Ava, My Favourite Family

Ava and the spider: she’s learned to play tricks on me and life will never be the same again!

Ava has no fear of spiders. Which I’m really pleased about as I hate them, and was worried I’d pass that fear on to her. It is also quite handy as if there is ever one in the house, she quite happily picks it up and takes it outside for me.

Up until this year, I have been pretty good and concealing my horror, but we have had a few incidents over the past few weeks where it has been all too clear. I trapped a big one under a glass when it was scuttling across the kitchen floor. The girls were so excited that they had a “pet.”

Ava and Thea checking out their

I was terrified they’d knock the glass over and let the spider escape!

They wanted their picture taken with it:

Ava and Thea and their

Thea was so excited!

A few days later, I found one in the cupboard under the stairs and couldn’t help but scream. I managed to put a glass over it but accidentally squashed it a bit, so it didn’t survive.  This was actually lucky as not long afterwards, Ava went and got it out!

Ava holding a dead spider

She wanted to put him in a box to bury him.

But training her to be my spider catcher did backfire this week, after she caught a massive one from outside and brought it IN.TO.THE.HOUSE! She was laughing her head off as it ran all over her arms. I pretty much screamed at her to take it outside, and she now knows about my terror, and uses it against me.

She took it outside but then came in again with her hands cupped, saying, “Mummy, I’ve got another one!” and coming really close to me, and putting her hands hear my face. I was 99% sure she was just trying to trick me, but I couldn’t take the chance. She had such a cheeky grin and kept saying, “Just have a look, mummy!” Eventually (after taunting me for what felt like half an hour) she opened her hands and there was nothing there. She found it hilarious. I was just relieved.

It’s not the first trick she has played on me. She went into the big cupboard under our stairs, (where I found the spider in the picture above) and hid in it for about five minutes as I rushed around, thinking she’d escaped from the house again. She waited for the perfect moment, before jumping out and making me scream. Such a pickle. But also funny… in retrospect.

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  1. A Moment with Franca

    20th November 2015 at 9:50 pm

    lol she is so cheeky!!!! I’m scared of spiders and I literally scream every time I see one. I know it is really bad as I will pass my fear to my girls but the interesting thing is that Bella despite seeing me screaming she is not scared!! Thanks God. She actually like them yaaay!! And she knows mummy doesn’t!! I hope it stays that way!! LOL Thanks so much for charing this at #KCACOLS lovely!! So happy to see you here every week!! Ahh I hope you had a fantastic Birthday!! 🙂 xx

    1. Becky Pink

      20th November 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks so much Franca, I hope Bella doesn’t try and scare you like Ava does! Hope you had a great day in London, I’m looking froward to reading about it xx

  2. Jenny (@midwifeandlife)

    17th November 2015 at 11:01 am

    Ha ha, mine are scared of spiders despite me telling them they’re harmless, I blame my Mum for passing her dislike of them on! Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS, hope to see you again next week x

    1. Becky Pink

      17th November 2015 at 8:06 pm

      It’s totally irrational, but very real! It sounds like you’re brave, even if your kids aren’t! Xx

  3. mommyslittleprincesses

    16th November 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Lol what a cheeky little munchkin you have there. I think it’s great that she’s not scared of them. Such cutie pies. Xx #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      16th November 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you! They certainly are cheeky but overall I’m glad she’s not scared as it is a bit of an affliction being terrified of spiders, isn’t it! Xx

  4. Sleepingthroughyet

    15th November 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Oh dear, what a cheeky monkey. Great that she has no fear of them! I try not to pass my fear onto my children but if a big spider comes running towards me then I’ll scream. I don’t mind skinny ones, its the big, fat hairy ones ewwwww. #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      15th November 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I hate it when the scuttle and jump out on you. Ugh! I’m hoping spider season will be over soon! Xx

  5. Jess Powell

    15th November 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I really hope Marianna isn’t afraid of them but, at the same time, I kind of hope she is so she won’t play tricks on me with them. I just can’t handle it! When I was pregnant I read loads of old Victorian stories (mostly ‘cos they were free on Kindle) and in one a bunch of girls at boarding school have a pet spider called Dickie. His body is ‘as big as an egg’ by the end when they put him in the school bully’s bed. My worst fear now has a name: Dickie! #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      15th November 2015 at 8:28 pm

      As big as an egg – that is a horrible image! The stuff of nightmares! Xx

  6. ᒪIᗩᑎᑎE (@Lianne84)

    15th November 2015 at 11:13 am

    I used to be so scared of spiders, until I had children. amazing how your fear disappears when you have to be a grown up 🙂 My OH however… worse than the kids!! lol #kcacols

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  8. helen gandy

    16th October 2015 at 11:15 pm

    This is my nightmare. I have to be so careful not to show my fear as Alfie would defintley bring one in to scare me, I hate them….I’m more of a squash ’em and my husband does the glass trick! I just think kids have no real fear of these things, they find them fascinating! Thanks for linking up as always to the #bestandworst have a great weekend.

    1. Becky Pink

      17th October 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Helen, I tend to hoover up smaller ones but hate the crunching sound of squashing big ones! Ugh. I’m glad Ava is fearless but not impressed that she’s using it against me!! Xx

  9. Mary @TheHeartyLife

    16th October 2015 at 11:21 am

    NOOOO what a little monkey haha I love that she is fearless and a prankster – good traits and strength, but I would be on my guard!

    I cannot believe how many HUGE spiders have invaded our house recently either – its disgusting! Megs is nervous around big ones and they both get jumpy, but Ethan will usually man up and catch it and “save mummy” haha PHEW! x #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      16th October 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Ah what a great son to save you from that horror! What a brave boy! I’m seriously considering putting conkers around the house, it’s worth a try! X

  10. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    14th October 2015 at 4:07 pm

    that’s pretty funny. I love the little smirk when they think they pulled a good one

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Yeah and it’s so hard to keep a straight face isn’t it!

  11. Picking Up Toys

    14th October 2015 at 2:14 pm

    No,no,no I’d die lol.I can’t stand them and my daughter doesn’t mind them.I really hope she doesn’t do this x #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      14th October 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I hope for your sake she’s not as cheeky as Ava! I was really horrified! Xx

  12. ethannevelyn.com

    11th October 2015 at 7:14 pm

    She is so cheeky! And brave! I hate spiders too! Specially in the bathroom! Arrr! xx

    1. Becky Pink

      11th October 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Ugh yes. I was very proud of myself for trapping a big spider and managing to throw it out of the bathroom window! Xx

  13. There's always time for tea

    11th October 2015 at 2:45 pm

    They are braver than me! I hate spiders and I have always tried to make light of it but my fear seems to have passed onto Mali….not doing as good a job as I thought! xx

    1. Becky Pink

      11th October 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Oh dear, well there are worse fears! Xx

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