7.30.2013

7.29.2013

YES. WE DID IT AGAIN.

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Maybe we're crazy. 

But, I can at least take comfort in the fact that I'm the least crazy adult in this picture. 

This wasn't my idea, nor did I immediately agree to go. I was smart enough to hold out until I was promised a bag of licorice (whoo-hoo!) and Woo promised to make life as easy as possible for me.

And if you gloss over/selectively forget/don't count one kid throwing up in a tent just as kids were settling down for the night, and another kid's nose gushing blood while settling down in a tent the next night, and one tiny kid losing a shoe (never to be found again), and one kid peeing in a down sleeping bag, and each adult carrying a full load plus a baby on the hike in and out, and one kid tripping over backwards into the fire pit (which was thankfully out), it was a pretty good time. (Thanks for all the heavy lifting Woo!)

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When I told the kids we were going camping with their cousins, they all jumped and cheered.

Moses: Mom! You're the second BEST mom!!

(I still haven't figured out who he thinks the best mom is. Someone who would take him camping every  single week, no doubt.)

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Seconds later, I heard Ruby run out the back door and yell to our neighbor and the entire town by default, "Mr. Jacobs! We're going camping!!"

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We went to Clegg Lake in the Uintas again. The hike in and out is only 1.5 miles, which in theory should be easy for a bunch of kids and three adults carrying a whole lot of stuff. 

The kids all carried their own sleeping bag, a mat, one or two full water bottles, spare socks and underwear. I don't think it was easy for anyone, but they all did a great job. (Moses and Herbie doing an excellent job especially.) 

Ruby had a bit of a break down near the very end, and I carried her backpack in. When we got to camp, I opened it and saw a full gallon of water on top of all that other stuff. Wow, Ruby!

The hike in was hot and rough for a lot of the kids. 

Linus said, "I never want to go camping here ever. again. Mom!" But, he changed his mind as soon as we got to the campsite.

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He was reminded of all the other times he's been camping, "Mom, last time we went camping, I heard a tree pass gas."

Which is always a rollicking good time, of course.

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I told the kids to put on the worst clothes they had. All on her own, Ruby channeled Grandpa with her t-shirt, tennis shoes and pleated dress pants. Her pants were unfortunately too big for her, but she effectively solved the problem with a set of bungies.

Chemistry lab --- here we come!

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I know I'm supposed to save on-the-potty or in-the-tub pictures to show first dates, but what about this one? Brandt has the best hair, but Herbie has the best pants.

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Penelope wore an old pair of pants that has been worn by each of our kids. They now have four large holes in them, and they'll never make it to Archie. This makes Woo sniff a little bit.

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We brought Penelope's little potty and she was a champion using it. It helped to have even more kids be impressed and talk about it every time she used it. 

Apparently no one escapes morning face while camping. All the kids started laughing when I brought Archie out of the tent. 

Moses: Archie looks like a dad! Archie looks like a old man, Mom!

But Archie is still very adaptable and is a great camper. Having him fall asleep next to you or on you is so sweet. Woo almost wouldn't leave because Archie had fallen asleep on his chest in the hammock, just as we were packing up to go.

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No legos, no blocks? No problem. Moses built a car out of several logs and large pieces of bark, a house for a pet out of more wood, and all the kids spent hours hitting a giant log with clubs to hollow it out for a canoe.

No pencils, bottle caps or other trash to collect? No problem. Ruby found a stash of old bullet shells that she carefully collected, placed in a ziplock and packed out. I'll throw them out as soon as she's forgotten about them (tomorrow).

Moses and his trick stick-through-the-head stick.

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Other than myself (har, har), I'd have to give the Best Camper Award to Herbie. He hiked like a work horse, never complained, was obedient in every instance, was the first kid to fall asleep every night, etc. 

Maybe we should get him that pocket knife he's always asking about?? Anyway, I was very proud of him.

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For most of us (????) the hike out was a lot better. We had less water and less food. It was overcast and cool. The little kids fell asleep almost the second we started driving, and we drove for an hour or more before we stopped for lunch. 

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We always get stared at anyway (something about all those kids ... ), but a completely filthy, disheveled family with a bunch of little kids makes people stare even more. 

Who knew?

There was actually another family in the restaurant with six kids in the same age range as our kids, but we were stealing the show. 

It was so bad that even the kids were noticing it.

Ruby: That lady's staring at us.
Woo and I: We know, Ruby.
Ruby (her face lighting up): Maybe she's a spy!?
Me: If she is, she's not a very good one.

Ruby, who fancies herself to be something of a spy herself, thought this was very funny.

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We returned home on the 24th to a flag in the front lawn put out by the scouts. The kids were thrilled.

Moses: It's the Grand Ole Flag!!

(Does anyone sing that song anymore?)

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Anyway, we're relaxing now around these parts. Hope you all had a great week!

7.23.2013

7.22.2013

PRAYERS

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One morning when I was gone, Woo sent the kids out in the yard to find the shed lock that they'd lost. He walked outside a few minutes later to find Herbie, Moses and Linus standing under a tree, heads bowed and arms folded, praying for help to find the lost lock.

It was so sweet that it softened Woo's heart, and he helped them do a full scale search and clean out of the shed, where Herbie found the lock (of course) hanging from the toy bin.

Even better? Woo was finally able to bring himself to throw away several of the broken toys in there.

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I really liked that Herbie's last blessing said that he would learn about the Gospel by himself as well as at home and in church. I'm wondering if this was one of those times.

Another prayer was said by Moses when he and Herbie were racing their lego cars down the ironing board. Herbie had real wheels on his car and Moses had gears.

Herbie: Your car's never going to beat mine, Moses!
Moses: Oh yeah?!
(quick prayer for his car beating Herbie's before launching it off)

Surprisingly, it didn't work.

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Moses seems to be getting involved in a lot of arguments lately. I overheard him talking to his little friend at the library: Oh yeah?! I can ride my bike with no hands AND no feet!!

Moses has been playing with Penelope a lot at the park. He taught her how to go down the big twisty slide, and he taught her how to play hide-n-seek.
Moses (running away): Ok, Nell-pea, count!
Penelope: Eight, eight, eight, eight, eight ...
Moses: Ok, Nell-pea! Come find me!

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Penelope likes to think she's the boss. She's added that ever important "way!" to the end of all her "noes!" which she thinks is very powerful. Of course, all we have to do is suggest that Linus do whatever it is that she doesn't want to do (and he always is willing). This proposal is even more worthy of a NO WAY! and suddenly she's decided that she does want to do it after all.

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Penelope likes to use the potty during dinner time so she can run a naked victory lap through the kitchen while we all yell, "YAY! NELL-PEA!!"

Unfortunately, all that yelling makes Archie cry.

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Penelope has also given Archie his latest nickname: Etchie-bawd! which is what we all call him now.

When left unattended, Archie will now roll the length of the living room.

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Linus is convinced that Archie can't talk because he doesn't have teeth, and he likes to ask me: Mom, when's Archie going to get teeth? so that Archie can hurry up and talk to him.

Linus attracts a lot of attention from strangers on his little skuut. Most people notice him all on their own, but Linus is on it if they happen to miss him. "Hey!!" he shouts, "I'm on my little wooden bike!"

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I spoke at Youth Conference this week. I tried to go in not too planned, and relying on the Spirit. I'm not sure how successful in that I was. My problem seems to be that I can't help but think about what I might say, and then when the time comes, I remember them all, and I say them. One surprising thing is that I spoke for over half an hour and still had some things I could have said. I didn't think I was capable of speaking for that long.

I'm not sure how much this picture really looks like me, but it makes me think that Archie might look a bit like me after all.

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Ruby is still a fan of baby food, and will polish off anything Archie doesn't finish. The kids are constantly revising their what-I-want-for-my-birthday-dinner list, and Ruby has added baby food to hers.

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Ruby (a girl after my own heart) riding around the jump instead of over it.

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

7.19.2013