Christmas Countdown

Ruby got to have two pretend birthdays this week to accommodate two sets of grandparents, and her real birthday is this week. She got a pair of pants and shirt from Grandma and Grandpa that we let her wear to school the next day without a skirt, ending her skirt sentence.

Ruby is insanely good at sharing, immediately sharing candy bars from Grandma and Grandpa with her brothers. She was willing to share, but not give away her other presents, and had to defend her new scriptures and case from Herbie, and new blanket and pillow from Moses and Linus.

Woo's been doing Daddy Time for a couple of weeks now. I started Mommy Time a month ago for kids to have a chance once a week to do mom-type things with me (like help make dinner, learn how to make snowflakes, paint nails, etc.) that are easier for me to do with one kid at a time.

And this week Herbie instituted Herbie Time. He read a story to Linus, played some games in the playroom with Moses, shared a book and a blanket on the heater with Ruby, and spent some dedicated time smiling and making funny noises at Penelope.
Herbie: When I'm a Dad, I'm going to live in our old house. The blue house because it was really fun. And I'm going to marry... Guess who I'm going to marry? 
Me: Who? 
Herbie: D--! 
Me: What if D-- doesn't want to live in St. Louis? 
Then finally: I'll get to pick first! 

Moses: Where's Linus? 
Me: Upstairs. 
Moses: Don't let him play with me. 
Me: Oh? 
Moses: Don't let him play with me because ... I'm allergic. I'm allergic to people! 

It probably wasn't the smartest idea to start a new house project in December and decide to do a homemade part to most of my Christmas gifts (which you're all going to love, I'm sure :) because I've been pretty busy.

I'm kind of excited about the faux wainscoting I put in the dining room, it's subtle, but I think it takes the look of the room up a notch, and now I've had the brilliant idea to paint the two doors in the room a green (perhaps kelly green?).

It's hard for me to wait when I'm excited, even though waiting a couple of weeks would be the best thing. On the other hand, it is nice to have enough energy to get excited again.

One morning while I was caulking, I heard Linus jog repeatedly back and forth from the living room to the kitchen. The sound of the garbage can lid slamming after every trip told me that the garbage was his destination.

When I went to investigate, I found that he'd torn the bows off of all the presents under the tree and thrown them away. I laughed, but Moses had a much different reaction, and he ordered Linus to put the bows back on. Linus merrily jogged back and retrieved bows, one by one, from the trash, and Moses put them back on the presents.

Woo was less than impressed with the speaker's story of losing a 3 yr old at Disneyland in church today.
"So the take home story is: Don't take your little kids to Disneyland??  Why do people do that? I don't think I've heard of anyone going there without losing a kid and having the exact same faith promoting experience!!" 
Woo's obsession this week has been trying to figure out why exactly one of his mission president's went home early. This led to contacting lots of old mission friends and finally reading a long account by President Kimball's grandson about the revelation on the priesthood, all of which he quite enjoyed.

Penelope is gaining hand control. She's attaching herself to whatever I'm holding while sitting in my lap. While lying on the floor, her favorite thing is to grab the blanket, and then pull it over her head. She's unable to pull the blanket off or even to figure out why she can't see anything any more.

Well, that's about it. Hope everyone's ready and enjoys this week!