Step Mom


I went missing from Blogland for much longer than I had planned.  I had intended to only miss a week of blogging during our trip, but got busy with other things afterward.  I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule soon, mostly because blogging is one of the “me” activities I enjoy, and it  provides a nice break during the day.

And what has kept me so busy???  Oh, just the teeny tiny decision I have made to go back to school to get my Master’s degree.  Because I made the decision to go back to school after the application deadline, and because the school was kind enough to let me still apply as long as I completed all of the requirements quickly, my time became “get transcripts transferred, write an essay, apply online, get three letters of recommendation, complete an interview, and take a big, nasty test” time.

I hope to post about our trip on Monday…

…but no promises.

National No TV Week begins on Sunday.  There are some who call for people to “unplug” completely during that week, which means not only unplugging from the tv, but from the computer and computer games as well.  I’ve had my family participate in unplugging in years past and have posted about our results on my blog. 

This year the unplugging happens to fall during our spring break–a spring break that we have actually decided to take a trip during.  So, unplugging for us will be much easier this year. 

 We leave tomorrow.

I will post about our unplugging…

…and our trip…

…when we get back.

Gotta love spring break!

It is now 6:00 a.m.  I have been awake since 3:50 and out of bed since 5:00–all because of the two new “projects” I alluded to in a previous post.  Because these projects are going to take quite a bit of time, not only today but many days hence, and because I like to be productive (even at 6:00 a.m.), and because being productive (in my mind) would include getting done as many things as possible, I take the easy way out for my Monday post and post another recipe.  But rest assured, this recipe is a good one!  Most recently I made it for a game night at my mom’s house.  The recipe comes from a woman I knew as a youth.  She was like a second mom to me and everyone called her “Mom Low.”

MOM LOW POPCORN

8 c. popped kettle corn (two bags)

2 c. rice krispies

2 c. nuts (I use cashews)

Mix the above in a bowl.  In a microwave oven melt:

1 lb white chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags)

1/4 c. peanut butter

Pour over popcorn mixture and mix.  If you can resist the urge to eat it, let it set up for a while so that you don’t end up with sticky fingers.

Enjoy!

My son, Yawlin, has been fascinated with water balloons lately.  He fills balloons and then thinks of different ways to break them.  He has tossed them in the air, played catch with them with a sister, shot them with his air-soft pistol, poked holes in them to see how long it takes for the water to drain, put tape on one and then poked it with a needle to see if it made the water drain more slowly, he even froze one to see what would happen.

Big sister, Hoob, noticed this fascination and proposed a new game for the two of them to play.  They each hide a water balloon in their room and then, over the course of the week, they secretly search each other’s room to find the balloon.  If they find the balloon they get to take it to the backyard and “kill” the balloon in any way they please.  They call this game “Balloon Assassin.”

Hoob was the first to succeed in assassinating a balloon.  Yawlin determined to find a much better hiding place the second time around.  So far Hoob hasn’t found Yawlin’s second balloon.  It is funny to see one or the other sneak around trying to find a balloon.  Yawlin even enlisted my help the other night in searching Hoob’s room while she was at the gym.  We had no luck.

The thing I like about this game is that my high school sophomore is paying attention to her 5th grade little brother.  Anytime an older sibling pays attention to a younger, it is a good thing.

I just hope the hiding places aren’t so good that the balloons die a natural death and leak all over!

My two weeks of “Joyful Reports” are now over.  It was amazing to me how much good I found, how much more positive I was, and how blessed I felt as I performed this two-week experiment.  Even though the two weeks are over, I plan on looking for joy each day–it is such a better way to live!

I now get back to my regular Monday/Thursday blogging schedule, also a good thing, since I have taken on two more “projects” that are going to take up quite a bit of time.  I will blog about those after each is further along.

“One joy scatters a hundred griefs.”  –Chinese proverb

Listening to the General Conference of our church this weekend.  It always seems that the messages shared are meant just for me.

🙂

Two years ago it was Mac-n-cheese and a side of peas.  Last year it was sloppy joes.  This year I made spaghetti for breakfast on April Fool’s Day. 

My family accepts this tradition I have started, even if they don’t relish the meal.

🙂

The call from my sister came as Mack and I were doing some banking.  I ignored it, thinking that I could call her back later.  Then, only a few minutes later, my sister called again.  Once again I ignored it.  After the second call, my phone signaled that I had a voice mail and, since there was a break in our banking tasks, I decided to listen to the message.  Call me, this has to do with mom.

Sensing something bad I called my sister back and learned that my mom had been rushed into emergency surgery for internal bleeding caused by a biopsy she’d had two days earlier.  Mack and I immediately left for home.  I made arrangements for Mack and Hoob to get Yawlin to his 5th grade patriotic program later that night and then Hub and I headed to the hospital to be with my dad who had been left standing alone in the emergency room after my mom had passed out and the doctors and nurses had rushed her to the operating room.

When we got to the hospital we found my dad and four of my siblings with their significant others waiting for my mom to get out of surgery.  We joked a bit to lighten the mood.  Finally, we received word she was in recovery and was stabilized. 

More waiting.  Many silent prayers.

After an hour and a half we learned she had been moved to a room and we could go see her.  It was great to see her!

And, I am happy to report, my mom returned home later this afternoon. 

The joy for today?

My mom is still here! 

Lots of laughing from the kitchen made me come downstairs to see what was up.  Hoob and Mack were laughing at one of Hoob’s self-evaluations for her art class.  She had filled it out a few days before and had just taken a closer look at what she had written.  Under the section that said:  Describe a watercolor technique that you learned on this project Hoob wrote:

“I learned using rubber cement on the painting helps with keeping white on the painting days.”

Huh?

Hoob didn’t even know what she’d meant when she wrote it.  Mack asked her if she’d been “on something” when she wrote it.  Hoob endured some teasing from all of us last night.

I get joy from the fact that my daughter can laugh at herself.

I read this column a few weeks ago and loved it.  It goes perfectly with what I am trying to do during these weeks of looking for and creating joy.  Click on the link, and enjoy!

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700117509/A-little-extra-effort-can-make-our-time-more-rewarding.html

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