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#5 Birthday Party

25th October 2008

#5 Birthday Party

Yesterday afternoon we had a party for Precious’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe that she’s 5, but the calendar doesn’t lie.

I just wanted to quickly get on and tell you about the party favours we gave to the attendees. I had originally expected to have quite a few little girls, so I asked my mother-in-law to make little pink aprons for each of the girls. I thought that would be a neat gift for each of the girls to take home.

But then Precious started talking about the boys that she wanted to invite and I knew that pink aprons just wouldn’t work out. So the night before the party my MIL made little work aprons for the boys. Imagine a tool belt made out of cloth.

As we were handing them out, I told the parents that we were doing a lot of gender stereotyping, with the pink aprons and the work aprons for the boys. One of the dads that was there said “I don’t mind, I want my boy to be a boy!”

So I’m glad that in this day of equality for all and all the messed up philosophy that goes with it, it’s still okay for a little girl to want to wear an apron and work in the kitchen and for a boy to do handyman things with his dad. (More on that later - Little Boy likes to climb ladders with Granddad!)

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16th October 2008

The rellies are coming, the rellies are coming!

Tomorrow morning Precious and I will leave home about 6am to drive to LA to pick up Handsome’s parents from the airport. They are arriving from New Zealand for a much anticipated two week visit.

We won’t be doing a lot of touristy things, just projects around the house that they are so good at helping with. We’ll be spending lots of time together and probably they will read a lot of stories and give lots of hugs and kisses.

I’ve not been very active on my blog the last week because I’ve spent very little time actually on the computer. Hopefully I’ll be able to actually post some pictures.

Thanks for all the help with ideas for our home group dinners! We’re doing baked potatoes this Sunday. Yum!

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8th October 2008

Ideas needed

We are hosting a home group here at our house each Sunday night. As part of the deal we are providing dinner. This is not a requirement, but I figure that we make dinner for our own family so it’s no big deal to make it for 8-10 more. Really, it’s not.

The problem I’m having is coming up with ideas that will satisfy the majority of people. I don’t want to go too vegetarian because of the men in our group who would think they hadn’t eaten yet if there was no meat, but I don’t want to do a roast dinner every week either because of the cost. And I don’t want to go too ethnic (like, other than Italian or Mexican) for lots of different reasons, so my creativity is being stifled and I’m drawing a blank. People always offer to help with the meal and I want to always be able to tell them something to bring so I can’t just wing it every week, like I often do at home.

So, tell me your ideas. Preferably with links to recipes :) What would you feed 8-10 adults on a Sunday night? Keep in mind that they’ll be meeting at our place every week for an indefinite period of time, so I’m not out to WOW them, just feed them :)

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8th October 2008

My son, the escape artist

My youngest child, Little Boy, is 19 months old. A couple weeks ago, maybe ten days ago, he figured out how to climb out of his crib. He is the first of my three children to do this. Neither of the girls ever did this. Ever. I was totally expecting it because I know that most children do, but they never did.

I realised that he was getting close to doing this when I had put him into his crib one morning to let him cry out his tantrum. When it got quiet I walked in to get him out and I saw him hiking his leg up as high as he could to try to get it over the top of the railing. He wasn’t quite there but I could see that he was very close. And just about a week later, after putting him in his crib again to have his little tantrum, this is what I heard:

CRY CRY CRY CRY SCREAM SCREAM SCREAM SOB SOB SOB

Quiet.

Quiet.

THUMP.

CRY CRY CRY SCREAM SCREAM.

Quiet.

Then…

Creeeeeeeak, as the door to his room opened.

Patter, patter, patter, as his feet carried him down the hallway, dragging his blanket. He gave me this huge smile as if to say “Look how clever I am!” And I knew our days were numbered.

We have since taken the side of his crib off, kind of making it like a toddler bed. Of course this also means that he can get out of bed on his own, so we are in the training process. I suspect that this will take a couple of weeks, so I’ve psyched myself up for it. Naptime and bedtime requires multiple trips to his room to put him back into bed, with the severity of the spanking increasing each time until either it hurts enough that he doesn’t want to repeat it or he just gets bored with his little game.

My goal is to outlast him and so far we’ve succeeded.

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2nd October 2008

Broccoli

No joke, it’s ten p.m. and I just heated up some leftover broccoli from the other night. I was hungry. I thought - hmmm… what do I want to eat? I think I want some broccoli.

I can honestly say that I have *never* heated up leftover broccoli for a snack. NEVER.

But it was good. And good for me too!

And if I didn’t know for absolutely certain that I wasn’t pregnant, then I might be excused for thinking that was a possibility.

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