Tuesday, July 06, 2010

On heat, America, Flashdance hair, treats, and critters

So this weekend, we swapped the 112 degree desert for the mountains.
It was a good trade.
We decked out the rhino in her patriotic regalia for the neighborhood parade on Saturday in Payson.

Here I am with my (new) signature Flashdance hair.

Unfortunately, in the above headwear I look less Jennifer Connelly:

and more Slash:

Finally, we all jumped in, and Jake started the engine
We got about 20 feet before it sputtered, and then died. Dead.
The children wailed and gnashed, but then Jake ran back to the cabin for gas while I walked to the end of the parade route with the whiners in tow.
People threw stuff at them, like candy and otter pops.
They soon decided spectating became them.

High on sugar and America, we headed to the pool.

Where Sam had some very specific instructions for the face painting artist.
And Tommy didn't hate the cotton candy and sno cones.

Sunday after Church there was napping, then some eating.
My sister Jen tended bar

while Meg made salsa, and Jello with pretzels

and Jason, with Tom and Charlie, dominated the grill.

Camping is hard work.
I told Ross that roughing it is when you have to use regular yellow instead of deli mustard on your burger.
Fireworks were promptly at nine. But the kids were so excited about the glow swords and hats, I'm not sure they even glanced up.

We returned home last night to find the house infested with scorpions. Jake killed like 15 with the black light and one Converse All-Star basketball shoe, while I did my part by alternately screaming and breathing into a paper bag.

Tonight he found a bunch more, plus a flying beetle the size of a chinchilla.

The beetle's life was spared. It is probly still out on the driveway (shudder).


Barbaloot said...

I loved everything up until scorpions. It's things like that that make me glad I've moved back to Utah. Hope all the horrid creatures are dead.

Happy late 4th!

Hailey said...

I'm sort of an imdb snob, so I have to tell you that it's actually Jennifer Beals that was in Flashdance, which is what I'm 100% sure you meant to say. Jennifer Connelly was making Labyrinth in the 80's. At least your hair didn't look like David Bowie's!;)

Kari said...

I'm always very jealous of your living in AZ. Right up until you mention the little unmentionables and then I'm fine without it. Little garden spiders and the occasional mouse are welcome guests compared to what you've got creeping around in your neck of the woods. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

Jill said...

I love your hair curly. It is your natural beautiful hair. I think you should keep it.