Category Archives: Random Family Fun

Another chapter in the ongoing story of my encounters with the wild life <3

This has been a bright spot in this crazy Midwest Spring weather.

Pulling in the drive with the car heater blasting under overcast skies and seeing this made my heart skip a happy beat.

Until a robin decided to start building a nest in the top…which was not cool because apparently robins do not know about the niceties of porches and welcome mats and how they are not public restrooms.

So I started removing the strands of nest foundations as they would appear.

However, I discovered robins do not play fair and employ a form of retaliation in which we had even more evidence of the activity of bird-dom via dive-bomb droppings everywhere.

Russ said I would just have to wave the white flag, remove the temptation and do without a wreath.

So for a couple of weeks this trophy of Spring has been stuck on top of the shelving by the garage.

But as I simmered inwardly every time I saw it, I decided to research ways you can keep a bird away from a wreath on your door.

One option was to hang pie tins from the porch edges…I felt that defeated the whole concept of the porch being pretty so moved along.

The next option was a video from a realtor in some southern state.

She stood in front of her wreath, speaking in an accent dripping of magnolias and sweet tea, and literally held up the nastiest rubber snake that she said she had purchased from the Dollar Store.

She then demonstrated how she weaves this thing into her wreath and leaves the head poking out just a tad … enough for the bird to see but not enough to scare anyone.

Well, nice realtor lady…I was sitting on the other side of this screen having a mild heart attack and trying to stifle the urge to scream so I don’t think so…especially after she warned that the snake she purchased was one of those that expands up to three feet with water…yeah…that’s a big no for me.

One site recommended a fake nest and a fake bird because birds are territorial and if they see a nest they will go elsewhere.

This seemed doable so I headed to Hobby Lobby in search of my ammo.

In the section dedicated to all things fake, I found a miniature nest and then I spied some colorful lizard things made of light metal…and like the Grinch hatching his Whoville holdiday-bashing plan…I rubbed my hands together and …

voila!

Oh yes…

and for good measure…on top of the wreath tucked way out of sight…

Because the legs take away all the fear factor for me but hopefully the robins consider this nest-building goofball a threat not worth contending with…

and if you are shaking your head wondering how Russ reacted…

trust me…

I have worn him down to the point where he just nodded his head and went off to the kitchen to look at the mail and munch a handful of almonds before he went for a run.

Happy Wednesday….<3

 

 

Nothing profound because apparently it is winter again….

To the untrained eye, this may look like a picture from back in February but no…no…

it was indeed taken a short while ago from our kitchen table as I marveled at how the snow encrusted trees are quite lovely and yet have somehow lost their charm on account of…

you know…

it is April.

And no.

I didn’t leave Valentine pictures up on the door…

that would be the handiwork of some visitors on Saturday.

While this guy…

was at work,

this crew…

came to LolaPapi’s.

We ate, played and visited the Children’s Museum to give mom a break…

however…

she ended up putting away multiple carts of groceries…

because you gotta keep the shelves stocked somehow.

And Miss Caroline?

She was like Lola…the Children’s Museum is soooo loud and soooo full of well…children…and she would just rather play with…

shiny things.

So that was some of our weekend.

Hope yours was good and would someone tell Aslan that we need an end to this endless winter…please???

 

When I blinked….

This little man made us grandparents.

And has been a constant source of best days ever as he leads the band of brothers…

and Tinkerbell…

on a wild chase that is going waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too fast.

Yesterday when I went to pick him up from school, I scanned the squirming masses laden with backpacks and pent up energy and thought they must have sent the younger ones back in to wait because these were obviously the older students.

And then out of the crowd one of those big kids emerged with that smile that melts me…and…

apparently has decided to let his height reach up several inches past my elbow

…what the hey????

So there he is with his mini-me…and I’m feeling like I am going to just pry my eyes wide open so I don’t miss a second of all of this.

In the meanwhile…not to be left out…

Rocco says top of the mornin’ to ya!

And if you are looking for some good clean fun locally…come on out to First Christian Church at 7 PM this evening because it’s the second annual St. Patty’s Day concert and if last year was any indication…

you will pinch yourself and be green with envy if you miss it!

 

Just checking in <3

We are currently….

That’s right.

Russ had a work thing and I got to tag along.

It has been restful…

for me anyway.

Which is why I never showed up yesterday because I ended up walking outside a lot and napping inside a lot.

I did have lunch and true to my animal magnetism I had a visitor ….

Who apparently thinks “SHOOOOO!!!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!!” means “Hey little fella…wanna come sit right beside me while I eat?”

So later today I am going to take him for a walk around the premises….

Sure hope nothing happens to him.

Other than that we are missing home…

and our people.

Hope you have a blessed Tuesday <3

 

Wednesday randomness in the midst of a serious series <3

Glad you stopped by but we are taking a mid-week break in the series because….

life happens….

pc Rachel Maxwell

And this week has been full of time with my people …except for John and Zach…sigh…

so here’s what’s been going on…

we shot hoops…

apparently investigated a crime scene…

finished a sweater I started (ahem…after the reveal party a year ago)…

and just in the nick of time as she may have outgrown it after this picture was taken.

Don’t care.

Would do it all again <3

Went to an Illini game with this guy…

Checked another item off the bucket list with this gem…

and now it’s on to a full day.

Whatever you do today, I hope you find some time to spend with people you love.

It’s good medicine.

I promise we will settle down and finish up what we have started but for now…

it’s back to the rat race for me….

pc Sarah Vie <3