Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hair today, gone tomorrow

April was "hair" month ...

Day 1:

It started with a field trip to target for Julia and Mary. Mary insisted that she needed *new* scissors to cut with. I know this is something she will need to master in kindergarten next year so we decided to make a big deal out of it.

I let them each pick out a pair of scissors. We even bought popcorn and lemonade to celebrate the occasion. They had a wonderful time at target (they do not get out much ;o)

Day 2:

I set the girls up with scissors and old magazines to cut up.... I'm sure you know where this is 'headed'.... aye yi yi
Mary gave Julia a new *do*... a little off the top, a chunk off the back, and a hefty trim off the right side. Her once adorable 'bob' is more like a pixie/bob mess.

Day 3:

All scissors are removed from site. NO MORE SCISSORS TODAY.

Day 4:

What a fool I am. Mary had a full day of no scissors, and then she pleaded with me to please let her have scissors today. She said she was going to cut out pictures and not hair. I was cleaning upstairs and I decided to get Elizabeth to watch the two of them. She fell asleep on the couch (not my fault MOM I was very tired).
When Julia came up to see me I wanted to scream. I did scream, something really brilliant, "Mary you have lost all privileges to cut hair." Of course I realized that my anger got the best of me and I had meant to say something else, but quite laughter came from all corners of the house... I managed to hold mine in. Imagine that.
I wanted to call Mary on a cell phone and give her a piece of my mind. Of course I did not. I threatened to cut her hair, which she says plainly, 'well do it now then.'
Instead she had a time out, and sent to her room.



Here are some before and after shots, I did my best to fix her hair ...

Day 5:

Mary sez: "Mom, can I have a boomerang? Because I'm over scissors?"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blessed are the little ones...

April 25, 2007 "Blessed are the little ones"
Last night, Mary pulled the stuffing out of a stuffed animal and made a huge mess in the game room. After she picked it all up (5 year old version)... she was sent directly to bed, no snack, no stories, zip, (do not pass go, go directly to jail ... words spoken in my childhood)... anywho.... after everyone was asleep EXCEPT Mary, she came down and said she was sorry, and I told her I forgave her and that tomorrow would be a *new* day to start fresh and do all good things. Of course this was all followed with a nice hug and kiss, then I told her she would get to sleep faster if she would kneel next to her bed and say, "Jesus I'm sorry for cutting Julia's hair and for pulling the stuffing out of the stuffed animal."
She then added, "and I'll say sorry for hiding the cookies and eating them all and not telling Mommy, and for dumping the chips upside down in the kitchen, and for turning off the computer when Warren was using it and for pouring shampoo down the drain in the bathtub, and for opening my door when Daddy said it had to be shut, for putting peanut butter on the couch" ...
Yes, all this was done, and most of it was unknown as to who did it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Healthy Salmon Chowder

Healthy Salmon Chowder

Pam (non-stick spray)
1 t. butter
1/2 small onion finely chopped
2 stalks of celery finely chopped
Bouillon cubes (optional)
1 cup potatoes diced (about 2 med)
1 lb Salmon1 cup peas
1 cup corn
4 cups skim Milk
1 cup Fat free half&half creamer

Spray soup pan with Pam, and saute onion and celery in 1 t butter. Once the onion is 'clear' add the potatoes and bouillon cubes. Then cover with water, just enough to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Add the salmon and poach it in the water. Break it up gently into bite size chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and bring it to a high simmer. Then remove from heat so that the milk does not break up. Add fresh ground pepper to taste. The salmon can be replaced with any other type of fish. You can even use left over fish. Note: You can used canned salmon as well. I used frozen vegetables but I'm sure you can use canned or fresh. I did not say how many or what type of bouillon cubes to use because that is a preference for taste. This served my entire family. (we have 8)Enjoy!