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Monday, June 22, 2009

A new species, and a brilliant invention

We drove to the beach for Father's Day and had a wonderful day with Dad splashing in the waves. We even got a few scrapes with seashells under our skin to remind us what brilliant body surfers we are... not.


The real news, though, is that we made several discoveries at the beach. First, we discovered a new tool. Look carefully at what my eldest daughter is holding:







Not the bucket, the other thing.

It looks like a hoe, right? Actually it's a sandcastle-whacker. According to Rachel, the person holding the sandcastle-whacker, can take down their sister's hard work with one strategic swipe. Trust me when I say you have to see this in action. It really is brilliant.

I'll be off to the patent office first thing this morning.

Our other discovery was this:

A new sub-species we are tentatively naming homowatermelonanis. It is a strange creature prone to running on the beach and shrieking in a high-pitched voice. She is not an unusual creature but she likes to come out on crowded beach days, so she blends in. She looks very similar to a homoerectus, except for her unique teeth that are particularly well suited to eating watermelon.

After I visit the patent office, I'll be off to the U.S. Department of Zoology to register my new critter.

Between the new patent and the scientific discovery you should expect to see me on the Today show by the end of the week!

Stay tuned...

51 comments:

Sanewithoutdrugs said...

Your girls went around sand castle whacking!!!!!!

KATHY!!!

I see the sea of crying children that you all left behind.

sanewithoutdrugs said...

I forgot...

I mentioned you in my post on Friday :-) I thought you would get a giggle. You will have to go back a couple days. It's just the first paragraph.

Gibby said...

OMG, I'm only the second commenter! Woo hoo!
Sounds like you guys had a great time at the beach. So jealous!!! I watch the Today show religiously...I'll be looking for ya.

Gibby said...

WTH? Sanewithoutdrugs just snuck in as I was typing! LOL!

Lindy said...

This ranks right up there with the toothpaste dipenser that sunctions to the wall so you don't get toothpaste over everything. Oh and the Snuggie.

Tsquared417 said...

Looks like a great day!

TKW said...

Now a Sand Castle whacker is the perfect tool to torture your sibling. Genius!

Grant said...

At least you didn't give dad another tie. Do people still do that?

Young Mom/Wife said...

haha, sounds like you guys had a great beach day. =)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh I love it! My brother and I used to do (destructive) things like that...heh, heh! It's always fun to have a sibling who's your partner in crime... And that's the cutest homowatermelonanis I've ever seen...not that I've ever seen any...so yeah, better head off to the Patent office and the U.S. Dept. of Zoology, STAT! ;)

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time at the beach - and I bet it was one of the best Father's Days for your hubby! :)

beth said...

so cute! the beach is the best, isn't it?

Hillbilly Duhn said...

LOL! I'm just curious if the Watermelon critter gets mad, does it spit little black seeds at you??

Kristina P. said...

Can you let me know if Al Roker smells like cheese?

Jen said...

I have had one of those creatures in my house too.

the ungourmet said...

That is a very unique sea creature!

Glad you had a fun time!

for a different kind of girl said...

That sandcastle whacker would net me a giant new species of cryingushumongous, so while it's very cool, please forgive me if I don't buy one... ;)

Looks like it was a beautiful day all around!

Juls said...

Looks like a terrific day! :) Glad you guys had fun.

LadyFi said...

What happens when the kids whose castles have been whacked down decide to whack down the whacker-downer person...

Kathy B! said...

You guys are hilarious with all of your comments about new sub-species!

And fwiw, the tool only works for whacking your sister's castle... we haven't tested it on the general population.

Grand Pooba said...

So if I use it on my sister's castle, the wacker will work?

Just curious, what does fwiw stand for?

CK said...

Sorry, kbexclamationpoint. We just patented my daughter's foot for the same invention. We're calling it, THE FOOT.

insider53 said...

Looks like a good time. I miss those beachy days.

zelzee said...

Great pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Wish our weather was warmer so we can get in some beach time!!

At least it was a sandcastle whacker, and not a sister whacker.

Michele said...

I have nothing clever to add, but this was a great post!

blueviolet said...

If you patent your invention, please include a special size particularly suited for whacking ant hills.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

I so need a sandcastle-whacker!!!!!

Mary K Brennan said...

That is so funny. My Scooter has one of those sand castle destroyers. It's shaped differently though, so don't worry about the patent. All Right, it's really a brick. Yep, he took his brothers sand castle down with a brick. Luckily it was in the sand box and not the beach.
Looks like a great day!

Helene said...

My daughter looks similar to a homowatermelonanis...except she also eats canteloup and honeydew too. So she's kinda branched out....

You don't really need a sand castle whacker...I can just ship my 2-yr old toddlers to you, who can take down a sand castle by just looking at it. Those two are a force to be reckoned with, I tell ya!

Sturgmom said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all! Say hello to Matt Lauer for me!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Oh, I love it! Celebrating family, fun and sun! Woo hoo!

Tammy Howard said...

This looks like such a happy day!

The Blonde Duck said...

I need a sand castle builder.

faemom said...

Hmm, I wonder if it works for Lincoln Log houses that uncles, papis, and mommies were begged to build and then are destroyed by the beggers. Or on block pyramids or any structure begged and destroyed.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Cute!! Sounds like a fun day was had by all!

WhisperingWriter said...

How fun. We'll be going to the beach in August and I'm excited.

lizspin said...

Oh my! You will be busy!!!

Pop and Ice said...

Regarding your watermelon girl......I'd worry about the need for braces? But it sure is a cute photo!

D said...

Love how the younger sister is looking at her older sister with awe in the first photo.

peewee said...

Hey! DOn't knock the "sancastle whacker" idea...You'd prob make millions. Have you not seen the "chuck-it" yah.

Susie said...

Too funny! Sounds like a great day:-)

smitty13 said...

I think I might have seen one of the elusive watermelon-people on my last trip to the beach but I blinked and then she was gone. Maybe it was one of yours!!!

Michel said...

DUDE! I'd totally buy a sandcastle whacker. I don't have one!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I always knew that you were destined for fame and fortune, my friend. Just don't forget about the little people when you yucking it up with Matt and Anne.

-Francesca

PS: What's with Al R. smelling like cheese? :)

bernthis said...

the animal creature thing looks pretty cute. Does she bite or is she as gentle as she looks?

Bee and Rose said...

Sandcastle whacking...HILARIOUS! My kids would be all over that! lol!

Your litte sea creature is adorable! (so is the sandcastle whacker!)

What fun summer memories!

forever folding laundry said...

Sandcastle-whacking and watermelon: clearly, a perfect day at the beach.

I have a homowatermelonanis at my house as well. He never ceases to amaze me with his watermelon talent. (Good thing they're cheap!)

~Keri

thedomesticfringe said...

Great pictures! I think the sand castle wacker is a wonderful idea.

-FringeGirl

Zeemaid said...

*LOL* looks like you all had a wonderful day. Your pictures are sure beautiful Crystal clear!

I love the kid that invented the sandwacker!

:)

Sapphire said...

homowatermelonis looks just like you Kathy B!
Sounds like it was fun!

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