neighbors. After a few minutes Moses came back to help.
Moses: You know why I'm over here helping you guys? Cause I wanted to help my family more than play basketball.And I believe that was the moment when he realized what he was missing, because the second the words were out of his mouth, he sprinted back over to the basketball hoop.
Moses (eyeing the rotisserie chicken): I want a feather!
Me: You mean a wing?
Herbie gave a talk in Primary today that he wrote himself. It was on the family being ordained of God. Herbie talked about how a mom and a dad are important and then shared a story of Woo pulling a wheelie on his bike that was fun and cool, and then a story about a time when there were no clean dishes in the house and I washed them all so we could eat.
Woo: I like how it sounds like I'm the one that's tons of fun and has everything together and you can barely keep on top of the dishes.The Bishop tells us that when he asked Herbie why he wanted to be baptized Herbie said, "Because it's a commandment." Not what the Bishop was expecting.
Woo and I got invited to a tour of the Bishop's Central Storehouse and a luncheon by LDS Philantropies this week. I spent the entire time wondering what we were doing there, and finally concluded that they'd accidentally invited the wrong Woo. The right Woo is forty years older and much richer than mine.
Here we are riding a golf cart through the freezer (-10 degrees).
Anyways, the highlight of the trip was riding the elevator down from the top floor of the the Joseph Smith Memorial Building during the lunch hour. The elevator stopped on every single floor and at one point a couple got on in the middle of a very intense conversation about "the Spirit of Elijah." The woman kept looking down at a clipboard and shaking her head. I thought they were married until the next floor when the man walked out of the elevator, turned around, gave the woman meaningful look and just said, "Think about it."
We couldn't help but laugh as soon as she hopped off. Where else in the world would you ever hear anything like that in an elevator?
When some other kid is hitting or not sharing, Penelope likes to say, "What would Jesus do, Moses? Jesus would share." or "What would Jesus do, Linus? Jesus would not hit." But if she's ever hitting or not sharing and anyone asks her what Jesus would do, she sticks her lip out, puts her chin down on her chest and says, "Nothing."
P.S. In case you were wondering, asking someone who is mad what Jesus would do, often makes them more mad.
I'm gearing up to get Archie potty trained. Which means I'm setting him on the potty regularly. He has had some success and has not been opposed (other than bursting into tears at our applause for his first poop), so the next step is getting him to prefer the potty to anything else. Which means treats and several weeks (months?) of practice.
For the first time ever Woo and I made a list of questions that we would like answered the night before conference. Two of mine were: What is something I should be doing to strengthen my family? And are there any opportunities I should be giving the kids?
My answer was in President Eyring's talk on leaving an inheritance of hope and was not what I was expecting:
There are things you can do early, when those you love are young. Remember that daily family prayer, family scripture study, and sharing our testimony in sacrament meeting are easier and more effective when children are young. Young children are often more sensitive to the Spirit than we realize.I started today, and Woo wonders if I'm now going to become an every-monther. I don't know. That's a lot of testimonies until Archie's out of the house. But it's worth it, probably. I'll try the next couple of months in a row, and see if I'm driving myself crazy.
Anyways, that's all I have for now. I hope you all had a great week!