So this is the most recent picture of the sno ball. The section on the left is where the ants have really been putting most of their efforts. The have excavated out along the entire inside of the marshmallow shell, down (technically the top of the sno ball) to the cream filling. On the right hand side they have been eating along the surface on the edges of the marshmallow shell. I really need different photographic equipement to get the depth perception, and really get the effect of what they have eaten.
Update on the ants for those of you that are interested. Last night we cut the sno ball in half, so that we can see their progress. They still don't seem that interested in the marshmallow filling, the purple coconut, or the whip cream center, but they love the chocolate. They cleaned out the chocolate in a small section, so that you can see the inside of the marshmallow layer. This is a very interesting observatory experiment. Autumn loves checking it, she will say things like, "oh, yeah i forgot to check the ants".
This picture is a little over exposed, so that you can get a little bit better idea of the depth that that the ants of eaten and taken the chocolate cake part away. Ants are really amazing creatures.
Also our landlord was having the house appraised, because the family might be selling it, so we decided to move the ant experiment temporarily while the appraiser was here. Autumn wasn't happy about us moving the ants, so we told her Cherie (our landlord) doesn't like ants. When I was putting Autumn down for her nap, she told me that Cherie was afraid for ants, because one day she ate some food that had ants on them. Autumn is very creative.
Autumn ready to take her turtles for a walk (there is 6 turtles in that stroller). Also she said this was her number shirt and pants, for basketball because there is a number 5 on her shirt. She thinks the boxy S for Standford on her shirt looks like a number 5.
Autumn seems to be interested in death. The other night, she was swinging something around, and I told her not to hit me.
A: why not?
E: because you will hurt me and I don't like being hurt
A: how about I hit you and you be dead
E: that's not very nice, please don't say that
A: why? then you be with heavenly father in heaven.
She is a smart one.
Autumn and I have been having more clashes. I don't really feel like I experienced the terrible twos, but I feel like I might be experiencing the terrible threes. Autumn has always been pretty well behaved, and pretty obedient, or atleast I can talk her into it, well she is getting to where she will just flat out look at me, and disobey. The usual tactics of time outs haven't been working. I have been feeling a little bit at a lost. so the other day, after spending almost an hour discplining her, taking away toys, and her crying uncontrollably like her heart was broken because I took some of her favorite toys away, we had a talk about time outs. It was actually really cool. I just explained to her why we needed punishments, and she suggested that we do stool time-outs, where she sits on a stool and I set a timer. I told her that was a great idea except for when she is kicking and screaming, she needs to be somewhere we can close the door, so we decided her sitting in the laundry room on the washer was a good idea.
So the next day, she was doing a potty dance, and I asked her if she needed to go potty, she denied it, I then told her that she should go, she refused politely. I told her if she peed her pants she would have to have a time out. Well a little while later she goes in the bathroom, and she has been gone for a while. Then she is yelling at me, and I don't understand what she is saying, so I tell her to come to the front room. She still doesn't come and she continues to yell. Then I finally realized and understood that she was asking if her time out was over yet. She had had a little accident in her panties, and once she was done going to the bathroon, she got clean panties and then proceeded to put herself in time out in the laundry room, and I was completely oblivious. She had been patiently waiting in the laundry room, for me to tell her her time out was over. It is hard to get mad at her when she is so good.
Prairie has been a little sick the last couple of days. She is pretty cute, she is so content to just sit in your lap snuggled with a blanket. It is fun to have a snuggly baby.
Prairie wearing Autumn's special autumn dress, and she is reading books by herself, it was really cute.