Saturday, May 24, 2008

Photo Hunter- Shoes

This week's theme is shoes. So I grabbed the first pair that I tripped over and decided to take a picture. These are a pair of baseball cleats from my son. I recently went through my boys closets and found nine pairs of cleats in varying sizes. Not to be outdone, my girls have at least as many if not more pairs of flip flops to choose from, but since I wasn't actually tripping over these this morning I didn't get their pictures.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Final Score

We have a small bird problem right now. I guess it's really not so much a problem as really an annoyance. We have two little birds that have decided to build their nest over the arch in our front doorway. Now any other place around the house and I wouldn't care. In fact I would probably even like to see them flying and zipping in and out around the place. But on our front porch, I really don't like them so much. I am constantly trying to clean up the bird poop they keep leaving on my welcome mat. I mean really who wants to have a bird poop covered welcome when they go to someones house. Not me! And then what happens if for some reason they decide to poop just at the moment that someone is ringing the bell. Now that would be a great welcome wouldn't it.

The first time I realized what these birds were doing, I was mean and sprayed their nest down with the water hose. It didn't deter them, they just came back and rebuilt again and again. Hubs decided to get in on the action. He then tried to scare them away by hanging up some different types of "stuff" to scare them away. He tried hanging Walmart bags all around where they were nesting. I was quite impressed by his ingenious idea because it seemed to be working. I was however quite embarrassed about having Walmart bags hanging and blowing in the breeze all around our front porch. But these little birds are persistent, they just waited until the bag closest to their nest blew down and back they came. Hubs then decided that he would just cover the entire front porch window with a big black lawn bag. Again the little birds just stayed away long enough for the bag to be blown down. Like I said, persistent little birds.

Not to be outdone, Hubs sat there one evening trying to figure out a way to get rid of the birds without actually hurting them, at least not badly. He then had another idea ( I won't say this one is really as brilliant as the walmart bag one though). He decided that he would take the laser tag gun my oldest son has and have himself a birdie stakeout. So for the past two nights, Hubs has gotten the little Nerf darts and the dart tag gun and gone huntin'. (Hubs has only gone quail hunting once before and had such a hard time seeing the little birds he couldn't do it again...hmmff..and he calls himself a Texan). Right, back to the story. Hubs has been out huntin' the last two nights and he has shot lots of Nerf darts. All I can say about that is that his accuracy leaves room for lots of improvement. And those darn little persistent birds, well I could hear their chirping laughter as they swooped all around him. Then they must have gotten tired and decided to rest for the night. And of course that would mean that they went to sleep in their nest, over our front porch with all the Walmart bags blowing in the breeze and amidst flying orange Nerf bullets.

Final Score

Birds- 3

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

The Graduate...Pre K Style

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Works For Me Wednesday

I just learned a new trick of the trade for mommy hood and just had to share it with all the rest of us still in the toddler hood trenches. For some of you, it may be old news but for me it was a first time lesson learned.

I have somehow managed to escape the creative artwork on the walls by my three oldest children. My fourth baby didn't let me escape quite so easily. She went around to a few walls a while back and crayoned on them. Normally I would just get my magic eraser and get it off right away or else just some warm soapy water and elbow grease. But since we just moved into a house with flat paint I was worried that by scrubbing to hard the paint would come off. Today my cleaning lady saw the new artwork and showed me a trick of the trade. You just spray a little bit of pledge polish remover on the artwork and then lightly rub it off. It somehow makes it lift right off and didn't take all the paint off either.

I was so excited I had to do my happy mommy dance. I'm sure I set both my children and the cleaning lady back several weeks into therapy because of this. But I really don't care because my walls are clean again. It works for me so maybe it will work for you.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Confession Time

I must confess another little dirty dark secret. I'm a bit embarrassed by this dark little secret and only admit it to a few people here and there that I know.

My dirty little dark secret is that I have gotten to where I really love reality TV. I can spend hours watching these ridiculous shows. My all time favorite is still The Amazing Race which I have mentioned before. But now I must confess to being an avid watcher of Dancing with the Stars (most of the time anyways). My biggest secret reality show that I watch is such the ultimate in bad reality TV but never the less I always seem to be watching it, and it's The Bachelor. Now normally this wouldn't be something that I admit to most people so consider yourselves in on my dark little dirty secret. But now they are getting ready to start another one of my old time favorites which is the Mole. Not the celebrity one which was terrible but the real people one which I liked a bit more.

So there you have it, my dark little secret for everyone out there to see. Maybe by sharing my dark little secret I will be able to come out of the proverbial closet and seek immediate help. Well at least until the next season of the The Amazing Race, I already have that one set up on TIVO.

Summer is here

Judging by the hot weather we are having, summer is here. Hoss is out of school now and in just a few short weeks, Z. will be home as well. The flowers are needing a little extra help with all this heat. What does all this randomness mean? It means that summer is definitely here. I'm ready to spend hours by the pool and so are the kids but until Z. is out I really can't do it just yet. Instead I am dealing with the reality of the girls getting used to having Hoss home. And then just when they get used to him, they will all have to get used to Z. being home again. It's always difficult that first week of summer with all the bickering but hopefully it won't take them long to adjust to the new routines. By that time they should hopefully be well behaved enough to take them out in public again without mom hanging my head in shame. It's always good to have hope.