.0000000001% of Our Week

We were tired. I could tell the kids were tired because all creative play and reading stopped. During rotations, they would only do the rotations on the iPads... actually preferring to stare at the wall than snap two legos together. They were bored with the park; they were bored with everything.

I retaliated by removing all electronics from rotations (the only time they use them). There were some complaints the first day, but everyone is creating again. And reading voraciously. Even in Portuguese (because they're really the only books we have around the apartment or available at the city library). And also having a lot of fun at the park.

I could tell I was tired because I kept falling asleep during their rotations. Friday morning Woo took the kids to a different beach while I rested. The kids were super excited to find giant crabs and this little shark. Saturday was also an easy day, by the end of it I felt a lot better.

Another thing we've been dealing with are horrible smells. I pulled apart one bathroom cabinet, seeking a mold smell. Woo thought he found the source of a smell in our bathroom that seems to be coming from the neighbor's bathroom... unfortunately the problem is still there... And I don't know if the wind's changed or what, but the fish factory up the street is often blowing fumes our way.

Anyways, here's some bits about everyone:

Ruby reacted to my no electronics ban by complaining she'd read every book in the apartment and I said, "You haven't read the whole Old Testament yet, and we have several of those in the house."

She had to admit that was true, and to my surprise took me up on it. She's actually enjoying it.

This week she also started reporting every morning to scriptures with a list of answers to her prayers, and is generally becoming spiritually self-reliant--making a lot of little changes, like writing in her journal every day, spending more time at the park and spending some of her beach time letting Woo teach her to surf.

Herbie was set apart as Deacon's Quorum President a couple weeks ago. He's the only deacon in the branch, and without being asked does all the jobs a bunch of deacons would do: passes the sacrament, monitors noise level by closing the doors to the chapel, monitors temperature by adjusting the thermostat or opening windows, runs messages up to the stand, etc. He's also learned how to lead the music for the priesthood meeting.

He knows however, it's his duty to help the deacons quorum grow, and he's been trying to figure out how he can do that.

Moses, sticking his tongue in his ice cream cone: This is what I do for tongue practice!

Herbie does family history for a few minutes in the morning before I do. One morning he was finished before I was ready and I invited Moses to take a turn. He said no, and left.

Later in the day, he came to me to apologize. He'd been praying and he got an answer. He wasn't having a good day because he hadn't done family history when I invited him too. He hasn't missed a day since, putting in 10-15 minutes every morning.

We have a branch talent show coming up. Woo found some magic tricks kids can do and showed them to Linus, who was so, so excited (and even more so because it required him to assemble some trick props). He spent a lot of time on them and the next day gave us a family magic show.

We could tell what was going on for almost every one, but it was still fun and very cute. He was pleased to have completely fooled one of his friends at the park with one, even though Moses says the trick was in full view. Also, Linus gave out 3 more Books of Mormon this week.

One of Penelope's revelations was to be a good example to Archie to help him be better, and she really is helping him. She's always been good at motivating him to play her games, and now she seems to have the power of persuasion to help him do his chores, or listen to what we say the first time.

Archie, for his part, has been remotivated. Maybe because he's had some success and remembers it's possible?

Archie (completely sincere): Herb, do you know you have the BIGGEST bum in this whole family?!

I have no idea what brought that on, other than Herbie really does have a big bum???

This picture was taken to motivate Archie, who is *almost* there, but not quite.

About a month before Woo turned 39 he suddenly became very interested in puns, composing them in his head, coming up with hypothetical situations where he'll be able to deliver the perfect pun, names of businesses, etc. Unfortunately, his most successful pun delivery to date, was completely by accident.

There are no puns in these, but Woo wanted to caption these pictures of us passing a man holding a huge bunch of balloons on our way home from church.

"Chelsey, diligently pulling her children away from the enticings of the devil."

"Chelsey, unphased by even the most colorful of floating temptations, singlehandedly pulls her children from the jaws of hell."

"Chelsey, having never been tempted by peers or even balloons or toys or any other material goods, rebuffs yet again the wiles of the father of lies."

Anyway, that's our week. Hope yours was great!