Archive | March 2016

Three things Thursday

It’s been a while so I have more than three, and, some are from other weeks that I didn’t get to write about.


  1. Happy Birthday Dad!  My father turns another year older and for once in a long while his birthday is NOT a special lent day so he can eat and drink without bending the random laws of lent.  I’m calling in for birthday candles tonight at 7 but I’ve been thinking good dad thoughts all day.


    dad making a turkey hand print for my collection

  2. Fiona, my little firecracker, is your typical 3 (almost 4) year old with her moods and her crazy but in general she is a happy kid.  This week she helped wash dishes but spend most of the time cleaning the scrub-daddy and Monday she scootered almost a mile to the park.
  3. These cool creations from Borax actually came out very cool, I’m glad we did it – Thanks Pinterest! IMG_8416
  4. The Figgoli – you saw me make it, then decorate it, and the moment of truth – the taste!  It was really really good.  That recipe makes tons so we are still eating it because you cut a bit about the size of ‘fun size’ candy bar.  I’ve been eating it for breakfast since it is basically a big pile of egg and almond (and butter) and I’m contemplating making it again to just cut into bars as my own power bar…  It is not overly sweet and I’ve very very happy how it turned out. IMG_8357
  5. In a random cleaning I found my 1999 date book, you know, from when you had to write stuff down.  I love this little bit of history and I even have the date I met Lars on it.738A0FB9-80D8-4EEA-B7D9-2822D52FF65E
  6. Last but not least – Niamh made me this bracelet.  All by herself.  I actually have no idea how to do one myself even.  She asked for help finding how on youtube (not allowed to youtube alone) watched the video and started churning them out.  I’m happy that she wants to, I’m happy that she can use resources to figure out how, and I’m happy that her goal was to make something…  IMG_7927

1 Word Wed



Easter Review


weather – getting to be spring all the time now

nap – not today (so far) <-*** I took a nap for a whole hour. that is 1/5th my normal total sleep!  While I was asleep Fi also fell asleep.  Amazing

Easter Recovery – 99%

House – fair to good

Diet – up a half pound but that’s ok considering


This past weekend for us was Easter, the holiday that has vast religious implications that we semi-ignore.  I always feel a bit bad about that but I also don’t want to go to church 2x a year just for major holidays.  Honestly, none of the churches here really work for me and Lars just didn’t grow up with the habit and does not intend to make one.


That paragraph has been sticking in me for 2 days.  I can’t just say “happy easer!” because I feel like I do not totally disserve this holiday and I can’t skip it because we didn’t and this is as much about the record of my kids growing up as it is anything else.  I heard a stat that the largest religion in the US is non-practicing RC and so that puts me in good company (kinda).  I enjoyed growing up in my church but that church does not exist here…  In a way there are too many options and zero sense of community – I see the same with the fact that there are 7 elementary schools and you can pick any of them.  You can’t just bond with your neighbor because of the schools because there is a high likelihood they choose differently.


Anyway, I took a nap and I feel better about life in general.  Getting 5 or less hours of sleep a night is just not good for me.  I go to bed at midnight, I don’t need to be up until 8am that should be a solid 7, if not 8, but I get 5 because of constant interruption.  I’m not sure how to deal with that issue with this child (I dealt with it in each of the others but both were different).  That still does not change the fact that I have religious issues/issues with religion but being tired makes them worse so I’m glad I napped.  I am running short on typing time though and I didn’t post yesterday because I can’t post about post easter until I tackle easter….

So here is a list!

  1. we had friends stay over, they changed the dynamic of the weekend for the good
    1. one of those friends claimed a distinct love of washing dishes, she now has an open invite forever.
  2. We took the kids to a local egg hunt Saturday and it was great, Won a raffle and Zoe got a prize egg plus it was well run and fun for all.
  3. Lars cooked a fantastic rack of lamb, I baked a really pretty cake
  4. I made a very cool trio of easter baskets IMG_8384
  5. We hid a puzzle in the eggs and we know we lost an egg because the puzzle is 3 pieces short…
  6. We found a way to make an IPA good – add 3 beers to a pitcher, add the equivalent of 1 beer of water, add 3-4 tbs sugar and a ‘bunch’ of lemon juice.
  7. After the disaster of behavior on Friday they were very good Saturday and Sunday
  8. Ate peeps at 7am
  9. Did 3 loads of the dishwasher  over the 2 days and still had a full load Monday to take care of.
  10. Our red wine glasses are just a tiny bit too tall for the dishwasher

Soak before hand washing!

Yesterday I got the house back in line after the crazy weekend of big meals and house guests and we actually had 9 people over on Saturday too for our ‘normal’ game night.  It was fun and tiring and our kids will have a different growing up than I did but that’s ok.  They are surrounded by loving people and creative energy and we answer their questions about whatever with honesty including religious questions.  Niamh has a girl with a head scarf in school who does not celebrate ‘our’ holiday and I told her that  just like there are a dozens ways to add up to 10, there are dozens of ways to believe in god.  Maybe knowing that there is a lot of ways to be right will help her as much or more than as a firm grasp of the nuances of the religion she was born into.

And with that all I can say is Cheers!  Celebrate how and what you do!


Share your world week 12

Thank you Miss C for these fun questions.  If anyone else wants to join link or comment your answers!  The questions are in bold, my answers follow in normal.


Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Water.  I really really like good water at room temp, too cold is not desirable.

What made you feel good this past week? My very soft bed and making it up for spring.

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? Socks in the winter, barefoot in the summer (and half the winter but when I feel cold I hear my dad say “well put on some socks! and a sweater!”)

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? hard one… can’t I have middle or seasons?  I do enjoy my fall and spring best but I guess all other things equal I would take always hot since you can go outside more.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful for a community that plans fun events.  I’m looking forward to Easter tomorrow and a mellow week and my mom visiting next week!

‘good’ Friday


Mental – 2 steps from giving them away

nap – take a guess

house – well let’s just say I’m glad our easter guests know us well

easter prep – 89% – all food here, crafts in process…


There is something akin to attempting to mix oil and water on the first day of a break.  3 kids who normally get along ok can’t seem to figure it for the first 24 hours….  Everything I tried to do today was met with general resistance to outright defiance until we got to decorating the Figolli.  That nearly didn’t happen.  Zoe, the currently well-adjusted one, remembered it was on the agenda and pulled us all together to do it nicely.  I was to the point where I was just not going to try and do more than keep them from killing one another.  Anyway, I can’t really compare my day to the actual good Friday, but I always felt like using the word ‘good’ in regard to today was on the ironic side.

They decorated, I decorated, Fiona ate frosting from the can…  The aftermath is just another mess but it is a happy mess.

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The girls saw mine and got discouraged about theirs.  I told them that I not only took 14 years of art, have been decorating cakes for them for the past 8 years, but, I had a plan when I started and that tends to help.  My sisters mock me for ‘fixing’ things after they have been done but I’ll have them know that I was ASKED to help, nicely even, and we had a good time learning about how to make frosting flowers.

Notes for myself – 1. the  ‘writing’ icing was a huge pain and I won’t use it again.  The purple was the only one that was semi good.  2. This is a great way to get rid of all the extra frosting – I didn’t buy any but we used up all the 1/4 cans that were hanging out in the fridge.

The next couple of days are going to be on the busy side, I hope they work out.  It totally depends on if the kids decide to play nicely or not.

Word of the day; Help (or maybe not!)


weather; shiny and bright!  south of us got snow but we are spring

garden; sprouts!!! I love when bulbs actually come back

nap; despite swim lessons, she is watching a movie ‘resting’

workout; I’m up to squatting 170lb now, also did a mile on the treadmill and swimming lessons with Fiona and a 1/2 walk in the sun when I got home.

Easter prep; 65% – we have decorated! goal for the night is to get the dinner food in house


This daily prompt hit on just the right day.  Nope, no rant from me about how I need help.  Sometimes I yell at all the people in my house who can’t put laundry in the basket or knock something over and just walk on, but, in reality, I probably have more help than most.  Lars does 99% of the cooking, including making me lunch most days we are both around.  He will also wash dishes sometimes and generally tidy the kitchen but he has a memory hole about where things in the rest of the house go away to.  The kids are in training for picking up things, I try and get them to do three ‘good girl’ things a night but their schedule is so crazy some nights they hardly have time to eat before bed.  Like the deal with Lars; he works, I handle the house I feel like that extends to the kids – they go to school all day so I feel bad forcing too many chores on them.  On the other hand, their room is a mess and our house is seldom perfect.

The other day I was thinking about the fact that nobody tackles the ‘big jobs’ other than me, but then I gave it some thought…. what if Lars decided to clean out the closet?  I think I would have a fit.  Where would he put things?  What might he toss not knowing it was important?  Why would he move all the things, I knew where they all were!  See, maybe I have control issues but I think a big part of me is really really happy that re-org like that will never happen without me.  If I’m mid-major project, Lars will ‘help’ by appointment like he will help me lift something heavy or tote boxes out to the trash.  He never gives more than casual input and is genuinely happy with the results.  I do keep his needs (or kids if I’m messing with fixing their world) in mind and make what I feel are logical decisions.  This is so different than how I would react so I am pretty glad that nobody is moved the HELP like that in my house.

That is my take on the word Help.  I’m pretty happy with what help I get and the freedom lack of other help gives me.  For me, the Y in DIY is important 😉


I do give them jobs, thats like helping and sometimes they do even help