Thursday, February 26, 2009
So, for those of you who haven't already heard, I recently joined a Bowling League....(well, I thought I was just subbing and trying it out, but it turns out I'm committed through June, which is turning out fine) I am really enjoying it so far.
The league meets up Wednesday mornings and bowls 3 games. I warned them that sometimes, my kids have bowled better then me. I am a member of the "I suck at bowling, and I'm OK with that" page on Facebook for heaven's sake. And I pretty much do. I bowled 2 games my first week....both 59. Sad, right? I did bowl a 126 game, my best so far....but I'm averaging about 76. So, there is definitely room for improvement. But I'm getting more consistent and I'm excited that next time we bowl as a family I won't be the laughing stock.
There is childcare included for the young 'uns. Sydney did OK the first couple of weeks, but I think she's not liking it....so I let her watch us bowl this week and she was a lot happier.
I'm now wondering, is it worth it to pay $2 a week to rent crappy used shoes, or should I take the plunge and buy some of my own? I hear they have really great deals at a local pro-shop where you can buy your own shoes/ball/bag combo for about $100. Or I could just buy the shoes for around $25-30. Hmmmm. I would totally buy a combo if I KNEW for sure I would be bowling league next year too.....but I'm not positive. It's really fun and I AM getting incrementally better. Maybe I should just take the plunge. Or just get the shoes....? Here are some I like..
I'm confused. Will someone just TELL ME what I should do?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
As always, with independence, comes frustration. On both our parts.. She wants to do it all herself. She wants to undo her own diaper, take off her own shoes and socks, zip her own coat, put on her own shoes, etc. Usually I am fine with this, but when we are on a schedule it makes it a bit hard to get out the door on time....especially when I didn't plan for 5 minutes while she does what she needs to do. So much easier if she would just let me slip her shoes on! :p Silly Mommy, I know!
The other problem? I think she might be a notch higher on the OCD scale than "your average bear". For example; If she spills ANYTHING on her shirt while eating, even a drop of water, it MUST be changed at that moment. There's no talking logically to her about finishing the meal and then changing, it has to be right then. She puts up her arms and demands "OFF", then goes upstairs to get a clean shirt....which she usually puts on backwards...once in a while she does get it right though. When this all started I was smart enough to pick up a pack of white camis, that can be spilled on and bleached repeatedly. The next week I picked up another. Sometimes we go through 3 in a single meal, so now that we own 8, I can get through a whole day or 2 before I'm out and need to get them washed. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Here she is, so happy Mom took off her spilled-on cami, like she wanted.
- Close all doors to bedrooms and bathrooms
- Close all blinds
- Notice that Mom has opened all doors and blinds, close all again
- Flush all toilets
- Take all throw pillows off of couch and stack them on floor by fireplace
- Change shirt that water dripped on
- Put shoes on wrong feet, when Mom tries to help, scream "NO, my do!" and switch them to correct feet
- Change shirt again, just to keep 'em guessing
- Push dining room chair to counter top, climb up and rearrange all Mom's magnets on side of the fridge
- Notice Mom has opened all doors and blinds, close all again
For this one, STRONG-WILLED is an understatement... Heaven help us when she hits 13!
Monday, February 23, 2009
As seen in my front yard...today! 50 degrees and beautifully sunny. (Note barefoot child) And they had snow in the forecast for today and tomorrow. A winter storm warning, even, from Midnight until 9pm tonight....nada so far.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
- 2 (14 oz.) cans Italian stewed tomatoes
- 4 (14 oz.) cans water
- 4 carrots (sliced)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 4 cubes beef bouillon
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 pkg. three cheese tortellini (not dehydrated, the kind in the refrigerated section...I got mine from Costco)
- 1 T. Chopped fresh rosemary (dried are fine)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped basil (again with the dried)
In the pan, just so you have a general idea.
- 4 C crushed corn flakes (put in a lg Ziploc bag and roll a soup can over them)
- 1 C coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 C sugar
- 1/2 C melted butter
- 1/2 gal. softened vanilla ice cream
- hot fudge and/or caramel topping
- 1 can of whip cream and maraschino cherries (for the top!)
Mix first 5 ingredients together. Press half of the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan. Add softened ice cream on top of mixture (in dollops...if you spread too harshly the bottom gets disturbed). Spoon the rest of the mixture on top, evenly. Cover and freeze. When ready to serve, cut into squares and top with fudge, caramel, whipped topping and cherries...add your favorite toppings if not listed here...
Yesterday, he was reading and jumped up from the couch while calling the kids. He had an idea for a "science project". I was in the middle of making a dessert as he was asking where he could find a tube, a pail, a glass jar...etc. He finally gathered all of the items to build a SPIROMETER.
He had the kids breathe into it and measure their breath at a normal resting heartrate. Then he had them run up and down ALL the stairs 2 or 3 times and try again. The second time their breaths were MUCH bigger. THUS, we learn that when our heartrates have increased, our lungs have much greater capacity. TA DA!
The kids LOVED the experiment, and they learned something. I'm so glad they have a Daddy as curious about things as they are, what fun!
Savi was ALL ABOUT this little laboratory experiment! See how excited she is?
Syd wasn't so sure. We WERE a little worried she'd suck on it instead of exhaling...and it wasn't exactly clean water...
She finally decided she's give it a go after watching that her sis and buddy didn't get bamboozled.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I did attend and was in the process of being uplifted and even enriched, which was the whole idea after all, when my cell phone rings LOUDLY. I forgot to put it on vibrate. (and during a very sentimental story by the speaker, of all times) I gathered my stuff and ran into the hall to answer. This is what I hear once I yank it out of my pocket and ask, hello?
"Syd won't stop bleeding. And I think she needs stitches. Please come home IMMEDIATELY."
All the while Sydney is screaming in the background. Needless to say, I morph into Momma-Bear Mode and run for the car. I think I sped all the way home...only 3 blocks....but I don't remember the drive. I DO remember wondering WHAT PART my baby girl was bleeding from.
I walk in the door and things sound considerably calmer, but my girl is happy to see me, and I can tell her Dad is too. We cuddle and love and I clean her up a little. Soon she is calm enough that I can ask what the heck happened to my girl's lip.
As is the custom of Dad's bedtime routine, they were preparing to play a computer game together. Sydney, being her independent little self was trying to get the best seat available and slipped, smacking her lip against the edge of the desk. She had blood coming from the inside and outside of her lower lip. She BLED like crazy. Dad was afraid she would need to puke it up, she swallowed THAT much....and I found papertowels on the counter like the one pictured just below...
Because of all the blood it was hard to tell if we were dealing with 2 seperate wounds, or one big hole that went through her lip. I called our on-call Doc and left a message with as much info as I could....stating I didn't think stiches could be done INSIDE the lip and that there is a TIMEFRAME after injury that they need to be done, and should I take her to the ER for the outer lip, as it's only 1/2 inch and I couldn't tell how deep at that point...it was about 9pm and Instacare was closing.
Can you believe that I have never made a visit to the ER with any of my children? Me neither. Knock-knock....that's me knocking on wood...
When the Doc called back we spoke and decided that based on the size of the wound and the fact that it wasn't gaping we would be alright just leaving it be. She may have a small scar though. He said I seemed to know alot, and was I a nurse? No, I answered, but I do have 3 kids! I took that as a compliment! (and left out the fact that I sometimes dream of doing just that when I "grow my kids up" and want another job).
This is about an hour after the injury....before it had time to swell so much, like it did today, but after bleeding had all but stopped..
Here is the outside of the lip. You can tell at this point that this laceration was made from the upper teeth, and not the same teeth that cut the inside. Poor baby is pretty swollen today, but we're keeping the frozen go-gurts coming.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Today she is talking about those winter blahs that like to set in and what you can do to beat them. Especially when the snow starts to melt a little and you can SEE those crocus greens popping up. You KNOW it's coming, but not fast enough.....I know, it was just last week I was wishing for more snow storms for all our sledding adventures....but those darned blahs can sneak up on you.
Anyway, my plan is to put the kids in fun bright colors, like the ones pictured below. The dress is SO LAST SPRING, but pair it with an orange l/s tee and those cute stripey knee high socks (Target, people!) and you've got a cute frost-proof outfit. She wore it with pink snowboots that day.
What are you doing to beat back the blahskis?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Perfect amount for snow shoveling, and tossing at each other. And for something else, too...
Ready to rip it up!
Snow Angel! Check out the cute cousins!
Look at that face! Sheer joy!
There were six of us this week, including my cute SIL Jenn, who's in town. Added bonus, the kids and their cousins had their favorite sitter come over, since Dad is in NYC this week.
Too bad the dollar theater we went to had a really bad speaker, or something. We went out to complain about the staticky sound and they claimed it was the sound bar on the movie that was damaged and there was nothing they could do about it. At that point, do you demand your $1.50 back? Especially when you've already gotten a sitter and it's this or nuttin'? SO yeah, we dealt with it, and after a few minutes I didn't notice it so much. I think possibly, we got used to seeing flicks at the full price theater! SpOiLeD rOtTeN, I tell ya!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Congratulations on taking one of the most important steps in Returning to Your Father in Heaven. Now that you are baptized, you are a true disciple of Christ. We hope you always remember how you feel today! We are so proud of you.
Love, Mom & Dad
Savannah shared her baptism day with 2 other cute 8 year olds. The little boy's Dad put together a wonderful photo dvd of all the kids that played for the group while the others waited for "their turn". Savannah was last, can you tell? Her hair is still wet. The other little girl's Mom is my dear friend and also the Primary President, she put together the program and arranged to have the children sing a song together during the program, called, "If The Savior Stood Beside Me". I'll admit, I teared up a bit. It was beautiful!
Bring water to a boil, add oil, remaining salt and cook pasta until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, egg mixture, mandarin oranges, pineapple and whipped topping. Mix well and refrigerate overnight or until chilled. Before serving add grapes, marshmallows and coconut. Toss and serve.