Thursday, March 12, 2015

Excuse me?

Kids don't always get their words right, especially at the age of three.  Lately, Lil' Bit has been coming up with some DOOZIES!

The other night, my hubby was putting the the little monster to bed and she asked for her "roofie".  Of course, she was asked to repeat the request.  She did so, acting like her daddy was a little slow; really, how could he NOT understand that she wanted her "Roofie".  I waited until he finally gave up and in a very confused voice, asked me where Lil' Bit's Roofie was.  I couldn't stop laughing as I handed him a blue kangaroo named "Ruby"!

This morning, her tongue was at it again.  Most mornings I make the kids oatmeal and they choose what fruit they want in it.  Lil Bit really likes frozen blueberries as they cool down the oatmeal as well as being super yummy.  Most days she will ask for her precious "booberries"; but not this morning.  Oh no, she about made me drop to the floor in shock.  "Mommy?  I want boobies".  Now I knew for a FACT that I hadn't heard correctly.  "Boobies?" I asked.  "Yes.  Boobies in my oatmeal" (insert cheesy grin).  Thankfully, that was something I could immediately provide.  It was at this point that C-Note burst out in unrestrained laughter.

From roofies to boobies, nothing is sacred.  I am scared and yet I look forward to hearing her next verbal faux pas.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Allergies and Eating Out

My sister is a chef; her husband is also a chef and general manager of a Marriott hotel.  They are fabulous when it comes to making allergy friendly meals.  They do have some advise for anyone that has dietary restrictions and eating out.  

Most restaurants are more than happy to accommodate any restrictions you have.  It is recommended that you call ahead! Remember that these places have a set menu, with set recipes.  It takes time to deviate from these recipes and get a good result.  Chef's are artists at heart, and do not want to serve you sub par food.  If you call and let them know a general time that you plan on eating at their restaurant, they will ensure that the food you need is available to you in a timely manner.  This also ensures that you will not get food that will cause you physical harm.

Are all restaurants willing to do this? Sadly, no.  But it never hurts to call and ask.  This will make things much more pleasant for you.  A simple phone call can increase the quality of your food and your time.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Preparing to move

We are currently in the process of buying a home with 15 acres of land.  While this is a daunting task, we have lived in 7 different homes in the last 12 years.  Fortunately, this time we are moving 15 minutes away from our current home.

The kids are extremely excited, but also nervous.  Even though the boys remember the last move, they don't like changes of routine or surroundings.  To help with what they should expect and when to expect it, I took their calendars and made notes one them.

We are doing a countdown to closing day, as well as when each room needs to be packed.  While this requires a little more planning on my part, it is really helping to keep them calm.  Before this plan existed, my head was about to explode.  "Mom, can I have a box?", "Mom, when are we moving?", "MOM!!! We HAVE to pack my room!",  "Mom, please don't leave my (insert favorite item of the moment)".  With another 46 days to go, lists are the only way to survive.

I feel like there are lists and charts all over the house.  Everything is regulated by lists and charts.  We even have a chart to tell us who's turn it is to sit in the coveted spinning chair for the day.  Yes, this inserts a lot of rigid structure that I never wanted, but the kids are happy, and we have more peace.