3.28.2016

Easter Week


Sunday (last):
  • We got to do a real hosanna shout (for the temple dedication) on Palm Sunday. 

Monday:
  • Linus plays nicely with Penelope and Archie after school--something he's struggled with since he started kindergarten.
  • After being put to bed Penelope got really frustrated and whiny. Before I knew it, I said, "pray!" She did and immediately calmed down. She whispered, "Mom, I said a prayer." Then fell asleep.

Tuesday:
  • Moses performed in his class puppet show. We were proud of him for talking to his teacher himself when he was unhappy with his part. She was happy to change it to something else.

Wednesday:
  • I was tired. I did what was necessary then read several chapters of Woo's Brigham Young: American Moses.  I sure love that Brigham Young and Mary Ann. What amazing people.
  • Linus is really getting good at reading his scripture verse by himself every night.

Thursday:
  • Ruby's maturation program. It turned out to be more embarrassing for me than her because we sat on the front row and Ruby had many loud reactions and whispered comments, but she loved it and I'm over it.
  • Woo got a bonus so large, he thought it was a mistake. Also, he got a nice raise. To celebrate we did... nothing. Except to save a bunch more towards that big something we're always saving for (early retirement or peace of mind or both). When we've got that we'll move on to world domination.

Friday:
  • The kids had school off, so we headed to krispy kreme with their report cards to gorge ourselves silly on free donuts.
  • We finally made it to the aerospace museum, which the kids loved (except Penelope and Moses who were shocked more than they were comfortable with playing with the Van de Graaf generator).
  • They even had a firetruck for Linus and Archie.
  • I'm surprised to learn that Herbie's really, really helpful at finding typos for me.

Saturday:
  • Ruby and Herbie helped Woo move a family to another house down the street.
  • Herbie made up a game where he gets to both throw the football and run a lot.
  • Woo took five kids to the park while Ruby and I watched the General Women's Meeting and ate treats.

Sunday:
  • Easter!
  • Last line of Linus' talk: ... And I know Thomas S. Monson is a president of God.
  • Archie: I'm growing up to be a dad! And I'll get to ... I'll get to turn on the pictures. And clip my own nails. And I'm going to drive a truck! (After his bath on Saturday, he was disappointed to learn his clothes would not grow up with him, he'd have to get new ones when he's a dad.)
  • Woo: And Archie hasn't touched his hotdog bun... Archie (jabs a finger in the bun) There, I touched it!

That's it! Hope you had a Happy Easter!

3.21.2016

Kids? What Kids?


The kids did some stuff this week. We just didn't get any pictures of it. Herbie and Moses had their pinewood derby (lots of video clips, no pictures); Archie learned to drop kick, Ruby painted her fingernails; Linus built some leprechaun traps (no caught leprechauns); and Penelope "won" every walk we went on. Woo, Ruby, Herbie, Moses and I also went to the Provo City Center Temple dedication, which I loved and was awesome.


But most of our pictures are from the day Woo and I dropped the kids off at his parents and flew to Las Vegas. Las Vegas isn't really our first choice (or even twentieth), but it was a work bonus on a private jet, and who can say no to that??


(Ok, I probably could ;).

Really, the private jet and the limousine service (big, black SUVs in our case) were the highlights. It was traveling in the way you've always felt you should, but never have--driving to the airport 15 minutes away, parking in the empty lot in front of the hangar, saying hi to the pilots and boarding the plane. When you land, your car and driver are waiting 10 ft away. They drive you anywhere and everywhere you want to go. Then they navigate traffic while you talk, and they drop you off at the door that's closest to the place you're headed. We never had to walk through a casino or wait more than a minute for our driver to show up.

The rest of the trip was kind of meh. Vegas doesn't really offer much of our kind of fun, and we weren't sure we'd have enough time to rent bikes and get out of the city.


We ate dinner at an exorbitantly expensive restaurant (part of the bonus), which had some delicious grilled tomatoes and stuffed mushrooms, but was otherwise nothing special. We did get to watch a man in our group eat a 30 oz steak ($80 without sides), so there was that.


And we went to a water-acrobatics show, which was probably cool, but I'm not really into shows and I was so tired. I kept thinking, "the kids would enjoy this a lot more than I am... "


Anyway, after that ringing review of Vegas, I'm done. Thanks to Woo's mom for watching the kids and putting them to bed. I'm sure taking her to lunch right before we left made it all worth it :). Hope you all had a great week!


3.14.2016

An Experiment

Hi All,

I'm helping a neighbor who's written a book and is pretty internet illiterate list their book on Amazon. I figured I'd know it best (and be able to explain it clearest), if I tried it out myself first, so I compiled all my testimonies into one and published them in Amazon's Kindle Direct.

So how does this effect you? 

Probably not at all.

But, I did give Amazon exclusivity for three months in order to enroll in and test some of their promotional tools, which means I can't have my testimonies available anywhere online for that three month period. I've hidden them from all my posts (but they're still there and will be back) on the off chance you were looking for one and couldn't find it.

They are, however, all available in one place, a kindle download here, which will be free from March 16th (Wednesday) until March 20th.

Also, I know it's the lamest title in all creation, but I whipped it all up in about an hour and sometimes I just don't have what it takes to be hip and snappy. Don't roll your eyes too much. Thanks!

P.S. Don't worry about this being a money making venture. On the odd chance I make anything, I'll be donating it all to charity.

Girlfriends, Best Friends and Pirate Patches


Thank you kindergarten for opening my kids' eyes to opportunities they never knew they were missing.
Linus (stomping his foot): Mom!! How come we never get to look for leprechauns? And steal their pots of gold?!

Linus has a girlfriend. I'm pretty sure they give all the kindergarteners a talk about not kissing, but he told me he kissed her on the bus.
Me: Uh oh, Linus.
Linus: I didn't know!
Me: It's okay to do once, just don't do it again.
Linus (crying): But I only kissed her a lot!
Which he revealed were little kisses all over her arm and coat.


Penelope has been giving the sweetest prayers. She includes everyone in her prayers and says things like, "... And thank you that Herbie could be my brother and that he could be nice to me... " and "... Thank you that Dad is my favorite dad and he has my birthday... "


A couple years ago the kids all got several pirate eye patches (from a party, I think), and after they'd all forgotten about them, and they were lying everywhere on the floor, I hid one away for myself. Because as a kid I'd always wanted one, but never got one. (In fact, there was one time at a school carnival where I waited patiently in a long line for one, but right when I got there, they ran out. *silent tears*)

Anyways, it really came in handy this week when I got something in a tear duct and my eyelid started to swell. Blinking was really painful, but wearing that patch with a skull and crossbones on the front brought sweet relief. The kids were a little freaked out and were happy when I could stop wearing it. We thought Woo took a picture, but we can't find it anywhere, so maybe not?

Woo went on his first jog in years. It was unplanned. He was outside; he was on a long and boring work call, and well, why not? He was wearing jeans, and not very good shoes, and he didn't go very fast, but he jogged about three miles through the call. He hasn't been able to move since. Stairs are especially painful right now, and one morning he felt like his ankles had turned into tiny pinpoints on end of his legs, incapable of carrying his weight.


Woo helped Herbie and Moses work on their pinewood derby cars this weekend. Moses was getting pretty stressed about the deadline (next week), and did some hyperventilating about how he'd never get to make a pinewood derby car. Woo had them draw some mock ups of what they were envisioning first. Herbie didn't seem to get that they would not be making elaborate, curved cuts--just one or two straight ones. In the end both Herbie and Moses' cars look pretty much the same, with the same paint job, just one has a fin in the front and one in the back.


Overheard after Herbie offered me some food and I declined.
Herbie (announcing to everyone): Mom's fasting again.
Moses (matter-of-factly): Yeah, mom's always fasting.
Uh, not even close, Mose.


Archie and I continue to be best friends. One of his three year old jokes is to say, "Oh, I forgot," when he's giving us an answer that isn't true, but he thinks is funny. I accidentally misspoke, Archie laughed and told me the right answer. I said, "Oh, I forgot," because I knew that's what he would've said, and after he stopped laughing at that he said, "You're my best friend, Mom!"


Ruby and Woo went snowboarding and cross-country skiing all in the same afternoon. I didn't hear much about it; they were both so exhausted. She was pretty happy to be able to spray paint an old can while the boys painted their cars.


Well, that's about it. Hope you had a great week!


Here's a story:

I was in kindergarten or maybe first grade when I went to play at a friend's house. She had a twin brother who also had invited a friend and while we were playing in the backyard they decided they were going to kiss me. I was terrified! I ran all over the yard until finally they cornered me behind the swing set. I crouched down on the ground, threw my arms over my head, and after they'd each given me a couple kisses each, I bolted to the back door, bawling. I dashed through the house, ignoring the mother asking me what was wrong, and down the street. I didn't stop running or crying until I was home, and I never went there to play again. The end.

3.07.2016

Sweet, Sweet and More Sweet


This was a big week for Moses. He had his birthday, turned 8, got super sick, was baptized and confirmed, and gave a talk in primary. He almost bore his testimony in sacrament meeting too, but instead he got an explosive bloody nose, which he and I had to spend several minutes in the bathroom taking care of. That and still not feeling very well pretty much took all the wind out of his sails. A lot of highs and lows in there for Moses.


He got birthday cards from his class, most just said happy birthday, but a few girls wrote things like, "I like you so much!" and "You are sweet, You are awesome, You are smart." (Their spelling's getting better!) In fact, my favorite line from his confirmation blessing said something like, "We are all blessed to have someone (Moses) so kind and so sweet in our midst."


Woo had a big week too, staying up late many nights to finish his project. It did finally catch up to him and he's not feeling well either, but I think the app's been submitted and he can breath a little easier for awhile.


We collect our recycling in an open bin before taking it outside, which means my five older kids occasionally rummage through it and pull out things they deem valuable.
Archie (walking past some paper on the floor): Oh! someone took this out of the recycling. Can I put it away for you?  
Me: Yes! Thank you, Archie.  
Me (thinking): Archie really gets this whole garbage concept...  
Archie (throwing it in the bin and returning): And now I'm your best friend!

Woo took some kids to the park and played catch with Penelope. After he had caught several of her throws and she had caught none of his, she said, "Dad you're not very good at being catched."

Linus (walking up and interrupting someone's unrelated conversation): Sometimes boogers block my nose!
Woo (coming home from a visit): Emily had to go into the ER at three in the morning because she got chicken in her throat. 
Someone, maybe me: She was eating chicken at 3 in the morning? 
Herbie: No, she ate chicken for dinner, got something stuck in her throat, then couldn't sleep and had to go to the ER at 3 in the morning. 
Woo: Yep. 
Me: How did you know that? 
Herbie: Well, it was pretty obvious...
Fine, but not to a 9 year old.


Ruby brought home a recorder this week. I guess learning to play an instrument is part of the 5th grade curriculum and recorders are the instruments of choice. She brought it home for the weekend, intending to play us Mary had a Little Lamb, but forgot the music and lost interest in it after that. What I did hear was not as painful as I'd been led to believe, but maybe that will come later.

Me: Penelope, who were you most excited to see at the baptism? 
Penelope: Grandma and you. 
Me: Me? You see me everyday. Why would you be excited to see me? 
Penelope (smiling brightly): Because I like you!
Ah, Nellpea. So sweet.


Well, that's it. Thanks for coming to Mosey's baptism and for your help!