Happy (Late) Valentines Day and Friday the 13th!!!

We were able to get out and celebrate Valentines Day without the kids on Thursday. It was our temple day, so we dropped the kids off at the G--'s, did some initiatories, and still had plenty of time left to go eat at The House of India. It's been a long time since we've eaten out without the kids, and it was very nice.

Steven remembered that sometimes he does like to eat out. He thinks that having to pay, and having to worry about taking care of the kids is too much for him, and he can only have one or the other for it to be completely enjoyable for him (but I still make him do it occasionally).

Tonight Ruby asked me to spend some time with her going over the words and letters in some of her books. I haven't pushed her learning in that area at all, in fact, I've done nothing but read her stories unless she's asked for something else. She is very interested and seems to get a lot of what I'm telling her. I think she could start reading simple things very soon.

I also signed her up for Little Tykes soccer this spring. It's for 4-5 year olds, and doesn't seem to be competitive, but more of a clinic to teach little kids. She is VERY excited, and even wore her special soccer outfit for the walk to the rec center to sign her up. Every day she asks me, "Do I get to play soccer today?!"

Herbie got new shoes this week, and he LOVES them.
On the way home: "Dad is really going to like these new shoes, Mom!" 
Dressing to go to the G--'s: "Do you think R-- will like my new shoes?" 
Later, in the car: "Mom, can we please go to the airport tomorrow? Grandma and Grandpa will be happy to see my new shoes!" 
Overheard between Ruby and Herbie...
Ruby (getting frustrated): Dang it! 
Herbie: Don't say that, Ruby! That's dangerous! 
I don't think I've ever mentioned before that Moses doesn't cry. He trills. It's not very loud, and doesn't look very efficient, but it works for him. Our house isn't very big, and we always know when he wants us.

Once this week Moses tripped (over his hands), and there was a long silence as he gathered his forces to give us his trills, but the silence lasted really long. Too long. Woo and I got up to go look at him around the corner, and that red thing on his head and his lips were blue. As soon as I picked him up, he took his breath and immediately pinked up again.

We weren't really too scared because of other kids we know who regularly have to pass out first, and then they breathe, and are fine, but he sure looked ghastly for awhile there.

ooTunes has been out a week. We're pretty happy with the download rate. It's enough to be encouraging, but not too much that Woo can't keep on top of customer service and the like. He's had some negative feedback about the "nerdlinger" icon, that he refused to believe at first. He really has a soft spot in his heart for that nerdlinger, and he really doesn't want to get rid of it, but now he is starting to reconsider.

Woo has also spent the past three Sundays trying to dress exactly like Herbie for church. They wore their blue and brown three piece suits with similar shirts and ties, and today they wore brown sweaters and blue pants. It's unmistakable that they're trying to be the same, and they've attracted a small group of admirers.

I hurt my back this week... sleeping. At least I was fine one night and in the morning it was out. This seems to happen to me if I haven't gone running or ridden a bike for too long. At the same time, I've found that all I have to do is go for a quick jog, and voila! it's solved.

Also, all my dentist fears were for nothing. As I was lying there, I remembered that I like going to the dentist. There's something about lying there doing nothing, while everyone else does everything for you that is comforting.

There are a couple of couples from our stake serving missions in our branch. One of these is a dentist and he wouldn't allow me to pay him a thing. So instead, I gave him a few books (that you had given me a few years ago, Mom) that were right up his alley, and he was thrilled with them.