Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hmmmm....What To Do... What To Do?

Huey - 5, Louie - 3, Dewey - 4
enjoying an indoor camping adventure

So here's our dilemma... It's summer in South Carolina. Let me just set the scene for those of you unfamiliar with what those words actually mean.

It's about 800 degrees outside and the air is so thick and humid I swear a person could actually DROWN while trying to breathe. (Okay... maybe not... but it FEELS like it... and that's what's important)

So it's hot and sticky and we have NASTY thunderstorms 2 to 3 times a week. These MASSIVE downpours flood the state with hot rain, which tends to fill up swimming pools with HOT water. Yesterday we went to the pool on post and the water was WARMER THAN BODY TEMPERATURE!!! This is serious people!!! There's nothing like jumping into a sparkling pool on a 105 degree day only to be hit.... SMACK... with 100 degree pool water. NOT REFRESHING!

So, here's a list of things we can't do in the summer.
  • Ride Bikes
  • Play in the clubhouse
  • Swim
  • Go to the park
  • Visit the zoo
  • Jump in the bouncy house
  • Participate in any outside activity the rest of the country considers to be normal summer fun.
(We actually COULD run in the sprinklers outside...except for the fact that our lawn is being completely over-watered by rain right now... so that's out)

So presented with this unusual set of circumstances, The Ducklings and I decided it would be fun to "camp" in the house. We set up their little tent in the living room and then got inside. We read lots of books with a flashlight. Then we had lunch in the tent, and then played a riveting game of Uno followed by Candy Land. Because... you know... anything you do in a tent is waaaaayyyy more fun that doing it NOT in a tent! That's just fact! Even (microwave) S'mores taste pretty good in a tent!

Anyway, it was a pretty fun day and we all had a great time on our camping adventure. Now... what to do tomorrow? Sigh.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm Call'n It!

"The Ducklings" on Louie's birthday. 2/3 are enjoying a poop-free backside.
1/3 is on the verge of sheer brilliance!

Exactly two years, 5 months, and 28 days ago I began potty training Huey, who had just turned 3. At the time I thought he would NEVER get it, but in retrospect, I think only 30 days was quite genius! Fast forward through the training of the next two boys (which, by the way, was neither pretty nor genius) and here we are... all done! Let me just say... THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST 26 YEARS OF MY LIFE!!! (Okay, 2 1/2.... but it SEEMED much longer! Seriously!!!)

And today I'm calling it: "Mission Accomplished"! And I don't mean "Mission Accomplished" in that "flying-in-on-a-jet-plane-for-a-photo-op" kind of way that really meant "we-have-tons-of-work-to-do-but-isn't-this-flight-suit-cool?” When I say "Mission Accomplished" I mean... "FINISHED, COMPLETE, DONE, OVER, and WE AIN'T GOT NO MORE POOPY PANTS" kind of Mission Accomplished! LOL (Disclaimer: I mean no disrespect to the former president, who I still love... I just needed to clarify what "Mission Accomplished" really means to me!) :o)

So I wanted to take a second to give props to my super genius boys who, I must admit, at times had me wondering if they were somewhat... uh.... ssslllooowww. Three Cheers to the Ducklings who have successfully conquered the proper placement of poop! Brilliant!!!

Now... let's get to work on perfecting our "aim"... shall we?
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