School's Out for Summer!

One morning (a few weeks ago) Penelope ran downstairs and announced, "I can count to one hundred!"

And she really could, even though Herbie assured her she'd gotten it as soon as she got to 20.

School's finally out, but not before Ruby's class performed a play on the American Revolution. Ruby's main role was to help her friend Ryan enter and exit the stage, but she did have a few speaking parts. They stood in the hall later to answer questions about their states and Ruby surprised us by actually knowing the twin cities when someone asked.

Her knee was very painful the day after the play's double performances, so I wonder if something about the little dances they did and practiced caused it? Don't know--she seems too young to have an injury. But Vince sent us some little exercises, and hopefully she can rest more now that she's out of school, and we'll see.

Field day isn't what it was when I was a kid. They have bounce houses filling the gym, a juggler, a magician, eating contests, and a tug of war. I don't think they run a single race.

Herbie was complaining that he couldn't even get a bite of his ice cream sandwich when they had to try to eat it off a plate without hands.
Moses: Oh that? I won mine.

The kids often will spell their own names out loud, so the kids younger then them learn how to spell them. Ruby, Linus and Moses seem to be the easiest for everyone to pick up. Archie and Penelope have known them for awhile, but Archie does not have Penelope's memorized. He knows it's a big deal because Penelope was very proud when she got it, and then Linus.
Archie: Mom, how do you spell Penelope?
Me: P
Archie: P
(and so on until the last--)
Me: P
Archie: P
Me: .... (getting distracted by something else)
Archie (finishing without me): E! Penelope has 3 E's!
How did he know that?

Linus was very impressed with the decor in the Thai restaurant, "They must have been rich to get all this gold stuff!"

Linus, imprisoned no more in the kindergarten playground.

Herbie in his bike clothes.

And lastly, it feels like Woo's put up about 50 cameras all over our house and yard. This morning I discovered one in the open broom closet.

That's it. Have a great week!


Busy Week List

Busy Week List (pictures may or may not correspond):

Annual Family Awards Ceremony with prizes for achievements during the year.

Ruby and Woo go on 5th grade field trip: iFly, Flowrider and rockclimbing.

Linus wears specially selected outfit to kindergarten field trip to the fire station.

Woo somehow manages to pull off organizing another fathers and sons campout with little sleep, and the unpleasant discovery of a busted rear window when packing the car.

Archie: Mom! I'm a prophet!

Moses accurately describes his future. And mine. (He's the NBA Player.)

Herbie gets nothing but super blurry photos of himself  on a rope swing at the fathers and sons.

Penelope braves a cold, windy walk from church like a champ.

That's it! Hope your week was great!


Lovely Weather Week

The girl Linus likes spent a few minutes at our house before her mom could get back from the doctor. The second she stepped off the bus Penelope said, "Oh, you are very pretty." Then, "Liney, are you going to marry her?"

Linus got one of five coveted solo parts in the kindergarten program. Coveted by the parents (I don't think the kids care) because it makes those five kids look like the stars of the program. They really should try to work it out for all the kids to have more solos or speaking parts instead of just standing there with a hat on or holding up a sign. It would be more fun for all of us.

Ruby had a moment of glory on the soccer field at recess when the ball came to her, she kicked it any ol' way, and it went straight into the goal. She won the game.

We've been doing strengthening exercises for what it seems she has (thanks, Kevin), but Ruby's knee is not better yet, which is very frustrating to her. Her ability to play at recess is severely limited, so she's resorted to talking, which she feels has caused her to lose some friends because she talks too much and doesn't know when to stop. So an injury, rejection and hurt feelings. Rough.

Herbie had very much to say about a couple of girls who spent one day's worth of recesses chasing him, and then he spent the next day's recesses chasing them. I think this is something of a first for Herbie. He either spends recess alone or playing some sports ball, depending on how he feels.

One day after school he came home and said, "Can I mow the lawn?" He'd just mowed it. "Or weed whack?" So I sent him over to the rental where Woo was cutting and collecting tree limbs. Herbie's idea of fun.

Moses had career day on Friday. The kids were supposed to dress up. I think most kids chose a career and went from there, but Moses searched the house for the best, most complete costume (and the black wig factored into all his deliberations) until he emerged as his version of a football player.

His report said he'd play football for 18 years, have some gigantic number of fans, then retire to marry, have kids and become a computer scientist. But who wants to dress up as a computer scientist??? Nobody. That's who.

Archie and Penelope spent some time at a neighbors where they watched a Santa Claus movie. Our kids get zero information from us about Santa, so they found the movie pretty confusing. Penelope needed reassurance that Santa is nice (apparently there was also a bad Santa in the movie?) and Archie kept talking about, "What's that called again? ... Oh, the north hole."

Also, how does Penelope always manage to wear these sparkly, too-big, princess shoes whenever we go on a hike??

Well, that's all I've got. Hope you had a great week!


Happy Birthday to Me or... Old Before My Time

About two months ago while sitting in the temple and wishing I didn't always have to rush to make the session and then rush right back home, I decided to do something different for my annual day off. I decided to spend it in the temple, and by it, I mean all of it.

I know people spend the day in the temple all the time (my own Great-grandpa Funk who famously did 7--or was it 8?--sessions a day in the years before he died comes to mind), but I've never even done two sessions back-to-back. I was curious how it would be.

Turns out it was awesome. I still only had time to do three, but I joined the small group of ancient people who exited a session, then climbed right back up the stairs for the next one. I got to see all three movies and my observations from each session were fresh on my mind so I could examine them more closely in the next one. And it turned out three was just about perfect for me. About 10 minutes to the end, I realized I was tired and needed a break.

I had just enough time left before dinner to run a quick errand, pick up dinner and ice cream and return home to this "We love U" carefully sculpted out of dandelions.

It's a good birthday, but it requires quite a bit of sacrifice from Woo.
Woo: Happy Birthday! Now I need 3 weeks off.
Woo: Next year I'm just getting you roses.
Woo: No really, it wasn't that bad. Other than Archie pooing and getting it everywhere, which is an annual delight.

It didn't help that he'd gotten only 1 hour of sleep the night before and got only 4 that night because he was working hard on his project for Innovation Week at work. I was afraid for his safety driving down to work the next day. He survived, but he's spent A LOT of time sleeping since then and the lack of sleep toyed with his emotions. Despite what you see here, depressive is how I would describe it.

I seem to get asked this every couple of years...
Penelope: Mom, hold old were you when you were born? 
Me: Zero. 
Penelope: But what kind of zero? 
Me: Zero-zero. 
Penelope: No! How old of zero? 

Archie and Penelope were invited to a play date. Archie walked into their friend's room and saw a picture of Jesus.
Archie: Look, Nellpea! It's your best friend! 
Oh! And it's my best friend too.
Archie (spotting a weathered old wreath hanging on this garage): Look Dad! A Christmas garage!

My kids get way more excited about Mothers Day than I do. I barely give it a second thought, but they were all so excited to give me their cards and coupons (and one of their books in Penelope and Archie's case). They're also super excited for my birthday. Some little girl in Primary had their birthday this week, but the whole time they were singing Happy Birthday to her, Moses was grinning wildly at me and pointed at me at the end.

Linus decided to be very good for his present to me for Mothers Day and he was. He was excellent, sitting quietly and reverently when he was supposed to. Immediately doing whatever I asked, etc. I definitely noticed, and he didn't tell me that was his present until the very end of the day.
Linus: Mom, do you know what I got you for Mothers Day?! I was being like Jesus! 

Herbie sat by me in Sacrament meeting and took every speaker's talk personally. He would nuzzle into me, look up at me and smile, and occasionally whisper, "They're talking about you, Mom!" At one point Penelope gave me a huge hug and smile and whispered, "I want you forever, Mom!" Which I was happy to tell her she could.

Ruby's knee hurts and has for a couple weeks. We haven't looked tons into it, but I know if I have a pain that doesn't resolve itself after a week or so, it's my shoes. We just got her a new pair of shoes, so it's too early to tell, but it's a little sad to see her running (still fast) with a gimpy knee.

Herbie, Moses, Woo, I and occasionally Ruby have been playing frisbee in the evenings. Moses has made the most improvements and lasts the longest.

And finally here's Moses in his "pirate" costume.

That's it. Happy Mothers Day, everyone!