Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Sound Out

From Chicago, the town that's just northwest of Indiana (found that out the hard way this week), it's Sunday Sound Out with your host who can spell onomatopoeia, Dawn Meehan!

I have four children and boy do I sometimes feel that cleaning the house is just not worth it. I don't know, maybe I just don't have a very good routine. It sometimes feel like I have lost all of my organizational skills. Do you have any advice for me. So I can enjoy my children?
Hmmm, I have a pretty good routine. I follow behind my children, picking up their trail of garbage while muttering under my breath and complaining about being their maid. When I've finally had enough of that, I yell at them to clean up their filth or they'll be grounded until they're 30. It seems to work.

Oh, and one question: What's the best book you ever read?( Yeah, it's random but I just want to know)
Honestly, I just can't seem to find the time to read these days, and as sad and pathetic as it is, I don't have a favorite book. But my favorite book from childhood was The Maggie B by Irene Haas. I have no idea why, but I loved that book. Hmmm, I should try to get my hands on a copy.

How is Spring Break eleven days? My poor head just can't add the numbers.
Ok, so it's only 9 days. I told you I don't do math on my blog.

How BIG is that glass of wine???
Well, here's a picture of me standing next to it. What? Of course that's me! Shaddup, it could happen!

SSO, i've missed a bunch since last may. what happened with you and joe, is there a post somewhere i can read about it?
I haven't really written much about it. Joe complained to his lawyer about the couple sentences I did write, so until I talked to my lawyer, I didn't want to say anything else. Thankfully, my lawyer told me as long as I write the truth, there's nothing he can do. I go to court next week at which point a judge will give his recommendation as to what we should do with the house since we can't come to an agreement about it.

Question, though: You never do Sunday Sound Outs anymore! What's up with that?
I may skip it now and then, but for the most part, I post every Sunday. Someone's skimming.

Did you make the artichoke jalapeno dip? I would love the recipe if you don't mind, that would be great.
1. Go to the grocery store
2. Buy the dip
3. Enjoy with soy/flax tortilla chips, or veggie chips, or potato chips, or pretzel chips, or bagel chips, or pita chips.

Dawn, instead of trying to turn off the water, just lift up the flusher handle. My husband taught me that after the toilet overflowed on me once. Now when the water is rising I just lift up the handle and it stops. Hope it works for you.
Duh, I know this! I do! I even made a toilet fixing video! Although the addendum to my toilet fixing video was better.

Was it the delicious jalepeno artichoke dip from Costco?
Nooo, I got it from Jewel, thinking it would taste the same. Not. The stuff from Costco is the best!

Lets talk about Easter- What do you put in your kids baskets if you celebrate? Does the Easter bunny hide the eggs and where at? Do you do hard boiled eggs or plastic to hide?
Well, I don't put anything in their baskets. The Easter Bunny does, of course. He typically puts candy, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and maybe a small toy. I boil 6 dozen eggs for the kids to color. We eat a few, make deviled eggs out of a few, make egg salad from a few, and usually throw out several. I know it's wasteful, but I'd rather toss a couple dozen eggs than listen to the kids fight over who gets to dye how many eggs and blah blah blah. This way, they each get their own dozen to decorate. The Easter Bunny doesn't hide the real eggs though because bleeding dye on the carpet and couches, etc. is not good. Plus, if you don't happen to find that last egg until, oh say, July, it can be kinda stinky. The bunny hides plastic eggs and the kids each find their own color (Austin - blue, Savannah purple, etc). Then, of course, we go to church to celebrate the real reason for Easter.

We visited my grandma on Saturday. They had an Easter egg hunt and a special guest.

She was thoroughly freaked out at first, but then she took a closer look at the Easter Bunny and said, "Mom, that's not really a bunny!"

"Oh yeah? Why do you say that, Brooklyn?"

"Because bunnies aren't that big! And they don't walk; they hop! And I can see his hands. He's wearing gloves! And he looks creepy."

"You gotta point there, Brooklyn."

Yep, I dress my kids in their Easter finest for pictures with the bunny.

My cute nephew, Cameron, trying to pull the tutu off the bunny's neck. I have no idea why the bunny has a tutu around his neck either, Cameron.

Doesn't it look like the bunny is gearing up to take a bite out of Lexi's shoulder? Something about those black eyes just makes him look ferocious.


Sonja said...

That bunny is really creepy.

Chick Hatchers said...

I'm sorry your spring break is over. It was colder this past week than spring break should be. But, hey, you're ready to get them back in school, right?

My 7yo was 3 when she saw an Easter Bunny walking around. It didn't take her but a minute to point out quite loudly "That bunny has a zipper!"

Sandy in Illinois said...

Clay has sure grown since that video was made. He still has the same energy, however.

Emiliy said...

So I just saw the updated pics on the right hand side of the blog. Savannah is beautiful. All the kids are, really, better watch all those boys with Savannah!

Lisa said...

LOVE the new pictures! BTW Holy cow,Savannah looks like she's 17!

Brian said...

Oh, I forgot to mention to you about the trick that I use for toilet thing. I learned this from a maintenance man who worked in my apartment complex.

Instead of flushing the toilet as you normally would, grab a bucket and fill it with water from the tub. A mop bucket works really well. This way you can pour the water manually into the toilet and can stop right away if you need to.

It's too much of a pain to either remove the top of the water tank or to reach around and shut off the water. Plus with your luck, you will crack the porcelain top and have to buy a new one. hehe! ;)

Ruth said...

Great new pics of you and the kids. Brooklyn is quite the little girl and doesn't have that toddler look anymore. Good thing you have that cute nephew to fill the baby/toddler fix.

Tammy said...

Kinda like the Santas in the mall - for a hoot!

Jen said...

Man, those bunnies get creepier every year. *shudders* I hope you all have a Happy Easter sweetie. Btw.. I LOVE the updated pics of you all on the side. You all look so good! xoxoxoxo

cyn said...

My oldest also loved playing with the plunger. I have a picture when he was two draped in my slips, wearing his dad's combat boots while sitting on the dog carrying the plunger like a sword. And then they grow up

Ann said...

Can't believe Easter is already here!!!

I love the new pictures of the kids and you!! But is it just me, or is Brooklyn's the same picture as before?

Missi said...

You made my day w/ your children's "Easter finest". My son has holes ripped in just about every pair of his jeans. Same side even. After buying a pair of Levi's from Sears. I told him to go ahead & crawl all over the floor I was a member of Kid Advantage & could get them replaced if he ripped holes in them now. I even saved the tags to get the same style since that is a requirement.

Cindy said...

That bunny is freakin' scary!

Ginny Williams said...

Dawn, BEAUTIFUL pictures on your page... glad to see the update :)

Michelle said...

Wow... where'd they find that Easter bunny? My 3yo was looking with me and said he didn't want to see an Easter bunny like that, he was scary!

Sarah said...

Wow. All the kids are getting so grown up. Of course the youngest change the most. Love the new side bar with the udpated pics. Soooo very sorry about the divorce. :(

Hope you have a great Easter and no more creepy Easter Bunny impersonators! :)

Glenda said...

New pictures! N-i-c-e!

Natasha said...

Totally weird question I know... But I was wondering, could you post what colors each of your kids uses for the Easter Egg Hunt? Just out of curiosity, lol. I'm pretty sure you've posted it before, but I'm too lazy to dig through your blog, LOL ;).

Anonymous said...

So guess what happened to me at pick-up today? My 10 year old handed me a backpack with, you guessed it, yogurt, and old yogurt at that, dripping out of the zipper. Is it wrong that the first thing that came to my mind was you, my cyber-friend that I have never met? I might want to lay off the blog reading a bit! :-)

I love the new pictures of your kids and I think you need to enroll the lovely Miss Savannah in an all girls boarding school, stat! Why is she having an MRI? And you! You look fantastic!

As an adult child of a relatively bloodless divorce I have to commend you for the way you are handling yourself. That will benefit your children immensely as you travel this new road you're on. Kudos to you for keeping it dignified.

-Beth in MI

Amy said...

I was wondering when you were going to get that picture of Joe taken off! ;o) I like the new pics you have out there!

stephanie said...

I hard boil one of the dozens of eggs we dye for Easter and then mark the rest of the uncooked eggs with an X on one end. That way we have a few deviled eggs to eat and I can use the rest of the raw eggs to cook with.

Donna said...

I want to tell you I love the new pictures. And you really look great too !

We all love to take the little ones to see the Easter Bunny so why do they have to make them look so scary !

And what was the MRI for on Savannah ? Hope everything is ok.

Good luck on keeping the house.
If Joe doesn't want to be involved with the kids then he needs to just get himself an apartment for now. I personally think someone on his side of the family is advising him and that is so wrong.
(Just my 2 cents worth)

Have a great week and stay strong.
Better to be happy than sad ..

Donna from NE Indiana

Liz's Random Thoughts said...

That bunny is beyond creepy.
Its enough to give me I mean a kid nightmares....And I'm 20!!!

Dayna said...

Saw your tweet...why is Savannah having an MRI?

Zoey @ Good Goog said...

I agree with Sonja - the bunny is creepy.

Dana from Alabama said...

Maybe it's just me, but I think it looks like the Easter bunny is about to shove Lexi out of the picture altogether. "Get out of here kid, you're too old for the Easter bunny."

OutnumberedMama said...

Funny Funny Funny - and that why I have picked you to recieve my Hard Working Mommy Blogger Award! Please head over to my blog and check it out!

msprimadonna67 said...

I agree with you--if I were Lexi, I would have been suspicious of that rabbit's intentions!

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