And We Have An Eight Year Old!

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Ruby was a little worried that I was going to be in labor on her birthday and ruin it, but we made it through just fine.

She was very, very confident that she would get a Harry Potter costume, and well, she did.  Also, some books for her little, shark-loving heart. 

From grandparents she got the How to Train Your Dragon set, a new set of scriptures, and a million pounds of M&Ms.

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We saved the gingerbread/graham cracker house decorating as a birthday activity.

And ended the day burning the sparklers we weren't allowed to burn on the 4th of July (fire danger).

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Linus (every time one of his would burn out): Mine run out of batteries, Mom!

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Although, I think Herbie said it first.

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Woo was so excited to decorate the gingerbread man kit that our Secret-12-days-of-Christmas-Santa left, that he did most of it himself.

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But, by the time we did our own little houses, he was super grinchy about it. I guess he felt we'd all had enough treats by then. 

I'm starting to feel that way too, but I'll manage to soldier on.

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"No candy until you eat your corn, Penelope."

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And no, Moses still hasn't learned his lesson about sticking his bum in small containers.

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I hope you all had a great Christmas!


Sick As a Dog

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(Penelope enjoying the heater in her hair)

The kids have a new favorite Christmas song that is nothing but dogs barking to the tune of jingle bells.   They all laugh and dance, but Woo mostly plays it for Penelope, because it's the only song that will make her break out in a laugh and occasionally bark at the speakers. 

Which is funny because all my kids are terrified of dogs.

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One afternoon Ruby, Herbie, Moses and Linus were out traipsing around in the snow. All at once, I heard bloodcurdling screams in the front yard. They congregated on the front porch, and something began to claw at the front door.

I took a peak out the window, and sure enough, there was a small black dog in the front yard.

Moses and Herbie had climbed on top of the table on the porch and were halfway up the pole. Linus was between the screen door and the front door, desperately trying to get inside.

And Ruby put her hand out to the dogs nose and held his collar (just like her Dad had taught her to do). "Run around to the back, guys! I've got him!"

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Penelope and I got the flu this week. 

I think that Wednesday afternoon-through-night was one of the worst days of my life. 

In my humble opinion, I think that having the flu while pregnant is worse than labor. (Although Woo described similar things while he was sick, maybe it had nothing to do with being pregnant -- just the flu!)

I was totally out of commission, and shivered in bed, left to my dark, dark fears about the sun never shining again, that I'd never be able to take care of six little kids, and worst of all --- that I was going to go into labor right that second!

Woo gave me a blessing, and almost immediately my mood lightened and my temperature started to go down. (Also, I did not go into labor.)

The world is right again now that we're all feeling better.

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Linus seems to have given up stuffing mints and Gu down his jammies in favor of keeping a baby doll in there all day long.  

He almost looks like me.

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Not to be outdone by Moses' "I love you, Mom!" before naps, Linus has started to say, "I love you, Mom, AND I like you!" before he falls asleep.

To which Moses counters with, "AND I love everyone in the whole entire world!"

Here's a couple more pictures, and that's all for the week.

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(Moses, more than happy to make himself a giant glob of jam sandwich while Mom lays on the couch)

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(Linus and his homemade camera)

Hope you all had a good one!


A House Full of Sickies

Monday night Ruby got up and ran to the kitchen, saying she was hungry. Instead she threw up 5 times on the kitchen floor. 

At the end of the last episode, on her hands and knees, she started to pray, 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to not throw up anymore.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
She stood up and said, "I'm all better, Mom. I'm not going to throw up anymore. I said a prayer."

And she didn't.

But, the rest of us weren't so lucky. Three more of us caught the bug in the next couple hours.

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(Plus, Ruby's first zit!?!)

Luckily, it blew through fast. But, Herbie and Moses had low fevers and aches by the end of the week.

It was nice having Herbie home. He read stories to his little brothers, and helped Moses sound out the words in his little books.

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We should've been able to tell that Herbie was coming down with something because he sure was a stinker leading up to it.

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I was pretty wiped out by the first bug, so I didn't get anything up for Christmas, except for the  advent calendar just in the nick of time. The kids love it.

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I think that Linus is the only kid who escaped any illness. 
Me: Linus, do you think my big belly is funny?
Linus (laughing): Yes! And yours bum!
Linus is the king of the class in nursery, and he was super excited to introduce everyone to his little sister "Nel-Pee" when we started taking her too last week.

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We're told that Penelope does great in there, as long as the teachers don't try to pick her up. (Yes, it's early, but I can only take so much of her climbing all over my belly, and bending over to pick up anything she drops while sitting in church.)

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Woo only got mildly sick, but his week was still painful. Someone went through our mail the day the car registration and stickers came, and some neighbors found it torn up on the street. Woo was consumed by the mystery of who it could have been for quite awhile. He thought he had it solved, but the accused said it wasn't him. Hmmmm.

And then he made the mistake of calculating how much money we'd have now if we'd bought Apple stock instead of assorted big purchases in the past. Not fun for him, but you just can't predict these things. 

So we've bought stock in the names of all the kids instead of presents this year for Christmas. 

Just kidding.

Anyway, hope you all had a great week!


Quick Weekly Recap

Herbie's grade had their annual program. 

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He lost another tooth during the first song.

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And performed to the obvious admiration of both his little brothers.

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Linus (following me around the kitchen, slapping my bum with every syllable): 
I's going to spank yours bum, bum, bum, yours little bum.  
I have a big one.
I'm flattered Linus, but maybe you're trying to say the opposite?

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Linus: Mom, there's nothing in my jammies. 
Me: What was that? 
Linus: There's nothing in my jammies. 
Me: Hmmmm. 
Let me check.
Yep, he had a container of mints from Woo's office stuffed in there.

Minutes later Woo comes in from getting the mail, and starts to eat some ice cream
Linus: I have some ice cream? 
Woo: I don't really want to give you any ice cream when you keep sneaking stuff out of my office, Linus.
Linus scrambles off his chair and back into the office where he pulls the Gu out of the foot of his jammies and sets it on the desk.
Linus: I have some ice cream, Dad?
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(Moses discovers mudballs)
Me: What are you the most excited for in kindergarten, Moses? 
Moses: Recess! 
Me: Oh, the kindergarten playground is in the front of the school. Do you remember it? 
Moses: Yes, and I don't like it! 
Me: Why not? 
Moses: Because I won't get to watch a tractor!

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Penelope was not a fan of the attractions at Kangaroo Zoo

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Unless the wide open floor counts as an attraction.

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Do you remember sticking straws onto your front teeth? I do. 

Yes, it's been done before. Sorry, Ruby.

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


And the Hardware Goes On

You'll remember that I removed and spray painted all the hardware from my cabinets a month or two ago. 

And it's a good thing I did because we've had a few days like this recently, and not many days in the 50s.

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I like their fun, curved shape. They definitely give my cabinets a retro-y feel, which I'm not totally certain is the look I was going for (mostly because I'm not totally certain of what I want in a kitchen), but I do like them, and that's good enough for me.

I'm sometimes even fooled into thinking that my painted wood cabinets are vintage metal ones instead.

The only concern now is how the spray paint will hold up. I did spray paint the hardware in my last kitchen, and they looked pretty good after 6 years. Anyone else have experience in this area?