Showing posts from November, 2011

Potty Training

Monday morning I put him in Pullups and started taking him potty every hour or two. Yesterday afternoon he had not peed even one drop in the potty so I decided he needed to be in underwear to feel what is happening. He's peed his pants at least a dozen times and pooped in them this morning and he still hasn't put one drop in the potty. If he were 2 or 2 1/2 I'd say he just isn't ready but he's turning 3 on Friday and he has to be ready!


I'm annoyed. I had four packs of Pullups that Thomas had outgrown before he ever needed them. I was able to exchange two for a bigger size but I had cut the reward points out of the other two packs so I offered them up on Freecycle.

While I was there I saw someone looking for a DVD player. I hadn't planned on giving one away but we have a 5 disc changer that can now move upstairs since Allan just got a Bluray player for his birthday. And I should mention that the TV upstairs doesn't work so we really have two extra DVD players. So I replied to this person and said I had one she could come and get, I'm in the next town over.

I got one response from someone interested in the Pullups and she wanted me to call her. Grrr, fine so I called and left her a message and I heard back from the DVD person saying she could pick it up anytime. I gave them both our address and put both items on our front step.

On Monday the Pullups where still there and I hadn't heard ba…

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

My Mom's club book for December is Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. I feel a little left out but the book looks interesting enough and if I read it maybe the next time someone remarks on the fact that I have three boys I can reply, "Cinderella ate my daughter." Just like Lisa Harper, Women of Faith speaker, who happens to be single claims that her husband is lost and won't ask for directions!


I've always wanted to do this and I finally did:

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thomas loves the very hungry caterpillar quilt Grandma made him for his birthday. I just wish he'd eat the wide variety of foods that the caterpillar eats:
one slice of chocolate cake
one ice cream cone,
one pickle,
one slice of Swiss cheese,
one slice of salami,
one lollipop,
one piece of cherry pie,
one sausage, one cupcake,
and one slice of watermelon


We had such a nice trip. I always know the food at any Slotter gathering is going to be excellent and it did not disappoint. The kids had so much fun running around and this was the first time I didn't have to trail somebody because Thomas is now old enough to play with the big kids on his own for a bit. I had some great conversations with people I see once a year or less yet somehow now consider them just as much my family as Allan's.

And I got to meet my new nephew, what a cutie. He's chunky and even though I was a long skinny baby I much prefer the look of the fat ones! David had so much fun playing with his cousin Allie, he only has one cousin within two years of his age and unfortunately we see them so rarely he couldn't remember who she was. They played so much and had so much fun I know he'll always remember her now.

We celebrated Thomas' third birthday while we were there and I realized we've been babying him and catering to his picky eating. …

Homemade Swiffers

This is the perfect project for me, I just learned the purl stitch and as you can see still need a lot of practice.

I got some washable cotton/acrylic yarn for $2 and just randomly alternated knitting and purling, three rows at a time until it was about the size of a Swiffer. It fit on my broom and as you can see it picked up a lot of hair and dirt:

I brushed the hair into the trash and washed it and it came out perfectly clean and ready to use again! It looks like I'll be able to make at least four of them with the yarn I have. I'll have to try to make one for my Rubbermaid spray and mop too. If I'm quick I can make one for my grandma's Christmas stocking.

Forty Two

For some reason I'm in a funk with running. I have nothing planned and can always find an acceptable excuse.

BUT! I'm at 958 miles for the year and there are 39 days left in the year so if I average just over 7 miles per week I'll hit 1,000-totally doable.

Eye Eye Eye

I use this recipe from for 'easy pizza sauce iii'
It's great and easy to make. The only thing I don't like is it's name! I have to Google easy pizza sauce iii to get to it and then I keep thinking eye eye eye. I should tweak it a bit and give it my own name.


1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika


In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in oregano, garlic and paprika.


After another weekend of cleanup this is most of Allan's pile. He found a guy who wanted the logs so those are not pictured.


I started knitting a couple of weeks ago, I'm still pretty terrible at it but it's fun. Today Alex started knitting too and has about a dozen rows of some pretty funny looking stitches. He keeps increasing his number of stitches and I can't figure out why this is happening because I'm a beginner myself. There is a group of old ladies (I assume) that meets at our library on Thursday nights and will offer assistance so I'm trying to talk him into going with me.

The Other Bus

Good thing I was so forgiving of Alex's mistake. I was in a serious rush to get home to meet David's bus yesterday afternoon, probably would have missed the first pass anyway when I got stopped by a tree trimming detail and ended up really late.

My phone ringer was off so the bus called Allan and made arrangements for him to pick David up at the school.

The driver made a second pass by our house and then was on her way back to the school when I passed by and waved. She turned around and dropped an excited David off at our house. He told me all about his adventure, how the driver told him to knock on the door and then ring the doorbell and then she dropped the last two kids off, etc.

I remember when Alex was in pre-K and I didn't pick him up on time, was a few minutes late and he was the last child in the class. He cried and cried and was sad for hours. David is definitely a different kid.

The Bus

Alex missed the bus for the first time this year. He sets his alarm, gets up and gets ready by himself. He eats breakfast, packs a lunch and if there's time left watches TV. The TV got him and he realized that he must have missed the bus. His face was so sad I could do nothing but remind him that we all make mistakes. There is no way to punish a child that punishes himself so much.

At the Women of Faith convention I went to last Saturday one of the speakers talked about her twins being 'born compliant,' that they came out saying, "can I get you anything?" and then the shock of a third child that broke the rules. I think Alex was pretty much born compliant.
My other two are a different story!


Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo

David and Thomas play three adorable games together:
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo: they say this and crash into each other
Down the Place: same as above
Count Dooku: they say this and crash into the couch

Sometimes Thomas doesn't want to play so the conversation goes like this, "Thomas, want to play doo doo doo doo doo?"
"No, I don't want to play doo doo doo doo doo, David!"

His and Hers

Creative genius: His
homemade saxophone case handle with twine and garden hose

Creative genius: Hers
girly cupcakes for a baby shower


Star Wars Advent Calendar
RC helicopter
Wii Mario Baseball
Queen Anne's Revenge 4195
Pharoah's Quest Airplane 7307
Republic Frigate 7964
Rotor hero factory
Slave I 8097
Session with CT Baseball Academy
$10 iTunes gift card

Star Wars Advent Calendar
RC Mater
Wii Sonic Black Knight
Hess Fire Truck
Pharoah's Quest Airplane 7307
Witch Doctor hero factory
Von Nebula hero factory
Meltdown hero factory
Corporate Alliance Tank 7748
New Hess Truck

Star Wars Advent Calendar
RC Lightning McQueen
Bob the Builder Duplo #1
Bob the Builder Duplo #2
Hess Fire Truck
Cars 2 8423
Tecnic 8065
Cars Duplo Set
Mini Francesco Bernoulli car
New Hess Truck

A Start


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Embrace the Holes

When I got my coffee maker over two years ago I bought the shiny spinny carousel to store the K cups. I had to have it.

I hate it. I have to keep it full because the empty holes bother me. And since we have a variety of coffees I have to randomize them so it doesn't look funny. It would be easier to hide the boxes in the cupboard because just when I get it looking right and some asshole goes and makes a cup of coffee.

If I can learn to live with the holes maybe next I'll be okay leaving the house before the chairs are lined up the way I like them.

Review: Zaycon Foods

Before the snow storm and 8 day power loss I ordered and paid for 40 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Zaycon foods. Fortunately I picked them up on Tuesday and my freezer is working fine.

The pickup process was a breeze, I paid online and drove up to the refrigerated Ryder truck and a man put a piece of plastic in my trunk and set the box of chicken on top.

I got home and put Thomas down for his nap and got to work. The breasts were whole and had what I consider a lot of fat on them. I had to cut them in half, trim the fat and since there was a big variation in the size (from the biggest chicken breasts I've ever seen to 'regular' and 'small') let's say, DD down to A cup so I cut the big ones in half and packaged them in meal sized portions in Ziploc bags. It took me well over an hour. And I had to play 'the kitchen is a hot zone' with the bigger kids so I didn't cross contaminate them. Not my idea of fun. Let's say …


Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband!

To think, when we met sixteen and a half years ago he was a strapping twenty five year old and I was a starry-eyed nineteen year old...with a forty two year old FATHER. Oy.

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Making Up For Lost Time

Funny, I've done all the things on my to do list that involve sitting here at the computer but I keep getting distracted when it's time to go do the other stuff.

About three years ago I made up three 2 week menu plans complete with recipes and a shopping list and saved them on the computer. I periodically forget about them, wish I had put some seasonal thought into them, identified items I usually have on hand versus things I will definitely need to buy, etc. but on days like today when I need food but first a plan and can't get out of my own way they're a lifesaver. And it reminds me that I have options other than the old standbys available because my old standbys of three years ago are new again.


I feel like I've had a week of vacation.

Allan...not so much. He got stung by a wasp and his hand swelled up to double the size of the other hand and was put on Prednisone and that made him feel awful and at the same time he had a bad case of diarrhea.

Thomas hasn't napped since October 30th and he's still in bed making up for lost time.

But we're glad to be home, thankful for the safe haven and not taking the little things for granted!

BEEP beep

So...we got home after spending a week in sunny Pennsylvania. And by got home I mean sat on the Garden State Parkway for an hour without moving (road construction), then trickled through NYC and stopped in southern Connecticut (road construction) and again in central Connecticut (accident and road construction) and came home to a warm, lit, beeping house.

The previous owners put in an alarm system that is wired into the smoke detectors. When the power goes out the backup battery takes over. When it dies and power is restored the smoke detectors alternatively beep for 24 hours until the battery recharges. And there is nothing you can do about it. The one upstairs beeps and five seconds later the one downstairs beeps.

The kids are sleeping through it. There's a chance we might be able to nod off but the dog is going nuts because it sounds a lot like his electric fence shock collar.

We are seriously the only house in Connecticut hoping the power goes out again. Just until …


We lost power around 5:30 on Saturday the 29th. We made it through two cool nights and decided on Monday that it was best to head for Pennsylvania where Allan's parents have power. The kids are enjoying Grandpa and Grandma, Allan is checking into work via laptop and Nugget and I are hanging out enjoying the warmth.

School has been canceled through the week and some areas of CT have been given estimates for restoration as far out as Sun the 6th but we haven't made the list yet. Not good!