Last Saturday we went for a family adventure up Lake Creek hoping to find a small lake and camping site that we want to try out this summer. We drove as far as we could and then the snow stopped us from going further, so we turned around and stopped at this little pond to do a little exploring. It was beautiful! Jared and Brandon had a good time tromping through the trees (though I am sure they will think twice before they do it again - I'll tell you why at the end of the post).Grant and I stayed on the path and had fun throwing rocks in the pond -Grant is hard wired to search for good throwing rocks when he finds any body of water, so funny!
Fast forward again to Monday night; Jared and I are getting both boys ready for bed and Jared sees a tick (we are pretty sure this is a different one because it seems a bit bigger) crawling up his shirt, well in the chaos, the tick gets lost, did it fall on the carpet, did in land inside his shirt pocket, or maybe it managed its way inside Jared's shirt and is setting up camp? We don't know. So again I am on a mad hunt for a tiny tick. That night Grant wakes me up because he has thrown up all over his bedding and bedroom floor. So Tuesday morning I begin cleaning. I must have done 10 loads of laundry, I emptied, sanitized and reorganized every kitchen cupboard. I dusted every possible surface, I scrubbed the boys bathroom, and hoped and prayed that I had killed every germ and tick that had been trying to attack my family! I think it worked because Grant seems to be much better and we have not had any more run ins with microscopic blood sucking pests!
Hopefully now we have learned that if we are going on family adventures that involve us traipsing through the woods we will wear sunscreen AND bug repellent with Deet!