A New Pal

Growing up, I was a fan of stuffed animals. I collected mainly monkeys and gorillas but I also had my share of teddy bears and bunnies and the like. I still have many of those stuffed animals and have passed them down to the boys now. The boys like to throw the stuffed animals at each other or bring them out and sit them on the couches and chairs so they can “watch TV” with them. Obi Wan is particularly attached to a stuffed bear named, “Baby Bear”. I tell you, male creativity in naming is severely lacking.

Anyhow, Baby Bear is a shaggy and very floppy light brown bear that is pillow size and very huggeable. Obi Wan doesn’t like to go to bed without him. Recently however, Baby Bear has been acting up.

I woke up one morning to Obi Wan’s distressed cries and went in the room to see what was wrong. Through his tears he told me that Baby Bear had pooped all over his bed. I had no idea what he was talking about until he said, “See!” and from under the sheets he brought up a fistful of white fluff. Upon examining Baby bear I discovered two large holes, neither in the rear area mind you, but Obi Wan insisted it was poop and that I needed to stop Baby Bear from doing it again. So I sewed him up. End of story right?

I must be the world’s shoddiest seamstress or Baby Bear has just been loved too often because he just won’t stay together. Hole after hole keeps opening up (sometimes the same ones I sewed shut) and the fluff keeps coming out. Baby bear has lost a large amount of his innards and isn’t looking so good anymore. I’ve been thinking that it is time to get rid of him but the question has been how best to do it. Then today, Target offered me a marvelous solution. Meet Baby Duck (or so I assume he will be called):

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He was on the Easter shelf clearanced at 75% off and it was no wonder, for he was sporting the most hideous brightly spotted bow tie. But I thought I could succesfully cut that off, so Baby Duck came home with me, all $2 dollars and .49 cents of him. He is the same size as Baby bear, super cuddly and right now ducks are Obi Wan’s favorite animal. Here’s hoping the trade off from bear to duck goes smoothly.

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Bring Romano’s Macaroni Grill home with you (Giveaway time!)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER

With the new line of dinner kits inspired by the chefs at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, you can now easily make four classic Italian meals at home. With quick and easy preparation, a Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites meal is ready to eat in about 20 minutes.

I was given the opportunity via My Blog Spark to try out one of the new dinner kits by Romano Macaroni Grill. They sent me the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta and I made it for lunch today. It was very easy to throw together and it was VERY creamy and tasty! The box says it makes five 1-cup servings, so that would feed about 3 people in this family. Of course, I get the rest of it all to myself tomorrow for lunch leftovers. If you want to learn more about this product or download a coupon for it, visit Restaurant Favorites at Home.

The folks at My Blog Spark have generously offered up THREE “What’s For Dinner” gift baskets for giveaway. The gift basket is pictured below and includes a box of the Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken Pasta variety, a colander, serving spoon and cheese grater.

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TO ENTER:
1. Must be a resident of the U.S.
2. Leave a comment telling me about dinner time in your family. Is it hard to get everyone together? What do you talk about around the table, etc.?
3. You may leave up to one comment per day during the giveaway period.
4. Giveaway ends Friday April 24, 2009 at midnight.

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Ten things about me

My friend Danielle, who is fairly new to the blogging world, tagged me a while ago and now I feel I must finally get around to obliging her. Here are ten things you quite possibly didn’t know about me:

1. I am all about texture when it comes to pasta. You can make a delicious creamy pasta sauce but if you put it over the wrong noodles, it just won’t taste as good. I’m not a big fan of Rotini, Rotelle or Cavatappi and Penne is only ok as long as it is smothered in sauce which coats the inside and outside of the tube.

2. Half melted Reese’s Pieces are my ultimate indulgence. I pour some onto a saucer and then nuke them for anywhere from 15-25 seconds (depending on the amount). When the shells start to crack and they feel warm from the outside they are ready. Bight into the crisp shell and then feel the molten peanut butter goodness coat your mouth! Oh, it’s heavenly!

3. I am a pianist but not of the technical variety. I’ve always disliked music theory and can play a piece much better if I hear it first. I’ve always dreamt of putting out a CD of my original compositions of which I currently have five. But first I probably ought to learn how to write music huh?

4. I’m a very speedy reader, even if the novel I’m reading isn’t so good.

5. I was born without my upper lateral incisors and when I was 14 my mom had the dentist put veneers on my canines so I would started smiling open mouthed. I thought I looked like a vampire.

6. When I was about 13, I developed a fascination with learning about pirates, particularly those few females who took to the high seas. If you haven’t read about Mary Read or Anne Bonny you’re missing out. I suppose I was drawn toward pirates because I’ve always dreamed of big adventures, though of course piracy is hardly as thrilling as what the movies make it out to be.

7. I love the smell off garlic being sauteed in a skillet.

8. I also love the smell of very old books and documents. When I visit the local archives in my genealogy research, I often request to see historical volumes (200 to 400 years old) of land documents or court proceedings and after they’ve been delivered I have a hard time not just pressing my nose to the fragile pages and inhaling deeply.

9. I love waking up to the sound of rain in the morning. The soft pitter patter on my window is so relaxing.

10. I also have a frugal blog in addition to this one, authored under a screen name that I’ve only told select people about. People that I know personally or trust. Why? Because I often state there, where I live and I haven’t done that on this blog so far. If you’d like to visit my frugal blog where I post daily about freebies, coupons, coupon matchups for weekly store ads, giveaways, etc. then come visit me at Perfectly Provident

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What a week!

I’m going stir crazy! Spring break started last Monday and ends today and what have I done to enjoy it? Not a thing. I’ve been indoors the whole time tending to a very sick boy. That means the other two kids have had to stay inside as well. (I hate apartment living)

Count Dooku started getting sick two Sunday’s ago when he came down with a high fever, sore throat and cough. After 3 days the fever was gone and he seemed to be getting better so he went to school Thurs. and Fri. Then Saturday his cough got worse and he started losing his voice. By Sunday the fever was back. I’m one of those moms who likes to let illness run its course but when he was worse than ever on Thursday, I called the doctor and got him in. He has strep throat so he’s been on antibiotics.

I’ve been heartbroken watching him suffer. He is normally so active and loud (not to mention rather difficult to deal with), but these past two weeks he’s been calm and snuggly. As much as I’ve loved it it’s made me sad because it’s not who he is. My child doing a 180 in behavior is definite cause for concern. So although I loved my oldest boy being calm and peacable, I’m happy that his roudy self is starting to peek out again. For the first time in two weeks he hasn’t been on the couch half the day and I’ve actually had to scold him several times for picking on his brother. It’s a sure sign that he’s getting better. And just in time to go back to school tomorrow too. Ha!

I am so getting out this week with Sassypants, rain or shine because I am sick to death of being stuck inside!

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Giveaway Winners

The winner of the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: Pirate Treasure DVD, drawn at random is Jill

The winner of Yes! Yes!, a boxed set of board books by Leslie Patricelli, drawn at random is Heather

The winners have been contacted by email and have three days to respond or their prizes will be awarded to another!

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Update on the Baby

Thanks for all of your advice on my previous post. I decided to wait a little longer and see how she progressed during the evening. Then at one point I needed to go out to the store so I went to put on my jacket and saw some blood stains on the right shoulder of the jacket. That’s when my memory was jogged.

Earlier in the day while we were outside blowing bubbles she tripped and fell flat on her stomach on the hard sidewalk. I picked her up to comfort her while she cried onto my shoulder. I do remember (after checking for scrapes and finding none) thinking that she was carrying out her sadness over the incident for longer than usual. It was just an unusually deep bite and probably aggravated by the salt in her dinner. I think she just didn’t know how to handle the pain.

Anyway, all day yesterday she was peach. I saw her tongue and the cut had already mostly sealed together over night. Thanks so much for your input. I’m so glad she’s my happy sweetie again!

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Advice? Ideas? Anyone?

Sassypants will be two on the 19th. She’s a headstrong little girl who is prone to throwing small tantrums, but tonight she did something unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it scared me to death.

She was very grumpy and whining off and on with her fingers in her mouth so I figured maybe she was teething again but as I went to give her some tylenol she stuck her tongue out and I saw a large cut in her tongue. I have no idea how or when she got it. It looks much longer and deeper than a typical bite would be so I’m a little freaked that she swallowed something sharp somehow. Anyway I gave her medicine but she kept getting more irritated.

At dinner she wanted to sit in my lap so I picked her up and then a moment later she started fussing and acting like she wanted down so I put her down. Suddenly she was on the floor writhing around, bawling. She’s done that before so no worries yet. Then she stands on her head and starts scooting around on her head wailing. A moment later she’s rolling back over to my chair. She pulls herself up and hits her head against my chair, then she stumbles over to her high chair and begins hitting it screaming and crying then she comes back and hits her head really hard against my chair again. At this point I’m very worried. I pick her up like I’ve done before and tell her sternly to stop but there is no recognition. There was just an absolutely frantic look in her eye and she was hyperventilating, she was squirming to get out of my arms and kicking herself up and down off my legs and she landed on my dinner plate, flipped it up and shattered it. I was so flustered and angry with her behavior at that point I just put her back down on the ground and walked away. Her screams and wails and hitting things continued for another 5 straight minutes. I was ready to hyperventilate too. It was absolutely the most psychotic behavior I’ve ever seen a child exhibit and I have no idea what it means or what to think?

Should I take her to the hospital to see if she did swallow something sharp that is causing her pain? Is this something you’ve ever seen a toddler do?

She fell asleep for a bit after that but when she woke up she immediately started crying and writhing around in her crib.

She has TWO bruises on her forehead now from hitting herself. I’m just stunned and a little scared. Help!

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