Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
We had scary incident this week that has require us to say an abrupt goodbye to the beloved basket..... Early Wednesday morning Dallyn came into my bedroom, and sleepily told me he had a nightmare, which hasn't happened in forever. As I leaned over to give him a hug, I asked "Why does your hair smell like burning plastic?" Dallyn replies "the whole house smells that way"....
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I loved this talk when President Dieter F Uchtdorf shared it in Conference a while back... I am pretty sure I would have eaten the marshmallow in seconds:
I think this why this report caught my attention while watching the CBC Vancouver News a few days ago:
This helps me feel much less guilt when I tell the kids no. Self control is a life skill. One I am still working on. I sure hope my kids grow up with more patience than I have....It shouldn't be hard. :)
I have used it before for pizza crust and ham & cheese roll ups and it always works great... As french bread it was AWESOME!!!
Mix in order given, mixing the yeast with a little flour and adding that while dough is still very soft. Add enough flour to make a dough that holds together in a ball shape and is not sticky if you handle it with floured hands. Cover.Let rise until double, about 1/2 hour. Divide in half.
Roll out to about 12x15” rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style and place on greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cut diagonal slits on top. Let rise about 30 - 45 min. Brush with mixture of 1 egg and 2 Tbsp milk, beaten with fork.Bake at 400F for 20 min, or until golden.
This was Bailey's first attempt at bread making and she did fantastic!!! Super quick, great tasting bread...I don't think I'll ever by french bread again.
In the midst of the flour flying, Alex came home from her basketball tournament and announced they WON!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This is exam week at the High School. Which means no seminary, varied days at school, and at least one kid home every minute of every day this week. So any resemblance of a routine has graciously flown out the window and I don't like it one bit.
Call me selfish but,I realize how much I do need my 6 hours of solitude a day.(the top reason I don't home school) I think its the reason I am only half crazy and my kids are still kinda "normal" :).Apparently, no routine causes the school aged child's brain to melt.After D tried and failed to get out of school for the third morning in a row, D&A forgot their respective lunches after I reminded them twice and if the school didn't highly frown on it I would totally let them starve....My kitchen looks like a bomb has gone off because all five of them think we're a Denny's made their own "grand-slam" breakfasts. Waffles with Strawberries, Scrabbled eggs, hash browns....but did I get any... nope... I just broke up a slapping contest that turned into a fist fight. I guess my hoddie resembles a ref's jersey. Its only 10 am and I need a NAP!
Admitting the fact that I am a routine junkie is the first step to recovery....My only saving grace is next week my precious routine returns. Until then, I could turn the laundry into a padded room and the kids and I could take turns :)
Monday, January 24, 2011
But when Grant announced the fireside last week and its location, our abode. I cringed. I have this OCD thing with my home needing to be spotless to have anybody over and everyone in my home seriously MOCKS my anxiety. My kids say stuff like "Teenagers don't care if the hand towels in the bathroom match." or "Mom no one is going to look under the couch cushions." or "No one will go in the laundry room, so why clean it."
I know that my anxieties are down right ridiculous. My kids are right teenagers don't care (Not one of them complimented me on my matching hand towels, go figure?) All of the adults that came over are dear friends, have large families, wouldn't care how messy my house is, and know that my clean house is a total fake out. They all know, if you want to see how the Kramer's really live....come over unannounced:)
What I loved last night was the Spirit a bunch of squirly teenagers brought into our home as our Bishop presented the theme "We Believe" for the 2011 mutual year.
[To watch the videos first pause the music player at the bottom of the page, otherwise the double audio is annoying]
Theme Song for 2011
Korean Youth /Standing Together/13 th Article of Faith
MY FAVOURITE : Seeking What's Good Song
I will clean my house any day for these opportunities. We have a great ward family. Have an awesome, but humble Bishop and amazing youth. It is an honour to share our home with all them, cleaning anxiety and all :)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Entire talk...well worth the read:
Imagine for a moment that your daughter was sitting on the railroad tracks and you heard the train whistle blowing. Would you warn her to get off the tracks? Or would you hesitate, worried that she might think you were being overprotective? If she ignored your warning, would you quickly move her to a safe place? Of course you would! Your love for your daughter would override all other considerations. You would value her life more than her temporary goodwill.
It is vital that parents have the courage to speak up and intervene before Satan succeeds. President Boyd K. Packer has taught that “when morality is involved, we have both the right and the obligation to raise a warning voice.”
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Today however I failed to notice that H & M were sitting next to one another in Sacrament Meeting (rookie mistake) until they were harassing each other. I made them switch spots as I muttered "will you two ever get along" as I gave Grant, on the stand, the "look what I have to put up with" glare and prayed for the patience to survive the next hour....Half way through the meeting Madison handed me her picture and said "This is the only place we ever got along, Mom" Madison thanks for giving me a good laugh on a high council Sunday :)
This is what happens with Dallyn and his friends when all of the adult supervision is in ward choir practice.....
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Last night Dallyn was in the hot seat.....after watching a public service announcement, with all of his sisters and a friend of theirs in the room :)
Dallyn: "Mom what's prostate cancer?"
Me: "The kind of cancer Grandpa has."
Dallyn: "What's the prostate??"
Me: "The male organ the produces semen.
Dallyn: "What's semen??", every one in the room laughs hysterically
Me: "This is something we can talk about in private"
Dallyn: "Oh no!, this is one of those things we learn about in one of those Grade 6 special classes, just for boys!"
He sighs, shakes his head and leave the room...while the snickering continues. Man I love that boy!!!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Along with this picture we also found a box of love letters between my Mom & Dad. It was surreal and heart warming to get a glimpse into the ideal life (at least for a time) that my parents had lived before Kelli & I came along. My parents left Utah in 1963, just weeks after getting married on a whim in Las Vegas, chasing the California dream. And by many standards they had achieved it. Both were high school teachers, dad drove a VW Bug and mom a '64 Burgundy Mustang. They bought a small house and played gigs most weekends. From their letters we learned that they were happy and very much in love.
My parents weren't nerds at all, they were down right GROOVY!! I hope someday that my rug rats will realize how SWEET, RAD & TOTALLY AWESOME Grant & I are :)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Today I felt like I had entered the parenting twilight zone before my darling rug rats had even left for school, I knew I should of locked myself in my room when I had the chance :). Just hoping tomorrow's a better day :)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It always amazes me how quickly the weather can change around here....4 hours later the sun was shining and it was 10 degrees warmer.....
Monday, January 10, 2011
Last night I laid awake for hours because my legs & feet just ached. This is nothing new, but they haven't ached like that in forever. Pretty sure its 'cause I wore high heals two days in a row (Grant's management party & Church)...I know I am such a slave to fashion, NOT! First time I've worn heels since the six hours of torture at High School grad....
I don't ever remember not dealing with muscle spasms in my legs and feet. Its the only annoying side affect of my mild cerebral palsy. At least the lazy eyes, bad coordination, and drooling when I'm tired don't hurt :) Anyways....
As I laid there last night I tried to think of all the good things I have learned from having to deal with physical challenges. (I think I was just trying to talk myself out of a pity party.)
When I was around 4, I started attending a rehabilitation centre, after school, three or more days a week. I spent countless hours there for physical and occupational therapy, which I didn't always enjoy. I was super jealous of my sister who got to go home and watch after school cartoons. But at RIO (can't remember what that stood for) I was surround by other kids who had many more challenges than I did and I learned early to focus on all that I could do, instead of what I struggled with.
At 10, I distinctively remember the appointment with my pediatric orthopedic surgeon as he told my mom that I had finally grown enough and it was time to do the reconstructive surgery on both feet. The inside muscle on both feet had pulled so tightly it had caused my feet to be severely pigeon-toed and both heel bones to curve. Making walking very difficult. It involved major surgery, several months in a wheel chair and then many more in walking casts. I was terrified. As part of my preparation for surgery I attended a class for kids, at the hospital (CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County) that went through all the different procedures. There was a boy in my class the was having major heart surgery, his mom told my mom that his survival was in question (I never did know what happened to him) Even at ten I understood that my surgery although scary, was not life threatening and I felt sorrow for this boy and his family. I learned empathy early.
After surgery, the casts and wheelchair made it necessary for me to ride the special needs bus (aka the short bus) to and from school and yes sadly I was teased because of it. On that bus however, I met a boy named Bill. Bill was in a motorized wheelchair and only had limited control of his head and hands. He was the funnest kid I had ever met. Happy, always had a joke to tell, and showed me how to write dirty words upside down in a calculator :). From Bill I learned that attitude is everything. No matter what our lot in life is we can still choose to be happy.
My surgery was successful, the recovery was painful but the benefit of an empathic heart and straight feet has been awesome, I still fall easy but at least its not from tripping over my own two feet. I honestly wouldn't change a thing.
After a hot bath and good old Advil I was finally able to drift off into never-never land. I will always have to weigh the price vs benefit of wearing high heels, So "I told you so" is certainly in order if you ever hear me whining about this again :)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
After the initial Sticker Shock wore off, we had a rather intense family meeting with our "power piggy's"(the eye rolling was hard to ignore)....We came up with the following rules/ideas to lessen our power consumption.
-5 minute showers, strictly enforced
-one towel a week, one outfit a day
-one TV on at a time (our kids have a habit of watching all 3 TV's simultaneously, usually on the same channel)
-leave the light on in your bedroom- lose your light bulb (H&B have already lost theirs)
-wash all laundry in cold, run full loads only...teenagers have this annoying habit of washing one pair of jeans and a hoodie, ignoring the mountain of laundry sitting there
-I also discovered that electric base board heaters should be vacuumed out at least twice a year, dust build up lessens their efficiency (who knew?)
-Turn down the heat in bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry and storage rooms and leave the doors closed
-shut all blinds and curtains at night, can cut heat loss by 30 %
-I also discovered that BC Hydro offers a BC Hydro Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP)They will send you a kit that will help make your home more energy efficient, and if you are lower income, its free. You can also apply to have a technician come and install all the stuff for you, for free...but the kit is faster and less paper work
I am hoping we can get our power bill under control or my power piggy's can pay the next bill :)
Monday, January 3, 2011
The fact that Holly still has not forgiven us for abandoning her on her 16th birthday(we handed her her new cell phone and took of to Ucluelet for the weekend) made it all that much more fun to act like nothing was planned this year :) We have discovered however that keeping a secret in the Kramer household is darn near impossible. We had to threaten to return any and all Christmas presents if anyone dare spill the beans.(I even showed them my stack of saved receipts) The threat worked and Holly didn't have a clue.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Grant, me, and the kids, except our chicken Bailey, were game.