Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Sound Out

From Chicago, the city that had its first day of summer this weekend, it's Sunday Sound Out starring the ultimate winner of the fun-filled game Balderdash, Dawn Meehan!

How are things going with you and Joe? I would love to hear how everything is at your house and how I can pray for you both and the kids specifically.
Things suck, but I'm doing what I have to do for me and the kids. But it's ok because God is amazing and can use any situation for good.

How much one on one Mommy time does she [Brooklyn] have now?
We have all morning, just the two of us. Sometimes we run errands, sometimes we go to the library, sometimes we go back and snuggle in bed while watching Little Bear tapes. We always read 50,000 books and usually play dolls. She's very cuddly and sweet and I'll miss her when she goes to school.

Look at how organized your videos are! Was this the 30 seconds following straightening them? Mine NEVER stay that neat for very long!
Yeah, I'm a little insane about organizing stuff like that. The more things in my life that I can't control, the more obsessed I get about organizing my house.

Advice: How does one keep preschoolers from trying to sit on the bagging area. It's some sort of gravity field, some of impossible temptation....
Duct tape them in the grocery cart.

Dawn,they don't make half gallons of ice cream anymore.Lise
Of course they do. Every store I shop at sells store brands of ice cream in half gallon boxes.

Does your library have self-check?
I think so, but I've never used it. There's never a line to check out books, so I've not looked into the self-check there. The last time I was at my library, I grabbed my book off the shelf and signed it to the library! Hee hee
Speaking of, you can still get a signed copy of Because I Said So

How do you use your own bags in self check?
Honestly, the self check-outs I usually use are at Jewel (local grocery store) and they have a mini conveyor belt that leads to a bagging area (that isn't a scale). After ringing up my order, I just move down and bag my groceries in whatever bags I want to use. And unlike 98% of all humankind, I know how to use the order divider so the next person in line can start ringing up their order while I pack mine.

Dawn - I'm very excited to take my family to this amazing show [Zing Zang Zoom circus]. I'm having troubles entering the MOM code for the discount. Can you provide any more information as to which spot on the ticketmaster screen we enter this. I'm fairly computer savvy and have tried a few possibilities and it will not show the discount price. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Meghan would be happy to walk anyone through the process to ensure you get your discount. Feel free to email her at

We celebrated my oldest son's birthday this weekend. Well, at least some of us did. My mom is mad at me so she refused to come. Apparently she talked my grandmother out of attending as well. sigh The rest of us had fun though. Our close friends stayed late while we played Pictionary and Balderdash and had a terrific time. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time. The kids were absolutely hilarious. It's nice now that most of them are old enough to join in the games.

Here's my big 15-year-old who now towers over me.

The 14 inch tall cake...

frosted orange...

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Austin thought the cake was cool, but didn't eat a single bite. He doesn't actually like cake. Maybe next year I'll decorate a cheesecake or a pie for him.

Austin didn't eat the cake, but as I sat here typing this, I noticed Clay get out of bed and walk through the kitchen 3 times. I finally went to see what his deal was and why he kept getting up to go to the bathroom. Know what he was doing? Every time he walked through the kitchen, he reached out and grabbed a handful of cake on his way back to bed. Stinker!


Anonymous said...

In my opinion it is very selfish of your mother not to attend your son's party even if she was mad at you. Were Austin's feelings hurt? I hope they weren't!

Miss Vintage Vixen said...

You always amaze me with your cakes?!

Did you take any courses or something?

Letty said...

Wow! Your cakes are always awesome! You have such talent!

Pam said...

Dawn, you make awesome cakes!

Anonymous said...

What did Austin do to them. I hate when adults punish kids for something that has nothing to do with them. I would imagine that the kids are having a hard enough time without having Grandma not show up for their special events.

Donna said...

Glad to hear Austin's party went well. I love seeing the pictures of his cake. Do you use something,(like a picture), to help you design these cakes or do you use a pre-made pattern ?
You are so talented!

Keep your chin up Dawn.
Your 'rainbow' will come !!!!

Diane said...

Okay, that cake is awesome. What a great job you did. I am sorry for all the trouble you are having. For the first ten years of our marriage I had similar issues with drinking and lying. After my husband handed it over to God everything gradually improved to where you wouldn't even think he was the same man. God can change everything. I pray that happens for you.

B said...

Wow, LOVE the cake! You do an amazing job!

Christy said...

Hi Dawn,
I pray for you regularly. I'm in a very similar situation to yours and I just try and take it one day at a time to make sure I have some semblance of sanity and that my kids aren't caught up in our marital issues. It's so hard!

Anyway, I wanted to mention that your SSO question from another reader about ice cream containers is correct. Most ice cream containers are no longer 1/2 gallons; rather, they have shrunk the size down to 1.75 or even 1.5 quarts! Check it out next time you're at the store. Prices may not have gone up, but they decreased the size instead hoping the consumer wouldn't notice. Pretty sneaky, eh? Of course if you end up eating the whole container by yourself you can console yourself by saying at least it wasn't an entire 1/2 gallon - not that I've ever done that! ;-)


sharalyns said...

LOL! I'm with Austin. Don't really like cake at all. I prefer a pie for my birthday each year. :-)

That said, you did an amazing job! It looks like a real pineapple!

I'm sorry about your mom and grandma, but glad you had a good time anyway!

My son takes after Clay apparently. I made cupcakes for his end of the year soccer party yesterday. He too kept getting up for "water". 3 cupcakes are missing....

JenW said...

Dawn, I love the pineapple cake! Does your Mom read this blog? If so, I hope she reads comments. Here is my comment for her: You don't not go to your grandson's birthday party because you are mad at his mother. That is horrible! Pretty sad that Brooklyn is more mature than your mother at the moment.

crafteeladee said...

My dad doesn't like cake, and when there are birthdays on the 21st, 25th and 26th of November and Thanksgiving falls in there somewhere, so he always had a birthday pumpkin pie. Also when I was a kid we didn't get a party, but we got to pick everything for a Sunday Dinner, yes an old-fashioned Sunday dinner, my nephew, March 1st bd, chose Thanksgiving dinner.

MaBunny said...

Wow, you sure can build those cakes Dawn! Sorry to hear that things still suck at home, but glad you are keeping it together!
Wow Austin is tall!

Anonymous said...

Pbtttthhh to your mom!! That's breaking some cardinal Grandma rule I think. It would have been just fine to show up at his party and ignore you.

I think the commenter about the ice cream was pointing out that since the economy tanked, the oz. of ice cream you get is not quite a half gallon anymore... it's like 1.75qt. or something...

Um...That's a pretty FLAT pizza behind Austin's cute face. I thought y'all Chicagoans only ate pizza that rivals lasagne in depth!!! Please explain!


Susanne said...

Hate to tell you, dear, but the half gallon cartons of ice cream? They're only 1.5-1.75 gallon now. I noticed this started happening a few years ago, and now they are all that way. Like we need to be psyched out any more than our kids already try on us!

Your son is getting so tall and handsome! Too bad about the grandmas. People should be able to set things aside for their grandchild's birthday. At least the rest of you had fun. Awesome cake! You are so talented!

Chin up, mama!

Shonda Warren said...

Happy Birthday Austin!
On a sad note, it is very petty that your mom and g'ma did not attend their grandson's birthday.
No adult should use a celebration of life as a weapon in getting back at a person. Life is way to short. I hope things get better with your family. I pray for you and your entire family.
I really hope Austin wasn't hurt by their actions. Keep your head up Dawn.

Wendi said...

Awesome cake!!! Sorry about your trials with the "grown-ups". I'm glad the kids are still helping you have some fun. :)

Winona said...

*gasp* You are admitting that you defaced a library book?!?!?

Little-Bit said...

Now that Austin is 15 (!), don't you think it is time for sidebar picture updates?

Gloria said...

I am praying that your Mom can resolve her "mad" and can communicate. Sometimes we parents have to proffer our opinion and then step aside to let our grown children make their decisions.

It's very difficult for someone who doesn't walk in your shoes, sleep in your bed, or live day to day in your home to have a true picture. Right now you need support and your children need Grandma. If I remember correctly she got a little (or maybe a lot) ticked at what you expressed in one of your emails regarding Joe's difficulties after surgery. I do hope that this is not still fallout from that.

I'm praying for her and for your family to look past the differences and mend some fences.

Bless you,

Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with the SSO, but this caught my eye in a NASCAR article and I thought of you. It was titled:

10. Because i said so, that's why. Really, is there any need to continue?

(The second sentence is the author's response to his mother's statement).

Britney said...

I was shocked to see how grown up Austin looked in the picture you posted! How's he doing in school now that he's had time to adjust to the honors classes?

Stores around here are still selling 1/2 gallons of ice cream, too. But I've noticed a few brands have gone to the 1.5 quart size.

I hope things start to look up with you and Joe soon. "May the God of hope fill you with ALL joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 always encourages me. I hope it encourages you too.

Anonymous said...

Nice cake it looks awesome It's nice to know i'm not the only person that has a kid that will not eat cake my 9 year old does not care for it much or get this she doesnt like CHOCOLATE either weirdo i know sasha-bctx

SubWife said...

Wonderful cakes. They look awesome!! I hope you and your mom patch things up soon. I don't know why moms sometimes behave that way, but they do...

Carrie said...

Austin looks so much like Joe in this picture. LOVE the pineapple. You are seriously amazing. :)

Tracy said...

Awesome cake Dawn! My son would have loved that (his birthday was the 26th) but I am by no means a baker, I can screw up a flat sheet cake if I try hard enough.

Missi said...

You are an AWESOME mom!

Awesome cake too btw.

What did the library say when you gave them the book back signed?

Karla with a K said...

I love Balderdash!

Have you ever gotten the word "squinch"?
I don't know if everyone's mind would be in the toilet, but I think in our group every made up definition had a bathroom reference for that word.

And no-one's ever forgotten the word either.

God's blessings to you and your family.

Candi said...

Love the pineapple cake - very clever. Love the self check-outs, too, but I always take my son with me the first time I use one that's different from others I've already used. I watch him and then the next visit I know how it works and don't hold up the line and can still hold my head up in line. (He's 39 and techno savvy - I'm 60 and beyond help until I see how it works). I'd take notes if I had to 'cause I'm up for anything that gets me out of the store faster once I've finished my shopping, even if it does mean taxing my brain to its limits.

finnogen said...

Just a thought: You hinted some time ago that you think Jackson got his ADHD from Joe. People with ADHD often have addiction problems. That lying thing reminds me of myself (I have ADD, too, and I'm an adult). Maybe an ADHD treatment would help?

I'm not a praying person, but I wish you and your family all the best. (English is not my mother language, so please excuse my mistakes.)

Emily said...

Awesome usual ;o)

jes said...

Haha! My now 13 year old isn't huge on cake either so a few years ago we just stuck some candles on a pizza. Voila! Pizza-cake :-)

That being said, that is one spectacular cake. I wouldn't even know where to start!

jennyandcompany said...

nope, Dawn is right - several store brands still sell half gallons, and so does Blue Bell :) Awesome cake as usual!

Sorry things are yuck right now, but I wanted to tell you that your story sort of slapped me in the face and made me realize that I am in the same boat. I reached out to a couple of people with the truth for the first time, and they encouraged me to go immediately to al-anon. I have gone to a couple of meetings and it has been incredible. If you aren't going, start now, you will be glad you did.

Beckie said...

I'm so sorry your mom had to hurt Austin because she's mad at you. I have a 15yo boy and when my MIL acts like this it hurts him even if he doesn't say it. I hope your mom reads these comments and decides to be less selfish and more understanding. God bless. I can only guess at the rough time you guys are having now. Praying for you and yours!

Vincent said...

Just a quick important comment about your SSO reply about the size of ice-cream today: as Dawn stated there is stil half-gallon sized ice cream out there and that is the only size I buy. I will only shop at a store that provides it and will not do business with any manufacturer that doesn't make half gallon ice cream.

Want to know why ice cream manufacturers get away with shrinking your ice cream, people? Because you buy it.

Don't let them steal something this sacred, only buy ice cream from people that make half-gallons!!

Dawn, you need to make this critical issue a blog rallying cry - the end of ice cream tyranny by 1.75/1.5 qt ice cream makers!

Anonymous said...

gooood grief!!! She needs to get the bad grandmother of the year award! On another note, I'll be praying that everything works out at your house right now... hang in there ;)

Anonymous said...

***sniffle snort*** uhg, now I know how you felt! Whole family home sick with swine flu!

Anonymous said...

Awesome Cake.. Love your blog. Hang in there things will get better.

As for your mother not going to Austin birthday.....I would love to have my granchildren live as close. Mine live 3000 miles away. I would not let ANYTHING stop me.

Red Lotus said...

I am so sorry that your mom and grandmother chose to punish your child instead of you. Not that you deserve punishment or anything, but Austin didn't do anything wrong. My dad pulled that one at my sons party in October. Except he wasn't mad at me, he didn't want to come To Dylan's party bc my mom was gonna be there and he didn't wanna deal with that kind of tension. My son was upset.

Great cake! You have talent!!! you are a great mom Dawn, and an inspiration to many. Keep your head up, you are doing the best you can.

Emiliy said...

I don't like cake either. I already decided my wedding guests are getting pie a la mode.

Robin said...

Dawn~ I'm really sorry to hear that things still suck with you and Joe. I pray that things work out in the best possible way for you and your whole family.

And I LOVE Little Bear!!! Little Bear, Little Bear Sing a song.... When my son was little he used to sing "hing a hong"...we had no idea he'd learned the Chinese version! LOL!! :)

Anonymous said...

OH please teach me! All I wanted for my little girl's first birthday was a minnie mouse cake I found online. Can we say COPYRIGHT?!?! NO ONE would make it for me. so we went to wal-mart to get her generic! GORGEOUS CAKE!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

Just wanted to send you a (((HUG))) from Texas. I'm sorry that things suck right now. It's even more unfortunate that your Mom has decided to get on her mad at you. Of all the times! Well, keep taking care of yourself and your kids. You are the rock in their life and that's huge! Don't give up, sweetie. Keep smiling, keep laughing, and I'll keep praying for you and your kiddos on my end.

~Lisa K. Dallas, Texas

Sherry said...

Awesome cake! You are very talented, not to mention patient. My son doesn't like cake much either. We did a big cookie one year. My 5-year old dd's only request this year was a cake that her big sister could eat. She has food allergies and cannot have red dye. It was so sweet. You are in my thoughts and prayers with all that is going on.

Anonymous said...


Just hoping and praying things getting easier for you and yours soon. Hopefully, your mom will realize that maybe her help would be a blessing.

Just wanted you to know we all want the best for all of you.


Christine said...

Totally know about the teenage walk-by grazing. Many a day the younger kids come into the kitchen to lament over the dessert that's now gone because my 13 year old picked at it to death. :)

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