Sunday, July 10, 2005


Disclaimer:  No Oompa Loompas were harmed during this photo-shoot.  This was a closed track with adult supervision and the children were perfectly safe.  No adults were harmed either.

The Southern Oompas left late this morning, or early this afternoon, depending on how you look at it.  They rode out of here at noon with their parents with a long cross-country drive ahead of them.  The parents had never taken such a long journey with the little loompas.  We recommended a portable dvd player with earphones.  They took our suggestion.  No doubt they will thank us when they get home.  Oh, it might still be bad, but it could have been worse, much worse!  We know, we made the same trip with 4 kids 11 years ago.  When we drove back this past February we had the Miracle Machine.  It made a world of difference.  Add earphones for all of the kids and you have one quiet, peaceful ride... unless they need something, at which time they yell your head off because they can't hear how loud they are with their earphones on.

I haven't written much about my in-laws.  I adore Dickidoo's baby sister.  She stayed with us for a summer when she was a teenager, and she looks the same.  I don't.  Its not fair!  She drinks coffee around the clock.  That just makes me love her even more.  I hate that she is always in so much pain.  I wish I could help her.  I can't, so I do what I can.  I took her children for a few weeks and totally corrupted them.  No doubt she will thank me when she gets home.

I adore my brother-in-law because he adores my sister-in-law.  He also likes to read books that include dragons.  One of the earliest collections I recall reading was Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern series.  That was right about the time I got hooked on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series .  He also adores all of the Southern Oompas, even though he is the biological father to only one.  To many people that would make a big difference but I have not noticed any difference and that in itself endears him to me.  He also reads and enjoys this journal and I want to publicly endorse him since I was unable to attend the wedding and voice my approval then.

Its funny, I never realized how quiet my own kids, the Mountain Oompas, were, until we put them together with the Southern Oompas for a little while, and then separated them.  This afternoon has been really .... quiet!  And my kids actually got along with each other!  There was no fussing, no fighting, only suspicious commeraderie.  Thats right folks, I said 'suspicious', because I don't trust them one bit!  They NEVER get along so they have to be up to something!

But I don't have time to dwell on it.  My sister and her husband arrive sometime tomorrow.  They are in town because my brother-in-law has a seminar to attend just outside of town, so my sister will visit with us while he learns how to build a log home.  We have plans to play the Sister-razzi (look, I spelled it right this time) around town, and I am sooooo excited.  Its been 2 years since I last saw her.  Dickidoo has to work and then has a meeting.  I'm suspecting that this may not be a coincidence... but thats okay.  Oh the fun my sister and I will have!


sdoscher458 said...

I'm sure your sisinlaw really appreciated what you did...with three kids its hard to have any time to heal, so you just did a lot of brownie points for heaven.  Oh, I love the Dragons of Pern does Astraytrh....wouldn't you love a small dragon as a pet? I would - I also would be flying in & out the between as much as I Sci=fi....Sandi

gdireneoe said...

Enjoy!  Enjoy!  I miss my sisters so much...never enough time and too many miles.     C.

mumma4evr said...

wondering  if you will have the Southern Oompsa after this summer? lol

deshelestraci said...

I love your outlook on life.  It will be quiet without the little loompas but I'm sure you will find something to fill your time.  Enjoy your sister!  I can't see mine until October and I miss her.  Traci

swmpgrly said...

I see my sister everyday, i would be lost without her. have a ball!

gardenmantis said...

How lucky you are to have such a wonderful family!

heathyrxmarie said...

Have fun with your Sister!  I don't know what I'd do without mine!  And I'm sad to see the southern Oompa's go!  Make sure you keep us updated on them!

heathyrxmarie said...

Have fun with your Sister!  I don't know what I'd do without mine!  And I'm sad to see the southern Oompa's go!  Make sure you keep us updated on them!

scotthlori said...

Looks like you guys always have the most fun!


princesssaurora said...

Have fun!  Please keep us posted on the Souther OOmpas!

Be well,

astaryth said...

The Pern series is One of my favorites, as mentioned below <g>. In fact, my screen name is the name of my first gold dragon (and first dragon period) from when I was playing a Pern RPG way back in the day.... I played on Prodigy. That was before any of the regular online providers even had a gateway to the WWW <LOL>

Your BIL sounds like a great guy.... You are having a very eventful summer! Enjoy your sister, we are looking forward to seeing all of the pics!

purplectigger said...

Enjoy every minute with your sister. Your like me and don't get to spend much time with family. The minutes are presous.
Have a great time.
Hugs. R.C.

brandyp0509 said...

I wish I had someone like you in my family. You really appreciate your family and that is just awesome! I'm gonna venture out and say that I'll be willing to bet that you miss the southern oompas soon and I KNOW they will miss you guys.  Brandy

Oh BTW I still wanna know where to get the camel pack you guys had for the festival!!!! I told you I leave next week for a week in the Arkansas hills help!!!!! LMAO!!

sunnyside46 said...

oh,i am so sad, no more oompa looompa stories! what is the matter wit the southern oompa's mom, you said she was in pain?
they are lucky to have you!