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I’m starting to see a trend…

April 30th, 2010

The other day I was thinking about the first time in my life that I called 9-1-1 a little over two years ago.

And that led me to thinking of the second time in my life that I called 9-1-1 a little over a year ago.

Huh, I thought with a smile, I made it through March without calling 9-1-1.  That’s a new record for me!

And then.

Today happened.

“What do you want to draw this time?” I asked as Bubbers handed me a pink piece of sidewalk chalk.

He looked down at our driveway and then smiled, “A bus!  A biiiiiig bus!”

“A bus!” I repeated, “That’s a great idea!”

“Let’s draw the road first!” Bubbers decided and began drawing a long blue line along the driveway.

I helped him along and we chatted with smiles and excitement.  Neighbors and their children milled around, riding bicycles and going to the park.  We waved and smiled.

Man, I love our neighborhood, I thought to myself as I glanced up the road.  And then froze.

A police car with flashing lights was flying down the road straight for us.

What… on… earth…?

I instinctively stepped closer to Bubbers and never took my eyes off the racing car.

It pulled up next to the park and the officer visually scanned it through his open window.  Then he turned and looked right at me and my neighbors.

“Get inside your houses and lock the doors!” he shouted at us before turning around and speeding back up the road.

In the blink of an eye, crazed-and-paranoid-Momma-bear roared forth and devoured sane-and-level-headed-adult-Heidi.  Swooping down with lightning speed, I grabbed the Bubbers King and flew into our garage, punching in our garage code on the way.  Thankfully, Scooters was still sound asleep upstairs.

Within minutes I made sure all my doors were locked and I pulled down every window shade.

And then.

I had no idea what to do next.

And my mind was going crazy.

So, I called 9-1-1.

“What is the nature of your emergency?” the operator asked.

“Um, I don’t have an emergency,” I said quickly, “I just have an urgent question…  A police car just drove by and told us to get inside and lock our doors…  Do you know what’s going on?”

After a pause, she answered, “Yes, they are looking for someone.”

“They are?  What does he look like?”

She told me.

“What did he do?”

She couldn’t tell me.

“Was it in my neighborhood?”

No, but it was nearby.

“So, what do I do?”

“Stay inside and call us if you see anything suspicious,” she answered.

I thanked her and we hung up.

Then I called my husband at school.  Something I was only allowed to do if it was really important.

After a few rings, Charming finally answered and asked in a hushed voice, “Hey Love, what’s going on?”

“You need to come home!” I said urgently, “We were just outside playing and a police car raced up and told us all to go inside and lock our doors!  So I called 9-1-1 to find out why and they’re doing a manhunt.”

Silence.

“I’m on my way,” was all he said and we hung up.

Poor little Bubbers kept following me around asking questions.

“Mommy, what’s a manhunt?…  Mommy, tell me a story about the police car racing down our street!…  Mommy, where’s the bad man?…  Mommy?…  Mommy?…”

My mind was racing.  I knew what to do in a fire.  I knew what to do in an earthquake.  I knew what to do in a flood.  But I did NOT know what to do in a manhunt.  In my neighborhood.  With two small children under my care.

Physically unable to just sit there and hang out, I searched for something to do.  Suddenly, I grabbed my emergency phone list and started calling every neighbor on it.  After warning one, I would call the next.  In between calls, Charming called me on his cell phone to tell me he couldn’t think straight while breaking every law known to motorists to get home faster.  Then he told me to get in the car and leave.  His instincts were telling us to run and my instincts were telling us to hold up and wait.

“The policeman said to stay inside!  And the operator said to watch and report!” I insisted.

“I don’t care!” Charming insisted back, “Get out of there and go somewhere else!”

But my mind was crazy.  Suddenly, the whole world was dangerous.  Nowhere was safe except my own house.

Then my neighbor called to report, “We heard the guy stabbed someone.”

And poor Bubbers was still following me all the around the house as I paced, “Mommy, is Daddy coming home?…  Mommy, why did the bad guy stab someone?…  Mommy?… Mommy?… Mommy?…”

Finally, Daddy came home.

And he was still insisting that we leave.

“Okay,” I finally said, “You’re the protector.  Whatever you think is best.”

“Great, let’s go.”

I thought about taking our camera and then changed my mind.  I was way too distraught to take pictures of anything.

Then I looked down.

“Uh…  Do you mind if I go change out of my sweats first?” I asked.

Charming gave me a look.

“Never mind, never mind!” I cried as I grabbed jackets for the boys and we piled in the car.

Then we drove down the street to Applebee’s.  A very public place that Charming considered to be very safe.

But my mind was still crazy and I was convinced a lunatic would shoot us all before the main dish.

“Hey Love,” Charming suddenly said with a little smile, “Happy Anniversary.”

I laughed, “Thank you!  Happy Anniversary to you, too!”

Then someone called Charming’s cell phone and he went outside to hear better.

“They caught him,” he said when he came back in.

“Oh good!  Are you sure?” I asked, my nerves strung so tight it would take years for them to loosen up again.

“I’m sure,” he smiled, “They found him down inside a porta-potty.”

I raised my eyebrows, “You mean down down inside a porta-potty?”

“Yep!” Charming laughed and I guffawed.

“Oh, that’s gross!” I wrinkled my nose.

Slowly, the fog lifted.  Crazed-and-paranoid-Momma-bear yawned and went back to sleep in her cozy den.  Sane-and-level-headed-adult-Heidi stepped back into the sunlight and blinked, shading her eyes.

I sighed.

Then I snuggled into Bubbers and put my arm around him.

“Hey Little Man,” I smiled, “Would you like one of my French Fries?”

His eyes sparkled back up at me, “Sure!!!”

I laughed and moved my plate closer to us.  Then I reached out and pinched Scooters’ gloriously chubby cheek.

And after a few minutes, I pulled out my phone and took some pictures.

And then I knew everything was going to be okay.

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My 3rd Birthday!

April 28th, 2010

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The morning of my 3rd birthday, I woke up with a smile!

“Is it my birthday?” I asked.

“Yes, it is! You’re three years old today!” Mommy and Daddy beamed down at me.

I smiled up at them.

“May I open my presents now?” I asked with a knowing gleam in my eyes.

“Yes, you may,” they laughed. :)

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And so I did!!  And boy was I surprised!!

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Grandma and Grandpa gave me construction vehicles!

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That were the perfect size for my pinto beans!!!  (And there was even a set for me to use outside, too!)

Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa!!

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And Scooters gave me an alphabet puzzle train!

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That was ten feet long!!

Thank you, Scooter-man!!

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“Hey, you’re welcome!”

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“Happy Birthday, Big Bro!”

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And Papa and gg gave me a tent!!

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That was so easy to use–it just POPS right up!

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And there was plenty of room for all my new friends!

Thank you, Papa and gg!!

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Then I got my last present!

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Oh-ho!!!

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It was my special friends!!

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Mommy and Daddy let me pick them out.

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And then I waited sooo patiently to get them!

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But now that it’s time to get them…

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I can hardly believe it’s true!!

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Emily?   Are you really there???

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Alfie?  Is that you???

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And Salty!  I see Salty, too!!

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Holy smokes!!

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I can finally play with them!!!

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*WHOOT! WHOOT!!*

This is fantastic!!!  Thank you, Mommy and Daddy!!

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After that, Daddy made me my favorite breakfast.

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SAUSAGE!!  And grits and eggs!!

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Thank you, Daddy!!

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You’re so wonderful!! :):)

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After that, we took a trip to a special, secret surprise that Daddy planned for me!   (That I’ll tell you all about in my NEXT post!)

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And that afternoon, it was so pretty!

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That we got to play outside!

Daddy had taken this whole day off from work to be with me and play with me and I loved being with him so much!

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Then my friends started to come!

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And we ate food!

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And Mommy watched me really hard.

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To see if it was really true that I was three whole years old.

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And it was!

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Scooters even got to see his friend, Carter!

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We played and talked!

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And laughed!

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Then I got to open even more presents!

My last official birthday party with friends was when I turned one, so this was the first one for me that I really understood.

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And I couldn’t believe how kind my friends were!

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They were so cute and excited to have me open their gifts!

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And Mommy helped me read their sweet cards!

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And Daddy watched the Scooter-man. :)

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It was so fun to see what they all picked out for me!

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And how eager they were to show them to me!

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And how eager I was for Mommy to open them for me!

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And I loved every one of them!

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And Mommy had to laugh at my little trail. :)

After that, it was time for cake and ice cream!

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Except.

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I may or may not have…

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Taken one of my gifts…

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And attacked my father and party guests… :):)

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But then Mommy hid my gun and it was time to eat again!

So Daddy lit the smoky stacks and whistle!

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And the wind blew out my whistle.

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And I blew out the smoky stacks! :):)

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Then we were so patient and waited for our pieces.

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Mmm-mmm!!!

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After that, Mommy laughed at my sweet, frozen, glassy-eyed appearance.  I was a bit tired after my fun-filled day. :)

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Thank you so much, everyone!  I was so excited for my birthday and you all made it such a special day!

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Dear Bubbers,

There are no words to express how much we love you and how intensely grateful we are that you were born to us.  We absolutely cherish you.  You are a blessing.  A priceless gift.  A treasure!

Happy Birthday, Dearest Treasure!

Love Forever,

Your Mommy and Daddy

My birthday cake!! (the play-by-play)

April 26th, 2010

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Hey Everyone–Guess what!?

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The day before my 3rd birthday, Mommy and I made my BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!

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Ha, ha!!  Don’t they look fun!?  I picked them out all by myself!

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And now it’s time to make it!  Uh…  whoops… nothing’s coming out of the bag…

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The bowl’s still empty!!

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Ha!  Mommy needed to open it first!

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Okay, here we go!

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Now it’s time for the water!

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*Pour!*

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Gotta be careful to get every drop!

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Oooh!  Now it’s time for the oil!

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“Ha, ha!  I found the place mats drawer!!!!!”

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We’ve gotta be reeeeeeally careful with oil.

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Mommy says it could make a real mess if we’re not.

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“Ha, ha!  I’m stealing a place mat!!!!”

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Now it’s time to mix!!!

After that, Mommy put the cakes in the oven.

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And truth be told, I was getting a little hungry.  So I fixed a snack.

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Right between my toes!

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Hm… I wonder if this is going to work…

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*Munch!*

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Ha, ha!!  It worked!!

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Let’s do that again!

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*Munch!*

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Hee, hee!  I could do this all day!

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And wook!  My tummy’s getting soooo full!

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“I WANT TO EAT CHEERIOS WITH MY TOES, TOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

(“Actually, I just want to eat cheerios.  May I have four boxes, please?”)

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Oh-ho!  Now it’s time for the FROSTING!

(Oh!  And don’t worry–Mommy helped me wash my hands really well after all my foot handling). :)

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Mommy even got one of these thing-a-ma-bobs…

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…  To help with the sugar!

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*Turrrrrrrn!*

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*POOF!!!!*

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Ha, ha!

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I can’t believe it!

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Wook!!

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I’m a mess from my head!…

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… To my toes!!

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Okay, let’s try that again…

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[Oh my heavens–my little boy!]

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After that, Mommy used food coloring for the very first time in her life.  She asked me what color I wanted next and I’d tell her. It was fun!!

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Then it was time!

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To fill up the coal car!

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Mmm!  I love jelly bean coal cars!

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Oooh!!  My first time with sprinkles!!

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*Shake-Shake-Shake!*

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And wook!

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My first time with flower sprinkles, too!

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They’re all so nice, it’s hard to choose…

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…  But choose I must!

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Here you go, freight car!

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You get a green flower sprinkle all your own!

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Ooh, wook!

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Wots of green ones!

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Awww!

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Wook at my cute wittow fingers.

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And my cute wittow mouth!

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And then!

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Daddy came home from work!

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Just in time …

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… to help with the final touch …

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… of putting on the wheels!!

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Oh, boy!  It’s all coming together!

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It’s a real life, honest-to-goodness…

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…  TRAIN cake!!!!!

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