Making the best of it

It happened. 

I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that delicious chicken salad from a cafeteria that I didn’t see come straight out of the refrigerator.

I knew my stomach is a big sissy and can’t handle what most people have no problem with.

I KNEW BETTER. But I did it anyway.

I’ve not felt that bad since I had to stay the night in the hospital from food poisoning way back in 2004….So my best guess is that’s what it was.

Either way it was bad stuff. So bad.

Since this morning I wasn’t in any state to effectively parent our wild girls Lynn had to figure out something.

Cows don’t care if I’m sick. Cows are still hungry and need their farmer. (I might have called them “stupid cows” under my breath this morning) 

It was 20 degrees here bright and early, too cold for little girls to be outside for long periods of time.

So Lynn took the girls to his parents house, wished them (his parents) luck, and left to go feed cattle.

Thankfully the girls (even Claire) remember they have manners when (and only when) I am not around. 

They watched cartoons, read books and made cookies. I received this photo from my mother-in-law, it is my father-in-law holding both girls and doing something he has never, ever done before.

In their happy place. Photo credit to Roselyn Waters.

The man has never before today made and decorated cookies. He has done a lot of things in his life…But somehow cookie baking wasn’t included on that list. Apparently when Memaw asked them if they wanted to engage in a little baking, Caroline and Claire wheedled and blinked their big baby eyes at Papaw, and used all their charm. 

When employed, their charm is almost completely irresistible. Like the siren call of a mermaid to a sailor…Or the box of “Chips Ahoy with Oreo frosting middles” to me at the grocery store, it’s something that can’t easily be ignored. (Seriously. I can eat an entire box of those cookies by myself. I may have even hid from the children before so I didnt have to share those bites of deliciousness … though not today) These kids are smart. They know how to work together when need be.

At any rate, they all made a beautiful new memory today.

And I lost 10 whole pounds overnight. I’ve never had a diet that worked that fast and efficiently.

So maybe good things happen even from a terrible night of sickness.

(Don’t worry church friends, I won’t come tomorrow just in case I have germs to share)

Whew. Enjoy your weekend friends.

My 4-H kid

An 11year old in my 4-H club meeting and I had this conversation today when the 4-H officers were done leading the business meeting.

Kid: “Ms Waters? Can I have your gavel?”
Me: “No. Why do you want it?”
Kid: “Because I’m going to court tomorrow”
Me: “Court? How come?”
Kid (Looking down): “I dunno”
Me: “Ha-ha, Speeding ticket?”
Kid: “No” (a huge grin spreading across his face) “Tomorrow, I’m getting  adopted!”

I congratulated him and high fived him.

**all the feelings** Seriously, put some things in perspective for me.

It was also a 4-H baking contest day….so I had a “healthy” breakfast….you know. Gotta taste them to judge them….it’s FOR THE CHILDREN! Hahaha.

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They all did a fantastic job.

My “real” children matched today. They are a mess! Mostly Claire. Claire is a mess.

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Me: Smile! Claire: Flashes me

Speaking of Claire… I asked her to pick up the candy, sock and toy she threw on the floor. It appears she decided not to.

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I gotta focus on my follow through when making the kids pick up after themselves

Thanks for reading, friends.

Baking with kids

I have a work meeting tonight, so I picked up the kidlets about half an hour early so we would have time to make “fruit cookies”. Caroline carefully sliced all the strawberries and is artfully arranging the fruit on top. Claire licked the beaters, ate some fruit then complained about life with the marshmallow/cream cheese mixture on her face. Oh to be two years old.

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