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Not much going on around here right now but I am going to post anyway.

Last night we tried something new for dinner.  We had Tilapia fish and some shrimp that we cooked on the grill.  It turned out well and we will definitely try it again.  We marinated the fish in Dale’s Seasoning and sprinkled the shrimp with Cajun Seasoning.  We served it with rice.  Very tasty.  This morning I stepped on the scale and lost 3 pounds from yesterday.  I told SoGent that we need to have fish every night. His response was “Tonight we will have it in the form of spaghetti.”

Shortly after dinner Drama Queen received a call asking her to babysit  for a couple that lives around the corner.  They have 2 girls and the oldest one was in Hurricane A’s class at school.  The youngest from what I understand is a whirlwind.  DQ has only babysat for 2 other couples and they were both younger kids.  This was her first experience with older children. She got her firsthand taste of children not listening.  She faired well though.  The mother actually called me this morning to say what a good job Drama Queen did and would I mind if she used her again sometime.  I said of course not but it remains to be seen if DQ will want to.

The house was quite with the kids gone.  Since my house was cleaned yesterday by me “cleaning lady” I didn’t have much to do.  SoGent and I sat down and he watched TV while I played solitaire on my laptop.  Exciting I say.  At about 9:00 we retired to our room to watch more TV while getting more comfortable.  We are currently watching King of Queens on DVD.  We started Season 8 last night.  The first episode was hilarious.  I laughed so hard I was crying.  The girls arrived home about this time.  We sent them upstairs so we could go to sleep.  Again, it was so exciting.  Wish you could have been there.

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Traditionally April 1 has been know as April Fool’s day.  It is a day that when you were younger you couldn’t wait to pull pranks on teachers, friends and family members alike.  Although I can not remember any specific pranks (I have slept since then) I know I was part of some growing up.

Now, I have kids those same ages who just love April Fools day and are always dreaming up pranks to pull on their friends.  I remember last year Drama Queen telling all her friends that her dad was being transferred out of town and we would soon be moving.  I was sworn to not give it away and go along with the joke.  Well, anyone that knows me knows that I never want to move out of town so this was a major thing for me to agree with.  Her friends were so upset and were calling the house to ask her Dad and if it was true.  It was a good prank and most people fell for it.

Also last year Drama Queen got me good.  One Sunday afternoon SouthernGent was taking the girls out somewhere as I had a meeting at church to go to.  They had just left the house and I was picking up the kitchen before I had to leave.  I was turning on the faucet to rinse some dirty dishes and when I did I got SPRAYED by the hose.  I screamed and jumped back and stunned so that it took me a few seconds to realize what was happening and get enough sense about me to turn the water off.  By that time I was soaked.  She had placed a rubber band on the hose to hold the handle down so that when you turned on the water it automatically came out of the hose.  I then started laughing and picked up the phone to call them on the cell phone.  Of course they played dumb and tried to act like they had no idea what I was talking about.  I then had to quickly go and change my clothes before I could leave.

Who taught my children to be so devious?

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I have just little bits and pieces today.

  • Easter is this weekend and I still need to find shoes for the girls.  We have dresses and I took Hurricane A this past weekend to shop for shoes.  We did buy a pair but when we got home I realized they would not look good with her dress.  So I need to take both girls to buy some in the next couple of days.  My problem…where to buy cute shoes.  Hurricane A wears about a 1 but not many places carry children’s shoes.  Especially dress shoes, they are hard to find.  Drama Queen wears about a 3 which I believe is about a 5 in ladies shoes.  The problem there is finding shoes that are suitable for teens but don’t look too grown up.  Where do you find children’s and tweens shoes?
  • Drama Queen has another sinus infection.  She just got back from her Youth retreat and was not any better.  Hubby took her to the doctor and she has an infection.  We are trying a new antibiotic because she is absolutely unbearable when it comes to taking medicine.  First dose was okay, the ones to follow?  Well, we will see.
  • Tomorrow is Good Friday.  I know it will be unbelievable how slow it will be.  So many doctors are probably closing their offices tomorrow.  I hope we get off early as we have in the past.  Do you get Good Friday off?
  • We are still on lock-down here at work.  I have heard more unsettling things about this guy today.  Like when he had shooting practice with his gun, he used his bosses picture.  Deranged, I say!  He called the office this morning to talk with another guy he worked with in the back.  He told him that he had not told his wife that he had been fired and was just out driving around.  That makes me nervous because that is more time for things to go through his mind and make him mad and who knows what he could do.  So far, nothing has happened and I hope it doesn’t.  I am glad that my company has taken steps to protect us all.

That’s it for today.  Happy first day of spring.

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You know I posted the other day about getting 6 inches of snow?  Well, guess what?  Today is sunny and 72.  It is beautiful and I am so ready for spring next week.  I hope that we are finished with cold days.  I am ready to bring out the sandals, paint the toenails, wear Capri pants and short sleeve shirts.

I am still continuing my work on the Clothing sale this week.  I have been leaving work at 5:00 and going straight to church for the receiving of clothes and not getting home until 9:00.  I am doing that tonight and tomorrow.  The sale is Saturday and I am trying my best not to work that.  So, I am looking forward to this weekend to hopefully rest and get my house cleaned.  It has been so busy that for the last 4 weeks I have not even been able to get my house picked up so the “cleaning lady” can come clean.  We are floating away in dust bunnies.  I just received a call from the vacuum cleaner repair center.  My vacuum cleaner is ready to be picked up so my “cleaning lady” will not throw a fit.

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Things that I need to get done real soon:

  • Buy my girls some shoes to wear for Easter
  • Take my new spring pants in for alterations
  • Get Drama Queen packed and ready for her spring break trip this weekend
  • Return a dress I bought on-line that does not fit.
  • Buy something for the girls for Easter
  • Get Drama Queen a “happy” for making a 100 on her recent math test!! Yay

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Have you ever felt that you needed to go back to work to rest from your weekend?  Well, that is me today.  It was so busy that I can’t believe it is already over.  Where was my Sunday afternoon nap?  Who picked up my house?  Who did my laundry? Let me give you a recap of my weekend.  A day in the life of Southern Belle if you will.

Saturday

7:15 – Awake to check if any additional snow fall overnight.  Streets appear to have already been driven on, so maybe it isn’t so bad.

7:20 – Take shower

8:00 – Wake husband to ask if he thinks I can still take the girls for 9:00 hair appointment.  He thinks not.  Darn, I could have slept longer.

8:05 – Call Christy to cancel and reschedule appointment

8:30 – Put a load of clothes in wash

8:35 – Eat breakfast

8:45 – Pick up kitchen, unload and reload dishwasher

9:00 – Girls get up and want to go play in snow.

10:00 – It appears that snow is already melting and the streets are mainly wet.  Call Christy to see if it is possible to go ahead and come.

10:20 – Leave to get girls haircut

11:00 – Get home and wash Drama Queen’s hair and help her style her new cut.  She is 12 and we got her a more grown up look with side swept bangs and a few layers.

12:15 – Leave to go pick up lunch and go to church for rehearsal for our plays at 4:00 and 7:00 today.

12:30 – Arrive at church

2:00 – Start rehearsal

3:00 – Hair and makeup and dress for performance

4:00 – Performance goes well except that I trip on  “Moses’ staff” on my way onstage.  Luckily no one is able to see me.  I very well could have “broken a leg”!!

5:45 – Backstage for a pizza dinner in between shows

6:45 – Head backstage for our 7:00 performance

7:00 – This performance goes much better all the way around.  Thank goodness because my family is there to see this one as well as our Sunday School class.

8:30 – Performance is over and we stand around talking to everyone

9:00 – Head home and get ready for bed.  I was worn out and we set the clocks ahead.  I was not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep. 

Sunday

7:15 – Wake up

7:20 – Take shower

7:45 – Wake up Southern Gent and Hurricane A.  Drama Queen slept over at a friends house.

8:55 -Leave for church

9:10 – Set up table for tag pick up for our Children’s clothing sale. Work this table.

9:30 – Go to Sunday School

10:30 – Leave class to go work Clothing table again

10:50 – Go in to Worship service

11:45 – Leave to go work Clothing table

12:15 – Supposed to be going to a Youth Lead Team luncheon but too many people picking up tags for me to leave.  Go up to get my boxed lunch and tell them they will have to make plans for the Youth picnic without me.

12:30 – Close up table and put things away

1:00 – Arrive home with Drama Queen and change into Jeans to leave again!

1:15 – Leave to go pick up Hurricane A at a friends house where she went after church

2:00 – Arrive at Putt Putt Golf for a Grizzlies Day party.  Stand in line for Bus to be taken to site for nearly 30 minutes.

2:30 – Stand in line for Go-Karts for about 30 minutes.  Have fun riding and trying to take out Grizzlies players in their Go-Karts.

3:30 – Get free ice cream and head for the bus to leave.  We spent so much time standing in line that we did not get to do much.

4:00 – Arrive back at church for a meeting about Drama Queen’s upcoming Worship Arts Retreat next week.

4:45 – Meeting about Hurricane A’s Kids Kamp this summer

5:45 – Leave Hurricane A at church for GA’s and head home FINALLY

6:00 – Worn out so lay down to REST MY EYES!

6:30 – Start dinner and throw another load of laundry in to wash

7:30 – Do laundry AGAIN

9:00 WENT TO BED!!

I am tired just reading back over this.  I wish I could say that this week was going to be better but unfortunately it will not.  I am going to close this post so I can rest my tired and weary brain.

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Family Traditions

Having family traditions is what makes holidays memorable.  I for one look forward to the same family traditions every year.  One thing that my family does every year and for every member of the family is have a birthday celebration.  I have found that more and more when I talk to friends that they do not celebrate every ones birthday.  It seems like they only celebrate for the kids.   My family has always had a party for everyone.  My grandfather is 84 and we still have one for him.  He, actually is one of the worst.  He LOVES to open gifts.  At Christmas when we get together we take turns opening gifts and he always has his finger under the tape ready to go way before his turn.  We have so many birthdays and some are back to back that we will combine a month’s worth and celebrate at one time.   Our family birthdays start in February and go almost monthly through September.  The birthday people get to choose the menu for their celebration.  One of my favorites meals is Inside Outside Ravioli, salad, french bread and chocolate cake.  I will share this family recipe for Inside Outside Ravioli with you.  I bet it will become one of your favorites as well.

Inside Outside Ravioli

1 lb ground beef

1 med onion, chopped

Clove of garlic, minced (I use garlic juice, to taste)

1 cup liquid from spinach

1 10 oz frozen chopped spinach

1 lb can spaghetti sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 8 oz tomato sauce

Dash of pepper

1 7 oz pkg elbow or shell macaroni, cooked

1 cup shredded sharp cheese

1/2 cups soft bread crumbs

2 well beaten eggs

1/4 cup salad oil

Brown ground beef, onion and garlic.  Cook spinach according to directions.  Drain, reserving liquid.  Add water to liquid to make 1 cup.  Stir spinach liquid, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and paste and pepper into meat mixture.  Simmer 10 minutes.

Combine spinach with macaroni, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs and salad oil.  Spread in 9 x 13 baking dish.  Top with meat sauce.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yum Yum!

What are some of your family traditions?  What is your favorite meal to have?

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Play on words

My 8, almost 9 year old, has this saying that she says all the time.  I tell her all the time the difference between what she is saying but she has not caught on yet.

“I’ve never done that before in a long time.”

I tell her, either you have never done it before OR you haven’t done it in a long time.  She doesn’t get it.

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