Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Something about summer makes me feel desperate to be outside as much as possible.  I seem to hit autumn every year feeling exhausted.  This year I have decided to embrace the madness and keep my expectations for house work and school work very minimal.  We enjoyed a last quiet day at the beach park before the weather cooled off for a week, and then the school year ended.  
 Sammy loves the water, dogs in the park, throwing rocks, and splashing.  He doesn't love waves, but he gets braver every time we go to the beach.
 Eloise wasn't happy in her swimming suits (too tight or too loose), so she ended up in one of B's suits.  She wasn't a fan of the mesh built into the shorts, but that didn't keep her from having a great time at the beach.  These kids have surprising stamina for sun and swimming.
 We were surprised to learn that we had never taken Todd with us to Kelsey Creek Farm, so we took care of that on a cool Saturday in June.

 Sammy's vocabulary is exploding, and his personality is emerging in a big way.  He walks a fine line between loving being the adorable baby (yes, he knows he is cute) and wanting to do everything that the big kids do.  He has absolutely no awareness of his personal limitations.  If he can't climb onto something, he will stand next to it and yell, "Down! Down!" until someone brings him a stool.  He loves music, especially songs with actions that he can mimic.  He was really mad when I took this towel off to put his pajamas on, and insisted on having it back on so that he could hold it and flap the towel like wings.  I predict that we are going to have a competition between this little goofball and B for who is the bigger goofball.
 One day I watched all three of a friend's children for a whole day while they packed up to move to a new house.  Having three extra kids around is no big deal, most of the time, but these three kids included two year old twin boys.  They kept me on my toes for sure.  We had kids aged 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, and 1.  It was a busy day.
 We took them in the woods and taught them to eat wild berries.  Huckleberries are ripe, and I have never seen them so big and abundant.  Sammy, who calls them "hubbabubba," now wants to eat everything that looks remotely like a berry.  Oops.  It's not like we could take our eyes off him for a second anyway, as he runs pell-mell after the older kids.
 B has at least three costumes on every day, and at other times he will drop to the floor, stop using his arms and legs, and become a snake. I hear about what he wants to be for Halloween at least four times a day, and it is something different every time.  He does love his princess dress ups.  I love his sweet face.
 Benjamin graduated to a booster seat in the car, since he was trading seats with Eloise all of the time anyway, and Eloise and B are roughly the same size.  This brown car seat is supposed to work as a booster, but it turned out to be too wide and awkward to reach around comfortably to buckle, so we got a new backless booster for Jared, and B got Jared's seat.  Sammy thought I was putting this car seat on the ground as a resting spot for him while he played on the driveway.  He sat in it for ages before he got distracted.
 B always wants to be one of the big kids.  This makes him very happy.
 Also so far in June I pitted and canned forty pounds of cherries, turning my arms and fingernails black, and B gave his first talk in primary.  It was basically the cutest thing ever.  I'll print the full text of the talk at the end of this post.  The words are all his.  Imagine him doing a fist pump saying, "They said, YES! They said they wanted to get BAPTIZED!"

Benjamin's First Primary Talk: June 19, 2016
Alma worked for the bad king, for Noah.
Abinadi came to teach him Jesus and Heavenly Father.
Alma believed Abinadi.  
Alma needed to run away and hide from King Noah.  
Alma taught the people secretly.  
Alma said for all of them to have faith and repent.  
He asked them if they wanted to be baptized.  
They acted like he asked if they wanted a piece of cake!
They said, “”Yes!”
They said they wanted to get baptized.  
They clapped their hands.

I will be baptized when I am eight.
When I’m eight, I’m going to clap my hands when I’m baptized.  

I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus love me.  
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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