5.31.2009

Awesome Week for Woo/Humiliating Week for Cheltz

For some unknown reason Woo's app had a huge jolt of momentum this week. Downloads have tripled, and he's rising in the app store rankings. He's spent most of the week at 4th or 5th getting more downloads than huge competitors.

His new update, that he's super excited about should be accepted by Apple soon, and Woo's hoping to break into the top 100 apps in all categories with it.

I was expecting the last mile or maybe two of the 10K to be rough, but after about 10 steps into the race, I knew the whole thing would be very, very hard.

I did what I could to hold on to the end... person after person passed me... I almost got to pass one guy, but I said something encouraging as I passed, and he quit walking to jog next to me and tell me about his injured hamstring.

4 girls from church entered the race, and based on runs we'd done together, I thought I would almost certainly beat 2 of them, but they all killed me. That didn't really bother me, but at the finish line everyone seemed to avoid me like they were embarrassed for me.

That was hard. Anyway, I'm over it by now. Another day, another 10K, I'm sure.

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Ruby is on a tree climbing kick. She's discovered quite a few trees with low enough branches for her at the parks we frequently go to, and has no trouble scrambling to the top and scrambling down. It seems to be the one thing she can get the little boys her age excited about doing with her.

Ruby has been dry at night, going probably over a year without any accident at all, but as soon as I started working with Herbie she started wetting the bed!

Argggggh!

I know she wants the fun things we promise Herbie for being dry, etc., but it's hard for me to keep that up for two kids at the same time (especially when I know this is just a choice Ruby's made. She's not learning a new skill). I've come up with a rededicated plan for both of them that starts tomorrow.

Herbie can reliably be dry with me taking him those three times at night. He occasionally only needs to go just twice or even once, but I haven't been able to get that to be regular. Anyway, I have a new, amped up plan that goes into effect tomorrow. We'll see what happens.

Herbie is the kid that usually sits at Mosie's feet in the front of the stroller (unbuckled, feet hanging over the edge, etc.), when we go running. People are sometimes surprised that he'll just sit there for me, but I think he's smart enough to know that jumping off of a moving vehicle is not a good idea.

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Moses is walking quite a bit now, but not totally confident. He's starting to get some hair finally, although most of it's at the bottom.

It's pretty much a mullet.

I realized something a bit strange today, but Moses likes green vegetables. I gave him corn and peas the other day. He picked out the peas. Today he got broccoli and cauliflower. He picked out the broccoli, and then ate the cauliflower.

Aren't kids supposed to hate vegetables in general, but especially the green ones?

5.24.2009

ANNUAL HAIRCUTS

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Ruby, Herbie and Woo got their annual haircuts for FHE this week.

Herbie was terrified of the buzzer so I had to do it by hand. I was not excited, but it went fine.

I cut Ruby's quite a bit shorter than I was planning, and took about 5 snips total. Surprisingly, it looks pretty good, and she's gotten tons of compliments on it.

It reminds me a bit of the short haircut Lyndy used to have, and I couldn't help thinking of the similarity when she came out of her room the next morning wearing leggings and a t-shirt.

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Moses has been a sporadic walker this week. I thought he would just pick it right up, like the other kids had after their first success, but Moses prefers to get to most places fast, and walking just isn't cutting it right now. For a couple of days there, he would only walk for his Dad. Whenever he'd see him, he'd stand up and walk a bit.

Moses is at that very inconvenient for church age: 12-18 months. Too young for nursery, but there's no way he's going to sit on our laps or on the floor quietly for 3 hours. Sacrament is fine, but it's exhausting wrestling with him or following him all over the other 2 hours.

Herbie mentioned Grandpa. I asked him what he does.
"He works."  
"Works?"  
"He works... And he vacuums!" 
**My dad does, in fact, do a lot of vacuuming around the house.**

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Herbie is really, really good on his skuut. He rode gracefully down a long curved hill at the cemetery with his feet carefully held inches from the ground. He was so pleased with himself, but then lost all his confidence when he took a curve too fast (Woo had just been teaching him and Ruby how to race) and slid into a fence. After some hugs, he opted to walk the bike home.

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Ruby spills all to anyone we meet at a playground. She usually opens by telling them the names of everyone in our family. Then she will mention something from that day that's on her mind, and then she'll say something religious that makes absolutely no sense like, "I'm President Uchtdorf!" or "When I'm older I can ride on that swing, AND I can be baptized!" or "Heavenly Father loves it! We will die, and then we will live again!"

Most people just nod their heads.

I chuckled for a while after Steven stumbled out of the bedroom, ordered Ruby to go wash her face, sent Herbie off to do something else, and then realized what he was doing, "That's right kids, I'm up, and I'm ready to micromanage!"

Remember when Woo thought that having his app in the top 20 (in his category) was his ultimate goal? Well he's been there easily for the last month. But, of course he can't just rest with that.

Woo has spent no money and no time on promotion, but he's doing so well because of his excellent customer service. People just want to help him after he's answered their questions, or listened to their concerns.

I (and the kids) went running twice with two girls from church. It was pretty fun. I'll probably start running once a week with one of them. I felt really good at Ultimate this week. I even started scoring goals and outrunning Woo when he was guarding me (he may or may not have sliced his bare foot on something near the end of the game... )

One of the girls there convinced me to sign up for a 10K tomorrow. The distance doesn't scare me, the pacing does. I have no idea how to run a 10K, but I'm not going to learn without doing it a few times. 

Wish me luck! (read how that went here)

5.17.2009

THUNDER STORMS, WALKING & BLEEDING EARS

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Moses became a walker today, and I missed the whole thing.

I was at Seminary Graduation, but Woo got it on film, and showed me when I got home.

Moses has my demeanor--- not a smile or any sign of emotion--- just straight poker face as he walked across the house and everyone cheered.

I'll have to start putting shoes on him now, but I'm relieved that our park visits will no longer be a choice between him sitting in the dirt or him sitting in the swing the whole time.

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We had a few thunderstorms this week, and Herbie's decided that loud noises scare him. As soon as he hears thunder, he immediately plugs his ears. It turns out that it's pretty tough to do a lot of things when both your hands are in your ears.

One night, soon after putting him to bed, I heard, "Mom! Mom!" I went to the door to talk to him, but it was pretty clear that he couldn't hear a word I said. He was lying in bed sweating (faint rumble of thunder in the background), hands glued to his ears, eyes screwed shut, face grimacing... I touched him, "My nose itches." I scratched it. "My eye itches." I scratched it. He dismissed me.

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Ruby enthusiastically wore a dress for the first time ever today. When I went in this morning, she was wearing her new blue dress, and she jumped up and down showing me how she'd zipped it up all by herself.

I threw her off when I told her she looked adorable. "No, Mom! I look nice." That's fine. Nice is good too.

I don't know where her sudden change of heart came from, but she did said, "Mom, people at church are going to see this dress." Maybe she's figuring out that other people like to see her in a cute, frilly dress.

Woo's had a rough week. Very rough. His ear bled (like constant dripping) for about a day after cleaning it with a Q-tip. He consulted our resident medical student today, but all he would tell me about it is that he has three days left to live.

I think that means that it's nothing.

His calling in church with the young men has been more than he's bargained for. I imagine all deacons are a challenge, but this batch is all recent converts (like within the last couple of months), and they come from less than ideal circumstances.

One of them even has a record--- auto theft.

Today was not fun. He could probably use your prayers.

Seminary continues to be my most favorite calling ever. How many other callings give you a summer vacation? Mine starts tomorrow.

We've started playing Ultimate Frisbee with some other couples again, and I've started systematically inviting other girls and their kids to go running with us. There might be a running partner here for me after all. We'll see.

5.03.2009

A WEEK FOR WOO

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Despite being very tired, I'd say that Woo's been ecstatic for most of the week.

Apple approved his app update last Sunday night, and he's been getting triple the number of downloads he usually gets. It's rising in the rankings, and he's getting a lot of positive reviews--- thanks, in part, to his excellent customer service skills.

His app also had the honor of being pirated this week. In a way Woo was excited, because he'd been expecting it, and changed their apps to first get them hooked, and then mess with them, so they'll hopefully buy the app for real. Even if they don't, they still are advertising for him on Twitter and Facebook, and might even decide to buy his other program (sold separately).

His good mood has spilled over in unexpected ways: Friday night he brought home Vietnamese food (much better than flowers), and then asked me to make a list of all the things I'd like him to do around the house (?!?!).

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Herbie started to tell me that he didn't need to go at the midnight potty session, so I moved to 10pm, 1am, 3:30am, and we were having success until last night where he peed before I took him each time. I don't know if it was just a bad night, or whether I need to change something yet. Either way, I'm not discouraged. I'm not expecting instant success, and I'm mentally committed for several months at this point.

Ruby still gets a lot of sensory stimulation through her mouth. She is continuously putting things in her mouth, and several times a day, I have to tell her to go spit out some wad of paper product that she's chewing on.

I'd like to predict here and now that when Ruby's pregnant, she'll crave a nice chaw of magazine or maybe cardboard.

This is from one of her prayers this week:
Ruby: Please bless---- and thankful for--- and I can see Mom's hand 
(short pause as Ruby realizes that she's just given away that her eyes are open)
that I am dreaming about.  
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.  
Steven: Nice save, Ruby. 
Well, not only is Moses fearless in water, he's fearless around dogs. One of my seminary students brought her new puppy to church. Ruby and Herbie nervously backed away, while Moses crawled up to him, and sat down right in front of his face.

The puppy gave Mosie a few licks on the face. We waited for his reaction, and Mosie... giggled!

It's nice to see that even though Moses is the third child and a baby, he can still be a leader in the family.

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This time of year is one of the prettiest for our yard. All of the rain makes everything so green, and the plants are taller every time you look at them. I planted the perennials and shrubs I got at the plant sale, and I've spent some time spreading around more of those wood chips we have.