Thursday, September 24, 2009


I have to write about Victoria's intense dislike of bugs. This may border on hatred or paranoia!

The other night, I read the book "Hush Little Baby" to her. It has pictures of lightning bugs and crickets. I would read the words (sing, really, but oh, well) and she would point at the bug and say "EWW!" There was even a picture with a quilt that portrayed all the things in the book. I didn't understand what was "EWW" in the quilt picture until I realized there were pictures of these bugs on the quilt. That's when I thought, "Maybe she doesn't like bugs. OK."

But yesterday was the clencher. There was a fly in the car. We had to drive less than 15 minutes to the thrift store from the grocery store. No big deal, right. WRONG!

At first, I hear a little "eww"! and look in the mirror. She looks a little annoyed. I don't know what's wrong. I'm driving.

Then, she starts shaking her head and getting louder. "EWW!"

Now, she is waving both hands in the air and starting to get really upset.

But the time we get to the store, she is in hysterics, screaming "EEEEEWWWWWWWW!!!" and crying like she is dying.

About five minutes from the store, I get a clue and figure out that a fly is on her. It wants her cookie. I try to comfort her, but can't stop laughing long enough to really soothe her. I have never seen a child so relieved to get out of the car!

So, for the love of Victoria, we will be avoiding all bugs and bug places for a while. I think this experience was quite traumatizing!!!

Can we all say, "EEWWWWWW!"? : )

Monday, September 7, 2009

Our Labor Day

We had a fantastic day today.

This morning we had breakfast with the whole Leavitt clan at a nearby park. There was fresh scrambled eggs, bacon, donuts and juice. Plenty of good food to go around.

Everyone also brought sports equipment. So, we could play soccer, volleyball, kick ball, frisbee, football, baseball and even lacrosse. But, by far the favorite activity of the morning was the water balloon, water gun and just water-in-any-container-we-can-lay-our-hands-on fight. Forget all the sports stuff. We all can home wet and happy. And pretty dirty. Baths for all followed.

Then, Mom went to get a tire on the van replaced so we didn't have a second flat tire. Oh well. Just something that HAD to get done, even if we didn't really wanna mess with that today.

Then, we got to see the Ball clan at Shelly's house. I am so glad we made it. Meeting Bella was magical. She is such a precious child.

And it was so nice to see Asia and her little family before they run off to Germany. They will be so missed. I am so glad she is a diligent blogger, unlike me!

We again had lots of yummy food, BBQ and corn and salads and on and on, of course!

We came home this time full and tired and so happy that we have so may loved ones to share a fun day with. I am so grateful for the love of family. What a blessing.