Thursday, September 30, 2010

Favorite Friday, Week 3

We didn't celebrate Favorite Friday last week due to an ice cream social in the early evening (so we had appetizers for dinner instead.)  But we are back on track this week with my oldest choosing the meal for Favorite Friday.  She has requested Paprikas.  Mmmmm.  That's one of my faves too.  Our former au pair, Aniko, started making it for us back in 2002 and it has become a staple in our household.  It's a Hungarian meal that consists of chicken with paprika (hence the name PAPRIKAs) that is stewed in a broth-like, stew-like, gravy-like sauce.  The paprikas is then ladled over Aniko's mashed potatoes:  potatoes mashed with milk, sour cream, butter and salt.

Delish!

Monday, September 27, 2010

One Down, Two to Go










One room is finished, only two more rooms to patch and paint.

Did I mention that there are holes all over the OUTSIDE of the house too?  Yeah, looks like we were victimized by a drive-by.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Many Faces of a Middle-Schooler



As I uploaded photos from the camera to the computer, I was surprised to find over 300 photos (because I was expecting about 20.)  As it turns out, my oldest daughter has been very busy with the camera and over half of the photos were self portraits.

So far she likes middle school, although she does not like getting up early.  (Her bus comes at 7:31am whereas last year it arrived around 8:45am.)  She likes her classes, especially Family & Consumer Science (Home Ec).

I'm really relieved that middle school is off to a good start.











Sunday, September 19, 2010

Are you scared???













My 5 year old borrowed this Hulk costume from our neighbor.  He's been wearing it almost every day, taking it off only when it is time to go to afternoon kindergarten and then putting it on again when he gets home.  I wanted to take a picture of him but he wouldn't let me.

Until I told him that Uncle Dan (my brother who is serving in Afghanistan) was REALLY afraid of the Hulk when he was a little boy.  I suggested that we take a photo to send to Uncle Dan in Half-ghanistan (as my son calls it).  Well that did the trick!  Not only did he agree to have his picture taken, but he put on his most-scary-Hulk-face in an effort to scare Uncle Dan.

So Dan, are you scared???

Friday, September 17, 2010

Favorite Friday: Chili

Last week's dinner (grilled chicken & pineapple) was at the request of my younger daughter.  Tonight it's  my 5 year old son's turn to have his favorite meal.  It's so nice to know that he loves my chili.  Because his brother hates it.

Isn't there some saying about how you can't please all the people all the time?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

One Thing Leads to Another

It all started here:








And ended there:









It all started last weekend.  My husband decided to strip wallpaper off of my oldest daughter's bedroom walls.  (Back story:  She moved up to her own room on the 3rd floor in the spring.  We bought her a new rug, curtains, duvet but put stripping the "old lady wallpaper" -- as she calls it -- had to wait until cooler weather.)  Since we had lovely cool weather last weekend, coupled with a 3 day weekend, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to start stripping.

But one thing leads to another.

Once he stripped the wallpaper, he decided that he just had to strip the woodwork too.  Four windows, two doors and baseboards.

And then he started thinking . . . the "bump out" in her bedroom is not insulated.  Sooo, while the walls are bare, it makes sense to cut holes in the plaster and insulate the bump out, doesn't it?

Sounds fairly simple.  But it wasn't.  

Between renting the machine, rigging it to reach from the ground to the 3rd floor, keeping it filled with insulation (recycled newspapers), figuring out how to keep it from clogging, dealing with plaster dust, newspaper dust, getting a tarp to place of the insulation when it started raining . . . etc., well, I think you get the point.  It was a LOT of work.  (Most of which was completed by my handy hubby with a little help from me and quite a bit of help from the kids.)

After the room was insulated, my husband started thinking that he had rented the machine for 24 hours.  Why let it sit idle for the next 18 hours?  He decided he should get his money's worth and insulate the bump out in the baby's room, which is directly beneath my daughter's room.  And then he decided to make a day of it and insulate our family room, which is beneath the nursery.

So now I have newspaper and plaster dust in every corner of the house.  Plus around 100 +/- holes in the walls that will get plugged next weekend.  And THEN we get to prime and paint over the plugged holes (which means repainting all three rooms!)

I am still asking myself how stripping wallpaper in ONE room turned into a project that is going to last for 3 months.

A pic of all the furniture pushed to one side of the family room.  It's pretty much a construction zone.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Favorite Friday

We're starting something new in our house.  It's called Favorite Friday.

Each Friday, one kid gets to choose his/her favorite meal and I will prepare it for dinner.

Because no matter what I make, someone likes it but someone else is sure to dislike it.  Honestly, rarely do I prepare a meal that gets "two thumbs up" from every kid.  So now that we are starting Favorite Friday, each kid will be sure to have his/her favorite meal at least once in a while.

And when everyone has had a turn, we'll switch it up and have Favorite Friday:  Desserts!

In the meantime, tonight we're having grilled chicken & pineapple kebobs.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Talkin' Turkey

I roasted a turkey today so that we could make a Bobbie.

What is a Bobbie you ask?

It's a sandwich that is sold at a local deli.  It is basically Thanksgiving dinner on a roll.  Roasted turkey (NOT lunchmeat!), cranberry sauce and stuffing.  The deli puts mayo on theirs but we put homemade gravy on ours in place of the mayo and I think it tastes even better that way.

Back to the story.  I roasted the turkey and saved the wishbone at the request of my boys (ages 5 & 7).  They were SO very excited to pull it apart.  After much struggle -- (and I do mean MUCH struggle!  One ended up with a cut on his face and they both ended up using hand towels to hold on tight to the wishbone so that they could get the leverage to pull it apart) -- they pulled it apart and declared a winner.

And so begins my story.

I overheard them talking about what to wish for.  My older son asked his brother what he would wish for and he said, "I think I'm gonna wish for all the Legos in the world."  My older son said that it would be great to get all the Legos in the world but cautioned that it might not work out that way.  He thought they would have a better chance at having the wish come true if they asked for something smaller.  So they continued to discuss an appropriate wish and they finally settled on some sort of Turbo Something Or Other.

And then later I heard them speculating that the Turbo Something Or Other would probably be waiting for them in the family room tomorrow morning.  I had to jump into the conversation at that point and say that the Turbo Thingy mostly likely would NOT be waiting for them in the morning.  I explained that the idea of making a wish on a wishbone was Make Believe.  My older son with all his worldy wisdom said, "Oh mom.  You don't know for sure.  Sometimes things like this work out and we just don't know why."

Well, actually, yes I DO know why things like this sometimes work out.

So then at dinner, they announced their wish to the whole family.   They were really quite sure that their wish was going to come true.  I asked how they thought the Turbo Thingy would get into the family room overnight.

Hmmm.  That stumped them.

Finally my older son said that he thought Santa might bring it.

My girls, being much older and wiser chimed in with, "Don't you know that it is September and Santa does NOT work in September?!"  And my other daughter said, "Well, you probably COULD have Santa work to get your wish to come true but if he brought you the Turbo Thingy, he would probably have to take ALL your other Legos as payment."

To which my son replied, "No way.  Santa wouldn't do that!  I think he would want us to have all our Legos AND the Turbo Thingy too."

Well then, it's settled.  Santa is bringing a Turbo Something Or Other to our house tonight.

Or not.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Family Photo










Today I realized that we have ZERO photos of us as a family.  Not one.  So I asked my neighbor to take a couple pictures of us.  Oh, we are a funny bunch, yes we are.