Friday, December 19, 2014

I Don't Like Baking With My Kids

"I'm going to throw some flour on top of this," Natalie said.

I was like:

Well. The words, not so much.

The expression?


Natalie felt the need to put flour everywhere: the cookies. The cookie sheet. The counter. Her head. ("I'm pretending it's snow!") The floor.

She's the same way with glitter, so I shouldn't have been surprised.

A lot of people post blog posts of smiling children baking Christmas cookies in the kitchen with them.

There's a lot of shouting in our kitchen, mostly because Natalie decides to do her own thing. For instance, she will begin painting her nails with the icing. She'll take a bite of the cookie she has been decorating and put it in the container for someone else to eat. I'll let her roll out the dough and she'll do it so hard that everything will stick to the rolling pin.

I'm like:

Tommy's all, "Natalie just licked her fingers and is still frosting the cookie." Then he'll gag when she puts the cookie in the container. He doesn't like other people's germs.

So I have one child throwing baking products in the air like confetti.

I have another one completely grossed out.

And then someone is like, "Is that SMOKE coming from the oven? What's that smell?"

Or, "The gingerbread house just fell apart."

It's chaotic. Things break. People cry.

Maybe it'll be better in a few years?


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Not Waiting For Sales! No Coupons!

Tom gave me an early Christmas present. (A Grumpy Cat hat in case you couldn't tell.)

And I know I shouldn't have, but I checked the receipt. I mean, it fell to the ground when I pulled the hat out. I couldn't help it. He paid $40 for the hat. Why? A) he didn't wait for it to go on sale. And B) he paid for two day shipping.

This is why I dread making a Christmas list for him. He won't wait for sales! He won't use coupons!

In his man mind he's all, "I'll go into a store. Buy what I need. And be done with it."

I do no operate like this. I shop armed with coupons. I wait for sales.

We went to Kohls together and he started to search a rack with items that WERE FULL PRICE! For those who know Kohls, sometimes everything isn't on sale. You NEVER buy the stuff NOT on sale. But Tom was like, "I need pants. I like these pants. These pants are right here in front of me. Why not get these pants?"


He doesn't like dealing with the "fuss." This is what he calls coupons. Fuss. Back in the day before we realized it would send us into an early separation, we went grocery shopping together. He'd toss in this and that and I'd be like, "STOP! I don't have a coupon for that brand. Get the other brand." And he'd be like, "But I don't like that brand." I'd say, "It tastes the same and I have a coupon for fifty cents off." Tom, stubborn man as he is, would dig into his pocket, pull out fifty cents, hand it to me and go, "There. We're good now."

Needless to say, we rarely grocery shop together anymore.

Christmas time means he buys stuff for me. Full price. No sales. No coupon.


I know it's the thought that counts. But I could have gotten the Grumpy Cat hat for $20. SHIPPED. But he saw the option for two day shipping and was like, "Why not?"

When I make my list, I try to make notes like, "Wait until this time. It might go on sale then." Or if something on my list goes on sale, I let him know. But sometimes he does nothing about it, because he's not in the mood to shop. In his man mind, he'll shop when he feels like it and get it all done at once. Who cares about sales?

I swallow back my hysteria. I know with each gift I opened, that he paid full price. Maybe with two shipping, because the option was there.

But, you know.

It's the thought that counts...

And he does get me pretty awesome things.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To have been a little shocked to hear tornado sirens on Sunday. It's an adventure living in Oklahoma! (We were fine. The tornado was to the north of us.)

--To be leaving for Texas on Monday to celebrate Christmas with my parents.

--To have made a reservation for a Brazilian Steakhouse in Texas. Tom and I are going on a date. I've never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse, but he has.

--To also hope Tom and I can see The Interview while we are in Texas. It looks amusing.

--To have tried to take the kids to see Santa at Bass Pro Shop on Sunday. Apparently all of Oklahoma had the same idea. The line was insane! So we said never mind and went to Denny's.

--To have finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, that WAS Kirk from Gilmore Girls hanging out with the blue guy.

--To have two giveaways going on: you can win a custom teeth whitening tray here and an Annie Prize pack here.

--To love that Santa showed up in a police car at the squadron Christmas party. (Husband is security forces.)

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