Some funny little happenings around here.
We went to my cousin's wedding. I left my house in a huge mess, worried I wouldn't be ready for the scout party the next day, but it worked out okay. We had a wonderful time in a little outdoor area at the wedding, sitting under trees filtering afternoon sunlight and the sounds of a little waterfall and children playing in gravelly rocks in their vests and bow ties. My ten year-old sat by my grandma and explained to her his drinking problem-- he has always loved to drink and drink and drink at meals and sometimes has to be told it's time to eat, too. He collects bottles, and they giggled and emptied some bottles for him and recruited other's bottles too. (thanks, Grandma) :) She is in a wheelchair for the first time in her life. I saw them sitting there talking and laughing (he didn't leave her side all evening) and I realized if I'd stayed home to clean my house I would have missed this. Who knows how many more memories I will have of my grandma.
The other night the same son and I were returning from scouts when we saw some young children on our corner selling something from a brown vinyl folding table. A mom shouted from a nearby porch swing: "Just so you know, I have no idea what they are selling!" So we put on our best faces and checked out their wares. There was a bag of microwave popped popcorn and a big orange drink cooler thing. My son leaned over to me and giggle-whispered: "Mom, their sign says poop corn!" We asked how much. They said one dollar. We plopped down our dollar (sorry, husband), and then opened the orange cooler and the ice cream bucket floating in water inside, to reveal an iceberg with shards of freezer burnt ice cream floating in a pool of melted creamy white. They just looked at us. We looked at them. Then I asked "do you want us to dish it up ourselves?" "Yes!" they said. Oh boy. :) On the way home, my son laughed, "Mom, I think we got ripped off."
I found this left for me on the counter one day. It has my name and my Ava's name, with pronated stick figures and some flowers. They collected a flower for me (from my yard) along with some tree leaves and duct taped them into a bouquet. So sweet. :)
This is the goofiest video. My nine year old figured out how to do this weird effect on my phone. The best is at 1:25 (I think she has a lemon drop in her mouth), after that its just more of the same.
This little girl made her bed by herself! The look on her face when I praised her (maybe I'm not a lost cause yet) was priceless. When I asked if she had done it by herself, she closed her eyes and nodded her head several times with the cutest little pleased pixie smile on her face.