A few weeks ago… (By Sir Potatoes)

Testing, testing… Well, look at that! It’s me and Boots!

Now wait a second… Boots, are you giving me bunny ears?

[What? Me? No way! You must be seeing things with your crazy eyes there.]

Ok, everyone. Are you ready? Today is super special and we don’t want to mess this up.

[We’re ready, Potatoes!]

Ok. One, two, three…


*More cheese!*

Ha, ha! Ok, Mom, I’ve got the camera all warmed up and ready for you!

[Thank you, Potatoes! Places, everyone!]

Sure thing, Mom!

Ta-dah! It’s our whole faminy!!

Aww. Look at us all! Spit shined and all ready for our turn at church during COVID-19. *Sigh* There’s only one thing that could make this better. Do you know what it is? 🥰 I’ll give you some hints…

He’s 38 weeks old, sitting all comfy and breech, and giving Mommy contractions like nobody’s bidness. He’s also a powerful magnet for our hands and we love to find his head and feel his huge kicks and jabs. AND! The doctor is going to take him out in just two days!!!

He’s our new baby brother!!!

Aww… We just can’t wait to meet him.

And I’ll bet when he comes out, he’s going to make…

… The Bubbers King look every inch of being a teenager who’s almost as tall as his mom! (Though it makes him sad and excited at the same time. He wants to tower over Mommy, and yet he doesn’t… Isn’t growing up confusing?)

Baby brother will also make…

… Mommy shake her head in wonder that Sir Boots is old enough to have the Priesthood and pass the sacrament at church. It just swells her heart to the brim to watch him and she’ll get to again today!

And of course…

… Mommy can’t believe I’m old enough to hold and rock my baby brother like a champ! (Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was rocking ME to sleep every night for hours while watching Larkrise to Candleford on her phone? That was almost 10 years ago? Holy cow…)

But for sure…

… This little guy is still little. (Wait. Joo-Jee’s getting baptized this year? And he’s reading up a storm and totally holds his own in wrestling matches with his older brothers? That can’t be right.)

Then just maybe…

… Mommy’s little Princess won’t look like a giant after Mommy brings home her new baby. Because she remembers VERY well when this girl couldn’t sing and dance and twirl all day long.

Man. I guess it’s true, Mom.

We’ve really grown up! And honestly? It’s amazing!

And just think… We get to help one more tiny son of Heavenly Father’s learn all about this beautiful world, his miraculous new body and the roadmap back home.

[Yes, we do, Potatoes! And there’s nothing in the world more incredible than that.]

That’s true. Thanks, Mom and Dad! ❤️

Love, Sir Potatoes

Aquarium of the Pacific

Charming’s office in Long Beach is near the Aquarium of the Pacific, so this week I took our lives in my hands and braved the *insane* bridge that connects the PV Peninsula to Long Beach.

(The roads here are very narrow and poorly maintained. There are rarely signs for construction road closures, so your lane just disappears on you and people don’t usually like to let you in. Combine that with a massive set of freeways, tons of semi-trucks and *chronic* speeding everywhere and my stress levels shoot through the roof.)

Once I got our huge van parked, I took a moment to breathe and get my heart rate down to 200. Then it was time to meet up with Charming and enjoy the gorgeous Aquarium of the Pacific!

Our favorites:

— The super cool wave fountain out front. The kids could have chased that wave around all day long!

— Getting a cute family picture! I love it when places offer to take our picture!!

— Petting a gazillion creatures!!! Rays, sharks, jellyfish and I don’t know what else!

— Feeding the beautiful lorikeets!!

— How Shoo-Shee Muffins jerked her entire body back in mid-air when I bent her down to pet one of the creatures.

— Watching the kids get cute and shy around the costumed penguin. :):) (I can’t wait to see them with characters at Disneyland!)

— How much we *all* love aquariums.

— Deciding that we really need to get a home aquarium. Because fish are beautiful and silent. Which makes them the perfect pets ever.

Looking for peacocks…

I felt a little down this afternoon, missing pretty, green Washington, our home and friends, cool weather, our backyard and park, and so on…

So I decided I needed a pick-me-up and suggested a family walk to find the peacocks we hear every morning and night. (They like to hang out on a street nearby.) A walk always lifts my spirits and it worked it’s magic again…
Charming gave us our second Spanish lesson in preparation for our trip to Mexico in a few weeks.
He quizzed each of us on our lesson from yesterday.

“How do you say hello and introduce yourself?”

Hola, amigo. Me llamo Heidi.

“That’s right!”

Then he started on new material.

“Now, tell people where you’re from.”

Soy de America.

“Now, for something very important the kids need to know… Where is the bathroom?”

?Dónde está el baño?

Then we started making requests…
How do I ask, “Where is the peacock?”

“?Dónde está el pavo real?”

Where is the real turkey?

There it is!!!!

How do I say: Peacock Indian Chief!

And: Peacock Indian Chief Jedi Master!

Man, alive, can you imagine having a tail full of these feathers?

And how do you say: I love your cute smile!

Watch out! A peacock feather sword fight!

Awww… Joo-Jee saw me admiring these pretty blue flowers and immediately picked some for me. Thank you, sweetie!

Right after that, a woman came out of her house and called down to us from her porch.

“You have such a beautiful family! I’ve just loved watching you from my window as you walked by. I just had to tell you how adorable you are.”

Then she pointed at the stroller.

“Is that a boy, too?”

We told her no, it was a girl, and she cheered for us. Then she talked about having six boys and then a girl (though we didn’t catch if it was her or someone she knew) and that it was possible! :)

Then she waved goodbye and said, “You have the sweetest family!”

It just warmed my heart that she would be so kind.

It also struck me that while she sat in a gorgeous, probably multi-million home with an incredible view of San Pedro Bay below, when she looked out her window, she thought WE were beautiful and wanted to watch us. She loved our family and our kids.

That said something to my little heart that had already started to lift.

All the way home Shoo-Shee gave me the cutest little smiles every time I looked at her.

And I had to agree with the kind woman as I watched all of us.

God has given us an adorable family. I’m so glad we’re all together. And I’d rather watch my kids than anything else on Earth.

And it’s good that we’re here. With wonderful people that remind me that what really matters is hearing my kids tell Dad all about their day and giggle and play with him. That’s why we all made this trek. So Dad could have his dream job and we could still be all together.

Thank you, kind woman!