Getting Advice From Kids

After trying out a few standbys,
Woo: Guys, what's a term of endearment that I can call Mom? Something that will show her I love her. 
Herbie: Baggybum the Beerbelly!! 
Woo: Hmmm, somehow I think that name will have the opposite effect, Herbie. 

Me: Moses, do you like the name Pippa? 
Moses: No. 
Me: Penelope? 
Moses: Yes. 
Me: Vera? 
Moses: Yes. 
Me: Vita? 
Moses: Yes. 
Me: Pippa? 
Moses: Yes. 
Me: Thanks, Moses. You've been a lot of help. 
Herbie has had an imaginary friend for the past month or two. There isn't any subject that "Jonathan" doesn't have an opinion on or activity that "Jonathan" hasn't done. Woo is always trying to meet Jonathan or have Herbie admit he isn't real, but those are always the times that Jonathan is sick or has other plans.

But, I did overhear this when I was in the other room.
Moses: My new friend's name is Andrew. 
Herbie: Moses, I think you're just pretending about Andrew like I'm just pretending about Jonathan! 
Me (running into the room): Whoa! What did you just say, Herbie? 
Herbie: Um. I was just kidding... I didn't say anything. 
I've decided to start painting the trim in the living room, dining room, and stairwell. It doesn't exactly make the most sense in terms of what needs to get done next, but it's what I feel like doing, so that's what I'm doing. One day I was in the stairwell caulking with Moses looking on.
Moses: Mom, what's that smell? 
Me: It's the caulk, Moses. 
Moses: Oh. The caulk? 
Me: Yes, the caulk. 
Moses: Oh. The caulk has gas? (And no, it was not me or him he was smelling. It really was the caulk.) 
blond girl in red Ruby: Mom, I think Satan is trying to tell me something. 
Me: Oh? What is he trying to tell you? 
Ruby: He's telling me to run upstairs really quick, and then run downstairs really quick, and then sneak into Mom and Dad's room. 
Me: Hmmm, interesting. 
Ruby: I don't want to do what Satan says. 
Me: Well, why don't you just run and close Mom and Dad's door, so you don't have to worry about it. 
Ruby: Ok!! 
Disaster avoided.

Linus' big accomplishment of the week was pulling himself up into a standing position. We cheered and clapped, and his face clearly said, "I don't know what you're doing, but I'm going to smile real big anyway."

He wants to go up those stairs. We'll have to baby proof them soon. The bathroom is his favorite place to scamper off to, whenever he finds we're not paying attention. Those of you who've been in our bathroom know it's pretty gross at the moment. I try to keep the door constantly closed.

I did finally find a vanity for mine and Woo's bathroom at an estate auction. I'd never been to one before, but it was pretty much exactly what you'd expect it to be. I actually had a lot of fun, and would probably go every week if I didn't have other "obligations." The plumbers (cross fingers) should be here next week to do the final installs of our fixtures.

And, finally, Woo has also been thinking a bit about baby names. Here's a list he came up with in Sunday School. I'll leave you to decide which names are real choices, and which ones are jokes. Enjoy!

Rooster bollocks Woolley?
Buster Brown woolley
Darth earl
Earl Spencer
Earhole Cornwall
Ralph Steven
Vladamir putinstad
Otto van Woolley
Ottobaun Smithers
Lichtenstein Lemuel
Vortex Q Woolley
Texas Hampshire Woolley
MacKayo david Woolley
Sigmond Friend
Sunshine underpants Woolley
Botox silicon Woolley
Rudolph Rednose Woolley
Willy Wally woolley
Edgar Allan
Hells bells Woolley
Xiao Ming
Gordon monson Woolley
Grego eggo Woolley
iPad app woolley
Flour flower Woolley
Pugsly Fester
Hamhock Vegan Woolley
Bloodslaughter princess Woolley
Orak Salami Woolley
Mitt Rooney
Sunshine butternut woolley
Porky Butterball Woolley
Mutton Lover Woolley 
Ziggy Zaggy
venereal consequence
Dizzy dagger
Mitt Jagger
Vern Erwin


New Year's Card

Woo: If we keep procrastinating the Christmas card later and later each year, we can eventually skip a year and save on postage! Enjoy!


Winter Wonderland

So far Utah has been turning out to be exactly what we would thought it would be in the winter.

Even though I still like warmer weather better, it's so nice to be able to get out and do fun stuff in the snow easily.  I don't miss the pointless cold and dark without snow in St. Louis.

Thanks to gifts and hand-me-downs from grandparents, etc.  and a couple of garage sale snags, we all are equipped with snowshoes and poles.  Woo, Ruby/Herbie and I have cross country skis.  Ruby, Herbie and I have ice skates.  And Woo splurged on a new snowboard and gear for Ruby and Herbie.

Woo is really enjoying his weekday snowboarding pass.  He can be on the lift in 15 minutes after leaving our house, and he goes every morning it snows.  He has a friend a few blocks away, who also works from home, and goes with him, and he's looking forward to taking the older kids with him occasionally, since they're still free for a couple of years.

I thought that running with snow shoes would be good exercise, but it's incredibly exhausting.  I'll have to be in better shape or less pregnant or both before I try that again.  Just walking is fine for now.

There's a groomed cross country ski trail around the perimeter of the park, but I haven't tried it yet.  I've been happy on the snow on road, but Woo prefers the deeper stuff in our yard and pasture.  I think he feels that's more authentic.

The free ice skating rink two houses down has been fun.  I skate better than the kids (so far), but not better than Woo, thanks to his roller skating past.  Hopefully, some youtube tutorials and practice will help me catch up.

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Ruby almost always spends the first day learning a new skill crying, and acting like what we're asking her to do is impossible.  The next day is better, and after a few days she's in the swing of things.  She seems to enjoy skiing, but is the most excited about ice skating right now.  She's not really gliding yet, but she can shuffle around all over the rink, and get herself back up when she falls.

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little boy snowboarding instagram

Herbie has been super, super, super excited to snow board.  Soon after Woo told him he was ordering one, we found Herbie's snow gear and a bike helmet in front of the bathroom mirror.  We assume he was checking himself out and imagining himself on the slopes.  He's about driven us crazy repeatedly asking when the snow board was coming.  Then when were we going to open the package.  When he could try the stuff out, and now when his Daddy Day is (where he assumes he's going to the ski resort).  He seems to be willing to do what it takes to learn.  He was out in the yard learning the basics almost twice as long as Ruby and Moses, when they all finally got to try.

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Moses is not really a fan of the cold and the snow.  He never wants to go out and play in it, but he gets excited to go to the rink or out to the try the snowboard.  He's the most comfortable of all the kids being swung around on the ice.  The first time he slipped on it he said, "That was fun!"  He had some fun on the snowboard, but came in after a little while.

He is only 2, I guess.

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Linus is not that fun in the snow.  Mostly because he can't walk or even stand.  We bundle him up in a baby carrier sometimes, but usually he stays at home with either Woo or me.  Once we left him at home napping while the rest of us went to the rink for a bit.  When we came home he was still alive, and no one was the wiser.