I'm way more excited than my kids that school is out. Crazy kids. Maybe around junior high they'll come around to my way of thinking ...
Woo: What are you most excited about summer? 
Linus: That I get to go to school when it's over!
Ever since we went to Zions Herbie, Moses and Linus have had a rough time settling down to go to bed. Lots of giggling and whispering, and it was making me so mad!! Especially when they'd be exhausted and cranky the next day. It was the worst part of my day. We'd tried one or two half-hearted things, but mostly had just decided to wait it out. Sleep would catch up to them after a week or so, and they'd be fine. Except it didn't.

Finally, on Sunday, I realized this was a problem that wasn't going to go away. So I said a prayer and opened my scriptures to D&C 3. I read this, "Yet ye should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you ... Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift."

I could not for the life of me remember what I wasn't doing anymore that had caused me to lose my "getting-kids-to-sleep" gift. Until I finally did remember that around the start of the year I'd rededicated myself to catching kids doing good, and commenting on any and every good thing I saw them doing. I'd even gone so far as to set an alarm on my phone to go off several times a day and remind me. Well, I'd stopped.

I started back up on Monday and Monday night they settled right down for the first time in over a month, and every night since. It worked so well, I tried the same thing on a problem I'm having with Penelope. But the answer to this one was, "Keeping on trying. It will get better." Something to keep being patient with, I guess.

Nellpea: Archie say "butt!"  
Archie: Butt. 
Nellpea: Archie said a bad word!! 

We've started letting Herbie mow his own patch of lawn, and boy does he love it. He normally runs to scouts early, right after school, but when he saw I was about to mow the lawn, he got everything out, gassed it up, and mowed right up until the time scouts actually starts. Then he made me promise to save the last few strips he didn't get to for when he got back.

Herbie finally got his second pretend birthday. Sometimes it's hard to get a date and time together with Grandma and Grandpa, but they bring the party with them when they come--yay!

Moses had his first grade opera. No one was more thrilled than I that he chose to be a monkey, and we already had a monkey hat. Thanks, Aunt Alisa!

I've made a run to the library and picked up about twenty books in anticipation for summer. Ruby's already finding the most comfortable reading positions imaginable. The kids spent the bulk of an afternoon playing a game Ruby invented where they were orphans (of course), and had just trekked over the mountains after the deaths of their parents to build a home in the pasture.

Linus has a ring and two bracelets, which is not remarkable. What's remarkable is that he STILL has a ring and two bracelets, and he wears them every day, and he hasn't lost them. Linus has a friend he sometimes plays with when his friend stays with his grandma. He got to see him two times this week because his friend's mom had a baby, which turned out to be a bit much. Linus got pretty cranky and unfriend-like that last half-hour or so of the last playdate.

Archie and Woo had a Daddy Day they both enjoyed, throwing light up balls around Woo's office. I could hear a lot of laughing, and when I peeked in to tell them dinner was ready, they both froze and looked at me as if I'd caught them breaking some rule. "I'm having a Daddy Day," Archie said. In the morning he told me all about it again.

Woo loves to look through the kids' end of year portfolios, and they love him to do it. He's genuinely enthused and excited to look at their pictures and stories, and has lots of positive comments for them. Unless he can tell they didn't try their best. Then he's not impressed.

That's all for now. Have a great week!

Here's another random story I shared with my family and my Young Women this week:

Having a new baby is one of those things where you know what's going to happen, everyone's told you, but you don't REALLY know until it happens. Then you're like, "Oh, THIS is what everyone was talking about. Now I understand..."

When I had Ruby I felt like I hadn't slept for weeks. I could never get caught up. One day I got her down for a nap and ran to my own bed. I had just fallen asleep when I heard Ruby cry from her room. I was so tired. I wanted to cry... All I needed was just an hour or two of sleep. Please.

So I started a prayer. I prayed that maybe some great-grandmother of Ruby, someone who loved her, some angel would go into her room and sooth her to sleep...

The answer was: You are the angel I sent to help Ruby.

So I got up and helped her back to sleep. I don't think I ever complained about getting up with a crying baby again (which isn't to say I never complained about anything else :). The end.