Fred and Ethel

August 23, 2011

Our twins, Emma and Ethan, act so much like a little old married couple that my husband started calling them Fred and Ethel (as in Fred and Ethel Mertz from the show “I Love Lucy”).  They love each other and miss each other terribly when they are apart even for just a few hours, but when they are together they bicker and argue over silly things and usually end up driving each other up a wall.  The names have stuck and they will even answer to them if you say, “Hey Fred, come here” or “What’s wrong Ethel?”

The other day afterschool the twins came home from school and Emma stayed out in the yard looking for bugs and other creatures while Ethan practiced his soccer skills. After a while Ethan was bored of playing alone and so he started asking Emma to play with him. 

Emma looked at Ethan and the soccer ball and then looked back at the katydid she had been studying and said, “Can’t you see I’m busy?” 

Ethan doesn’t give up easy and he kept trying.  “Why won’t you play soccer with me?” he asked Emma as he continued to practice bouncing the ball on his knee. 

Emma sighed, got up and started walking in the house, “Right now I am tired and I’ve had a brain full of thinking today” she explained  

Ethan followed her and pointed out, “Well, you don’t’ have to think to play soccer …. c’mon let’s play!” 

Emma stopped and turned around glared at Ethan and raised her voice, “I AM STRESSED OUT!!” she said rather loudly. “That’s what I am saying! Leave me alone!” 

Ethan kept following her and started mocking her, “Leave me alone … I’ve had SUCH a hard day … boo hoo hoo” 

Emma rolled her eyes and put her hand on her hip, “What do boys have to be so annoying?” she asked. 

Ethan shrugged his shoulders, looked at Emma and replied, “I don’t know …. Why do girls have to be so dramatic?”

Oreo Brownies

August 17, 2011

Here is a recipe that I tried out this week for Oreo Brownies. I found it on the back of the brownie box (which you all know is how I make “homemade” brownies) and since Oreos and brownies are two of our family’s favorite foods I thought it would be fun to try. It’s easy (of course) … because I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend in the kitchen! 

Prepare a package of brownies according to the directions on the box except for add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos (I used Double Stuff).  Cook according to directions on box.  Let cool completely.  After they are cool frost with 1 tub of vanilla frosting and top with 2/3 cup – 1 cup of crushed Oreos. 

That’s all there is too it ! 

I crushed my Oreos by putting in a Ziploc bag and crushing them and the kids thought this was really fun. 

They are REALLY rich, but delicious!

This year our Vacation Bible School theme was “Pandamania” and so the kids spent a week learning a lot about God and quite a bit about Panda’s too.  I was in charge of crafts and so we made Panda Masks, Panda Sand Art, Floating Panda’s on a raft and Panda Prayer Boxes.  VBS was the week right before our family vacation which was awesome because after it was all over I was REALLY ready for a vacation.  

We were sitting around talking with our four kids about things they learned at VBS when Ethan asked, “What does ‘Pandamania’ mean?”  I explained to Ethan that they were using a play on words and instead of “Pandemonium” they named the VBS “Pandamania”.  “Oh, I get it”, Emma said with a smile. “It’s ‘cuz of all the Panda’s, right?”  Ethan thought for a second and then asked, “Well, then what does ‘Pandemonium’ mean?” 

Since I am not a walking dictionary I did what most mothers do when their kids ask a question we don’t know the answer to : I Goggled it.

According to Google, “pandemonium” is defined as “a wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos”.  Hmmm ….. that pretty much sums up our summer.  

Those of you who were loyal followers of my blog hopefully have noticed that I haven’t posted for almost 3 months now.  Well, that’s because this summer has been so hectic and crazy and through all the chaos and “pandemonium” of summer camps, vacations, softball, baseball, swimming, etc.  I have hardly had time to shower, let alone write.  (those of you who aren’t mothers find that gross … those of you who are mothers know exactly what I am talking about!)

So I basically wanted to check in and let everyone know that “yes” the Parsonage is still standing and “yes” there is still playdough (and kids) in it.  We’ve had a lot of fun this summer, but now it is back to the real world. School started today most of the kids were happy to go back to school.

As you can tell from the picture, the degree of happiness is inversely related to the age of the child.  Notice that our oldest son, Drew, looks less-than-thrilled to be up before 10 am and is definitely not happy that he has to go and sit through an entire day of school with no video games, TV or iPod. On the other hand, our youngest child, Emma, was up, dressed and had her shoes, socks and backpack on at 6:30 this morning … a full hour before the bus arrived!