Monday, March 20, 2017

Musings From Natalie #141

Tonight as I looked around my ill-organized house -- making mental notes of all the things I hate about our crowded quarters, Natalie broke into my thoughts as she walked into the kitchen to announce, "Mom, I just love our life."

And, like a switch -- my attitude changed.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Baking and Building Memories

At our house we don't have cable or a DVR. In fact, it's been several years since I watched a current sitcom. We only turn on our 21.5 inch screen about once a week for a Netflix show. Finding a program everyone in our house can enjoy can be difficult. Recently we discovered The Great British Baking Show. Steve and I love the show because it's free from the conniving and poor sportsmanship that seems to permeate most reality shows. Natalie, who likes to peruse cookbooks in her spare time, loves to pick up cooking tips while Noah just likes to practice his British accent.

Today Steve took the day off from work because Natalie did not have school and he didn't want me to miss out on my drawing class (a birthday gift from him). Together he and Nat decided they would use the day to recreate a complicated Swedish Princess Torte shown on one of the GBBS episodes. On the show contestants were given 5 1/2 hours to replicate Mary Berry's recipe. Steve and Nat did everything from scratch (apart from making the raspberry jam and marzipan). It took them nearly 4 1/2 hours to complete the yummy confection, but the memories she created with her Dad are sure to last a lifetime -- at least that's my hope.

I love this man...

Sometimes a way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You Might Be a Preschool Teacher If...

you've ever worn your pajamas to work.

With my kids growing up and reaching the tween/teen years when talking about "the funny things they say" is no longer okay -- my blog has been on hiatus for awhile. But, today I was given some new material.

A gift.

...wrapped up in a fleece ensemble covered in pastel colored stars.

Today as I headed to work in my pajamas I realized -- just as I was dropping off kid number two -- that I would not only be wearing them for our classroom's Day and Night theme -- I would get to wear my matching nighttime wear all day long. I had forgotten I had scheduled a car appointment right after work and wouldn't have time to go home and change.

And, it wasn't just a short, oil change kind of appointment.

No, it was one of those that takes a couple of hours.

And, I wouldn't have time to go home after the appointment -- because I'm efficient like that -- no, I'd need to head directly to my children's schools for pick-up.


After work as I headed out to my car, I decided I would hold my head high and do my best to keep my pants in place (I never realized how much they sagged or the amount static cling they generated)  as I made my way to Comb's Auto.
As I dropped off my keys with the attendant he responded, "You're wearing pajamas."

"I sleepwalk."

He laughed and that's when I decided to pass the afternoon coming up with silly responses. I came up with a bunch and had the opportunity to use several.

We were having a casual day at the office.
I'm lazy.
I'm just trying to get a jump start on my day.
I lost a bet.
Life's too short to bother with getting dressed every day.
I couldn't decide on an outfit.
I don't like to wear the same thing twice in one week.
My washer is broke.
My kids picked out my clothes today.
I had a wardrobe malfunction.
It's 10 p.m. somewhere.

It was actually kind of fun -- especially seeing the horrified look on my kids' faces when I picked them up from school.

I've reached the point where my children's social calendar is more exciting than my own, so I have to create my own fun and not take myself so seriously...

and find an opportunity to embarrass my kids at least once a day.

Middle does have it's benefits.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Musings From Natalie #140

Natalie: "Mom, I made up a new joke... What's the most popular zombie name for a girl?"

Me: "I have no idea."

Natalie: "Di-ane"