Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Skunk Who Destroyed Our Yard

No, we were not recently hit by a tornado.No, there was not a hurricane or a terrible storm.
There was no natural disaster of any kind...
Except for a skunk. And this dog. Oh yes, Lexi finally met the skunk(s) living underneath/behind our shed. Our shed that is a hazard and is falling apart. Our shed that today, was reduced to a pile of rubble.All it took was a man, a hammer, and a spud/pry/breaker bar. Yes, Jeremy named that long, skinny steel bar all those things.
The shed was a tad more resilient than we expected.
But fall she did. So did Jeremy. I warned him that it wasn't safe to try to break it apart by standing on it and bouncing, but he did. And his leg shows the battle wound.
One would think he might have learned a lesson, but no. Up on top he went again...
Until he was able to declare himself "King of the Mountain", or at least king of the shed! Those skunks are going to have to find a new place to live.
Now we just have to figure out a way to get all this rubble out of our yard and to the dump. Remember that Cash for Clunkers deal last summer.... no truck. Thankfully we have good friends and family who are willing to loan us what's necessary to get this stuff out of here.

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I saw a butterfly and thought it was neat. Thought we'd end on a nice, pretty, positive note.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Every year, the Gardens does a swap with The Grand Rapids Children's Museum for a month. Those with memberships to the museum can get into the Gardens for free, and vice versa. We plan to take advantage as much as possible in May. Let me give you a glance at what we did on our first visit this year - in collage format. I couldn't make you sit through all these photos, right? If you want to see something more close up, click on the photo collage, and your computer will blow it up for you.
First up, Super Market Sweep! Jayce and Grayson got a kick out of the miniature shopping carts and being able to choose their own groceries. Jeremy even enjoyed playing the part of the cashier - don't let his grumpy look fool you. I learned one thing: never let Grayson put fresh produce in a grocery cart!! He has quite the throwing arm, and made good use of it by flinging apples, melons, peppers, and onions into his cart.
A sampling of some of the fun activities on the main floor. "Driving" the yellow bug, sorting colored balls, the trains, and just plain running around.
Upstairs there was a Vets Office set up. The boys really liked playing at the a desk. Grayson wasn't used to someone actually letting him play with a computer. He kept looking at me like I was about to discipline him.
In the toddler area, there was this ball track thing. Good technical term, I know. Look closely at these pictures in order: Grayson pulls a ball (which actually was a melon from the grocery area) from the bin and loads it on the track and runs next to it as it goes down. Then he follows it right into the bin. Funny stuff. Jeremy and I laughed for several minutes.
Playing with the colorful beads.
Jeremy and Grandma tried teaching the kids how to make these discs roll on the turn table. They didn't quite get the idea, but they had fun watching!
The Bubble Area! By far a favorite of all who visited. Jeremy showed the boys how to make huge bubbles, and Jayce got really good at it. Grayson just played with his hands in the bubbles. Jayce tried to put himself in a huge bubble too.
Some of the table fun. There were dominoes the boys tried to line up and a magnetic table with nuts and bolts.
Drums!
Is this one trippy collage!! There are several mirrored tunnels that the kids would play with while I was taking their pictures. I get pictures of the kids here every time we go.
What a fun trip - I can't wait to go back again soon!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guess Who....

Got a haircut today!!
We took a lot off and he was so brave! He fussed and whined about the clippers at first, but the "Move It! Move It!" video did wonders keeping him distracted while I went to town.
He even got a special treat when we were all done because he was so good!
If only he didn't look so old now...

Monday, May 10, 2010

i {heart} faces



This weeks photo challenge is "Celebrating Moms". I love this picture of my mother-in-law and my son. She is a terrific mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.



As always, click on over to iheartfaces to see all the other amazing photo entries this week!