11.09.2015

BRRRRRR... NOVEMBER


This has been, hands down, the best week after a time change we've ever had. I was gearing myself up for something awful with the clocks turning back the same night as Halloween... but then there was nothing. The kids were great--clear until Friday, when they started to get a bit crazy. That little bit of crazy has extended into today, but it really hasn't been too bad. Nothing like we've seen in years past.

The only change I can think of is that this month we fasted for me. (We've been slowly working our way through every member of the family when we haven't had any other specific requests, and this month it was finally my turn!) I'm glad it's working out well for me, since it appeared the blessings Moses needed on his month included hitting his head really, really hard once or twice a week. But I still have a few weeks to go in November, I guess.


The candy's all gone (thank goodness) and it's all Moses could think about. He'd greet me in the morning with: Can I have some candy?!? Run home from school, open the door and call: Can I have some candy?!? See me again ten minutes after he last asked: Can I have some candy?!?

The candy worked wonders with helping the kids memorize their talks for the Primary program, though. I told them all they could have a piece if they could tell me their entire talk once. Which they all did within only a few minutes. Then I said they could have three pieces for saying it correctly three times in a row. Finally, five pieces for five times in a row... and by then I knew they'd have it down for the next six months or so. And they did.

They all did a wonderful job in their program today and Penelope and Linus were all ready to give their talks to Grandma and Grandpa on Friday. They dropped by for a few minutes after meeting Moses, Herbie and Ruby for Grandparents Day lunch. Archie tried to tell them his, but he doesn't talk very loud when he's on the spot. Archie didn't actually have a talk, but I let him pretend he did for some candy and he'd tell a different story every time. Usually some version of Penelope's talk or a time he and Penelope wanted a hat (he was never clear on what the moral of that was).

Temperatures dropped this week. Penelope and Archie refused to admit it. I made sure they're both wearing jackets and socks and pants to breakfast and before I knew it, they'd both be dressed like this:


Herbie and Moses are the same way, always complaining that they're too hot, but Ruby and Linus know how to bundle up.

I've recently discovered that if I don't get enough sunlight, I break out all over my chin. Getting sun's been a bit of a struggle in the cold and the overcast skies. The kids are always excited to go outside and they're fine running around, but I can't just sit there. We have to go for a walk. The rope swing is a favorite destination.


The kids were arguing over our golden spoon.
Linus: It's money! You can buy things with money. 
Me (without thinking): You can buy anything in this world with money... 
Herbie (snorts): You sure, Mom?! No! You can't! 
Good answer, Herbie.

Last week Archie's nursery teacher told us she'd taught him a lesson including a story of Jacob Hamblin trading with the indians. She loaded Archie down with blankets and later he got to color some blankets on his paper.
Me: How was nursery, Archie? 
Archie: Good. Sister Peterson taught a lesson. But she did not teach a lesson about Jacob. 
Me (surprised he remembered his lesson from the week before): What did she teach about? 
Archie: Kitties.
More of Archie's memory. He pointed at a Deacon today and said, "His arm's not broken any more." It took me a second or two to remember that Deacon'd been wearing an arm sling a few weeks ago. I probably never would've remembered if Archie hadn't pointed it out.


A dream came true for Herbie this week. Woo got two box tickets to the Jazz game from work and he took Herbie. They gorged themselves on food in the suite and Herbie did enough cheering for everyone. He cheered for the play and then again for the replay on the gigantic screens (which Herbie was really taken by).


Ruby really wanted to begin her talk by saying, "Dear Brothers and Sisters... " Then she decided that sounded too much like a letter and she should say, "Hello Brothers and Sisters..." In the actual talk she said both. She also picked a scripture in Job, which Herbie had to keep reminding her rhymed with robe not rob, and she mostly got that right.


Linus told the story he's been telling in all his talks this year. The story of when he couldn't put the car track together and said a prayer and Heavenly Father told him how to fix it and he did. But he never wants to tell the other part of the story, which he told me when it first happened. The part where he prayed and he knew Heavenly Father didn't want him to whine anymore. That happened before he prayed how to fix it.


Penelope decided she really liked sour patch kids (because they're sparkly, like princesses) and she may have swiped a few from other kids' buckets. KitKats were not doing it for her, however. They were her very last candy to go, and she even gave some away.

Penelope always gets kind of a dreamy, concerned face whenever she hears a baby cry. It was the only time she sat completely still during the Primary Program.

Well, that's it for the week. Hope yours was great!