Saturday, June 20, 2009

The World's Worst Mom

I am the stand alone title holder. I encourage any competition. PLEASE.

So on Thursday the kids had there make-up field trip to the Zoo, Monday it rained and was cancelled. It took Chino to point out that water should be sent with the children since it would be 105 degrees with the heat index. Strike one.

I had an eye doctor appointment scheduled for the girls later that afternoon and they had to be picked up right after returning to school from the field trip. So they missed the "Reptile Experience" at school that afternoon. Some guy named Steve brings in large snakes and crocodiles. My children were devastated. Called me at work crying like it was the end of the world. Strike two.

Then that night while the kids were at Vacation Bible School, I decided it was time to clean the bird cage. Birdie was on my shoulder and I stepped out the front door to beat the dropping off his drop pan and off he flew. Strange that I didn't see that one coming. Strike three. I'm OUT.

So Mr. Nibbles still has not come home. After the thunder storm last night I have to assume him dead. Although the girls are convinced that he is alive and well in the house of a friend of a classmate. I am told that there were numerous sightings of Mr. Nibbles by fellow classmates at summer school. And one girl, with a great track record of honesty, said that her friend has him in her house but will probably not give him back because she loves animals so much and already has a cage to put him in. I guess this is better for the girls to believe than their bird being dead.

If you can top me I would love to hear about it. I would be more than happy to pass the title on to another, a worse mom than I.

Rascal's Game/Girl Scout Campout

We went to a Rascal's baseball game last weekend. Out front they had radio Disney doing games. Josie won the hula hoop contest and got a Hannah Montana photo cube. Gabby and Audi both participated in this other hula hoop game where you pass the hoop until the music stops. If it stops on you then you are out. Gabby made it down to the final six.

Gabby passing the hoop. You can't let go of hands.

Audi passing the hoop.

They both won stickers.

The kids did not have much interest in the game. The park must know that so they had other forms of entertainment every couple innings.

Such as this race between a taquito, egg roll and hot dog(not pictured). Our section won a coupon for a free donut at QT because the taquito won the race.

Then there was the Sumo match between two lucky audience members.

And dancing on the dugout with the Mascots.

After the game we got to pitch a tent in the outfield. We watched a movie on a big screen in the bleachers and then got some much needed rest....NOT!

I think Gabby was more off the air mattress then on it.

Josie also fell between the cracks.
But me and Audi where pretty well off as the mattress goes. I was so tired when we got home that I took a two hour nap.

Friday, June 19, 2009


We have lost our beloved Mr. Nibbles. If you see him flying outside your window, please let me know. Or better yet, trap the little bugger. The kids are beside themselves with grief. They are crying and wailing and asking "when can we get a new pet? something other than a bird". We keep hearing him in the back yard, but he won't come down. I am hopeful that he will get hungry and want to come inside to the comfort of his birdie condo with deluxe heater and all the millet he can eat.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Clear Frog

How cool is this? A see through frog. This could saved the lives of millions of frogs that are dissected each year. Just think of the possibilities!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gymnastics Program

My two gold medalists. Gabby & Josie

Gabby receiving her medal.

Josie receiving her medal.

Josie and Gabby during warm-up.

The girls performed on each apparatus: volt, bars, beam & floor. They both did a great job. I am so proud.
Audi has been taking a painting class this week and loving it. She is learning about shading, colors, and paint application. Summer school started on Thursday. There is already a field trip planned for Monday to the St. Louis Zoo. They are going to have so much fun. But the bus was a little late dropping them off at home. I was pretty freaked when I arrived home at 5:10 and the girls still weren't home. I called the school and was going to call the bus depot when they finally arrived at 5:25. The bus driver said they shouldn't be that late normally. I guess they had some scheduling glitches to work out the first day.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The waters great...jump on in!

The girls have been spending as much time as possible in the pool. Whether the weather is hot or cold. They don't seem to care. They have re-acquired their swim skills from last year. And showing little fear at trying new things. Juan hasn't really been in yet because I am not getting into that cold water and he can't get in by himself. The water is too deep.

Juan has had to find other things to do besides swim so he has been fixing things around the house.

I don't know how Josie and Gabby sleep this way.

When not swimming the girls find other ways to amuse themselves.

Juan doesn't just do repairs. We have a big lawn to mow also.


Juan watches his father too much. He is strapping items into the back of his truck. SCARY!

Audi doing a CANNON BALL!

This is a side of Gabby we are not use to seeing.

Return of "Josie the Amazing Fish Girl".