Sunday, May 24, 2009


We recently got to enjoy a trip to he Zoo!

Good things happen at the zoo. This is an example. Hoot was told to sit and not move. Look at him, he did it! Good things at the zoo, indeed.

This was a neat treat! A roadrunner was out looking at some lunch, or lizards behind glass. How tantalizing for him.

This was the best part of the whole day! I wish you could hear their giggles!
Camel rides are awesome! My little wannabe Arabian Princes....Entirely too fair to truly fit the profile. Hoot ran straight up the stairs and mounted the camel. That kid is not afraid of a thing. We thank the Lord for his tenacity!
On the rock with Dad. This was a fun climb for the boys!

And this is just awesome. Let's call it, The MeerKat Dance!
And as always, this went on for minutes!!!! My Little Music Man!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Desperate House Wives Look No Further

Need a little help around the house? Want a little eye candy? Have I got the solution for you!

Oh, ya, he's a stud!
But seriously, there was a time when I would have fought against the help. It will just get done quicker/better if I do it myself. I have long since shirked this attitude...Okay, it's only been about a year, but it really has been fun letting go and letting the little ones help. I anticipated the help and only filled the bucket a quarter of the way up. Yes, he made sure every last drop made it onto the floor! What a guy! When he finished, I came in right behind and finished up. Happy Baby = Happy Momma, Happy Momma = Happy Baby! A win, win!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Quick Stinkin' Note

Another snake discovered by my dogs! This one isn't getting off so lucky!! And please make a note on the importance of our four-legged friends. I love those dogs! Pets are such a blessing to their owners...Now excuse me as I snake proof our property...Dun-Dun-Dun...

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Friday, May 15, 2009

They Call Me Momma...

...There was no way for me to realize what 'momma' meant in the beginning of the adventure. Momma means that you have to take care of any of the more 'Daddy' appropriate moments when Daddy is not home. Not something you think about when you are holding that little blue bundle...Fast forward almost seven years, and you find these moments 'just part of your day.'

Today's adventure: The Wild Kingdom of the Backyard.
The boys and I had a fantastic morning. After breakfast, assigned school work and reading, we headed out to enjoy our Small Town. (Yes, we're still schooling! We're actually schooling through the summer so that we can take longer breaks in the winter. Aye, I be smart!) Okay, back to Small Town. Our enjoyment included but was not limited to playground play and the Dairy Bar. The boys love the Dairy Bar date! They also bought a couple of wooden guns to replace the broken guns. You can't have a house full of boys without the proper shooters!

When we returned from our excursion, we let our dogs out to play and relax in the warm sun. Soon after our 'hound' dog started doing her 'alert' call. I see the other two biting toward something. Then I see a {rodent} (something smaller than a rat but larger than a mouse with a tail) jumping as if to get away from them. I start yelling for them not to eat it! Ick! And that's when I spotted it....Dun, dun, dun...A snake struck out at the dogs. Ah, so the {rodent} was the snake's dinner, or so it would at first appear. I quickly strung up my laces and grabbed the ol' trusty shovel to make this slitherin' thing pay for entering my boys territory. Of course, I was assuming that he was poisonous. Oh, I forgot to mention the snake was right beside my boys' tunnels! Ooooo, he was going to pay big. And that's when I saw this:

Look at his eyes or eye in this case. In North America, you can tell the difference of a poisonous and non-poisonous snake by their eyes. Slits = bad. Circles = okay. I say okay instead of good for obvious reasons...I am taking baby steps. This snake is lucky I heard a kind woman make a plea to not kill snakes. {Sigh} I can't believe I spared him myself! And I already missed mentioning that I moved the tunnels only to reveal an American Toad. Was that the intended dinner or was it neither??? By the way, the toad is now in a tank in the boys room! Ugh! T-Bird made a habitat while I was snake wrangling. He really does have a gift for habitat creation. I could even see him as an animal behaviorist.

The options: kill it, wait for Brett (about 30 mins) or set him free. We decided on free considering he was a good snake that would rid me of other pests, possibly including other snakes.

Here's where you get to live the moment with me. It gets rather intense. This is me encouraging him to leave in peace. He totally missed that message! Yes, I peep out! A girl has every right, you know.


When Brett saw that he struck at me, he said HE would have killed him. Apparently, strikin' at his woman doesn't win favor with the man. :)

Now, good reasons I should have killed the snake: 1) He was a snake. 2) He was in my yard where my baby's play. 3) He was a snake!

I still can't believe he got off free and mostly easy!

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The Aquarium

Gasp! Is that croc taking my kid's arm off?!?!? Oh, whew! It wasn't real; I was sweatin' that one!
I would like to title this section, Reasons Not to Swim in Our Water Systems!!! Brett thinks I'm a baby, but I'm just saying...

I wish you could see how HUGE these things are. The picture doesn't give you the right perspective. Have you seen the one at the Springfield Bass Pro Shop?!?!?!? Oh My!

Sign me up to NOT swim with these guys! Oh, speaking of, our family has discovered a new thrill. River Monsters. We've caught it a couple of times on Animal Planet. It only confirms my beliefs and decisions to NOT go into the water here! Okay, we do creeks, but that's it!!

The Mr and Mrs.

Swallowed by a shark!

This kid kept moving the teeth over himself like a hula hoop going over him. He was all to willing to be fine cuisine for these teeth!

We went to the aquarium on a day when only 3 other families were there! It was so quiet and peaceful. The kids just got in a zone and watched whatever fish and habitat they wanted!
This is the Professor measuring a fish.

We love Sliders!

Okay, just an FYI: Let's say your kid finds a Spotted Salamander in the yard and you tell him, Ya you can borrow it from Nature for a while. We'll build him a home. Only to discover that it's not a good idea since the salamander can excrete a toxin. When this happens, don't tell your kid you are going to the pet store the next day to get a turtle. I mean, I understand your thinking, you have a tank, and rocks and water and logs. Sure you can pick up a light. The catch? Your tank isn't big enough. A proper habitat costs $200. Oh yes, your $15 pet just grew in cost! Just a little knowledge for you. I would not feel so good seeing you walk away from the pet store empty handed...Not that we did that!

T-Bird mimicking an eel.

Touching star fish...One at a time...Ahem....

Presenting our favorite part of the whole aquarium. You think it's something exotic, huh?
It was stream systems. The otters!! We love River Otters. Oh, and the beavers and the raccoons, but especially the otters!
T would be an otter if he were an animal. Fun, fun, fun and more fun. We spent an hour in this area alone!

We were even able to watch them use the slide! Persistence and commitment. That's the ticket!
Look at that little guy! They would come up to the window as if to play with us! We loved it!

Touching sharks and rays. The Prof was soaking wet! But I'm amazed at how he's coming out of his shell. He even touched this week's salamander, when he wouldn't even touch last year's salamander! Yay!

Look at my beautiful boys! Littles and Big!
Sigh, this momma's heart enjoyed her day with her men.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Where Oh Where Is Sweet Little Hoot?

Brett: Where's Hoot?
Me: {no response because to be honest, Hoot is often missing!}
Brett: No really, where's Hoot?
Me: {no response because Hoot is often missing!}

Several minutes pass and the panic starts to creep up.
Brett: Where's Hoot?!
Me: We've got to find Hoot, Boys!

Frantic searching begins.
Bathrooms? Nope.
Bedrooms? Uh-uh.
Outside? Was the gate open? No.
Dog house? Nada.
Under the house? Nuh-uh. (but that has happened before.)
Oh, I know, on top of the stove...We've found him there before. No luck.
Brett checked the garage, but I decided to give it a go again. Hoot likes hanging out there with the puppies. He just had to be out there!

Me: Hoot? Please answer me? Hoot, Hoooooooot?
Then a still, small voice says in the bestest of angelic rings, Mom.
Me: Where are you baby?
small voice: Mom, here.
Me: Where?
small voice: here, heeheeheehee. (small giggles)

Well, look for yourself. Do you see him? Oh, let me also ask, do you see a dog?
You can do it. Do you see them?
What about the dog? Do you see her?
Those two!
Did you notice Hoot's face...Real full of repentance, right? Ya, right. It's all fun and games to that little boy whom I love!
What a nice day of seek and find.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Whistle While You Work

Or something like that. And yes, I have already posted this morning, but this is just too good to sit on for a couple of days! My Little Hoot felt free to dump a huge bowl of dog food out onto the floorthis morning. I asked him to pick up his mess. Well, somehow Hoot scooted out and Professor X stepped in. He had already been singing and cleaning for about 3 minutes. I have another 2 minutes of video as well. This is just toooooooo cute! Here is a demonstration of my Professor's musical ability and determination. Yes, he wrote this song himself. I think it's a keeper.

Pay no attention to the random dogs passing or the T-Bird jumping through or even the Hoot jumping on me as I'm filming. Attention seekers....heh, heh. Everyone wants to be famous... heh, heh.


Did you notice the line where he says, we have to pick up or Mom will spank us. It's right before the hurry, hurry chorus.

Funny kid. As if he would be disciplined for the mess. At least he is aware that there are consequences and rewards in life.

I love this kid and his beautiful voice. :-D

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Friday, May 8, 2009

You Can Run But You Can't Hide

What happens when it rains and rains and rains? You get a wet, soggy jungle of a yard. And, of course, little boys or kids in general are not deterred by such things. This week found Prof X assaulting T-Bird with mud balls. Actually, allow me to clarify, he pulled up grass with roots and mud still attached and hurled them through the air with such precision.

The quality of pictures are a little wanting, but it gets the point across.

Prof X explaining his situation to the vulnerable T. T hurdling away only to find X scooted around rather quickly.

And there it is the big muddy hunk of mud and grass.

If you are mud, and small child (boys especially!!!) lives in your neighborhood, you need to know that you will be found! And you will be loved! And you will cause the Momma of those {boys} to have a very dirty laundry pile!

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