Showing posts from November, 2006


Allan went to Alex's parent teacher conference yesterday. The teacher thinks Alex may have a photographic memory. Clearly, she's never had to get him up in the morning because he requires at least five reminders that he is supposed to be getting dressed.

My Celery Salt is Older than Your Celery Salt!

My big 4 ounce jar of celery salt was manufactured in October 1996. And I still have 3.99 ounces left!
How old is your celery salt?


A couple of weeks ago Alex came home from playing in the neighborhood and started crying because, "[T] poked me in the chest with a stick and wouldn't let me out of the pit of doom!" We told him to ignore T, to tell him to stop it and to play with the other kids. Yesterday evening he mentioned that T pushed his fingers backwards "hard" because Alex wouldn't sing a song that T wanted him to sing. I'm all for letting kids work things out on their own and I think they need to learn to deal with bullying but this is the same kid who now sits with the kindergarteners (he's in first grade) because he was being teased and bullied. I guess he likes sitting with the younger kids because they're easy targets.

We had to give Alex permission to push T away. I had spent too much time telling him not to push or shove other kids and not to even pretend to fight at school or on the bus because they practically expell kids for such behavior and now he'…


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Marital Rule #2

Don't tickle me. Ever.

Sick Weekend

I had to 'call in' this weekend. I wasn't feeling good on Saturday morning and just as I was giving myself a pep talk in the shower the phone rang and I got cancelled. Which was good because I rinsed off and spent the entire day in bed, sleeping 20 out of 24 hours. By noon I knew I had the flu. By 9pm I knew there was no way I could work Sunday, much less a 12 hour shift. So I called in and slept 16 hours on Sunday, beginning to feel a bit better by late evening, I'm blaming Southwest Airlines.

At the Airport


Marital Rule #302

Even if a cluttered email inbox bothers you more than a cluttered living room, please work on the latter first.


With my job I usually can count on working 4 of the following holidays:
-Black Friday
-Christmas Eve
-New Year's Eve
-New Years Day
So even if I have the actual holiday off it's not possible to travel to see any of our family. Last year I worked a 12 hour shift on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day but I got Thanksgiving off. (I will always remember that Thanksgiving as the one where Uncle Bill advised us that you have to try more than once to have a baby-little did we know that David was already on his way!)

This year I have this whole week off and we are travelling to PA again. I won't be able to post because Allan's parents shun technology (though I think they have a phone in the barn but don't tell the bishop).

Just kidding, Have a great Thanksgiving!

Building Character


A Little Confession (My Baby Food Obsession)

I love those little jars of baby food. They're so colorful and cute. And they remind me of my early elementary school friend Rachel because her mom had saved all the baby food jars from when she was a baby and we would hammer a hole in the lids and create bug condos....imagine a mom that saved things instead of throwing away everything including your dolls when you turned eight years old.

We haven't started feeding solids to David and we plan to wait but I've already started stocking up on the jars. I have this 3 tiered Gerber carousel that is loaded with assorted jars and I just love to walk by and give it a spin.

Alex used to like a grey broccoli-cauliflower concoction which is very hard to beileve because last night it took some serious threats just to get him to eat a single broccoli floret.

I love me some Hawaiian DeLight and Blueberry Buckle but I'm being a good mom and buying organic peas with brown rice and oatmeal-banana-peach.

And now they come in little re…


Me: "When we go to see Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving we get to see a dairy farm! We can see the cows being milked."
Alex: "I already know how to milk a cow!"
Me: "How?"
Alex: "You grab them by the.............[long pause].......lightsaber things then pull and milk comes out."

3.5 Months

Second photo taken by boy in first photo.


2 cups white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup evaporated milk
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

*Grease a 12x15 inch pan. In a medium-size pot, combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, whipping cream, and butter. Monitor the heat of the mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring. When the thermometer reaches 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) remove the pot from the heat. Stir in vanilla. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and let the mixture cool completely. When cooled cut the caramel into small squares and wrap them in wax paper for storage.


Me: (for the fifth time) "Stop leaning on the table!"
Alex: "You don't have to treat me like a criminal!"

His class had been on a field trip to the police station that day.

Weight Watcher

I've lost 5 of the 21 extra pounds that I kept after I delivered David!

Okay, I'll be honest. I lost 11 of those 21 right after he was born but a combination of bad food choices and outrageous portion sizes (plus the excuse that nursing moms burn 500 more calories per day) made me gain it back. Then my fat hips forced me to buy new jeans, hit rock bottom and join the one thing that works for me-Weight Watchers. Now I'm battling a Diet Coke addiction.....but at least my old jeans are starting to fit again.


Alex's friend: "I was a vampire for halloween"
Me: "Did you come to our house for trick or treating?"
Alex's friend: "No, my friend told me that you were giving out Teddy Grahams and pencils!"

Maybe you can't have too many Snickers bars. Next year I will go with pure sugar- 1 cup per kid, right into the bag.

Doogin' Dogger


November Ninth

I've been busy making Chicken and Crackers and Aunt Elda's Chocolate Cake. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cups cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup hot coffee
½ cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add liquid ingredients. Mix well. Pour into greased and floured 8” cake rounds bake 40-55 minutes until cake springs back when touched.

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
½ cup margarine, soft
5-6 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
*Beat 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, butter and 2 Tbsp milk. Gradually add remaining sugar, then remaining milk.

Source: Arlene Slotter
4 cups flour
1 cup butter
¼ tsp salt
5-6 Tbsp milk
*Preheat oven to 400. Combine and knead into a ball. Roll to ¼ inch thick, cut into squares and bake approx. 10 minutes.

My Version of the Chicken Stew
2-3 spl…

The Scissorbill Family Cookbook

You heard it right, folks. I'm creating a cookbook. Act now and submit a recipe and you will receive your very own copy of the cookbook when it's published. If that scares you, rest assured that most of the recipes came from my mom.

Orange Belt

Alex has earned his orange belt in karate! He is so proud.

Two Brothers

First I was born to parents who had only girls. Then I married a man with no brothers. Then my sister married a homosexual man so I don't really count him. And they got divorced anyway. Finally now that I'm thirty both sisters marry heterosexual real men and now I have two brothers (in-law). And if someone would provide me with their birth dates I'd put them on my calender.

Three Months


Library Book

Why does it bother me more now that I can't find Alex's library book (to return to school today) than being unable to find my OWN library books when I was a kid? And don't get me started on his homework assignments....


The little guy really scared me today. Twice. The first time he was in his crib and he had managed to get the quilt over his face. He was lying very very still. But he was okay.

Later, he was napping and I peeked in on him and he had covered himself so well with the quilt that it looked like the crib was empty. He scared the beejesus out of me. I'm going to have to start putting him in his Snuggler for naps.

This Is The Best Age....

*He sleeps for 8 hours, has a quick feeding then sleeps for 4 more.
*He needs a nap one hour after he wakes up in the morning.
*He laughs when Nugget licks his fingers.
*He loves to kick in the bathtub.
*He's enamored with his big brother.
*He's not yet mobile.
*Giving him a better view of what I'm doing usually stops the cranking.
*He still poops just once a week.
*He can put himself to sleeep.
*He can spend 20 minutes chewing on his fists.
*He is just as happy with Mom or Dad or one of my friends holding him.
*He is not in any sports or after school activities and he doesn't care if there's nothing fun planned for a WHOLE day :)


A good time was had by all.