Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Confession:



I ate four and a half of these babies today. There are 5 more sitting on my cake stand staring at me.

Help.

What Can I Say?



The time has arrived. After months of playing with the potty, Bryce is finally learning how to use it. And he is digging his Thomas underwear--which are actually Jackson's Thomas underwear. What can I say? I was unprepared and we live 20 miles from the nearest underwear store. So next week, he'll get his own Thomas underwear. And yes, I did lie when Jackson stormed into my room to confront me on if, in fact, those were his. What can I say?

I will say I deserve an award for potty-training 3 BOYS before the age of 2 (or right after in Jackson's case). Oh. Moms don't get those? Darn.
:o)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sticky Pumpkin Buns

These may be the crowning glories of my baking experiences--so far.

Super easy and soooooo good.

You should try one.




1 envelope of active dry yeast
1/4 hot-warm water
1 t. plus 2 T. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin
5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 t. salt

Filling:
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon

Glaze:
2 c. confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
3 T. milk (plus a little extra)

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in lg. bowl. Add 1 t. sugar, let stand until foamy--5 to 10 minutes. Beat in remaining sugar, eggs, butter, and pumpkin. Gradually add 5 c. of flour and salt, scraping sides of bowl until soft dough forms. Put dough into mixer or knead by hand--you'll add 1/2 c. flour into the dough and continue kneading. Knead for 10 minutes. Grease a bowl, add dough. Cover with plastic and let rise about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Make Filling and set aside. Punch dough down and roll 1/2 out onto a floured surface into a rectangle. Spread with half of filling and start to roll dough from the long side--in a jellyroll fashion. Pinch seam to close--repeat with second half of dough and filling. You'll have two logs--cut crosswise into 10-12 1 in. pieces, and place each piece into a muffin tin. Cover with plastic and let rise another 30 minutes. (You can also freeze dough at this point. Just cover with plastic and foil and stick in the freezer.) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover plastic and bake buns until bubbly--about 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes. Make glaze and generously pour on top! Enjoy!





***If you'd like a tasty pumpkin roll, omit the filling and glaze. After the dough rises, pull apart into little balls, stick each one into a greased muffin tin (or sheet) and bake until done. These are popular around here in Brown County. Serve with butter.






Friday, September 25, 2009

Soup-er Friday: New England Chicken and Bacon Soup



I adapted this recipe from The Chicken Soup Book by Janet Hazen. I thought it was okay, but Travis and the boys LOVED it! The book is great--something I might order to just have on hand.








1 pound of bacon, cut up


1 lg. onion, chopped


3 cloves garlic, minced


1 1/2 t. celery seed (the recipe also called for paprika and mustard seed, but I didn't have any)


3 rounded T. all-purpose flour


10 c. chicken stock


4 med. potatoes, cut into cubes


1 c. heavy cream


2 c. sharp cheddar


2 c. chicken breast, cooked and cut up


salt and pepper, to taste


parsley, to garnish





In stockpot, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Remove all bacon grease from the pot except for 1/4 cup--leave that. Cook the onion
and garlic in the bacon grease until onion is tender, about 8 minutes--and stir frequently. You don't want it to burn on the bottom. It will start to come off the bottom in your soup once you add the broth and little black flecks will be floating around--this happened to me. Add the spices and flour and cook for about 3 minutes--stirring constantly. Add chicken stock a little at a time and whisk to form a smooth mixture. When all the stock has been added, bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly once again--for about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, cream, and reserved bacon. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add the cheese and chicken and stir until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper and add parsley on top for looks (and to hide the black bits in case you burn it, like me.)
This soup has a lot of rules to follow...I didn't do it perfectly, but it was still good!

Sour Cream and Chive Twice Baked Potatoes

YUM. YUM. YUM. All I can say is---YUM and easy.

Place 4 baking potatoes in a microwavable dish and turn on high about 15 minutes. (I use 2 glass pie dishes; one on top of another--you know, plastic is bad! So are microwaves for that matter.... but I at least feel a little better about using glass.) Once softened all the way through, slice down the middle; long ways.



Scrape out the potato leaving about a half inch from the sides and empty into a bowl. Once all the potato is scraped out, mix about 1 c. sour cream, a couple T. butter, and fresh cut chives (I also added real bacon pieces). Mash together in bowl and then fill your empty potato skins with the mixture. Top with more chives and bake in oven about 15 minutes.

Delicious!

The Rant of the Day: Ridiculousness in Parenting.

The level of ridiculousness that accompanies parenthood at times is just.....


Exhausting?


Hilarious?


Inevitable?


Makes me want to cry?


Or laugh?


Or cry accompanied by that crazy laugh?


I just don't know. But I do know that this morning when I was helping Jackson get dressed, because he is almost 4 and says, "he can't do it by himself", I wanted to run away. His jeans are "too hard" he says, which really means "too tight", but it took me awhile to figure it out--I thought he didn't like the feel of the fabric, but nope--we just had to adjust them. Thank Heavens for adjustable waist! Meanwhile Bryce is standing next to me with that ball popper thing that rolls and is hitting me in the head with it, all the while I am trying to button the now adjusted jeans. Jackson's shirt, which I am trying to put over his head, is not the right one so he just falls down and lies on the floor lifeless. I tossed the shirt on him and surrendered.

Bryce, who is naked waiting for a diaper and now hitting Jackson with the ball popper thing, sees me grab the diaper and just as I turn to kneel down to put it on him--he takes off. I catch him and as I'm trying to putting it on him he lifts his bottom up and down as quickly as he can saying, "No! No! No!". I force him to hold still so I can get the diaper on and of course he screams loud enough for any neighbors that live a ways down the road to hear--forget about the clothes. In this frenzy that has just occurred, my hair becomes untangled from the little bitty clip that is holding it back out of my face, and falls forward--in my face. I gather up any dignity I have left as an educated adult who doesn't have to stay home with these two crazies and huff out of their room to the comfort of my own--to find, under my pillow, a picture that Triston had left just for me.


"There's hope," I think to myself. I can remember a time when Triston was just as feisty, if not more, than the other two. Now he is a typical five-year-old who loves his family and goes out of his way to make them happy--most of the time.


"There's hope," I repeat, as I go back for round 2.


Thursday, September 24, 2009



It's number 9 on this list.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding



I made this pudding recipe from the book Family Feasts for $75 dollars a week by Mary Ostyn. It's a great book and I really like some of the recipes, but for some reason I just can't figure out how she could only spend $75 on a family of four using some of the recipes she includes. Nearly all of them have meat, fish, or shrimp in them--a big part of the grocery bill. Anyway, her book also includes wonderful little homemade recipes like this one. This pudding is awesome--way better than the box kind.





1/4 c. cornstarch


2 c. milk


1/3 c. sugar


1/8 t. salt


1/4 c. coco powder

1 t. vanilla

1 T. butter

Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and coco powder in a medium size sauce pan. Whisk 1 c. milk, stirring until smooth. Whisk in remaining cup of milk until well combined. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and gently, until mixture begins to thicken. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook 2 to 3 more minutes, stirring gently.

Remove from feat and add vanilla and butter, stirring until melted. Pour pudding into bowl or individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap, laying the plastic on top of the pudding to keep a skin from developing. Chill until cool--about 1 hour.

Proof, Right Here.



Poor Bryce. He just doesn't get it--he loves to be with his brothers at all costs, even if that means he gets taken advantage of. As his parents, we do what we can to stop the travesty that comes with his placement in a band of brothers, but some things just can't be helped.

A couple of weeks ago, the kids were playing on a tree that had fallen half-way into our yard from the woods above (I say above because of the massive hill that makes up the back half of our yard and was home to that particular tree). Anyway, it became an instant jungle gym. So the kids play on it and swing from some of the smaller flexible branches that jut out from what would have been the top of the tree. This day, the kids were playing on it and I heard Bryce start crying. I looked out the window and noticed this was a different kind of cry. Also, he was standing perfectly still and not coming to find me--which was odd, right? Travis was standing on the porch telling him to come down but still, he wouldn't budge.

Coming off a crazy story about a snake that just happened to have found it's way into the bedroom of some friends of ours around here--that was the first thing I thought of. Maybe he spied a snake and was scared....but then again, I'm sure he would have called out "Snake"--he knows what they are. And Jackson is just playing away right above him on the tree, surely if there was a snake he would have made it known--he freaks out over flies. But, where is Triston? He is not in the vicinity anymore, which tells me one thing: someone has done something that is going to warrant a whippin'.

Triston does that--runs and hides if someone, AKA Jackson, is going to get in trouble. I've asked him why he feels like he needs to hide if he hasn't done anything wrong, and he says so I don't think he did it too. He's learned the ramifications of 'guilty by association' at a young age, I guess.

As I get closer to Bryce, all I can see, at first, is his little sad face with big tears swelling. But then, I can see his hair and clothes are soaked. I look at Jackson, who if flipped upside down dangling from a branch by his legs, and ask where the water came from. Casually, he says, "I don't know".

I look to Bryce and say, "Why are you wet, Bryce"?

His response? He looks right at Jackson and says, "Pee".

I turned to Jackson, still dangling, and asked if he peed on Bryce.

He says, "Well, I had to go and he wouldn't move so I just peed on him."

I was dumbfounded and just stared back and forth between my soaked baby and the heathen that is still dangling from the branch.

Jackson senses that I'm not happy. "Mom," he adds while disengaging from the tree (I think he was positioning himself to run!). "It was his fault. I told him I was going to do it and he wouldn't move. Mom. Mom? Mom. Bryce did it. He could have moved, but he just stood there."

I left Jackson and grabbed a still-crying Bryce. After a bath for a grateful Brycer, Travis and I sat down and had a talk with Jackson. These kinds of situations leave me too exhausted to spank--I get overloaded with just the right punishments because, seriously? What do you do for that? Jackson apologized and Bryce, who never would have been mad at him anyway, accepted with a double-leg take down. The wrestling match had begun and all was forgiven. (I will never understand that, but Travis does, so we're good).

As for Triston? He said he got outta there because he thought Jackson was going to get it--smart kid. As for me, I went back and forth about even writing this down--here or in my journal--some things are better left forgotten. But, one day, with everything that Bryce endures now, he is going to be able to whoop Jackson, and I'm going to need the proof that he probably deserved it.




Here's that proof.




(and after all was said and done and the kids couldn't see us, Travis and I fell over laughing. These boys are constant entertainment.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Back.

Maybe because it's a new season. Maybe a long hiatus did me good. Maybe I'm starting to feel bad for my family. Maybe it's all of the above--but the desire to cook is back. I haven't completely neglected my family, but cooking has fell to the wayside--something I usually love to do. Travis tells me that if he has to eat unseasoned crockpot beans one more time--he might leave me. I've searched several cookbooks and lucky for me--magazines from the subscriptions people sent for my birthday. I'm inspired. I've been checking out new kitchen gadgets and cookware (like the Rachael Ray Cookware line--love it! I'll take mine in green, please. Or the blue. Or maybe the yellow. Definitely the orange. Check out the cast-iron grill pan. It's on my Christmas list.) Well, cooking is on. And lucky for you--I have a recipe blog. http://www.clowerscuisine.blogspot.com/ Check back for some yummy fall meal ideas--completely unoriginal, though. I'm not that inspired.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pumpkin-Ginger Waffles

Happy Fall! I love pumpkin, but it's hard to eat all year round--so I kicked off the season this morning with these pumpkin-ginger waffles. The recipe is adapted from one in a magazine--Country Living, I believe.

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 t. ground ginger

1 t. ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

3/4 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. 100% pumpkin

1/2 sugar

3/4 t. vanilla

3 T. melted butter

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla. Combine with flour mixture and mix until blended smooth. Stir in melted butter. About 1/2 c. per waffle in waffle iron. Enjoy!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Little Advice.

When you have a party of 8, don't come into a restuarant at 10 till closing time. Especially if you are a group of middle aged women who talk about celebrity couples and tabloid fodder the. entire. time.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall Preview

Baking season is just around the corner (T minus 4 days = 1st day of Fall!). To kick-it-off I am going to be breaking out my bakeware and soup pots. Oh, and my crockpot--crockpots are essential during Fall. I've got a few recipes I am dying to try--a lot of them include pumpkin! A teaser: Apple-Cheese Danish and Pumpkin Cannelloni (not together, of course.)

Come back September 22nd for the start of a delicious Fall and every Friday for Soup-er Friday!

Making Your Friday a Little Lighter.

I die everytime I look at this picture.
(Also, an announcment here.)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Paypal is a No-Go

Paypal and I are having technical difficulties and like I've mentioned before--they charge a percent per each donation before they issue money received--so I'm not going to be adding it to my blog. Again, if you'd like to donate money to help fund a surgery that may help Dillon see again--here is the information. Money orders, check, or cash is accepted.

Dillon Crawford Fund
BBVA Compass Bank
728 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
Thank you for all the kind comments, prayers, and donations sent Dillon's way. He truly is an extraordinary kid and I know the Lord has big plans for him. I'll keep an update on the surgery as more information becomes available!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

You've GOT to Read This.

Dillon getting ready to share his story.



Indulge me for a few minutes and read the story I've posted. I'm not just writing this post as a fundraiser, I am, but also to bless you, the reader, with an incredible story filled with faith, inspiration, and hope.



June 28th of last year is a day my husband's side of the family will never forget. Our teenage cousin, Dillon, was in a nearly fatal ATV accident near his home in Baker, FL. (Between Destin and Pensacola) Coincidentally, an off-duty paramedic was passing as the accident was taking place and help was called immediately. Dillon was flown by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital, an hour's drive from Baker. The 4-wheeler landed on top of Dillon's head, crushing his skull, and left him with a traumatic brain injury. During this time, doctors told his parents to expect the worse as Dillon's body fought fevers and swelling in his brain. Again, coincidentally, a renowned brain surgeon just happened to be doing work at that particular hospital when Dillon was admitted.

Many times during those first few days we received calls to start praying--they thought Dillon was slipping away, and countless doctors said they had never seen a patient with injuries such Dillon's make any kind of recovery. Dillon was hanging on to life.

He slipped into a coma. His body was healing slowly, but still doctors were skeptical if he would wake up, let alone have any type of brain function. As the weeks went by, his parents, family members, and friends talked with Dillon, held his hand, and prayed and fasted for him.

After 4 months, Dillon started to stir. He slipped in and out of consciousness and began to speak broken words and phrases. As more weeks progressed, Dillon started to regain consciousness and it was discovered that the accident left him completely blind due to damage on the optic nerve from the swelling in his brain. It became apparent that although Dillon's body was badly injured, his personality was still his own. One story that sticks out is when Aunt Carol (Dillon's mom, our aunt) and Cheryl (Travis' mom) were hooking Dillon up to his feeding tube, they would talk to him and tell him he was having great food like steak and potatoes. One day, Cheryl told Dillon he was having hot dogs and asked if he would like ketchup, mustard, and relish. To their surprise, Dillon responded, "Ketchup only, please". Not only was this the first phrase that he actually talked back with, it was something that was very familiar to Carol. Dillon had eaten hot dogs his own life with ketchup only. To me, as a mother, this stuck out--we all know our kid's little quirks.

After spending 6 weeks in the PICU and an additional 9-weeks in an in-hospital rehab clinic in Atlanta, Dillon was able to come home. Carol says, There were many challenges the biggest being that Dillon could no longer see the world with his natural eyesight". She adds, "He has had to learn to see the world with his heart and can truly find beauty in everyone".

Over the early part of this summer, Dillon has made great strides with his rehabilitation. He is able to walk without a cane for short distances and recently told Travis and I a story about walking 150 steps all by himself out to his dog's pen. You can imagine the excitement!

Dillon's story is one that those affected by tragic accidents may be familiar with. Although it was a new type of devastation for our family, many all over the world have experienced similar struggles as they find themselves, or their children, in these types of situations. However, while Dillon was in a coma, he found himself in the presence of the Savior. Dillon had a unique experience that started to emerge with the first few broken words and phrases that came out of his mouth as he was starting wake up.

Over Labor Day weekend, I got the privilege to hear Dillon share his story in a room of 50 or more people--some he barely knew. Sitting in the middle of the room in a chair, unable to see the ones around him, he shared what he experienced. This is his story:

"I awoke in a place much to beautiful to be Earth. As I looked around, I was greeted by my Grandaddy Morgan. (also Travis' grandad who died in 1999) He was so very excited to see me and picked me up and gave me a bear hug. He introduced me to his dad, my Great Granddaddy Morgan, who I had never met. They were both so happy. There was a third person with us, our Savior Jesus Christ.He held my hand and gently eased me away from my grandfathers. We walked beside a big beautiful river and Jesus told me that if I would come back to Earth and tell everyone I knew and met that He is real and that He loved them--every single one--my eyes would be healed. I didn't know anything was wrong with my eyes, though, because I could see Him standing before me. I told him I would do as He asked and I woke up in a hospital".


I had heard the story before, as Dillon has kept his promise and has shared with our family many times. (His mom says everyone else he meets, too!) But hearing this story from Dillon's mouth, in his own words, was truly soul-touching. Dillon speaks with the Spirit and it is hard to question if what he is saying is true--you just know it is, you can feel it.

Recently, Dillon traveled back to the PICU for another surgery. One of the doctors that had administered to Dillon told his parents that Dillon had raised the bar for how badly you can be injured and still survive. Other doctors and nurses mentioned that because he just kept hanging on, so did they--even thought they were certain, at that time, Dillon wouldn't survive.


Here is the fundraiser part--Dillon is getting the opportunity to travel to Peru, where a team of doctors are going to preform a surgery on his eyes. It involves using stem cells from healthy babies' cord blood, not embryonic cells, but is unavailable in the U.S. The surgery alone costs around $30,000 plus travel expenses for him and his parents. They are shooting for an October date for the surgery. This is where you can help. Any contribution would be so greatly appreciated--even prayers. Especially prayers. As Aunt Carol says, "Prayers are the best. We have witnessed first hand the power of praying".

But if you would like to donate money, here is the information:


Dillon Crawford Fund

BBVA Compass Bank

728 N. Ferdon Blvd.

Crestview, FL 32536


We're working on a Paypal account as well. I'm a little disappointed with Paypal as I learned that before they'll issue donations, they take some off the top for themselves. Not cool, Paypal, not cool. But if you'd rather not send a check or money order to the address listed above, I will have a Paypal button featured as soon as they e-mail me back on the difficulties of not being able to embed the HTML code. (also not cool.) You'll be able to put debit and credit card information directly into Paypal and select a donation amount. It's a secure website used by millions of people worldwide and is largely associated with Ebay.

Do you believe in coincidences? I don't. I don't believe it was coincidence that Dillon was able to get help so quickly because of the paramedic that just happened to be passing as the accident was taking place and I definitely don't think it was a coincidence that a renowned brain surgeon just happened to be present when Dillon was admitted into the Emergency Room. The Lord always has a plan. For Dillon, it involves great faith. But he, and the rest of our family, believe in what the Lord Jesus Christ told him: that if he keeps his promise his eyes, and ultimately his body, will be healed.


Thank you, from everyone in our family--especially from Dillon and his parents for taking the time to read this story and contributing by prayers or monetary donations. I will keep an update of Dillon's upcoming surgery on my blog.

Friday, September 11, 2009

RC Part 3

I've never been mistaken for being graceful. So noone should have been surprised when I impulsively ran to catch a rogue football and got drilled in the face. This one solidifies my status in the hall of shame: Bona Fide Idiot.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chocolate Cheese Ball

just make it.

8 oz. cream cheese,softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
1 c. mini-chocolate chips
1 1/2 T. coco powder
3/4 c. chopped pecans


Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. I did this in my Kitchenaid and left it on for a few minutes. It was a whipped consistency, which I think helped in the texture of the finished cheese ball, just beat it really well if you don't have a high-powdered mixer. Mix in both sugars, coco, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 2 hours in the fridge. After 2 hours, shape into ball and roll in pecans. Cover and chill for 1 hour more. Serve with graham crackers.

you. are. welcome!

Roadtrip Chronicles Part 2

Spousal differences--always a good debate.
Here's a secret: Travis and I get along better when we're busy, not riding side by side in a car for 6 hours. Here's another secret: Travis has absolutely no internal navigation sense. It's true. I, on the other hand, always seem to know what direction I'm heading and I can't think of a time I've truly been lost. So I often get annoyed at his lack of directional means and he gets annoyed that I am annoyed and you know how the rest of the story goes.

We arrived in east Tennessee just 30 minutes late for the first family reunion, which was earlier than we expected, so score for us. The location of the church (that we have been to several times for this very reunion every year) was lit up by a little star on the GPS, so all is good. Except the little star turns out to be an ally behind what looks to be a condemned building on an unfamiliar street.

Travis drives by. Does a U-E, then drives by again.

"This is not the right place, you know," I suggest.

"But the GPS says it's right here," he replies as the stress starts to appear in his face--metaphorical beads of sweat, if you will.

"Call my mom," he commands.

I'm thinking to myself, The freaking church is just down the road a little further, but I'm debating with myself whether or not I should say that because he is already getting anxious.

He picks up on it and says, "Just do it."

So I do do it because I'm a good little wife like that, but I get no answer. He starts sighing and breathing heavy and looking this way and that. And I just can't handle it anymore, so I blurt out "My goodness, Travis, just drive down a little further. It's going to be here somewhere--we're on Church Street for goodness sakes."

And he says, "If you would have put in the correct address this wouldn't have happened."

Our dilemma: We made it personal. And we're both hot heads, so we were like two little school girls staring out the window with our arms crossed--not speaking.

But then, as Travis drives down a little further, that church appears right in front of us. We pull up and are greeted by family members we haven't seen in months. Once inside, Travis and I made eye contact in the sea of people that were visiting with one another and I knew all was forgiven--just like that. Southern food and friends will do that to ya.

P.S. Travis will completely disagree with this whole story.

P.S.S. I put the correct address in the first time.
P.S.S.S. I've posted something yummy here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Roadtrip Chronicles Part 1

"I'm hungry." "He's looking at me!" "Mommmm" "How much longer?" "STOP touching me!" "I have to pee!" "I forgot to poop" "Can we have a snack?" "When are we going to be there?"
This was the chatter from the backseat as we made a 6-hour drive to Tennessee over the weekend for a family reunion and a 90th birthday celebration.
Keeping little boys entertained for 6 hours is no small feat.
After the DVDs, snacks, and books were consumed in what seemed like 20 minutes they turned their attention to poking and kicking each other, repeating everything that was said, and making up silly songs that were sung over and over and over and over. And over.
But then, we arrived.....

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Worries Over the Unseen and Possibly the Unevitable

Maybe I've watched too many "what if" type shows on Discovery and the History Channel in my lifetime. You know the ones--what would happen if a super-volcano erupted in the western U.S., if a super-earthquake hit in the biggest cities, and if a super-tsunami hit the Northwest coast of the U.S.--because scientists say, based on evidence billions of years old, we're due for another. Oh yeah, and the world is coming to an end in 2012. Right.

But these days, I am getting worried. Pandemic, they say, is coming--or has already started (and of course I've seen the what-if shows on pandemics, too). I know people who have it. I know someone who knows someone who has died because of it--a healthy someone who died. And my kid is in the public school system-- A.K.A. a cess pool of germs.

It's hard to let the fear of something like this rule your life, though. It's a maybe-maybe not type situation. So we're just trying to be prepared--just in case.

We are focusing on hand-washing all. the. time. Lots of hand sanitizer-- and always in my purse so that when we do go somewhere, it's always with us. Being stocked-up on staples. And I think I'll be going to the store by myself from now on. You are always going to be in the negative, as far as germs go, when kids are around. Especially when they do stuff like lick the freezer door in the frozen food isles and can't resist the urge to touch everything in sight. Because that definitely does happen. Oh, and the water fountain. What kind of magnetic pull does it have for my kids? They can not resist it. And I just can not let them use it. It's just gross.

How about everyone else? Anyone taking precautions?

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