I am very much looking forward to the winding down of my week. Nothing too hectic was scheduled, but I'm very much looking forward to the weekend break. Vince has ended up working late the past couple nights, so I ended up with the kids all day, and then had to get them fed and put to bed by myself. Vince usually puts the kids to bed when he's home, and I very much appreciate it. By the end of the day, I'm done. So when he's not here I feel like a single parent. And I've very glad I'm not a single parent. Aside from the financial obligations, I just don't see how they do it. So I'm sipping a Bloody Mary while awaiting my husband's return from work. It's 6:30 p.m., bedtime is at 8:00 p.m., I'm sure he'll be home in time tonight.
The Long Awaited Baptism
To the relief of my cousin Toni I'm sure, Annamaria's baptism is just one week away. Poor baby is over four months old, and has yet to be baptised. And I know Toni has been praying for her little soul. But Father Jim was on vacation the entire month of August, and we couldn't work out a feasible date with the godparents before he left. So September 25th it is. And I really think it has worked out for the best because my Father-In-Law, Pat, is coming out from Arkansas on the 23rd. See, if we had had her baptism at a reasonable date, her only grandpa would have missed it. Not that he's Catholic, but it means a lot to us anyway. And this baptism has added to my stress level. I could not find suitable invitations anywhere. It was very fustrating. All I could find was one Christening invitation. Now I'm not sure what the difference is between a baptism and a christening, but we call it a baptism and that's what I wanted on the invitation. Damn it! I ended up calling my friend Sue, who makes hand made cards and is very creative, to see if she knew of any store that might have something suitable. She had me come over and ended up designing a card herself. It's so pretty it could be a wedding invitation. So I was on my way to completion, but the invitations are square 6.5 x 6.5 and weigh less than an ounce, so I had to go to the post office today and pay special postage to get them mailed. Whatever, at least they've been mailed and I can check them off my list.
Hungry Little Piggies
I also had lunch for twenty on Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Tuesday I made chicken parmesan with a simple tomato sauce with garlic and basil, penne, and a romaine salad. Chicken parm is time consuming because each chicken breast has to be pounded, egg washed, breaded and then fried individually. So on Thursday I thought I'd take it easy on myself and make chili. Well I made the chili on Wednesday night so things would go smoothly Thursday morning. Thursday morning I was just planning to make corn bread muffins using Marie Calendar's mix, only to find I had no where near enough. So I had to find a recipe that called for ingredients I already had on hand. Done. Whipped up about two and a half dozen muffins, threw my salad together, reheated the chili and all was good. When I checked back to see how lunch went I was told everyone really liked it. I asked how many were sold, and I was told "ten". TEN!? I made enough chili for twenty people! I was told not to worry about it, their bowls are big, and people were going back for thirds. So do I make them more next time, or just not worry about it?
Another Trip to the Doctor's
So yesterday, while I was finishing up addressing the invitations to Annamaria's baptism, the phone rang. It was Sophia's school informing me that she was in an accident and her nose was bleeding, and I needed to come get her and probably get her to a doctor. So before I gather up the sleeping baby, and get Harrison to turn off Rolie Polie Olie, I call the doctor's office just to see if I could get her in to be seen. Dr. T was booked, but got her in with the doctor on-call. I get to the school, enter the office, and there is poor Sophia with tissue paper stuffed up her nose. She was playing frisbee, trying to catch the flying frisbee, not looking where she was going when she ran into another kid. I asked her if the other kid was o-kay, and she didn't even know who she ran into. She said all she saw was a white shirt and then everything went black and the next thing she knew she was knocked back on her butt. That doesn't really narrow it down since the school uniform code only allows for white or navy blue shirts. So she seemed o-kay, and in pretty good spirits considering, but I thought the one time I didn't take her to the doctor would be the time I should have, and since she had an appointment waiting anyway we headed off to Encinitas. Turned out she's fine. She later had a headache, I gave her some motrin. And very unusually the traffic wasn't terrible. Escondido to Encinitas and back can be quite grueling. God must have decided I'd had enough.
The Big Bake Sale
Sophia's 1st grade class is hosting the St. Mary's bake sale this month, on the 28th. Last year for her kindergarten class I made two dozen cinnamon rolls and two dozen cupcakes. The cinnamon rolls sold out by 9:30 a.m. So our class mom asked if I'd be willing to make more this year. Sure, I said, I was planning on making four dozen this year and just skip the cupcakes. Then she asked if I would be willing to take special orders and sell them by the dozen or half-dozen. O-kaaaaaaayyyyyy, sure. So the plan now is to make four dozen for the actual bake sale on the 28th, to be sold individually, at which time they'll have order sheets for those who want to order a half-dozen to be delivered the following week. What have I gotten myself into?
Enjoy your weekend!