Monday, August 23, 2010
ME: Where's Bubbles?
EMMA: Eating Goldfish.
ME: Where?
EMMA: In the bag?
ME: Don't put Bubbles in the Goldfish bag.
EMMA: Why?
ME: She might poop on them.
EMMA: I don't care.
ME: Well, do you want to eat goldfish covered in hamster poop?
EMMA: Maybe. I don't know.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
After two spectacular weeks at the beach, we came home last night, relaxed, went to bed, and woke up this morning blissfully unaware of what the morning would bring. Lucky me was going to get the morning "off" because my husband is visiting and was going to take the kids to have breakfast at the ILs.

At least, that was what was supposed to happen. I was getting the kids dressed and ready to go when I went downstairs to the family room (where our 3 hamster cages are kept) looking for my daughter's shoes. I suspected they would be beside (and hopefully not in) the cages.

Unfortunately, the shoes were not beside (or in) the cages and, for that matter, neither were the hamsters. After spinning around to pin both children in my sights, I made the assessment that the only visible hamster present was "Bubbles" (the remaining baby hamster from our recent hamster stash). Bubbles was in the tender loving care of the kids, but the other two "grown-up" hamsters, Sugar and Rose, were nowhere to be seen.

The conversation went a little something like this:

SON: Um, I don't know.
DAUGHTER: Me either.
SON: Um, yeah. Sugar wanted to play in the fire truck.
ME: And, where is Sugar playing now?
SON: I don't know.
ME: And Rose?
SON: Well, she wanted to drive Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
ME: Where was the last place you saw Sugar?
SON: He was driving the fire truck.
ME: What about Rose?
SON: In my room. I think.

A that was the beginning of the Great Hamster Chase. We spent about 30 minutes looking for the little critters cuties, but to no avail. When it was clear that we were getting nowhere fast, my husband made the brilliant suggestion that he take the kids out and I can sit in each room with the power-off and listen for them. And there went my morning "off".

The kids were piled in to the car and I was left lurking around each room of the house looking for hamsters. The good news is Sugar was found mysteriously on top of the train table. The bad news is Rose is still MIA.

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