Showing posts from February, 2009


Hmm, I could do all 12 posts in one day... Nah. I just got back from playgroup and there was a baby there that is just 6 weeks younger than Tom and he weighed only an ounce less than Tom did at birth. And when the two were side-by-side Thomas looked like an absolute moose he is so much bigger. I hope I didn't look like an absolute moose standing next to that baby's mom but I probably did!

Countdown: Allowance

(This is my countdown to my 1000th post and I stole the number images idea from another blog.)
We've been giving Alex six dollars every week for allowance. He has to clear the table, feed Nugget twice a day, keep his room clean and generally be helpful with his brothers. He also gives a dollar of his own as offering in church. I'm going to rethink paying him on Sunday mornings because this week he came home with a children's activity sheet and where he was supposed to write in bible verses had written, "I want to buy Bionicles or Bakugans or a Nerf Blaster."

100th Day

Alex's school celebrated the 100th day yesterday. I wonder if he's the only kid that came home with a black right thumb.

Don't You Hate it When...

Don't you hate it when you get all fired up to yell at someone for doing something and you realized you did it yourself? I had my mouth open to yell at Allan for once again ejecting my ipod from the charger before it was fully charged and I remembered that I did it.


Can't Sit Still

Here's photographical proof that Alex cannot sit still during meal times. We got this these chairs about 3 years ago and he has worn down the wood with his constant wiggling. My chair is on the left for comparison.


I got cancelled on Saturday so I was able to take David to his first birthday party (as a guest, his first time as a birthday party guest.) He had so much fun and he looked like such a big boy singing and enjoying cake. It was a rare opportunity for me to do something with him without at least one brother tagging along.




Lately David has been listening to his hour-long CD and then announcing, "my you-kick is all done" to be freed from his room. Occasionally he'll fall asleep and actually have a nap, though he usually does this in the first song or two. Today I got a real bonus, he was awake for most of the hour and then fell asleep so I got an hour and a half of actual sleeping in addition to the hour of music. You-kick.

Couples Quiz

*I copied the quiz from

What are your middle names? Anne and Allan

How long have you been together?
13 years

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
we didn't, it was a blind date

Who asked whom out?
my sister asked us both out

How old are each of you?
I'm 33, he's 39

Whose siblings do you see the most?
We don't see either of them much but we see my sister more often

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Our opposite work schedules-we get very little couple time

Did you go to the same school?

Are you from the same home town?

Who is smarter?

Who is the most sensitive?
I am

Where do you eat out most as a couple?

the Lilac Blossom Chinese restaurant

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
By car-Banff, Alberta By boat-Eastern Caribbean cruise, by plane San Jose, CA

Who has the craziest exes?
It's a tie, we both dated some real freaks

Who has the worst temper?
I do

Who does the cooking?
I do

Who is the neat-freak?
I a…


180 days of school mandated by the district
$2.50 elementary lunch and it's bound to go up
3 kids
I better get into the habit of making lunches!


I typed all of my mother's recipes into a cookbook two years ago. I got my first royalty check yesterday! Twenty dollars and eight cents. That comes out to about twenty cents an hour. It was worth it just for my own copy, I use it all the time and I even have an old version in the car in case I'm on my way to the grocery store and am suddenly struck with the urge to make oh, say french coconut cream bars then I can make sure I have all the ingredients at home. It was a labor of love. Though I did get a strange facial tick every time I typed the word ketchup. There it is again. You can buy or download your own copy on Lulu here, or just stick around my blog long enough and eventually I'll have posted all the recipes. Just please don't comment in this fashion:

I loved the recipe for spaghetti sauce! But instead of ground beef I used bacon. And instead of diced tomatoes I used canned peaches. And instead of simmering it for three hours I froze it. It was fabul…

Before and After


A Sharp Eye

Yesterday Allan and I had an exchange of emails about his work medical flexible spending account-you set aside pre-tax money to pay for medical expenses and then get reimbursed through your employer when you provide receipts. It's a wonderful thing. Anyway, he submitted a receipt for his contact lens purchase which was over the remaining balance of our account for 2008 and we finally got the reimbursement but it was $70 shy. (They get busy during the first 3 months of the year because you have that long to submit for the prior year.) So I noticed the problem and he had to call and they admitted it was an error and so on. In the last email Allan tells me that he never would have noticed that error and 'thanks for keeping a sharp eye on our finances' and ever since then I've been thinking, "Buddy, I have a sharp eye on every aspect of your life and have for the last thirteen years and I'm darn glad that you're still okay with it!"


When I first moved in with Allan I thought it was so strange that he used Q-tips in his ears every single morning. He told me he used them after his shower to dry out his ears. Now I have to do the same because after he told me that my wet ears would drive me crazy. But don't let them bother you!

Back to Work

My first day back was not too bad. When I got home, the house looked like a bomb had gone off and they were all sitting on the couch watching the Pink Panther.

It took me an hour and a half this morning to make my world right again.

Dinner Date(s)

Alex and David spent the evening at a group babysitting event at a local church. Allan, Thomas and I had dinner at the Lilac Blossom. Thomas was a very good boy, he sat in his carseat in the corner and didn't make a peep. As we navigated our way through the huge crowd to get out the door Allan was tempted to lift Tom up and make a comment about what we were doing last Valentine's day. A nice public service announcement about remembering birth control.

And for the record, I've already had one Valentine Coupon redeemed. Somebody is going to be pretty stinky in Sunday School tomorrow.

Valentine Cherry Pie

2 cans red sour pitted cherries, drained
3 Tbsp quick tapioca
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
*Mix and let set while preparing crust. Pour over crust in deep dish pie pan. Top with second crust. Cut steam vents. Bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes then at 350˚ for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

How to Get Off My Valentine's Day Shit List


Valentine Coupons

*Can you guess which coupons go to which of my Valentines?*

Valentine Coupon
Good for one cherry pie
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one dinner of your choice
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one Aunt Elda’s chocolate cake
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one dessert of your choice
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one evening off
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one evening off
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one extra allowance
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one hour of TV time
Valid Monday-Friday until bedtime only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one hour of video games
Valid Monday-Friday until bedtime only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one evening off
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one free pass
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for one chocolate milk
Valid Monday-Friday only.

Valentine Coupon
Good for extra homework help
Valid Monday-Friday only.

How to Get on My Valentine Shit List

Say, "I didn't take today off to babysit all day."

It's not babysitting when they're your own kids. And I was making supper then thought I could get by with only taking David with me on an errand. Thomas would prefer not to ride in the car more than 15 minutes.


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Originally uploaded by jsslotter After being told to let Nugget in:
Alex: "Why do I always have to do Nugget's bidding?"

Here's one that's not on the bucket list:

100. Stood in the bathroom with the shower running holding your two year old and listened to his stridor and wondered whether you should call 911 or just take him to the pediatrician.

We opted for the latter because he calmed down and seemed to be breathing better. They gave him some prednisone and sent us home with some info on croup.

My Bucket List

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars (If a tent counts…)
3. Played in a band (orchestra?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world (both but before I had kids!)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Witnessed a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yoursel…


I have potluck anxiety. I can only eat what I brought and/or anything from a well known source. Like a pizza place. Or a friend. But random, scary looking potluck food-no way! I start to sweat as I go through the line. I feel like people are watching me. But the thought of putting unknown food on my paper plate just makes me sick. Strangely though this does not apply to dessert.

We had Alex's Cub Scout blue & gold banquet on Sunday. I brought a small lasagna and a crock pot full of meatballs. I ate lasagna and meatballs. A brownie. A frosted brownie. A piece of cheesecake. A piece of regular cake. And then complained to Allan the whole way home about how much I hate potlucks.

Lego Valentines

I saw these Lego hearts on eBay last week and decided to order the necessary pieces for Alex's class valentines. I studied the picture, figured out which pieces I'd need and placed a 'pick a brick' order with Less than an hour later I dug through his legos and tried to build the thing. Then I discovered that I needed the inverse of the slanty bricks instead of more regular slanty bricks so I ran upstairs and ordered the correct ones. Friday I got a shipping confirmation for the original order. Now I'm sweating because I still haven't gotten one on the second order and I just know that they probably won't arrive before the class party on Friday. I'll pick up some paper valentines and save the legos for next year. At least they are not candy and can be saved indefinitely.

The Last Hurrah

It's our last weekend off before I go back to work. I have so much to get done I don't even have time to blog. See ya Monday.

2 1/2

I just realized David is two and a half today. Yesterday I hugged him and told him he was my boy and he responded with, "I your girl!" and last week he told Alex's friend's mom he is three.


Alex was incredibly crabby after school on Wednesday. I didn't think he was tired which is usually the reason so I asked him what was bothering him. He threw himself onto the couch and buried his head in the pillows and mumbled something. After asking him to repeat himself I figured out that he had said, "Someone told on me!" It took a lot of encouraging words on my part and a few tears on his part but I finally got the story. He told Rory to shut up and Rory told the gym teacher. Alex is so afraid he's going to get in trouble at school and he gets so upset over what I would consider to be nothing. I need to sit back and appreciate the fact that his biggest concern is getting in trouble for saying shut up.

2 Month Stats

Thomas 13 lb 7 oz, 24.25"
David 13 lb 8 oz, 25.25"
Alex 14 lb 8 oz, 25.5"
Mom 10 lb 1.5 oz, 23"
Dad 13 lb 5 oz, 24"
Nugget 9 lb 8 oz

Thomas got three shots and David sat as still as could be with big eyes the whole time, I think he was afraid he would be next.

New Jacket!

David's old jacket had a bwoken zipper. So he got a new one today. And it came with a hat! And glubbs!


Allan is getting a black berry through his employer. I want a free black berry! But I don't want the type of job that requires me to be tethered to an electronic leash so I guess I'm okay with my prepaid cell phone that doesn't have texting or special ringtones. But it is pink!

And I've already laid down the law about black berrying at the family table. The only blackberries that belong there are the ones shown above.

Go Diego Go!

I'm waiting for that kid to send me a bill for all the babysitting he's been doing lately. Yikes! If David speaks to you in Spanish the next time you talk to him on the phone, Grandma, you'll know why.

Tiny Bubbles

Alex has a new skill.

Jury Duty

Poor Allan. He had to serve on a federal case a couple of years ago and I think he's been summonsed (is that a word?) at least three times since then. His moratorium wore off and he reported in at eight o'clock this morning. In a suit and tie. It's his 'don't pick me, I'm a Republican' tactic. I hope it works!


I like to look at my archives once in awhile and see what we were up to a year ago. I really had a laugh at 2/1/08.