Keep The Commandments

Ruby's been concerned about keeping the commandments this week.
Me: Thank you, guys for getting in the car so quickly. That was great! 
Herbie: We are being obedient! 
Ruby: We are keeping the commandments! 

Ruby: Mom! Herbie's not keeping the commandments! 
He appeared to just be standing there to me, but maybe she can read his mind? discern his thoughts? I decided to let it go.

I did finally get tired of Ruby and Herbie wearing Moses' pants as shorts (Herbie was very kind to let Moses wear "my shorts" to church today) enough that I got out their real shorts from the basement. 

Ruby and Herbie love clothes and they have strong opinions about style. I bought Ruby a couple of things at Target, and I've finally learned to only get the most masculine looking things in blue or grey. I even got her a couple of t-shirts from the boy's section, and because Herbie has like 20 pairs of shorts, I let her have his least favorite ones for herself. Everyone appears to be happy.

She may like boys clothes, but Ruby is still very feminine. She's been playing the "hurt feelings" card quite a lot lately, to mixed results.

After bickering about something for a bit, Herbie bellowed, "NO!"

Ruby was immediately stunned, "Herbie, you just hurt my feelings!"

This took all the wind out of his sails, "Ok. I will give a kiss to your feelings."

And he planted one on her cheek.

It does not, however, work when you're trying to get your parents to let you do anything you want.

Moses has become Master-of-the-Couch. Yes, he can climb up all by himself. He can crawl from one length to the other, giggling with glee. He can bring a toy up with him that he can sit and inspect while on the couch. I can tell that he feels like he's reached some sort of milestone, and he's finally able to do something that he's envied of the rest of us. His dismounts are still a bit risky, but he evidently feels that it's worth it.

Steven had me make a new logo for his latest brainchild: ooMergency. Apparently 4 guys from Orem (the jerks!) have made a successful app that plays police scanners. Woo, of course, knows how it can be improved upon, so he's set the wheels in motion.

He also announced in church (well, just to me), that he's going to make conference available on ooTunes, and he has about 50 apps he can give out free. If you know anyone who'd like to listen to conference on their iPhone/iPodTouch, send them here: http://lds-general-conference-on-iphone-ipod.blogspot.com/.

I've been pretty restless this week. I really would like a change... like a move. I thought about channeling that restlessness into doing something creative, like making a bench out of a coffee table and one of our imitation Eames chairs, or into writing a blog, but I haven't gotten too far with either. I'll probably feel differently next week. Rainy, grey days this week, haven't helped my itch.

Well, that's about it for now. I'll talk to you all later!


A Survivor Weekend

I didn't write last week because Tyson was still here visiting. He called to say he was coming on Tuesday, and on Friday he was here. It was great to have him visit. It felt like years and years since I've hung out with him at all, because it seems like the last few times we've gone home, he's been gone or always hanging out with his way cooler friends.

We went on a nice long run (which I haven't done since Ruby was a baby), went to the zoo, played croquet, had Coach over for dinner (which Woo requested), watched Survivor, went on walks and other stuff.

It was nice to have another Apostol in the house when we broke open the bag of m&ms. Tyson and I dug in while Woo spoke up about getting his fair share. Tyson informed him (correctly) that we don't get equal amounts of treats, but equal amounts of time (in which to eat the treats).

This exchange happened on one of our walks:
Woo: Herbie! Get out of the street! Even though you are fat and cuddly, a car could still very much hurt you if it hit you! 
Ruby (very brightly): Yes, Herbie! And then you will go live in the cemetery, and then... you will live again! 
Woo: While you are technically correct, Ruby, I think it would be much more disturbing than that. 
Coach was elated to see Tyson and spent 5 hours at our house. They laughed and told stories like old mission companions. Woo secretly taped them playing croquet and not so secretly telling insider stories.

Ruby greeted him with, "I have a different coach!"

Herbie said he was grateful that "Tyson's coach could come" as he blessed the food.

I cooked up a storm, and Moses took absolutely no notice of him at all.

I unfortunately missed Ruby's first talk today (I had to take Moses home. More on that later...) She talked on extended families, telling a story about Pres. Faust and his Aunt Ada, and a story about Tyson's visit. Woo says she did great. She got stuck on only one sentence (the main one, about why extended family is important), and since Woo didn't know exactly what she was supposed to say, and because he was still sitting on the back row, he threw out just enough words for her to finish her sentence. He said it was just as intelligible (if not more) than the other 4 year old, whose Dad whispered everything into his ear.

I've been working on weaning Moses this week. He's been drinking the milk fine, but didn't figure out that I was gradually adding more milk and taking away nursing until yesterday, and he was mad about it. He didn't nap well, which made him an absolute mess at church today. I finally just took him home early, fed him a cup of milk, and popped him in bed, where he immediately went to sleep. He was much more pleasant after that.

Herbie thinks Tyson is still at the airport. We did drop him off there. I can't think of anywhere else he could've gone without us seeing.

I've spent a lot of time this week working on the new ootunes website. I did change the logo so it has a more "mature" look, and I finally checked out the competitions' websites, and decided that they definitely had us in website design. So I did what I could to make it look better. It's still not perfect, but hey, I'm still a beginner!

Other than that, I've been taking it pretty easy. After the baby shower, and having a visitor, I'm tired of cleaning the house. It's a disaster right now. I'll get back on track tomorrow.

Woo had a two week ooTunes "high" that was dashed this afternoon with a bad review...that just happens to be untrue. He really wishes there was a way to contact these people and talk it over with them, or at least be able to defend himself when other people read it.

Whew! That's it for now. Talk to you all later!



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3 of my Seminary students were left at the church without a ride tonight so I took them home.
"Have you evah rolled in da city, Sista Willy?" 
I had to have him repeat it like five times. I'm getting old, plus, I was never that cool, so sometimes I have no idea what they're saying.
Me: The city? 
Cameron: You know, down where we live. Where people are getting shot and stuff. 
Me: Come on. It's not like people are getting shot every second there. 
Cameron (smiles): No, just every other second. 
Still, I have two students who've had good friends shot this year.

Steven and I were talking about how I'd read that only 38% of african-american kids live in a home with two parents (and that's not even necessarily their own parents).
"I wonder what's the cure," he said.  
"The Gospel," we both said. 
I'm encouraged that some of my most promising Seminary students are boys, and could someday be good fathers. I hope all of them (boys and girls) make an impact on their community.

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Moses has been sick all week. Poor guy. I was planning on starting to wean him, but I can't do it when he's not feeling well, and I want him to get all the antibodies from me that he can get.

He had hand, foot, mouth disease the first part of the week. With those painful mouth sores, nursing was the only nourishment he could take in anyway. He spent a lot of time either sleeping or sitting on my lap.

He got over it quickly, but now has pink eye. He looks pretty beat up.

He gave me a such a sweet, puffy eyed smile yesterday after coming home from his outing with Woo. I think that next week will be a better week for him.

The weather was very nice this week. Ruby and Herbie were desperate for shorts (which I've still got down in the basement). They decided the next best solution was to wear Moses' pants.

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We went for a couple of walks. On one walk Herbie spotted a motorcycle,
Look Mom! There's my motorcycle! Do you see my motorcycle, Mom?!
A man walked out in his full motorcycle get-up.
Look, Mom! A soldier!
The man climbed on the motorcycle. Herbie bellowed,
Hey Soldier! Get off MY motorcycle!
Herbie, that's his motorcycle.
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Ruby got her new soccer t-shirt this Saturday. I couldn't have ordered a more perfect shirt for her myself: blue, with a giant soccer ball on the front. She wanted to wear it to church today.

Ruby got to participate in a study for the cognitive and developmental learning lab this week. I told her that she'd get to play a game, which she was excited about, and then probably get a toy to take home, which she was even more excited about.

We got there, and they asked Ruby if she knew what they were going to do. "I'm going to get a present!!"

I threw a baby shower yesterday. It was fine, as far as baby shower's go, but exhausting. I kept it as simple as possible, but not only did I have to plan, prepare, and be a diplomat, I actually had to go to a party at the end of it!

It'll be years before I do that again.

Steven's had a rough week. You may have seen the Google headlines about developers having troubles with how Apple is running their App store. Well, Steven is no exception there.

He took the kids to the park and to get pizza for a few hours during the shower.



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Good things this week:
  • Moses turns 1. 
  • We eat ice cream for Mosie's birthday. 
  • Wednesday's weather is fantastic! We go to the zoo. 
  • Ruby listens to her coach at soccer.
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Bad things this week:
  • Moses is sick for his birthday. 
  • The weather goes bad and is cold, dark, and rainy for Mosie's big day. 
  • Some people ask me if they can bring their kids to the baby shower I'm hosting. I say no. I feel like a jerk. But then I get over it. 
  • Woo's app gets a couple of bad reviews. Woo takes it personally. 
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Funny things this week:
  • Ruby keeps talking about a stethoscope in connection with soccer. We finally figure out she's talking about her coach's whistle. 
  • We watch Herbie slowly lick the soles of several shoes from heel to toe while he puts them away. What is he doing???  We put a stop to it.
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