Saturday, August 30, 2008

HOW Cute!

This is what i do at 2:30 in the morning.

Admire more of the cute clothes Kathleen Dougherty gives away at Grosgrain.

Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

The Important Decisions of Motherhood

Do I go back in for the olives? Or do i just go home?

That is the question I faced around 5:00 tonight with four kids strapped into their car seats and booster seats. We had just made a quick trip through the grocery store to pick up about 8 things. I had a recipe all picked out, something fast and simple, well except for the shoveling all four kids into the car at 4:30 and braving the county fair traffic that stands between our house and the grocery to pick up a handful of things i was missing. But yeah, fast and simple to make my night easier.

Grocery shopping with the four kids is one of those things that, as a mom, I like to avoid but am stubborn enough to never let it stand in my way. "I can do it, I'm Mom, i have to know how to manage them in the grocery store." And I have to say we manage pretty well. My kids didn't get run over by any unsuspecting shoppers, no produce displays were toppled...we didn't come home with a basket full of extraneous, begged for treats. In and out. That's right, get what you need to get so we can fly home and make that 25 minute meal. Before we knew it, we were back in the car, everyone in place and I felt energized by the lack of disaster until i realized....

I forgot to buy the olives. Olives, how could i have forgotten? It was one of the two main ingredients in my recipe.

"what's the matter mom?"
"why do you keep saying that"

What do i do? I can't make dinner without them!

I could make something else, but i don't have any other recipes planned in my head.

I could improvise on the recipe i had. But the recipe says olives.

Have i ever told you that I don't really cook? I follow recipes and that's it. Veering away from what is printed in a book or magazine is a frightening to me. Improvisation or cooking on a whim? HA...that would be like me trying to read Japanese. I'm simply incapable. Cooking is not where i shine.

"Mommy, why can't we go back in and just buy them?"

Instead of responding with some more primitive grunting, I contemplated the suggestion. It would get me out of my predicament, but who on earth unbuckles all four of their children just to go back in and buy olives? Perhaps I should just grow a pair and cook without them, that's what any normal person would do.

But no, I was still a little high on mommy-satisfaction from the smooth-ness of our initial trip into the store. This was even easier, all i had to do was go get the olives and come back out. Hmmm, but the sky is starting to look very dark and grey. Eh, this will be fast. I think it was at this point i started removing myself from reality. Running in with four kids, buying Olives and running back out is not faster than an approaching storm. Hindsight is 20/20.

"OK, quick kids, lets go in, but lets be fast" I went into overdrive...this was going to be the fastest in/out ever in the history of grocery-shopping-mommyhood, determined to make the smallest dent in our time schedule as possible.

What good kids, we ran in and bought the olives and were in checkout before we knew it. ***Thinking to myself: "I'm so glad we went back in and bought the I can make my super fast, make-life-easier, dinner***

Cashier: "Boy its really pouring out there"
Bagger: "Oh man, it sure is"


OK, no biggy, we just wait it out for a little bit. These storms don't last too long. "Come on kids, lets go wait outside under the roof until the rain slows down" 5 or 10 minutes later and its still pouring. But its letting up a little. I decided it was time to break for it. I run with the kids all the way to the van, splashing through huge puddles in my crocs that had only collected in the last 15 minutes or so. Sure we are getting drenched, but now we are in the homestretch...soon we'll be in the nice dry car, heading our nice dry mini-va--"

Kid, not sure what one: "Mom! Ohhhhh! Look! You left the door open!" followed by a slight squeal of excitement, because you know rain pouring into the minivan is kind of cool.


It seems in my moment of decision to go back into the store with lightening speed, i forgot to take care of a few things, such as....closing the sliding van door. My calm and cool, no-big-deal, grocery trip had turn into a sopping wet carpet floor in my mini-van thanks to my spastic, one-track mind (is that an oxymoron?). I loaded the kids back into the van, lifting them over the panama canal that now resided by the entrance. I sighed as I schlepped into the drives seat (at least my door was closed) and placed the olives in with the rest of the grocer...

"wait, where are my groceries? Where are the rest of my groceries that I bought?"

Kids: "I don't know, they aren't back here in the trunk"

It only took me 10 seconds or so to figure it out. I got back out of the was only sprinkling now, walked over to the grocery cart that I had left beside the van before the "great rush for the olives"...picked up my pathetic looking little bag of groceries, dumping out the pool of rain that had collected inside, and tossed it into the car and drove home.

We made it back, with everything that i needed, but i felt a little defeated. Not by my kids, you know, the likely culprit. After all, that's why people say "You go grocery shopping with all four kids? I don't know how you do it.....why do you do it?" But I was defeated by my own self, my unwillingness fear to stray from written recipes, my easily distracted train of thought....and by my decision to 'go back for the olives'. I learned my lessons

1) Don't go back in, no matter what, don't go back in. You may think its worth it, but its really not

2)Olives are delish, but dinner is still edible and fills stomachs without them

3)A quick and easy dinner recipe isn't so quick and easy once you count the hour long trek for only 8 things and the wet van carpet I will be drying out for the next few days.

Oh, and the recipe was good, I'll make it again sometime.

Monday, August 25, 2008

As we enter the last week of summer vacation...

You know what sound I will miss the most from summer?

The sound of rocks tumbling in my dryer.

Moms, you know what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Long time, no speak

Ok, I will start posting again if it means I have a chance to win this:

Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

What an amazing site! Kathleen is an amazingly crafty sewer who makes beautiful clothes and then gives them away! Isn't that dress just darling? Since I can't seem to figure out how to make the time to sew clothes to keep for myself, i'm grateful for Kathleens generous and fun little idea!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Aodhan's thoughts on girls

*Aodhan sees an advertisement for some action figures on tv*

Aodhan: I want those
Lillian: Yeah! Me too!
Aodhan: No, Lillian, that a toy for boys and only boys can play with them
Emma: Mommmmmy, Aodhan said that only boys can play with those
Aodhan: Emma, thats a toy for boys
Me: Well Aodhan is right that boys usually like to play with that kind of toy more, but girls can play with them too if they want to
Aodhan: Yeah, because that toy is kind of cool and girls don't usually like cool things

I guess his sisters haven't been successful in brainwashing him completely!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rollin through January

January is one of those months that can send you into hibernation. You know, after the Holiday Hype with those freezing cold days, overcast skies and that general feeling of "I'm going to pound you into submission with my blizzards and lack of activities aside from snow shoveling"


it can be time for vacation!

OK, so its not warm and tropical, but it WAS 42 degrees at the top of Mt. Washington while we were in NH! I mean to us Northeastern-ers that's like sending out a broadcast that its shorts and t-shirt time!

Luckily the kids did get to take a ski lesson before all the snow melted away. We also got to go tubing and make some snowmen. It was all quite pleasant, even the dodging giant puddles of melting mountain precipitation as we shopped the outlets.

Una and Bampi (those are my in-laws for those not in the know) came to join us and celebrate a late Christmas. Check these out!

I dare you to find anything cuter and more desirable than these handmade Adirondack chairs on the 'hip mama' blogs. Bampi rocks! Getting them home in our jam packed vacationing-kiddie-mobile-mini-van was exciting, but totally worth it.

What vacation would be complete without hunting out the local yarn shop and starting a new project. The Grand View Country Store was the destination of choice, in Randolph, NH. It has that cozy house feeling, piled high with stashes of your yarn staples. I bought what i needed to start the Daisy Stitch Handwarmers from The Purl Bee.

A couple of weeks later, here is my progress so far:

Its a fun project and I'm a big fan of the Daisy Stitch! The cold January air has returned and these should really get done sooner than later. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of "Can Kim actually finish a project in a timely fashion!"

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

So 2007 was a great year. Many highlights, not too many disappointments! Lets see what 2007 brought us:

Yes Yes, by far our most joyous event of the year! I sense miss Nathalie will play the role of the youngest just perfectly. She already is spoiled beyond belief by everyone else in the family.

What else this year:

  • Seamus started a full time job deciding to leave his Stay at Home Dad career. Its proven to be a wonderful change for him.
  • I have moved to part-time Web Developer, part-time Stay at Home Mom! I give this new arrangement the big thumbs up!
  • Aodhan started Pre-K. Rock On, Aodhan!
  • I have bravely delved into the world of cooking. Yes thats right, prior to 2007 I could count what I could cook on two hands. Nowadays, my kids even tell me sometimes that my food is good!

These 5 things alone have made it a great year. Good thing too, because I can't remember what else happened this year at the moment.

What New Year's post is complete without the list of New Year's resolutions?

  • Exercise - this will play the role of the resolution that isn't really always does
  • Potty Train Lillian - I wish Lillian would announce this as her own resoultion. It would make life easier!
  • Blog! I'm off to a good start
  • Knit for at least a half an hour a day. I want to keep this one at least until it gets warm out!
  • Keep my house spotless

Haa haaa hhaahahahaa, OHHHH hahahahaha. I'm sorry, that last one, oh boy. Scratch it. Why set myself up for failure.