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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Apparently

In North Carolina we get the craziest rain. It's not like regular rain. When the term "torrential downpour" was coined I'm pretty sure they were talking about the type of rain we get here. Today we got one of those rains, and the result was minor flash flooding everywhere.

Apparently, water running EVERYWHERE requires that moms and kids make paper boats and float them around the neighborhood.

Sadly, the boats didn't last long...

Apparently, the logs we use as a bridge over the creek got squishy in the rain because one of them broke when I was crossing. And yes, I fell into the stupid water.

There were, like, 27 logs there and I stepped on the ONE that wasn't sturdy. I refuse to believe that my weight was a factor.

Apparently, my boots were enough to ward off any encounters with snakes. I was scared to death some slimy serpents might be loose in all of that water. *shudder* On the flip side, I did walk into the most ginormous-freaking-spider web I have ever seen (actually I didn't see it. If I'd seen it I would've gone around it rather than through it). And I might have screamed a little while jumping in circles and clawing at my hair. I might have been afraid there was a grapefruit-sized spider going for my throat. Rachel might have told me to "get a grip." I might have restrained myself from shoving her into the creek. Barely.

Apparently, if you fall into the creek trying to save one of the boats the muddy banks will make it nearly impossible to climb out:

Hannah: Help me! I'm trapped.

KathyB!: You have to try, sweetie.

Hannah: I can't. I'm stuck.

KathyB!: Climb, Hannah...

Hannah: I can't, mom I'm really stuck.... You need to come down and get me.

KathyB!: Seriously, Hannah?! If I climb down there and I get stuck, too, then we are both going to be down there. Abby is going to have to go home and call 911 to get us out of the stupid creek. That would just be ridiculous...

Hannah: Yeah I suppose you'd kinda look like an idiot.

KathyB!: < I was thinking we'd look stupid together, but thanks for clarifying... >

KathyB!: That's great, Hannah. Now, grab my hand and climb. out. of the creek...

Yes, she's crying. And in her defense, that bank is close to four feet of liquid mud. There was no way to get a foothold and it was A LOT harder to climb up than it looked.

Apparently, there IS fun stuff to do on a rainy day, you just have to...

*Fall on your ass in a stream,

*Have one daughter tell you to "get a grip,"

*Have another daughter insist you strand yourself with her in a swollen stream.

Or, you could just head to Target...

and get a jump on your back to school shopping...

And call it a day.

60 comments:

TuTu's Bliss said...

You've confirmed it you have made the list of coolest mom's ever. I love it!!

♥ Braja said...

Er....honey....try livin' in tropical monsoon season. You want flash floods and torrential? Baby, have we got it for ya :))

LadyFi said...

That's hilarious!

And that is my kind of day... except my kids would also be out in the rain dancing naked!

Kristina P. said...

I want to come and live and your house.

Grant said...

You could have told her that you planned to return after the mud dried and that you'd dig her out then. In the meantime, you'd float a paper boat with a sandwich on it her way every so often.

Helene said...

Gosh, I'm such a sucker...I'd have probably climbed down in the creek with my kids and then cried as they laughed at me.

You could always go searching for earthworms like my kids do when it rains. Good times.

Tammy Howard said...

Aw, you know how I feel about playing in the rain! (and if you don't - big fan!)

Suzy said...

At least you have cute kids. I would have LOVED to see you fall off that log. I'm truly evil.

jinksy said...

You mean you don't have a coiled rope thrown around your shoulders, when you go walking, to cope with just such an emergency? Not to mention crampons in your handbag?! Shame on you :)

ScoMan said...

Again you have me laughing. How you end up in so many hilarious adventures I don't know. Maybe you need a sitcom.

Your comment about not actually seeing the spiderweb almost killed me (because I'm not well and it hurts to laugh.. also I'm a male and I exaggerate small pain)

Yaya said...

Great post! Lol! Yup, next time make it movie day.

thedomesticfringe said...

This was SO FUNNY! Thanks for the laugh first thing in the morning. I needed it!

-FringeGirl

parentingBYdummies said...

Although that looks like some serious fun, I think I'd rather go to Target. I LOVE TARGET. Not when I have #3 with me, but I don't mind spending most of the day there with #1 and #2. Funny thing is they kinda like it too:)! But, I'll have to agree with the other commenter: you are the coolest mom ever! Even Mimi (my mom) thinks your blog is pretty cool!

FranticMommy said...

We call them "gully washers" around here...and yes Target is always more appealing to the adults and worm-picking is more appealing to the kids...

TheKitchenWitch said...

I knew you were in trouble the minute I saw the first picture. How Sassy do those lovely girls look? Hilarious story!

Hit 40 said...

OH MY HEAVENS!!! I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU HELPED HER OUT OF THAT CREEK WITHOUT TELLING HER YOUR LIST OF DEMANDS!!!

I would not have missed an opportunity to tell my boys to be nicer to me, not argue about my dictates, etc. And, I would have told them that they owed me a favor that I could call upon at any time.

I kinda run a small mafia at my home.

Lindy said...

I think you know which option I would choose. :)

confused homemaker said...

Sounds like fun, minus the getting stuck & falling part. But then again those parts are fun to read;)

Justin Narin said...

Hilarious and your kids look like they are in the cloud 9 in the first snap :) would certainly love to know how you manage to get into such situations so often ;)


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Pam said...

I remember playing outside during a hurrican warning once as a kid. What's up with that? Where was my mom during this act of intense foolishness? Not making paper boats, I assure you. Good for you for restraining yourself from pushing your daughter into the creek. Not sure I would have had the self-control. You are a saint!

Jen said...

now that sounds like a plan to me. stay out the rain and go shopping.

Great post!

Keyona said...

Oh Target, I take Target! Mud is NOT fun to me. Just sayin'

Sandy said...

I don't like getting rained on or getting muddy.....you are a GREAT mom. What is it with spiders lately?

BTW, thanks for following!

beth said...

you are a really, really cool mom. i definitely would have opted for target. but honestly...school supplies in target...it's like a little slice of heaven here on earth.

for a different kind of girl said...

You are such an awesome mom, and wow, such adorable girls you have! This is a nice little reminder to me to bypass all the thoughts of the mess and the wet shoes and clothes I'd have to deal with afterward and have these adventures with the boys.

And how perfect! It's raining here today...but they're going to their Grandma's to stay for three days and that? That is making me a bit happier at the moment (even if I am going to go shopping for school supplies while they're gone!).

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

so Im guessing no pictures of you falling on your butt in the water??? *DRATS* hehe does sound like great fun...except for the wet butt...oh and the spider web...oh and the daughter telling you to get a grip hehhe no seriously...sounds like a fun time...but then you guys seem to always have a fun time!

Gibby said...

Aw, that pic of Hannah crying in the creek is heartbreaking. Good thing she has a mom who rescued her. I would have said EWWW and just thrown down a rope or something.

bluecottonmemory said...

What an adventure! Don't you just hate it when they tell you to control yourself--and you're not really out of control?!

Back to school shopping is worse than being stuck in 4 feet of mud!

I recommend a Martha Stewart Art Activity! Now that would be safe and look so great! We did one the other day where you turned sponges into sponge balls. Then you have wet sponge ball wars! At least that's in the boys' household.

Have a great day!

Ink said...

I love that you turned a rainy day into an adventure-filled one!

Nikki said...

So cute! And yes, that would be a funny situation if you guys needed someone to call 911! lol

i am the diva said...

that's awesome! so great that you ventured into the TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR to play with your kids... i hope they realize how lucky they are.

A. K. said...

I wish it would rain like that here in New Delhi. If it rains like that i would wear my best boxer shorts, grab a bottle of beer and stand out in the rain making and floating paper boats.

peewee said...

huh. Living in my cement jungle is lookin better and better each day. You had me NOT coming to NC at "snakes"

SO WHAT HAPPENED? Did you get her out? Is she still there with the snakes and evil frog eating birds?

peewee said...

Oh and PS...LOVE that you took a pic!!
"MOMMY HELP! I AM STUCK"
"Hang on right there sweetie. Look stranded...work with the camera..."

the ungourmet said...

I think you should have gone down there and gotten stuck. You could have been on the evening news! That would have been pretty exciting, way more exciting than back to school shopping!

Hillbilly Duhn said...

LOL!

But you had fun and pictures!! :)

Grand Pooba said...

Oh but falling on your ass sounds like much more fun than Target!

JennyMac said...

You are so funny. Love the umbrella pic and laughed many times at your swollen stream tale.

faemom said...

As soon as I figure out how to put a template online, you're going to have to make the foam boats I did with the boys. Those last longer. Then again, who knows who will get stuck in the stream to save the boats. Hmmm.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

He hee!! I totally think you steeped on a weak branch too. Totally.

bernthis said...

after living in drought country for so long it is WEIRD to see rain here in NY and have to drive in it. I swear I almost didn't go.

Susie said...

I'll take option 2:-)

passions and soapboxes said...

Paper boats when it rains. I had forgotten all about those. Thanks for reminding me. Sweet memories.

WhisperingWriter said...

Yes, I always just do the shopping thing. It's just easier that way.

ck said...

Hmmm...I was at Target yesterday, but I would've rather been playing in a muddy stream.

blueviolet said...

You vs. nature.
Nature wins.
Stay inside today. ;)

Sandy said...

Just stopping by for a quick hello and to ask you to visit today and pick up some bloggy love left for you!

Kristen said...

haha I love how you took a picture of her crying.

Kim said...

Actuallty, I think I'll use "Get a grip" the next time I'm at Target—ours is new and still really crowded with crazed shoppers.

Zip n Tizzy said...

I keep looking at everybodies blogs and seeing their lush green yards and gardens and I have to remind myself, IT'S THE RAIN!
We're lucky if we get a few good weeks of it in the winter time!
Oh poor me, right, but it would be nice to have a little moisture.
I love how just you would look stupid, because of course, kids are always cool.

Tsquared417 said...

Apparently I missed a lot in the B family life while I was away! :) I second everyone else...you are the coolest mom ever!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

You are totally the coolest mom. Ever. :) Thanks for the laugh! ;)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Way to go Mom! I would have turned around right after getting caught the spider web!

CynthiaK said...

Oh, thank you for that. I *so* needed to read that after these long days I've had. You are such a trooper! Man, I'd have called it a day immediately after the tree breaking. (and I'm quite certain it had nothing to do with your weight)

Hope you got dried off and poured yourself something warm!

Joanna Jenkins said...

You cracked me up! What a great story. Glad you both didn't get stuck.

Lisa (Jonnysmommy) said...

Ah, so you are from N.C. My mom's whole family is from there and you are right...the rain down there is insane. They rarely got sprinkles...just Whoosh! I remember the one year they got snow...oh so entertaining watching them slide all over and FREAK THE HECK OUT! My dad had to teach them how to drive since we live in northern PA where 3 or 4 feet of snow is not uncommon by any means. Great story...through I'm sorry about the spiderweb. I would have FREAKED THE HECK OUT! (Yes, this is my saying for the day. Why?)

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Your day sounds like much more fun than Target. Really.

Zeemaid said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again.. you are one rocking mom. Way to go falling in a creek! I bet when your girls look back on that they'll forget about how stupid you'd look stuck in a creek but that you actually fell into a creek spending time with them. Course.. by that time they will be writing their own book/blog about what mom does... I'm just saying *g*

Anonymous said...

So where's the mud wrestling photo?!?! C'mon you know it's there.

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