Friday, May 22, 2009

Excuse YOU?!?!

Yesterday, as the kids and I crossed the drug store parking lot, I clicked my truck alarm just to make sure it was set. The following conversation ensued:

truck: HOOONK!

S-O: Excuse YOU, Truck?!?!?!

Me: What?

S-O: The Truck tooted.

Me (in my best Trucker voice): Excuse me, Little Maam.

S-O: That's ok, Truck.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cherry Chap Stick

Dear Cherry Chap Stick,
I love you.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Dabin fass acoo dee poo My Cheese."

Night before last, I thought I heard my 4yo daughter cry out in the middle of the night. When I went to check on her she was sound sleep. I decided to lay down with her for a few minutes in case she was having a bad dream and woke up scared.

As I closed my eyes and began to drift off, I heard "Dabin fass acoo dee poo My Cheese," coming from my 17mo daughters room.

She was talking in her sleep. I wondered what she was dreaming about.

Fast forward to bed time tonight. As I brushed her teeth, I saw 4, yes FOUR, molars at various stages of cuttage peeping through her gums.

I immediately realized what she said the other night in her sleep.

She was cussing in baby speak! I can't say I blame her.

Monday, May 11, 2009

This year, our little family decided to honor all Mothers with a very special balloon release.

Red Balloon #1 represented Mothers of today. We honor their unconditional love and sacrifice.
My Mom, Rose, and John's Mom, Paula
This balloon flew for them, myself, and all of YOU who are Mothers.

Red Balloon #2 represented Mothers of tomorrow. They carry our hope in the future.
My daughters, S-O and Rae.
This balloon soared for them and our nieces, cousins, aunts, sisters, and friends, as well as YOURS who may become Mothers in the future.
Red Balloon #3 represented Mothers who have passed away.We will ALWAYS love and remember them!
Nine years ago, my Dad, lost his Mom, Olivia.
Four years ago, John's Dad, lost his Mom, Doris.
This balloon floated for them and YOUR beloved Mothers of the past.
The pink balloon, attached to Red Balloon #3, represented Angel Babies who have touched many hearts without ever touching a hand...babies who Jesus held before their Mom's and Dad's could.
This balloon glided towards the heavens in honor of their memory.

Happy Mother's Day 2009!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Week END

I can't wait for this week to END. It has been one thing after another. I'm emotionally, physically and financially drained. Monday can't come fast enough. Did I really say that? Yes.

Friday, May 8, 2009

You're so beautful.

J to S-O: S-O, you are SOOOO beautiful!

S-O to J: Thanks.

J to S-O: You get that from me, ya know?

S-O to J (before I had a chance to say something smart):
No, YOU get that from ME.

That's MY girl!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stinkin' babies!

If you've been following The Skunk Saga of 2009, this will make much more sense to you.

Last night, as I lay on the cold tile, ear pressed to the air duct vent listening to hungry whining baby skunks, I couldn't hold back the moisture in my eyes. John looked at me with the I'm-a-man-so-I'm-not-even-going-to-TRY-to-figure-you-out gaze and patted my shoulder.

"It's going to be ok. We'll just wait until we don't hear the whining anymore, then we'll know."

Know. Know what? That we let living breathing creatures, albeit stinky, starve to death right before our ears?

It was our fault they didn't have their Mamma. Although, in our defense, we didn't know she had babies in there when we had her trapped, carried off into the woods, and released back into the wild.

Despite the stress these little Stinkers have caused this week, I was NOT going to listen to them, literally, die of starvation. Besides once they die, we would have no way, other than the stink, of finding them under the crawl space tarp.

So, we had The Skunk Dude come out again. He reluctantly went into the dark, moist, scary crawl space and heroically rescued the babies.

They will be donated to a local lady who rehabilitates injured or young wild animals and releases them back into their natural habitat. long as it's not OUR house!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Raining and Pouring

My truck, yes the new one, started smoking as the girls and i were on the highway running errands. We are currently stranded waiting on the tow truck and a loaner from carmax. Fun times. When it rains it pours. The good news, the nearest safe place to pull over just so happened to be a fabric store. Oh darn, i better buy something since they are so nice to let us hang out here. :) PS. Seriously, it really DID rain and pour here today. Matter of fact the city just to the East of us had a tornado touch down!
UPDATE: The dealership brought us a loaner and we are safe at home. My poor Expi is now on it's way to be checked out. I'm worried about her. At least she's still under warranty.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009



The Skunk Dude just confirmed, by going into the crawl space, that there are at least 2 maybe 3 skunk babies whining for their mamma in the area directly under our bedroom.

The saga continues....

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Skunk Sprayed!!!

Imagine putting a rotten onion sprinkled with garlic in your oven and leaving it there for a few weeks to ferment. Then, after it's nice and stagnant with mold juices flowing, turn on the oven.

THATS THE AROMA WAFTING THROUGH MY HOUSE AT THIS VERY MOMENT! Thanks to PePe Le Pew, the skunk that placed residence in the crawl space under our house about a week ago. Actually, she's been there longer, we just found out about her a week ago when our neighbor saw her squeeze into the 4in,x6in forklift holes under our AC unit.

We hired some Skunk Dude to set up a few traps but she didn't take the bait due to bad rain in our area. Last night, John heard some action in the crawl space and looked outside to see PePe sneaking out for a midnight snack. He ran out there, covered up the access hole with wire mesh, and pushed the freshly bated traps up against the hole. Who knew skunks liked smoked Italian sausage. She fell for it within 20 minutes. She was pissed and ran circles in the cage, but she didn't spray.

UNTIL....this morning when Skunk Dude came to pick her up. Not only did she spray, but she sprayed OUR AC UNIT!!!

I've been fighting tears all morning as I desperately try to rid my home of the poignant smell. I've scoured the internet looking for ways to battle the stench. AND, the AC hasn't even been on!

I'm just sick over this.

Apple Cider Vinegar, baking soda, dish soap. Tomato juice, Febreeze, Lysol. Coffee grounds. These are a few of my new favorite things.

I was supposed to be spending the day setting up my new couponing blog! Not, fumigating my house. Urgh! This stinks. Really REALLY stinks.

I know, I know, there are lots of worse things to worry about than a skunk smelling up your house... and in the grand scheme of life..yada yada...this too shall pass. But, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Then again, maybe I would. =;-l