*Smacks head* The hubby is worse than the kids!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
*Smacks head* The hubby is worse than the kids!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here's my beefs with them:
- They don't do appointments...walk in only. And their consigning hours are M-F from 12-5. I went in today with all 3 kids (the boys had a half day) and got there at 1pm. I was told I'd have to wait 2 HOURS before they could let me know what they wanted, and pay me for it.
- I killed 2 hours with three rambunctious children (I didn't want to go home because we were all the way across town) and came back to find out that they only wanted a few peices of clothing from the BOX of things that I brought them. It totalled a whopping $3.50. I'm almost laughed out loud when the employee asked me if I wanted it in cash or store credit.
- They told me that the clothes that they passed on were stained (um...NO! I don't consign stained clothing...GROSS!) or old label brands. Come again? The box contained mostly Gap, Abercrombie, Old Navy, and American Eagle clothes....all of which were listed on racks of clothes that I passed on my way in.
- They took my very nicely folded clothes and just threw them back in the box...making it extremely hard to carry because it was overflowing.
On the way out of the store, Noah was carrying Sophia because I had to maneuver a heavy box to the car, and she knocked down a pair of boots off of a display. I told Noah that I didn't care that she knocked them down and to just leave them, becuase I wanted to get out of there. Totally petty and immature, but I couldn't help it. I was mad. It made me feel a tiny bit better. And to top it all off, I still had errands to run afterwards! I had planned on just using the cash from the consignment to get the few things I needed, so I put them off until after I went back. It was a total waste of a day, and all for $3.50. I used more than that in gas trying to kill the two hours I had to wait!
Monday, October 27, 2008
- Laundry- one load of towels, one load of whites.
- Wash dishes.
- Go to Walmart to get tights and ribbon.
- Go to Sally Beauty Supply for more alligator clips.
- Drop off donations at Goodwill.
- Make spider clippies for an Etsy order
- Post Office run.
- Finish Jonah's Halloween shirt.
- Make Tinkerbell wand for Sophia's Halloween costume.
- Make Yoda ears for Noah & Jonah's Halloween costumes.
- Make Reindeer Korkers for my Etsy shop.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I'm thinking we may have spent too much time at Jobing.com Arena when we lived in Phoenix.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Anyway, last weekend we had family in town for Noah's birthday party, and my cousin Val sent up some Halloween goodie bags for my munchkins. They had coloring books, chocolate, and Peeps. Jonah got all excited at the sight of sugar, and while bouncing up & down he said, "Momma! Open my Peep-y's!" Seems innocent enough, right? Well, re-read it and say Peep-y's out loud. I'll wait.
Yep..."Peep-y's" sounds an awful lot like "pee-pee's" which is the word we use in our house to refer to "boy parts". Noah instantly started sniggering from across the room. I caught a glimpse of my sisters who were in the kitchen, and they were doubled over in silent laughter. It was all I could do not to explode with giggles myself. I have never had to concentrate more on getting that plastic cellophane wrapper off the box of Halloween Peeps!
As for Christmas gifts, we'll be getting pretty creative this year. I already plan on making most of the gifts that we will be giving (really not a problem for me...I'd like to consider myself a military wife version of Martha Stewart), and the rest will be inexpensive, but meaningful.
I know that we are not the only family having to cut back on Christmas this year. Maybe we should all just revisit the Christmases of the past and bask in the fact that we have our loved ones near, and make it a great holiday despite the current economic situation.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
But today they have crossed the line. I went outside a few minutes ago to bring letters to the mailbox and found this scene:
Jonah's pumpkin has been knocked on its side, and Sophia's lid is on the ground. Notice the bite of pumpkin to the left of Sophia's lid. I put the lid back on Sophia's pumpking and noticed these bite marks along the rim. The large bite mark is still juicy, so apparently I interrupted the squirrel's morning snack.
I am about ready to channel my inner Carl Spackler and go medieval on their tails!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
The finished products: Noah's pumpkin
Jonah's pumpkin. I picked this pattern because it just reminds me of my Jo.
I'm so happy that I can finally do girly pumpkins! Sophia's is Cinderella.
Prep time: 20 min
Bake time: 55-65 min.
Makes 2 loaves
3 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
3 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspooon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup water
1-15oz can pumpkin
Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of two 9x5x3-inch (or three 8x4x2-inch or four 7.5x3.5x2-inch) loaf pans; set aside. In a very large mixin bowl, beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs and beat well; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alternately add flour mixture and water to the sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.
Bake at 350* for 55-65 minutes or until a cake tester (or toothpick) is inserted and comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Now, here's where I differ from the recipe. It says to cool completely, then wrap in saran wrap and store overnight before slicing. But I'm a sucker for a warm slice of freshly baked bread, so I slice it up as soon as I remove it from the pan. I don't taste a difference between the two ways, other than it's not warm bread. So do as your little heart desires. Just savor the season!
Friday, October 17, 2008
I am allergic to cats. The boys know this, yet they still ask why we cannot have a kitten. One day while we were in the car, Jonah asked me yet again for a cat. I said no, explaining for the billionth time that cats make momma sneeze. His response was this: "Well, can you go move in to the doctor's then? He can give you medicine all the time, and then I can FINALLY get a cat."
Thanks kid, I feel the love.
My dear friend Natali summed Jonah up the best when she said that he is a living, breathing cartoon.
We have lovingly labeled Jonah's phrases & antics "Jonah-isms". They're just too good not to share, so be on the lookout for quite a few posts regarding this topic!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say,
"Have you ever seen a mouse
painting a house"
Down by the bay!
You repeat the song over and over, changing "Mother's" sayings to other silly, rhyming sentances ("Llama wearing pajamas", "Snake baking a cake", "frog walking a dog", etc). It was the best and it sure gets lots of laughs out of 4 year olds!
What are some of your favorite songs from when you were a kid?
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My great friends Kara (left) and Natali (right). They're the reason we went to California!
And finally, Natali's husband Brandon, at his best ;)