Rob and I (okay, mostly Rob) have been doing a TON of yard work the last couple days. The biggest thing was trimming the 14-foot burning bushes in the back yard. They are now down to a respectable 8-ish feet tall, but Rob had to rent a gas-powered trimmer on a pole in order to get it done. With the bushes so overgrown, there was no way he could reach the top middle, even with a ladder. So trimmer on a stick, to the rescue! I mostly collected the trimmings and dragged them all onto a tarp. When we were done, the tarp was so heavy that Rob had to use the lawn tractor to pull it. I am not sure what we’re going to do with all this yard waste, now. We’re going to try to get it to the township for mulching, but it won’t fit in the van. Maybe one of those 1-hour $19 rentals from home depot. Ugh. It is sort of neverending.
The kids and I went down to my in-laws’ on Sunday, while Rob continued to clean gutters, trim bushes, mow the lawn, etc. We brought the sprinkler, and the kids had a good time with that for about the first hour we were there. Then we came inside, and the children were going INSANE. I had to hiss at them in my very serious mom voice that if they couldn’t take it down a notch we were going to have to get back in that van and go home. (They took it down a notch.) My in-laws are so tolerant and understanding about rambunctious kids, but I just can’t stand for it to get out of hand.
Hey, remember when N was saying that he wished he had Star Wars pajamas? Guess what my MIL had for him on Sunday. Star Wars pajamas! They’re not Hanna Andersson, and definitely won’t live to be passed down through the generations, but they certainly fit the bill, here! 100% cotton, short, summer PJs. He LOVES them. I could not believe she found cotton ones. I looked all over (onlinez) and couldn’t find them anywhere but sold-out Hanna. So…hooray!
We are going up to the lake soon. My sister and her family are joining us, along with probably one stepbrother and his fiance. I am really looking forward to it. N will turn 7 while we’re there, so we’ll have cake and presents for him up there.
I KNOW that somewhere in this house is the 5th cup in a set of 10 stacking cups. It’s a kids’ toy. I haven’t seen that 5th cup in years, but I just know it is here somewhere (where would we have taken it?) and I will rejoice when I eventually find it. It is dark blue. I know it’s here somewhere. Bothers me every time L gets the cups out.
We had a tuh-huh-huh-HUN of rain this week. Especially early Wednesday morning. Our neighborhood was flooded. I have neighbors who had flooded basements. Our basement just got trickles in the usual places, no big deal. But it was crazy for Rob, trying to get to work that morning, and crazy for me, trying to drive N to camp. Our neighborhood streets were like little rivers. So many roads were flooded, washed out, etc., that Rob couldn’t get to a train station and ended up coming home and working from home. N’s camp (Nerd Camp! Aka Camp Invention), has indoor facilities, but getting there was tricky. One of my neighbors said she went for a walk on Wednesday evening, and there were dead fish all over the street. No idea where they came from. Anyway, exciting times, right?
When we get back from vacation, we’ll be going to a family 80th birthday party on Saturday, and then having N’s TWO birthday parties on Sunday. Friends in the afternoon, family in the evening. It is going to be cruh-hay-zee. Poor kid…birthday is always around 4th of July weekend, and people are always busy. But there’s going to be a bouncy house in our yard for 24 hours. Man, this is going to be good. Those kids are going to be so dead tired.
One of my cats peed and pooped on the built in couch in the basement. It went all the way through to the foam. I had to wash the slip cover, remove the casing and rinse it outdoors and spray it with Resolve, and drag the foam pad outdoors, too, soak up all the pee, and spray THAT with resolve and leave it in the sun. I really hope the smell doesn’t linger. That is going to suck if it does. These couch things are built-in platforms, with covered foam pads for cushions. They are all custom fit, and getting a new one would not be high on my list of things I want to do with my money right now. Stupid cat.
I am going to try my hardest (as soon as I get off the computer) to really CLEAN this house before vacation. I always hate coming home to dirtiness and chaos, and I always think I will really clean the day before we leave, but then I never really make it happen. Making it happen! Plus also, then it will already be mostly clean for the party on Sunday, and we can just touch it up here and there.