2.04.2013

Macaroni & Superheros

Ruby's breathless monologue of the week:
I'm Macaroni Man! He's like Spiderman except he shoots macaroni to make webs and stuff!
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When I get some money, I'm going to buy lots of these boxes --- and I'll eat them too! -- and I'll make a whole suit of these! I'll put them on my arms and on my legs and on my belly and on my feet and on my shoulders ...
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Because I want to save the world!!
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Archie, I'll save your life!!
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And then she had a card trick. 

I was instructed to draw a card from the pile, 
"Don't show me, Mom!" 
As she turned her back, 
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight." 
She laid down a pile of ones. 
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight." 
She laid down a pile of twos. 

And so on, until she got to the sevens. 
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven ... (long pause)" 
I waited.
"Do you have a seven, Mom?"
"Yep."
(Very, very pleased)
"I knew it!!" 
"Do you know how I did it, Mom?" 
Ummmm ...

Looking at Linus and Penelope together,
Woo: You need to start growing, Linus.
Linus: Yep. 
I'm almost in 'igh school, Dad. 
Or preschool ...

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Me (incredulous): So you ran faster than Dad?
Herbie (as if spelling out the basics to me): Well. My shoes are faster than everyone's
So, yes.
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Penelope's prayers usually go something like this:
Woo: Thank you for Mom. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Woo: Thank you for Dad. 
Penelope: Daddy! 
Woo: Thank you for Archie. 
Penelope (pointing downstairs): Baby! 
Woo: Thank you for Herbie. 
Penelope (pointing at Herbie): Baby! (In fact, she calls all the other kids "baby.")
My favorite prayer went like this:
Woo: Thank you for Mom. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Woo: Thank you for Dad. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Woo: No, Nell-Pe. 
Thank you for Dad. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Woo: Dad. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Woo: Hmm.  
Thank you for Moses. 
Penelope: Mommy! 
Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!
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Moses as Captain Underpants' more modest cousin -- Captain Shorts!

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Woo picked us up a free couch on his way home from the temple. The kids flock to it and have spent many quiet, relaxing sessions on it.
Woo: Maybe all we need for world peace is for someone to build a big enough couch?
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We've now had Archie long enough that a few nicknames have started to emerge: Archibald, Archimodo and Artichoke.

Well, that's all folks.