6.28.2010

Another Week

Things are starting to move along here at the house. The framer came this week, and got all our walls framed in a day. We got two bids from electricians, one and a half bids from plumbers and our built-ins should be in this week! It will be wonderful to really make some headway unpacking! Woo's dream bathroom includes a 6' soak tub, and a bidet. We found a brand-new jetted tub for half the usual price on ksl.com, and the guy delivered it for free.

Woo's latest update was accepted in record time, and it's been a success. Sales had been lagging a bit, but are now back up. Of course, it means he spends more time doing customer service when he has more sales, so it's not necessarily a win-win situation.

He also spent a couple of days laughing at himself. Remember that sweet deal on a stereo he got? When he finally got around to googling it, turns out it was a scam. He's glad that the garage sale proceeds were for charity, that he didn't buy it from a guy in a white van for much more, and he's thinking of donating it to the same garage sale next year.

I still have one or two evenings of painting before the living room will be done. I'll take a break from painting for while when it's over.

We went camping this week with our friends the K--'s. We like camping with them because they always make the most amazing food for dinner, and don't complain at all while eating the squished donuts or cold bagels or moldy blackberries that I've brought for breakfast. But, I was tired of being outdone, and planned a respectable campfire breakfast that turned out quite well. Yay, me!

Ruby has had probably the filthiest week in her entire life, and loved every second of it. Woo had to take a picture of her before we even left to go camping because she'd decided to sit in the dirt and kick it up all over herself while waiting for us to pack the car (I guess in gleeful anticipation of camping?). While we were there she managed to become completely drenched in mud at least once. Luckily, I know what I'm dealing with, and brought four changes of clothes for her for one over night trip. It turned out to be the perfect amount.

Woo finally found the pedals for the kids bikes, and they ride up and down the street whenever they get a chance. Herbie is still riding the tiny $3 bike we got for Ruby to transition between her skuut and her dirt bike.
Herbie: Mom can you take the pedals off my bike? 
Me: Why do you want the pedals off? 
Herbie: So you can paint my bike blue. I'm getting a little tired of the pink. 
Herbie also really likes to ride off curbs. He's tried riding up the curb a couple of times, but that hasn't been working out so well for him.

The last time we went camping with the K--'s Moses spent the entire time in their little kid-sized camp chair. The K--'s have had a little girl since then, and they brought a new Tinkerbell camp chair with them this time. Moses thought it was the most wonderful thing ever, and had a couple of little tiffs with M-- over it.
Me: You really like that chair, Moses. 
Moses: Es! 
Me: Why do you like it so much? 
Moses: Cuz. It's cute. 
Linus has had kind of a rough week: shots, camping, more driving then he likes, learning to fall asleep without the swaddle, and then Sundays are always a little hard on him. But, he's been mostly smiles. He just had a hard time settling down and getting to sleep tonight. That's about it.

I hope everyone enjoys their 4th of July. Everyone's been telling us about the celebration here since we moved here. I hope they haven't built it up too much for us. Talk to you later!

6.21.2010

NIghtmare Week For Woo. Ok Week For The Rest Of Us.

Woo's had a rough week. Some of the highlights include:

  • Modem dying right before submitting a new update. 
  • Staying up until 6:30am to get it in using the iPhone as a makeshift modem. 
  • Driving to Ogden the next day to get a new one, and then spending the next night answering all the emails he missed. 
  • Poor reviews. 
  • Tearing out the paneling in the master bath/office with his new best friend S--, which took off the plaster, which left exposed brick, which he's actually kind of excited about. 
  • Tore out the brick chimney remnant in the attic and lugged each and every brick down the stairs and out the back door by himself. "I don't think I've worked this hard before...ever!" He's having a hard time moving today. 

The bright spot in his week (and blot in mine?) is the huge new stereo system worth $5,000 that he got at a garage sale for $100.

Thursday night Moses decided that he's K--:
Moses: I K--! 
Me: K--? 
Moses: Es. 
Me: Your dad is J-- and your mom is T--? 
Moses: Es. 
Me: You have a little sister named J--? 
Moses: Es. 
Me: Ok...K--. 
Moses: Es! 
Later...
Moses: I K--! 
Woo: If we call you K--, are we going to have to start calling K-- Moses? 
Moses: Es. 
Woo: What if she cries? 
Moses: Cuz. 
He's also added the words dang and dang-git to his vocabulary this week.

Herbie (giving me a compliment): Mom, I like how you just put Linus to bed without anyone even asking you to!

Our ward is making the teddy bears for humanitarian service.
Ruby: Let's go get a teddy bear for Linus. 
Me: Those teddy bears are for kids that don't have any toys. Linus has lots of toys. 
Ruby: I have an idea! Let's put all our toys out on the grass and leave them so Dad will take them. Then we won't have any toys, and we can get a teddy bear for Linus! 

Quite a few trucks and boats on their way to the reservoir passed us on our walk to church.
Ruby: Look! Those people ride their boats to church! 
After thinking a bit...
Ruby: Their church is very far away, that's why they have to take their boats. 
I don't know if it's because I'm on my fourth or because we've moved to Huntsville, but my danger paranoia seems to have gone out the window. There was a time when I never would've let Woo ride a bike, even the low rider, with a baby in the baby carrier, and this week I did it myself. I strapped Linus on for one of our rides around town. He seemed to enjoy himself---wind blowing through his hair as he stared passively around, and then eventually fell into a pleasant slumber.

Woo and I finally figured out our temple attendance strategy and were able to go this week.

I finished painting the dining room and walls in the living room (still have the ceiling in there to go). We have a framer coming on Tuesday to frame two bedrooms and a bath in the attic, and put a wall between the master bath and office. We hope to hear from the electricians and plumbers next week, and choose who to go with for windows. Woo's ordered the insulation he wants and plans to install it himself... stuff is starting to move along, slowly.

Anyway, that's about it. Hope everyone had a great Fathers Day!

6.13.2010

A WEEK

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The first part of this week (or two) was like heaven. The weather was beautiful. We spent tons of time outside. Woo went fishing and on bike rides. I started running again, and gave the kids rides around town on the low rider. Woo gave us all blessings, dedicated the house, and gave Linus his name and blessing.

The library (2 blocks down) shows a movie on Friday (with treats), has an activity day or story time on Tuesdays, and passes out prizes every week for summer reading. I also attended a book discussion there one evening where I was served a delicious dinner and met a couple of fun ladies.

The last few days have not been heaven, though. I thought the kids were beginning to be normal, but I woke up yesterday morning to find that they'd snuck our large first-aid kit up to their room, and had lotioned, iodined, and bandaged themselves up.

Herbie was attempting to cut Moses' hair with a small pair of scissors in the kit. Moses was putting up a protest, and that's what alerted me to the fact that something was going on. By some stroke of luck, I picked out the most stain resistant carpet known to man. In the couple weeks we've been here that carpet has had iodine, throw up, half a dozen eggs, mud, yogurt, mustard, lotion, blood, etc. on it (definitely more abuse than our carpet in St. Louis got over a period of years), and it has all come out. 

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Woo had a long discussion with Herbie about choices, consequences, happiness, agency, repentance, etc. It seems to have helped after we remind Herbie that HE's about to make a choice that will determine what happens next.
Woo (asking all the kids before dedicating the house): What do you think we should pray for for our house, Moses?  
Moses (short pause before the light goes on): Back hoe truck! 
Also,
Woo (giving Moses a blessing): ... You will continue to be a good big brother to your brother Linus...  
Moses: O-KAY! 
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Linus continues to be a happy well-mannered baby. Nothing stressful's been going on at all, as far as he's concerned. He no longer needs a feeding between his dream feed before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning, and he's eating every four hours (instead of three), so that has been nice.

Ruby has immensely enjoyed her time outside. She's been very patient about getting registered for school. I keep telling her that today is the day we'll do something about it, but then it seems like everyone at the school or who would know anything about it fled town, and we end up not being able to do anything.

Not much has happened at the house. I'm still not done painting the dining room! But, I just have touch up work, I should be able to get done this week. I'm not sure how I feel about the violet in the living room... we'll see. We finally signed a contract with the cabinet guy... he gave us a three week time table for our shelves and closets, and we still haven't heard back from anyone else about anything else.