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Thankful Thursday


I am thankful that Stella is now registered for kindergarten. We went this morning for our appointment and handed in all our paperwork. Next year I will have a whole two and a half hours to myself, what am I going to do with my time?
I am thankful that Teddy goes to school. I love him to death, but that kid. Having to repeat things over and over again gets old really quickly. One would think putting shoes on to go to school would be a given, guess not. I hope it’s the age.
I am thankful there is no school tomorrow. Every day is a fight with Maizie about going to school. Once she gets there she’s fine and always has a great day, but getting her up and out the door is a challenge.
I am thankful that March is just about over. I always feel that February and March just suck (except for my anniversary). It’s cold, wet and snowy. I’m a cranky wench during those months. Once April gets here, it always seems to be a little brighter. Here’s to hoping I’m not a cranky wench much longer.
I am thankful for my husband Ted. Tomorrow will be our tenth anniversary. We have been through so much; better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness and health. I couldn’t imagine going through life with anyone else. I love you Sweetie.

The Bossy Boots and the Eggcellent Color


Every year it’s the same thing, “When are we going to color Easter eggs?” As soon as I bring home the kit, it’s an endless quest by the kids to wear me down and give in. Yesterday was the day, egg coloring day. I decided to get crafty this year and try using food coloring instead of my beloved Paas. I was quite impressed with the results. (The color of the egg, not the doneness…whole other nightmare).

The end product (after some were eaten)

Let’s begin.
First of all, I have the worst time hard boiling eggs (9 and a half times out of 10 they come out awful), so I tried baking some of them. They came out WAY better than the boiled ones. They did come out with some mystery shmutz (of course they did why would they come out the right way), but it wiped off and they get colored and peeled off, so I didn’t care.
Boiled some (those didn’t come out well)

Tried baking these (came out very well)

See the mystery shmutz

I gathered my supplies and got ready.
All the needed supplies
Can’t forget my assisstants

Not using a store bought kit, I didn’t have the nifty pop out circle doohickeys to put my colored eggs in so I was wondering where I was going to put the eggs after they were dipped. I didn’t want to put them back in the carton because I didn’t want the color to smudge. Then I was stuck by genius (I’m overachieving here, watch out); I cut the bottoms off the egg carton with a bread knife and used it that way. Move over Martha, I’m walking by.
My genius idea

They fit quite nicely

Here’s my egg coloring concoction:
½ cup boiling water
1 ½ Tablespoon white vinegar
20 drops food coloring (red will need more to be brighter)
That’s it.
I put them in coffee mugs because I knew they wouldn’t break or crack with the boiling water.
I let the water cool of a little bit (I didn’t want a cold egg going into hot water). Then we were good to go.
Our assortment of colors

I gave each Kraus kid a spoon and told them to GENTLY put their egg into the cup of their choice. I put mine in purple and within 15 seconds, I couldn’t believe the color.
Only about 15 seconds in the cup
She’s sad she couldn’t do it too

All was going well until the two Bossy Boots started. So what if Teddy wanted to keep his egg in one cup the entire time? Is he hogging the table with his fanny? You didn’t even want to use that color anyway. Then the 2 BBs started telling me I was doing it wrong, really? I don’t see long ears and fur on you two.
The girls always feel it necessary to sit ON the table
I think that may be the only egg he did

Whatever, you girls want to be queens of the eggs, knock yourselves out. Teddy left his egg in the mug and went to watch Ted play videogames, I went back to Pinterest. By the time I got back to the kitchen, the BBs had finished all the eggs. Then the BBs wanted to frame the “beautiful masterpieces” they ended up creating (the paper towels). Those two have a mind of their own sometimes.
The “masterpieces” they wanted to frame

Overall, we were successful in our Easter egg experiment.

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful for my Dyson. This was by far the best purchase we have ever made. Well worth the money. This sucker cleaned my house like nobody’s business.
I am thankful for contractor bags. When trying to throw out toys, it is best to have bags that are not see through. One peek can lead to a meltdown.
I am thankful I didn’t pack away the winter accessories the other week when I cleaned the front hallway. Mother Nature, being a bickle fitch, keeps giving us cold weather and snow. Really? What is wrong with you? It’s almost Easter; my girls need to wear their sandals with their dresses. They have shitted up their tights all winter and do not want to have to hunt down more pairs in between the bathing suits. Get your act together woman!
I am thankful our garbage men take everything, including furniture. We threw out a couch, a chair, an ottoman and a rug. They took it all. I went to pick up the kids at school and they were a few houses away, when I got home it was all gone. That couch was a queen size sleeper and the mofo was heavy (and covered in wet snow). Sorry garbage man.
I am thankful for Silas Robertson. Enough said.

Stella’s Babies


Stella is very serious when it comes to her babies. It gets downright creepy at times. We recently took the kids to Toys R Us and told the kids they could spend up to $12 each. Stella must have forgotten. While she was checking out Strawberry Shortcakes, I asked her if she wanted it. She looked at me and said, “Wait, we can really buy something today?” I shook my head yes, she replied with, “Well let’s get back to the baby aisle.” And that’s how we got Lola.
Lola had become number one lately. She either comes with us or Stella arranges for a babysitter. If she is left with a babysitter (usually Ted) there is a whole list of instructions (I kid you not). She needs to be swaddled, what time she needs to be fed, if she’ll need to be changed, the instructions go on and on. I don’t think I had that many when I left my real kids, hell I was just happy to be out the door.
Lola is on the left and face down in the bowl. The others pic is the dolls watching Stella use my computer.
She feeds them in the high chair and with the bottle. She makes them “cry” and then comforts them. The babies get baths and have their clothes changed almost as much as Stella herself. If there is a sleeping baby, DO NOT make noise and wake her up, the wrath of Stella is ugly. The other day she was using my computer with one hand and holding Lola, wrapped in a blanket in the other. I told you, she takes this seriously.
Stella is rarely without a baby.
Yesterday, when she woke up (in my bed), she couldn’t find Lola; I tried looking for her but couldn’t find her. I told her, she (being Lola) could stay in bed with Daddy and get some more rest and she (Stella) could come have breakfast. She wasn’t having it, cue the water works, so I just left figuring she would come out in a few minutes.
Stella and her Itty Bitty Baby Lucy.
Half an hour later, still no Stella. I went back in my room and Stella was just laying there waiting to be able to find Lola. She wouldn’t get up without her baby. So my search began. I started moving the pillows and the sheets, no Lola. This wasn’t good, Stella’s tearing up, I had to find this doll or this was going to be a horrible day at the Kraus house. Finally, Ted rolled and there she was, I yanked her out and I had a happy little girl. Our day can begin.

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful that the weather is starting to turn for the better (with the exception of the next few days). Now I actually take showers, get dressed and go out into the world. The kids and I can walk to school more often and spend more time at the playground. In a few weeks, I may be out and about every day.
I am thankful for my dad. When things were really going pear shaped, he came and helped out it a big way. Thanks Dad.
I am thankful for a king size bed. I seriously don’t remember that last time I woke up and there wasn’t an extra person (or two) in there. No wonder I always have a backache.
I am thankful that my kids are doing so well in school. We went to conferences last night and found out that along with doing very well on the reading assessment, Teddy got all the answers correct on the math assessment, just don’t ask him to get his shoes. He straddles that very fine line between genius and madness every day. Maizie of course excelled in reading (that’s why I couldn’t read 50 Shades while she was sitting next to me).
I am thankful that Stella has a fiery personality and her own fashion sense. She wants what she wants; watch out if you stand in her way. There may be hitting, kicking, throwing, tears, apologies, threats, pushing, and foot stomping but through all that Ted and I can’t help but turn around and laugh because that squeaky little voice and her fury is hysterical.

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday…Bruin Edition

Last night our wonderful neighbor gave Ted and Teddy tickets to a meet and greet with the Providence Bruins. Teddy couldn’t wait.

They started the evening off with a stop to get gaggas and a coffee milk. I asked them to bring me three all the way but they said no (probably best for everyone).


Two gaggas all the way and a coffee milk

They made their way to the Dunkin Donuts Center and pure joy came over Teddy. He met a bunch of players, the mascot, got autographs and went in a bounce house.

Two Bears

Teddy is not shy at all, he talks to everyone. He kind of reminds me of Sophia from Golden Girls because sometimes he doesn’t have a filter. When most of the kids were nervous talking to the players; Teddy went right up to the tables, introduced himself, told them his age and said how he started playing hockey this year. They were impressed with his size (not too many 4ft 7in 88lb 6 year old around). 

He went up to the Head Coach and said, “So what do you do?” He said he was the Head Coach; to which Teddy replied, “So you’re HC'” as he handed him his roster to be signed.

The best has to be the exchange with Christian Hanson.
 Hanson: Hey Buddy, how’s it going?
Teddy: GREAT! I’m having a great time!
(Teddy looks at the stitches on his face)
Teddy: Do you have a big sister?
Hanson: (Confused a little) Yes, I have two.
Teddy: (Nods, knowingly)

He thought he got them from his sister, Teddy knows how vicious a big sister can be.

Our dog was named after his uncles!

When he came home I asked how it was. He said, “It was the greatest night and he didn’t want it to end.”

The Casserole That Disappeared


I frequently make up recipes. I think of something I want to make and look on the internet. Usually the ones I find have ingredients I don’t have (I’m not going to go get because I’m too lazy) or things one of the kids won’t want to eat.
Last night I wanted taco casserole. After searching, for what seemed like forever with not much success (FYI, I would not put cinnamon in a taco), I decided to mash up a bunch of recipes and came up with this…
Taco Casserole
Taco casserole…not a bit of it was left.

1 lb ground turkey
2 cans Rotel
2 c shredded Cheddar cheese
8 hard taco shells
1 onion chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
Preheat oven 375
Brown ground turkey and add onion until softened. Add taco seasoning and mix as directed. Stir in 2 cans of Rotel (I drained them). Heat through.
In 2qt casserole layer 4 broken taco shells, half the turkey mixture, the cheese. Repeat ending with cheese. Put in oven for 20 minutes.
Top with sour cream, black olives and extra cheese (if it tickles your fancy).
Enjoy!

Kids These Days…The Poor Things


There are things kids these days may never get to experience firsthand and I feel bad for them. They are never going to have a truly happy and fulfilling childhood. Some will enjoy some of them, but it’s second hand and just not the same; they didn’t live it. If you’re as old as I am, you will understand.
Truffle Shuffle
Iocaine powder
“The perfect cheer”
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Zim Zam
Double Dare
Remote Control
Designer Imposters
Kelli Kapowski
In Living Color
Sticker books
Perfection
Garbage Pail Kids
Jake Ryan
Playing MASH
Sprockets
Blowing out your Nintendo cartridge
Demented and sad, but social
Kids Incorporated
Daytime game shows
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter
If you don’t know any of these, you can Google it. There wasn’t an internet way back when these were popular.

A “Typical” Week

A typical week in the life of the Kraus House (in pictures…mostly).

I went to brush my teeth and when I opened the medicine cabinet I found this lovely gem. I would have to say Maizie or Teddy is to blame becuase I don’t think Stella can reach that high.

Rehab Barbie

Teddy came home from school and had two Toaster Strudels and Nutella on graham crackers. Then 15 minutes before the timer on the oven was going to go off, he came in asking for chips and salsa. This was the reaction I got when I said no, a teary, crumbling heap on the floor. Really? You’re not going to starve in the next 15 minutes.

A bit overly dramatic

 Stella all dressed for her day at school. We get there and the high school girls all come over to say Hi to her and tell me how cute she is. Stella says Hi, gets her name tag and high tails it over to the play area. I think she might like it there.

Fancy hair to match fancy clothes

 We had lasanga and garlic bread for dinner the other night. As we were sitting there Teddy asked what would happen if he put the lasagna between the garlic bread and made a sandwich.

A lasagna sandwich on garlic bread

 This isn’t a one time thing, Stella falls out of bed a lot. Most of the time she rolls under her bed, this time she rolled the other way. As soon as I saw her I did what every good mother should do, went and got the camera then put her back into bed.

Stella: “Bed rails are for babies!”
For more go to The Mommyhood Chronicles


Thankful Thursday


I am thankful for more snow. I started to get that warm fuzzy feeling that spring was on its way. Thank you Mother Nature for slapping me back to reality and reminding me I live in New England and until I’m sitting on the beach, it can snow anytime (and even then it can be a crap shoot).
This is from Nemo, but every time I see a snowflake I have flashbacks and this is what I think of.
I am thankful for 50 pound bags of dog food. Alabama is so happy to see it come in the house; she knows she can stay until it’s gone. Without that giant bag, what else would I trip on when I walked through the back hallway with an overflowing laundry basket?
I admit it, I have a fat dog. I have noticed on the “weight loss” dog food they always seem to have a lab, that’s a bit stereotypical (I’ve seen some VERY fat beagles).
I am thankful that Teddy is full of questions this morning. I wouldn’t want to be shlumpy this morning, with his rapid fire this morning how could I be? He’s keeping me sharp this morning. Everything from “Who uses coupons at Job Lot?” to “Can we bring watermelon to the beach this summer?”
I am thankful that Ted and Stella had a wonderful tea party yesterday while I was volunteering at the kids’ school. The even got to use my “Marry Dishes” (my china), had classical music, candlelight and real tea. She demonstrated her special two-pinkie method of sipping tea.
Isn’t she dainty?
I am thankful I got my front hall closet cleaned out. Man was that a horror show, my back still hurts. I found four of my shoes that didn’t have a match; the match must be in the upstairs closet (that’s a nightmare for another day). Anyone want to place some wagers on how long the clean closet will last?
Someone wore my boots with the fur (wonder if they had Apple Bottom jeans on too).
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