Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Facebook freaked me out!


Last night my sister Mindy posted the following on facebook:


Mindy Packard Muller Got your food storage? Swine flu may keep us indoors for a while. Costco run!


I'm sure she was kidding, but add to that Owen waking up this morning with a cough, Henry spitting up two times this afternoon (he virtually NEVER spits up anymore), and a morning partially spent watching the news in which a suspected case of the dreaded Swine flu was reported in my town, even shutting a school down, and hypochondriac worrisome Emily succumbed to the pressure. We took a little shopping trip this afternoon and after thoroughly sanitizing our shopping cart came home with 50 lbs. of flour, 50 lbs. of rice, a big bag of beans, five lbs. of hamburger, two gallons of grape juice, and two giant boxes of Ritz crackers (what? I had a coupon). It's just a few things to add to the five or six cans of refried beans and lemonade mix* I have that make up my long-term food storage. So now, like, yeah...I'm totally set to shut myself in for a good year or so, right? And I don't know why, but I hate buying stuff at the store when it's blatantly obvious why I'm buying it, so I felt really embarrassed pushing that cart out of Costco this afternoon. (thanks, Mindy!)
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Why do I let myself get so paranoid? Thank goodness for level-headed Tim to keep some sanity in this house. I can't stop thinking about Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, a story in which people shut themselves off to prevent getting a horrible disease that eventually makes its way in anyway. By the way, if you ever wondered if reading this story to a class of eighth graders would make for a "fun Friday" at school, just save yourself a lot of anguish and skip it. Oh, and quit the Facebook while you're at it, if you happen to be one of those hypochondriac, worrisome types.
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*One year for Christmas when we were newlyweds, my parents gave us about 6 cans of food storage. They decided to give us some of the more "pricey stuff" that are usually the last things people add, and we've schlepped it around with us since that time, without actually adding the staples necessary to sustain life.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

That's some serious cheese sauce.

Henry gobbled up his mac & cheese today at lunch.

Of course, all of the vegetables are still on the tray. I'll keep trying! Until he learns to eat more veggies, shhh! There is butternut squash puree hidden in the cheese sauce!

Finally Finished!

Man, I have never enjoyed wiping off my kitchen table more that I do now--it is so smooth and easy! With a little help from Tim and my Dad I completed refinishing my kitchen table last week. I don't know why it took me so long. It's definitely not perfect, in fact I'm wondering if I should go back and repaint the black part with enamel paint rather than the latex I chose (I think it shows fingerprints a little too well). But overall I love it! Now I'm on the lookout for some chairs to complete the look. It's yard sale time!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring Break at the Beach

We spent last week camping in San Diego on the beach with my parents and my brother Chad's family. The first half of the week was freezing! It was really windy and cold. At one point I remember sitting in the trailer thinking, I'm on the beach! I should be outside enjoying it! But with the wind and cold that was the LAST thing I felt like doing. Finally by Thursday the wind died down and the sun came out.

Owen was in heaven playing with his cousins. They ran around, collected shells with my parents, and watched movies together in Chad's trailer. Owen pretty much wanted nothing to do with me the whole time we were there. He kept getting into trouble for trying to do what the big kids were doing, like playing tag on the lifeguard tower.

Henry LOVED the beach. If someone wasn't holding him he was constantly walking down to the water. It definitely helped his walking skills. We got home and now he's running so fast! He's wearing jeans in this picture because it was so chilly out there. They got wet and coated in sand, of course.


One day we went to tour the USS Midway ship (which was cool) and Old Town (which was forgettable). Then on Thursday my dad made a big bonfire on the beach and we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. It was my favorite moment of the trip.

We missed Tim, who had to stay home and work, but had a great time otherwise. I'm so glad my parents invited us to go. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hop! Here He Comes



We've been practicing all week at home. I'll hide plastic eggs in the house or the backyard and Owen finds them, and then he'll hide them for me to find. So I knew that when we got to the Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt this morning over at the Nazarene church, Owen was going to tear up the competition. We had our technique all wrong, though--there was no hiding of eggs involved today. At this fun free event, the Nazarenes throw hundreds of eggs out in an outlined field and let the kids go for what lasts for--no joke--less than 20 seconds. Unfortunately Owen was placed at the young end of his group of 3-6 year-olds. Those big kids (and their parents! cheaters!) were a bit faster than my Owen, who kept looking back at me instead of scooping up eggs. He brought back his basket and was praised for his capture of 10 eggs--but alas! none contained winner tickets. Just some cheap chocolate "eggs" that look more like footballs than eggs, which incidentally Owen adores. Yippee for Easter!

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This song was originally written by my songbird sister Merilee as a child. It has become an Easter tradition which Owen begs to hear over and over before bed.