I made the kids memorize their talks for the Primary Program today, which Herbie thought was "stupid." I launched into a long tale about how my dad had taken a public speaking course at BYU, where he learned that memorizing talks leads to better delivery (do I have that right?) and that I'd had to memorize all my talks as a kid.
Woo: And now you can see where your mother is today.
There was a pause as Woo and I both did some thinking about what benefits from it I could see today.
Me: Um, and now I'm the best talk-giver ever ... 
Moses: No she's not. She's the worst! 

Moses had a field trip this week. When I asked him about it, he said it wasn't that good. When I asked him how his school lunch was, he said, "bad."
Me: Really? You didn't like anything in your lunch? 
Moses: Well, I liked the apples. I ate them. And the carrots, I ate all the carrots. I liked 
the sandwich. But I did NOT like the thing that you eat with peanut butter. 
Me: Um, celery? 
Moses: I did NOT like the celery. 
Me: So you liked everything in your lunch, except the celery? 
Moses (smiling sheepishly): Yeah.
Could've ruined a whole lunch for anybody.

Maybe I shouldn't admit that I haven't done this myself, but Moses taught Linus the Alphabet Song. It doesn't sound like it took long, though.
Me: When did he teach you? 
Linus: Um, when I was in the bath and Moses was on the potty.
Linus is a very neat child. I think he's the only one that cares whether his socks match or not, and was very excited for the pack of new "matching" socks that he got this week. He folds his clothes when he cleans his room. He keeps track of his special possessions like his darth vader slippers. He's a very neat eater and rarely makes a mess. I think so far, with the four oldest kids, we're about 2 for 2 in that area.

Ruby (running to Moses aid): Herbie!! God did not say an eye for an eye! 
He said cheek for a cheek
Just because Moses did something, does NOT mean ... 
Sounds like a little clarification is needed there ...

Ruby loves Archie and is always a big help with him. She loves to just hang out and play besides dress him, get his milk or food, keep him out of the road while playing outside, push his stroller, etc.

This week Penelope learned to ride her bike REALLY fast. No more walking while sitting on a bike.

When Penelope wakes up from her nap, she likes to "read" a book. She doesn't even bother to open the curtains. She can tell the story and even turn the pages in the dark.

We got a cub scout merchandise catalog in the mail, and I made the mistake of letting Herbie look at it instead of just tossing it. He's made a huge Christmas list now including: the official cub scout watch, cub scout hoodie, several pocketknives, and the most enthralling of all: earbuds and portable speaker with the official cub scout insignia.

I broke down the crib this week and put Archie on the bottom bunk. If I stay in his room to supervise, he'll constantly crawl out of bed, and even break through baby gates. If I stay away, he'll play around a little in bed like he's in his crib, and then fall asleep.

Woo opted to stay in the car while we ran into Walmart, which took longer than I had anticipated.
Woo: That was the most horrible hour of my life! 
The only way it could've possibly been any worse is if I'd been inside the Walmart!
Hear, hear. Woo and I feel like our life is draining away every time we go in, mostly because it takes so long to get anything out of there.

After conducting several experiments, it's been determined that Woo can get the kids to snack on fruits and vegetables like no other human on the planet. It works like this:
Kids: We're hungry.
Me: Eat a cucumber.
Kids: No.
Woo (washing a cucumber and taking a loud, crunchy bite out of it): Mmmmm! Who wants a cucumber?
Kids: ME!!!
Woo (slicing an entire plate of apples, and then stuffing his mouth): These taste just like candy! Does anyone want an apple slice?
Kids: ME!!!
I got a cell phone this week. Yes, a real one. The first cell phone I've had in 10 1/2 years. Woo is jealous because I got the easiest number in the world (he says).

My favorite talks from Conference might have actually been from the General Woman's session this year. I loved Sister Marriot's talk. Sister Burton's talk was not my favorite, but in rereading it, I was intrigued by the title. This last week I've done a lot of reading in Alma 45-50. It occurred to me (for maybe the first time) that it's my responsibility to be the Captain Moroni for my family. Reading it in that light has brought insights.

The week or so before Conference, I'd done a lot of thinking and study about fasting and prayer. As usual, Pres. Eyring had answers for me (also his First Presidency message this month) and also Elder Holland. But, I look forward to reading them all again.

Well, that's about it. I hope you all had a great week!