Sunday, July 11, 2010

There’s always a lesson to be learned…

Our 4th of July celebration began like any other day….at the break of dawn with the kids running around like the Tazmanian devil, high on crack.

My mom and stepdad had invited us, as well as some other family members, up to their house to celebrate. Tim and I are smart enough to never turn down an opportunity for free babysitting.

We were asked to bring a dessert to share and Jenna had shared a link on her blog for an easy and fun recipe that the kids could make….chocolate covered marshmallows.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, we decorated them with red, white and blue-colored chocolate and sprinkles galore.

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Once up at my mom and stepdad’s house, the kids jumped in the pool…happy as little clams.

Oh and I should probably mention that Garrett got the green light to participate in swimming again…thank goodness.

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I have no clue what Tim's doing in this next picture. It’s quite possible he just peed in the pool…or he’s wondering how long it would take to snuff himself out by drowning.

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Here’s where the lesson of the day comes into play.

We brought a ton of fireworks, thinking the kids would enjoy them…which they did.

Cousin Mark enjoyed them, as well. A little too much. He thought he’d show off and try to light more than one at a time…only he didn’t let go of one quick enough.

Bam…fireworks went off, cousin Mark screamed an obscenity and the kids were in awe.

They were very concerned about cousin Mark, as he bent over to show them his now-blistering burn.

“This is why you NEVER get foolish around matches and fireworks,” he explained.

Bella asked, "What about the beer and the cigarette in your other hand?"

"Yeah," I said. "How do you explain THAT, cousin Mark?"

Why oh why do people continue to underestimate my children's intelligence level?

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We still let the kids play with sparklers after that. I was certain there would be some kind of blog-worthy incident there but no such luck...fortunately for them, unfortunately for me.

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After all the excitement, it was time to go down and feed the horses…one of Garrett’s all-time favorite things to do at Nanny and Grandpa’s house.

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If you ever wondered what the inside of a horse’s nostril looks like, here’s your chance…courtesy of Garrett’s expert photography skills.

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We now refer to him as the horse whisper, after he told the horse, “Stand still and smile…” for this next picture.

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Just a boy and his horse...is there nothing cuter?

79 comments:

blueviolet said...

Nothing escapes your Bella!

Menopausal New Mom said...

I've never seen the inside of a horse's nostil. Thanks for posting Lol!

Looks like everyone had a great day with the except of the firecracker incident. I'm jealous of that pool though, it's been sooooooooo hot here!

Eva Gallant said...

Great pictures--but I can't get over how fast your kids are growing even just in the past year since I've been reading your blog! Amazing!

Heather said...

Loved the pictures. It's unfortunate that there was a fireworks incident, but glad no one was seriously hurt. Looks like a great place to have a 4th of July party!!

shortmama said...

That Bella is one smart cookie!

Jen said...

Now that is what I call a good holiday. :)

The Mother said...

I have no solution to the obscenity blurting relative. Especially since it's usually me.

zookeeperjess said...

"What about the beer and cigarette in your other hand?" hahahahahahaha!!!

Your kids KILL me :D

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I'm so glad to hear that Garrett is doing well. I've thought about him so many times since his accident.

And heeee-larious about the beer and cigarette!!! I almost dribbled a bit of Diet Coke on that one. :)

Donna said...

LOVE the last shot!!! Shrew!! Totally thought your post could have gone a different way!

The boys (read: rednecks) in my family LOVE to set off large amounts of "illegal" fireworks." We watchers (read: female rednecks) always endup "ducking/diving" at least once a year. Oh - the adrenaline rush! ;-)

Looks like a fun and relatively safe time was had by all.

Oh - and mega kudos for the dipped marshmallows. We did that once, NEVER again! ;-) But..yum!

MamaHen Em said...

You always make me laugh! Well, this time I guess it was Garrett and his horsey nostril shot! But still. And also: LOVE the marshmallows and the way you have them stuck in styrofoam. I would have never in a million years thought of that. Very nice!

Jovial Jess said...

snuff himself out by drowning!!! That's great! Got to love the fourth of July! Our family relies on my sister-in-laws `jerry springer type theatrics' for entertainment, and her husband to hurt himself with fireworks. Both happened this year!

The Boob Nazi said...

I know it's not possible, but I always try to guess where you live in Sacramento from your pictures.... hahaha

Jenn said...

Love the pictures taken by your 'horse whisper' Looks like you all had fun!

Karen said...

It's a good thing Cousin Mark just burned himself a bit instead of blowing his hand off. That would've given your kids a REALLY unforgettable lesson.

WhisperingWriter said...

Horses freak me out (I think they all have it in for me) but my kids just love them.

Those marshmallows look fabulous.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Just think, Cousin Mark got off lightly. You all could've been heading to the ER. I do remember how when I was a kid, my boy cousins always did stupid stuff with fireworks. Being a girl, I just thought they were plain old dumb.

Bella was seriously on top of it. The 4th of July pops look delicious!

D said...

Horse nostrils are cool. Gotta give it to Lil Miss Bella. If she ever wants a career in catering I got a spot for her. She can be my second chef. Next year blow up a watermelon. I did it a few years ago. Very interesting!

IASoupMama said...

Looks like an excellent time! Cousin Mark is a doofus, but your brilliant offspring made that pretty clear. And Garrett is a wonderful photographer, yay!

Stefenie said...

Too funny! Love Bella's sharpness! LOL!!!

Jenna said...

Good for Bella, lol!!! I can only imagine his face, ha ha. I'm glad you guys made the marshmallows, how fun!

Heather said...

That is WAY TOO CUTE! I'm so glad your kids made it through with no injuries! Bella is very smart!

McVal said...

LOVE it! You had an awesome time! And Cousin Mark is a hoot!

Crossed Fingers said...

haha - again, love the comments with the pictures, priceless! It sounds like you had an amazing weekend! :)

Kim said...

This is probably a dumb question, but how in the heck do you change the color of chocolate to red, white, and blue? Did you put food coloring in WHITE chocolate? I'll have to check out the link . . .

It's just not a proper 4th of July unless someone blows off his hand with fireworks.

debi9kids said...

Ok...so freaky, but that horse ACTUALLY is smiling ;)

LOVE making chocolate covered marshmallows! We do that for every party we have (even making snowmen at Christmas time for the stockings.) SO easy!

Jovial Jess said...

Hey Helene...my last blog post I thought might be a hit with your kids if you haven't done it. It's a recipe for super bubbles! More summer fun!

Jenny said...

Too funny! LOL about telling the horse to stand still and smile, it looks like the horse obeyed.

I'm glad you had a nice time at your Mom's!

And I'm so happy Garrett is back to himself now. That was so scary!

Erin said...

oh, how i love horses and your photos of them w/ the kids!

the cig and beer one is priceless...

and wait---did you make the marshmellows, too? or did you buy a bag? if those are homemade marshmellows too, i may have to disown you, Helene.

:-)

very cute idea and my kids would love to make those. are they sticking up out of styrofoam, or what?

Brooke said...

love the marshmallow idea!! :)

Nezzy said...

Awww, how cute is that Garrett and the pony...sweet! I just love Bella...that girl just will never let anything get past her. I'm thrilled your family had a blast on the Fourth. We had 49 on the guest list for the Ponderosa's bash and call me a fuddy-duddy but I close my pool. Some of my nieces and nephews children have no limits and this chick does not want to be responsible for a pool accident.

I throw out day fireworks, water balloons, bubbles, slip and slide, balls etc. to keep the little young'en occupied the entire afternoon.

God bless ya and enjoy this gorgeous day!!!

Creative Junkie said...

Well, thank God I no longer have to chase snooty horses around so I can get a gander at their nasal passages.

I am loving the beer & cigarette observation!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Ah, never mix alcohol & fireworks. We had a similar lesson like that learned here - PJ put a bottlerocket in a beer bottle, lit it & then picked up the bottle - DUH! Glass got hot, he dropped it & it broke in our driveway.

Ash said...

i love the pics of the horse and the horse-whisperer. :)

you sure got funny and intelligent kids - take after their parents. ;)

~ash's mum

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Im making some cake pops this week. Yours look great!

BFF said...

Keep denying that your daughters overweight. holy cow! keep them marshmellows coming..

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What fun grandparents your kids have. A pool AND horses? I definitly think your son is a budding photographer. If you can get a close up picture of the nostrils of horse, you're GOOD. Great blog as always.

KK said...

Looks like fun!

Erin said...

BFF, if you don't have anything nice to say, please don't say anything at all. That was rude and uncalled for.

Helene is an amazing woman and friend, a thoughtful blogger, and her kids are ALL darling and incredible. Especially Bella!

singedwingangel said...

First of all let me say to you that your babies are adorable and one is gonna be a great photographer one day..
TH"EN let me get on my pulpit.. OH see no.. this is so much more then I can say here I feel a vlog coming on and Fire out of my head. This butt munch did not just go there aboout that baby..

Heather said...

Hey BFF if you don't like what Helen writes on her blog click that red X, click off lady! There is no need to leave comments like that on her blog about her daughter.

Ian said...

Two things. Erin emailed me and I had to come over.

I didn't read the post but I did read that anonymous comment.

First off, block this person's IP. Secondly, before you do let me know who this is who feels the need to hide behind their ridiculous comment.

Third - yeah I said third, I never could count that well - come to my blog and try commenting like that. Go right ahead my friend.

This is not an advertisement for my site but an open invitation to leave this site and try bullying a blogger who doesn't take this kind of thing lightly.

Go right ahead. I am waiting.

http://www.thedailydoseofreality.com

Tracie said...

I think I may have to make some of those marshmallows tonight. Yum!

Love Bella's comment. She is going to keep her husband in line someday.

Heather said...

Sorry Helene, I spelled your name wrong in my first comment. Just a little upset over that BFF's comment.

The Random Blogette said...

Your kids are absolutely adorable! Especially Bella! Not only is she beautiful, but she is obviously a smart little princess! Anyone that would say anything different is obviously a horrible and miserable person to make fun of a child. *Cough*BFF*Cough*

From Tracie said...

Those horse pictures are too cool.

I remember that every year my parents wanted me to do sparklers and every year I was terrified that they would kill me. But I did them anyway....praying the whole time! I'm still a little scared of them. lol


Those marshmallow things....AWESOME! I need to go make some of those right now! Yum! What a fun project to do with the kids.



Talking about your kids! I noticed that very rude comment up there from BFF, who obviously has some sort of major issues to show up on someone's blog and say mean things about their children. From these pictures I can tell that each one of your children is beautiful, happy, and a lot of fun! You are doing a great job as a mom. I'm sorry that there is a person out there who would spend their time being rude and hurtful to you.

Dee said...

BFF, were you raised in a barn like those horses? How dare you pick on an innocent little girl? Who the hell are you to say someone is over weight. You're a complete idiot and you're part of what's wrong with little girls these days.

Just leave this woman and her family alone. For God's sake, get a life!

Helene, I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with stupidity like this. Just block their IP!!

Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

First, Erin sent me over to your blog, and let me say, you are one funny lady! I will definitely be following. Secondly, BFF please follow the golden rule, if you do not have something nice to say, do not say anything at all!

Comments are for support and encouragement, not BULLYING.

I am with Ian, Helene. Block her IP address. :)

adrienzgirl said...

Helene, your children are beautiful. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

I cannot believe that someone would hide behind anonymity and pick on children. How sad and pathetic a human being do you have to be to make fun of a child to make yourself feel better about your pathetic self BFF?

Mindy said...

I'm so glad I discovered your blog today! I want to follow, but it looks like Google follow isn't working right now...but I'll come back. Your kids are adorable and this looks like an awesome 4th. I love the marshmallows idea - so simple and fun. My daughter would be so jealous of your kids having horses at grandma and grandpa's house. Also, love how clever your girl is. ;0)

singedwingangel said...

http://singedwingangel.blogspot.com/2010/07/blogfia-up-time-to-rally-troops-around.html
Want to come play with me BFF. I double dog dare ya.. come on I want ya too

Two Normal Moms said...

Ha! What about that beer and cigarette there? Too funny. She's a smart one!

And being the horse loving girl that I am, I heart the horse pics!

Looks like a fun day for the kids!

***Ally

(Hey BFF.... um nothing. You don't warrant the attention a comment would give you.)

Mrs Gloves said...

Helene ~ Your children are beautiful and now I want a one of those marshmallow pops.

BFF ~ Are you blind? Seriously? Overweight? She is a child, an innocent, beautiful child. Don't want to look at Helene's overweight child? Don't read her blog!

Babes Mami said...

Came over at Erins request! Love those marshmallows, they look tasty and how easy would they be to adapt to holidays! Orange and Black for Halloween, Green and Red at Christmas and they look crazy easy!

Love all the kids, adorable!!

Sunday said...

Out of the mouths of babes! That Bella is sharp as a tack!

Now, as for the ignorant comment by BFF I will have to agree with Ian and everyone else who offered up their blogs for some snarky comments...

I double dog dare ya.

In3Dee said...

"Keep denying that your daughters overweight. holy cow! keep them marshmellows coming.. "

Try spellcheck before you try to be a smartass. Some lessons in grammar wouldn't hurt. Seriously.

2nd, you have a lot of nerve making a comment like that. The child in question is beautiful. Obviously, you are a fan of the skeleton club and probably admire anorexic models.

Sick. You are a hateful, spiteful and twisted soul. Click off the blog if you have nothing nice - or semi intelligent - to say!

LucidLilith said...

BFF is proof that stupid people should not breed.

On a lighter note, I wish had that much fun on the 4th. I had to write a paper :(

MJ said...

came here via Erin - LOVE it here :o) your children are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and obviously smart as whips.

I debated about responding to the rude comment, as normally it brings that person joy to know they got the attention they wanted. However, I want to say that it is unfortunate that someone was disrepectful of you & your family. They obviously are not happy with themselves and want to bring others down with them. Such a sad way to live.

varunner said...

What a fun 4th. Those marshmallows look awesome! Did you use the pre-colored chocolate?
We debated to sparkler or not to sparkler, and then chickened out. Maybe next year when he's another year older.

OK, you know BFF is just some farty, overweight 50 year old man that lives in his mother's basement and spends his days drinking Jolt Cola and trolling around making off-color comments online because he has nothing better to do.

You know (as we all do) that your children are gorgeous and perfect :-)

Big Mama Cass said...

What a fantastic time! Looks like a blast!! Your kids are so adorable! Your cousin mark is a crack up! Showing her the burn with a cigarette and and a beer in the other hand. HAHA too funny! Those horse pics are awesome!! Love the nostril shot ;)

And I just have to say this... I don't know what that A-hole BFF is talking about.. your daughter is gorgeous!

Some people are just pricks, ignore them. You should just delete jackoff comments like that. That guy/girl certainly doesn't have anything better to do with their time than insult others to try and make him/herself feel better.

Great post! I was referred by Erin and I will follow you now for sure! Have a great evening!

Big Mama Cass said...

PS... LOVE Varunner's comment! I died laughing :)

*LLUVIA* said...

YUM!! those marshmallows looks sooo good!!

ummm...BFF, seek help...ASAP!!! Seriously, you gotta be sick to make a comment like that.
oh, and um...what's your name?

Brittney said...

saw that Angel had rallied the blogfia about a comment on your post so i came by to check it out! I think your kids are beautiful.. all very beautiful.. and Miss BFF keep talkin smack to peoples kids and we'll figure out away to stomp a big country redneck mudhole in your butt!

The Mommyologist said...

For the record, your daughter is absolutely beautiful. And anyone who thinks otherwise is just a miserable excuse for a person. And anyone who would make such a nasty comment about a child and not even leave her contact info is a coward. And a loser.

Erin from the MotherLoad sent me over!!

sandandstarfish said...

Loooooove the boy and his horse :) His photography skills are adorable!

MiMi said...

First.
All of your kids are gorgeous. Maybe even most especially Bella. So there.
Second.
Snide, snarky, assanine comments are always better when done with proper spelling and grammatical rules.
Have a great day, you are wonderful and so are your gorgeous babies!
(and, the diet guru in me just has to point out that marshmallows are FAT FREE asshat. <-- bff.)

MiMi said...

First.
All of your kids are gorgeous. Maybe even most especially Bella. So there.
Second.
Snide, snarky, assanine comments are always better when done with proper spelling and grammatical rules.
Have a great day, you are wonderful and so are your gorgeous babies!
(and, the diet guru in me just has to point out that marshmallows are FAT FREE asshat. <-- bff.)

Much More Than Mommy said...

Those marshmallows look YUMMY, Garrett definitely has a future as a photographer, and Bella is beautiful. I came here via Erin, and, as someone who has never endured a negative comment (at least not on my blog), I can't believe someone would have the nerve to write that, and then be such a coward to be anonymous. Bella is obviously smart *and* beautiful!

RN Mama said...

Wow! What a fun day! Marshmellows, swimming, and horses? Sounds like a child's perfect day:)

Andrea (ace1028) said...

What an amazing day! I'd kill for those marshmallows! MMMn, yum. Delish. Looks like you guys had a blast. Horses, my daughter LOVES them. I wish we were in your family so we could come by and play. ;)

And as for that ridiculous commenter, omg, varunner said it BEST. What lame-O hides behind an anonymous comment to pick at a little girl? A total arse, that's what kind. {Insert eyeroll here}

Evonne said...

Those marshmallows look so good! I think I'll have to try that recipe! And my kids would have gone nuts over the horses!


BFF - you can kiss it! She is a beautiful little girl! How dare you! If you really have something to say, quit hiding behind your own insecurities and anonymity. Just watch your back - you opened up a big can of worms. Not sure if you can handle the heat from the blog kitchen!

Traci said...

My friend Erin recommended your blog to me and I'm so glad you did. What a lovely family and a terrific sense of humor you have. I will definitely be back. And BTW, those marshmallows are FAB-to-the-lous! It looks like it was an absolute ideal fourth of July!
Cheers!

The Ninja said...

Erin said I should come over. Love your pics!! New follower!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love those marshmallows. Totally stealing. Bella's beer & cig observation was too funny.

Zeemaid said...

there is nothing cuter than a boy and his horse!

:)

Mighty M said...

I heart your family! :)

Deb said...

Looks like a fab 4th! I want to go to Nanny and Grandpa's house, too! What a great place for the kids. I'm glad the sparklers went o-k, the last time we did sparklers it was in the winter and Birk set her glove on fire. We'll have to try them again in Canada this summer.

Happy belated 4th of July to you and your family!

nycgirl0501 said...

What an amazing day for your family. I love the marshmallow idea! Please don't let an ignorance comment spoil your memories. Your children are beautiful.

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