Happy Aluminium Anniversary!

Today, the Husband and I have been married for 10 years!

We have 2 kids.

We’ve had 7 pets (currently just the one cat.)

We’ve lived in 7 different homes.

We’ve been to 9 different states together (if I just counted right).

That’s a lot packed into 10 years.

10 is the aluminium anniverary in the UK, so I’m going to buy him a Dr. Pepper. But the machine at work only sells bottles. He’s a good husband. He’s worth a trip to the Kroger to buy a can.

Happy anniversary, BabyDaddy! I love you!

Short Days

Now, I don’t see the other kindergartener’s behavior sheets, so I’m not really able to compare my son with his peers, which is good. I don’t think I’m supposed to be doing that anyway. Right? Right.

But, when other parents and teacher-friends have caught a glance of the color scheme of his behavior sheet, they tend to say, “Oh, my. Can I see that?” And then they grab the folder to read his teacher’s comments.

At P’s school, like most kindergarten classes, everyday, everyone starts on green, and then for warnings they move to yellow, then, if the warning doesn’t help, to red.

For the record, P is getting better.

Last week for the Christmas break, he only went to school one full day and one half day. On Monday, I pointed out to him that he would get out early on Tuesday.

P: Oh good. It’s easier to get a green on a half day.
Me: Is it?
P: Oh yeah. It’s like you’ll have a good morning, but then you think, I’ll be bad this afternoon. But then, you just go home! There is no afternoon!

Then we talked about how, maybe, it would be better to think, “I’ll be good this afternoon.” He acknowledged this.

But, then again, I think we can all agree that if days were shorter, we might be a bit better behaved, too.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

And you need gloves laced with connective thread.

In November, we had a little cold snap. I found my trusty black gloves (This is the first year I remember that I didn’t have to go buy gloves! I found last year’s pair. Go me.), put them on and went outside. Before I was off the porch, my phone rang. This is my first winter with an iPhone so I was not prepared for the frustration of trying to answer a call with gloves on. It’s not possible! As soon as I could, I googled “Gloves for iPhone” and “Use touchscreen with gloves on” and I found the most amazing product: conductive thread.

If you take about 6 inches of conductive thread and stitch it into the fingertips of your leather or fabric gloves, you can use your touchscreen with your gloves on. These also work on touch screens at the store. I would imagine they would also work for everyone who has to work at a restaurant drive-thru with a touch sceen cash register.

Here is my fingertip:
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These are tips I have for stitching your own fingertip:

1. The snugger the gloves, the better.
2. The more thread exposed on the inside of the glove touching your finger, the better.
3. The closer the exposed star or square is in size to the size of your phone’s keyboard letters, the more accurate your typing will be.

Where to find the thread:

1. Ebay – Some folks sell a couple of feet of thread for a few bucks. Per yard, this is the most expensive way.
2. Robotshop.com. You can get 75 yards for about $40 (including shipping). That’s where I bought mine. It came quick.

I bought 75 yards because I knew I would not have a shortage of friends with iPhones and gloves. Plus, if I ever do decide I’m done, I can sell it by the foot on Ebay and make a killing.

If you are a friend reading this, bring your gloves by, and I’ll make you a star. If you are interested in purchasing a pair, check Etsy. When I was searching I found a woman there selling some already made gloves with designs much cuter than mine for $10.

Superhero Patches (or I’m in Love with the Presto Felt)

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I really am in love with Presto felt.

I had read about it when I was gathering ideas for the P’s superhero party, but I hadn’t used it until Christmas day. It was so easy to sketch on and cut. And the back was adhesive, so the layers stuck together with no problem.

My big mistake was not buying the color white. I was thinking the Green Lantern was black and green and that Flash was red and yellow. Unfortunately, the both feature white. So, back to the store soon.

These will be attached to the satchel as soon as I find my hot glue gun.

What else could we do with Presto felt? I have a couple of sheets left…

Christmas Parent Fail

At church last week, I took a really small Christmas Tree to decorate with the church kids. My son wanted to help carry stuff from the car, so he grabbed the tree from the car, ran ahead of me, and disappeared around the corner to the front door of the church. He reappeared while I was crossing the parking lot and announced “The tree is ready!”

Then he ran off to play with the other kids.

When I got to the door, the little 3 footer was sitting on the sidewalk right by the door. I unlocked the church and carried the tree in. I set it on a table.

The P runs by the front door in a minute and stops in shock.

P: Mama, where did the tree go?
Me: I put it inside. On this table.
P: Why?
Me: To decorate the church.
P: Oh. Christmas trees go inside?
Me: (Can’t talk. Soul crushed)

So, the thing is, for the past 4 years, we’ve had some combination of dog, cat or baby that made a tree seem unmanageable. Whenever I thought of putting one up, images of broken ornament glass on the floor and constantly grabbing the Princess up from the threat of a falling pine danced in my head. Combine that with the fact that my husband and I work about 80 hours per week at Christmas time and you just have a family that has let the Christmas decroating go by the wayside. Plus the cat, you know, would be knocking the ornaments all around. These are good reasons.

I should also point out that for the past several years, we’ve spent Christmas Eve with my inlaws, so all of the gift giving and most other festivities happens at their house.

But now my kid is the poor kid that never knew about Christmas Trees. We’re like a Hallmark special.

I called my husband immediately. He called his mom immediately and got his favorite Christmas cookie recipes. After work I picked up the ingredients and we all made cookies that night. And what does that make? A new Christmas tradition.

And, yes, we put up a tree. It’s a six footer, prelit.

Every day we added ornaments that P and I made together or that he brought from school. We have ornaments left over from pre-kid days, but whenever I asked about getting them out, P would ask if we could make paper chains instead.

This ornament is the best:

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Merry Christmas!

Update: The cat with the tree is still a problem. As I write this, I’m batting her away from the tree because she’s trying to eat the “prelit” branches. One of our ornaments needs to be a can of quarters so it will be handy to shake. If anyone has ideas about cat-proofing your tree, pass them on.

Christmas Wishes

Our P had not made an official Christmas list as far as I was aware, so I asked him on the way home one night what he thought he might want. This was his list:

Transformer coloring books, but the kind with not just pictures, but mazes and stuff, too.
A satchel with superhero logos.
A spy backpack.

Follow up questions:

Me: Dear, what’s a satchel?
P: It’s like a purse, but it’s for boys and you carry it over you shoulder, like this. (We were driving, so I didn’t see it either.)

Yes. My son wants a European Carry-all.

Me: What do you mean by spy backpack?
P: Like a backpack, but the sides come out like cup holders and you can hide stuff in there. And a zipper could come around like this. (Again, driving in the dark. No idea what he’s doing with his hands.)
Me: Is this something you saw?
P: No. Do you think we could make it?
Me: Draw me a picture.

Do I really think we will make a spy backpack? No. I don’t. This conversation happened a month ago and I still haven’t seen a picture.

But I did find an old brown camera case that could very possibly be a European Carry-all. And this week I’ll purchase felt so we can try to make our own superhero patches together on Christmas Day. I’ll post pictures if it turns out cute.

How can you say no to coloring books and superhero patches?

And yesterday, I gave the princess an early present: a set of hair clips. For about 5 minutes she carried them around going, “Ohhh. Aaawwwe. Wow. “. This might be the best Christmas so far.