Saturday, April 11, 2009

Egg Dying

One of my favorite memories of Easter as a kid was not the candy--though I admit I didn't hate it either!-- was dying the Easter eggs. My mom probably boiled 3 dozen eggs when my brother, sister and I were kids. She would give us each an egg carton filled with eggs waiting to be colored and designed. We did it the old fashioned way, with dye and boiled water and vinegar. It was stinky, but it worked.

Today I boiled 30 eggs. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I sacrificed two eggs from each pan to make sure they were done, and to make an egg salad sandwich. Since we wouldn't be dying eggs until Daddy got home, I collected them all back into their egg crate and set them in the fridge for preserving. Finally the hour arrived when I would start boiling the water. I always boil too much. I gathered up some old newspaper to spread across the table as the kids came flocking around in anticipation. Rich and I made 8 colors and as usual I boiled way too much water. It was time to dye eggs. Shouts of how eggs would be decorated came all around.

Ryan on the other hand was perfectly content and all too excited to simply dunk them in the cups, even if that meant putting an egg in with another egg.

"This one is fancy!"
All in all our egg dying was quite the success, and there was lots of help in cleaning up.It was over and done with very fast. But everyone had fun.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Unknown

The unknown is very scary. A first time mother usually has great fear of giving birth. It's unknown what it will feel like, how long it will last, and when it will all begin. Young people have a whole host of unknown experiences to contend with. They have one each year as they go through school. What will my teacher be like? Will I do well this year? Will I be with my friends? Yesterday, Kristin experienced the unknown of getting her first cavity filled. She fretted over it for about three or weeks. I talked candidly with her about the procedure. I didn't sugar coat it, as I don't think it is wise to do that. I told her step by step what they would do. Her two biggest fears were the needle for numbing and the drill.
Would the drill be big and scary? And how loud would it sound in her ears? And just how big would that needle be anyway???

Finally the big day arrived and she ran the gambit of emotions all day. When it came time to actually go the real fear set in. Despite her fear, she pressed ever forward.
In the dentist's chair, she looked like she was actually going to the chair! She asked them to explain the procedure to her, and they obliged with pictures and showing the tools. She was quite relieved when she saw just how tiny the drill was and that it really wasn't that noisy. It turned out that her cavity was so small they suggested that the use of Novocaine would be a moot point. That the shot would hurt more than the drilling. It would take 5 seconds the dentist said. Kristin asked my opinion. Yikes! I don't know kid. We settled on no numbing agent and have her raise her hand the second she felt any pain.
They worked very quickly. You can't really tell in the picture, but she is wearing sunglasses. What a great idea this is. Then you aren't left being blinded by that light that they need. In the end, she was thrilled beyond measure at how easy it was. I told her she could tell her friends in her biggest toughest voice that she didn't even need Novocaine!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Life's Little Surprises

Life is full of little surprises. A little surprise for my kids during spring break was a trip to the duck pond complete with a picnic. They were thrilled by this simple adventure. Another little surprise was going to see the rose garden. Some surprises aren't as nice as others. One surprise we had was that the ducks were not as hungry as usual. Normally they come flocking to even the smallest morsel you throw at them. They have even been known to squabble over the bite at times. Today however, they were not as interested. That didn't stop us from pitching bites of bread their way.

It was then, that we were taken by most unpleasant surprise, as Ryan stepped too close to the edge and then right off of it. I only heard a big splash followed by my daughter shrieking her brother's name. At that exact moment, I saw him in the water flailing about trying to figure out what to do. Time froze all around me, and all I saw was him. I know it was all in an instant, but it felt like it took forever for me to react and move. I jumped right in after him and pulled him right out. He was crying of course, but he was safe. A very nice lady gave me a blanket to wrap around him as he was shivering. Luckily I had a change of pants for him. While his shirt hung in tree we sat down to eat our lunch, and then the kids surprised themselves by rolling down the hill, and having a blast.

After lunch, we made our way to the rose garden where found many beautiful flowers and other surprises along the way. Some surprises are good, some are not good at all, but the fact is life is full of surprises!

Mama and her babies. Quacked at them to get a move on when I got too close.

Not at all happy!

Rolling! Rolling! Rolling!

The rose garden

A surprising find! Too many to count.

A frog's dream home

A surprising new friend for Kristin.