Last Saturday, ZJ went out to get the mail and got stung by a wasp twice. Once sting was less than half an inch from her tummy incision through her shirt and on her arm. Yesterday, as I walked out to get the mail, I opened the box and thought, "wonder where that nest is?" I couldn't see it but, BAM! My hand started to sting and swell and the whole upper right side of my body went into these tingly fits. It was NOT fun! Doug went out immediately and sprayed the entire house and lawn for wasp. (By the way, Mr. GranolaMan has his own natural and inexpensive tried and true way of killing them. He fills a squirt bottle with very soapy, like bubble soapy, water and drenches the nests. They like the flavor, then, they drown in it.) All night long, and all day today, my face has tingled and my hand was swollen hugely. I wasn't amused!
Our next door neighbors have a very mean, annoying mother cat, who has four kittens. The cat is driving Go-Go crazy and will not stay out of our yard. She keeps moving the kittens to our yard, to protect them from the seven kids next door, I'm assuming. They fall into the window well at 3AM and Meow until we get up and get them out. They are under the deck. It's a real bother! Yesterday, Go-Go tried to chase the mother cat away. He was barking up a storm at it. I heard ZJ from the kitchen, opening the deck door, "Go-Go Corbridge! You get inside this house right now!" I couldn't stop laughing. I admit, yes, I am a dog person. And yes, Go-Go is an important part of our family. But, I've never thought of our dogs being a family member enough to share our last name!
This morning, we took Zaylee to DCFS for visit with Kelly. On our way there, Quayd, who was out of town all last week and didn't experience all of the running and meetings for Zaylee, asked where we were going. Zaylee said, quite matter of factly, "Quayd! I have a meeting! I have lots of meetings to go to!" I said,"Yeh, Quayd, Zaylee is a very important person and everyone wants to have a meeting with Zaylee." Zaylee said, "Yeh, cuz they love me." I love that she knows she's loved!
I just spent $200 on school supplies, socks and undies. That's just plain crazy. Just sayin.
Speaking of school, we discovered after the fact, that Quayd had some reading to do or else before he begins his sophomore year. Thankfully, his counselor called. Quayd was stunned. We had this little talk about how "The assignments we do when we are supposed to determine our summer freedom tomorrow." Another interpretation of "The choices we make today determine our happiness tomorrow." I assured the Resource counselor that he'd get his reading assignment done, went to my bookshelf, chose a book that I know he will love and handed it to him. "Here ya go. You can see those electronics again when you give me a book report on this, one of my favorite stories."
It didn't take him long to realize that this was similar to Hatchet, another book that I "coerced" him into reading and he discovered that he loved it! Whatever it takes, right?
Can I get a "Thanks, Mom!"?
And then, fifteen minutes later, I walked back into the living room to discover this...
There's definitely something to be said for "Let's take a break from electronics." I didn't have to say a word and the girls had joined in. Thankfully, they ARE readers!
Liza asked me a very thought provoking and shocking question. "If I went in labor today, would you be ready to come right now?" YIKES!!! I'm not that ready! READY to be a Grammie, yes! But, ready to leave the kids here for two weeks, not so much. I have a quilt to finish first!
Last night, the kids slept in the little two-man tent on the tramp. The girls were inside, Quayd was out under the stars to watch the meteor shower. It's tonight too, if you happen to be up at 3 in the morning, you'll find it worth watching! Love it! They slept in until 8:30, when we had to race and get ready for one of Miss Zaylee's important meetings! And yes, there are four bodies in the midst of all those blankets!
We've been to town, bought groceries, Zaylee had a DCFS/Kelly visit, bought school supplies and the pool is about ready to take down. We began draining it onto the lawn last night. It feels like school is about ready to begin.
Life is good...and lovely quiet when books are being read!
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.