Archive for August, 2007

5 Minutes for Mom is giving away one of HP’s new Photosmart A626 Compact Printers.  I have been a fan of HP printers for quite some time.  This one looks great because it is so small and portable.  It prints several different sizes including:  4×6, 5×7, 4×12, and 4×8. 

Enter the contest and check out the new printer.

HP Photosmart Printer

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Holiday Grand Plan

The Holiday Grand Plan officially starts this week.  This year will be my fifth year using the Plan.  I stumbled upon this website after the twins were born and found that it is a great way to keep organized and stay ahead of the Christmas rush, while trying to manage the day-to-day activities of 2 busy children.

Each week, there are assignments to complete both for deep house cleaning and for preparing for the Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).  By breaking the holiday work down into smaller, more manageable tasks, I am able to do a little bit at a time and still truly enjoy the process.

I wish I could say that I am organized enough to follow the plan rigorously but I am not.  I do what I can with it each week.  The parts that I cannot do, I let go of and do not worry about.  Even though I do not follow every single little task, Thanksgiving weekend each year, we are able to get the tree decorated and we begin to enjoy the Christmas season without feeling as if we have to rush to accomplish everything on a large, out-of-control to do list.

This works for me.  What works for your holiday preparations?  When do you start to prepare?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Today was the first day of Pre-K 4 school.  GigglyGirl was very upset during meet the teacher last week and yesterday at her regular ballet class.  I was concerned that when I dropped her off she would cry and cling to me.  BusyBoy is usually very outgoing and makes friends easiliy so I was not really concerned about him.  Comments from today:

Me:  GigglyGirl, I was so happy that you did not cry when I left you at school today.  I was concerned about that but you did not shed 1 tear.

GigglyGirl:  Mommy, Mrs. Teacher gave me a skittle.

Another conversation:

Me:  Did you make new friends today at school?

BusyBoy:  No.  I did not.

Me:  Why not?

BusyBoy:  I forgot.

I’m glad my daughter can be bribed out of her clingy-ness with 1 single Skittle.  BusyBoy assures me he will remember to make new friends tomorrow.  🙂

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This week the twins start back to preschool and we are going to a family reunion.  Tonight’s menu is a meal that can be used as leftovers for the twins’ lunch tomorrow since that is their first day of school.  Tuesday and Wednesday will be easy meals that will allow time for work, packing, and household chores before going out of town.


  • Breakfast – oatmeal
  • Lunch – Sandwiches, fruit, and crackers
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast – French Toast
  • Lunch
    • Chicken Nuggets
    • Cantaloupe
    • Carrot Sticks
    • Browine
  • Dinner
    • Spaghetti
    • Garlic Bread
    • Salad
    • I will cook a triple batch of spaghetti sauce that can be frozen.  When we get back in town either Sunday night or Monday, we can have this for dinner without having to make a grocery store run after a long ride home.


  • Breakfast – Waffles
  • Lunch
    • Chicken Nuggets
    • Watermelon
    • Cheese
  • Dinner
    • Teriakyi Chicken
    • Rice
    • Broccoli

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday out of town until Sunday evening.

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Chicken Nuggets

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch cubes or use defrosted frozen chicken strips without additional cutting)
  • 50 Wheat Thins, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesean cheese
  1. Stir together butter and Worcestershire suace.  Add chicken and toss and coat.
  2. Mix Wheat Thins and Cheese together in a separate bowl.
  3. Dredge chicken in Wheat Thin mixture.
  4. Place chicken on single layer baking pan.
  5. Bake at 450 for 7 to 9 minutes.
  6. Makes 4 servings.

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A “Sisyphean Task” is one that is extremely laborious and that never ends. 

For example:

Today, I did laundry ALL day long.  Before going to bed tonight, there will still be more laundry to be done from the clothes we wore today.  In fact, the day I die, I will leave behind dirty laundry. 

Does it ever end?! 

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Today’s prompt for Sunday Scribblings is I get that sinking feeling.

It has been in the upper 90s and low 100s around here for the past several weeks.  The days have been scorchers.  Because of that there has not been a lot of outside play for the children.  While I tried to have quite a few outings to family and friends’ homes, the days have been l-o-n-g when they are at home.  There is only so much television I allow them to watch and I have bent that rule in the past week.  The toys are fun but after awhile.  There is only so much tv and toys that two twins can enjoy any given day.  Needless to say, the children have been getting on each other’s nerves a little bit.

This morning as BusyBoy and GigglyGirl were playing and apparently GigglyGirl was not sharing the way BusyBoy wanted her to share.  They got in a bit of a squabble but, I thought, they got over it rather quickly.  Apparently I was wrong that they got over it quickly.  A few minutes later I hear BusyBoy yell, “GigglyGirl, you are NOT my sister.” 

Luckily, they did get over the squabble quickly after that.

I get the sinking feeling that their arguments are moving to another level. 

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