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August 5th, 2008


(Kenny took this shot… and fifteen others along with it…)

I mentioned in my last post that we found fleas on Dudley, and had to call an exterminator.   The sentence alone clearly does not capture exactly what transpired.   Before the exterminator could do his toxic dirty work, we had to “prep the house” – which is how Terminix puts it.   This means washing all the rugs, bed linens and blankets that may have come in contact with the infested (poor Dudley!) pet.   It also includes vacuuming the entire house, floors and furniture.   Yeah.   And I don’t have anything better to do with my spare time.  

Fortunately my parents came over for lunch  and graciously  stayed through dinner to  help out with baby wrangling and Kenny-entertaining.   I think they kind-of had fun, too…


(Grampy getting some Cooper-love!)

Between the sheets, duvets, duvet covers, mattress pads, pillow shams and throws, I did TWELVE loads of laundry.   This did not include any clothing or burp rags (which we go through at an alarming rate), towels or other miscellaneous items in the hamper.   Then each load had to be sealed and left in the “laundry room,” which for us is a closet the size of a shower.   Cry me a river.   THEN we had to vacate the house for four hours (minimum) after the service was completed.   And they started at 5 pm.  

Ok, returning home to a smelly and possibly toxic house at 9 pm with the beds completely stripped and a toddler and an infant did not sound fun.   So Casey and I improvised and packed our bags and took a 20 hour vacation downtown!

We made it a surprise for Kenny, and when we pulled into the Lowes hotel (fancy digs and they LOVE dogs) and told Kenny that we were going to sleep there, he whooped and hollered in unabandoned joy.   He kept saying, “Momma!   Dadda!   We’re SLEEPING AT A HOTEL!!!!!”   And it is a really nice hotel, so I was pretty jazzed myself.


(we love hotels!)

Cooper didn’t do so hot on the sleeping end of things, but it was lots of fun to wake up and walk the town and eat breakfast down by the docks.   And it was a whole bunch of fun to not make the bed in the morning, take a steamy shower and leave the towels on the floor, and let Kenny jump on the bed to his heart’s content.      And a hoot to walk through a lobby full of convention-attending businessmen with Cooper in the front pack, Kenny in his stroller and Dudley trotting  along side.   I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of Dudley in that fancy lobby…

So now we are home, the house seems flea-free and everyone under the drinking age is sleeping.   Not  a bad ending for a disastrous weekend.  


(Cooper getting some Grampy-love!)


  1. Grampy says

    the hair, must be in the genes. Fleas, you had fleas? no wonder i’m scrachin.

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  2. Kimmie says

    Hopefully Duds didn’t leave behind some fleas at the hotel! (Note to self… do not stay at the Lowes hotel downtown) 😆 Our exterminator comes tomorrow!!

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  3. Mary B. says

    I am new to reading your blog but I really like it. I got it from another blog I read called Being Sara. I like to collect Mommy blogs to read, it keeps me entertained. 😆
    I can totally sympathize with the flea thing. My husband and I sold our home and hadn’t found a new one yet so we packed up our baby and moved to an apartment. Our cat did not have fleas when we moved in but they must have had a pet owner in there before us and all of the sudden our cat was infested! They bit me all up!! I stayed with my mom and dad while they sprayed two different times. We seem to be flea free now but what an ordeal! I am glad you all made the best of it and had a mini-vacation. Keep up the great blogging!

    August 7th, 2008 | #

  4. Becky says

    Your pictures are great! I’m sorry to hear about the fleas – YUCK. It sounds like you made the best of a not-so-fun experience! Your boys are mini-me’s of you and Casey. Cooper is mini-mommy and Kenny is mini-daddy! Summer is winding up and Lilly and Sophie start school next Wednesday! I will miss them both so much and so will Emery but they are both so excited. I hope your home stays flea-free. 🙂

    August 7th, 2008 | #

  5. Krystal says

    Wow, he has long hair!… How old?

    That sucks about fleas. Those little things get into everything.

    August 9th, 2008 | #

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