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Thursday, May 28, 2009

A New Bike

We have always bought our girls their first 'big-girl' bike when they were four years old. It didn't make much sense when three of the four birthdays are in the winter, but that's what we did. This year for our youngest, however, we waited.

We bought the bike last week and she was able to get on it right away and ride, ride, ride. There was no fear of stickers puncturing the tires or falling into a patch of stickers! It was bliss for all of us. :)

As she was riding on the driveway, she kept repeating, "I am not allowed to go on the street. Oh NO, I am not. But, when I am FIVE I can go on the street because I will be big with my sisters." It was so sweet that I didn't have the heart to tell her that in fact, she will NOT be going 'on the street' when she turns five. We can cross that bridge next February!

She was riding and posing and she shouted, "Yippee Ki Yi Ya, Mamacita!" Seriously. That's what she calls me now, Mamacita. I'm not sure where she picked it up, but it makes me laugh every time. :-D

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Spider from Hell

I am NOT kidding. The girls called me upstairs saying that there was a spider in the popcorn bowl that they had left downstairs behind the couch. (don't ask) I didn't think too much of it because they routinely exaggerate things. No, really they do!!

Anyway, I went up a few minutes later to see said popcorn bowl with a larger metal bowl over it. When they told me that the spider was in there I wanted to see for myself. I lifted the metal bowl and didn't see anything. At this point I thought that they were making fun of my mortal fear of spiders. But then, it moved.

We all screamed in unison. It was a pretty large spider that looked like it had armor on. I instantly sprang into action to save my children. I screamed again, like a girl, and begged for someone to get me the can of hairspray. Mind you, I don't use hairspray; I just keep it for such occasions.

The mostly full can of spray was brought and I proceeded to spray him from a safe distance. When I was reasonably sure that he was not able to move, I discontinued the flow of lung choking aerosol.

I assumed that he was dead and we carried on with our business of getting rid of the offending freak of nature. I started more coffee to calm my nerves and when I turned around, he was not where I left him. He was trying to crawl up and out of the bowl. The side of the bowl was too slippery, though, so he was tromping over the old popcorn looking for an escape. I screamed, again. I demanded the can of hairspray that had been hastily put away and commenced spraying another 1/4 of the can at him. I didn't let up on the stream of noxious fumes until we started coughing from the cloud. He looked dead. Looks are deceiving.

My second born decided that she could smash him with the potato smasher. She was trying to be brave, really. It was very heroic of her and if it had worked, she would have gotten an ice cream cone or something. She was standing over him ready to strike when he started moving again. Seriously.

The look of shear terror that overcame her was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I know that's cruel, but it really was! She screamed and ran away. Our oldest started screaming and I just continued screaming. Our third was downstairs by this point not wanting to be in on the drama and the youngest was screaming at random.

I engaged the can of hairspray again and he was still moving. I called for heavier ammo. I was given a can of Polyurethane. I sprayed only a little because I didn't want to ruin my bowl. Not that I will ever use it again; there was an armored spider in there, hello!

I stopped spraying long enough to ask for something else to spray him with when he moved again. I am not kidding. He was on a mission or something.

I held out my hand for another can of spray. A smallish can was put into my hand. I didn't even look at it. I immediately took the lid off and started spraying. It was canola oil. It seemed to work, but now we couldn't see him because it was all frothy in the bowl.

We stood there for a few minutes watching him. I was standing by my 9yodd when a bubble popped over the spider. I reacted without thinking and my hand flew out from my body and made contact with my dd. She jumped about two feet off the ground, spun in the air, and started running away screaming like a girl. I about wet my pants laughing at us.

He really was dead this time. At least I was hoping. I very carefully carried the bowl to the back yard with my 11yodd aiming the can of canola oil at the bowl and threw the bowl into the yard. I let it stay there for a while and then decided to retrieve it because it was an expensive Tupperware piece.

I carefully tiptoed around the bowl looking for the super-powered spider and kicked the bowl towards the house. When I kicked the bowl, it landed right in front of my oldest two who were holding the cans of spray aimed at the bowl. They screamed!

I finally made it to the bowl and executed a particularly hard maneuver without my hands; I turned the bowl over to inspect it! No spider.

The ordeal was finally over and we had only wasted 35minutes of our day! The time that I will lose in sleep tonight is another story though!!


Can you tell which foot is the adults' and which one is the kids'???

Fun at lunch time!

My girlies. :-D

This is the same dog that was so little just a few months ago. She is HUGE now!!!

Our friend lets us play with her baby! She is such a sweetie. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Some wierd pictures

These pictures were just too odd to not put on here!

The first one is a picture of the grass. :) There was a shiny spot that I thought was a dewdrop and so I took a picture of it. If you magnify it, you will see what freaked us out.

This picture was taken at our zoo. This orangutan was just hangin' out on the fence. I didn't notice anything strange until we previewed this on my computer.

This one is at our zoo as well. This was the first of the creepy pictures of the day! I'm not sure what it is because Robin's pictures don't show anything.

Things that make you go hhmmm....

Of course, I heard the song "I always feel like somebody's watching me" from Steven and Robin!

I hope you can see them so you can share in the creepfest! :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Our March Snowstorm

I know it's May. I am woefully behind in posting pictures. Is that so unusual, though?

We had a snowstorm in March. It was one of the best ones I have seen in a long time. It was very exciting. :)

Our Weeping Mulberry looks so beautiful covered in snow.

This was my rose bush. :( I put it out to get sun and forgot it was there.

Our front porch about half-way through the 'storm'.

'Someone', I won't say who, forgot to put this away. It was eventually almost covered with snow. It was so cool!

I just thought this picture was neat!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's about time

Our 7 yodd had her tonsils and adenoids out (a few months ago!). I took pictures and well, they stayed on the camera for a while and then they stayed in a file on the computer for a while longer!

Here they are finally!

Best friends. :)

The kids got a little crazy before we reigned them in with snacks!


Doesn't he look happy to have his picture taken?!

don't I? Dh took the camera and surprised me. heehee My eyes were probably in the process of turning green!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

It's about time!

Our youngest is 4 years old and she had never had her hair cut! She never seemed to need it. Her hair grew very well on its' own. :)

I finally took her in to get the 'baby hair' cut off the back. Bad mom, I know. ;)

She was very excited to have it done.

The before...


After the first cut she said, "See, Mom, it didn't hurt!" If she only knew.

After. We had around four inches cut off and it is still very long! It is healthy looking now and makes her look more grown up. That's just what I needed; she is already four going on 25!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I 'borrowed' this picture from my sister's blog It is a great picture and I just had to have it. :)