A Week

Well, one of us almost got to miss church this week with a sick child for the first time ever, but Ruby rallied, and her temperature dropped 2 degrees in 1 hour. She felt fine all through church so no one suspects us of being the irresponsible jerks who've infected all their kids.

We've started to take the kids on short bike rides. Ruby and Herbie ride their little skuuts. Woo rides the low-rider, and I walk with Moses in the wrap. We've gone to the cemetery after dinner a few times, which is the perfect place for little kids to learn to ride... lots of paved roads and no cars. That doesn't stop them from working on their off-road skills, though. We watched Herbie maneuver his bike up and then down a large protruding slab that would have been like riding up a picnic table for us. Ruby prefers speed, but will slow down to inspect mud or anything interesting lying on the ground (i.e. trash). Earlier this week, I let them ride their bikes to the park for play group. They did a good job of being careful at intersections, and paid close attention to what I said. Unfortunately, we got dumped on the entire way home. Herbie isn't aware that when you're out on your bike in unpleasant conditions, you grit your teeth and make it home as fast as you can, because he slowed to a crawl. But, it ended up being a fun adventure for us.

Herbie wanted to ride his bike to the swim pool. When I informed him it was too far to ride to, Ruby suggested that I put their bikes in the trunk and then we drive to the pool. A good idea, if only I didn't already have enough stuff to carry and put in the car to go swimming.

I'm a big fan of natural light, but the darkened bedroom has helped Herbie and Ruby get more sleep. They go to sleep almost immediately and stay in bed until I come and get them in the morning. So I guess we'll keep it that way until fall or winter. The first morning I went in they both said, "Is the sun up yet? Is it day, Mom?"

Moses really wants to be able to crawl or scoot or sit or ANYTHING but lie on the floor. He's trying to move, but it's just not working for him yet. He is getting good at grabbing things and cramming them into his mouth. That keeps him entertained until he's dropped everything and it's all outside his reach. He's starting to get some hair, which is blond, and his birthmarks have started to fade.

Brilliant idea #3: Who I Knew. The basic premise is for there to be a place on the interweb to store the names of everyone you've ever known. Woo has some good ideas for features that make it enticing. He's actually managed to excite a mission friend and fellow computer nerd about this one, so he'll be getting some help (thank goodness). ooTunes has had more downloads this week, then we had the first month. He's hasn't quite finished iCry, but it's close. And his PhD? Well, you'll have to ask him about that one.

Woo has often wished that I would learn HTML and CSS to help him set up his web pages, and I have often thought that there could be no more boring subject on the face of the earth than computer programming. But, I bit the bullet and got a couple of books at the library. I've fiddled around with it a bit, and it's not as bad as I thought. Well, that's about it for now. I hope everyone has a good week. I love you.

From Woo:

For Chelsey's week, see below... she forgot to mention how brilliant I've become at deciphering Herbie's speech... Lately, when we have FHE or say something important or awesome to Herbie, he says "TODAY!!!" very emphatically. It finally dawned on me today that I think he thinks he's saying "HURRAY!!!". that's all, Love you guys!


The Thirteenth of July

Today is Woo's birthday. Unfortunately for Woo, pretty much everything has gone wrong for him today. As far as I can tell, this seems to be typical. My favorite "worst" birthday is the one where he walked straight into a pole, and then a few hours later stepped on a hot oven rack with his bare feet. Really this whole week has been a bad week for him. We both renewed our drivers' licenses. I'll spare you the gory details, but yes, it did include multiple trips to the DMV, long lines and swear words. Also one of ooTunes' unique features has now become obsolete now that all the updated iPhones have it.

Ruby is obsessed with clothes--Herbie's clothes. Her absolute favorite thing to do is to sneak off into the closet and emerge wearing something of Herbie's--ideally one of his suits. It drives me crazy! Mostly because she can't hang them up by herself, and I have to end up doing it. I'm beginning to think that Ruby is especially partial to praise, and the fact that Herbie gets TONS of compliments from everyone who sees him in a suit is part of it. The other part is just that she likes his clothes.

I did make a happy discovery with Herbie this week. For a few weeks he's been having a hard time cleaning up before lunch---lots of whining and gnashing of teeth. Finally when he came to me to whine, I said nothing, but gave him a hug for as long as he wanted. He trotted off to go clean, but reemerged whining again. Ruby, who was already done, yelled at him to go clean up. I said, "Maybe all he needs is a hug, Ruby." She laughed, and ran to give him a hug and kiss. Herbie smiled, and trotted back to his room. He came out one more time, asking for a hug from me, then Ruby, and then returned to finish. It was a triumph.

I quit swaddling Moses this week, and he's discovered his thumb. Ruby is delighted. As a thumb-sucker herself, I guess she thinks he deserves her congratulations. He certainly is enjoying himself, though, and doesn't let me know when he's awake anymore. I go into the room thinking I need to wake him up, and he's wide awake, happily munching on his thumb.

The Branch President informed me that I'd "dodged the bullet three times." The Relief Society, Young Women's, and Primary presidencies had all been reorganized, and apparently, I was every president's first choice for a counselor. I don't know exactly what to think of that other than the fact that I'm glad I'm teaching seminary. It turns out that I like the kids a lot more than I thought I would, and I'm really enjoying myself.

That's all for now. I enjoy the emails I get from those of you who are answering. I love you. Have a good week!


4th of July

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Even though the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, Woo and I kept putting off having to decide what we were going to do.

Unfortunately no one helped us out by inviting us to do anything either, so at 9:30pm on the 3rd, I called two other families (each with three little kids about our kids' ages) to come over for dinner and then head to a local park for fireworks.

I kept dinner really simple, the kids ran around like crazies outside, and I think everyone had a good time.

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Herbie had an interesting reaction to the fireworks: "Mmmm, tastes good! Like 'nanas!" Ruby thought they tasted more like cookies and birds.

The kids were thrilled to receive a package Monday morning from Grandma and Grandpa containing clothes, books, and dvds. The swimming suits were the real crowd pleasers with Ruby and Herbie trying on their own suits, each others' suits and moses' suit.

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I often wonder if other people's kids lie on the floor and pretend to swim, but when they started to do that again I knew we definitely had to go swimming in the afternoon.

little boys and girl pretending to swim on floor instagram

We weren't able to go out and work in the yard much this week mostly because Herbie decided to exercise his 2 year old independence by playing around in his room after being put to bed. Ruby, of course, thought it was hysterical, and they were feeding off each other. I wanted to nip it in the bud, so we stayed inside to make sure they were under control. They've been fine the last few nights, so I think we'll start going out again tomorrow. 

Moses continues to be a good baby---doing stuff a baby his age does. He has rolled over a couple of times, but mostly he rolls from side to side. He coos and sucks his hands. He likes to sit on my lap and watch Ruby and Herbie run around. We think he looks kind of like Ruby at that age, but his cheeks are not as fat.

Woo is tired of hundreds of people downloading his setup program for ooTunes and then only a fraction of them actually buying it. Hopefully there's a solution to that. Also, a ROUGH version of www.icryuhear.com is up (we know it needs more work, don't think this is the best we can do!) He's also working on getting a committee meeting together so that he can graduate someday (someday soon?)

I can only think of one new thing I did this week. While reading Elder Ballard's article in the Ensign about being a positive presence on the interweb, I decided that the least (and easiest thing) I could do was to post my seminary lessons on a blog. I was already writing them out anyway, I might as well write them in a blog post to start with. Since I've been doing that I've had 2 people post comments saying that I've soften their hearts towards the church, and they've decided to be baptized!

Ha! Just kidding. I don't think anyone's read it all.

Well, that's all I've got for this week.