Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
You Are Belle!
Intelligent and kind. Your beauty goes much further than your apperance. Also, you make judgements of people based on their personality and not their looks. Attaining all the knowledge that you can is one of your major goals in life, but you are also a person who can make things happen.
Which Disney Princess Are You?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Laurel coughed for 2 nights in a row. It was a barking cough, preceded by a wheezing sound on the intake. The second night, the coughing was bad enough to make her sick-sick, with the v-word. The morning after the second night, she was vocally miserable and a doctor's visit was scheduled. Brant, while in good spirits, had a small appetite. For Brant, that's a sure sign that something is off-balance.
The family headed to the doctor to hear the verdict on Laurel. Once in the main waiting room, Brant soiled his diaper. Laurel, in the meantime, is curled up in Maren's arms repeating intermittently, "I don't feel well!" She was speaking a little more loudly than her mother would have liked, but at least she was using proper English. So Maren transferred Laurel into the chair by herself and took Brant to the waiting room restroom. The diaper was changed, but it was the last spare in the diaper bag. Next, Laurel was called to the back by the nurse. The nurse had her step on the scale...Laurel protested as she didn't want anything to do with anything except her mom, but she acquiesced at last. Brant then wanted a turn, and the nurse was sweet enough to let him on, too. Maybe she was as curious as so many others about the boy's weight. While the actual numbers will be withheld for the family's privacy, it may be noted that Laurel and Brant are separated in weight by only 2 lbs.
Waiting in the examination room, Brant had his second dirty diaper and Laurel communicated that she needed to go potty too. Off to another bathroom the family went. Maren removed Brant's diaper, thinking maybe she could salvage that last diaper and use it until back home. Not a chance! So instead of doing the smart thing and asking the nurse for another diaper, she put his shorts back on sans diaper. She just hoped that maybe they could make it through the appt and back home before another episode. No sooner had the three of them made it back to the exam room than Brant went for the third and final time...this one was a doozy. Straight down his shorts leg, on his socks and shoes and onto the floor (thank goodness it was linoleum.) Finally, Maren did the right thing and stuck her head out the door and asked for some help and a spare diaper. She had most of the mess cleaned up by the time she asked for assistance, but the nurses didn't look too thrilled. The doctor was wonderful despite the stinky room. He handled the moaning Laurel like a professional. She was diagnosed with croup and a stomach bug. He sent the prescription to the pharmacy via his iPhone (which Brad found very cool) and the family was on their way. It was quite an embarrassing day, but one that will make for laughs for years to come.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Maren, Laurel, and Brant have made the trip twice this year. The kids ride the carousel until mom is sick of it. Lunch is a treat, followed by a trip to the mall playland, and the obligatory stop in the "Mickey Mouse store."
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking oats, uncooked
2 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts
1 Tbsp margarine (or butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine these first five ingredients in a bowl; stir well, and set aside.
1 1/5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats (I used flax meal instead)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Combine flour, oats, and next five ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh figs (3/4 pound)
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg lightly beaten
Combine figs and next 4 ingredients; stir well.
Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
Divide batter evenly among 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle oat mixture evenly over muffins.
Bake at 400 for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove muffins from pans immediately, and let cool on a wire rack.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Necessary explanation for photo below: This darling child followed her mother's instructions to activate the park's motion sensor by waving her hand in front of it. So, she placed her hand on the sensor and waved with the other hand. It created the desired effect; the fountains started working again!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The formula for cranky bliss is as follows (thanks Patti!):
In a 9" deep pie dish crust (from the frozen section, of course!), mix:
1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar
Peel, core, and slice 4-6 yellow delicious apples and place in pie crust. Pile the apples higher than the piecrust; when they bake, they will fall into the crust. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apples.
In a separate bowl, combine: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter. Roll the mixture between your hands until little balls form. The parents in our feature were not daring enough to let the children mix this topping, but they were permitted to drop the ball topping over the apples to form the top crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown.