Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Overheard While Playing Barbies

Princess #3:  I'm the Lost Princess.

Princess #1:  Well, I'm the Queen of Sheba.

Princess #2 scoffs (as only she can).

Princess #1:  I am!  I have I.D.

Princess #2:  Well, we're not going to bow down to you or anything, if you're just going to lie down in our crops.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


So a while back a friend of mine turned me on to the most brilliant piece of parenting weaponry ever:  the written tattle-tale.  (Now, I know many of you, dear readers, do not have children who can write just yet, so please tuck this little gem into your back pocket for future reference!  You will thank me later, I promise!!)

Back to the weapon.  So, if either of my older two have need to tattle, it now has to be in the form of a written complaint.  They write down their complaint (isn't this great?? A little bonus handwriting assignment too!), and turn it in to me.  I read said complaint (usually with much self-contained giggling) and then decide what should be done about it.  It has cut down the amount of tattling done in the castle substantially!!  It is not nearly as much fun to write down all of the terrible atrocities committed to your person, as it is to run over and immediately blab them all to your mama.  Writing them down takes some of the heat out of the mad and slows you down as you decide how to write the heinous wrong doings of a sibling.  Brilliant!!

I alluded to the other little bonus with handling tattles this way, and that is getting to read the complaints!!  This is one I received today, and I am hanging on to it! {grin}

It is a joint effort by Princess #1 and Princess #2.  It reads:

Mama, Princess #3 stole one of Princess #2's Easter candies for no reason at all. (Princess #1's handwriting.)

And she is a j-werd. (Princess #2's handwriting.)

Priceless I tell you.  Absolutely priceless.

Try it my friends.  You will like it.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Can You Handle More Randomness??

1.  I hope so.

2.  Because I don't have any energy to form coherent thoughts today.  It's been an exhausting couple of weeks.

3.  I even broke down and made coffee.  If you know me, you would know that is a rare occurrence.

4.  Of course, my version of coffee is all about what you add to the coffee to make it taste less coffee-ish.

5.  I wish coffee tasted the way it smells.

6.  I finally finished a test knit I've been working on.  It looks really cool.

7.  If I get permission, I'll post some pictures on the blog.

8.  It took a lot of attempts to get it right, since I was learning some new skills.

9.  Every once and a while it is good to get out of your knitting comfort zone and try something different.

10.  That being said, I'm not sure I'll ever double knit anything, again.

11.  But I know how to! {grin}

12.  I'm making tennis racket shaped pasta for lunch.

13.  My parents bought it for me.

14.  When I was in 1st grade I picked up my first tennis racket and was hooked.

15.  My parents haven't forgotten that love I had.

16.  And I like that about them.

17.  Thanks for putting up with a bit more random, dear readers.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Little Randomness

1.  I have not been motivated to post anything on the blog as of late.

2.  In fact, I am forcing myself to type this post.

3.  It may be time to be done with blogging.

4.  My kids are driving me insane today.

5.  Not that I'm not always on the brink, but today, I'm full on.

6.  I hate yelling at my kids.

7.  But I did today.  A lot.  Really loud and often.

8.  Felt good at the time, but now, not so much.

9.  I know why, but I can't post it.

10.  That makes me want to start a new, completely anonymous blog, that I only let select (non-judgmental) people know about, just to talk about the "taboo" subjects.

11.  Like yelling at your kids or bad days or things/events that cause you incredible stress and possible ulcers.

12.  And if this day wasn't enough, now I have to feed them.

13.  So, what I'm making for dinner is completely unhealthy.

14.  I don't care that it is, because they will all eat it without complaint.

15.  At this point, I will do anything to avoid the complaining, whining, and general gnashing of teeth that this day has brought.

16.  Just keepin' it real for you, dear readers.  Some days, life sucks here at the Castle.

Friday, April 01, 2011

A Knit A Week

A Momo Sweater for
the Prince to wear on Easter!

Verdict:  This little sweater is adorable!  It was knit from the top
down, which allows you to avoid any pesky seaming, 
and it is knit up with sock yarn, how cool is that--
one more justification for continuing in my
sock yarn obsession! {grin}

the Beatrix color way.  The colors are straight
out of Peter Rabbit-so fun!

Pattern: Little Momo by Terri Kruse