Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Highs and Lows of the week - May 24th


High: Belle got a shirt that says, "My Dad is totally awesome!". She asked me to read it to her about 25 times before she started repeating it with her own spin. She spent the rest of the day chanting in a little sing-songy voice, "My DAD is SUPer AWEsome!"

Low: I asked her, "Is your mom super awesome?"  She snorted disdainfully and said, "No!"

High: Soon thereafter I dressed her in her "If you think I'm cute you should see my mom" shirt. Hoping she'd decide to memorize that one.  She asked me to read it to her about 25 times before she started chanting in a little sing-songy voice, "My MOM  is SUPer AWEsome!"  Yay



High:  Out back one gorgeous afternoon we found a fuzzy caterpillar crawling across the patio. This sparked about 15 minutes of my kids squatting next to it and crooning, "Its so cute!".

Low:  Went back inside and Medman said, "Crap!  There's a tick in Belle's ear!"  Took her up to the bathroom to remove the horrible creature and found a total of SEVEN on her!  SEVEN!  If you were to set seven of those little buggy vampires end to end, they would probably be as long as my precious little fair-skinned beauty.  Eww!  Seven!  And D had one.  Guess it's true that girls are sweeter.


High:  Medman had a class in Omaha last Friday so we tossed the kids in the car and went with him.  Was a pretty great trip.  My kids are nearly angelic in the car.  I really should remember that the next time they are being buttheads around the house.  Toss them in the car with little baggies of Cheerios and they're happy for HOURS.

We visited the Omaha zoo, which is pretty cool.  The best part was probably the Swamp at Night exhibit.  Swampy and DARK and creepy.  You walk along this wooden boardwalk through a huge barely lit swamp with alligators (crocodiles?  Should a mother who homeschools know the difference?) swimming silently and malevolently about 3 feet below you.  Solidified in my mind what I had always guessed:  I will NEVER go into a real swamp at night.  NEVER EVER.  EVER.

We also got a great deal on a hotel which had bedrooms separated from the main living area AND a full kitchen.  So great.  Usually Belle gets tossed into the room away from everyone so we can stay up later than her.  But this time we decided she's such a big girl that we'll let her and D sleep out in the main area together and Medman and I could get the bedroom to ourselves.  Because other people's children share rooms and actually sleep?  Right?  So maybe the first night they'll stay up and play a little, but surely by the THIRD night (the night after walking 45 miles at the zoo) they'll be so tired they'll zonk off to sleep immediately.  Nope.  Those two turkeys, who's bedtimes are 7:30 and 8:00 normally, stayed up laughing their heads off until 10:00 EVERY NIGHT. But if you had heard the gales of laughter that went continuously for 2 hours, you would have been glad it was going on.  The way the two have fun together may have been the best part of the trip.  Well, that and getting to go to Starbucks. 

Random other highs:

The baby cardinals in the nest about a foot from our front window hatched.  Such pathetic little things at first, but after only a couple days they are fluffy and fat and peeking around planning their first flight path out of the bush.

I saw the first firefly of the year!  I love fireflies!  They're so magical!

And finally some more random pictures:

Hope everyone else had a good week!

Linking up to Jen's Highs and Lows at Life, Crafts and Whatever.


  1. Except for the ticks, it sounds like you had a pretty great week! Every one on my FB keeps posting adorable pics of baby birds, and yet, I don't have any nests near me. But my oldest did find a baby sparrow in the road with a broken leg. She actually flagged down a car to keep it from running over the bird. Hubby took it to the vet and they called a wildlife rescue. Pretty sweet stuff. Adorable pics, momma!

  2. Seriously? Your kids get along like that? Wow, my stepsons were WWIII every night. Drove me insane. Now that they're grown{ish}, they're the best of friends.

    Still, woulda been nice when they were kids. I'd have less grey hair :D

  3. Sounds like you had a great week! I love the shirt sayings... Laci does the exact same thing to me. Sorry about the ticks... ewe... if it makes you feel any better, flies got in on Sunday when we were cooking out and it is Wednesday and I feel like I am killing a colony a day. It is gross yet a good work out at the same time... It's like "On guard, touche..." Is that weird? Have a great week!

  4. Seriously, what is the difference between an alligator and crocodile. I love that there are no lows to your week, and boy, I know you have them. Good job, Jannie! Siblings are such a gift- let that get you through these last weeks, they are going to be CRAZY about their little brother.


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