Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Last Day

Today is the last day of school. Only 85 days of summer vacation until the girls go back to school, not that I'm counting (okay, maybe I'm counting.) I love my girls, but 85 days is a long time when you've got them all day! Last summer, when I was in New Mexico with the girls by myself I hired a babysitter for an afternoon a week to give myself a break. This year we'll have visits to Grandma's house to keep me sane - I'm so lucky!

We kind of pre-started our Summer Vacation this weekend. They opened the city's pool for Memorial day, so we went as a family. Gracie has a nice scrape on her face just below her nose where she attempted to swim too deep in the shallow end and managed to scrape her face on the bottom of the pool. Sometimes I swear my kids are just walking advertisements for Band-Aids. Maggie is also pretty banged up right now due to an incident last week.

Jerry was out of town from Tuesday to Saturday last week, so I declared a holiday from cooking. The girls and I ate out every night while he was gone. The first night was Gracie's day to be leader, so she picked McDonald's for dinner. We got some happy meals at the drive through and went to the park to enjoy our meal 'al fresco.' When it was time to go, Maggie made a mad dash for the van, and just as she got to the sidewalk, she tripped. She landed on the shin of her right leg and skidded across the pavement, giving her a skinned ankle, knee, elbow, and a nice case of road rash all up and down her shin. She was not seriously injured, but true to her Drama Queen soul, you would have thought she broke her leg. I dropped my stuff and scooped her up to carry her to the car, and realized I dropped my keys with everything else. I was trying to direct Gracie to get my keys and open the van, and this lady pulls up in her van, and sees us in distress.
She opens her door and asks, "Do you need help? Is she okay?"
I reply, "She's okay. . ." and before I can say anything else, Maggie interrupts,
"I am NOT OKAY!" I look at her and say,
"You are going to be fine. . ."
"I am NOT going to be FINE!!!"
I tell the good Samaritan that it's just a scraped knee, and that Maggie is just upset. I get her to the car and pull out the first aid kit, but Maggie is wailing so loudly that everyone in the park thinks she's dying, so I have her hold a tissue on the worst scrape and head for the house, which is only a few blocks away. The whole time I am trying to be soothing and calm, but more I try to reassure her that she will be okay, the more emphatically she insists that no, she will NOT be okay. We get to the house and I start to clean her up. One last time, I say,
"Maggie, you are going to be fine." She replies,
"I am NOT going to be fine!"
Exasperated, I answer, "Your probably right. You're going to die from this skinned knee, don't you think?"
She looks at me like I'm crazy. I ask her, "Don't people die from skinned knees?" She says,
"Then calm down! You are going to be fine!"
She finally calmed down. As I washed and bandaged her, she said, "You know what Mommy? You take good care of me." I gave her a kiss and thought, "Well, sweetheart, I try. I try."

The rest of the week was rounded out by every fast food joint in town, although we tried not to eat the same thing every day. We did chicken, pizza, burgers and even tacos. I did cook several items this weekend though. The first item I tried was Runsas, a German-Russian dish that was in a magazine that I like. Jerry was not too keen on this recipe at first, because it has cabbage as one of the main ingredients, but they were very tasty. It's a bun that has a beef/cabbage/cheese filling in it. The dough turned out great, and was easy to work with, so I had a very enjoyable time making it. The dough calls for 1/4 cup of condensed milk, so there was quite a bit of the can left over. I couldn't just let that go to waste - it's kind of pricey, so I tried my first attempt at fudge after adjusting the recipe on the label for the 3/5 of a can that was left. I my math homework in for the day! It turned out really tasty. So tasty that I knew I needed to get it out of the house before I ate it all, so we gave it to the girls teachers for the last day of school. The last thing I made this weekend was potato salad, to go with our Memorial Day burgers and hot dogs. Jerry and I agreed that we like summer holiday meals a lot. They are so easy! I suggested that this year for Thanksgiving we try hamburgers and hot dogs instead of turkey and dressing, but I don't think it was very well received. Oh well, I tried!

The last week while Jerry was away I began experimenting with digital scrapbooking. I like it! It is very compact - no getting out paper, stickers, photos, etc. I can be a lot fancier with a lot less mess. It's very nice. Here's an example. . .

See! There's ribbon, a tag, stitching, the photos are matted, and I didn't have to get anything out to make this page! It's all on the computer! When I'm done with the pages, they get bound into a slick, full-color, coffee-table type book. What's not to like?

So, this is how I've decided to catch up on my Scrapbooking, by scrapping all of 2007 on the computer. This could be challenging, as I found that I took 2,247 photos in 2007. Wow! In fact, 820 of those were in November, but 745 of those have already been scrapped in our Disney Vacation book. Sometimes I think I take way too many pictures. . . Nah! Here's a few for your viewing pleasure:

Chef Maggie creates a pizza

Cowgirl Gracie all dolled up!

The next few weeks promise to be a flurry of activity as we close on our house and get moved. Hopefully summer will mean plenty of shorter updates, as I'm sure these are as exhausting to read as they are to type! We'll keep our fingers crossed anyway!

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