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Abbey and I are off to Cape Cod this week with my parents.  I am so looking forward to it!  We don’t have any concrete plans of what to do…except that Abbey’s been talking about ‘going to the beach’ for weeks and promising everyone she knows to bring them back a sea shell so we’ll be taking a few trips to the beach I’m guessing.  We stay at a hotel with Irish owners and the entertainment is always Irish music so we’ll probably have a drink or two at the restaurant and I’m sure Abbey will be dancing up a storm.  Other than that we are sure to hit a slew of Christmas Tree Shops, do some swimming in the indoor pool, and we’ll probably go to Provincetown one day too. 

We’re supposed to  have perfect weather too…low seventies and mostly sunny all week, night time lows in the high 50’s.  So, you won’t be hearing from me until at least Friday.  Have a great week everyone!  I know I will ;)!

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Cookbook Giveaway

The Cookbook Junkie  is having her monthly cookbook giveaway right now.  This month she’s giving away Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed and Breakfasts.  My day is not complete without seeing what she made last night and from which cookbook  :)!  Wish me luck!

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Ok, so it should really be meal plan Monday but I missed yesterday.  My buddy Vicki has inspired me to try and get back in my meal planning habit…besides, this week will be easy (and repetitive) since I’ve got all kinds of leftovers in the fridge from Abbey’s party (more about that tonight).  So here goes, starting with yesterday:

 Monday: Ziti

Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and Grilled Cheese sandwiches (homemade by my Mom)

Wednesday: Italian Sausages with pasta and sauce

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner – Biscuits and Gravy

Friday: Chicken Penne a la Vodka

 Lots of pasta this week, I know, but its quick and easy and I have lots of laundry and packing to do this week since we’re off to Cape Cod next week 🙂  I can’t wait!  We’ll get back to more healthy eating when we get home again.                                                                                         

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Ok, so we finally have a head count for Abbey’s party next week.  Looks like 14 adults and 5 kids.  I guess it won’t be long before the adult and kid numbers are reversed huh? LoL. Anyway, the plan for food is to order a 4 foot sub (they provide the macaroni and potato salads and cole slaw and condiments within the price), and I’m going to make a tray of ziti and Scottie will make his sausage and peppers.  Mom’s going to make her homemade chicken noodle soup.  We’re also going to make some chicken nuggets and PB&J’s for the kids.  That’s it…it seems like less than we usually make,  but more than enough for the people we’re having I think.  I’m going to make the ziti this weekend and freeze and Scottie will make the sausage and peppers Friday.  All we should need to do on Saturday is heat stuff up and make a few PB&J’s, which is how I wanted it.  We usually bbq hod dogs and hamburgers but then someone has to be at the grill the whole time so hopefully this will work out better. 

Let’s see, what else…I’ve pretty much gotten the goodie bags together.  Abbey’s the only girl and the ages range from 1 to 9 so this wasn’t an easy task.  I picked up a bunch of sports themed little trinkets on clearance after Easter at Wal-Mart so the older boys get a little trinket box , a mini bubbles bottle and a maze puzzle that is either a baseball, soccer ball or football.  The younger boys get toy boats for the bath and frog bath toys.  Everybody gets a couple of Tootsie Roll pops and a liquid freezer pop (unfrozen) to take home, and all but the youngest one gets a little Play-Doh container, and a stick of sidewalk chalk.  I also picked up a bag of little toys like you’d get in a coin machine at the after Easter sale so I divided those up evenly, stuff like fake gold coins, little parachute men, super balls, ect. 

My Mom picked up some really cute napkins that are lavendar and have little teddy bears having a tea party on them.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find matching plates so we have a hodge podge of plates, napkins, tablecloths ect that don’t exactly match but all are primarily lavendar…so I guess our theme is lavendar LoL.  The hats and goodie bags have butterflies and some of the cake plates are butterflies, some are fairy princesses. 

I’ve been going back and forth on games and stuff.  I think I might get Scottie to do a couple of games with the kids.  I saw a suggestion on some web site for each kid that gets knocked out of a game to get a prize but the prizes get gradually better as you get closer to the winner.  Personally,  I don’t have a problem with only the winner getting a prize, especially since everyone is getting a goodie bag, but I know everyone doesn’t agree with that.  Anyway, any suggestions for good games for a wide age range (but not many kids)?  I’m thinking maybe Duck, Duck Goose and/or Musical Chairs and, of course, Pin the tail on the Donkey.  Maybe Simon Says?  Not sure if that’s good for 3 year olds though. 

So the main thing I haven’t decided on is the cake.  But for age one and two I’ve just gone down that morning and bought a quarter sheet cake at Wal-Mart.  Their cakes are surpisingly delicious and you can always find one decorated with purple icing and butterflies or princess decorations are pretty common too.  What I would like to do is make one myself if time allows.  I may just see how things go on Friday and give it a whirl…if it doesn’t work out I can still get the Wal-Mart cake on Saturday morning.  I really like the Raggedy Ann cake I mentioned in an earlier post and I know the kids would like the red licorice hair, but I also found a couple of cute Curious George cakes on line and Abbey is absolutely mesmorized by that show when its on TV so that would be a good one for her right now.  I don’t know…we’ll see what I decide on Friday…Abbey doesn’t seem to care one way or the other as long as she gets to blow out the candles LoL. 

I was planning to get Abbey a Fisher Price Little People play set for her birthday present, but then I came across these cute doll outfits Snap n Style   on sale at Wal-Mart.  They’re also Fisher Price and are  plastic and the outfits just snap onto the dolls.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the dolls themselves at all, but I took my chances figuring if worst comes to worst you can find anything on ebay right? LoL.  Anyway, it turns out Kohl’s is having a 40% off Fisher Price toys Sale this week so I was able to get the doll, plus two more outfits.  They’re so cute…I can’t wait to play with them with her LoL.  Each outfit has a theme so there’s Bedtime, Flower Girl, Karate Class, Soccer Player, Ballerina, and Snowboard fun.  I think there’s only two that we don’t have and ironically one is the birthday one LoL. 

Ok, I think that’s it.  Sorry for the book but I had to put it all down on paper for myself :).   

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Ok, Abbey’s birthday party is fast approaching and I still  haven’t settled on a cake to make…that is, if I make a cake at all.  I can tell you this, Bob the Builder and Bulldozer cakes are quite popular searches.  I can’t tell you how many people have found my blog by searching those terms.  By the way, there’s a link in my favorite links section for Creative cakes that I believe takes you right to the Bob the Builder cakes.  If not they are easy to find in a search.  I think I’ve abandoned the idea of a Bob cake though.  Abbey still loves to point out “BOB!” everytime we pass a construction vehicle but, I think I’m going to go with a slighly less boyish theme.  I’m leaning towards a Curious George cake.  There are some amazing ones on that Creative cakes site…or I still might do the Raggedy Ann cake I had stumbled upon before I even had Abbey.  Since I love Raggedy Ann and Abbey is not so impressed this may be my last chance to pick the theme of the cake while she doesn’t seem to car LoL.  Ah well, I’ll figure it out. 

So, today’s Question of the day:

 What was your child(ren)’s last birthday cake/theme? 

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…after a long day of shopping at the outlets, you are midway through the almost two hour drive home when you hear from the back seat, “I try to get it out!” and look back to see your two year old with her finger in her nose.  Luckily, I am not driving, my Mom is, so I scoot to the back seat to see if I can do anything about this situation in the pitch dark backseat.  I’m not too successful.  I am able to access that what has managed to make its way into Abbey’s nostril is a piece of foam that she has pulled out of a hole in the fabric cover of her carseat…how big a piece it was remained a mystery.  Two sneezes fail to solve the problem.  I mumble out loud to myself that I don’t even have a pair of tweezers with me.  Abbey looks up at me with huge, worried eyes and asks “Does Mamo have tweezers?”  Mamo is her grandmother, the driver, and no, she foolishly left her tweezers home that night.  When we finally got to the next exit and pulled into a shopping center parking lot there was a Rite Aid there that looked open…whew!  I went to buy a pair of tweezers and when I walked up the automatic doors wouldn’t open…I looked at my watch…10:04…they close at 10 pm, GREAT!  So I rummage through my bag and the best I can come up with is a paper clip.  So, I bend it open and while my Mother holds the penlight on her keychain at just the right angle I perform my surgery…all it takes is one touch to the back of the inside of her nose and a giant sneeze before a sizable chunk of foam finds its way to freedom. 

Question of the Day…

What’s your best “You know you’re a Mom when…” story?

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