Monday, May 16, 2011

Cringe or laugh?....You decide!

Are you ready for a scare or a laugh? If your in the mood for either, this post is for you! Here it goes.....

When we bought the land, not only did we inherit junk, we inherited BEES! What kind of bees you ask? Well, that is what I set out to find out today! At this point, all we know is that there is what looks like two Honey Bee Hives in boxes which are inside some kind of beekeeping contraption. Should be easy enough to remove right? I mean, people love honey and someone will just come kindly remove them and raise them on THEIR LAND! Seemed like a simple solution to me! So, I get online this morning and I search "DFW Bee Removal" and a site pops up listing Beekeepers in Texas. I scroll down and find the closest one to Burleson and I give him a call. I explain to him my situation and give him a description of the "contraption". He seems interested and almost excited to come check them out. REALLY??? Who gets excited about bees? I just dont' get it but hey, to each his own right? I just want them gone! He said he would go out there this afternoon. I was thinking, "Do your thing! The sooner, The better!"

Chad calls and he tells me he went to the land after work to remove more junk and the beekeeper was there. He didn't have time to talk with him because he was in a hurry to get to the dump before it closed at 4:00 pm. He told him he would be back and they could talk then. So, I told Chad I would just meet him out there after I picked the kids up. On the way I was telling Aiden (because he is obsessed with nature and "Life") that there would be a beekeeper there when we get there and maybe he could give us a lesson on honey bees. As we pull on to Forgotten lane, I began to get excited for him because I knew he would love this! This was going to be so cool for him, right?

I drive up to our place and Chad wasn't back yet. I noticed that the gate that I normally drive into is locked but the other gate is open. This gate is located on the heavily wooded and overgrown side of the land. So, I was a little nervous driving down the road because of all the limbs and brush scraping my car but I didn't want to wait for Chad because I was curious what the beekeeper had to say. I get to the end of the road and then begin to drive down the path that dead ends into the bee "contraption". I stop, I look....No beekeeper in sight. I put my car in park, open the door and step out. I begin to walk a few feet down the path towards the bees. They were still at least 200 feet away. I thought "Maybe he removed them, let me go see.". **WARNING, what your about to read next may have been dramatized in my head just a little, lol** I swear, it wasn't even a second later when I could hear nothing but LOUD buzzing all around me but specifically in my left ear. All I could imagine was a million bees in my hair so I started running and screaming, running and screaming while flailing my arms back and fourth (If you know how Erin is with bugs, imagine one landing on her face times ten, lol) from one end of the pasture to the next all while shaking my hair so much that my clip ripped out of my head and disappeared into the swarm of bees (I think they flew it off to their nest, lol). During what seemed like an hour I remember thinking "Is this how I am going to die?...Will my kids lose their mother?...Will I be known as the mom who was killed by killer bees in Burleson?, Will I be on Fox 4 News? BURLESON MOM KILLED BY KILLER BEES!". Remember, at this point I still think they are honey bees and haven't even talked to the beekeeper yet. LOL! So, I am screaming and screaming and running and shaking my hair and then I hear Aiden screaming and crying in horror (I can't believe the neighbors didn't call the police) and I remember that I left the car door open. So, I begin to run back to the car (still screaming and kicking and shaking my hair) and I think "Shit, are the bees in the car? Oh my god, I can't get in and then shut the door and then let the bees kill me AND the kids. What do I do?, What do I do?". I finally decide to just start swatting at the air as fast as I can (to keep the bees from getting in the car) and I get in the car and shut the door. The chills took over my body as I sat there to assess the situation. There were no bees in the car so I jerked the car into drive and hauled ass to the front of the property where the locked gate was and I sat there saying over and over "Oh my God, oh my God". I tried to catch my breathe and calm Aiden and myself down at the same time. As I sat in the car, each time a butterfly, leaf, cotton or whatever flew by my front windshield, I would panic. By now my phone had completely died and I had no way to call anyone! You might be wondering where Bryson is during all of this? Well, he was in the back calmly sitting in his seat. Since he seemed completely unaffected by this traumatic event, I decide to check with Aiden first. I say "Aiden, calm down. Are you okay?" and he says "Mommy are you okay? What happened? I heard dogs barking and I thought you were being attacked by them.". I heard no dogs barking. Probably because all I could hear (or imagine in my head, lol) was a million bees buzzing in my ear/hair. Poor thing, I can't even imagine how traumatized he was or what what running through his mind (he obviously inherited that from me).  I then assured him that I was fine and that dogs were not attacking me. He was relieved but still shaken up. Then, I asked Bryson how he was and he said "Fine" and I said were you scared and he said "No". LOL! He probably thought we were just crazy! By now my adrenaline had begun to calm down and I began to feel the sting (Yes, only 1 sting, lol) on the left temple of my head. I look in the mirror and it has begun to swell but I am relieved that I was only stung once. I push my seat back as far as it goes and I tell both boys to come get in the seat with me so I can hug them. I then begin to think "OMG, what if it get's to my brain?" so I tell Aiden "If mommy falls asleep, run to the neighbors house and tell them to call 911". He agrees. I realize this may be extreme but I was being cautious. LOL! I decide that I better not drive in case something happens to me and I should wait for Chad so he can follow me home. I know, I am so dramatic! Well, 10 minutes pass by and Chad is still not there. At this point I have to pee so bad (due to the Starbucks Venti Coconut Mocha I bought and drank on happy hour) so I decide to head to my parents house 3 miles away to use the restroom. As I head that way, Chad drives towards me. I am shaking my head as he pulls beside me and I just started crying while explaining to him what happened. I told him I was not going back until they were dead and even then I wouldn't be back for a week after that. He was laughing but was also concerned. I told him he couldn't drop the trailor off at the land or he would get attacked. So, he said to go to my parents and he would meet me there and just leave the trailor there.

I arrive at their house and I go straight to the bathroom. I use the bathroom, stand up to flush and I look in the toilet (I don't know why, I just do that!). To my suprise there was a HUGE spider in the toilet that was obviously there when I sat down to pee. I start screaming profanties and run to my parents living room and just sit down on the couch with my hand over my face rocking back and fourth. I mean, SERIOUSLY??? I'm definitely feeling mental at this point. Chad finally shows up and I was so upset. I just wanted to scream. I kept feeling and hearing bees on me! Chad tells me to chill and suggests that we go home and call the beekeeper to see what he had found out. I agree. As we enter the garage to go to our cars, Aiden screams "A bee, A bee". I run back into the house and Chad is laughing hysterically at me and telling Aiden it's not a bee. I did not think it was funny one bit!

We get home and Chad calls the beekeeper. He proceeds to tell him that they were Africanized Honey Bees (AKA Killer Bees). He also says "They shouldn't bother you unless you make them mad". I thought "WELL DUH, YOU OBVIOULSEY PISSED THEM OFF RIGHT BEFORE I GOT THERE!" because all I did was get out of the car! LOL! He said that it would be $300 to remove them and I told Chad "Fine by me, KILL THEM!". He has decided that him and his dad will excavate them theirself. I say "Good Luck with that, I'm staying home (IN THE CITY)!". To be continued...Bahahaha

Friday, May 6, 2011

How Forgotten Lane almost Got Away...

Most of you know we have been looking and saving for land for over 5 years.......

Well....Wednesday, we were notified via email that some new land had been put on the market. We rushed right over to see it! The minute we drove up, we fell in love with it and spent an hour walking around. As soon as we left, I called the realtor and told him that we were VERY interested and would be making an offer the next day. Thursday, we sent over an offer. Friday we were told the land was ours and to send the contract over for them to sign. Saturday, they let us know they decided to take other offers until Monday at 3:30 and we needed to come with our best offer. We were devastated! It was a very long weekend for us! We had to do a lot of thinking about how much to offer. Afterall, we had no idea what the other offers would be. I did some research on sealed bids and it was suggested to write a letter telling them why we felt the land was for us. Basically to play on their emotions. On Sunday we submitted another offer along with a heartfelt letter. We were just told that 2 other CASH offers came in and we had all bid very close. OUR OFFER WAS ACCEPTED!!! They said that the letter was the deciding factor. We have the signed contract in our hands!! I don't remember the last time I cried because I was happy! We closed on the land on May 6th. It's ours!!!

Now, let the work begin!!! Volunteers accepted! LOL!

I know all of our close family and friends know how long we have wanted this and how much it means to us! Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Future...

I have been blessed to be a SAHM for 4 1/2 years now! These last few months have had me thinking A LOT and it's been hard, sad and scary for a mother!

Aiden and Bryson are growing up so fast! Recently I have come to realize that my first born, Aiden will be 5 soon! He is the most amazing thing that has ever come into my life. Every day he makes me smile! He is truly one of the smartest kids I've ever met. Yes, I know what your thinking...he's my son, of course I would think this! No...he really is! When I read to him he finishes my sentences! He tells me when we look at bird books what the names of the birds are. He knows what a Squid, Octopus, Starfish, Anteater, Bat, Platypus, Porcupine and Armadillo are (I'm sure he learned this from Diego but it's still amazing!). When I ask him to take on a chore at home, he doesn't complain. He looks forward to the challenge and remembers each day that this is his job and is proud to have it! He rarely argues with me. When I ask him to get into bed, he goes and stays there! Recently I have been struggling with that fact that he is losing his first tooth. Even though it's caused from a couple of Hatton cursed accident prone days, I realize that it's inevitable and will happen only a few short months from now, it really bothers me! To me it means he's growing up, not a baby anymore! It's heartbreaking! I have told him that he is NOT allowed to play with his loose tooth. It must stay in as long as possible. I know, I'm crazy!

Oh my, my baby Bryson! Where do I start? He's almost 3 now and is the cutest kid ever! I can't tell ya'll how many times I go to the store or anywhere for that matter and someone stops me to tell me "He's so cute!" and I always say, "Yes he is, Thank you!". What they don't know is that he is my WILD CHILD!!! He's so full of life and outgoing! Just like his aunt Penni! I guess he's not only going to inherit the good looks from her! He loves to tell me "You're not the boss of me" or "I don't care!!!". He also love to eat! He wakes up in the morning and the first thing he does is go to the cupboard and grab breakfast. He can't even wait for me to get up! This continues throughout the day. I wonder if he will ever stop eating!!! He tells us he "LOVES FOOTBALL". This scares me! I always wanted to go to Friday night football but I never thought I could let my child play! I don't want him to get hurt! However, Bryson is a different story! I am pretty confident he will be just fine!

Well, this is the deep truth of what I have been feeling lately! I know some of things are WAY in the future but it's just things that have come up in my thoughts these days! There's much more but you'll have to tune in to my blog to read it!

I apologize for not posting things lately but life has gotten in the way! I plan to go back and catch up soon! I look forward to sharing my deepest darkest motherly thoughts with you soon! '

Love ya'll!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cute boys!

Yes, you will notice that I usually dress the boys alike! I'm sure when they are looking back at this blog when they are older they will not like it but they don't have a say right now! ;)

This is just a great picture of them both smiling and looking at the camera, which are few and far between!

Monday, May 25, 2009

4 years ago today....

our first son Aiden was born!
I remember that day so well! It was a dream come true for all of us! All I remember ever wanting in life was to be a wife and mother! This was the day that all of my dreams were coming true! Holding him, knowing that he was a part of Chad and I was the most amazing feeling in the world! I'd never really known that I could love anyone this much!
This kind of love is indescribable!
We had his party out at JuuJuu and PawPaw's house! We rented a Spiderman bounce house and water slide! It was a HOT HOT HOT day so it was a good thing we had a pool and water balloons!

All the kids had a blast!

Then it was time to open presents......

And.....he finally got his four wheeler! He was SO HAPPY! Can you tell?

And of course he had a Spiderman cupcake cake!

What's a party without a Pinata???!!!!!

Happy 4th Birthday Aiden! We love you so much!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Diggin' for Worms!

I love our backyard and I love to see my boys playing in it! They don't even bother playing with toys. Just give them a shovel and a water hose and they're happy!

Today, Aiden came up to me and said, "I have a GREAT idea mommy!" which is his latest thing to say!

I said, "oh yeah, what's that?"

Aiden said, "we should dig up some worms and put em' in a worm bucket and then take them to paw paw's house and catch a big fish"

Chad said, "that is a great idea but don't dig up my grass"

I said, "yes it is but don't dig up my flowers"

Aiden said, "Okay...Bryson, do you want to help me dig for worms?"

Bryson said, "Can we catch a BIG fish bubba?"

Aiden said, "Yes, but we have to find a BIG worm"

Here they are digging in the only dirt spot in the yard! LOL! They crack me up!

The Ranger's game with Daddy and Paw Paw ~ by Chad

Bob and the kids and I spent a day at The Ballpark in Arlington while Melissa and Julia were in New York. Aside from the hour and a half rain delay we had a great time. We all got Josh Hamilton bobble-head dolls, ate ballpark hotdogs and cotton candy, and got to see the angels pitcher get ejected after the second pitch. On top of all that the Rangers put up a 5-3 victory over the LA Angels. Aiden has been to a few games but this was Bryson's first (you couldn't tell that the way he was yelling "GO RANGERS"). As you can see below, both kids had a fun and exciting day at the ballpark.