Giant Hugs

Archie and Linus were very excited to make volcanoes in science this week. We made a special shopping trip one day at lunch to buy their "plasticina." They were very, very pleased.

Linus came up with a volcano design innovation that he told me about many times. Archie had science first on Thursday. He came home carrying his volcano with a proud smile on his face and poured vinegar into it a few times to show us all.

Linus was only more excited for his turn the next day. Woo and Moses went to pick him up from school (because Archie and Nellpea had already come home and I was in the middle of making omelets), but when he walked into the house he ran to me in the kitchen and shouted, "We didn't get to make volcanos!! Because only 3 people brought plasticina!!!" and then he burst into tears.

He was so disappointed, and a hug was not making him feel any better. I told him he'd just have to wait until next week, but he was sure that no one would bring plasticina next week either, to which I said that if that happened, we could make volcanoes at home.

That seemed to save him from the brink of despair and he slipped upstairs for his tried and true comfort: a pair of fuzzy pajamas, and then down to Ruby's room for a new one that Ruby had recently taught him: playing "Never Smile at a Crocodile" on the keyboard.

One of my favorite Herbie moments recently was when he got out of class early and came with Woo and I to pick up the younger kids at lunch. Penelope was already sprinting towards me, preparing to jump.
Me: She's going to knock me over someday. 
Herbie: Don't worry, Mom. I got this.
And at the perfect moment, just as Penelope's feet left the ground in a flying leap, Herbie jumped in front of me and caught Penelope in a giant hug.

Penelope was shocked at first, and maybe a little annoyed, but Herbie said, "I know you love me, Penelope. I know you love me more than Mom and are excited to see me."

And then Penelope laughed and laughed.

I also had a nice moment with Penelope when she ran to find me, crying, after an argument with some sibling. She was about to open her mouth to tattle, but I picked her up in a giant hug and said, "I love you so much, Penelope!"

She grunted a "Hrmph!" but didn't say what she'd been planning on saying, and walked off to do something else when I let her down.

On the afternoon when Moses was out of school, he and Woo looked through all the pictures Moses had taken in Poland and decided what to delete and what to keep. They had a good time together, laughing, and Moses felt loved and that his pictures were finally getting the attention they deserved.

He went with Woo (and Herbie) to drive to pick up Ruby from school in the van, which I asked him to do after Ruby stepped on a nail on her way home for lunch, and I watched her try to hobble after a jogging Herbie on the way back to school in the afternoon. And then about 5 minutes later, it dumped a ton of rain.

Here's Moses getting all that he can from an Almond Joy wrapper.

Woo has been trying to help Isaiah out with his prophecy by quoting Isaiah 2:3 word for word every time we step on the temple grounds. It starts with: "And many people shall go and say, ..." but Woo starts with the next part:
"Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:"
He tries to look at us and say it naturally, but he's not there yet. Mostly he's reading it off his watch.

One day when we got to the temple and I handed Herbie his recommend (it's in my wallet for safe-keeping), he said, "Oh! I know why it’s called a recommend... because it can wreck you or it can mend you."

I accepted a call as Secretary of the District Primary Presidency last night at the adult session of District Conference, but in a surprise move, I was called as 2nd Counselor this morning.

And here's Nellpea and Archie doing some of the very important calisthenics exercises they've learned in school.

Lastly, I've been reading the older kids The Lord of the Rings, which has been mostly fun, and the younger kids The Wizard of Oz. I've never read the Wizard of Oz before, and I was surprised to find that it's not dead boring because it is so old. However, it's also not brillance (imho), and after two Oz books, I'm done. Linus still wants to read them, though.

Woo is teaching Ruby to make salsa. Finally he has a willing pupil, who can crave it as often as he does.

And I think that's all I have for this week. I hope yours was great!