We decided to celebrate the 4th on the 3rd this year. Woo wanted to see the Counting Crows at the Arch, and I wanted a buffer day for the kids between a late night watching fireworks and church.

We started out great (eating BBQ at a deserted restaurant), but it was down hill from there when it started to rain, and we didn't have enough cash for metrolink tickets. Steven suggested that we watch from Forest Park, where we ended up seeing about two small fireworks through the trees.

I'll admit I was mad, but I think it turned out for the best. I was exhausted when we got home, and I probably would've been comatose, if I'd had to deal with the crowds at the Arch. And the kids had a great time at a playground there while we waited for it to get dark. The playground had a lot of fun things that we don't normally see. It was the kind of park that even invited adults to play around on it. 

Ruby ran around part of the time with a pack of boys. She'd raise her fist and her head into the air, and yell, "I'M PRESIDENT UCHTDORF!" A few laps later she was belting out, "1ST AND 2ND BOOKS OF NEPHI, JACOB, ENOS, JAROM, MORONI...!"

The next morning, when Woo suggested to her that most people have no idea who President Uchtdorf is, she stared at him in disbelief. When he told her that she should be saying "Omni", where she was saying "Moroni", that really got her ire up.

How could her Dad possibly know? He wasn't in Primary!

It took both of us and our most convincing arguments to persuade her.

Herbie surprised us by playing for awhile with a couple of other kids on the double decker see-saw, and then spent some time chasing a very outgoing Asian kid. He was very nervous about the fireworks being loud, but nothing loud got anywhere near us, so he was ok.

Most of this week, I've been taking Herbie to the potty just twice a night, and he's been dry! These last two nights, we've eaten dinner 1/2 hour earlier than normal, and he's been able to be dry with me just taking him once! It's almost too good to be true... I hope it's not a fluke.

Moses has been climbing to the tops of playgrounds and backing himself down the tall, twisty slide all by himself this week. He's been our most adventurous kid so far, but he's also not reckless. I had to make a dramatic run across the kiddie pool once, when he'd scurried around to the other side of the deck, and then started to back into a part that was too deep for him.

I wasn't really that worried about him---in the past, when he's backed into deeper water at the pool, he climbs back out on deck after realizing that his feet haven't touched bottom. I mostly did it so the lifeguard wouldn't. But, it's good to be safe.

Woo has toyed around more with the idea of hiring someone. He was disappointed to find that "brilliant boy," the kid he was most interested in hiring is only 15, but he has one mega fan that is a disabled, retired military vet that he's started to talk about it with. A couple of post doc opportunities have come floating his way, but he's not really in a position right now to start on that. Plus, he's not sure that's what he'd like to do. His advisor didn't seem to believe him, when he said that he was making no progress... (but his advisor has sold 10-12 apps :)

I think that we'd both like to move soon, maybe that's the motivation he needs?

Anyway, that's about it for us. I hope you all had a great 4th of July!