Bramell, Party of Five: April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

St. Patty's Day Shenanigans

My sweet, creative kids decided on the eve of St. Patrick's Day that they wanted to make a leprechaun trap in the back yard. I believe this is directly related to the little ones learning about leprechaun traps in preschool--who knew this was even a thing? I think it's getting some legs with the tiny tot set, similar to the Elf on the Shelf craze. Mama don't think so.
So, here I am, caught totally off guard over what to use to make (and bait) a leprechaun trap in the eleventh hour. Leave it to Big Sis to have a solution! She asked Siri what to do. Siri told us that leprechauns generally like to eat green foods and liquor; mainly whisky.
Being the crafty lot that we are, we searched the fridge for something that would qualify. We came up with some salad, a cucumber and a really, really old and stale beer from the back of the fridge. We used food coloring to dye the beer green and BAM! Leprechaun bait was born!
As for the trap, that was all up to the kids. They went into the back yard and rigged up the sandbox lid with a metal rod. Hey, whatever works. Right?
Here are pics from the next morning when the kids went out, with their beach crab nets, to check the leprechaun trap. Needless to say, we were all utterly disappointed that the elusive leprechaun was nowhere to be found. The jury is still out on whether it was so fast that it drank the beer and triggered the trap or that the wind blew down the lid. I guess we'll never know...
What I do love is that the seven-year-old was equally (if not more) excited and intrigued by the whole thing as were the four-year-olds. Pure magic, for sure. 
And, of course, Fergie didn't want to miss out on the action either. Also notice how my brave baby boy stood back so his sisters could open the trap and he'd "stand back and catch it." Sure, that's it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Conversation With My Kids

This morning, on the way to the babysitter....
Girl Twin:  Mama, when we're five, can we do whatever we want?
Me:  NO!
Actually, what I should have said is, "You mean like you do now?"  I finally convinced her that they have to wait until they're 30 to do whatever they want. #winning
If it was up to them, they would eat cupcakes and Cheetos for every meal! This is from their Easter party at school last week.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Apology

Today, I felt like I needed to write an apology. To my blog. You see, it's been very neglected lately and it's feeling quite abandoned.
The downslide started back around mid-November when Girl Twin had her tonsils out. I got wrapped up in taking care of her, not sleeping as much, and got really tired. Then it turned into busy time at work, so I just decided to take a "holiday hiatus" on the blog. After the break in December, I figured it would be a great time to get started on the blog makeover that I'd been putting off for forever.
I needed time to research some designs, find someone to make the changes and find an artist to help me carry out my ideas. By then, the blog had been in limbo for so long that I just got lazy. Now, with the start of April, I'm finally ready to get back in the groove. I'm on the work list for a new design and I have just seen the first draft of my new header today. 
Poor blog, I know how you've missed downloading and displaying the photos of my family. I know you are wondering what's happened to Fergie's eye. I know you are longing to hear the ridiculous things that my kids are saying to each other. I know you just want me to sit down and TYPE SOME WORDS, DAMMIT!
I'm getting there. It won't be long, I promise. Pretty soon you won't look like a random generic Blogger template anymore. You will look pretty and fresh and happy!
I can't wait.
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