Fairy Camp gone bad.
Oh how I love being home with just Sally Jane, this Fairy Camp thing is awesome. She seriously floats around the house and talks in a whisper. She enjoys being the boss now that Caroline is gone even if it is just for her 8 stuffed animals.
This morning we went on a bike ride on our new toy (view below) to the lake. We watched the turtles and then pretended to fish with a big stick. We came home and then went to Bath and Body to try on as many lip glosses as we wanted. Sally Jane of course went for the lemon because it was yellow.
We came home and set up a free sticker stand out in front of the house and yelled "Free Stickers" to everyone that went by. It was great because I had just bought a brand new kids table at Costco and it was perfect. We only had a few takers who came by to get some but we were sure appreciate of the mom who stopped her car and let her two boys come out and get stickers from Sally Jane and even gave her $.15 cents.
The girls came home from school so we went inside for awhile and I made dinner. I was excited to make chicken enchiladas as coming home from Europe I crave Mexican food for weeks.
then the day went south. Jeff came home and we went outside to find no table. Also my brand new chair was gone too. We looked everywhere. We came to the conclusion that someone saw the sign free and put it in their car. Since we do live in a neighborhood where people throw perfectly good items on the street for trash. I have benefited many times from others throw aways, but they were always clearly marked as trash. This sign said FREE STICKERS and had stickers all over the table. Not FREE TABLE!
Oh my I was so mad. I can't remember the last time I was this mad. So we sat down for dinner and seriously the smell of the chicken enchiladas made me throw up in my mouth. I thought I was going to be sick. Between my mad state and the smell of the dinner that I spent all day on I had steam coming out of my ears. Annie Kate seemed to feel the same way as she said, "this is kind of gross" Jeff was just shoveling it in and told her she didn't have to eat it but not to say that about her mothers dinner. I looked at Jeff and wanted to say, "it's ok I know it is gross" Jeff kind of looked like a contestant on Fear Factor swallowing something slimey - I think he was afraid agreeing with Annie Kate would push me over the edge. So Jeff if you are reading this, thanks for eating my dinner, but I know it was gross.
The smell for me became too much and I went outside and made this sign and put it in front of our house.
I think my neighbors thought I had gone mad as I was pounding the stakes in the ground. I just kept thinking $60 down the toilet. How could the person not have realized they were both BRAND NEW!!
Jeff got all of us to regroup and go for a bike ride before I had Young Women's and back to school night.
So here is our new purchase off Craigslist! I double trail a bike. Oh my we love this thing. I had never seen or heard of one before and they sell online for about $500 so we were stoked to get this used. SCORE! (that will make up for my $60 table and chair- NOT!)
This is the effect of Amsterdam on our family. It made us come home and just crave going biking with our kids. The kids love it and cry when it is time to get off. Sally Jane and I have gone a few times by ourselves and Caroline wanted to go around the neighborhood before school. It is going to be awesome for our monument tour downtown.
Which if you have a minute you must check out this website for just 2.2 minutes if you have a chance. It is the best way to describe Amsterdam. It is a guy who took 82 pictures in 72 minutes of people riding their bikes in Amsterdam. You will be amazed- just scroll down and look at all the photos and then count how many bike helmets you see?
When we were there we saw men in suits with briefcase, women in high heels and 3 people on one bike - it was amazing. What I loved the most is that they were all beater bikes. No one cared what they looked like, the older the better the less chance it had of getting stolen.
The night ended with Annie Kate's back to school night and me leaving post it notes all over her desk and on the inside for her to find in the morning.
I still am steaming about my table but I think it is because I am the one that left a table out front with the word free on the paper - next time the stickers are going to $5o.00 each. That will show them.