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I have thought for quite some time now that I might, just might, have some OCD tendencies. After yesterday, I’m pretty sure that all doubt has been removed.
I decided to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. I got the bread, the butter, the cheese and the skillet. Then I stood there and stared at the utensil crock. I couldn’t find a good spatula to use. The regular small black one was in the dishwasher, the ladybug one has antenna and isn’t good for anything that she could potentially poke a hole in, and then there was Vader. But Vader is for pancakes.
Now, the first thing you need to know is that Vader is by far my best spatula. It is the only one that I own that came from Williams Sonoma. It is the perfect size and shape for almost any cooking and it’s good and sturdy, too. Plus, it’s cool and fun to flip things with Vader’s head.
So, why couldn’t I use Vader for my grilled cheese? Good question. The only answer that I could come up with is that I’m slightly crazy. I could couch it in a bunch of rational sounding reasons but that would just be hiding the truth. Yes, I could claim that using Vader on Thursday might result in him still being in a half full dishwasher on Saturday morning, but let’s get real. I could just hand wash Vader. Then he’s be back in the utensil crock ready for use. I could make some noise about seasoning and getting a different spice on him that would transfer to our weekend breakfast, but that’s not true. Vader is awesome. Vader doesn’t absorb anything. Besides, my grilled cheese is amazingly pedestrian. The only thing that would touch Vader is butter and bread.
Fortunately, I spotted the giant spatula that I always forget I own because it’s so huge that it doesn’t work well for most uses. You know what it is good for? Flipping a whole grilled cheese sandwich. Seriously, that thing is huge. When I slid it under the sandwich you could still see the edges poking out around the bread. Now the giant spatula is for grilled cheese. And Vader? Vader is for pancakes.
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So, I admit it, I was a horrible football fan last night click over here. During the Super Bowl, I gave up on the Patriots. I was so disappointed in the way that the game was going I was just wishing for it to end. I truly didn’t think there was any way that they could win. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only person in America who felt this way. I started talking back to the TV, criticizing the players as if I had some clue of what it takes to do what they do at that level. I even…
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The boys turned 10 this past week. For some reason, they had a hard time coming up with an idea of what they wanted to do to celebrate their birthdays this year. We were really down to the wire before they came up with a plan. They have recently become very interested in football and since there were several playoffs the weekend before their birthday they decided it would be fun to have friends over to watch a game.
We decided to let them invite four friends over Sunday night to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Dallas Cowboys. To keep the boys entertained we planned to order pizza for dinner and have some games ready to play during halftime. To keep the game interesting I created a chart with different plays for each team per quarter and let the boys sign up. If you put your name in a particular square and that think happened you got a star. At the end of the game the person with the most stars was the “winner”. Since Aspen and Reed are always concerned about their friends and their happiness they didn’t want to have big prizes. They didn’t want anyone to be disappointed if they didn’t win. So, basically, you got bragging rights and first pick of the candy (of which there was an overabundance.)
My first mistake was putting the chart close to the TV. My next mistake was handing each boy a Sharpie. In a matter of moments we had utter chaos and six Sharpie wielding boys just inches from the new TV. ACK! After one near miss (we almost got a green Sharpie dot in the center of the TV screen) I got the pens back. The next challenge was getting the boys to back up. Now keep in mind our new TV is so big you could watch the game from our backyard and still catch most of the action. These boys couldn’t step back more than 8 inches without squawking that they couldn’t see. We actually had to get a rope out and lay it on the floor to mark how far they had to stay.
The first quarter went okay and then the pizza arrived. Then everyone was focused on eating so that was five minutes of relative peace. After that they started getting wiggly. At halftime we had a game that involved a paper football field taped to the back of the front door. Each boy was given a sticky football to throw at the field and points were awarded based on where it landed. Reed did quite well but apparently Aspen’s football was defective and didn’t want to stick. In no time, he was pouting and saying that his birthday party was ruined. I was enjoying the game because the boys were staying lined up awaiting their turn and it was actually quite civilized.
After that the kids played Celebrity (a charades like game that is played in three rounds – first verbal description of the term, second one word clues, third round charades – no talking) until the game started again. That is when things got really bad. The boys were restless. The throw pillows on our couch had to disappear to stop the pillow fights. We had to blow a whistle to get them to stop standing on the couches and then we had to referee them repeatedly. They were dragging each other off the couches and across the floor. They were running, jumping and sliding across our floors. They were driving the poor dog insane. “Come here G!” “No, G, No! Don’t get me!!”
By the time their parents arrived to pick them up I was worn out. I am not cut out to have a houseful of little boys running around.
I think I will reinstitute my no parties at home policy for the boys. It is just safer and better for my sanity if we pay to take them somewhere (and maybe make their parents sign waivers so that we’re not responsible for any havoc they wreak!)
Aspen and Reed had a good time overall, which makes me happy. But mostly, I’m just relieved that birthdays only come once a year.
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So, we were supposed to get between 6 and 12 inches. We got more like an inch or so. It was enough that our very enterprising kids could sled down the slight dip beside the house (on ice with a thin layer of snow on top) but not much more than that. The grass out front didn’t even get completely covered. BOO! I had a bad feeling about this one so I wasn’t as disappointed as I would have been if I’d believed all the hype. The kids are out of school today and tomorrow too due to ice on the roads, so they’re happy. I am glad that they’ll be home with me. I have a ton to do to get ready for Aspen and Reed’s birthday party this weekend and it will be nice to have some help.
Sage is a great party planning assistant so I will definitely be putting her to work. The boys are having a football watching party which would be a lot more fun if we actually rooted for one of the teams playing this Sunday. No such luck. None of their teams made it into this playoffs so we’ll be watching the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Green Bay Packers. We are making the best of it though. In a future post I’ll provide more party details in case you find yourself in need of inspiration.
We ventured out today for the first time since Friday afternoon. I am quick to get cabin fever and I don’t suffer in silence so I’m sure the whole family was glad the roads were clear enough for me drive. We just ran errands but even that seemed exciting after 48+ hours in the house. Target, Bojangles and the grocery store – whoo hoo!
I love a good snowstorm. This, unfortunately, was not one. It was just the first snow of the season though, so maybe we’ll get a better dusting next time.
The kids have school this Saturday to make up today’s missed school so maybe I can score a breakfast date with DH. 🙂
Hope you are all warm wherever you are.
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So, they are predicting snow for our area this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. Being a Florida girl, I still find it novel and fun. Plus, we live in an area where they aren’t really set up to handle snowfall so we get days off every there is any accumulation. I’m just not in the mood for snow this weekend. I like snow when it means snow days and the kids get to stay home from school. I don’t like snow that cancels Saturday night dinner out. We did go out to dinner tonight in anticipation of…
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This is always a sad day for me. After a month of having the kids home with me and celebrating the holidays they are back in school and we are back to trying to get into our normal routine. UGH!
We are still on year round school so we get the whole month of December off. That means a trip to Florida (and Disney), visits from family and lots of baking, relaxing and fun times. I refuse to take down the Christmas decorations because I just can’t take everything screeching to a halt at once. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
The kids weren’t excited about going back to school today but I’m sure they’re happy to see their friends and catch up after the long break. Hopefully they won’t come home with a ton of homework. The boys have basketball practice tonight for the first time in two weeks so we really are jumping right back into the fire. Sage has Girl Scouts tomorrow night and then Art Club on Thursday so her activities are in the mix as well.
I ran some errands today to start gathering supplies for the boys’ birthday bash. They hit double digits this year and are celebrating with a football themed – playoff game watching – get together with four of their friends. It was a down to the wire last minute decision but they seem really excited about their party and all of their friends (with one exception) are able to make it so they are super happy about that.
I miss the days when Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for the boys’ birthday. It was a nice little pick me up in January to have their visit to look forward. Since the boys started school they come the week between Christmas and New Year’s so even that bit of fun has already come and gone.
Hope you and yours had a happy holiday season. Check back soon for more details on the boys’ party. I’m already thinking up games, some special snacks and even a few surprises!
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I can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve posted here. GASP!
But it’s a new year and I have new resolve to post everyday.
So far, so good. 🙂 I’ve been posting frequently for work and I’ve gotten into a good routine with that so hopefully it will carry over here. I have high hopes for 2017. Not that 2016 was a bad year, but I think that this year can be even better. There is lots going on in our world. Sage is in her last semester of middle school. The boys are in fourth grade and playing basketball in a rec league. I have a new hobby, stand up paddle boarding. It’s a little cold for me to do it now but I’m already looking ahead to spring and many days out on the lake.
I’m going to keep this short for now. Everyone is off tomorrow so we are going to enjoy some family time tonight.
Happy New Year Everyone!
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So, I am a little behind here but I still want to do a post on the end of elementary school for Sage. It was a big deal (and a very busy time.) The last week of elementary school was a whirlwind of fun. One day Sage had field day, another day was game day, one day was graduation day, one day was a luau followed by a pool party. I ended up being up at the school every day that week for one thing or another.
I was a little sad about Sage graduating. This marked the last time she and her brothers will ever be at the same school at the same time. Aspen and Reed were more than a little upset about this. They really liked having their big sister at the same school. They always got excited if they passed her in the hall during the day. They liked talking about things that happened at school with her to see if she heard/saw it the same way they did. They are really going to miss that.
Her actual graduation ceremony was kind of long, and somewhat disappointing. There were three teachers in her grade. One gave a great speech where she said something nice about each of her students. One (Sage’s teacher) said a few words about teaching fifth grade and the challenges the class faced this year, and one just called out the names of the graduates. I guess it was good for the ones who got the personal mentions but the rest of us were left feeling a little left out. There was an award portion of the night as well. Sage earned a Presidential recognition for her scores in Language Arts but she should also have been recognized for her Math scores. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but still a little disappointing to her because she knew that she earned both and wasn’t recognized for it.
The luau was a lot of fun (for the kids and the parents.) For those of us who volunteered to help out it was a chance to see our kids in their natural element, interacting with their peers in a somewhat relaxed setting. It also gave us a chance to reminiscence since we’ve been together since kindergarten at this school and none of us could believe that our babies were leaving elementary school. We spent a lot of time commiserating over impending middle school issues. After a pizza lunch provided by the PTA the kids got signed out of school to head to the pool party. That was very interesting as well. It was great to watch the kids playing and swimming and having a great time as they said goodbye to elementary school.
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So, I’ve been working and I’ve been taking care of the kids and the house and I haven’t been writing for lilypop and I miss it. I need to make time for the things that are important to me and this is one of them. I have so much to talk about. Here’s what to look forward to in future posts:
- End of elementary school for Sage
- Awesome family trip to Northern California
- Family visit
- Middle school here she comes!
I may not get to them tonight, but I will get them written.
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