Jerseys, Camp and Star Wars

This week started out pretty normally. We went to the library. We went to the beach, etc. But then midway through the week, we split up and Woo went to youth camp with Ruby and Herbie. And the rest of us stayed home.

The younger kids were pretty jealous; they really wanted to go too! But in the end, we *might* have had the better week. It was pretty relaxing; they got to pick their dinners, and I let them watch the original Star Wars (with a little bit of manual editing).

I really like this having the kids seek for personal revelation every night. The older four are definitely getting the hang of it, and are becoming independent in discovering and doing the most important thing for them right now.

Herbie finished his Duty to God without any prodding or anything from us or anyone. Every single one of the kids now spends some self-appointed time in the scriptures every day. Ruby and Herbie are doing more Family History on their own. Moses discovered a huge personal weakness that he's now working on, etc.

One morning Linus told us he needed to give a Book of Mormon to his new soccer friend at the park. He and Moses both wrote in it and were very excited to give it him. In return, the friend gave them each full soccer uniforms with their names on the jerseys!

Ruby was better than perfect the morning before youth camp because she'd received the revelation that she needed to be a good example at camp. She'd invited two friends who both said they were coming and she assumed it was for them. But she was derailed when both of those friends fell through (welcome to missionary work, Ruby!), and after getting hardly any sleep, never really recovered.

I don't know about anyone else, but our kids can be a little (or a lot!) surly when low on sleep...

Herbie had fun, but came home a zombie. I think he had big dreams of starting all the fires... Woo had to start the first charcoal Herbie failed to light, and I'm not sure how he did from there. He crawled into his tent to sleep at a reasonable time and even attempted a nap the next day, but was never successful.

We (Woo and I) were afraid that Herbie would be apoplectic when he saw Moses and Linus' jerseys, but there was no reaction at all. He must have been too exhausted.

Ruby and Herbie did have a lot of fun canoeing, running around, and other activities with the youth... They definitely want to go again next year.

Penelope finally got to go shopping with her birthday money. In the end, all she bought was a hair brush, some bubbles and a bucket of strawberry yogurt.

Penelope--my occasional yoga buddy.

Archie has been promised a bike by his dad if he can be dry at night for two weeks. He's terrified of the pee alarm and told us he could just do it himself. It's been one week and he's done it. But at the expense of some sleep (see surly above).

Woo was great to camp with the kids. He enjoys camping and doing stuff with the youth, and his trip was made more comfortable by taking half our mattress (it zips down the middle) to sleep in the van. Also, he was more than satisfied with the food.

That's about it, except our episode finally aired. It was a... thing... I guess. Hope your week was great!