Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You Know You're a Mom (or) Dad When...

Love this....funny

You Know You're a Mom (or) Dad When...

1. You plan your day according to when Sesame Street is on.

2. You have signed a check with a crayon.

3. You find Goldfish crackers in the glove box of your car.

4. You wipe other kids' noses.

5. You have accidentally brushed your teeth with Desitin.

6. You have caught spit-up in your hand.

7. You leave for a date with your husband carrying a diaper bag instead of your purse.

8. You have memorized the entire lineup of Saturday morning cartoons.

9. You have finally paid for all of your groceries and are heading out of the doors when you realize one of your kids has lost a shoe somewhere in the store.

10. You can recite Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham by heart.

11. You let your baby sit in his dirty diaper until Oprah is over.

12. You have shared a fifteen-minute conversation about your baby with a complete stranger at the grocery store.

13. You filled up your child's baby book before her first tooth appeared.

14. You silently curse people if they call during naptime.

15. You forgot your mother-in-law's first name because you now only refer to her as "Grandma."

16. You arrange your travel itinerary based on McDonald's Playland locations.

17. You are just as surprised when you sleep through the night as when your child does.

18. You consider the person who invented the Sippy Cup a genius.

19. You see a mom from your child's playgroup at the mall and know her son's name but not hers.

20. You consider it a major triumph if you shower by noon.

21. You justify every excessive crying spell with teething.

22. You pick up the phone and call your mother when your baby rolls over for the first time.

23. You have kept your favorite babysitter a secret from other mothers in your playgroup.

24. You have your pediatrician's telephone number on speed-dial.

25. You own the entire Baby Einstein DVD collection.

26. You find yourself humming the "Rubber Duckie" song in the shower.

27. You have dressed your baby in whatever is on top of the clean laundry pile.

28. You cry at Johnson & Johnson commercials.

29. You have considered trading your whole life savings for just one good night of sleep.

30. You see your parents in a whole new light.

31. You consider parenting to be the best job in the world.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy First Day of Winter!

On this day, the first day of winter, we celebrate that Winter Solstice 2009 Is Shortest Day of the Year. In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.

As I sit here looking out my window on Long Island, NY besides watching the kids play, all I can see on the first day of winter is snow.   I am thankful my childen were finished with school as of this past Friday and are on Christmas break until January 4th. There were no worries of trying to figure out how to get to school this morning though I know many schools were closed due to the East Coast Storm State of Emergency.  It all actually works out well for us.  Been forced to stay in and get things done.  I am having Chrismas Eve this year at my home which I used to do every year except for the last 3 years because of being sick two years and one year having an emergency tonsilectomy the day before Christmas...that surely was not plesant experience at all.  I am so in the spirit of Christmas this year.  Shopping is all done and now the cleaning and baking has begun.

Yesterday, we baked cookies we are going to finish up the cookies we baked yesterday by icing and decorating them.  They came out great!  I used a great recipe listed below.

Mrs. Fields Sugar Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup colored sugar for decoration
3/4 cup butter


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.  In a medium bowl combine the flour and salt with a wire whisk. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add the flour mixture. Blend on low speed just until combined. Do not overmix.

3.  Gather dough into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap or a plastic bag. Refrigerate one hour until firm.

4.  On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. With cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with colored sugars or sprinkles. Bake for 13-15 minutes, being careful not to brown. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool, flat surface.

Later on today, I want to do some cleaning and a little more decorating...found another box of things I had I forgot to put out.  I also have to order our ham for Christmas Eve dinner from Honey Baked Ham.  I almost wasn't going to this year but my daughter Brittany said, "what Mom, no ham on Christmas Eve."  so needless to say I am ordering the ham. 

Have a wonderful and peaceful first day of Winter!!


Friday, December 4, 2009

Paperin Family Christmas Tree

Picture of our Christmas Tree...taken in not such great lighting...have to try again when it is light out.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

One wonderful way to make homemade ornaments is by crafting them from salt dough. With salt dough, you can create almost any type of ornament you want. It is simple enough for children to do, yet you can get a real professional look or create a tree full of theme ornaments, such as snowmen. Here is how to get started with creating salt dough ornaments.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon** 

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg **

**(don't have to add but give off a nice scent and color)


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.

3.Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 hour. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.
4.When your ornament is dry, you can paint and decorate it. Add a coat of varnish to add shine and preserve the ornament for future years.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Family Christmas Card

 is the Christmas Card I made yesterday using Mary Fran's Collections from http://www.nitwitcollections.com/.

Can't wait to get them in and mail them out hopefully by next week.

Front of Card

Back Of Card

Also a  "Happy Birthday Peter" The B-I-G 40!!



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