Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paddle Boats & Bugs

These past few weeks I have had the boys full-time, meaning I was up by 8am and had them till almost 8pm. Some days I was able to drop them at Koko's at 5:30pm, but it still made for some long hours. Don't get me wrong, I had fun, but I was exhausted by the end of each day. Kids take a lot out of you when you're a teacher, but they go home... I live with these ones. Haha! Luckily, I love them to death, so it's okay with me that they're always around and wanting so show me a "cool trick," or tell a new story. Plus, they have learned my "rules" by now - I do not do whining, no hurting one another, tell the truth, and... always give me a good-morning kiss. Others have formed over time, but those are the basics I began with and built upon.

Anyway, one of the fun things I did with them LAST week was taking them to the Rheinaue and getting in the paddle boats. If you don't know what they are recall the movie Ten Things I Hate About You and think about Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger's date after paint-ballooning. They got into paddle boats and used their feet to paddle across the water while sitting in these little boats. If you have never seen the movie mentioned above, simply look to your left. There you go.

I took the boys for an hour ride out onto the lakes surrounding the Rhine (only 10E), and they LOVED it! I also LOVED it! Haha... I sat there thinking, how have I not done this sooner? I plan to do it a few more times before I leave... Imagine riding through the park lake during the Fall - ser schon! Our favorite part of this ride would have to be the ducks though... Haha! They were LOVING on our boat, and we were loving on them back... It was a good ten minute relationship.

Something that I have been involved with that does not involve the boys is young adult FHE (Family Home Evening) with the missionaries and members of our ward. We always have a little spiritual thought, time to chat, snacks, and a game or two. It's great! This past week we had FHE at a young couple's home, the Curth's. We were all sitting about playing a game called Bluff (really fun, by the way!) and one of the Elder's says, "Ew! What's that?" as he points to a giant beetle under the couch. After he picked it up and we freaked out a bit over the grossness, they saw ANOTHER one! That's when we knew... it was a joke. The beetles looked crystallized... and then one of the Elders popped it into his mouth. Um - YUCK! Even though we knew it was a hoax, we still had to freak out JUST a little bit.

Then, THIS happened:

If you needed a closer look - here is an up-close shot:

Yea. I ate that bug. A BIG beetle bug. There were three of them, and after the Elders had their turns, I was the one who gave in and said, "Why not try it out?" Just as the video stated, it tastes just like bacon, which is pretty good... for a moment. Then, it's turns to a woody taste... which is NOT so good, at any moment. Haha! I swallowed it all except for half of the head. I could quite get past the pincers.

Song of the Day: So, for those who don't know I am actually a HUGE fan of Indian music, food, clothes, film, dance... all of it! Haha... I'm not talking Native American "Indian," either, but that from India. I really, really would love to go there someday - REALLY. I think it would be awesome! Thus, when my favorite from last sesason of So You Think You Can Dance (Kent Boyd) did a Bollywood dance, I grabbed at the song and downloaded it right away. Here is that dance video to the song Om Mangalam, by Kambakkht Ishq. Enjoy!


Mindy said...

You.ate.a.bug? I wish you could see the face I am pulling right now! I kinda am about to gag {no lie}!

P.s. You are such a good lil nanny! I love paddle boating! What are they ever going to do without you???

Ash and Matt | A SoCal Story said...

Linze, you did NOT eat that! Oh my goodness, I want to throw up just looking at it. You are a much braver woman than I! K, and paddle boating looks like so much fun! I might just have to give that a little try...