Thursday, September 18, 2008

What a Day!

OK, I seldom do more than one post in a day, but today will be the exception. This morning, after getting Becca and Ellie off to school, and Sarah off to preschool, I came home and typed up some recipes, obviously. Like I said, it has been pretty slow because although my grandma was really a great cook, some of her recipes are a little vague when it comes to instructions, and although that may work on salads or casseroles, somehow I don't think it will be beneficial to just have a list of ingredients for Mimi's fudge with a couple notes that say "put butter in pan then add vanilla" as the total instructions.
So, I was a little disappointed by the fact that I only got about 5 recipes copied over during the 2 hours I had to myself (I also had commute time and Rachel to take care of, though, so I wasn't too distraught. Well, after copying the recipes, I picked up Sarah, raced over to the elementary school where they were launching a hot air balloon today, then I picked up Ellie and drove straight up to Lauren's birthday party--which was darling by the way.
I had to leave the party early because my visiting teachers were coming, so I raced home, went through the mail, and helped plan a surprise party for my VT's husband with her. She had to leave just before 4:00, but asked if I would watch her daughter. I told her it would be no problem, and sent her on her way.
I told the girls to go outside to look for Becca, and when she got there the girls asked if they could keep playing outside. I was just cleaning the kitchen and told them it would be fine, since I could see them. Within two minutes of saying that, three of the girls came running into the house in hysterics. They had disturbed a nest of hornets and the little critters followed the girls inside. By the time I had closed the door I had been stung twice. I killed about 10 hornets in the kitchen then quickly ushered the girls upstairs where I could close doors and contain the situation. I first put Rachel in her room and closed the door, since she hadn't been stung, then I killed a couple hornets in the hall, took the girls into Sarah's room and had them all strip down to their skivvies because the hornets had flown down their clothes. Once they were bare, I sent them into Becca's room and killed 5 more hornets. In Becca's room, I saw that there were still some hornets in the neighbor's hair (I had already killed 3 on her head) so I dispatched them by pinching them because they were right next to her ear, and I didn't want to hurt her. Once I was convinced that the girls were not being stung any more, I put some numbing spray on them and went back to Sarah's room where I found 2 more hornets.
I went downstairs and killed between 5-10 more bugs, and told the girls they could come down and watch a movie. As they came down, the neighbor said that she thought there was another bee in her hair. I didn't think it was possible, but decided to appease her, and there was in fact another hornet stuck in her hair.
All in all I killed probably between 30-40 bugs and received 3 stings in the process, and the kids had 3-5 stings each, but after some Benedryl and an otter-pop they all seem to be doing just fine.
I now get to prepare my house for our Young Women activity which is here tonight, and somehow throw some dinner together, but I am really hoping that the rest of my night is uneventful compared to the rest of the day!


Emily said...

You poor thing!!!

Katie said...

Let me just say that I am SO glad that I've never had that happen to me ... I hate bugs, especially ones that fly and sting! I freak out if I find even one flying around my house!! I so admire your bravery!

Leslie said...

I probably would have let the hornets take over the house. I would leave and wait for Mark to do it! I freak out w/ any type of flying, stinging scary bug! Yes, you are my hero and I am so sorry this happened! Poor kids as well!

AimBarb said...

I really don't know how you do it. You are such an awesome mom, friend and neighbor. You also do such a great job at your callings. I think I have read more than once that the YW activity was at your house. I definately learn a lot about how to be a better person by reading your blog!