More Fun in One Week than I Ever Imagined

  • Ruby gets her turn with the face paints.
  • Ruby, Herbie and Moses get new fins.
  • As part of the Williams' annual vacation to the condos, they invite us to the pool.
  • Penelope does a lot of cute swimming in the baby pool to show off.
  • Linus is frustrated--too tall for the baby pool, too short for the big pool.
  • I finally remember the best way to deal with a tantrumy child (Archie): a hug, whisper their name until they're quiet, then an "I love you."

  • The library website wasn't loading. Linus: Mom, how 'bout this--Did you think to pray?
  • As part of the Williams' annual vacation to the condos, they invite us to the lake.
  • Woo enlists Ruby, Herbie, Moses and Linus' help in getting apricots (from Woo's parents) on the dehydrator.

  • We get a phone call from a neighbor: they narrowly missed running over Herbie, who raced through an intersection on his bike.
  • As part of the Williams' annual vacation to the condos, they invite us and Christine, along with her kids to a BBQ at our house.
  • Ruby starts setting up chairs in the backyard before I even ask her (or anyone).

  • Archie spends the day playing with legos.
  • Moses worked on his baseball uniform; Linus worked on his slides to home plate; Ruby and Herbie actually played baseball.
  • Penelope pedaled 59 pedals in a row--the longest bike ride she's ever been on.
  • Ruby, Herbie, Moses and Woo are finally old enough to swim in the neighbor's pool. (Well, Woo's been old enough for awhile.)
  • Herbie shattered his kindle playing catch with it in the street. They were taking some sweet video footage, and we have it.
  • Ruby (yelling at her brothers): That's not a sin!! A sin is---like I'm sinning right now, cause I'm mad at you---  Oddly enough, all shouting and arguing ended after that.
  • I snuck in a haircut at the local school after a temple trip. The bad news: I had oil in my hair. The good news: the student got to practice her hair washing skills and the trainer cut almost the whole thing to get us out of there before closing.

  • Kids very quiet in the morning--they slept in!
  • Archie is very proud to be tall enough to throw his otter pop wrapper in the outside garbage can. He throws away his wrapper. He throws away my wrapper. He attempts to wrestle Penelope's unfinished wrapper from her.
  • Ruby, Moses and Linus spent the day building space stations from legos.
  • I rebrand. The quote is from Herbie. I felt it was missing something there at the top, design-wise. And no one ever reads those, anyways... right?? My other book--the testimony one (the more important one, anyway :)--is doing surprisingly well.
  • Herbie: I'm bored. Me: You can do some weed whacking. Herbie: Ok!
  • Herbie lost a tooth.
  • Ruby, Herbie, Moses and Linus played pickup baseball after dinner (Herbie's pretty good). Penelope, Archie and I played "crowd" and "fans."
  • Penelope loves my haircut. Before getting into bed, she said, "Thanks for getting your hair cut, Mom!"

  • Annual Cheltz-family outing to Dipper Pond.
  • The kids have tons of fun paddling around with cousins.
  • Herbie loads all the lifejackets/rafts into the car before we go, and all the kids help unload.
  • Woo and Brody swim to the island. I think they had fun?? Lyndy and I were sure impressed :).

  • I write this email (some pictures courtesy of Rachel and Tyson).


The Rest

(Linus hiding from Penelope and Archie in a game of Hide-n-Seek. They couldn't find him.)

(Moses with the 3rd(?) snake he's caught this week.)

Birthday Picture Overload

Because of the amount of pictures today I'm going to do something different. I'm just going to paste in my daily notes. I've done a *tiny* bit of editing, but hopefully it's not too revealing :).

*i took the kids to do car stuff: change the oil, emissions test and registration. We went for a walk while we waited and when we were done they submitted the registration, I paid and they issued me the stickers, everything. It was so easy and no frustrating trip to the DMV (although the Utah DMV is not very frustrating).

*I found a few clothes at savers I like, including some shorts (I started the summer with one pair of shorts).

*ruby and I went for a bike ride this morning (Herbie thought it was cold and wanted to stay home.) I was super tired and Ruby said, "are you going slow on purpose, mom?" I let her go ahead and my pride wasn't hurt.

*Woo decided to fast for guidance on picking a renter, and he had many little experiences throughout the day that made it clear. He broke his fast on Chinese takeout from Maple Express on our way home from the temple.

*penelope and Woo's birthday!

 *we went bowling for Penelope and Woo's birthday. We found it alright and penelope looked cute in her gigantic, foofoo tutu skirt. Woo beat us all, of course. Penelope was done after 6 frames. She had several bowls that didn't make it to the pins, bounced on the other side of the gutter or landed in the next lane.

*Linus stuck very close to me all day, which was sweet. He was stung by a bee yesterday; half his face was a swollen mess, and he didn't feel well.

*Ruby was invited to activity days with the 2nd ward. They made soap and she had fun. She brought home a box of fat boys for Penelope and Woo.

*Herbie seemed to be the only not overly tired and grouchy kid. He was a big help moving sprinklers at home and at the rental.

*Moses seemed very, very tired. He loves his closet "room," but can't stretch out in it. I'm afraid he isn't sleeping comfortably.

*Archie woke all the kids up at 3am (they tell us) crying about his pillow. Finding the perfect arrangement for him to sleep continues to be a problem.

*I sensed it was time to check on Penelope and Archie and found them crying and screaming in the middle of the pasture. Archie was afraid to go forward and Penelope was right behind him crying because he wouldn't move. I pulled on my shoes and rescued them from the tall pasture grass.

*Penelope's primary teacher picked her up in a convertible to go get ice cream for her birthday. It made her feel very special.

*herbie, Moses and Ruby all improved in their glides (stomach and back). Moses jumped off the diving board for the first time and loved it. He went again and again--he'd thought the swim to the side was much harder than it is. Once he surprised us with a flip (a first for any of our kids), and Herbie quickly followed with pretty nice form. Ruby snuck off to play colors and Marco Polo with a big group of older kids.

*Steven bore his testimony to us all after morning scriptures about missionary work and using the scriptures in missionary work. He'd been inspired while reading about Abinadi.

*Linus' bee-stung eye is looking much better and he felt a lot better too. Lots of smiling and laughing from him today, although he was cold in the pool and spent most of our time there sitting on the side in the sun.

*Archie napped!! (Something he doesn't always do these days.)

*I'm enjoying Elder Eyring's biography and recognizing things in my own life. His test of not being called to Commissioner of Education when expected was somewhat like [something] I received in the temple. During that same session I'd also been prompted to learn more about Elder Eyring's life (and later found his biography at the library)

(Penelope: I was trying to do it like Mom!)

*felt led to work on my YWs lesson tonight instead of on Saturday. Turns out it was so I would go to the library right after and print off more temple names. The library closes early on Saturday.

*im so tired today. Nothing but work, never-ending cleaning... I screamed at the kids while I was making dinner and they all barged in after I'd just given them Popsicles to complain, whine or demand more food. I did calm down after that and apologized.

*prayed that I wouldn't have to do too much work to get the rental ready for new renters at possibly the same moment the new renters specifically requested that the carpets be professionally cleaned.

*woo signed with new renters last night and came back optimistic and happy. He shared some of his birthday ice cream with me and I got 8 hours of sleep. I feel a lot better today. I got a lot done and I was kind all day. What a difference sleep makes!

*kids finished chores and bathed quickly. Ruby, Herbie and Moses helped woo at the rental. Linus, Penelope, Archie and I returned a book to the library. Then we helped a locked out family reunion find a key to the church.

*after quiet time I popped popcorn and we watched the Sandlot. It was funny, just like I remembered, but boy was there a lot of swearing. The kids loved it, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Only G movies for us still??

*i started a fast of thankfulness.

*while reading scriptures this morning, the thought came to me that fasting and temple work together are a super powerful combination. Then I looked up Isaiah 58 to reread the specific objectives of the law of the fast and found "to let the oppressed go free." The missing match in Isaiah I'd been looking for to "the prisoners shall go free" in D&C 128 (the theme of my YW lesson).

(Herbie: I got you a birthday present, Nellpea! Archie: It's a ball. Herbie: Archie!!)

And that's all (after I send the rest of the pictures in the next post). Hope you had a great week!