Time at the Pond House…

The kids and I went out to the Pond House this last Monday and spent the night. We had a great time! Gabriel got to practice his scooter skills and he did fantastic!

Jenny was content to pick up rocks.

Jenny and I got up around 7 in the morning and there was a fog hanging over the pond. I took a picture for my mother to use on her blog. I hope she likes it cause it was quite an ordeal that Jenny and I went through to get the picture! Jenny was wrapped in a blanket, I was in a robe but barefoot and it was 36 degrees out. (Jenny loves to feel the cold air on her face so she was giggling the whole time. My feet, on the other hand, went numb.) I got several good pictures though so it was worth it.

In midmorning, I took Gabriel to the sandbar located on the far side of the property. I will say that I have only just become aware of this massive sandbar in the last 6 months even though I have been going to the Pond House for about 20 years. Only reason I discovered it was because I was looking at the satellite image of the property! I shall now be frequenting it often!

Gabriel and I built sand castles! We had a great time!

We built one for our turtle friend and her baby.

I love this little dump truck! He did a lot of hard work!

The three of us got in the hot tub a couple of times and on Monday night, I bathed my kids in the very same bath tub that I used to take baths in 20 years ago. That was awesome!


totally bumbed…

So last night we were sitting at the dinner table eating pepper beacon and egg sandwiches and I start talking to my mom about how much fun it is going to be watching the Royal Wedding with her on the morning of the 29th. My dad stopped me and asked when it was again and I said April 29th. He said “your mother will be in Vegas.” My mother’s face and my face went blank as we realized that this was true. My mother is leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday the 28th. She will not be here to watch the royal wedding with me. I had been planning on surprising her with a tiara and necklace. She had gotten the coffee cups with Will and Kate pictures on them that she was going to surprise me with in the mail that very afternoon. We were bummed. We are still bummed.


About a week ago, I was moving rocks from the rock border to the other side of the yard so that we can take load them up and take them with us when we move. I had been doing it for a couple of hours and then I came upon a rock that had a spider in one of its holes. It wasn’t just any ole spider either. It was a black widow.

I had read about them but I had never, ever seen one in person in my almost 30 years of life. Now I was staring at one in my own backyard. I killed it but I was a tad disturbed and I stopped moving rocks for the day. In fact, I didn’t move rocks again until this morning.

I was out there for a little bit before I decided to go over to the part of the yard where the spider had been. I finally thought that it was silly that I should avoid going over there. After all, it had taken almost 30 years for me to see one black widow and I figured it would be another 30 before I saw another one.

Boy was I wrong…

I picked up the rock that had been next to the spider rock, turned it over to check for ants and rolly pollies and what did I find instead?

A Black Widow Spider.

I got this picture off the internet. I was too freaked out to get a picture of the one on the rock. I killed it and promptly went and got spider killer stuff and saturated the entire rock wall with it.

I don’t know when I am going to be able to finish moving the rocks. I never would have thought that I would find TWO black widows in my backyard, in one weeks time.

However, when I do go move the rest of the rocks, I will be sure to take my camera…just in case.