Saturday, January 31, 2009

untypical saturday

Today was just different! First Jon has been working so hard that we are both just tired. We slept in while the kids were playing/watching tv. The kids played with cardboard boxes all morning. It still amazes me how they can play for hours with simple things.

Then the kids went to a birthday party, it was rather strange to have the house to ourselves. Instead of staying put, we went to verizon to get a new phone for Jon. He needs one with email and other stuff. A new blackberry storm he got. I could not find one that I really like for a reasonable price. You would think that they would try hard to sell you anything, nope. There was not one phone that was free. I had to ask the salesman and he went out back to pull out an old thing. Really, with the recession and all, I thought they would have much better deals.
It took about 1.5 hour to get the new phone. So much waiting.

We got the kids back, they played some more. We started watching a movie, and then it was dinner time already. Usually they will have dinner at 'kidtime' (the child watch place) but since they already had pizza for lunch, and kidtime only serves pizza, we went after dinner.
So for the second (third if you count the morning sleeping time) we were without the kids!!!!
We went to Target to get some presents for Sydoux' birthday party.

Now she is pretty funny about her birthday. It is a huge deal for her (probably because I always made a huge deal). She likes to plan all the details, talk about it for hours. Every night we go over one part or another of the planning. At the same time, she wants it to be a surprise!!!! She can't understand that you can't plan it and have it be a surprise at the same time. So what is a mom to do: well, I think we will have a surprise with just us (and my mom who is coming for the event), on Friday, her actual birthday. I'll make the butterfly cake, and give her a couple of presents. Then on Saturday, we'll have the party with all her friends, the cup cakes with red icing.

Lots going on!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009


Today after taking Sydoux to the dentist for the first time (it went really well) I took the kids to Target to get our neighbor a present. His birthday is tomorrow.

Since he loves Legos, we got him a set.

The thing is, I LOVE Legos too!!! I could not resist getting a set for Bex. It is one of the smaller ones, a plane that can become a rocket or a boat. He loves it ... and me too. I think I'm addicted. I just go out now and buy the whole collection!!!! It is just so much fun to put the piece together and to build entirely new things every time.
Right now we have a nail and hammer table downstairs, but I think that pretty soon it will become a lego table. The nails and hammer and connectors are really hard to get apparently ... I looked. But you can really get Legos EVERYWHERE and they all fit together.

Bex come over every few minutes and says: Go Mama (Here you go, Mommy) and hands me a little piece to put back in place.... I love it!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First School Trip

Originally uploaded by Jo_Andrews
This morning Sydoux whent to Imaginon (the kids library) for a puppet show. She thought it was very exiting to be in the audience!!!

Not sure what the show was about, but she says it was funny, we laughed a lot!!

Face in the jar

Originally uploaded by Jo_Andrews
This is Bex getting to the bottom of the mixing bowl of marshmallow

We made ...

marshmallows! This is the second time and they turned out even better than the first time!!

It is similar to the store bought, but just so much fresher. The kids love them :)
I really like looking at the white liquid turn into white thick cream.

Here are the pictures:


Here is the recipe:

From food Network:

Homemade Marshmallows:

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Trip to Urgent care.

As I was cooking dinner, Sydoux cried and cried saying that it hurts when she goes to the bathroom. This is not the first time it happened, but this time it seems like the pain was so much worse. The poor thing was shaking.

Of course, the dr. office is closed. I did call the on-call nurse and call a call back about 30 minutes later. We were already on the way to Urgent Care.

There are some things that I can treat at home, but there is no messing around with a Urinary Track Infection (UTI). It can affect several organs and be pretty nasty.

So off we go. Well, I did not have my health insurance card with me, and the first place would not see us. WHAT???? I told them I could call DH to get the numbers. NO. NEED THE CARD.

So off to the second place, where there were no problems with me calling DH. I was glad, since it was rather empty. Sydoux is freaking out though. The minute I mention 'go to the bathroom' she because hysterical, crying and shaking. Oh boy. Not an easy one.

Once we settle in, I'm filling out the paperwork, the kids are watching their tvs, it is fine.
The nurse calls us in, and tells her that she needs to go. More crying and shaking, and a firme NO I will NOT go. I try to reason, to bribe, to hold and to talk her through it. No go.
The nurse says that it can wait. Let's talk to the dr.
So we measure, weight her, talk some more. I had been trying to get her to drink more water. The nurse comes in with a full glass of water. A trooper, she drinks it.
Dr. comes in, tells her she needs to go, she cries. Dr looks down there, says it is irritated and tells her she needs to go!!!!
So back to the bathroom we go. More crying, shaking. Poor thing. I feel soooo bad. There are not many arounds this though.

So out goes my trump card: 'You know, it might not hurt this time, you really don't know'
Well it worked. On the potty she goes.

And goes, and goes and goes. Must have been half a gallon. With tears down her face, a beaming smile she says "it does not hurt anymore".

Sure enough it is a probably just irritated on the outside.

Ahhhhh must love these kids. Tell you what though, she was pretty relieved that there was no pain.

Friday, January 23, 2009


A couple weeks ago I received a letter telling me that I had an appointment with a nutritionist. I thought that was really weird, and really did not know where that was coming from. Since the appointment was schedules for a Friday, I know I'd have both kids with me. Part of me wanted to cancel because I just don't like to leave the house, and have the kids with me at an appointment is never easy. But, at the same time, who can't learn more about nutrition these days?? And since I would have the kids with me, well, they could surely learn a thing or two.

So I left, both kids in two on a FREEZING day. (Once again I thought about canceling).

We made it there. Nice little office in the clinic. A lady was waiting for me, a little taken back by the fact I had kids with me. I asked her if that was ok, and she said 'sure'.

On the left wall of the office, there were 6 shelves full of plastic foods!!! Not the cheap kind that you get at Wal-Mart for a $ but really nice kind. The texture and colors were great.

Eventually I asked the Lady why I was there, and she said that I had high cholesterol!!! 216.
I was pretty surprised, it used to be very low. Then again, it was low before the kids, when I still still a vegetarian.

Once I got home, I started reading labels.


more tomorrow!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book Review: Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown

There more I thought about this book, the more plastic I find it. It is a good story, has a good plot but it all feels so clinical. All the characters are described with details but they are rather boring. All seem to be white, all middle age, all pretty gorgeous and glamorous. Some are a little different, but really, it seems so clinical.

So yeah, the plot was interesting, the main characters ok. The book: a good read but nothing great.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sad things and Good things

Starting with the sad, my brother's best friend was buried Monday. His death was both untimely and shocking. Many are left behind, wondering how such horror can happen. What of the children left behind, what of the brothers and sisters who had previously lost a sibling too early as well, what of the friend and family?
We all morn the loss, each in our own way. The children seem to deal best, yet their questions bring tears to the adults, who in turn realize all the more the aching loss.

On a Good thing note, we have a new President. For the first time, I took the time and listened to his speech. It was inspiring, trying to bring different people together, and asking every one to participate in the recovery. Is is not the man that can do the work alone, but it is the task of the man to motive the public to each play a role and turn things around.

Yesterday was a 'snow day'. Right. There was NOTHING. The kids looked out, waowed and all, went out for 5 minutes and then came back in frozen. Beuuuuhhh.
So both of them were out of school. Sydoux had already been out on Monday because of a holiday. And now they were both out on Tuesday.
We cleaned, we played and we watched TV.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Bex this morning:

poon mammy, kankou. (spoon, thankyou)
No paps mommy, oatmeal. Noyet paps. He finishes his oatmeal. Yet paps, mommy kankou. (chocolate puffs)

He cracks me up!!

So it is cold. Sooooo cold and we are not quit used to that here. Usually I can get away with going out with just a sweater. Not now. Nope, need the scarf, gloves, hat and big jacket. To avoid all that, we are staying home!!!

Sydoux when to a birthday party and had a great time. I was worried the whole time she was gone!! I can get so worried about my princess! She came back safe and sounds, had a blast and a purple balloon.

I stayed home the rest of the day. Jon and Bex when to get a popcorn popper. I don't know why, the unit, a Chefmate SUCKS big time. The kernels flew all over the place, less than half the popcorn was popped and even though we had a big bowl under, the popcorn was all over the place. Guess who has to clean up. So we are going to return the unit to Target and use our favorite to order a new one. The kids did not mind though, happy they got any popcorn at all, and just playing with the bowl!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Life and Death.

Most times we can predict when someone will be born, but the death part, well that is still a mystery.

Death by natural causes is hard.

I think death by accident is even harder on the family and friends.

But what about two brothers who die from the same accident, years apart.
What can you say? How can you fathom such a thing happening?
Is there anything to say to the people left behind that would sooth their angst?

My heart goes out to all the family and friends left behind.

As I type this, I hear of a plane accident in NYC from Charlotte NC.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The loss of 'Gil Grissom'

As some of you may know, this week will be the exit episode of Gil Grissom. For the past 9 years, starting in 1999, Gil has been welcome into our home, every Thursday night.

In 1999, CSI started, staring William Petersen, aka Gil Grissom.
In 1999, Jon and I were living in the Bronx.
In 2000, we moved to Brooklyn and Grissom stayed with us. Every thursday night, at 9 PM we would tune in and enjoy watching the team solve crimes.

In 2001 my brother and his wife came to visit. Of course we introduced them to Grissom. They liked the show but were shocked by the amount of advertising. In France, you have much much less ads, and of all things, there is a little jingle that lets you know you are about to see some ads. We have none of that, and they were always wondering if it was part of the show, or a commercial!

In 2003, while I was pregnant, expectantly waiting, I was watching Grissom.

In 2004, when we moved to Columbus GA, Grissom followed us. We started right were we left off, no explanation needed.

2006 saw the birth of our son, and Grissom was right there with us.

Through out the years, we had DVR on and off, so the 9 PM time was changed, but Grissom did not.

Through these 9 years, we have moved (6 times), changed jobs (6 times for Jon), lost cats (2), gained kids (2), gained a dog and through all that the one thing that has not changed (besides our commitment to each other) was Grissom!!!!

Billy Petersen says that he won't miss his alter ego.

I will.

Monday, January 12, 2009


This afternoon, miracle of all miracles, Bex took a nap. He slept for a good hour Haaaaaaah

During that time, Sydoux and I made marshmallows. It really is pretty easy. First look it up on and then follow the directions! It made a ton of nice fluffy fresh marshmallow. Of course the kids loved it.

Happy New Year

New year, new blog, right?

This blog is dedicated to our family, friends and ideas.

Today is Mom's birthday: Happy Birthday MOM!!!!