We went to the temple this morning, and Dean sent the girls off to baptisms after they were confirmed and then kept me there to confirm. About 10 minutes later he turned to me and said, "did you want to baptize your daughters?" He is a funny man. The little guys start junior jazz instructional league on Saturday morning, which will be amusing. I am planning on coaching them the following year once they are out of instructional league. I plan on using the triangle offense that has been employed by Phil Jackson with the Bulls and the Lakers. The elders can probably give you an explanation of how that offense works. I really enjoyed coaching Tank and Rock, and coaching Dash and Brick will have the added advantage that they are fast and athletic. They broke Dash's bed, which I just fixed, by jumping from the tall chest of drawers down onto it hundreds of times. Finally the side boards cracked from the bolts, and the bed fell apart. I told them tonight when we were doing reading not to break Dash's new bed, and they said, OK, we'll jump on Brick's bed. In the last stake conference Elder Tate came, and he gave a challenge to read the Book of Mormon three times, the first timing marking everything that is a gift given from God to his children, the second time marking everything regarding Christ, and the third time marking everything we can liken to ourselves. I have been doing this with both the little boys and the big boys, and it has been quite successful and amusing. The little boys carefully listen to every word because they want to be the first one to call out something to mark. They are quite refreshing in what the notice, such as they call out words like "hands" because God gave us our hands, "manner" because we need to have good manners (even though the usage in the Book of Mormon for the word "manner" is "after the manner" rather than manners). It is great. Loaf generally attends the little boy sessions.
Sunday was the primary program, which was both spiritual and hilarious. At one point Brick licked his finger and then used that finger to dig into his ear. Very entertaining. He was also trying to get at left over sacrament bread, and then when Mom wagged her finger at him he made his finger into a gun and shot her giving that half toothless grin while he did it.
The girls did french braids for Loaf this afternoon. She looks really cute with them. We are up with grandma and grandpa at Bear Lake with all the cousins for a family reunion for three nights. We did the wave runners today, although they call them something else now, sea doos or something like that. I did my best to traumatize all of our children by going full speed, finding waves to jump, and doing tight turns while still going full speed. Arnold and Gus would not go with me. Fred had a great time. Rock was scarred for life. Tank had a great time. Brick loved it most of the time, but was traumatized when I found some large waves. Dash went back and forth between terror and exhilaration. Loaf went a couple of times between Fred and me and loved it. The house we are staying in is very good for children. It has slides in addition to stairs and many great play areas. The kids have a great time and get very tired. So it is perfect. Yesterday we went to a large cave with 444 stairs that we traveled in on and then back out on. There was some complaining, but it was enjoyable. Brick said it was the worst vacation ever yesterday followed by saying it was the best vacation and best day ever later in the afternoon and today. On the way up going through Logan canyon, which is quite curvy both Tank and Brick threw up. Fortunately we had a large bag that they both successfully used. When we got out of the car they handed it to Uncle Tom. He was quite pleased.