Easing of Restrictions

The split evening scripture study is helping us. Instead of being super cranky all week, Linus was only kind of cranky Thursday, Friday morning and super cranky Saturday. Yay! He also became more affectionate with Woo and I and more willing to do things with the rest of the family.

Archie was also a lot better. He stopped making his I'm-being-bad-face, which we call the I-got-in-the-flour face, because of a video Woo took of 18 month old Archie after he pulled off the lid of the 10 gallon bucket of flour and played in it. Archie still makes the same face when he's doing something he knows he shouldn't, which happens way more often when he's been going to bed too late.

Archie prays almost every morning before he and I leave the house for school, and he always prays to be a good missionary and to stand up for the right. No one told him to pray for those things. Those are his personal goals.

We eat a lot of carrots. It is the number one snack for Herbie, Moses and Linus, but everyone else eats them too. We buy several large bags every shopping trip. Anyway, we got a bad batch or something because three bags of carrots got moldy seemingly in one day.

If we'd had a carrot peeler, it would've been an easy fix, as all the mold was on the outside, but we don't own a carrot peeler because we never peel carrots (or potatoes for that matter).

I cut up a few of the larger carrots for two dinners, but my I'm-happy-while-slicing-vegetables threshold is very low. (And so is Woo's.) So Penelope managed to cut the mold off of several carrots and placed them back in the fridge in a plastic bag to share with anyone who wanted them. Thanks, Nelps!

Ruby was uncharacteristically cranky Wednesday night. Oh, by the way, I'm sorry I sent the picture of Ruby glaring last week. She really was having a good time working on her dugout, and the sentiment the picture caught was not accurate.

Anyway, Ruby was uncharacteristically cranky Wednesday evening, and we knelt down to repent and all I could think about is that I hadn't gone on bike rides with Ruby, and she hadn't left the house in almost three days. I kept trying to repent and kept getting, "Ruby needs to exercise!"

So, that's what I said the second we were done, but she was too cranky to accept that idea. Herbie offered to go with her, and then Woo did too, as soon as we were done with scriptures, but Ruby would not hear of it. They did not give up though, and finally, she changed her mind and ran out the door ahead of them, hoping to lose them. They did find her in the park, where she tried to keep up her crusty demeanor, but by the time she was done, she was clearly feeling much better.

Since then she's been walking (really they jog) to the middle school with Herbie or Moses or Linus when it fits her schedule and then she runs home. Also she went on a bike ride with Woo. Danger averted!

Ruby also had an experience where the teacher said that the kids with the highest scores had almost certainly cheated. He had purposely made a test very difficult. Ruby had not even been able to finish in the allotted time, so she was encouraged when she heard that. Also, the teacher will be giving an oral test to all kids suspected of cheating next week. (When they go back to school!)

Ruby also made dinner rolls Saturday, something she's been wanting to do for awhile, and proud of herself for finally accomplishing.

Herbie continues to be fantastic. He was good to offer to help Ruby get outside on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Woo was talking with Moses while Moses finished his dinner and I put younger kids to bed. There was a small bowl of sliced onion sitting in front of Moses (for pulled pork sandwiches). When he was done, Woo jokingly asked Moses if he was going to finish off the onions.

And Herbie, who thought Woo was serious and wanted to help Moses, said he would do it and immediately stuffed about 1/4 of a pretty strong onion into his mouth. To Woo's surprise he finished it all off without a complaint. He did brush his teeth a couple times and took a mint to school with him the next day to keep from overpowering people. But otherwise no ill effects.

Herbie bought a new surfboard for his birthday. He's excited about that, and also he was happy because the person he bought it from was very grateful because they said they needed the money.

We went to a skatepark for the first time in over a year. Linus is happy to retreat to some area and quietly work on his technical skills for as long as we'll allow. At the park he is always trying to ride his bike backwards.

At the skatepark, he rode up and asked Woo how it was supposed to feel when you dropped in the bowl on your bike. He could tell something was wrong with the way he was doing it. Woo and I said some things, but he quickly decided we didn't know what we were talking about (which we don't), and he rode over to ask Moses.

Moses hopped on a bike himself, dropped in a few times, described it to Linus, and when Linus tried again, he had it!

Moses spent a lot of time on Saturday, carefully measuring every key and space on my laptop and reproducing it for a laptop on his own. Moses is not careful in a lot of things, but he is extremely careful whenever he is constructing anything and on all his art and craft projects.

Penelope learned how to make popcorn on the stove this week. She was very pleased and has made it a few times for herself and Archie, and offered to make some for Linus too, but I just told him how to make it also.

One day Ruby and Moses read their journal entries out loud to each other. Penelope was also in the audience and it had a big effect on her. It opened her eyes to how a journal entry could sound, and she's completely changed how she writes in her own journal. Instead of writing a dry list of events, she now tries to pretend she's talking to someone. She seemed to feel this was significant and told me about it several times. She also said it was the best thing that had happened to her all week.

Woo decided to try some mild intermittent fasting. He forgot on the second day, and considered giving up, but copied the kids' idea and wrote a reminder on his cereal box. (The kids' cereal boxes all say "PRAY.") The waves weren't wonderful this week, but the weather mostly was. Woo went on several bike rides, walks and runs on the dunes with, I believe, every member of the family at different times.

He thought his skatepark skateboarding was slightly better, thanks to his skateboarding time in the parking lot (when we used to go there every day).

He had a fantastic night of sleep last night, which he attributes to having a talk in the morning and not being prepared for it at all.

And that's our week. Hope yours was great!