Monday, June 29, 2015

Sudsy Pool Party

Mr. D turned 4 and had a birthday party. It was a pool party with extras.

First it was just giant squirt guns and water balloons. They had two kiddie pools to play in. But it quickly escalated to more.

They had silly string and bath foam! The kids LOVED it! And the pool party turned messy quickly.

Ashton was sporting a mohawk for part of the time. She thought it was hilarious.

We adults stayed in the garage most of the time for shade and to be out of aims way.

They then got to hit a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pinata and had cake. Ashton was so worn out, and missed her nap, that she feel asleep about 6:30pm dead tired. But of course was up at 8:30 wanting dinner and very fussy. It took a bit to get her back down for the night. But I'm sure she thought the party was worth it!
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stop a Moment

Crazy Saturday. Lots to do, but nothing to blog about. But I did stop for a moment to capture my sweet girl.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Sting of a Bee

She may look all smiles this morning, but yesterday she was miserable. Why? If you couldn't tell by the title - she was stung by a bee.

So yesterday we were outside on our front stoop. She was playing with her tea set laying it nicely along the garden brick edging my hubby just put up a month or two ago. I was sitting on the stoop being served my tea and so forth. She was all smiles. Then she just screamed!

I asked her what was wrong, what happened, but she just kept screaming. Then I noticed a carpenter bee flying around her, not leaving her alone. I scooped her up in my arms and it was flying around us, buzzing madly! I must have been going too slow, because my husband pulled her out of my arms and rushed her in the house. I followed steps behind.

We were trying to figure out where she was stung, but she was too upset to point or show us, we just saw her cry. Finally after a minute we saw he stung the inside of her left hand, right below her ring finger. We put her hand under water and after a minute or two, Ashton's screams stopped and a few alligator tears remained.

She wanted a band-aid. So I obliged. We then gave her a coldpack to hold. She said she was all better and wanted to go outside again. As I didn't want her to be afraid, I was happy to have her play again. We went out, no bee in sight. We sat down again by the stoop and from the garden the bee rushed at my daughter again.

I grabbed her in my arms and rushed to the front sidewalk telling my husband to kill that dang bee. Ashton was mesmerized to watch the fight. She wasn't scared at all.

The bee was in fight mode. It was "defending" it's newly found territory, our garden by the front door. No sir! Needless to say, the bee didn't make it. But it put up a good 5 minute fight with my husband.

We checked the bricks and dirt (our garden hasn't been created yet... still dirt not even mulch or rocks... we're looking for rocks currently). Nothing. We think he's it. But man, we've always told Ashton if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone. And it's true, but he thought we were invading "his" space. So he attacked my little girl. So Ashton and I had a talk of sorts.

I told her bumble bees are good bees. And carpenter bees are bad bees. (I should know, they did a number on my cedar glider.) And if she leaved them alone they'd be okay, but we didn't want any carpenter bees around the house and if she found any to stay away and tell us.

I know she'll not be able to tell the difference between a bumble or carpenter, but that's okay. I have never seen any bumble bees around. Only wasps and carpenter bees - lucky us.

I read just a bit online about carpenter bees and found out males don't sting. Females do. But males are the ones that hover aggressively around people who approach the nests and can even fly right into you. Which is what happened. So maybe she wasn't stung, and he just landed on her and she got her hand red from rubbing it. Who knows? Maybe it was female and she truly got stung. We thought we saw where she was stung and my girl was in pain and hurt, and that's all that mattered. To her she was stung.

Ashton left the band-aid on all night and held on to the coldpack. When she woke up this morning, she stated she was all better and didn't need the band-aid anymore.

It was raining buckets this morning, so I added her little hoodie to ear to daycare. She looked adorable. And she was in great spirits. And through the pain and storms last night, she slept through the night! What a little trooper!

She took yesterday's incident with such stride. It's times like this that I see how brave and wonderful she is.  Not that I don't know that already, but really take notice. Love this girl fiercely!
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day DIY Project

Most father's take the day off, sleep in. Not this dad in this family. We had a DIY project to do. We went to the hardware store to finish buying the rest of the supplies we needed. But I had to be sure to get in a good Father's Day photo of the two of them.

We had the  flooring, but not the trim boards. And we got a floor joist, because we thought that the fireplace may had sunken the floor a bit near it and had to push it up level and then screw it in place.

So here is our before shots. The carpet as you can tell started rolling in a couple of spots and with muddy paws from 6 dogs and 3 cats, it wasn't fun to wash every few months.

So we decided to go to a floating floor. And we finally found one that we liked the design of the wood and could afford. So we started in on our project.

Ashton found out we would be moving the furniture to the kitchen to get it out of the way. So she quickly climbed back on the couch to enjoy sitting down.

Then she decided she didn't want us to move the furniture and grappled the arm down so we couldn't lift it away. Ha!! Cute how she thinks.

But despite her best efforts, we were able to move the furniture off the carpet and start to work. And working around a toddler and 6 dogs and 3 cats... that's quite a feat!

We ripped up the carpet and started rolling up the old padding.

Dawson supervised that part of the job. Then I had to pull out all the staples and tid bits that were left stuck in the floor. And it was Ashton's job to follow me with a bucket and pick up CAREFULLY any loose staples, nails, padding she could find. And man, was I impressed. She did it, loved doing it, and did it very well! I was so proud. I took photos of her when she completed her project!

Notice her little bucket beside her. She never spilled them or cut herself or horsed around. She was serious about her task!

And since this girl just saw 'The Croods' she gave herself a little fanfare. Then we began using the shop vac together to sweep up. She loved sweeping!

While we were doing this, Dad was downstairs in the basement using the joist. And we came to a problem. It wasn't that the floor had sunk near the fireplace, but that we had a small hump in the middle of the floor. So we loosened the boards to see what we were dealing with.

Yep, big gap. This set us back about 5 hours. He had to go buy more wood and reset stuff. It was a pain for him. But it did get level. And it was worth it. Just pushed our 1 day DIY project way behind schedule.

As he was banging down below, doing his thing, Ashton had to do the same. She got her tool kit and began banging away as well. Oh, it was super cute!!

I finally found her real Ashton-size hammer rather than play hammer, and she got to work "pounding" out the floor to make it level.

It was quite the juggling act keeping track of her play "tools" t be sure they were always up and not taken by Khaleesi. As Khaleesi loved to run off with the real tools.

My little mischief makers!

So now the floor was level and finally ready to have the new padding and floor laid down.

This is the point where it got to be Ashton's bedtime. So I got to bed, telling her she'd see the new room in the morning. She was so disappointed not to see the project through.

With Ashton skipping her nap, she was able to sleep just fine through the noise of snapping and pounding the floor pieces together. And in the end, though we didn't fully complete the job, we had trim to add and edging from the tile to the wood, but we wanted the furniture in to see how'd it look. We wanted our DIY project to seem complete as we gave ourselves 1 day to complete. So technically though we'll finish on Monday, we are calling this a success and completed in 1 day.

We are very excited of our new space. There are still a few extra "things we have plans for in this room, but we got the main part done! Yay!!! We are proud of ourselves.

And I know Ashton will be thrilled to have her furniture back in place.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tinkerbell and Water Balloons

Ashton was excited to go to Miss A's 4th birthday party. We had just been to her sister's party a little over a month ago. But instead of a dress up party it was a Tinkerbell party.

Ashton arrived ready to party and eat candy and cake.

Last minute, it was decided to do a water balloon fight and turn on the sprinkler. Ashton didn't have a change of clothing. So Little Miss A let Ashton borrow one of her outfits.

The balloon fight wasn't much of a fight. The kids threw them mostly at the grass. But the sprinkler was a hit!

Of course, Ashton was mostly excited about the cake and the pinata candy. But regardless, it was fun to see the girls play together.

Wish these girls didn't live over an hour away on the other side of town. It'd be fun to have them play together more often.
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