Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shel said, "Blog it!" so I did.

Anyone up for a vent? No? that little "X"

Ok...still here....ugh. I just have to vent for a minute.

I finally got to sleep in this morning. I mean REALLY sleep in. Riley must have woke up this morning and turned her tv on pretty early and then fell back to sleep. Maddie was in her crib watching tv. Riley's asleep on her Dora couch on the floor. Brittany is asleep in her room. Woohoo!!! I can go back to sleep for a bit!! YAY!!!

10 minutes later, the dog is going NUTSO!!! I look at the clock and it's 9:30 (ok so technically I DID sleep in, but it could have been longer). Brittany comes running out of her room to let me know the exterminator is here. WTHeck? So much for between 12 and 1 huh? He's out in his truck so we go to lock Dopey in a bedroom and the stupid dog pooped in Ronnie's workroom in the basement (I hate this dog!!!). So Britt cleans it up quick and runs it to the yard before the exterminator comes back in. She SCREAMS!!!! Like really really screams in the back yard. Maddie now is screaming in her room because she's seen me and wants out--NOW!!!!

UGH!!! Brittany comes running in the house to tell me quite adamantly that she is NOT putting the trash in the trash can. Uhh? Why not? Because there are TWO RACCOONS in the trash can!!!! WHAT?!? Ok, give me a second to get a plan in order. 1st...wait for the exterminator to come back in. 2nd...get Madison out of her crib and changed and put the gate across their door so they stay in there. animal control--do we even HAVE animal control??? There's no number on the website or their call in directory @@.

The exterminator did what he had to do, but of course had to have a complete conversation about bugs 1ST!!! @@ Got Maddie out of the crib. Sent Britt in their room to play with them (bad idea on MY part since that ALWAYS leads to screaming matches between the 3 of them). Went in to add my own screaming because I can't make a phone call with that 'noise' in the background (we'd have the cops out here in no time flat!) They quieted down JUST long enough to talk to the snappy woman at the town hall who acts like there is NO reason I should be calling the town hall during business hours! LOL Get another phone number for animal control and call him. I'm glad I pay my taxes because without it, where would I get the brilliance that I did to "put the trash can in the shade (don't wanna cook them on a 100+ degree day) for the day and then at dusk, kick the can over and run" LMAO Awesome plan!!! @@ I guess it could have been worse. He could have CHARGED me for that info right? He said they are 'probably not rabid...they are probably baby raccoons that got in there and got stuck. If I let them out now, they'll wreak havoc over the neighborhood until their mother comes to get them tonight.'

So, now I have bug spray stuff drying on my kitchen floor (that I didn't get a chance to mop before he got here since 12 o'clock was way off in the distance) so I can't let the girls out of their room to come to the kitchen to eat.

Megan calls to remind me to check my email for their flight information home today. It's a good thing their flight is this afternoon since I asked her to forward me the info 4 days ago @@.

I have to at some point today, run to Sam's Club because we are out of Apple Juice and it's the ONLY thing Riley will drink besides chocolate milk @@ (ugh this kid!!). Then hit Home Depot and/or Lowe's for some 'special' tomato cages for the other 9 tomato plants that aren't caged yet and are laying on the ground next to the raccoon filled trash cans LOL Then head to the airport in Philly during RUSH HOUR to get the girls.

Somewhere in there, I'm waiting to hear from someone selling some NIIIICE Mission style living room tables. She's got a 3 piece set with TONS o' storage. I offered her $50 and she said yes!! Now to just wait to hear back from her so I know if I can squeeze her in this afternoon, or tonight, or next month.

I attempted a couple weeks ago to paint my current living room tables with some textured 'stone' spraypaint. Not too bad, but the kids, I have a feeling will like scratching at the bumpy surface so they'll have to be painted over...and over...and over again.

If ya'll don't hear from me in the next few days, rest assured that I'm locked up in the looney bin somewhere safe (preferably with soundproof padded walls).

Oh and to top it off, yesterday was trash day. The trash can that the raccoons decided to set up camp in.....EMPTY! LOL

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Just some pics that I found today...

Here is a lunch I made a couple weeks ago. Home made pizza with vodka sauce, fresh mozzarella & fresh basil. Oh my! It was so good!!

Our first 'harvested' veggie of the year! That bad boy ended up in a home made spaghetti sauce with a few of his store bought cousins.

He had some little brothers and sisters growing so I took a pic of them too. Gotta love the bug damage to the leaves huh?

"Maders" They are growing 'nicely'. Now well over 4 feet tall!!! Anyone need tomatoes by the way? I didn't realize that 12 tomato plants might be a bit much LOL

Yeah...poor cucumbers just aren't going to make it. They were growing BEAUTIFULLY! Then I went out one morning and something had trampled over them. I didn't have a trellis up yet and I guess I was too late. I didn't expect to see much of ANYTHING on those plants, but we do have 3 deformed cukes growing now.
Oh well...that's all for now. I thought I had kid pics on here, but this camera is huge so I don't take it with me ANYWHERE. I really need to start though. What's the point of spending that money so that it can sit on the desk collecting dust right?

Saturday, July 19, 2008're it!

I've just been tagged by Melani. I've never been tagged online before so this should be interesting.
Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post these rules to your Blog.
3. Share 6 unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag people at the end of your entry.

Six unimportant things about me.
1. I secretly enjoy cleaning.
2. I pretend to be weak so that the kids help me with stuff to prove THEY are strong.
3. I waited forever for summer and now that it's here, I can't wait for fall.
4. I already started Christmas shopping but blew it when I gave the gift to Brittany today so now I'm back to square one.
5. My garden is growing faster than I can get out there to control it.
6. I'm going to VA for Thanksgiving this year so I might not be cooking...but who knows. I'll probably end up cooking there instead.

I'm going to tag:
Shel ~ It's Just Me...and Them
Robin ~ These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
Amanda ~ Pregnant, Again!
Julie ~ ...If only they could stay little

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Day at the Beach with Samantha and her family...

I took the girls (and Mike) to Ocean City to meet Samantha and her family. We had a really good time. Riley's still asking about 'her friends'. We are really going to have to get together again before the summer's over and let the girls play. They were all so good together! And I liked having a 'real live grownup' to talk to! :o)

Makenna and Riley...I really have no clue what Riley was doing.
Lexi, Makenna & Riley
Madison and those straps that won't stay up!
A bunch of girls in a hole (that cost me $1.00 to get dug! LOL)
Everyone's looking at once!!! (it only took about 30 pics to get this one shot!)
Ok...all of the big girls out....wait...not ALL of the big girls!
Ok, that's better!
I LOVE this picture!!

Megan's Prom

Getting ready...

Look how pretty!

Megan and Mike

Ron said "kiss her..." and Mike and Megan didn't know what to do...was he kidding? Was he going to knock Mike out? LOL j/k

4th of July

We headed to Wildwood for the 4th to ride some rides, eat some junk food and watch the fireworks. Two out of three ain't bad right? It ended up POURING so the fireworks were postponed until the 5th. Oh well...that's year two we missed the fireworks there. Last year it was because of high winds. **UPDATE** We went back on the 5th for more junk food, more rides and FIREWORKS!!!! The girls had a blast and Ronnie and I had a blast watching them have so much fun.
Ready for the festivities!

Maddie's 1st 'big girl' ride!!! She didn't want off when it was over.


Chase, Kenzi, Brittany & Riley (this is a bit closer to Ri's REAL smile @@)


Another ride for Madison! YAY!!!



Mmm...cotton candy!