Rebecca Vs. The Robin

About a week ago, I began a battle with a bird. I would walk out my front porch and see a HUGE mess all over the door, my wreath, and entrance area. At first, I couldn't figure out what the mess what all about but I finally realized a nest was being made in my front door wreath. I was very frustrated with all the dirt and junk so I quickly removed and swept up the nest from it's newly appointed home. This wasn't easy because somehow birds use mud (how do they do that?) to make their nests!!! I went and got a glass of water and removed as much of the mud and dirt from MY wreath and tried to clean off the door as best I could!

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The very next day I go out to get the mail and return to the porch to find a nest being made again! NOW I'M MAD!!!! Doesn't this stupid bird understand that this is not a safe place to bring babies into the world?!? Doesn't this stupid bird know that my children can slam this door at a rate that would cause brain damage to a newborn's skull!!? COME ON!!! I decide to be the mother bird's helper and REMOVE the partially made nest once more. This time I just leave the mess behind though because I have a hunch the battle is just beginning.

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A few days later while I'm sitting on the couch reading, I notice something flying by the window over and over again! Hmmm.....what on earth?!? YES. If you're thinking momma bird is back, you are 100% right. I open the door and find a completely finished nest but that day something was different. Right when I started to grab it and remove said nest from MY wreath, I realized there was a blue egg inside.
OK...for those of you wandering. I do have a heart. I do like robins and I do like baby birds. (Just not in MY wreath!) So, I called the boys to come and take a look at our new tenants. They were ecstatic!

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The next day, the boys went to check in on our little friends and discovered a 2nd egg!!!

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The next day, I went to see what was going on in our little front porch nursery and spotted EGG #3!!!

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Today I decided to embrace our little friends and make the kids use the back door. I even took some photos so you all could enjoy them as well. I'll try to get a shot of them as soon as they are born. (THAT IS IF MY CHILDREN DON'T FORGET ABOUT THEM AND SLAM THE DOOR!)
My guess is that ol' momma bird wishes she had reconsidered her housing arrangements!!


JohnMark Turns 11

I am having trouble believing how big my oldest son is getting. It's sorta heart wrenching and I know I've blogged about it before but it literally seems like he's getting bigger and bigger right before our eyes. We celebrated his eleventh birthday today pretty quietly. He had a friend hang out over the weekend and they played laser tag and did the "guy" stuff. Mike took the day off and we spent the day catering to the eldest son.
The cake was YUMMY!!!! We got it from Bruester's! It was chocolate cake with Oreo ice cream on top! I was very proud of myself because I used a coupon and also got a free pint of Butter Pecan!!!! This is a perfect reason to be proud, right?!? Especially, since I didn't bake his cake this year. :) Blowing out 11 Candles!!!

I got a good shot of Jackson with his face covered in cake. It was sorta funny cause normally he's not a cake eater but tonight he cleaned everyone's plate for them!

JohnMark sharing his cake!!!

JohnMark had saved his money over the past year and after receiving quite a bit of birthday money...he finally had enough to buy his PSP! This is how he and his brothers spent most of the evening!

Right before he went to sleep tonight...he yelled down, "Thanks, guys for the great day!" Man, he sure can melt my heart. He is such a gift from God!