A Cookie Exchange
Monday, February 28, 2011

At my 3rd grader Ryan's basketball games, sometimes there are 3rd grade cheerleaders rooting them on.

At the last game, the cheerleaders made cookies decorated like basketballs, and little goody bags for each of the players.  An awkward yet adorable exchange happened after the game, the girls giving the boys their cookies.

I hope the awkwardness lasts for many, many more years.  (3 or 4 at least? Please?)

Please people, the book THEN the movie.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Here are some books I recommend you add to your reading list, because it would be a crime to see the upcoming movie versions prior to reading the book:

The Help was my favorite book of the last few years, and probably one of my top ten books of all time.  I plan to re-read it before the movie comes out.  (My friend Lisa says it's a "modern classic", and she's brilliant and an English teacher so I believe her.)  My friend Tina blogged about it here.  

While viewing The King's Speech (highly recommend!) my friend Cheri and I saw the preview for Jane Eyre and immediately decided we would read the the book then see the movie together.  Talks are still ongoing as to whether the males in our lives can be charmed into attending the movie with us. 

I would also like to take this time to confess that if you saw the terrible movie The Kite Runner but did not read the magnificent book, I have judged you harshly.  Apologies.

a love note?
Friday, February 18, 2011

Handed to me at 6:45pm one busy evening by my sweet firstborn:

I love you.
P.S.  What are we eating for dinner?

I can't decide if it's sweet or just downright passive aggressive.

There's a flaw in my domestic system.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I feel I handle the major stressors of life fairly well.  New jobs.  Sickness. Moving across the country.  The sadness and loss that inevitably finds us all.  I honestly take it all in stride.  My closest friends comment on my "consistency"; meaning, I think, that I generally don't run too high or too low.  I just kinda take one day at a time, doing my thing.

That said.

The prospect of having two different basketball uniforms clean for a combined 6 or 7 games a week....

...this stress, I cannot handle.

All that consistency of character flies right out the window when I realize an hour before a game that there's a uniform needed, and ALL EYES ARE ON ME.  It's your time to shine, mom! Your boys both need a jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and socks! And don't forget the shoes! Oh - and warm-up pants! Now GO woman, GO!

Where is that blasted uniform?!?!

Flinging clothes out of the dryer madly to no avail. 
"Nope, not in there!"  

Resorting to looking through the dirty laundry of two elementary school boys.  
"No one deserves this!  HOW on earth do your clothes smell SO bad?!?" 

Hoping it's not wet in the washer. 
"Shoot!  Of course it is!  Give me 20 minutes to get it dry! Yes, I know the game starts in 30 minutes.  THAT LEAVES US PLENTY OF TIME! GET OFF MY BACK PEOPLE!!!"

It's really enough to make me weep just thinking about it.


Queen of Hearts
Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

(Lauryn created her shirt via our newfound love of freezer paper stenciling.) 


It really is delightful.
Friday, February 11, 2011

I got this recipe years ago from Jonathan's grandmother.  It's one of his favorite desserts.  (Mine too!)

Granee's Blueberry Delight

1 prepared graham cracker crust
1 can blueberry pie filling
8 oz cream cheese - room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 container Cool Whip

Blend together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and half of the Cool Whip.  Spread cream cheese mixture in prepared graham cracker crust.  Top with blueberry pie filling.  Top with remaining Cool Whip.

I'm no food photographer....but trust me when I say this is gooood stuff.


I don't hate St. Patrick's Day.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

But I could see why you might think so:

After seeing a lot of craft blogs talking about using freezer paper stencils on fabric, I decided to give it a try.  The boys had this old shirt with a stain on front, so I used it as my "trial run."  

When I texted an image of my project to my friend Cheri, she replied asking, "Are you anti St. Patrick's day?"  Hilarious!  But I have nothing against March 17th.  In explanation for a skull and crossbones shirt in that shade of green... The boys school mascot is a pirate; and the shirt, regrettably, had green sleeves in a shade that I happened to also have in paint. Thus, the green skull was born.

Now that I've seen how easy it is, I'm totally making Lauryn a L-O-V-E shirt for Valentine's Day.  So easy, we can create it together as a mother-daughter project without me wanting to pull my hair out!  


One-sided relationships stink.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'm writing about them today on Prize31.  

"Have you ever had a great relationship with a friend or family member….except for the rather disheartening fact that all the responsibility for maintaining that relationship falls on you?" (click here to continue reading....)


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