Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Bit of Excitement


Story #1: Yesterday morning Desmond and I came home from Target and this wall heater was running.  It’s turned itself on once before – faulty thermostat or something.  It was in the off position and if I cranked on it hard I could get it to click off, but it wouldn’t stay off.  I was standing there holding the knob trying to decide what to do when the smoke detectors went off.  Great!  I made a mental note of where the fire extinguisher was and where Desmond was as I dashed to the garage to throw the breaker.  All was well and I safely got the thermostat unwired from the wall (my first dabbling in electrical work).  Thank you, God, for protecting our house!  Note to everyone: make sure to clean these things twice a year like they say.

Story #2: This morning as soon as Davin closed the door I said I forgot my keys and turned to go get them.  “I did too,” was his reply.  What?  We were locked out at 7:30 am with no keys to the house or car.  Looking up I saw that the bathroom window was open.  Davin hopped up onto the fence and easily pulled himself up on the garage roof.  After a bit of finagling he popped the screen off and was in.  Whew.  Thank goodness we left that window open.  Now we need to remember to never leave it open again… as long as we have our keys. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fun Outings

Desmond and I were stuck at home all week last week because we were both sick.  I’m making up for it this week by doing something fun every morning.  Monday we went swimming at Firstenburg Community Center.  Tuesday we went to the zoo.  I’d never been by myself and it was actually a lot of fun just the two of us wondering around.  Then today we had Chloe over to play and we all took a walk to the park.  It’s great having two kids.  They play so well together… most of the time, anyway.  Chloe couldn’t always understand Desmond’s words which was funny. 

Des: “Draw?” (Referring to coloring, but he doesn’t pronounce the “r”)

Chloe: “There’s a doll over there.”


Des: “Chloe, tent too?” (Asking if she wanted to come into the tent we made)

Chloe: “Yeah, I have a tattoo.”

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Little Red Hen

On our walk back from Safeway this morning Desmond and I - no kidding - found a young little red hen along the side of the road. It was clucking and hunting for bugs and hoped we had food. I couldn't just leave it there to wander into traffic, and I knew a guy had roosters down the road about a block and a half and I wondered if it had come from there. We turned around to walk back to this house, and the little red hen followed us. I was calling to it, "Here, chick, chick, chick," and it would come running. Desmond was laughing. Gotta say I felt a little silly coaxing a chicken to follow me down the sidewalk of a busy street. I was concerned about getting it to follow me across the crosswalk when we came to a side street but the chicken finally crossed the road. We got to the house with the roosters and the guy was working outside. He said he wasn't missing a chicken but could use one unless we wanted to keep it. I'm not ready to take on a pet right now so we left it in good hands and it was getting fed as we left. I wonder if we'll see it on future visits to our park which is adjacent to the rooster house.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Desmond’s First Camping Trip

On Saturday we packed up and headed over to Swift Forest Camp to squeeze in a camping trip before the fall rains are upon us.  We enjoyed nice weather and since it is off season the site didn’t cost anything.  Desmond’s favorite activity was chasing me through the trees as I tried to get far enough ahead to hide.  He also liked the tent, the fire, throwing rocks in the lake, and pretending to be “Bugs Lightyear.” 

It took forever to get Desmond to sleep and then he woke up for a couple hours at 2am.  So it wasn’t a very restful trip, but fun none-the-less.  Maybe next time Desmond will sleep for us a little better and we can stay a little longer.  Then again, we’ll probably have two kids next time we get out for camping so who knows.

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