My poems were written early yesterday because I knew after school drop off my day would spin out of control and blogging was not going to be a part of it. I hosted a baby shower for a new friend in our
Sunday School class Bible Fellowship last night, and my day was to be filled with little more than cooking and cleaning.
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So on the way to school, my middle child uttered perhaps the STRANGEST thing that has ever flowed from his lips…if you’ve been reading PENSIEVE a while, you know that’s saying a lot (and you might want to skip this part if grossness grosses you out (even if it’s only words, it paints a disgusting picture).
T: "You know what I think about doing when I get chill bumps all over?"
He pauses for effect.
T: "I think about getting a knife and scraping them all off into a bowl…and EATING them…."
I’m gagging at the thought, but he’s not done and it gets even MORE disgusting….
T: "…yeah, I think the same thing about people who have bad acne…I just wanna scrape it off into a bowl…"
Thank God, he didn’t wanna eat that, too!
You know, I used to wish I could creep into the minds of my children to know their secret thoughts and unspoken dreams. Thomas is curing that, revelation by revelation.
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So, back to the baby shower. It was a "Sip & See", which is code for she’s already had the baby. For weeknight things like this, I keep it simple, but simple still means preparation. It was dessert only, not a full "shower spread", and I made my favorite recipes: sour cream pound cake, strawberry creme puffs, fudge**, and butter mints.
Needless to say, between cookin’ and makin’ the above, then cleaning my house…I didn’t stop to use the bathroom yesterday. At 6:53, seven minutes before guests were due to arrive, I finally changed clothes and brushed my teeth, and finished just in time to greet the first guest.
Then the second…
…and the third.
At 7:30, the guest of honor was not here; originally, I planned the shower for 7:30, so I thought maybe that time had stuck in her mind instead of the revised earlier time. At 7:45, we were all a bit concerned–I envisioned her stuck in a ditch on the way to my house!–so I called her home. She answered on the second ring.
"Hey (name not used to protect the innocent, although she was guilty and she doesn’t even read my blog)."
Her: "Hey Robin, how are youOHMYGOODNESSI’MSUPPOSEDTOBEATYOURHOUSERIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!"
Me (laughing): "It’s okay…I was just worried…"
Her: "I’mOnMyWayOutTheDoorNowI’MSOOOOOSORRY!!! I just forgot…if you knew my day…."
And I’m like, you don’t have to come, it’s okay, we’ll bring the party to you, yadayada, and she insisted on coming.
Ya know, in my pre-kids days I would’ve never understood how you could forget your own party…. Now? (and this lady has four children) I totally understand…it didn’t phase me or really surprise me that much.
And when all was said and done, we had a splendid evening :).
**Can someone tell me why mine always crumbles when I slice it??? It tastes GREAT, but it’s hard to get any "usable" squares out of it…am I cooking it too long? It’s the Fantasy Fudge recipe off marshmallow cream.
I’m not sure about the fudge ’cause I don’t use that recipe. Try melting together one bag of chips (like peanut butter) with one can of icing (like vanilla), pour into a greased pan and let set. Yummy perfect easy fudge.
I totally would forget my own party at this point. My brain is failing and it doesn’t have far to go to start with!
What a TRIP…she forgot her own party…OH MY GOSH! lol
Okay on to “T”…holy cow what is that kid thinking…UGH…that was GROSS!!! lol
Glad the party turned out GERAT! I’m sure you are a GREAT “HOST”!!! =)
I guess I can’t spell…lol
I had to correct myself after sending it…then reading what I wrote!!!
Yes, you’re cooking it too long. The sugar is over crystallizing. Do you use a candy thermometer? That’s the best way to tell.
Ewww…and yet, I sort of get what he’s saying…well, not the eating part…and well, not really the scraping part either…uh…never mind! Ewww. 😉
My brother used to get poison ivy rashes so bad that he scraped them off with a knife. Oh my gosh it was horrific to me. Then they put chlorox on it. Doesn’t that just make you cringe?
right up there with my grandson pointing out that if you just swallow your snot, you’ll poop it out and it won’t go into your lungs!
I don’t want to be in his mind any more!
Oh yeah, I do NOT want to know what goes on in my kids’ minds. Nu-huh, not ever.
Funny that she forgot her own party. 🙂 Crazy!
What a great story! I don’t know about the fudge, that’s the recipe I use and it always turns out. Maybe you are cooking it too long…
CPA Mom, Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Jeannie, I do love that kind of thing, so the work isn’t really “work” 🙂 (just hectic). Thing is (about T), the rest of the conversation morphed into something else funny, too, but I couldn’t remember it!
Kim, I do use a candy thermometer but I don’t think it’s calibrated correctly :/ (thanks for the suggestion).
Karina, (silent giggles;) ).
Junebug, AI! CAROMBO!!! YIKES! OUCH!!! CRINGE and MORE!!!
Sandy, (not so silent giggles).
Lisa, I felt for her…BUT, once she got here, I think she was able to relax and have fun…I hope so, anyway.
Jen, I think I am (see above remark about the thermometer…). I might just do it by time next time.
I love that she forgot her party I can totally understand that and I don’t even have kids!
As for Thomas we are so on the same wave length (although just scraping here not eating!) I just don’t tell people my strange thoughts.
oh, gosh, I had to go back and re-read because I originally missed the explanation of sip and see, and I thought, 4 kids and she’s having another?
And uh…the goosebump and acne thing…how do you react to something like that???
AARRGGHH on the scraping-bit! Although it did make me think that maybe I need to start applying my make-up with a putty knife.
Cute ideas for a shower. Butter Mints? Yum! Were they those melt-away kind that I didn’t share with anyone?
Fudge? Mine is perfect everytime. I buy it at Enstrom’s. (Same place that i buy almond toffee.)
I didn’t see if anyone made a suggestion…
I’m thinking you let it get too hot when you melt the chocolate????
Alix, that’s what a blog is for, isn’t it? 😉
Claudia…with fear and trepidation and a whole lot of prayer!
Swampy, I LIKE your recipe!
Pamela, I think I cooked it too long…:/.
What a crazy story – forgetting her own shower! I’m bummed because I’m home sick from church and missing a baby shower this afternoon.
I read in BooMama’s comments that your hometown is near the She Speaks conference. Are you able to go? I’m going to be there.
Are you enjoying Clooney? 😉
Same thing happens to my fudge. I had some at Christmas that had to be the same recipe and it was thick and creamy and de-lish! I’m trying a new recipe. I’ll send it your way if it turns out. It uses similar ingredients, but looks like what I had at Christmas. Nuts or no nuts? I’m a sans nuts gal:) Hmmmm. . .that sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?
PS: Love your blog title.
old trick my momma taught me, and she always uses that recipe too… drop a little bit of the mixture (pre chocolate!) into a glass of water. If you can make a soft ball with it, it’s perfect! If it won’t form a ball, cook longer… hope that helps…
Yep, car rides can induce those thoughts in children. But think about those as them exercising their imagination, and not being distracted by television. Being surrounded by kids is healthy.