9.28.2008

A Week of Minor Annoyances and Petty Grievances

Warning: Although we had plenty of good things happen this week too, we seemed to have more annoying things going on than usual, and that's all I'm going to highlight this week. I hope it's not too much of a downer :)

The thing that is freshest on my mind is that I just taught my most boring Seminary lesson ever. I mistakenly thought that things were going well, and that I didn't need to prepare very much... whoops! I couldn't decide if it would be better to apologize for a bad lesson at the end of class or to not say anything about it at all. In the end I said nothing. I hope everyone shows up to class again next week!

Steven and I have spent time arguing almost every day about the war in Iraq, what it means to "win" a war, Obama, Mccain, Palin, Biden, etc. For our "date" on Friday night we listened to the debate. It really didn't do much for our relationship. On the bright side, I think we pretty much agree on what should be done about the financial crisis.

Moses is still not crawling. He can do push ups, back up into a sitting position, maneuver sideways... pretty much everything but move forward. He really wants to follow us around and check stuff out on his own, but he can't get there. He spends a lot of his belly time whining. I'll be really glad when he's figured it out!

Ruby's picked up some poor speech habits from one of her little friends. She's dropping her Rs and bungling her THs. She sounds pretty bad, and it's driving Woo CRAZY! Does anyone have concrete evidence of a kid doing something like this, then reverting back to correct speech on their own, never having to visit a speech pathologist, so that he can relax (and so the rest of us can quit being annoyed with him)?

Herbie has decided to play a little game before nap time. It doesn't take long, about 10 minutes, but I still could do without it. I don't even want to describe it, but it basically consists of singing, bawling, contradictory requests, finally a request for a hug, and then he's out.

Well, that's about it. I hope everyone's doing well. Talk to you later!

9.22.2008

A Week of Lists and Questions

1 funny thing about Moses: 

1. He likes to sleep with at least one arm or leg jammed through the slats of the crib.

Question: Does he really find the tight clamp around his thigh comfortable, or is he just testing my ability to unwind him without hurting him?

2 pleasant surprises from Ruby: 

1. "Thank you, Mom, for making me dinner!"

2. Ruby: kneeling and talking to the sky. Woo: "What are you doing, Ruby? Are you praying?" Ruby: "No, I'm talking to Jesus!"

Question: Should I be proud of #2 or worried?

3 clues that the word "cute" doesn't mean what Herbie thinks it does: 

1. "Mom do you hear that lawn mower? Is it a tractor? It's cute! Right mom?"

2. "A motorcycle, Mom! That's cute!"

3. "Mom, look at our big, big car! Look at our cute car!"

Question: Will I wound his manly pride if I tell him what people really mean when they say he's cute?

4 of Woo's largest purchases and time spent finding the best bang for his buck: 

1. Land in the Ozarks... 15 minutes

2. A Home for his family... 3 days

3. A new camera... 6 months

4. A new laptop... 2 years (Yes, he finally bought one this week)

Question: What does this say about Woo? a) He's a sucker for real estate. b) He believes purchases over $30,000 can't go wrong. c) He knows too much about computers to ever find one that he's perfectly happy with. d) none of the above

5 reasons why I've decided that fall is officially my favorite season: 

1. Fantastic weather

2. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are approaching, and approaching fast

3. The smells: cinnamon, spice, pumpkin, fall air, apples, etc.

4. Using the oven no longer makes the house too hot, so I can make cookies or apple crisp or pound cake on Sunday evenings again.

5. I keep having great memories of fall and the holidays when I was a kid.

Question: Why does fall feel a time to start up again even though I'm not in school anymore?

9.14.2008

It was the Best of Weeks; It was the Worst of Weeks

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The Best:

1. We got the new nursery manual in the mail this week. As much as we all enjoyed gathering around the computer for Family Home Evening (We'd been working our way through some lessons online), I thought it would be nice to gather in the living room and look at each other.

I felt like we were in a church film as Woo talked about being a child of God, and Ruby spontaneously laughed and gave him a big hug.

We actually wondered aloud if someone was secretly filming us because it didn't seem real.

2. Almost every morning for about two years we've had "rug time," where the kids play with some toys on their respective rugs, and I rush around cleaning the house.

For the last 2-3 months something just hasn't been right about rug time, so finally, this week (sometimes it takes me a while to realize things need to change) I decided that rug time needed to go.

It was time for the kids to learn the tricks of the trade.

Every morning this week we've had "chore time," and Ruby and Herbie have helped me clean the toilet, make my bed, mop under the kitchen table, vacuum, unload the dishwasher, clean the microwave, the front of the kitchen cabinets, etc.

We've all had a lot of fun, and I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that work is actually a great thing to do with kids.

Herbie actually cried on Friday when I told we weren't going to have chore time that day.

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3. Someone in Woo's lab moved and gave us tons of their fancy, left-over food.

4. Moses is up on his hands and knees (moving backwards still, though).

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The Worst:

1. The fancy, left-over food included some minty chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate chips. I thought I was safe, but I guess I'll never learn that I should just stay completely away from chocolate while I'm nursing.

The caffeine kept me up late, and woke Moses up an hour early.

In our house sleep-deprived mom = grouchy, snappy, bossy, impatient mom. I was the worst mom I've been in a while on Tuesday.

2. Moses hit his weight gain plateau, and the doctor brought it up at his check-up. I was expecting it, and had spent the whole drive there getting mad at the doctor. One saucy sentence from me, stopped him short. (Yes, this was also on Tuesday).

3. Woo discovered that he could no longer find his website on Google. It was especially hard for him because he'd recently spent about 50 hours on a specific page to bring it up on popular searches.

He spent a few dazed and depressed minutes on the couch.

This story has a happy ending because we finally decided to say a prayer, and today it was back in the searches, with links, and better than ever (Yes, this is true!).

9.08.2008

An Autumn Week

Fall is here, and it sure feels nice. Thanks to all the rain that kept the humidity and the heat down, this was the best summer we've had in St. Louis.

Today when I asked Herbie to leave the kitchen so I could get dinner ready he said, "I no want you to make dinner. Herbie make dinner! Mom take a nap!" Ah, if only I could've trusted him to whip up something edible, I would've gladly followed his orders. He thought he was inflicting severe punishment, of course.

On Friday, Moses' first tooth broke through. He's started to actually eat his baby cereal, and we've noticed that he spits up a lot less now that he has some solids in him. Today he was dangerously close to crawling. He pivots and scoots and does something similar to a push up. Any day now, probably.

Ruby has been great this week at helping Herbie remember what he needs to say to ask for something politely. She says it very clearly and very slowly for him to copy, and she always remembers the please (when asking for Herbie). We've overheard her speaking to Herbie a couple times that way, and it's been fun to hear... "Herbie, can you please stop yelling in my ear?"... spoken very clearly and slowly as if he were deaf.

Woo and I have started trading baby sitting with another couple in the branch. These sorts of things usually end badly for us, but we think we've solved the obstacles that have hindered us in the past, and we'll see how long it goes. We'll enjoy it for as long as it lasts. This same couple talked us into organizing a weekly Ultimate Frisbee game on Saturday mornings. There's been a lot of interest from other people in the branch and students, so we think we can get a good game going. I'm especially excited that both Woo and I can play most of the game because there's a playground right off the field for Ruby and Herbie, and Moses can just sit.

That's all I have for this week. I hope everyone's doing well. Talk to you later.

9.07.2008

A Pleasant Fall Week

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Fall is here, and it sure feels nice.

Thanks to all the rain that kept the humidity and the heat down, this was the best summer we've had in St. Louis.

Today when I asked Herbie to leave the kitchen so I could get dinner ready he said,
I no want you to make dinner.
Herbie make dinner!
Mom take a nap!
Ah, if only I could've trusted him to whip up something edible, I would've gladly followed his orders.

He thought he was inflicting severe punishment, of course.

On Friday, Moses' first tooth broke through. He's started to actually eat his baby cereal, and we've noticed that he spits up a lot less now that he has some solids in him.

Today he was dangerously close to crawling. He pivots and scoots and does something similar to a push up.

Any day now, probably.

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Ruby has been great this week at helping Herbie remember what he needs to say to ask for something politely. She says it very clearly and very slowly for him to copy, and she always remembers the please (when asking for Herbie).

We've overheard her speaking to Herbie a couple times that way, and it's been fun to hear... "Herbie, can you please stop yelling in my ear?"... spoken very clearly and slowly as if he were deaf.

9.01.2008

10 YEARS YOUNGER

Well, my big news for the week is that I got my hair cut.

The most pleasant surprise about the whole thing is that because I was able to donate 12+ inches to Locks of Love, I got my hair cut for free. I asked the stylist for side-swept bangs (which is not what I got), but as she was chopping away, she said, "You'll love your new bangs. You'll look 10 years younger!" 

She moved out of the way so I could look in the mirror, and I looked exactly like... Mom! That's not 10 years younger!

(Mom, you look great. I don't know if people think you're 21, though.)

On a sidenote: I wasn't aware that I need to/should want to look 10 years younger yet. I'm hoping that's just what she says to everyone, as she gives them bangs.

Moses hit the six month mark on Friday, so he got his first solids Friday morning. Since then he's tasted barley cereal, nectarine, salsa and a tortilla chip. Before you worry that that's too much, too fast, I don't think he's actually eaten anything yet. He's just making funny faces and squishing it around in his mouth until it dribbles out the front still. I don't expect him to actually ingest anything for another week or so.

Ruby is delighted to finish off the leftover baby cereal. If someone else is eating it, it must be delicious! 

We ate at a Mexican restaurant on Saturday, and Herbie was a perfect little gentleman. He sat still in his little booster seat, delicately sipped his water, waited patiently for his food, carefully, carefully dipped his chips in salsa and navigated them to his mouth. He didn't even spill a drop of salsa (which can't be said for his parents)! Woo and I were very impressed.

We had two little boys over Wednesday night while their parents went to a baseball game. The little boy Ruby's age fell asleep on the couch, and she was absolutely fascinated. Every time we turned around, she was leaning over him, a centimeter away from his face. I don't really know what she wanted to do. It looked like she was kissing him. Woo did catch her kissing his belly once.

Woo's week can best be described as a wrestle. He's still trying to figure out how to manage everything that's going on his life, and what he should spend time on.  His app has had a good week... breaking previous records at the beginning of the week. Apple also accepted his application to have his programs in their APP store for the iPhone. Most of his recent customers are requesting conservative talk radio for their iPhones.

This is the first week that I didn't teach seminary during Sunday School. I've been itching to change it since I got called, but the previous teachers hadn't been released yet, and they didn't have a lot of confidence that the kids would show up if it wasn't during church. Anyway, they were released, I made my changes, and I had 7 students show up. They've unfortunately been underestimated. Well, that's it for now. I hope you all have a good week. I love you.