Shopping, Shrieking, Sending, Oh my!

Everyone,

Shopping:  This morning, after Butterfly said good bye to her grandparents and was shipped off to school, the rest of us went shopping!  We also went out to breakfast.  And the toy store (just to browse…all I bought was a new child lock to replace the one that broke.)  And to the mall.  Did you know that Christmas is less than 100 days away?  Consider this a reminder.

Shrieking:  Coming home from the shopping, we discovered vermin in our house.  Again!  Except this time it wasn’t a little field mouse like that last two times we’ve had mice.  This was a rat.  A RAT.  In MY house.  It was a young rat.  And still fairly small.  But A RAT!  In MY house!

Lucky for us, Soot the doggie thinks that taking care of this for me is her ultimate job in life.  I don’t argue with it. EVER.  She made short work of the rat.  Lucky for me, Grandpa was still here and took it outside to the garbage can.  Ugh, a RAT!

(Side note, I know our neighborhood has rats.  People just don’t clean up well here and leave piles of stuff all over.  That brings rats, and rats breed more rats, etc.  I’ve seen them walking around the neighborhood a lot bigger than the one Soot just killed.  [This is her second rat.]  I was hoping we vermin proofed our house a ton last time.  Obviously not.)

Because of this rat, Juice actually cleaned out under our stairs.  Talk about a pile of stuff!  We found droppings all around the water heater so that’s where it got in.  Now how to seal it off…

Sending:  My parents went home today.  I miss having them around.  They make good company.  Also, they can be quite handy.  (See above.)

Suceess:  We have a winner of my birthday giveaway!  Congrats to my friend Valinda who was VERY enthusiastic of her promotion of my picture.  And even though I didn’t win (boo hoo), Valinda won $45 to spend at CSN for her, and her alone.  Happy spending Valinda!  Check your email!

Safire

Down Day

Everyone,

Today we took a break from being tourists to just rest.  (Rest is a relative term here.)  The boys rested.  Butterfly went to school.  Grandpa rested.

Nana and I went shopping.

Well, all of us went shopping first at IKEA.  Except for Butterfly who was in school and Juice who was working.  Man I love that store.  I would buy everything I could in that store if I had money.  As it is, I bought meatballs and a stool for the sink in the bathroom downstairs.  Big spender!

The boys took a nap and Nana and I went out to the mall.  We’re looking for Christmas outfits for the kids.  No such luck, though.  We are a little early for it.  But I start planning out my Christmas now.  I even have several presents bought.  Does anyone else do that?

After dinner, we took the kids to the park to get their picture taken.  And ice cream.

Pretty restful day if you ask me!

Safire

PS- Today’s giveaway is all about doing something with your kids while you are NOT going out to be a tourist.  Butterfly loves to play games.  And this game that Pressman Toys sent me, is just up her ally!

You see, it’s a code breaking game for young kids.  In this vertical version of MASTERMIND designed for kids, players secretly stack their animals into a tower. By asking yes or no questions, they try to find the order of the animals. The game can be played at three different levels. You can even mix up the difficulty levels.  Juice and Butterfly play this way:  Butterfly has 6 animals that Juice needs to find, and Juice has 4 animals that Butterfly needs to find.  Both are happy with the level of difficulty.  The  first player to break the code of his or her opponent wins!

Want to be a winner yourself?  Comment below!  Let me know what was your favorite game as a child.  I personally loved The Game of Life.

For an additional comment: vote for my picture here!  Then come back and tell me you did.  Thanks a million!

Happy Commenting!

PPS-  Just so you know, I was given this game by Pressman Toy for free to review and I get to keep the game at the end of my review period, which I’m really happy about because we play it ALL THE TIME.