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Everyone made a smooth time transition except for Linus and Penelope, who insisted on living it up (translation: laughing and "talking") for an hour or more every night before finally falling asleep.

Linus woke up super ornery and with no apparent memory of the revelings of the night before.
Linus (staggering out of bed and panicking): Where's my zipper?!
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And he was, at times, irrational.
Me: You'll be OK, Linus. 
Linus (sobbing with rage): I don't want to be OK!!
Penelope usually spends part of her mornings looking up to and playing with her big brothers. 

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But, by the end of the week, she wasn't happy doing anything but lying in Mom or Dad's lap (mostly Dad's).

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(Just in case you were wondering, it appears that every single kid needs to discover the joys of underwear on their head for themselves.)

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Maybe I'm a jerk, but sometimes I like to tease ornery kids.
Linus: I hungry! 
Me: Ok, Mr. Hungry. 
Linus: I not Mr. Hungry!  
I  'Inus! 
Me: Ok,  Mr. Linus. 
Linus: No! just 'Inus!  
Me: Ok, Just-Linus. 
Linus: No! 'Inus!
Me: Whinus? 
Linus: Yes!
Woo finally solved the problem by only letting kids who'd gone to sleep on time ride bikes the next day. One day of watching everyone else ride their bikes is all it took for Linus.
(several times throughout the day) I not do that again, Mom. I not do that again.
And without her partner in crime, Penelope had no reason to stay up.

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Why is it that my little boys are always the ones with the sweet, natural ringlets?

Annual haircuts are coming up in just 3 weeks and Herbie and Linus are definitely ready for it. Mostly because their hair is so long, and always in their eyes.

But, Moses' isn't. I kind of like his this length, actually.

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I suppose it's part of life with little boys to find cars and trucks in random places all over the house. I found a monster truck in the potatoes while making dinner, and told Linus where he could find it.
Linus (sprinting back to the living room): Mosey! I found my monster truck!  
Mommy took it!!
Ye-es ...

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While giving Ruby a squeeze before bed, I patted something on her back that was hard, in a rectangle shape, and made a hollow sound when I knocked on it. Yes, it was the book she'd been reading earlier in the evening, stuffed up the back of her shirt. 

So close, Ruby, but no cigar. 

I don't know how she planned to read it; we've unscrewed her light bulb.

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Herbie is our resident hypochondriac. He greets me most mornings with something like, "I don't feel good, Mom. Can I stay in bed?" or "Can I stay home from school?" To which I say, "Sure." or "Come down and eat breakfast, and then we'll see how you feel." He always follows me right downstairs, and that's the last I hear about it until the next morning.

P.S. I sure think Archie's cute, even if he is mostly head and belly.

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(Because I know you just can't get enough of these!)

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The kids are always dying to wear shorts the second there's even a hint of spring, and Herbie came up with a successful plan for getting shorts past his mother. He insisted that it was Wacky Wednesday, and that he was supposed to wear something crazy.

I wasn't sure I believed him, but I figured if he wanted to take the risk of embarrassing himself with a crazy outfit, that was his risk to take.

He came downstairs wearing pajama pants with shorts over them. That was pretty wacky, I guess. 

But, when he came home from school, he was wearing just shorts. 
My pajamas are rolled up under my shorts, Mom. I rolled them up there on the way to school. 
Hmmmmm ....

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Moses: When I'm older, I'm going to tell you a secret about me. 
Me: A secret, huh? 
Moses: When I'm older. 
Me: Ok.
Moses: I'm really a super hero. 
(some secret ... ) 
Me: Oh? What kind of super hero? 
Moses (grinning sheepishly): A shorts one.
Woo swears he's not ready for spring, but he is.
Woo (rifling through his suits before church): Is it supposed to be warm today? 
Can I wear shorts?
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Penelope has decided that we can understand every word she says, or at least she acts like it. She'll toddle up to me, earnestly babble for a few seconds, pause for me to say, "Uh-huh." And then toddle off again, satisfied. In a similar vein, she's also "saying" her own prayers and "reading" her own books, and she's added something very similar to, "starts with C!" to the end of her cookie song.

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Linus is now a proud member of the snowshoeing and bike riding club. He excitedly pointed out to me  where he'd gone snowshoeing with Woo (down two sides of the house). But, being able to ride a skuut is a true rite of passage that he's been looking forward to for a long, long time. He's just walking tiny steps on it still, no gliding yet, but he can't get enough.

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Ruby, Herbie, Moses, Linus: Mom, what color are my eyes? 
Me: Blue-green. 
Someone: What color are your eyes, Mom? 
Moses: Red!!
That's more true, than I'd like to admit.

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One night while making dinner, Ruby was telling me about her and Woo's snowboarding trip the day before.
And Dad went off a big mountain! He jumped really high in the air, like this! 
(jumping up and crouching down in the air)  
... I wanted to do it too ...
Which is funny because Woo had been depressed that it seemed like Ruby didn't even like snowboarding, and that he'd done an awesome jump, and she hadn't even cared.
Aren't kids supposed to think it's awesome when their Dad does something cool like that? 
Of course, they do, but it's not cool to act like it.

Look who's smiling!

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Guess who he smiled at first? Hint: not Woo.

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Our popcorn popper died. I knew I could make popcorn on the stove -- I remember Grandma making popcorn for us that way all the time, but I had this idea in my head that it might be complicated (There must be some reason people don't pop corn that way anymore, right?), and I wanted to read up on it before I attempted it.

Woo was getting tired of waiting, and wrote me up a recipe:
Heat pan with oil
add popcorn
shake while popping
serve to husband.
So ridiculously easy. Why does anyone own a popper, again?