...and they all lived happily ever after...

...and they all lived happily ever after...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Freezer battles!

This (rotten, broken snow scraper from my car) is just one of the MANY!!! reasons why smart girls choose to de-ice their freezers in the summer instead of putting it off until November.  Observe the damage done in battle...freezer battle.


Never mind, me (hopefully a smart girl in the making) and my gimpy scraper hacked and sawed and scoured the shelves until they were clear...well, mostly clear....well, kind a clear...well, anyway, until we were tired and sick of stupid, fat, ice so we called it good enough.


Actual smart girls also realize that a large pile of snow hanging out in your shed when the temperatures are freezing outside is harder to handle than when temps are nice and toasty out.  Enter my handy child-sized snow shovel and trusty (if bent from when I ran over it with the car earlier in the summer) broom.  That mostly worked out ok.


But, most of all, smart girls know that a pile of snow in the yard, whether winter or summer, is loads of fun for a crew of kidlets.  Maybe I'm on my way to smartness after all.

And TA DA!  Much cleaner version of the DeMoux family freezer (and a preview of some of our Thanksgiving goodies...yummmm!).

Happy Day!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A bit of a bread debacle

This is my oldest daughter.
(I think she is lovely.)


The other day I pulled out my jr high yearbook to look up a person I had run into during my day.  Just for fun, I looked at my 7th grade picture and found that, despite what I had thought, this little pixie actually looks a lot like me...or at least the 7th grade version of me.  

Beside her looks she also got her love of reading, sometimes snarky attitude, and love of horses from me.  

However, sadly, she also inherited some not so fabulous traits from her mother as well.  One of those reared its ugly head this weekend.

I had a group of five overripe bananas and thought they would make a lovely batch of banana bread.  Aubrey loves baking so I asked if she would like the chance to make the bread.  She was thrilled with the plan.  

So, while I ran a few errands with the boys, she followed our favorite recipe, put together three yummy pans of batter, and popped them in the oven to cook.

When I came home about 90 minutes later, I was assaulted by a strong, char-like odor as I walked through the door.  I scuttled to the kitchen where I found three very very very well done loaves of bread basking in the continued heat of the sweltering oven.  

Very very very well done loaves of bread.
 Upon  further investigation, I found Aubrey downstairs in her bedroom listening to a book on tape completely oblivious to the scorching truth that was happening upstairs.  She had set the timer, headed off to do something else while the bread cooked, and gotten engrossed in other things entirely forgetting her obligation to her trio of banana bread friends.

And that is probably exactly what I would have done.  I am notorious in my family for blistering baked goods because I get too involved in something else and their pastrified needs slip my mind.

Like mother, like daughter I guess.

I'll take that.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Getting crafty

We've been rather crafty around here lately.  

No, I don't mean "clever at achieving one's aims by indirect or deceitful methods" but instead in I mean "of, involving, or relating to the making of decorative objects and other thing by hand."

Yup, our hands have been crafty.

Anyway, to start things off, we have two chess sets made by Josh's grandmother which are ceramic and lovely but have been sitting in a couple of boxes because #1 our children were small and likely to break them and #2 we didn't have chess board large enough to accommodate the pieces.

Well, Gavin decided to get his craft on by making an appropriately sized chess board.  He scavenged a lonely piece of wood from the scraps in the shed, measured the chess pieces, carefully laid out the lines, cut the board to size (thanks for the help Josh) and then painted the squares.  He did the project almost entirely on his own (busy little beaver, that child).  
  


And now, our children have started playing chess pretty regularly at the living room table.  

FYI, it's pretty fabulous to watch and 7 and 9 year old battle it out on a chess board...and actually know what they are doing.  I think almost everyone in this house could wallop me at this game.  Smarty pantses (??).


Next, our living room window has had a set of vertical blinds hanging over it since the day we moved in.  I have hated said vertical blinds since the day we moved in.  They were old and worn and stained and ugly and lots of other nasty stuff.  

Obviously I have been uber motivated to change that window covering since it is now only 12 years later and I finally got around to tearing the ugly things off the wall and then installing something new.  (I probably might not have done it even now but several of the hanging plastic strips have been cracked and broken lately so action had to be taken).  Hence,  I schlepped to the Walmart fabric counter, meandered my way through the clearance fabrics and clipped, stitched, ironed, hemmed, and hung these babies.  Not too shabby if I do say so myself.  


But, without question, my favorite bit of craftiness that has happened around here lately has been the tray that Josh built for his Dad.  

Josh's dad had a stroke last year so life has been a bit different for him since then.  One struggle has been eating.  It is hard for Dad balance in a kitchen chair so he takes most meals in his trusty recliner.  However, regular dinner trays are a little precarious when placed over his lap on the chair.

So, Josh set about making a tray that would be more snug and stable on the chair to make eating easier for his dad.

Josh took a bunch of measurements, bought some wood and set to work.  He cut things out and then he and Gavin sanded the pieces and he and Parker put it all together.  Bryce and Aubrey decided on ways to decorate the tray and then I stained and varnished the finished product.  It turned out to be fun for the whole family.  Everyone was involved, although Josh really did the bulk of the planning and labor.

And viola!  A tray that will hopefully fit the bill.  I love it.  I hope it does a good job.  We will see.  What a great chance to try to do something to help our dad and grandpa when he has done so much for us all these years.  It was a fabulous project.  



Monday, November 3, 2014

A little story about a wet pant leg

Hmmmm.  Well now, this seems even more strange than normal.  Why in the world would this mild mannered, fairly down to earth, relatively clear thinking mother of six blogger take a picture of the wet back of her pant leg?

Well, I'll tell you.


It is an intriguing story. 

Once upon a time a I took the kids out in the back yard to play.  While out there, I went over to chat with our dog, Finn, who is pretty well behaved if a bit mischievous.  Whilst conversing, I noticed that his 5 gallon bucket-o-water was incredibly murky and looked a bit soiled.  So, being the sweet and loving owner that I am, I decided to fix that.

I let Finn out of the dog run to traipse around the yard for a while, hauled the heavy water bucket onto the grass and dumped it out.

I found, at the bottom of the bucket, these two rope toys.  They are favorites of our dog.  He likes to bury them in his little dirt patch and then dig them up again later.  Weird.  But ok.  Well, he had taken these muddy, crusted rope toys and deposited them in his previously pristine drinking water the combination of the two creating the filthy, clotted mess I mentioned before.


Soooooo, I dumped out the water, grabbed a rag, bent over and proceeded to wipe out the soiled bucket.  I noticed the dog hanging out behind me, but figured he was just hoping for some rear end sniffing while I was hunched over.

Nope.

Next thing I know, Bowser behind me lifts his fat canine leg and pees all over the back of MY leg.

HE PEED ON ME!!!

WHAT THE...!..!...!

Stupid dog.

Notice the nice, clean bucket of water and the dog who won't even look at me because he
knows I'm mad at him.  Josh suggest that I pee on him next time.  I don't find that helpful.

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