The Marquis' Son

Last week Linus, Penelope and Archie had a primary activity at the stake center. They were very excited, and it proved to be everything they’d hoped for, I think. At least there were bouncy houses at the end (representing Utah at the end of their pioneer trek), and they were some of the last to leave them.

The stake center is an hour away, and someone in the branch asked for a ride. This would mean half the family would spend a dull and likely depressing Saturday without the other half. Woo let me decide.

It was a tough decision, but I decided that at this point the family’s need was greater. (Or at least I had a greater responsibility for their need), and other than greeting a few stake members before and after, the rest of us explored Oeiras. The Palace of the Marquis of Pombal was within walking distance, and we walked right in.

Herbie and Moses had fun imaging what the Marquis' son would do. Ruby reverted to her old grouchy-about-family-outings, but she thawed eventually.

There were a lot of workers sprucing the grounds up and a lot of tents up on the grass; they were obviously preparing for some event. Many workers looked at us strangely, but no one stopped us, and when we were done, we found that we were locked in. We never should been allowed in, but we escaped when a service vehicle entered.

(Admittedly, we’re not super familiar with machinery, but we always laugh at the ones that appear miniature or strange to us.)

Archie remembered he could make popcorn on the stove one lunch break and he’s been making that, which turned into him taking a baggy full of popcorn to school for a snack, which turned into him taking several baggies to school for his friends, which turned into him taking requests from the rest of his class.

He started the week feeling like the other kids weren’t interested in being his friend anymore, but he prayed about it, and this might have been the answer to that prayer.

Linus has a history project that he’s working with a friend on. They’re supposed to make a compass rose and there’s a contest between all the 5-7 grade classes.

Linus spent an afternoon with his friend planning in the library, and among other things, Linus is going to crochet part of it and his friend is going to make part of it from the traditional lace Peniche is “famous” for. I bet the judges will like that.

Moses has a “fun” thing for himself planned everyday of the week. Monday is his cooking day. Wednesday is not a fun day, but the day he does the bulk of his homework. Thursday is the day he plays soccer with one kid and Friday the day he plays with another kid (during school breaks).

Moses is getting tall. He’s as tall as Ruby and gaining fast on me. I guess maybe it’s been a blessing that we live in a place where our boys wear shorts all year long? We’re not constantly buying pants. When Moses does wear pants, they’re joggers, so they’re pretty flexible in length.

Penelope also worked on her compass rose, but unlike Linus, she did not ask for a pattern, or get a partner, or hold planning sessions. She whipped it all out in about an hour and was done. Penelope is definitely a speed over precision artist.

Penelope has enjoyed PE. She had a lot of fun playing table tennis. She has not done her first vaivĂ©m yet, but we are all anxiously awaiting to see how many laps she’ll get. It’s a hot topic amongst all the older kids. (Especially this year, when Moses stopped at 84 because someone told him he was at 94, and then Linus got 96 the next week!)

Penelope went on a quick shopping trip with Woo. It looks like they snuck in a peek of the beach and a trip up the elevator.

With Herbie in high school now, he and Ruby are sharing the school phone. I wasn’t sure how that would work, but apparently fine. Ruby’s only needed it once or twice, and Herbie needed it for the first time on Friday. They are also sharing the graphing calculator, and I haven’t heard of any conflicts yet.

Ruby has had a few online assignments that we’ve just printed out. She said several other kids in her class do this, and she prefers it.

Herbie started surf club again. He said he wasn’t going to do it again, and the night before he decided to. I think there will be competitions this year.

Woo went surfing in a new place a couple times with a few acquaintances. The first time was super gross as workers were sledging the bottom of the bay. The water was yuck and stunk. Woo was not impressed.

The second time he went with them and ended up there again, but this time it was more fun. Except he couldn’t figure out why both guys he was with were taking sooo much time, and being so indecisive until he learned that both their wives and children were out of town visiting the countries their wives families live in… they were killing time.

This week I realized that I’m the leader of the Relief Society, and I can actually ask the sisters to do stuff. I’ve been trying it out this week.

And that’s our week! Hope yours was great!