10.14.2013

FALL WEEK

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This week Alisa and Ken and family stayed a night with us, which meant: Alisa took some nice pictures for us; Sarah organized my living room and mudroom while she waited for dinner; Caleb spent several nerd sessions with Woo in front of the computer; Micah kept calling everyone a "coot, fat baby;" Ken slept outside in a tent; and Ez did some quality wrestling with Herbie and Moses.

They came for Caleb's high school mountain bike race at the ski resort. Going to the race brought back all sorts of dormant emotions and memories in me, most of which were positive, and Woo and I started to get excited that mountain biking in high school (and maybe jr. high? rumor has it they're starting races for 7th and 8th graders soon?) is something we could get our kids in to.

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Little Linus just loves babies: Mom, when am I going to turn into a Dad and get a baby??

You may remember that we have a lot of tomatoes and cabbage. I seem to have hit gold with a tomato and cabbage soup that everyone liked. I had been led to believe from my years of reading novels that cabbage soup is the most disgusting thing ever (Is it Roald Dahl I can mostly thank?). Maybe they were too poor to afford chili powder because with it, it's pretty tasty.

It even made Linus' birthday meal request list.
Linus: For my birthday, I want cabbage soup!
And cinnamon rolls! 
No, pancakes!
He still has 4 months to figure it all out.

Ruby likes it, but ... "My favorite soup is shark fin soup!" Which she's never even been close to tasting before, but it has shark fins in it, so it has to be good.

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I'm not sure yet, whether the day off of school is helping the kids. Actually, I do think they might be better. I *think* there's less arguing. Ruby's moodiness seems to arrive on Fridays and stay for parts of the weekend, instead of all the time. Herbie throws hardly any tantrums. Moses is probably the biggest handful, but he's still going 5 days a week. Anyway, Ruby and Herbie really are learning some German and Portuguese. I don't know why this shocked me, but it did.

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Herbie likes to say, "a mulher come uma maca," which is the very useful phrase, "the woman eats the apple."

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Penelope is at that stage, that all of the older kids (except Ruby) went through, where she's personally offended if any other kid says that I'm their mother.
Linus: That's my mom. 
Penelope (crying): No, Liney! That's my mom!
She doesn't seem to get that I am mom to the other kids too.

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Archie can crawl, but he's not very aggressive yet. In fact, he's had that annoying week before he feels confident crawling all over the place, and instead sits and cries when we move all over the place and he doesn't. 

There is one thing that will get him to crawl across the room every time. All anyone has to do is set up a game of cards on the floor, and he'll do anything to get himself in the middle of it.

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Woo has been all about the free and cheap produce this fall. I have a freezer full of chopped fruit and vegetables -- I feel as if we've gotten ourselves all stocked up for winter. This Monday, we went to an apple orchard to pick 4 or 5 boxes of apples for free. 

As soon as we got home, and the kids were in bed, Woo got to work making some apple crisp. It was delicious. The crisp I made the next night was not as good. We eventually realized that the apple crisp recipe I'd been making for years because Woo had told me it was the best, was not the one Woo had made, and we've quickly switched over.

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Moses really does seem to have quit peeing in unauthorized places. Maybe all he needed was to be found out. Another of his I'm-still-adjusting-to-kindergarten vices is sneaking food out of the fridge, as in, drinking all the maple syrup out of the bottle, or the rest of the whipped cream in the jar, or taking a bite out of the cube of butter. 

He likes to talk a big talk about eating healthy, but his true loyalties still lie with the sugar. And the butter. Who can resist the butter?

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Anyway, that's all for this week. Hope you had a great week!
Love,
Chelsey