Thursday, February 26, 2009
The bad news: When he got to the school, Abby was a sobbing puddle, but wouldn't talk to him about it....she wanted "to talk to mom" (nice to know SOMEONE considers me useful.)
Here is the e-mail I received from her teacher...luckily I had read it before she walked in the door.
I wanted to make you aware of an incident that occurred today in afternoon reading group. Abby received a focus room slip for not doing her job. She and another student were both breaking their pencils instead of doing their work. They were both sent to the focus room for about 20 minutes. I talked with her reading teacher to verify the story. Please let me know if you have any questions. Abby has been doing GREAT in reading! Much improved! Kudos to you guys!
The "focus room" is a time out of sorts. This is the second time Abby has had to visit the focus room this year...both times from incidents in reading group. So Abs climbed up on my bed and we talked (she blubbered and I tried to figure out what she was saying.) We agreed she would do a better job concentrating on what she should be doing next time.
Here is the e-mail I sent back to her teacher.
Thank you, Abby and I talked and I think she now knows that what she was doing was distracting. I'm sorry you have to deal with her drama. I seriously had a hard time listening to the story with a straight face...I don't want her to think I'm laughing at her, but the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth was quite biblical (and entertaining.) ;) Thanks for all you do.
Thank goodness for being an old mom...I've been through "incidents" with the boys (Kraig spent so much time in the focus room in the 4th grade, I think he should have some sort of plaque dedicated to him) and know everyone survives relatively unscathed. ;)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Anyway, because he was home we went to Costco together this morning. About half way through the store Ben decided he needed to go potty, and the part of the beauty of being the mom of boys is that Steve gets that honor whenever he is around....so off they go.
I was checking out the flowers, squeezing roses to find the freshest bunch when my cell phone rings and I can tell it's Steve because the McGyver Theme Song is playing. I answer and Steve says "be sure you watch your purse!" I almost started laughing out loud....after nearly 20 years he still feels the need to "train" me. I grew up in a tiny town in Idaho...Emmett where everyone knows everyone (and is in every one's business all the time, but that would be a whole new post.) I am VERY trusting, I always assume people are honest. Steve, on the other hand, grew up just outside of Detroit, Michigan and trusts NO ONE! Saying I was naive would be an understatement. I've had to learn, among other things; to lock the car, lock the house, and not assume that everyone has my best interests at heart.
Really, that's just one item on the long list of ways that we are complete opposites...but somehow it works for us, I would even go as far to say that we are a pretty darned good team.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
The "old mom" looked her in the eye (smiling) and said "well you know, I have four kids at four different schools, I have to divide my time." (DO THE FREAKING MATH!) She has no way of knowing about the time I spend crocheting birthday crowns for the preschool (about 1 hour per crown times 16 crowns,) or taking our hovercraft to the middle school to give rides to the entire 6th grade science class, or any of the other stuff I do for that matter. OK, maybe an even "older mom" would have said "I don't WANT to go to PTC!" But if you'll remember, one of my goals (# 6 to be exact) for the year was to try not to be so direct...I know you guys don't think I really try, but I'll bet you'd be surprised at the stuff I hold back these days ;)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I can't think of a better birthday gift...getting to go to Cabo with Sarah, reading, laying on the beach, reading, eating fabulous food, reading, soaking up the sun, and did I mention that I caught up on a few books I've been wanting to read?
Here are some of the things I love about Mexico:
- The sun...and boy did I need it. Oregon winters are a little grey, now I think I'll make it until spring.
- The food...what's not to like about fresh salsa, guacamole, and chips? Not to mention that I got to eat my first lobster in the shell, plus lots of fabulous stuff that I will be trying to reproduce at home.
- Mexico is a huge ego boost...I could never get tired of being called "beautiful Kristina."
- No schedule, I think that one speaks for itself. We had time to get not one, but two massages.
Thanks to my sweet husband Steve, for being the kind of husband who will stay home and keep the home fires burning while I have a little mom fun. Thanks Sarah, it was my best birthday EVER!!!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Steve wanted to learn to make bread on Saturday morning...so I gave him my recipe and said
"OK, I always double it. Oh, and there is not enough flour in the recipe so add another 2/3 cups bread flour...one more thing, I always add 1/4 cup gluten too. You know how to bloom the yeast right?"
SILENCE...BLANK STARE. Sometimes, I get a little annoyed when he cooks because he asks about every single step, ("why don't you just READ the directions!") Now I realize that I am not exactly a recipe "follower." Recipes are more of a "guide" to me...so the following is the complete recipe with the added notes Steve took. He did a great job...such a good job, he ended up making two double batches. We left the house Saturday afternoon, and the kids blew through both loaves.
3 cup warm water
2 Tbl dry yeast
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbl molasses
2 Tbl oil
4 cups wheat flour
4 cups bread flour
4 tsp salt
1/4 cup gluten
1. Water (100F - 110F + Molasses + dry yeast (mix and let sit for 10 – 15 min (let the yeast get foamy looking)
2. Add honey and oil to #1 and mix.
3. Put liquid mixture (#1 & #2) into mixing bowl.
4. Add wheat flour, bread flour, salt & gluten. Mix with dough hook for ~5min.
5. Let rise for ~1hr in big bowl. Grease the bowl with some veg. oil and put the dough in. (cover with plastic wrap).
6. Form loaf by rolling out long and as wide as the bread pan. Roll up, fold ends under & place into greased bread pan (grease w/Crisco)
7. Let rise 30 – 40 min, bake @ 350 for 35 min.
8. Cool in pan 10 min, then cool on rack.
Here is what he started with...
Great easy recipe
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbl dry yeast
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbl molasses
1 Tbl oil
2 cups wheat flour
1 1/3 bread flour
2 tsp salt
Mix with dough hook for 5 minutes. Turn into greased bowl and rise 30-40 minutes. Form into a loaf and rise 30 min more. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
OK, I get it now...I'll try to be more patient in the future.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
What a great birthday it has been! I am forty and feeling very loved. Honestly, I was worried about the whole Sunday birthday thing, but I have to say it was glorious. Ben woke up and said "mom, when are your friends coming?" I guess he thinks birthday parties are for moms too, I wonder if he thought we'd get out the slip and slide just like we do for his birthday parties. Steve took the morning away from Bishopric meetings to stay home and help get the kids ready for church. He made french toast (sorry no birthday fasting here) from his own homemade bread and topped it with strawberries and cream....mmmmm, it was delicious!
So many fun gifts, cards, and birthday wishes. MANY Facebook posts, e-mails and phone calls!
The treats came rolling in!! Brownies from Melanie, Sugar Cookies from Joel and Lisa, a beautiful homemade angel food cake by Sally. My belly is feeling a little swollen.
Abby and Ben cleaned my make-up drawer and the big boys cleaned my pantry...I'm a very happy mom.
A fabulous steak dinner by Steve. Of course, I still have my birthday Mexico trip to look forward too...later this week. Sarah and I will be soaking up the sun, catching up on our reading, and drinking "smoothies" (don't order "virgin" drinks, we learned that the HARD WAY...language barrier issues can get you tipsy) with little umbrellas in them.