Friday, July 31, 2009

100 books

I saw this on Lisa's blog...

Where do you fall in the list? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.
Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X (I haven't read all, but I've read about 5)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible (The entire thing!)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Total: 6

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier X (Awesome book- I highly recommend it)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 5
Total so far: 11

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Total: 5
Total so far: 16

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma-Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini X
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden X
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X

Total: 6
Total so far: 22

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving X
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total: 4
Total so far: 26

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel X
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon X (Weird. Don't recommend it)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 3
Total so far: 29

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X (sort of. I read most of it, then watched the movie....)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville X

Total: 4
Total so far: 33

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce X
76 The Inferno – Dante X
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt

Total: 3
Total so far: 36

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistr
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Total: 5
Total so far: 41

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute X (one of my all time favorites)
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X

Total 6
Grand Total: 47

I was hoping I would hit 50, I came pretty close! And now I have a good list of more books to read!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Don't be jealous

In a few (10) short days, all of my kids will start school.

That's right... All 3 of them. Gone.

I should have blogged about it earlier this summer, when I was feeling all sad and lonely and when did they get this BIG and I don't think they are ready, not to forget they grow up so fast.

I should have blogged about it then, because now I feel pretty excited about it.

I know none of you were jealous when I counted the diapers I have changed.

Or I described a few of our hilarious outings.

But you might be jealous now. Because while I have had 3 kids at home all day every day for approximately 4 something years, in just 10 days I will have about 7 or so hours a day that I can get things done!

When the kids are screaming at me to take them to the park (Mean Mommy said no because it was pouring buckets of rain), or hitting each other, or causing the general mayhem that is life, I day dream about all the things I will do while they are in school!

Here are my dreams: (please don't read if you have no children- it might make me appear really, really lame to dream of these things. I have no excuse- it is what I dream of and hope for.)
  • Grocery Shop. Alone, and during daylight hours. Ahh... bliss.
  • Clean the house. Alone, and without someone messing up all the other areas while I clean one area. No one spraying cleaner in their eye, no one begging me for snacks as I am scrubbing a toilet.
  • Go to the Doctor. Without having to ask someone to watch the kids, drop them off, pick them up, etc.
  • Home Improvement Projects. Where I don't have to 'wait my turn' to use the ladder.

I also will be going back to work, although I don't really look forward to that. You can read about my ambivalence in a post on Deep South Moms. A cool side note is that article got selected for syndication and was published in several small newspapers! Here is the link to the Google search linking to all the places it was published!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Random Pic

I can't think of anything great to say today! So I thought I would go through the archives and post a random pic.


I thought this one of our family was pretty cute- September of 2005, Jack and Aidan were 4 or 5 months, and Abigail was about 20 months.




Abigail loved, loved, loved that Teddy Bear. We lost it about 3 years ago, and she still occasionally cries for it. We have tried many, many replacements, but they just aren't the same.


I no longer fit in those pants. But I still have them. Ditto for the shirt.


I can totally see all of Jack's personality in his quirky little eyebrow raising. Aidan had that same expression his entire first year. Abigail was still pretty bald, so I tried to hide it with a big bow!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I love obedient children

I also love my children.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lovely Blog Love

My friend, Savannah, gave me this blog award! Thanks so much! She said my blog always makes her laugh, which is about the highest compliment I could get!

Here are the rules:
1. Put the award on your blog.
2. Include a link to the person who gave you the award.
3. Nominate 6 or more blogs
4. Leave a message on their blog letting them know they have an award on your blog.


Here are my nominations:

1. Lisa, at Teach at Home. Great ideas for educating our own kids!


2. Melinda, at Urban Adventurers. She has really cute kids, not that I am biased or anything.


3. Lisa, at Mommy Thoughts. I laugh a lot and get good ideas from her!


4. Katie, at Eberling Adventures. Love, love, love her and her family.


5. Merilee, at Happily Ever After. She recently took her blog off privacy, so the rest of you can enjoy her funny posts!


6. Sarah, at Thrifty Decor Chick. I am totally hooked on her site, and I get tons of good ideas. Take an afternoon and browse through some archives, they are fantastic!


7. Michelle, at Triplets + One = 4 times the fun. I am almost guaranteed to laugh everytime she posts. I love it.


8. Rebecca, at Life with Boys. A real life account of being the mom of 4 cute boys.


Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Six Flags Fun

One of the companies that works with Kydon's company sponsored a family fun day at Six Flags. We were more than happy to have Kydon take a day off work, and go to an amusement park for free! Side note: Jack LOVES this red shirt with stripes. Not sure why, but he goes crazy over it. He tells everyone it is his Auburn shirt. Even though Auburn is orange and blue, something about the stripes make it Auburn. And he loves to pair it with those orange shorts. Whatever, kid!
This is Neeta, one of Kydon's coworkers. She came with us, and it was wonderful to have a little extra help. Abigail loved hanging out with her. She is always interested in new people.

We mostly stayed in the kiddie area, which has very low-key rides, so we really didn't face any lines at all. It was nice to just walk around and walk onto rides. The kids all had a blast.

The only ride that had a line was "Splashwater Falls", where you get in a big boat and go down a hill and everyone gets soaked. We waited for about 40 minutes, which was pretty painful. Abigail was having great inner struggles- she was SO nervous and worried! She had finally decided that she wouldn't go, and I would just crawl through with her and wait on the other side, but just at the last second, she went on it. And once she went on it, she loved it. I love it when they are brave even though they are scared!

After a few hours of rides, we went to the company picnic. They had a lot of good BBQ, and tons of drinks, which were much appreciated by all of us!

They also had face painting for the kids, Aidan got a monster truck on one side and a kitty on the other. Abigail got a kitty with sparkles, and Jack got an Auburn tiger on both sides. I guess to match his shirt. ;)
They also gave away visors, which I very much appreciated, because I had started out wearing a hat, and had it long enough to give me 'hat hair', but I lost it on the second ride- the kiddie roller coaster- it flew off my head!

The food was good- hot dogs, BBQ, chicken, beans, cole slaw, potato salad and ice cream.

They also had a balloon artist, and it was nice because it wasn't all that crowded, so the kids were able to get balloon after balloon after balloon. We usually get swords, but this one was cute in that she also made a holster for the sword that went around their waist! They had a great time playing with them until they would pop, then running for a replacement.

We probably spent almost 2 hours at the lunch- it was so cool and shady, and the kids were having so much fun.

Tweety Bird and Bugs Bunny showed up. Thanks to Grandma, the kids know who they are and absolutely love them! But Aidan did *not* want to be in this picture!
After lunch, we spent a few more hours riding rides, and then we had to go home. It was a great day- I think we all could have stayed well into the night without too much trouble, but it was good to leave when we did and get into bed at a good time!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Lady at the Mall

We went to the mall today. I took 3 unrestrained pre-schoolers, and we went in, bought 2 pairs of shoes, walked to the food court, ate lunch, walked back to the playground, played, and left all without incident. Great for me, but kinda boring for the blog!

So instead I have to post about a Lady I saw at the mall. She had 4 kids with her, There weren't any that looked older than 4, and there weren't any that looked younger than 2. It looked to me like she had triplets who were old 3's or young 4's, plus a 2 year old.

I was trying to figure out if she was the nanny or the mom.

Arguments for Mom:
  • She had them well in order. Which I know from experience, comes only from being forced by having a bunch of kids to not ever let them get away with anything. She was very tightly controlling every situation, which is what you have to do if you want to try to go to the mall.

  • She was out of the house with them. I think maybe a Nanny wouldn't think it was worth it to leave the house- that seems like the result of the inner debate "is it worse to stay home or is it worse to go somewhere?"

  • She was getting frustrated with them. Seemed very mom-like to me.

Arguments for Nanny:

  • She was teeny. I mean, really, really teeny. Like she might shop at the American Girl store. And I know a lot of tiny people who are still tiny after giving birth, but 4 kids really close together? It didn't seem likely. Also, she was wearing really short shorts, which did not show any signs of stretch marks, which I would expect to see after being pregnant with multiples.

  • She was out of the house with them, which I think maybe a mom wouldn't be doing. A mom would be more likely to take them to the McDonalds playground than the mall food court.

Hey- come on, the kids were eating really slow, and being really, really good, so I had plenty of time to sit and stare at them all.

And then, I noticed the clincher. I decided she was a nanny based on her purse.

It was one of these things:


Not that exact one, of course, but one similar. Very small, and cute, and not all that practical for toting around a bunch of kids (and there was no diaper bag in sight). Now, I've never been a big purse- carrier, and mine isn't very full, but it wasn't the size, so much as it was the fact that you have to carry it in your hands.

I can't imagine a mom with 4 kids wanting anything that had to be carried in her hands. It just wouldn't happen.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Division of Labor

We do a lot of laundry around here. Since there is so much to do, we split it up:

I gather the dirty laundry.

I sort the laundry.

I wash it.

I dry it.

I fold it.

Kydon carries it upstairs.

I put it away.

Sometimes, Kydon has a big job.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The redneck slip and slide

What do you do when you have a backyard with a steep slope, some leftover plastic from a home project, and a hot summer day? Start a redneck slip and slide!
Lined up, waiting for the action!

Keep the hose in position, and let the munchkins go crazy!


On our last trip to visit the boys' birthmom, she showed us the secret of squirting on some dish soap to make it really, really slippery and fun!

We have done this several times this year, and we love it when the cousins join in!

I love it when they pile up on purpose!

And the best part? Water + soap + exposed skin = redneck bath! Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A few projects for the house

Last week, with the kids in camp, I made some progress on some projects.


I have seen a lot of ideas and blog posts where people find things at thrift stores, and re-make them into really cool things. I figured I would give it a shot.


I made these vases:



Just purchased a few vases from the thrift store, and spent $2 on some jute rope (similar to twine) at the craft store. I think they turned out pretty good!


Then, I thought I would try making a display in my dining room. I have a huge, massive wall in the dining room that I have had a lot of difficulty figuring out what to do with- everything I tried to put there always seemed too small for the space. So, I thought I would try another thrift store idea.


I purchased a bunch of platters- silver, brass, and various finishes. I paid $0.40- $4.50 for each, then spray painted them either white or cream. I added in a mirror that I found and a couple of other frames, just to spice it up a bit.


It fills up the space quite nicely, and looks very lovely on my big wall. I will post more pics when I finally get it all the way finished.


I also painted my upstairs hallway.


I had to include a picture of the line separating the ceiling from the wall- I did it freehand with no tape! Not my first time trying that, but it was my first time having success with it.

I greatly underestimated the amount of time it would take to paint it. As I was working like a dog each day the kids were gone (and finishing up after they were in bed), I had plenty of time to ponder the irony of the fact that the whole reason I signed them up for the camp was so that I could have a little break, and then I start really ambitious projects so that I end up working even harder than I normally would.

And now I need a way to display some things and make it finished.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

More opposites


I usually think of Aidan and Jack as being the opposite two. But lately, it has been Aidan and Abigail. First, the difference in their TV watching habits.

And now, in their little play camp, Aidan was the worst, and Abigail got the 'Spirit' award, which means that she was the best behaved in the class for the whole week!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Invention

Our computer is situated in the kitchen, somewhat near the 1/2 bath. A common scene is to have a child on the pot, and I am on the computer, and they like to chat, since they have a great view of me (no, they would never think to close the door. That would take too long).

Today, while in his thinking spot, Jack was expressing his frustration. "Mommy, every time I'm playing, I just have to stop and go potty, because it wants to come out. I don't like to keep going potty". "I want to get a plug".

Then, after thinking for a minute, he came up with a better plan. He envisioned a pipe that would lead from his hind quarters to the toilet. He could then run all around, wherever he wants, and keep playing. "Den, when the poop or pee come out, it just go in the pipe to the potty, and I don't have to stop!" And then, the side benefits came to mind, and he got really excited "AND- I wouldn't ever have to WIPE!!!"

I'm surprised no one has thought of it before.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I thought we were doomed until I had a flash of parental brilliance

I signed the kids up for a camp this week- for four hours a day, Mon-Thursday, they went to one of our very favorite places- PLAY. We have been going there for years, and it never fails to both delight the children and also wear them out, both of which are good things.
They all loved it- it took me at least 30 minutes each day to get them to leave.

But even though Aidan loved it, every day his teachers would report numerous problems. The first day, he went to the bathroom every 5 minutes. Yes, I know. He does that for me too. And if you tell him he just went, he *will* pee his pants, so you just have to take him every 5 minutes. And try not to go crazy.

The second day, he refused to put on his shoes, and they made the entire class wait for him, and he still wouldn't put them on. Then, a little later, he refused to do the art project and a few other various and sundry things. Yes, I know this too. We know he is not all that flexible if things don't go just so.
The third day, he once again refused to put on his shoes (they take their shoes off to play on the trampolines and such, then put them back on for the rest of the time), and they left him in the gym to wait him out Ha! That won't work! and when they came back, he was naked. I guess he showed them. Literally.

I was starting to get worried. Things were getting worse, not better. Each day was some new problem, some new issue, and he will not put on his shoes, never, ever. He is going to get kicked out of preschool!! What in the world are we going to do in just 3 weeks when he has to be at school all day every day, and he won't participate, and cries for me, and flashes everyone?

And then I had my moment of brilliance. I thought Why can't they help him put on his shoes? I can see that they could expect a class of 4-6 year olds to put on their shoes, and obviously all the others can, but if he can't, or won't, just help him. It will be easier for EVERYONE.
So, today, when I dropped them off, I said "can you please help him put on his shoes today?" And when I picked them up, there had been no problems. He was well behaved, cooperative, and kept his clothes on the whole time.

Sometimes the solutions are just that simple.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Painter's Best Friend

The kids are in a little play camp this week, and I have been BUSY with some home improvement projects- mostly painting. I am redoing the upstairs hall and the kitchen. That includes painting all the trim, and I thought I would show you my absolutely favorite product for painting doors and trim:


This stuff is wonderful!! Sherwin Williams Pro Classic for trim and doors- Extra White Semi Gloss.
It is pricey- somewhere around $50 for a gallon, but it is SO worth it! I used to get so frustrated with the paint never coating very well, not looking white enough, and never getting that hard dry- it would always be just a little bit sticky.
This mimics the coverage and properties of an oil based paint, but has the easy clean up of latex.
Did I mention I love it? I just finished painting our stairs and hallway with it, and I am so happy with my gleaming white molding!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Spender and the Saver

I have finally gotten our TV watching under control. I had this idea a while ago, I just haven't implemented it.

On Monday morning, the kids each get 4 TV tickets. Each ticket is good for 30 minutes of TV watching (the exception is that if they want a movie, it is only 2 tickets instead of all 4). These tickets are just for them to choose when to watch and what to watch. If the TV is on, they all 3 get to watch the show. It would be WAY too much of a headache to try and only let one watch. Does that make sense?

Anyway, Abigail is very much the spender. She uses her tickets just as fast as she possibly can. She can't stand to keep even one around. Yesterday, the kids were in a little class from 9-1, then we went swimming until almost 4, and she still managed to cash in 3 of her tickets. She did the same thing last week, using them all on the first day she had them.

Aidan, on the other hand, is the saver. He didn't use any of his last week. We went about 3 days with no TV, since Abigail was out and Aidan wouldn't use any. Abigail tries her best to get him to use them, but he responds with a steady "no, I saving dem".

It is fun to see the differences.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I'm alive, believe it or not

Nothing like a computer crash to change the course of your day. That brings our total number of broken computers in the house to 3. Yikes.

We will have it back soon... I will be back blogging before you know it! And we have a functioning camera, so pictures too.

The good news is that I've kept the house clean, made dinner, finished reading Gone With the Wind (wonderful, awesome book), and completed several projects. Scary what I get done when I'm not checking google reader all day!

Monday, July 6, 2009

It was better than last year... but that isn't saying much

We had a pretty good 4th of July. WAY better than last year! Actually, it was a lot better than most other years. I posted about all of our July 4th disasters on Deep South Moms.

We started out with Kydon taking off to run in the famous Peachtree Road Race. He has talked about doing it for years, but it generally requires a lot of advanced planning, what with trying to get a number somewhere around mid-March. Advanced planning, for those of you who might not know, is not our strength. This year, however, he found someone who had an extra number for some reason. We enjoy benefiting from people who not only do their own advanced planning, but help take care of us slackers. So he got the number and went downtown to run with 55,000 of his closest friends.

I stayed home with the kids. We had plans to go to a family breakfast at the park. It turned out great. We only had to make one trip to a store for things we forgot, and Abigail only annoyed 2 groups of people by harassing them that they aren't supposed to feed the ducks. She very helpfully pointed them to the signs, then very loudly complained that they weren't listening to her when they continued to feed them.

But, my prayers came true, and the boys didn't run away. That was the first day all week I'd been able to say that. Since they pretty much stayed put, we were able to stay and enjoy ourselves.

Then we came home, got all cleaned up, and headed out to work on the yard at the money hole rental house. Nothing says "Fourth of July" like trimming bushes, raking the pine cones, and hauling out thorn bushes. The kids loved it. Or not. They are not very clear with their emotions. I guess our celebration had something to do with "Life, liberty and the pursuit of debt property ownership"

Don't you love all the wonderful pictures I took? I don't even have the excuse of the broken camera, since my mom loaned me theirs. I guess I just want what I don't have.

After we finished pulling all the thorns out of our skin, we headed home to prep for the family party at our house! Which I was sort of dreading. I used to love having people over, but now it always seems like So. Much. Work. Although I have to admit that once we got going with it, I really had a blast. So much so that I invited them all over again the next night, and we did it all again!

We finished up our fabulous dinner, and headed over to the city fireworks. We only had 3 trips to the bathroom, 1 episode that required new pants, 3 camp chairs + 2 blankets + 3 kids who didn't want to walk and all had to be carried. All in all, we declared it a roaring success and finally made it home before 11.

We did our sparklers the next night, and I now hear that the cousins are saying prayers to never be invited to a house where they are doing sparklers. Hey, just because all the children were both fascinated beyond belief and aching with desire to hold them while at the same time being utterly scared and terrified and one kid got some pretty severe burns, it was FUN! Okay, maybe it was miserable and I have vowed to never buy sparklers. Whatever- it was still better than last year!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Christmas in July

I am already thinking of Christmas! Following my great fun I had last year, with my homemade gifts, I wanted to do the same this year, but I knew I would need to get started early.

Especially because a few of my plans are pretty ambitious!

I wanted to make something for Aidan, similar to this. I was planning to make one, but today, as my mom watched the kids, I ran around to a bunch of thrift stores, and lined up in a line of coffee tables, I found one!! It looks like someone made it, and did a really good job. I can see a few old glue marks that look like the size/shape of tracks. It just needs some cleaning up, maybe some paint, and it was only -- $10!! I am so excited!

I have big, big plans for Abigail (shhh... don't tell!)

I am still thinking for Jack. Inspiration hasn't yet hit. Let me know if you have suggestions!

I have cute ideas for some little nieces, but I'm still thinking about the nephews. If anyone has any ideas, please share! I also want to do something for friends and neighbors.

I am getting started early, hopefully it will be fun and not too stressful!

I am also working on the rest of the giveaway projects! I finally found some patterns that I love, I just need to get working on them!

And I want to repaint my entire house. Well, I won't paint Abigail's room, or the boys room. I will also leave the two front rooms. But the rest? It needs to change. ASAP. Even the stuff that I just painted a few months ago. It is all wrong. But I hope to make it right again.

Now, if I could just get the boys to stop running away from me, I would have time to do all this, right??

Friday, July 3, 2009

Food Friday: Final Edition

This is a nice post to type. I am ending the "Food Friday" feature on this blog. I am still going to be doing food storage, and I may still post occasionally, but I will no longer be doing it on a regular basis.

The reason that it is nice is because my food storage is in the maintenance phase! There isn't really a whole lot to say about it.

I have a 3 month supply of food. I take inventory, and write down whatever I need to buy more of. I then stick that list in my purse, and buy the items as I can. Once my list is complete, I take a new inventory, and put that list in my purse.

I have a 3 day supply of water. I would like it to be a 2 week supply, but that is only a matter of saving money, buying the containers, and storing/rotating the water as I go.

I am still pretty low on my 1 year supply of basics, but I put aside about $10 a week, and I have a schedule to visit the cannery every 6 months and stock up on those basics. I have $200 saved right now, and I am scheduled to go to the cannery in October. After that visit, I will have about 40% of all long term storage items, and it will just be a matter of continuing to save and gather items.

This feels so great to see this realization of my goal. I feel a great sense of accomplishment, and I have already seen benefits to having this food on hand. Thanks everyone for all the support and answering my questions, and following me on this journey. I know I wouldn't have gotten this far this fast without the accountability of this blog feature.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thank Goodness for Grandma

This week has been quite fun.

The two boys who shall remain nameless have upped the ante with their willful, disobedient, defiant behavior. I swear they are two. They are acting just like two year olds who have recently discovered that they can have a will of their own, and they are determined to test it out and drive me crazy.

Yesterday Abigail wanted to go to the puppet show, and I agreed. The community theater hosts puppet shows in the summer. They are delightful. But one blue-eyed boy who shall remain nameless, decided he didn't want to go. He isn't the most flexible child. So when he said he didn't want to go to the puppet show, he only wanted doughnuts, I actually got happy. There is a doughnut place just one block from the theater. I readily agreed, and he came with us to the show with the promise of doughnuts afterward.

Okay, so show is over, and we start walking. It is a lovely day, nice breeze, lovely. But then our blue-eyed boy realized where we were going, and got all inflexible again. It seems he was expecting a doughnut from the grocery store, not the doughnut store. Whatever, I didn't care, but I knew the other two were expecting the doughnut store, so we needed to stop, talk, and get everyone on board with whatever we decided to do. Except that one boy went one way, to the doughnuts, and one took off to the car. I was at a loss, especially when they started crossing the parking lot by themselves. I ran for it, grabbed them each by the arm, and we all went home. On the way, they decided to express their anger by throwing huge fits and throwing toys and shoes at my head.

And pretty much, that was repeated throughout the whole day. And it was about the same the day before, and so far, in the two hours we have been awake so far today, it looks like more of the same.

Thank goodness for my sainted Mother, who last week asked if she could take the kids for a few hours one day this week, and we picked a time. Not because I had something I needed to do, and not because I asked, but just because she is awesome. When I was enduring the first hour of crying and screaming fits, I realized today is THURSDAY, and I got unnaturally happy. Giddy, almost.

I love my kids, I enjoy being with them, but I am grateful for a break now and then!

Plus she offered to loan me a camera to post about what we've been doing in between the fits.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The cat has disappeared

Our little (ok, big) kitty cat has gone missing.


She has disappeared for a day or two before, but I have always found her- trapped in some closet, locked in a room.


She is afraid of everything- the kids, the vacuum, bugs, the kids, any sudden movement, and did I mention the kids? We usually only saw her for about 10 minutes a day, when the kids were in bed, she would come out of hiding and walk around for a minute, before retiring to her hiding spot.

I haven't been able to find her. Anywhere. She does not leave the house (afraid of everything, remember?). I have looked in every nook and cranny of this house, at least 3 times. I don't know what could have happened to her.
She must have gotten outside, but I don't know when or how she would have done that. Generally the only time the doors stay open for a period of time are when the kids are up and playing, and she will not get anywhere near a place where the kids are. The only time she would dare venture anywhere is when they are asleep, and I am certain I would have had the doors closed, or saw her go out.

But she must have gotten out somehow. We have looked everywhere. It has been almost 6 days now, and I am starting to accept that she is gone. I will miss my 10 minute a day kitty.