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Monday, May 10, 2010

mothers day

The ramblings of a sleep deprived, frustrated, use to be sick, now-I-am-feelingbetter, rebanned mothersday mom!!!
Ok so this last week has been crazy! After suffering from a kidney stone, I came down with strep throat, I quickly got on antibiotics so I could go on with my week, but sleep has been here and there if you know what I mean! I have been stressed with my subruban in the shop. And it just seems to go downhill from there. I run around like a crazy woman taking the kids here and there, (of course I love it, but I have to complain when I can) It just seems crazier some weeks like this one. Then mothers day comes.... Mothers day has always been a touchy subject in our house, since it has never really been celebrated I have always tried to just pretend to ignore it, and act like its another day. In fact several years ago I banned mothers day so that I simply didn't have to worry about being let down. I know I should't need gifts or a lot of recognition or stuff like that, but if we are all really honest with ourselves I think we all deep down really want that. right??? That extra pat on the back, the extra mom you really are doing a great job,, and we DO love you! sure we all really love the homeade cards and gifts, and hugs and kisses, I know we all do, I am NOT putting those down at all I love them too. I live for them every day of my life, I really do! But this is the one day made for US!!! Now I am not telling all of you this to make you feel sorry for me, please do not feel sorry for me, I totally brought this on myself! I did not train my husband in the first few years of marriage correctly. I have always heard you have to train your husbands if you want them to behave a certain way. I was sure mine would just know. But I was wrong :( So last year I stomped my foot (i do that on occasion to get a big point across) and said I have been a mom for 12 years!!! I am lifting the ban, and I am expecting a really good mothers day next year! I am a good mom, I deserve to be spoiled rotten!
Well here we are on mothers day weekend! Now to be somewhat fair. Brian is working all weekend. (but the guy has had a whole year you know) and this is what I got..... I broke my favorite baking dish! I cried and cried and cried!!! this was acutally a wedding present! And then I made a big girl decision. I get it!! I totally get it. Thats why my mom bought herself christmas presents every year, wrapped them them put them under the tree, it solves all the problems. The ban is changed. from now on, I will by my own mothers day present I will get something faboulous! it will be exactly what I want. it will be just a little too expensive so that I know I totally deserve it. It will be wrapped so pretty. then I can give it to the kids to give to me! I think this solves everybodys problems. I will get what I want. brian gets out of the doghouse. I no longer have to pout. I think it may work!!! I am actually looking forward to next year, I don't know but I have a sneaking suspicion i may be getting new mountain bike :)
And to be fair to my darling babies, Alli worked very hard to make me a darling card, and Joey carved me a heart out of wood! they worked so hard, and I am so grateful for them! And salt and pepper made me cute picture magnets at preschool. thank you babies!
Ok mothers day would not be complete with out a recipe~
Grasshopper cupcakes
1c sugar
1c brown sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
mix together then add
2 whole eggs
1 c milk
1/2 oil
2 tsp vanilla
mix together then add
1 cup boiling water
the batter will be very runny. pour the batter into a mearsuing cup to make filling the cupcake liners easier. when I made these they acutally made 24 regular cupcakes, and 24 mini cupcakes, you do not want to over fill the liners. only fill them about 2/3 full. bake at 350 for 12-15 min. cool completly before frosting!
3c heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. powdered sugar
8 drops peppermint extract
6-8 drops green food coloring
whip the heavy cream till stiff peaks form, then add the powdered sugar, extract, and color. place cream in decorator bag. I use either the 1M or #22 tip.
Spoon 1 spoonfull of hotfudge on the cupcake do not warm up the hot fudge sauce it will drip all over and make a huge mess! Then pipe frosting on top, and just for fun, top with a thin mint cookie. enjoy!


Jodi said...

Well, girl hang in there! I used to think if I could just get through my trials then things would be good again and I could be happy, but the older I get the more I'm realizing, the trial of life is to be happy THROUGH the trial and that is tough when life keeps handing trial after trial after trial and piling them on top of each other!! You are amazing and I hope you get that mountain bike next year!!

BrownFamilyBlog said...

That is so funny that you just figured out to buy what you wanted. I do that a lot. I come home and say Look at the wonderful thing you bought for me. My husband loves it and I get just what I want. There are a few times that my husband will say before the day that he has a suprise for me and not to go and get something. But usually I get it for me.
I am glad you found the best gift ever the one you get for your self.

Shannon said...

Wow - that is way better than the rant that I used the past few years. And picking out the gift is the way to go!!! I loved my "surprise" gift I got this year from my kids. You truly are the best mom though, just remember that...

Selena Sorensen Guthrie said...

Your the Best Mom I know!! And I love you to Death!!! I think it's funny you just figured out that you have to buy want you want!! I do it a lot too!!!;) It's great!!! LOL!

mdgeorgeson said...

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. It's just not in them to think that women might actually want something. Ways to get around it: 1) Buy it yourself; make sure to thank him profusely. This embarasses him, but he doesn't usually catch on; 2) Leave reminders where he can see it. Problem: he doesn't usually catch on (note the theme here) or you get weird gifts; or 3) Tell him what to buy and when to buy it, wrap it for him (if you want wrapping) and gush. This year for Mother's Day, I got a back-up battery for my computer. While many wives would have wanted flowers and dinner out, this was exactly what I wanted (and had been hinting about for months.) When we wre first married, Gary bought me flowers. I never got them again. Why? Because I didn't gush! Go figure a newborn with colic and a lack of sleep and I didn't gush. If I want them now, I have to tell him to buy them for me. Or I pick out a really nice bouquet and tell him thank you.