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Archive for January, 2009

Jan 15 2009

The Mad Scientist

Posted by Mugs @ 10:09 pm in Family

Last week was spirit week at the school. The kids had 5 different days to wear something according to the theme of the day.  Whenever days that require costumes approach, I always think…I wish my Mother was here.  They all wore pajamas (pyjamas) and bath robes (dressing gowns) to kick off the week.  Gabe was ready for crazy hat day thanks to a gag Christmas gift from my Father, a giant Uncle Sam hat.  Josiah wore his Kurdish cap and Abby wore her pink Jackaroo hat from Australia.  On sports fan day, Josiah had layers and layers of Cowboys gear thanks to his Papaw.  Gabe wore his Giants shirt and Abby donned my new Bears Jersey.  They went above and beyond on the two other days, however.  For career day, Abby decided she wanted to be a secret agent, so she wore my black pants, black turtleneck, black boots, and black coat.  She wore sunglasses that have mirrors on the edges so that you can see behind you.  Gabe had bought them at the spy museum.  Josiah dressed as a professional runner complete with race number and water bottle.  Gabe won the day, however with his mad scientist outfit.  He had everyone laughing including the principal.  He wore a white dress shirt, dress slacks, dress shoes, a bow tie, rubber gloves, Dale’s peshmerga coat and goggles from Iraq.  I spiked his hair up with pomade.  He pulled it off and was the best costume of the day.  The pressure was on then and we tried to match it on flashback day.  Josiah was dressed in 50s cool with a white tshirt, jeans, a black leather jacket and sunglasses.  I tried to fix his hair in a ducktail, but could have used my Dad’s help.  Next, Gabe dressed like Mr T complete with vest, camouflage pants, gold chain, and mohawk.  I then dressed Abby like she was one of my best friends in highschool.  She had the sweater falling off one shoulder, the wide belt, the tight jeans tucked into boots, and the pony tail on the side of her head.  When she walked into the office, all the ladies started laughing.  Ah, the 80s, such style.

Career Day

Career Day

Flashback Day

Flashback Day

Jan 01 2009

The House that Josiah Built

Posted by Mugs @ 11:52 pm in Family

Every New Years Eve, our family tradition is to make gingerbread houses.  Because we eat the houses we make, I want the gingerbread to taste good and not break your teeth.  Since soft gingerbread makes a poor foundation, this always results in a house collapse during the process of construction.  I also like the frosting to be nice and creamy which although quite tasty, does little to hold pieces together.  This drama of discussing and creating house plans, last minute baking, frosting that runs out, and giant stacks of dishes, is always the year end test of marital accord.  Thanks to me, New Years Eve is not one of Dale’s favorite holidays of family togetherness and good cheer.  I cap off the night by standing out on the porch banging pots and pans.  Each year I test his resolve to our marriage in this manner.  This year, I decided to give him a bit of a break.   No, not from banging pots and pans.  I’ll be doing that when I’m 80.  Instead, I tried yet another gingerbread house recipe with the goal in mind of a house that would not collapse.  Excessive cups of flour and my first go at royal icing did the trick and for the first time ever, we had houses that stood.  In the midst of baking walls and roofs, I realized I did not have enough dough for four houses and asked Josiah if he would be willing to make a different structure.  He readily agreed and with his Father’s assistance soon had plans for the construction of a gingerbread privy (dunny).  When the houses were completed and pictures were taken and I was feeling gingerbread house victorious for the first time, Abby turned to me and said “but it’s not tradition if they don’t fall down.”

The Kids and their Gingerbread Houses

The Kids and their Gingerbread Houses