Happy Easter!!

Herbie's lastest thing is a loud, gruff voice. He thinks it's hilarious, plus it really gets his point across. 

Steven was telling the kids the Easter story, "And then some mean men killed Jesus..."

Herbie gasped audibly, and rasped, "That was a BAD I-DE-A!"

He was being serious that time, but he's discovered that often the trick to a good joke is to say the unexpected. We can see him going over responses in his head when asked a question before he blurts out something totally unrelated and chuckling heartily.

One of Ruby's finest moments came last week after Herbie hit her. He was totally unrepentant, unwilling to talk about their argument or apologize, so Ruby came over to him, gave him a big hug, and said, "I forgive you, Herbie!"

He instantly melted, hugged her back, apologized, and they ran back together to work out their problem.

For her worst moment... she skipped her nap the day we watched the G-- kids, which means everything she did was a little over-the-top. One of the kids pushed her slightly, and she dramatically collapsed to the ground with an ear splitting wail.

I'm blessed to have a no-nonsense husband who said, "That's a fake cry, Ruby."

She shut her mouth, stood up, and went on with her life.

Moses (with the encouragement of his Dad) has been standing up unassisted in the middle of the floor. Of course, he refuses to perform for the camera.

I've also turned up the potty training a notch by giving him 1 fruit snack for success. He usually lets me know when he's already gone and occasionally (very occasionally) before he's gone. He's been totally weaned for a couple weeks now... just in time for Easter chocolate! 

The only problem with that is that I've become aware that I'm 10-15lbs overweight. (Thanks for making me stand on that scale, Tyson). He suggested that I run with all three kids in the stroller. I immediately dismissed that as ludicrous, but started doing it 2 weeks ago. The trick was to embrace the slower pace, instead of letting it be frustrating. It's felt really good to be running again. I've gone every day it hasn't rained.

I also started to give the kids more autonomy during chore time. The first day was great. I left Herbie vacuuming the dining room and Ruby washing windows to go tell Woo, "They're actually doing work out there!"

But it backfired on me a few days later when Herbie ruined the phone in an attempt to clean it. I think we've got most of the kinks worked out now, and it continues to be one the kids' favorite parts of the day.

Remember that spur of the moment land purchase we made a while ago? Well, someone approached us to buy it. We're not sure yet that we'll sell, but it's good to know that it wasn't the biggest mistake we ever made.

Steven had the brilliant idea to run conference on ooTunes so iPhone users could listen to it. He got something like triple the amount of downloads he normally gets the first half hour of Saturday's morning session. He was also approached by someone from the church about working on an app for them... i don't know whatever happened with that. I haven't heard more about it. But, he's currently upset that there are 5 other radio apps selling better than his right now. He's very sensitive to the fact that he's sixth (occasionally muttering "Sixth!" incredulously to himself), and he's gotten pretty competitive about all this. He's working hard on an update. It should be out in the next couple of days.

Whew! That's pretty much it. I hope everyone had a great Easter! It would have been fun to be closer to family... hopefully those days will come. I'll talk to you later.