Friday, May 7, 2010

Of Mice and Moms

Yesterday Ben, Hope and I did a lot of yard work. We mulched the front walkway and the trees in the front yard, did all the weeding and a lot of planting. After dinner Ben and I headed back out to work on the sandbox. We have a HUGE sandbox in our back yard and over the winter it was covered with boards, so we went out and dug up the sand and made it all soft again.

In the summertime, we use a huge tarp with bungees as a cover so that the boys can hook and unhook it themselves. SO I asked Ben to go ask his dad where the tarp was. Howard told him and Ben, being my good helper went and got it. It was folded up alongside the house and he drug it into the backyard. As I began to unfold it, I noticed that it was SHREDDED. Then, before the thought of mice could enter my brain, mice began to scurry, EVERYWHERE. People, I had mice run over my feet.

Can I just tell you that I screamed like I was on fire? I began running in place and threw the tarp to the ground. Meanwhile the neighbor, who was peacefully working in his garden came running thinking I was hurt, I screamed to Ben, "GO GET YOUR FATHER". Ben took off! He came back, still unaware of what had happened but saw some of the mice. He started shouting, "Punch that mouse in the face mom!" "You can do it". I was frozen. I did not want to cross paths with one again.

I hear Howard from the kitchen window laughing. He pipes up with "Shall I grab the shotgun?" I was NOT amused. The next thing I know, my mother and father in law are there. As we walked toward the front of the house we saw a hole in the ground where the tarp had been and there were mice there too! EEEEEEEEEEKKK! Ben, quick thinker he is, runs to grandma and grandpa's and lets the dog and cat out! Next thing I know, here comes Howard with a pitchfork! Seriously...you can't make this stuff up. I can only imagine what an onlooker would have thought as they saw the cat and dog chasing mice like crazy, Howard digging out the hole with a pitchfork, me standing with my inlaws looking on with disgust and Ben shouting "Get 'em Maddy, shred that mouse!" and Hope laughing like crazy!

Oh what a night! :)

14 comments:

Devin said...

I am literally crying. I can just imagine the scene....oh, and by the way? I would have reacted in exactly the same fashion.

*heehee*

Trennia said...

You just gotta love those days!

GreenGirl said...

As I write this, the exterminator is here removing the mouse that was found this morning dead in my washing machine...lesson learned ALWAYS look before you put laundry in the machine. My neighbors are hoarders and they must come to my house for some sort of peace...UGH...trust me, I scream when I see them...

The Schultz said...

Read this! http://sweetgrace.typepad.com/the_inadvertent_farmer/2010/03/freaky-friday-funniesmice-marinade.html

Molly said...

I would have FLIPPED out. I don't do rodents. I don't like bugs. Stupid wildlife. :-)

Heather said...

Ewwww! I hate mice! That is hilarious, but I'm so, so sorry that mice ran over your feet...ick! Your neighbor probably got a good laugh : )

Divine Mrs D said...

I thought I was going to pee my pants when your son told you to punch the mouse in the face. LOST. IT.

Kathryn said...

"Punch that mouse in the face Mom!" Hysterical! Thanks for sharing!

Susie said...

Ak! I'd have screamed the same way. We're fighting them here at our house too - it's winter, and it's an old house, AND we live in the basement that's up against dirt ... it's just a part of life here. That doesn't make it any better though. Last night I saw one out of the corner of my eye and I swear I nearly had a coronary!!!

Hope the issue gets sorted out quickly!!!!

Elisha said...

Oh. Gross. I probably would have thrown up I am so grossed out by mice!! Would be funny to be an innocent bystander!

crystal.z said...

oh wow, this is so funny and especially so because it's not me! i love that your boy said to punch the mouse in the face! then the dog, cat, and pitchfork :). i wish you had a video camera, though i probably would have started squealing after seeing the mice run over your feet!

crystal.z said...

this had me and my hubby laughing :)

Momma bear said...

That is so funny, not that you had mice on your feet, the way you descirbe it!!!

That would have totally been me yelling like I was on fire too!!

Toni :O) said...

OMG...I'm dying laughing over here although I have to admit, I would have been screaming and flying around the yard like my pants were on fire too! Glad you can laugh about it now.