Tuesday, June 21, 2005


My home has been turned into an amusement park.  I call it LoompaLand.  In the back yard we have a huge inflatable swimming pool, a trampoline, a tent, a hot tub, several mini-recreational vehicles, a fire pit, a smoker, a camp stove and a grill.  In the front are 2 bikes, a skate board, roller skates and a jumprope.  Inside we have 3 video game systems, a dvd player, a vcr, a stereo.  Someone is singing Christmas songs on the karaoke machine down the hall.  I'm thinking about charging $15 admission and $4 a hot-dog!  We popped 3 bags of popcorn today and ate 16 hotdogs, I could be rich!

We had an accident in the pool yesterday.  I've always said that the easiest way to get a child to DO something is to tell them NOT TO.  Well, silly me, I said NOT TO stand on the boogie board, so guess what happened?  Someone stood on the boogie board, fell onto another child and split that child's chin open.   I can slap a butterfly on a cut on any of my children blindfolded and with both hands tied behind my back, but this wasn't my child's blood and I freaked!  The victim survived although she will have a slight scar under her chin.  The pool is off limits for ALL until the wound has healed. 

The boys moved the tent to make room for the swimming pool.  Not only were they able to find a smooth patch of ground free of rocks, but they also gave us a beautiful view.  When the flap is open we have a perfect view of the evening sky.  The wind blowing through the pines and aspen echoed the sound of the ocean from the islands and I slept like a baby in its mother's arms.  Tomorrow night should be perfect with the full Strawberry moon.  There will be no camping out tonight.  We have been having thunder storms all afternoon.  The southern oompas said they were afraid of thunder and lightning, but they've been so noisy and busy today that they forgot to be afraid.  At one point I actually had to tell them all to be quiet so I could hear the thunder.

Zack and Art both have ADD.  They are not embarassed of what they are any more than they are ashamed of who they are.  They found a quote on the internet that they thought was cute and shared it with me today.

"Hi, I have ADD.  That stands for Attention Deficit.... Lets go ride our bikes!"

I've spent the day trying to convince the Oompas that the daily news can be funny and entertaining and therefore they should watch it instead of all those cartoons they have been watching.   The war and all those dang politicians are making my job very hard.  If I see 'Spirit' or 'Shark Tales' one more time I think I will be sick.  Now, I must go, I have a dinner date with 7 oompas and Scooby Doo.


astaryth said...

I want to go to LoompaLand <g> Sounds like a great place to be a kid!

mumma4evr said...

you have fun stuff in your yard....our tent will go up when school is over here on Friday

hestiahomeschool said...

Iwant to come play in your yard!!

heathyrxmarie said...

Awww! The Oompas sound so CUTE!  Sorry about the split chin! You're a really good trooper, Dorn!  Cookies for you!

cneinhorn said...

hey, you want another oompa?  I have a 5 year old that says it sounds like summer camp over there!  ;-)

sunnyside46 said...

I seriously wish I lived next door to you!
I miss having a yard full of kids.

geminiwilder said...

Be careful with your advertising of Loompaland.  You may have Michael Jackson pulling up for a visit.

Tell those Oompas to be careful!!!


mechants said...

"Hi, I have ADD.  That stands for Attention Deficit.... Lets go ride our bikes!"

Hahahahah! Oh that's so adorable. Man your house sounds like so much fun.


floralilia said...

what a perfect kid place to grow up in!  good job mrs. loompa!

sweetlambypie said...

I absolutly loved this . you are a wonderful writer and  tell the life  of  us  simple  people so great .makes  life  sound  heck  plain wonderful.    enjoyed it   LOREE

gigimonroe said...

loompaland is REAL!!! not a day care center!!!