Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Promise is a Promise

Hi Y'all,

Time for a patchy post from the Christensen family. Thanks to my buddy, Jane, for inspiring me to write a little something. I promised her I would write something before the end of July and since I tend to veer toward the procrastinating side of life - here I am writing on the very last day of said month. While I'm admitting my weakness for procrastination, I'll also state that I went and registered my car today too.

Among other news - here's a cute shot of Elsa taken by my friend Misty. Her rage against healthy food continues, but thanks to my angelic mother-in-law and her "food boot camp" we are making some strides.

I'll wrap up with one last bit - perhaps the most exciting in our neck of the woods for the last few weeks: Gav killed a rattler today. It was an eerie thing hearing a faint rattling sound as I pounded nails into a broken panel on a wooden chest we have on the side of the house. The sound of the hammer seemed to irritate the little rascal and he would give a little rattle here and there between pounds. Finally I stopped long enough to confirm that it was indeed a rattler and proceeded to appear calm while Soren and I hightailed it into the house. By the time I'd left a message with animal control, Gav had outfitted himself with his Sorrel boots, two pairs of pants, leather gloves, and a 10 foot long PVC pipe as his weapon of choice.

After routing out the little fella with gallons of water from the hose, Gav proceeded to give him what-for with the PVC pipe. Not a pretty sight - but neither is a rattlesnake within a couple feet of a place your kids play all the time. Needless to say, a few minutes and several broken shards of PVC pipe later - we are free of the thing. Good riddance! Gav - you're my hero!


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Beckie said...

Lindsay - she has gotten so big!! she was just a baby when you left Evanston... Very cute little girl!
Marlee just got a subscription to zoo book magazine and her first one is all about Rattle snakes. YUCK! I am glad that Gavin took care of it. I guess that is one thing I don't miss about living in CA - the rattle snakes oh and the black widows.

I am glad you finally posted!!!

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Kos said...

Linds, I heard over speakerphone the drama of the rattler. Sounds scary! I'm sure Soren and Elsa were intrigued, and a bit scared. I can totally imagine Gavin suited up, ready to battle the wild.

I love your blog, Linds.

At 5:35 AM, Blogger ash said...

What a story! My oh my. Way to go Gavin! Makes our mice stories pale in comparison. You guys live in a Nova or Nature backdrop.

So good to see a blog entry up. I loved it!

At 9:52 AM, Blogger jo said...

What? No kidding. A real life rattle snake in your back yard? I'm impressed at your calm bravery and Gav's heroic battle.

You guys are living the life out there!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Carol said...

alas, my heart began to melt as i saw our darling grand-daughter(boot camp camp-ee), but quickly girded up when i realized our solemn mission:healthy kids.

think of all the things gav threw at his targets a.k.a siblings....i'm sure all his practice at home helped him conquer the evil that is THE RATTLER. i'm sure the kids will be happy to know that they contributed to your successful kill.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Krazy Khania said...

Lindsay it's good to finally hear from you. I love the photo of Elsa and Gavin is my hero too!!

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

Lindsay and Gavin, I have to say you have two of the cutest kids on the planet! And I'n not saying that just because I'm extended family!

We're in Phoenix now, which I don't think is too far away from where you guys are, so we'll have to find a way to get together sometime, maybe when the twins are a little bit older and more manageable.

Sure love you guys!

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Jane Maynard said...

see, this is why you need to be posting! that picture is awesome, and gavin the snake wrangler? too cool. love you guys!!!


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