Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
And the room formerly known as Brian and Michael's room shall heretofore be known as Dustin and Brian's room. OK, really we call it the boys' room, and it will probably continue to be the boys' room, which makes no sense cuz they both have boys, but that's another story.
And this is what I have to deal with today, the rest of the "stuff" we moved out of the way to be able to move the furniture!
Oh yeah, and THANK YOU NICKI!!!!! She salvaged my weekend, and arguably my marriage, by preventing Bill and I from having to tackle this today! She even sacrificed one of her toes in the process (I'm SOOO SORRY!!). What a good friend!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We had a family talk last night. I have prayers in that the rest of this week will be better. It has to if we are all going to survive it!
And I know they are kids, they are boys, the whole boys will be boys load of manure people want to dole out to excuse children from developing responsibility for their actions. But if I had a nickel for every time I had to say, "Were you TRYING to make him angry? Then think about these things BEFORE you do them." yesterday, I'd be a wealthy woman. I won't share in this venue what all took place, but let's just say rearranging portions of the nativity to assault a school made decoration was my last straw!
I ask a lot from my boys, and I know that. Mostly because of the genuine, sweet, loving and thoughtful things I have seen them produce without being asked. But also I have a knowledge of the divinity of their souls, of each of our souls, we have a potential most of us don't know about, or want to see.
My favorite quote is prominent on my fridge: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear, is that we are powerful beyond measure." I really believe that, I believe we are that powerful, and not as the world sees power. But that with this kind of power comes responsibility, and we (including myself) shy away from taking that responsibility on. My biggest expectation for my children is to love each other. And love is a verb in our home.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Just type that in your address bar (or highlight it, right click, hit copy, and then click the address bar, right click, and paste it) and you'll have my handy dandy recipe. Although I did alter it a touch. I actually HATE the taste of gingerbread, it's just too strong for me. So I completely left out the cloves and only used half of the cinnamon. Remember the trick to roll it right on the back of your cookie sheet. And I just asked Bill to make the patterns, you only need 3. Make a rectangle for the sides, a square the same height for the front and back with a triangle jutting out, and then however long your triangle side is, the roof should be a little wider to hang over, and a little longer then your side wall. Piece o' cake, er, gingerbread! We made ours only about 6 inches long, to cut down on the overall supplies required, since we were making FOUR, and it took me three recipes. I thought it only took 2, I re-rolled the dough out that I peeled away and put in four trays of cookie from that two batches. Then someone pointed out that I forgot two walls and two roofs. Oops. It was late, I finished at 11 PM as it was! So I made another batch Saturday morning and had enough for about a dozen gingerbread people, too. I get to decorate them, if I can make the time. And cooling on Saturday for about 5 hours was plenty of time, even though the recipe says over night in the oven. My firefighter husband would never permit such a crazy idea!
Oh, and stiff Royal icing, that's a whole other story. Four cups of confectioner's sugar, 3 TBSPs of meringue powder (find it in the cake decorating section of Walmart, it replaces egg whites so you don't risk salmonella!!), 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 c warm water, makes a very runny icing!! That was the recipe I found, I added 2 more cups of confectioner's sugar before we used it as cement. Then I made a separate batch, with probably only 1 extra cup of sugar to "glue" decorations on! I mixed in my left over cement too, no need to waste it! The cement batch the boys had trouble with, it really was quite stiff, but the other batch even Michael could do easily.
One side note my recipe forgot to mention. Royal icing turns solid as a rock, which makes it great for the gingerbread houses. I almost hurt myself trying to get the decorating tubes apart the next day though, so put them in water to soak or just wash them right away!!
Also, there's a handy little thing at the end of each post called the "comments". You may have clicked on this, if so, you get to read all the comments other people make, which are limited to about three people. If you want to make a comment, it asks you to create an account. Creating an account is actually quite easy, you just come up with a user name (usually your email address) and a password. You don't receive bulk crap email for this.
However, signing up is not required. You can leave a post anonymously, and then just type your name at the end of it. Though if you want to say something nasty not nice you don't have to leave your name either, as the person I have since labeled unhappy anonymous did.
If you know who unhappy anonymous is, please tell them I posted a reply to their complaint.
Lastly, if you go back to the page to see your comment all pretty like and don't see it, don't despair. That only happens because I have it set to approve comments before they show up. This is the Internet, and sadly there are times when I go days without looking at my blog, I don't want anyone being particularly rude and others (including myself) being offended.
It's a happy place here in my blog world, won't you join me, and speak whatever's on your mind when you visit? Heaven knows I sure will!!
We were VERY Christmasy this weekend! We froze our butts off getting the tree, we got it decorated, and come Saturday night I was up to my eyeballs in gingerbread!! It was actually pretty stinking easy, once I learned you roll the gingerbread right on the pan, and then just cut away what doesn't belong. So, come Sunday afternoon nap time we did a trial assembly with some incredibly stiff Royal icing.
I figured I would see if Zachary's held together before calling in the whiners other children who can be a tad impatient. It came together beautifully though, and the onslaught began!
My husband is a wonderful, wonderful man, and while I appreciate that he takes the camera from time to time, so that my children will have pictures of me, his picture taking is slightly twisted unorthodox...
limited to his own two bowls of candy.
But he settled down and got over it.
Now we have our own little gingerbread village!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Michael wasn't cold... yet. Give him 20 minutes and he'll be whining like a baby 'cuz his feet are freezing!!
Brian likes this one. Um... no.
We finally are here when we can get to "the hidden field", ooooohh.
I think this is what we went with, looks ok, huh?