A Week

If ever there was a time to move, it's now. Woo got called into the branch presidency this morning. He'd been tipped off a week ago, and was really dreading an appointment with a member of the stake presidency, but when it was all over, he decided that maybe it wouldn't be too bad.

He's really excited to not be the president of something, and that he'll just have to follow orders. This uncharacteristic occurrence of looking-on-the-bright-side continued into the afternoon, where everything I'd planned for dinner pretty much failed. He thanked me repeatedly for my effort, intentions, and thought, and I was so proud (of him, not my efforts).

Moses has discovered clothes, and he thinks they're pretty awesome. He'll bring me anything that catches his eye for assistance, and then strut away proudly no matter what it is... a dress of ruby's, a sock of woo's, a swimsuit bottom of mine.

But, he loves his own clothes the most, bouncing excitedly whenever anything of his is within his reach, and instantly insisting that I put it on him. One day he ended up wearing three shirts, two pairs of shorts, and a pair of Herbie's pajama bottoms.

Herbie is definitely ready to start wrestling and romping around with Moses, but he is just too big and rough still, and ends up terrorizing Moses instead. Even if Herbie is just hugging Moses, he ends up pinning him against the couch or the floor, with Moses screaming underneath.

Herbie is super excited about "the red car" (our new car), and he mentions it in about every prayer he says. Last night Woo took the kids for a ride to the gas station in it, and we drove it to church this morning. You would've thought it was the highlight of his life.

One big surprise is that Woo took the kids to McDonalds last night while I was gone. Another is that he bought the kids happy meals. Ruby got a circular compact full of lip gloss as her toy. Woo says it's clear that Ruby has never watched me apply anything to my lips because she raised the entire thing to her face, and rubbed it generously all over her mouth area. The best part was her proud and satisfied expression when the compact finally left her face.

I had a rough Friday which consisted of two trips to the DMV. Once in the morning, with four kids in a stroller, and once in the afternoon by myself on a bike. Even when I think I'm so prepared, and have checked the DMV's website to get everything exactly right, something goes wrong. And, it's still not resolved... hopefully by next week. I'm trying not to let it bother me too much.

Anyway, that's about it. I'll talk to you all later. Hope it's going well!


Purchases and Acquisitions

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1. New Health Insurance for everyone:

Not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of, but necessary.

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2. Mercedes Benz 7-Passenger Wagon:

I know some of you may be thinking, "Oh, another Saab...", and you may be right, but that minivan pill is a tough one for me to swallow, and I'm hoping to dodge it a few more years.

Our wagon was selling at a great price, but Steven still managed to get it for less, even though I didn't think he had a leg to stand on.

I was very surprised when the dealer called us four hours later to tell us what a great price the car was selling at (and I had to agree with him), but Steven stood his ground, and the guy called back 5 minutes later saying he'd take our offer.

3. Handy Andy:

The temple is closed so Steven and I decided to use our evening without the kids to start painting the trim on the house.

After a half hour of trying to remove old paint with wire brushes, we admitted that we absolutely hated the job.

An hour in, we discussed hiring someone else to do it.

An hour and a half in, we cleaned up, and went out for ice cream.

Handy Andy is the company name of our handyman neighbor two doors down. Woo and I call him "dirty man" because we've never seen anyone filthier, the kids call him "Hey neighbor!", and his real(?) name is JC.

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4. Light-Up Shoes, Jack-O-Lantern Crocs and a Romper:

While we were struggling with our wire brushes, the kids were receiving hand-me-downs from the sitter.

Herbie has coveted a pair of crocs anytime he's seen them, and I've always resisted buying him any. Now he has a pair of Jack-O-Lantern crocs.

I don't think Ruby even knew that light-up shoes existed, but once she saw them she was completely won over.

A romper is decidedly less exciting, but Moses still seemed thrilled.

One of the best nights of their lives?


Not Much This Week...

Ruby and Herbie have been a great help potty training Moses. He had two days early in the week where he decided to quit trying at all. Every time he had an accident he'd hear, "Uh oh, Moses! We pee in the potty, not in our pants!" 5-10 times each from Ruby and Herbie.

Near the end of the second day, he sulked out of the bedroom to the living room where we all were, knowing that we'd all instantly be able to tell that he'd wet his pants. His head was hung on his chest, and he avoided all eye contact.

As Ruby and Herbie started in, he gave a little whine of protest, and I thought, "I'll be really surprised if Moses takes this any longer."

And the next day he was great. Right back on track. Thanks, guys.

Woo's latest update came out. Of course, Woo had several disappointments with that, but I think that on the whole, it's been good. He's getting record numbers of downloads, but he's upset because W-- is still ahead of him in the rankings.

We've been doing stuff around the house to get it ready to sell. It's nice that we don't have any deadline or anything, so we're just doing a bit at a time until it's all done. I've actually done quite a bit of weeding and miscellaneous stuff around the house by trying to do a little bit everyday. Woo attacked a bunch of overgrowth in the back yard. The biggest job left to do is to touch up the paint on the exterior of the house. I think we'll be all done in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. Talk to you all later.

From Woo: Hope all's well, I wanted to add one funny thing that Herbie has said a few times lately. I read the kids "jack and the beanstalk" one day, and Herbie kept calling the Giant "the big" which was pretty hilarious.


Real News in This One...

Well, it's finally happened: Steven has made his decision. He's quitting school.

Well, technically he's taking a years leave as a safety net, but we're putting the house up for sale. Feel free to email him your congratulations or worries that he's ruining his own life and everyone else's---whatever your opinion may be.

After breakfast he enjoys saying, "Well, I'm off to work!", and disappears in his underwear back to the bedroom and his computer.

We gave up trying to find him a nice desk that we liked (plus we're hopefully moving soon), and just bought a cheap, portable one for $10. Now he can sit in bed typing away in comfort. I'm considering starting another business... "Learn how to make $X,XXX a week without ever leaving your bed!"

I'll be honest, it's hard to be optimistic about selling our house right now. There are two empty foreclosed houses on our street, and four other houses for sale. One of these has been for sale for more than a year. A quick sale is almost too much to hope for.

Plus, we don't know where we'd like to move. Technically, we could move anywhere that has high-speed internet, but we'd like to live near a temple and closer to family. We're open to suggestions if anyone has any good ideas.

I also thought that I'd proudly be able to announce that we'd bought a new car by now, but that hasn't been working out so great for us so far. We don't really need it for a few more months, so we're willing to put in more time to find what we want.

Herbie hasn't been too impressed by the cars we're looking at. The other day he said to me, "Mom, when our car is broken, can we get a Bigfoot?"

When I told Steven, he just said, "Have you checked craigslist?"

Bigfoot IV lives in St. Louis. To Herbie's delight we drive by him about once week, and "Bigfoot movies!" are usually his first request when we watch YouTube clips. 

Moses took two weeks back at home before he started using the potty again. He's doing pretty well, but not perfect yet. I don't know if I just need a more exciting reward, or if I just need to be patient. I remember Ruby needing 2 months before it clicked every time after traveling.

Moses started nursery a few weeks ago (I took him a week or two early---so shoot me...), and he loves it! The very first day we opened the door, he pointed at some tantalizing toy, made his motor noise, and ran off without ever looking back at us again. We weren't at all disappointed that it wasn't an emotional event for anyone.

There is now a posse of four 4-yr old girls in the branch. Ruby has spent, well, 0 time before now with little girls her age. I thought that they might be starting to influence Ruby, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Ruby played at C--'s house when we were at the temple. Later, in a monotone voice, she said, "Me and my friend played wedding dress."

I've never heard her sound so bored. But then she perked up a bit, "But I didn't put on a dress! I was the man. I married C--."

I should probably say that I'm not worried about Ruby at all, I'm sure she'll come around someday, but I am kind of pleased that isn't ashamed of her own interests, and is not willing to change them just because someone else tells her she should like something else.

Well, that's all for now. I hope everyone is doing well!