Monday, February 22, 2010

Mom of the Year?

Yep, it's official. I am not going to win the Mother of the Year award. I was pretty sure I was going to win, you know, because I'm just so great - but my kids have just informed me that I.AM.A.LOSER.

Last night, as I was cleaning up dinner, Bug came into the kitchen. "Guess what, Mom? You are the Number 2 Mom," she informed me. I could tell I was supposed to be really excited about the accolade, but all I could think was, "Number 2, as in Runner-up, as in LOSER."

"Wanna know who's Number 1?"

"Humor me," I said.

Then she told me about my friend, who, she reports, has let her watch a movie everytime she has been over there (twice?) and who once gave her a popsicle and fruit snacks, all in the same day. Don't get me wrong - I really like my friend, and I think she's a great mom, though for different reasons.

"But don't worry Mom," she finished, "you're still Number 2."

Thank Heavens for that, because today as I was contemplating my strategy to regain my Number 1 status (brownies with Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups and ice cream for breakfast?) Lu informed me (through tears and wails, which I'm sure reached record-level decibles) that I AM THE WORST MOTHER. EVER.

So count me out of that contest; I guess I won't enter afterall - which is really too bad. My talent portion was going to be really good... and don't even get me started on the 3-kids worth of love handles swimsuit competition. I tell you what - I've got skills.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Learning the Facts of Life

Never trust a quiet 18 month old. Even if you're vaccuming and you can't tell it's quiet, you should still worry.

This is what I found when I brought the vaccuum upstairs.

Do you think she's trying to tell me something?
1. We need to begin "that talk" much, much younger.
2. She'd like a younger sibling.
3. I'm an idiot for trying to clean my house while she was awake.

Lesson learned: even things kept in the back of a top drawer are not safe from the inquisitive compulsions of my child. Ever.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meet George

This is George. He lives in our front yard. We made him today. Please notice his straight, spiky, hair. That's how you can tell he's a fake, and not my biological child. The girls in the photo, however, are my children. They're beginning to drive me crazy. We have made glittery valentines and chocolatey cookies, watched a movie, and played in the snow. I'm exhausted. I think we need to have school tomorrow, or they're going to have to spend the whole day creating George's cousins. All by themselves. That's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chap Chee for you and me

I wasn't going to post today. I feel like I've been an over-zealous poster lately, and I'm feeling kind of embarrassed about it. But I made this really scrumptious dinner last night, and thought you all needed to try it. I was going to save face and NOT include the recipe on my blog. And then lunchtime rolled around, I ate the leftovers and lost all willpower. You just MUST know about Chap Chee. It would be too unkind and selfish for me not to share it.

The recipe comes from Allrecipes. It's kind of a Korean-style low mein type dish: noodles, beef, and vegetables, with lots of flavor. You can look it up there for the original version, or just try mine. I doubled the recipe, plus added a little more or a little less of a few things. You decide how you like it. I'd show you what it looks like, but I didn't take a picture. That would be nice, I know, but since I don't hardly ever take pictures of my kids, I worry how they would feel if they saw me taking a picture of noodles. Anyhow, here is the recipe which you must try:

for marinade, combine:
2 T. soy sauce
3 T. sesame oil
4 green onions, finely chopped
1 1/2 t. minced garlic
3 t. sesame seeds
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. pepper

Add 1 lb. top sirloin, thinly sliced, to marinade.
Cover, and let sit in fridge for a hour or more, or on your counter for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare remaining ingredients:
1 c. carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. napa cabbage, chopped
4 c. spinach, chopped
6 oz. cellophane noodles, cooked (appear similar to fettuccini; found in Asian food section)

Then the sauce:
5 T. soy sauce
2 1/2 t. sugar
1 1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

In wok or large skillet, brown beef in a few tablespoons vegetable oil. When evenly brown, add vegetables and noodles, then sauce. Heat through until warm. Add red pepper to taste (none for the kids, lots on mine).

If you try it and like it, let me know, and I'll come visit you for lunch. And if you try it and don't like it, let me know so I can come remove the offending food from your house. I'd be happy to help like that, cause I'm just so helpful, and it's just that good.


Monday, February 1, 2010

I am Woman, See Me Create

Would you like to come over and use my bathroom? Please. Just in case you're wondering, before people come over I nearly always clean my bathroom. And in case you're wondering, NO ONE, my mother-in-law excepted, has asked to use my bathroom in the past two years. What's with you people? Don't you need to go? I can't last an hour without peeing!

It's really okay with me if you don't need to go - but not only are you missing out on that fine, Pine-sol clean smell, but you are missing all the hardwork I've put into redoing my bathroom. Its been a long road (still not done - the kids keep breaking the toilet paper roll out of the wall), but I'm pretty close now. The last detail that I was actively trying to finish was to figure out what to hang on the wall. I'm frugal and picky, which equals a rather daunting task when it comes to redecorating. But I did it!

A little while ago, my friend Emily posted about her kitchen remodel. She is so creative and fun, so I decided I must copy her. You can visit her blog to see what Emily did, and then look to see my in the bathroom.

I wish I had a before photo.

I love my bathroom now, and I really love my wall-mounted-art-square-things. But even more than I love my walls, I loved being creative. It was only cork board, staples, and fabric, but it's pretty, and I DID IT!

There is something so satisfying about creating. Elder Uchtdorf gave an address at the Relief Society women's broadcast a year (or two??) ago, talking about the innate need for women to create. I love having apostles on the earth who are inspired to know what we need to hear. He is so right!

I think that's lots of why I love holidays - it's a chance to be creative with baking, cooking, decorating. I enjoy quilting, and I think this blasted blog thing is great as I get to create with words. Creation makes me feel inspired, accomplished, and capable. Who doesn't need that boost?

Only problem, is that now I don't have a creative project. And most of the time, they're overwhelming to start, which is why I don't do them more often. Nevertheless, I need to come up with one.

So...what have you created lately that made you feel great? Any ideas for me?