Olympics vs. American Idol

In our house there are two tvs – the big tv is the one in demand – and the faceoff between the Olympics and American Idol resulted in channel switching that made me dizzy.  We all are interested in the Olympics and some of us are interested in Idol. Let the games begin!

It is often a challenge finding appropriate movies that we all want to watch. Thankfully we are past the Disney princess movie stage  but the Disney Channel still looms large on (some of) our program choices. I can take a little of the snappy repartee but after any substantial amount of time or after a certain hour of the day, I am tweaked when I hear even the theme music.  I do happen to like Phineas and Ferb (it is clever) and small doses of Spongebob Squarepants. 

I would love to say that I allow no weekday tv but I do allow a bit after homework  is finished and musical instruments are practiced.  Sometimes I even get the table set or napkins and dish towels folded. Usually not. 

Here is a site that helps check out appropriate movies:   http://www.kids-in-mind.com/help/praise.htm

Nothing like sitting through an inappropriate movie with your child to make you want to check this site. Think of the movie Valentine’s Day ( Valentine\’s Day) with your teen. Painful.

Birthdays are the best

Before I had children, my birthday was a big deal, well, to me it was (I am all in favor of the celebrating your birthday for a month).  Now, on my birthday, I thank my mom for giving birth to me.  For children, the birthday is wonderful in terms of the pure joy but it is also makes me crazy, too.  There is so much pressure to make it a perfect day and, the anticpation (how many times can you answer the question “How many days until my birthday?”).

The best part of your children’s birthdays aren’t the amazing parties (done more than a few), the expensive gifts  (note to husband: still welcome),  but sharing their excitement and, sappy as it sounds, truly celebrating them.  I have learned more from my children than I would have ever thought possible. They have taught me patience, joy, and unconditional love. They have also taught me to slow down and truly notice things.  While I am still a work in progress, I am beyond  happy to have them as my fellow travelers and my children.

Our dog is adorable and, yes, sometimes we dress her up.

The Barefoot Contessa is amazing

Am in process of making the chicken with biscuits that my family claims is good enough to serve to the President. Yes, of the United States.  It is that good but it takes forever to make so not a usual mid-week meal (I am an under one hour prep/cook on school days). I cooked the split chicken breasts yesterday and will make the roux and biscuits today. It is also a perfect meal to deliver to a friend in need. You’ll find the recipe here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chicken-stew-with-biscuits-recipe/index.html

Feel free to lower the fat content with 2 % or 1 % milk instead of cream/half and half although it is delicious full fat. Enjoy! Oh, and we are supposed to get snow today and tomorrow – perfect for those days.

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