Ruby Starts School

Monday night we went to back-to-school night to meet Ruby and Herbie's teacher, and find out what bus they'd be riding.
Ruby (upon meeting her teacher): I'm Ruby! 
Mrs. C--: Hello, Ruby! I love your name! 
Ruby: I know! 
In her defense, she does get that a lot (which should've been a tip off to me that her name was going to become more popular than I'd like, but oh well).

Herbie and Moses were bitterly disappointed as we left.
Moses: I didn't get to play with anything! 
Herbie: I didn't even have recess! 
Ruby started school the next day.

Penelope's at that point were she needs to be fed once during the night sometime between 4-6:30am. If I let myself wake up too much while I feed her, I can't get back to sleep. I'd been up since 5 that morning, and I over-reacted when I saw that the particular kids at Ruby's bus stop don't really like her very much, so I spent the rest of the day feeling sad for my child who loved other kids, but no one loved her.

Thankfully, Woo reminded me that Ruby has plenty of friends, and these are the only kids we've ever seen that she couldn't make friends with. Plus, Herbie and one of her best friends, L--, will be starting Kindergarten next week, and they'll be at the bus stop with her.
Woo (when Ruby came home the first day): How was school, Ruby? 
Ruby: I get 2 recesses every day!!! For 180 days!!!
He didn't have the heart to tell her that he got 3 recesses a day at that age.

All we can ever get out of Ruby is a partial account of recess and a lot about how she wants a play date with whomever she rode home on the bus with.
Ruby: I talked to H--, and he's going to come for a play date. His mom isn't pregnant, and he doesn't have a new baby. 
Me: His mom isn't pregnant, and he doesn't have a new baby? 
Ruby: Yeah, I asked him, and that's what he said. 
I guess my pregnancy and Penelope have been my excuse for us not doing fun things too many times.
In some ways Ruby just isn't that into clothes. Or at least planning ahead.
Me: You can pick out your clothes and put them out for the morning. 
Ruby: Why? 
I guess I thought all kids did that. Herbie certainly knows what he's wearing the first day, and what he'd wear to Kindergarten assessment, and what he'd wear to back-to-school night. He correctly answered every question she asked him except his phone number and address. Which is entirely my fault. I've never even mentioned them to him before. (I have worked with him some on tying his shoes, and Ruby did miraculously learn by herself over the summer, by the way.) And then he picked up an official school paper with some rules on it, and he started repeating what he'd heard Ruby say the day before. His teacher was very impressed for a second there before I had to tell her that he wasn't reading it.

Ruby and Herbie keep telling Moses that when they're at school he's going to be the oldest kid at home (like it's awesome), and he's starting to get really excited about it. Except for the time when someone reminded him again, and I said, "Oh good! You'll be able to help me do all the cleaning!" 

And the smile on his face froze as he looked at me and wondered if I was being serious or not. Moses is actually my biggest shirker with picking up right now, and I'm hoping to help him get more on the ball when the other kids are gone.

Linus did a lot of whining the morning of Ruby's first day, and when we got out to the bus stop he was full out bawling. Not even a passing dog could cheer him up or distract him. We let him lay in the grass crying for awhile before I picked him up and deposited him in the living room before hurrying back to watch Ruby climb on the bus. He fell asleep, and ended up taking two naps that day. He shares a room with Ruby, and I can only assume that she didn't sleep well in her excitement, and made sure he didn't sleep well either.

Penelope has been giving almost-smiles to me, Woo, Ruby and Linus all week. She finally gave Woo and I a couple of real smiles today, but she's still not doing it regularly. She does a lot of mouth twisting and opening, as if she's trying to remember how to do it in between each smile.

I got another root canal last week and have spent a lot of time and money at the dentist's and endodontist's. It's true that pregnancy changes the pH in your mouth, and can weaken your teeth. But, it's also true that I eat more candy than I should while I'm pregnant. It hasn't been a good mix for me these last two pregnancies.

It's not what I would've chosen to do with $1500 or 6 hrs of alone time (essentially ... I took a sleeping Penelope with me), but that's the way it is. Woo spent a lot of time watching the kids, and then went boating for about 6 hrs on Wednesday to recover.

Woo's Dad sent him a clip of some guy on a trials bike that made him remember his glory days back in high school. As a result, he's decided to buy a trials bike, and has spent lots of time looking for the best bike/deal/etc. He finally found what he was looking for and took the plunge, but the site wouldn't accept our card (probably some anti-theft mechanism due to my recent large dental purchases). Even after calling the credit card company, getting it all straightened out, and having them manually add the charge, it wouldn't go through. Some might say it's a sign, but I'm pretty sure he's determined to get it by now. He'll work something out.

Well, that's about it. Just a reminder for those planning on coming to Penelope's blessing next week: It's next week, and Sacrament Meeting starts sometime between 10:30-10:45. See you then!


Lots of Moses

Woo: Herbie, are you going to be a better dad than I am? I hope so. 
Herbie (smiling): I'm going to be Superdad!! 
I was telling Ruby the names of the kids in Grandma's family---
Me: She has an older sister named C--, and an older brother named G--, and ... 
Ruby: Those don't even sound like names! 
Speaking of which ...
Moses was being harassed by a cute little boy at our neighbor's wedding reception. I walked past Moses swatting the air and yelling no.
Me: Moses, he's trying to be your friend! Why don't you ask him his name? 
Moses: No! 
Me: Why don't you ask him how old he is? 
Moses: No! 
I walked on. A minute later I looked to find them both playing happily on our swing set (It's all attitude, Moses).

Before bed I asked him, what was the name of your friend?
Moses: Peebalo 
Me: What? 
Moses: Peebalo 
Me: Oh. 
TMI(too much information)-Moses:
While driving down Ogden Canyon---
Herbie: Skunk! 
Moses: No, it's me, Herbie. 
Herbie: No, I smell a skunk! 
Moses: No. I had gas. 
Woo and Moses sitting alone at the table---
Moses: I had gas on the potty, Dad. 
Woo(reading something): hmm. 
Moses: No, I really did, Dad. 
Woo: Oh, I believe you, Moses. 

Moses: I peed out of my bum. 
Ruby: Was it hard? 
Moses: Yes. 
Ruby: Then it was poop. 
Moses: Poop isn't hard! It's squishy, like a alligator! 
Herbie and Woo currently have about the same fashion sense, which really worked out well when we went shopping for school clothes. The were both exceptionally pleased with the pearly-snapped western shirts, green, black and grey high-top Vans, and cool Monster truck t-shirt they found for him to wear to Kindergarten.

Linus loves dogs. And he loves cars. It should be obvious that Go Dog Go is his favorite book. He bounces on Woo's lap grinning wildly when he's not making motor or barking noises.

Grandma Marva came up with K-- and T-- for a quick visit. She brought Rio with her, and Linus had eyes for no one/thing else. He chased her around barking, giggling and giving her kisses and pats just like he does Penelope.

Penelope continues to be a great baby --- generally doing what we'd like her to do at this age --- sleep tons, eat, make loud funny grunting sounds occasionally ... She'd already gained 2 lbs at her 3 week checkup, so I'm sure she's up 3 lbs by now. 

Woo claims she's smiled at him, but I've never seen it. She's twisted her mouth almost to a smile with me.

The Utah Fast Pass made a stop in our town this week. We had a pretty cool car show here in the park for a few hours. The kids favorite part? The free toy cars they handed out to everyone. And the free t-shirts, hats, stickers, etc.

We were a bit of an attraction, as well, with many people commenting on the babies, the rest of our kids, Moses' Skuut, and Woo's low rider. Woo walked back over after the rest of us came home for naps/quiet time, and found that no one was interested in talking to him without the kids. Sorry, Woo.

1. Ruby sitting in $1.6M worth of Lamborghini
2. Ruby---the only one with the guts to ride in the Model-T
3. Sorry, best pic of the bunch, but that's Herbie, Moses and Ruby in that car
4. A little gift to Ruby from Woo


And He Walks!

Linus finally decided to walk more than he crawls. Woo let him walk to and from church, which felt like it took an hour each way, but probably only took 10 minutes. He still likes to pivot on one foot for some abrupt direction changes occasionally, and he laughs and smiles and is just generally pretty proud of himself.

I've also been more consistent about putting him on the potty. He isn't trained, but he will definitely go on demand, and I've been able to keep him dry during the day for most of the week by putting him on before and after naps and going somewhere. I'll have to up the reward ... maybe Hot Wheels?

Penelope is still a baby. "Look at all that hair!" is what most people see when they first see her. It curled up very nicely for church today, which other people thought was adorable. It definitely looked like I'd done her hair, which, of course, I hadn't.

Penelope is my first burper. She's the first one who's needed to burp after every meal, and gets fussy when she has a burp waiting in her. Luckily, all I have to do is tip her up, and it slides right out.

Ruby's workbook asked her to draw a picture of a building in her community.
Ruby: Mom, does that look like a castle? 
Me: There's a castle in our community?? 
Ruby: Yeah, right there (pointing to our neighbor's house with a turret). 
Ruby and Grandpa Kip were discussing lawn mowing.
Grandpa Kip: Do they teach you how to mow lawns in school?  
Ruby: No. You learn that in college. 

Moses (with a sweet smile): I like your fat cheeks, Mom! 

The Tour of Utah looped through Huntsville three times on Wednesday. The kids were discussing their favorite part.
Moses: I liked the helicopter what was flying sideways. It was awesome! 

Herbie would love to be the oldest child in the family. In fact, I think he's kind of convinced himself that he is. Whenever anyone will mention that Ruby's the oldest, he'll say, "I'm the oldest too! Right, Ruby? I'm the oldest boy, and Ruby is the oldest kid!"

And Ruby, for her part, is more than happy to share some of the oldest credit with him.

Herbie is super, super excited for school and every aspect of it: buying school clothes, a new backpack, back-to-school night. He is constantly asking me which day what is happening and when.

Woo installed a dishwasher and the faucet on Thursday. That wonderful day ended 15 days of no running water in the kitchen, 15 months of hand washing all the dishes, and 7.75 years of coping with sub-standard dishwashers for me. I could probably be in heaven except that the grout I used to cover the seam in the countertops does not match at all, and the seal is giving me problems. Grrr ...

Woo's job and calling are not filling his social cup. He doesn't have anyone to go for a good ride with or do tricks on the rope swing with.

Friday afternoon he was really feeling low when some guy who's been out of town all summer, walked up and invited him to go wake boarding.

The glance we gave each other when he invited him made the guy think that he didn't want to go, and he kept apologizing to me for taking Woo away. If only he'd known ...

Anyway, that's all for our week. Hope everyone is doing well.


A Week

Ruby: I'm going to marry E--! 
Herbie: I'm going to marry B-- F--! 
Moses: I'm going to marry Mom! 
Me: Moses, did you know that I'm already married? 
Moses: Oh. I'm going to marry Dad.  
Woo took Ruby, Herbie and Moses camping Friday night. They were so, so excited, and packed clothes for the camp out as soon as they got up Friday morning.

When left to their own devices, Herbie packed 3 briefcase type bags with clothes, and Moses packed a plastic Mr. Potato Head case with a swimsuit.
Woo: As much as I'd love to have them pack themselves, they're ridiculous. 
Woo decided to bring the bikes and bike into the site, so he supervised the packing of bare necessities into backpacks, and they were off. Linus, Penelope and I went for a walk to the library and to the gas station for a treat, and I spent a quiet evening at home reading.

Ruby found a kids' bat and ball at the park during soccer and convinced her little friends to play baseball instead of soccer. I guess I've been projecting my own baseball failings on her because I was surprised to see that she loved it and she was actually quite good.

She initially tried pitching the ball from the pitchers mound, which was a flop, but once she moved closer she was able to pitch it accurately enough for others to hit it. She also hit every ball pitched to her on the first swing. Maybe we should take a second look at baseball for her.

One morning Linus, Penelope and I were alone in the house. As I went out the front door with the garbage, I heard Penelope wake up early from her nap and start crying. I hurried back to find Linus gone, and Penelope no longer crying.

I found Linus (who had crawled through the dining room, Woo's office, and our bathroom to get to her) standing next to Penelope's bouncy seat softly, softly patting her head. Penelope was fast asleep.

Well, that's about it folks. Hope you all had a great week!


Another Baby?

Woo was experimenting with some nicknames for Penelope: "P-Lope? Lopee? P-Lo? I like it! Ruby, Herbie! Family council! The baby's new nickname is P-Lo!"

Moses ran in with a huge grin, looking all over the room: "P-doh! I want to see P-doh! Where is she?"

It's then that we realized that he thought we'd had another baby and named it P-doh. How would it be to just wake up in the morning with a new baby every few weeks? I'd probably have twice as many kids.
Woo: Moses, what would you do, if you were with some kids who were saying bad words. 
Moses: I would tell them to stop. 
And then I would spank their bums. 
(And yes, he knew he would get a laugh for that.)

We had two families recently move out of the ward leaving Moses all alone in nursery. So they were more than happy to take Linus a month early.

Today in Sunday School we could hear Linus yelling, "NO! NO!! NO!!!!" from down the hall. When we questioned the nursery leaders about it, they said, "You can tell those two are brothers. They argue over the same toys. At least Moses knows to trade, even if his trades aren't always very fair or very equal."

Thanks to help from K-- and A--, we lifted the countertops on the counters. Woo spent a lot of time in the day or so before reinforcing the cabinets, building a frame for the undermount sink, and planning every detail of the installation for ease and to keep the countertops whole.

Unfortunately, he knocked a chip near the sink trying to adjust the countertop with a board and hammer, and the two pieces didn't quite match up at the seam. After church today, he walked straight into the kitchen and walked out with the two pieces matching up. I don't know how he did it, other than work his fix-it magic, and I think I can repair the chip, so we're all good.

Siamese twins and death have come up quite a few times in Ruby's conversation this week. I don't know what's prompted it.
Friend: So this is it? You're done having kids? 
Me: That's the plan. 
Ruby: Yeah, unless she dies. 
Our next door neighbors have been doing a lot of yard work in preparation for their sons' wedding reception, and Herbie has been right there to help them when he can. I've gone out to find him pulling weeds and trimming plants with the mother, and walking directly behind the daughter as she mows the lawn (for moral support?).

Here're some pictures. Enjoy!