Not Me Monday: What is it with Bugs?

While we were out last week, Colby (2) did not get stuck outside of an occupied bathroom when he needed to have a bowel movement.  If he had, then, being the experienced mom that I am, I would have had a fully stocked diaper bag with us and  would not have left it at home in the closet.  If I had left the diaper bag at home in the closet then I would certainly have had my emergency stash of wipes and a change of clothes in the van.  I mean I just blogged about how to be prepared when you are on the go, so I certainly would not be out with a child in need of a change and not a single helpful item in my possession!

When I closed the door to the dishwasher it did not make a frightening noise, belch smoke, and emit an awful odor.  When my husband came home he did not find, melted plastic, glass, a toothpick, and a popsicle stick jammed into the bottom motor of our poor, abused dishwasher.  Remember my great tips about having your children help with chores?  You may want to rethink assigning a 7 year old boy as primary dishwasher loader.

When a friend of mine told me that she only reads two blogs, mine and Voddie Baucham’s, I was not completely honored to be placed in such company.  I did not have to immediately tell my husband and obviously I did not perform a couple of dance steps while telling him.   Nope, we certainly do not LOVE Dr.Baucham’s teaching on the family.  Hee hee, just me and Dr. Baucham in my friend’s blog reader! Whoot, whoot!

When I discovered an empty mouthwash bottle, nicely cleaned out with holes punched in the lid, I did not take it in stride.  When I realized that it was being used as a home for a bug, I was not curious.  So when I recognized the type of bug being housed in the bottle I did not begin to hyperventilate.  I have nine children, so I’m prepared for many things.  However, when I realized that the bug in the bottle was a … a… are you shuddering?  Did you guess?  It was not a ROACH.  My child did not think that a ROACH would be a good pet.  My child did not keep a ROACH on our deck ensconced in an old mouthwash bottle, and my child was not feeding the ROACH food scraps that they saved from their own meals.  I am an understanding and loving mother so I certainly did not immediately order the death of the beloved “pet”.  Shudder!  Shiver!  Gasp!

You can read more Raising Olives antics Not Me style or funny Raising Olives stories in Giggles from the Grove or head over to MckMama’s to read what everyone else has not been up to.

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10 Responses to Not Me Monday: What is it with Bugs?
  1. sandy
    June 8, 2009 | 7:48 am

    Great blog!!!


  2. Kelli
    June 8, 2009 | 8:13 am

    This is so funny! I would’ve freaked out about the roach too.


  3. Dawn
    June 8, 2009 | 10:01 am

    I try to let my boys be boys but draw the line at insects and snakes. Yuck! What a funny story.
    I wanted to tell you that the picture of your children at the beach is so gorgeous. I am not going to enter the giveaway because I won the VF one. I reveived my video in the mail last week. Great stuff as always! Thanks.


  4. Lisa
    June 8, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    I too recently found two roaches living in a container in my 16 year old daughters room. I guess they have been up there for a while and I never noticed them. She has been keeping them fed and cared for and assures me they are both male “madagascar roaches”.
    Uhh, I guess they must be ’cause there are still only two of them, Whew. We decided they would freak Dad out too much, so they will just live out their lives quietly under the radar. Anybody know how long these things live? Oh! and they are NEVER to come out of their cage!!!


  5. Angela
    June 8, 2009 | 1:17 pm

    I almost hyperventalated in efforts to keep from cackling so hard I’d wake “Timeshare baby”, who is resting in my arms peacefully. I so love your crazy crew. You guys r so awesome lol.
    Smoking dishwashers and pet roaches. Sigh reminds me of my own house. lol You might want to check my notes section on facebook when u get a second.

    Hate to break it to you but….The lifespan of roaches varies between species, some living up to two years. They are my biggest fear. (critter wize) Just make sure their “home” is glass and metal. (mason jars work well.) They will eat through plastic. (yes seriously) Blessings!!!


  6. Kristin
    June 8, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    We’ve been through the potty training stage enough times that you would think we’d be well prepared, but I have often forgotten that needed change of clothes. Years ago, however, we found a great solution to our “just-passed-the-rest-stop-and-someone-needs-to-pee-NOW” problem. We have a potty seat stored under one of our van seats. We simply place the insert inside a plastic grocery bag until we are home where we can empty it and clean it. It has saved us from a great number of accidents, I’m sure.


  7. Stephanie
    June 8, 2009 | 4:02 pm

    Your blog is wonderful and thanks for letting me know Mr. Baucham has one, he is inspirational.


  8. JenT
    June 8, 2009 | 10:31 pm

    Eeewww…I can imagine. My kids froze a roach to see if it would come back to life after thawed. It didn’t. Thankfully.


    Raising Olives Reply:

    Yes, the roach really made me feel ill. I suppose it is my fault. I let him read the Entomology We-eBook that I blogged about today. They kept a BLACK WIDOW spider in their home and it laid eggs and they watched the whole process. He was very inspired and is completely into bugs just now.

    I’m sorry I didn’t catch this sooner. Please feel free to enter any of my giveaway (unless I post otherwise). I don’t mind in the least. I’m glad that you like the Vision Forum video.



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