More Lovely June

For the first time in his life, Archie went upstairs and took his own nap. I didn't believe he was serious when he told me, but when I went up to check on him, yep. He was asleep.

When I asked him about it later, he said, "My head was moving and I wasn't even trying to. That's how I knew I was tired. And sweaty. When you're tired, you're sweaty. But girls... when they're tired, their eyebrows are short."

He's been pretty tired. There have been some later than normal nights and more than normal fights between him and Penelope. They had one really rough one where they both ended up crying at the top of their lungs. According to Penelope he "went against the rules of the club! You can't lie in the club... unless you're the first leader. Like me."

Two workers who recognized Woo and I at the temple greeted us with huge smiles and, "You guys are stalwarts!"

Their faces fell pretty hard when I answered, "Not for long!"

The part of me that likes to shock people wishes I'd stopped at that, but we quickly explained we were moving far from a temple, so their smiles could return.

Thank you to everyone who came today! After everyone left Moses asked for another ice cream.

Me: Didn't you already have ten of them?
Moses (shaking his head vigorously): Not even close!
Me (staring him down)
Moses: Well... pretty close.

Moses was excited about his older cousin who just got off his mission. He said, "Mom, he looks different now. He's handsome!"

And then days later...

Moses (asking about some young adult we know): Why isn't he married yet?
Me: It's not always that easy to find someone to marry--
Moses: It's going to be easy for me, Mom. Cuz I'm going to be handsome like [cousin]!

Moses: Mom, why do we drink cows pee?

And then Herbie agreed with him and they refused to accept that milk and pee are no where near the same things.

Ruby went to girls camp for the first time. She LOVED it! Ruby's a bit of a chameleon when it comes to speaking and behavior, and she definitely came back speaking like other girls in the ward. It didn't last too long, though. Only half a day.

She says she started all the fires (which may or may not be true) and was pretty excited about the games they played and songs they sang.

Thank goodness Herbie has been such a work horse. He mowed the lawn, weed whacked, helped me move the table saw a couple times, disassembled bookshelves, carried loads upstairs (well, they all did), set up chairs for guests today. Then he noticed some of them were dirty and he wiped them all off.

It's wonderful when he's behaving this way. But sometimes we get in the habit of asking him too much and he's had enough. He was not excited to set out the sprinklers, for example. There was a lot of yelling that time.

The theme for our talks was Romans 8:18. Linus wanted to have a personal example of "suffering" for his talk, so he told us he was going to fast. It was his first time and he only did one meal, but he did it. He was proud of himself, and when it was over he said, "But what was the suffering part, Mom?"

Which apparently he figured out because he did talk about it in his talk and he said fasting was hard.

Woo spent a lot of the week being stressed out about tax numbers and utilities and other details of the move. The tax numbers and utilities problem largely solved itself towards the end of the week, which was a huge relief for him. But I think he needs a vacation. Hopefully he'll get one soon!