Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Does she really ever stamp?

Because this blog certainly doesn't look like she does. I know, I know... I've been horrible about posting crafty stuff lately. I've just been SOOO busy!

I was working on a commissioned scrapbook for a customer for a while (it turned out stunning, but I couldn't share someone else's family with you). I wrapped a gazillions presents (and next year I'm doing something completely different - more on that next week). I started re-painting my kitchen (it was country blue when we bought the house, and I've tolerated it well, but it really MUST go!) a lovely warm, rich brown called "Antique Photograph." And I've been doing a lot of crafty stuff with my kids - we made a bunch of Candy Cane Reindeer, some pom pom bears and wreaths, and we have cut out a whole heap of snowflakes.

And I stink - I haven't taken pictures of ANY of those things!! YIKES! I DID manage to get a few good pics of Chloe at her First. Ever. Christmas. Performance. Let me tell you, it was so dang adorable! And I got some pictures of my kids and their cousins (we do a photo every year for my mom).

So, just look at these cuties, and maybe I'll post something crafty soon. But not tomorrow, I'm visiting a friend in College Station. :)

Here's all of the kids, note the lovely scarves I made for them! Lexi (10), Alec (6), Bradley (3), Chloe (4), Alyssa (16 months).


And here's Chloe the night of her Christmas program - she smiled here, but we could NOT get her to smile for the cousins photo.



Thursday, December 18, 2008

Does anyone have Santa's direct number?

My darling, precious, brilliant 4-year-old daughter got written-up at school yesterday. Only in Pre-K and already visiting the Principal's office.... I can't wait for kindergarten!

After her teacher told me what happened, I went to the principal to get the write-up, which I had to sign (of course). I apologized and said I would talk to Chloe about her very poor decision.

Me: Chloe, did you get in trouble today?
C: Nope! I had a great day!
Me: You didn't have to go visit Ms. W?
C: Oh. Well. Yes.
Me: What happened?
C: Well, S, and me, and H got in trouble.
Me: What did you do?
C: I didn't do anything! S was coloring on the potty with a pencil.
Me: Did you color on the potty?
C: No, but I helped clean it.
Me: Chloe, what are you supposed to do if someone is making a poor choice?
C: Tell them to stop. We provoke one another to good works, right Mama?
Me: That's right. Why didn't you tell her to stop?
C: I was busy drawing on the wall.
Me: ...
C: I drew a boy! He's so cute!
Me: ...
C: An' I gave him arms and a BIIIIIG smile....
Me: Did your teacher know YOU drew on the wall?
C: No, we just cleaned the potty.
Me: And did you tell her it was you?
C:
Me: Chloe, your teacher said you tried to blame someone else?
C:
Me: Did you blame C?
C: He's always in trouble!
Me: Chloe, just because he's always in trouble, doesn't mean you blame him for something you did. That's lying.
C: The Bible says, "Do not tell lies." Speak the truth in love, right?
Me: Chloe, if you KNOW that, why did you do it?
C: I don't know! I didn't want to get in trouble. <sniffles and pitiful forced tears>
Me: That is inappropriate and unacceptable. You need to say sorry...

So, she prayed about it last night and told Jesus she was sorry and asked him, "Jesus, please don't tell Santa so he won't just give me a letter that says to be good and better and not draw on the wall."

She now has to earn back her favorite toys, which was another discussion altogether. I asked her what consequence she should earn for her decision to draw on the wall, and she said, "Well, I guess you should take something away."

Me: What should I take away?
C: Um. My very favorite toy...
Me: Which one?
C: The hippo in the toy bin. (The toys in the toy bin are in the playroom and not accessed as usual bedtime lovies, so she was playing me.)
Me: I think I need to take away something that you LIKE to cuddle with...
C: Oh, well definitely not my puppy! I never cuddle that puppy....
Me: While I appreciate your reverse psychology, it won't work. How about this - no stuffed animals tonight, and you can earn them back over the next few days as you show me and your teachers good choices and proper behavior?
C: I guess that's a good idea. Just don't call Santa.

This morning she wrote a note to her teacher that said "Sorry. From Chloe C."

And when I dropped her off I showed the morning aide where she had colored on the wall and told her that CHLOE needed to clean it. She said it was okay, and I insisted that Chloe be the one to do the clean up as it was a natural consequence.

She's NEVER drawn on anything but paper. She never did the whole crayon-to-wall thing most toddlers do. Gah. Vandalism and lying all in one day...

I'm ready for Christmas break.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Heaven in a 9x13 pan

This morning I made homemade bread pudding for breakfast, and it was absolutely delicious! Everyone LOVED it (except Bradley who is having a MOMENT (moment=really horrible 3 weeks)). It's really easy to do, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already. It's delicious served warm with caramel sauce, like we had it this morning. But, it's even better cold the next day (or later today...yum!).

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf of day-old bread cut into 1" cubes (or you can use plain ol' sliced bread, cooked waffles, cooked pancakes...pretty much anything bready)
  • 1 3.4 oz package instant butterscotch pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • caramel sauce (you can make your own, but we use the Tastefully Simple version)

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter a 9x13 baking pan and set aside
  3. Prepare pudding according to directions (whisk pudding powder into 2 cups of cold milk) and set aside (do not refrigerate)
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, 2 cups milk, butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and the pudding
  5. Add bread to large bowl and stir until all the bread is coated
  6. Pour contents of large bowl into the buttered baking pan
  7. Bake for 1 hour
  8. Remove and cool for 5 minutes
  9. Serve warm with drizzled caramel sauce on top
  10. Refrigerate any leftovers and eat later. :)



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retiring List Posted!

Not only can you check out the stamp sets that are being retired when the new SU! catalog rolls out on January 19, 2009, but until December 23rd you can purchase them for 10%off!! How fun is that? Go check it out HERE!

There are some CUTE holiday sets that are on sale - just in time if you still haven't made your Christmas cards (me!).

And, of course, if you want one of the hostess sets that is retiring just email or call and we can set up your workshop or catalog show so that you can earn those sets!

Have fun shopping!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Right there! Can't you see her?

Bradley has a new friend. Her name is Bally and she's 2 (but almost 3). She has purple hair and green eyes. The other day Bradley and Bally got on a train to take a trip to England. They had fun and ate lunch on the train. Today Bally was hiding in her house in the hole that doesn't have Tiger's Eyes in it. Then she came over and they played zooming cars together. Later Bradley got mad at me for not setting a place at the table for her, because she was hungry, too! She didn't go to church today because she had a headache. But, she felt better after a rest and went to visit Santa at his house. She's a busy girl.

Chloe never had a friend like Bally, so it's new ground for us. So far it's been pretty cute. My mom tells me that I had two special friends like this - Tom and Jerry. They were both mice, though, and they fit in my hands. Of course, I only worried about them when I had to carry them - always when I had been given a directive to do something. For instance, I couldn't pick up my toys! I was holding Tom and Jerry! I don't remember them at all, but I think it was pretty clever.

My sister, Erin, had a friend for a LONG time. His name was George and he lived under our couch. His favorite food was Coke. She obsessed over him for months. I would get in trouble for teasing George (like by throwing stuff under the couch at him) and Erin would hog all the toys because she AND George were playing with them.

Have your kids had any Invisible friends? Did you have any? Do you still have one? What were their adventures?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Don't you think it's annoying...

...that some of the items that were supposed to be a Black Friday special are still on sale? My sister and I were at Kohl's at 4am for Black Friday and I went today to use my Kohl's bucks and everything was still on sale. Now, granted that some things might sell out, but most of the stuff that I bought was still at the store in plentiful supply and still quite reduced.

Kinda irritating.
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