Saturday, October 29, 2016

29 October 2016


Bobo and I got in the car to go somewhere, and he asked me to put in the 'Fudgie Tales' CD - the one with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

27 October 2016

And finishing the Winter Clothing Distribution meant that we could also acknowledge illness- Mr. Brown has some respiratory thing, and Bobo has an earache, and Rosebud was wakeful last night because she has a snotty nose and is pretending to be Snuffleupagus (more than usual).  Bobo's prayers last night: Dear Heavenly Father, please bless Papa, who is pretty darn sick, and please bless me, who is pretty darn sick... Today, doctor's appointments and hopefully antibiotics for both of them.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

26 October 2016

As part of Rosebud not sleeping, one night we warned the kids to be VERY QUIET while we were trying to get her back to bed.  Rose Pink made her own caution tape by cutting copy paper into strips, writing 'DO NOT CROSS' on them and taping them together.  She then taped off the end of the hallway, in case any of us forgot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

25 October 2016

At the end of September we all came down with this horrible head cold.  It started with Bobo, then me, then Nut Brown and Mr. Brown and Rosebud.  Rose Pink might have gotten it a little bit.  She is more resistant to disease than the rest of us.  Nut Brown and Mr. Brown and Rosebud didn't get it too badly, and got over it within a week.  Bobo and I continued to have congestion and runny noses and to feel generally lousy for days.  It moved into my chest just a bit, and then the doctor diagnosed me with walking pneumonia, so that was fun.  Bobo is still not great and is now complaining about an earache - to the doctor he goes, tomorrow.  Rosebud fortunately didn't get it too badly, but she had a hard time sleeping for a couple days because of the congestion, and all the hard-won sleep training was lost.  Now she wakes up several times a night just to cuddle, which is sweet and I love it but I'm going a little crazy with lack of sleep myself. 

Everything in life went on hold last week while Mr. Brown chaired the Winter Clothing Distribution in our ward - 17,000 pounds of clothing, 3,700 invited guests, and 1100 volunteer hours over four days.  It was a lot of 12 hour days and pizza for dinner and no naps for Rosebud.  The opportunity for service and sacrifice was a great blessing for us, and now we are laying around the house recovering.  Bobo is sick, and Mr. Brown is also sick with something respiratory.  Now that we're done with the WCD, we can address this, and also Rosebud's lack of ability to sleep.  Sleep training, round two!  Starting tonight.

Friday, October 21, 2016

21 October 2016

I just put Bobo in bed.  He said, "When do I get to be the one in front, and Nut Brown behind?"  I said, "Not for awhile.  I think you have to grow up a bit."  He said, "It's not working.  I'm stuck at four.  I eat all my vegetables and it doesn't help."

Monday, October 17, 2016

17 October 2016





Last Monday was Columbus Day, and we celebrated the day off by going to an orchard and picking apples, having donuts and cider and enjoying the beautiful fall weather!  It was such a beautiful day and a lovely time to be together.  We all tried the different varieties and had a great time walking around the orchard together.  Rosebud loves apple cores - we have started calling them 'baby crack' because when she gets her hands on one she doesn't want anything to get in the way of enjoying it and will scream when you take it away.  So funny!  She just chews and chews on them with her two teeth.


When we came home, we decided to grill for dinner and walked up to the corner store and ordered five different types of meat from the butcher counter (we all wanted something different).  Mr. Brown ordered a NY strip steak for me, which was very sweet of him.  Nut Brown had a hamburger, Rose Pink had a BLT, Bobo had a sausage and Mr. Brown had a chicken breast.  It was a lot of fun, and a wonderful day all around.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

15 October 2016

Nut Brown was playing a game outside with large boxes and Bobo that involved 'trapping' each other inside the box.  We came inside and Nut Brown decided to see if he could lure Rosebud into a box and 'trap' her.  He laid a trail of Reese's Puffs cereal across the floor leading to a little bowl of cereal inside the box, and then carefully coaxed her along.  She totally took the bait, ate the trail and then crawled right into the box and sat up to eat the cereal in the bowl.  Nut Brown squealed with laughter as he lowered the other box on top of it, and shouted, "I trapped Rosebud!  I trapped Rosebud!"  She didn't actually appreciate sitting in the dark, but Nut Brown's excitement was so fun to see!

Friday, October 14, 2016

14 October 2016

Bobo has had interaction with the letter Z and decided that he must have one in his name, since the first 's' is a hard 's'.  So now when he writes it he includes a Z instead of an S!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12 October 2016

Rosebud has started crawling, and it's such a treat to watch her work her way across the floor!  She has also started pulling herself up on things and is often standing up in her crib when we go in to pick her up.  She also has learned to clap, which is super adorable, and to make kissing noises, which she definitely associates with affection.  You may think that because I haven't posted in so long that this is the cumulation of several months of development, but all of this actually happened over the last two weeks.  She's so beautiful!  (She has also stopped sleeping through the night and started refusing to go to sleep in her own bed.  This part is not so wonderful.)  On Sunday I showed off her new crawling skills for my Sunday School class and they applauded.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

11 October 2016

General Conference- I love it!  The kids made the list of words to listen for as usual and my canny nine-year-old said, "How about God-slash-Heavenly Father?" and I said, "I think you need to pick one of those."  Bobo said thoughtfully, "I pick 'slash'."  This past Sunday I turned on the Tabernacle Choir on our way to church and Bobo said, "I love General Conference."