Thursday, August 30, 2007


A funny thing happened on the way home from my sister-in-law's the other weekend. We had gone to visit for my niece's birthday. Before we left we dug up one of the many extra evergreen trees that adorn their property to add to our non-existent landscaping in our backyard. It was a good sized one, but we could still fit it in the back. So, soon we were all loaded up in our family van enjoying a smooth ride home. I was in the back by Josh giving Owen a bottle. (Now before you report me to the authorities, he just isn't a happy car rider, so this was the best plan for everyone). Josh and I were chatting about what a great weekend we had, sharing our favorite moments...when....."MOM! LOOK!"

And so I did.

What I saw was a HUGE spider crawling across the ceiling RIGHT ABOVE MY HEAD.
(insert scary spider music).
I just about jumped into Josh's lap!
I started to yell at the Hubs, "Get me a kleenex! (hindsight being 20/ kleenex was NOT going to do it with this big guy).

There was much confusion that followed, ending in me just about throwing Owen into his car seat (see, now he's safe) pulling over...the Hubs laughing at me (see I told you he laughs at my mishaps)...and me, in an act of tiger-mother-like fury, finding a WAD of kleenex to finally put an end to our unwanted passenger. It was only later that I remember my first thought being..."save the kids." (a bit dramatic??) (second thought...the tree should have been on the roof.)

It was the size of a orange when you include the length of it's legs.
It's legs were yellow-orange and black striped and it's body was actually shiny silver.
It was the creepiest thing I have EVER seen.

I am still checking the van's ceiling every now and then.


emilymcd said...

Oh my land. There is NEVER a dull moment in your family, is there? Craziness!

That's the biggest spider I've ever heard of. Yikes.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh my goodness. I would have totally flipped out. Ugh! Sounds horrid.

Sittintall said...

Oh Kris, I'm with Emily, your adventures cease to end. Glad you made it home safely!

Momma Roar said...

hee hee - yeah, I'd be driving with my eyes pasted to the rear view mirror checking the ceiling!

In church last week, Elle asked for a piece of gum and as I picked up the church bag there was the big brown spider on it - maybe the size of a golf ball (legs and all). Eeewwww - worst thing - it happened during the middle of a prayer. I quickly snuck out and flicked it off outside!! I'm just glad it wasn't in the bag when I reached in!