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Friday, August 12, 2011

Stalking Bees, Peaking Toms, and Dollar Store Adventures

So things haven’t been all “depressing” around these parts.  We’ve been laughing a lot.  About a lot of funny nothings.  And those funny nothings add up to one funny post for the weekend.  Here’s a list of the nothings:
1.  Andrew and Addison are so stinking funny lately.  We’ve been putting an emphasis on reading from their Bible every night and saying a prayer every night.  One day this week, they fell asleep in the car, so we did our Bible story the next morning.  Here’s how our conversation went:
Me:  So, what was that story about?
Andrew: God was mad at Jesus because he wasn’t a good Santa.  P5260374
Me: hmmm… I don’t think that was quite the point.
Andrew:  Well, Jesus also loves the little children.
Me: Yes! Let’s sing.  How about Jesus Loves the little children?
Everyone: singing the song…
Addison:  Mommy! Stop Singing! I’m talking to Jesus over here!
Yeah… That’s our religious teaching over here… Just tell Mommy to shut up … and blame it on Jesus or Santa – whomever.

2.  This past week we also celebrated my father’s birthday.  My Dad and step mother came over for dinner and while we were lounging in the back yard we noticed this.
P8080395My father, ever the “creative problem solver” came up with several plans to eliminate the hornet’s nest.  They became outrageous that I had to write them down.
Let’s take a bat to it.
Let’s go out at night, take a garbage bag, and just grab it.
Lets do like “Dual Survivor” and use a garbage bag to protect ourselves as we remove it.  (see video)
Let’s use a golf club and “hack” it to death.P8080403
Let’s use a Shop Vac and suck them up.
Let’s use a BB Gun to shot it from its perch into a bag
Let’s use a tomahawk to knock it off into a bag
Let’s build a fire pit on top of a picnic table and burn them out.  (oh… the allure of fire… now comes the real fun)
Let’s use a blow torch
Let’s use a trampoline and a blow torch
Let’s use Andrew sitting on Ray’s shoulders and a blow torch
Or… substitute a blow torch for a 2X4 with a Rag soaked in gasoline….
Unfortunately, my dad is unavailable to actually try any of these things… although, he is anxious to see how we make out.

3.  Additionally… Ray and I are sort of toying with the idea of moving again.  Our house was on the market when I was pregnant with Alexander.  We struggled to sell it (doesn’t everyone?) but … it seems an opportunity may have arisen for us to move into a bigger house.  For those of you who are curious:
Our master bedroom is 10.5 X 10.5 square feet. Yup… that’s the master. Trust me, if you were ever going to rob someone – we are not the house to rob.  We could all use  a little more space.  So… this afternoon my partner in crime cousin and I decided to scope out the potential new property.  Some people may call it “Peeping Tom” … we call it “checking out the neighborhood.”  Besides – the house is a brand new construction – thus: empty.  We decided we wanted to go under cover… just in case -
Definitely a great disguise. (Oh… and incognito is the Word of the Day on Sesame Street Today!)

4.  Finally – today is Ray’s Birthday.  The love of my life is turning 35.  Ahhhh… remember – having a birthday is way better than the alternative – not having one.  So, I took my kids to the dollar store to pick out a few gifts for Ray.  (Yes, I got the idea from Kelle Hampton – but I’m not ashamed to admit it!) Here are photos or our awesome shopping trip.

5.  Other miscellaneous – Alexander got a vaccination the other day and it put hi in a grumpy mood.  We were up most of the night. We’ve been up a lot lately. In the middle of the night.  We are going to have to work on this. Anyway, the twins became obsessed with giving shots and giving medicine.  Weirdly proud that they went right for the “mickey button”  area on their doll babies.  P8070381P8070384
We also finished the Dinosaurs my dad and I were making for the twins.  They are crayon holders and Andrew and Addison love them.  They ask me several times a day to get a coloring book and their dinosaurs out. I honestly thought they would not take the time to put the crayons in, but they are so proud of them… they are very careful.  Awesomeness! To read about my adventures making these dinosaurs, click HERE.

And… tomorrow is the celebration of my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary.  They are renewing their vows. Complete Awesomeness.  I love that it is a big deal… because you know what?  40 years of marriage is a big deal.  That is 40 years of hard work.  And anyone who says marriage is not hard work has never been married, or been married too many times.  People just don’t take those vows “till death do us part” as seriously as they used to.  I love that my mother and father in law can be a great example to us on how to make a marriage work.  And  I can’t wait to celebrate with them… and share a little bit of the love with you.

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At August 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I'm cracking up at all the ideas for how to get rid of the hornet nest!

Congrats to your in-laws: 40 years is awesome!

At August 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Non-Stop Mom said...

Your father sounds like so many people that I know - the crazier the idea, the better! LOL We actually had a swarm of honeybees in our yard a few years ago - it made the local news. *rolling eyes*

Congratulations to your in-laws on 40 years! My parents are coming up on 65 - hard to believe.

And happy birthday to Ray!


At August 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Thanks guys. Maybe I will start putting some random fact at the end of my post just to see who reads the whole way to the end :)

At August 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Hilary said...

I absolutely love the look on Addison's face in the photos of her giving the gifts to Ray. She is so proud of herself. What great pictures!!!

At August 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Blogger jen@its all about me said...

I got stung by a hornet once; OUCH like you wouldn't believe!

For the record my husband would torch it but whatever they decide to do they better run like heck!

At August 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

I think the blowtorch would have been the best bet...and the most fun!
sounds like a busy time at your place!


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