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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Looking for a SWAT Team - Mommy Edition

For the most part, by God's grace, I feel like I can deal with a lot of what the girls throw at me.  There haven't been too many times when I've just stood there and wondered how in the world I was going to proceed.  Well ... this morning I had one of those moments.

We were out running two quick errands: first to CVS because Southern Savers has convinced me that I need to be "CVS-ing," and then we were going to go to Joann's to pick up 1 pattern (in and out only getting 1 pattern?  A SWAT team would have been needed just for that).  So we're about 2 minutes away from pulling into the CVS parking lot, when I hear Verity start kind of coughing and struggling.  I glance to the back and see that she's throwing up ... a lot.  And then Charissa starts squealing and crying because she doesn't know what's wrong with Verity but she knows enough to be disgusted by it.  

We pull into the parking lot and I go open Verity's door and just look at her.  She was so pitiful! I stood there wondering how in the world I was going to get her cleaned up (without getting sick myself).  I was really wishing that someone would come along and rescue me from this task, but no such luck.  Thankfully, I had enough supplies in my emergency bag to get her cleaned up and some new clothes put on.  

And since I'm one of those crazy people that hates to get so close to my task and not accomplish it, we still went to CVS.  It went really well, except Charissa kept telling everyone that Verity threw up "all over herself and it was yucky!"  And then on the way home we had the windows down to avoid the smell, but Charissa told me "the wind was messing up her hair."  Three years old and already concerned about her hair.  

What a morning!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coffee Filters Aren't Just For Coffee Anymore

So my mom sent me this email with all these ways you can use {clean} coffee filters.  And just because I love all 3 of my readers, I am sharing this list with you.  :)

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.  

Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a 
coffee filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter.

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant  pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through  the drainage holes.

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter....

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use  strips of coffee filters..

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, 
French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease.  

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers."

15.   As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.

16.  Put 
baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors. 

17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in 
soups and stews. 

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19.  Use them as a 
spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills. 

20.  Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21.  Use them to wrap 
Christmas ornamentsfor storage. 

22.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23.  Use them to sprout seeds..  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a 
plastic baggie until they sprout. 

24. Use coffee filters as 
blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in  phone book.. 

25.  Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Alphabet Cards are a Bit Subjective

This week we started doing some preschool activities in the morning.  We have a set of alphabet cards that has the letter and then a picture with something that starts with that letter.  This concept has been around forever I'm sure, and I guess companies try to switch up the objects so that they have something different - but it's posed a bit of a problem for us.  Here are the ones that Charissa got wrong:

"H, h, h is for Chicken!" {picture of a hen}
"L, l, l is for salad!" {picture of a leaf}
"P, p, p is for bucket!" {picture of a pail}
"Q, q, q is for blanket!" {picture of a quilt}
"R, r, r is for broom!" {picture of a rake}
"Cross is for train!" {letter "t"}
"Y, y, y is for ball!" {ball of yarn}

It's tough being in preschool. :)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Causing a Ruckus

I was working in the study during the girls nap time when I heard a lot of noise coming from their room. When I walked in their room, this is what I saw:

Yup, CJ has now found a way to get in the crib. Those two just can't get enough of each other. :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

.:smiles all around:.

I love this picture. I don't know exactly why, but I do. Probably because I love that baby.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

First Ponytail!

Verity has enough hair to pull up into a ponytail and I just love it! It makes her look so much more like a big girl. And in the last 2 weeks she's started walking as her primary mode of transportation. She still isn't saying anything, but she does shake her head "no" and she clearly communicates through waves, grunts and squeals.