Saturday, July 30, 2011

My First Pillowcase Dress

Cinderella is playing at our outdoor theatre. I got tickets for The Short Chic and I to go to Sunday's performance. 

When The Short Chic threatened to wear her hot and frayed Cinderella costume to the performance, I knew I had to come up with a better option. 

Just so you can see...This is The Short Chic dressed up like Cinderella. She obviously puts a lot of time and effort into playing this role.
I decided to make a pillowcase dress. My friend Meeghan made one for her daughter not too long ago and it turned out to be such a cute dress!

I used a tutorial from Viola & Pearl and found out not only does the dress look cute, it is so simple to make that even a novice sewer like myself can whip it out in no time.

So, I am not going to provide you with a tutorial because Viola & Peal really do a great job. But I am going to show you the finished product!

I sewed the Cinderella applique on by machine. It was a bit tricky but not hard.  

In the end, she loves it and promises she is going to wear this dress to the show Sunday. I think she looks cooler in her pillowcase dress. And considering we are having temperatures nearing 100 degrees, cooler is better!


Sewing is not my strongest skill, just ask my  junior high home economics teacher! But I finished this dress, without a pattern, in less than an hour. My seams are straight and The Short Chic loves it. I am considering this one a success!

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Family Ritual


"You melt my heart!" It's a line from the movie,  Hope Floats. 


The Boy and I have been saying it to each other since the movie first came out. He was much shorter back then. In fact, he was only about 2 years old when I first saw that movie.

Then along came this guy and he really melted my heart!


But of course, he does not say it back. Too mushy for him. He just rolls his eyes. And smiles. Or winks. It's okay, I know I melt his heart too!

When The Short Chic came along, we started telling her, "You melt my heart."

I expected her to repeat it when she learned to talk.

But she did not.

As with everything, she has her own way of doing things.

Here is how it goes now....

Mommy: "You Melt My Heart!"
The Short Chic: "You melt my fish!"
Mommy: "What does that mean?"
The Short Chic giggling: "I have no idea!"

This morning The Short Chic randomly told me that I melted her fish. It melted my heart! If your family has a ritual that is cute and fun, please feel free to share! I hope each of you have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Cup of Cake

Kids love cake! I love cake! Who doesn't like cake? The Boy likes cake but does not like frosting (weirdo!) The glorious thing about this recipe is that you can have your cake any way you like it and it is the perfect size that you do not feel guilty about having some cake.

A girlfriend of mine told me about this super easy cake recipe. It was so easy and yummy I wanted to share it!


As with any recipe, you start by gathering up your needed supplies. This is easy. Three things. You want to start with a simple, one step Angel Food Cake Mix from a box. Second you need a second cake mix. Any flavor will work. I had a simple white cake on hand so I used it. Third, and last, you need a large air tight container.


The next step is to mix the two cake mixes together. I used a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon.


Next you take 1/4 of cup of the mixture and add 3 tablespoons of water to it in a coffee cup.


Mix it up well. Microwave it for 1 minute.



Easy enough that your young ones can do it by themselves. (With minimal supervision, that is!)


Afterwards, you have a small portion of cake!

The glorious part, everyone gets to decide how to top their cake! No fighting, no fussing, no picky eaters! Everyone is happy. It is a win-win.

The top cake is topped with fresh peaches and whipped topping. Middle cup is cake topped with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Bottom cake is topped with hot fudge and whipped topping (it is also a double portion, The Boy is growing!)

With the variety of cake mixes available out there and the wide options for topping, I wonder what you will come up with?


Hope you enjoy this easy recipe as much as we did!

Yummy!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Simplier Life

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I visited Amish Country with a group of family and a friend yesterday.

Jamesport, MO lies about one hour and fifteen minutes north and east from Kansas City, MO. My grad school friend, Melissa, and I met my cousins (Wendy, Kevin, and Tammy), my aunt and uncle (Donna and Wayne) and my Momma there at 8:15.

Despite our 8:00-8:15 meeting time, My Momma got there at 7:30 a.m. As Melissa and I are driving and chatting and excitedly talking about the Amish life, My Momma called me 13 times!!  THIRTEEN! As I tried to call her back, she was calling me for the fourteenth time in a near panic.

Mom: "We have a problem"
Me: "What is the problem"
Mom: "H & M is closed."
Me: "What do you mean they are closed?"
Mom: "There are signs on the door that say they are closed. I will bet they are related to some Amish that were killed back East and they have closed up to go to their funeral. I already called everyone and told them"
Me: "Can you find an Amish person and ask them if it is just H&M that is closed or if it effects the entire community and then call me back?"
Mom: "O.K.

Less than five minutes later, call number fifteen comes in:

Mom: "They are all open. Including H&M. They don't open till 8:00 a.m.
Me: "Mom, we knew they did not open till 8:00 a.m.. We saw that sign the last time we were there."
Mom: "I thought they opened at 6:00 a.m."

Three places featured in these photos. H&M General Store and Countryside Bakery, Sherwood Quilts and Oak Finishing 


Now, H&M is our favorite store in Jamesport Amish country and it would have been sad if they were closed but the biggest issue is that my mother got it in her head the store opened at SIX in the morning and panicked and called me thirteen times in twenty minutes. When the real issue is she was just early and must be loosing her darned mind!

I am happy to report the rest of the day went amazingly well. It was hot! Most of the shops are not air conditioned and those that have some form of air conditioning did not fair well against the heat. I am so glad we got there early and ended shopping by early afternoon.

 I am so happy that because we took others who had never been that we stopped at places we have never been before.

I love it that Miss Melissa touched a little box that said do not touch on it and it collapsed down as it was a prank box!

I love that we got to purchase and smell cinnamon rolls hot out of the oven and freshly frosted!

I love that we saw buggies, buggies, and more buggies.
Random places around Jamesport. Thank goodness for a telephoto lens!

I love that we found a new cheese store and we got to sample our way through their product line. (I am also dying to go back on a Tuesday when they are making cheese and watch.)

I love that we saw wind mills and wind turbines and other simple machines doing hard jobs. It must have been mowing day as we saw several men with the horse-drawn mowers.

I love that we saw lines full of clothing hung out to dry.

I love that we saw lots of small children playing in the shade!

I also love that we met a man who has a love for old calendars. He has them hung all over his shop. We all stopped and hunted, not for prized possessions to take home, but for our birth year calendar. I found mine. I was born on a Thursday!

Please stop by J.A.M. Wood products when you are in Jamesport. Leave time to find your birth calendar!
I also loved this man's art he was selling. So cool. I might have a little buyers regret. I did not buy anything from him.I wish I would have brought home the stepping stone I have photoed below. The face with the keys as hair.

Yard art at J.A.M Wood Products. They also have gazebos, chicken houses, chairs, tables, ect.


And I love that we ate dinner at my favorite restaurant in Jamesport. If you ever decide to visit Amish country in Northern Missouri, please visit here. Share a meal so you have room for dessert.  Melissa and I shared the tenderloin sandwich. I had blackberry cobbler and she has cherry.

Blackberry cobbler at Country Cupboard. It is not a Amish restaurant. But does it mean anything that every time I am there, there are Amish eating there. Yes, it means it is GOOD stuff.
This would be a great trip to make in the fall. Cooler weather. Pretty leaves turning. And it is harvest time.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sneak Peek!

I got up early this morning to go on a girls trip to Amish County here in Missouri. I am not sure it is fair to call it a girls trip, there were two men there. But for sure the women out numbered the men. So, a girls trip it was.

More later on our trip. But I had to show you all a sneak peek to my daughter's fourth birthday party. It is too cute not to share.  You will be seeing lots more exciting things to come over the next several months. Her birthday is not until March. (don't judge me for starting early!)

Found this today at an antique store. Super cute!



Want to guess the theme of the party?

More later!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's For Dinner?

Somewhere between working, getting our rental house ready for showings, and gymnastics I realize we must eat dinner. On nights like this, when we meet ourselves coming and going, I honestly rely upon semi prepared foods.

Tonights menu: "Homemade Pizza". I use quotation marks because homemade is really a stretch. Maybe easily prepared is a better term? In addition to being rushed for time, I am also trying to use up food stored in my house. So the goal of this week's menu is to use what is on hand and purchase very little.

On hand in my fridge is a bottle of opened Alfredo sauce. It was the inspiration for my pizza tonight. Other things I had on hand; Parmesan cheese, Italian Blend cheese, chicken strips, green onions, pizza dough, and pre-cooked bacon. I purchased from the store fresh spinach ( I am sure you could use frozen but since it is summer and spinach is fresh, why substitute for the frozen kind).

I made a Chicken Spinach Alfredo pizza. I rolled out my pizza crust. Baked it for 5 minutes. Added Alfredo Sauce, topped it with chicken strips, green onions, chopped bacon, Parmesan Cheese and cooked, drained fresh spinach. Then I added Italian Style Shredded Cheese, salt and pepper.

It looked like this before I cooked it:
In addition to this one, I also made my version of a  Maui Wowie pizza. Same concept. Roll out the crust. Bake it for 5 minutes. Top with bbq sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Ray's). Add chicken, pineapple, chopped fresh green onion, and bacon. Add cheese. Salt and pepper. Bake 10 minutes.

Here they are finished. The Chicken Spinach Alfredo is on the left. The Maui Wowie is on the right.

I expected my husband to eat the Chicken Spinach Alfredo and I would eat the Maui Wowie. But to my surprise he loved the Maui Wowie. So we have the Chicken Spinach Alfredo left for tomorrow. Bonus!  I know if The Boy would have been home, he would have gobbled them up.

Easy. Fast. Good.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who Am I?

One of the blogs I follow, Sassy Sites is having a "HeLLo FRieNd ParTy!" to introduce people who have been blogging less than a year to the bloggy world. Originally they said six months or less and I was a bit sad. I have been blogging for 11 months! But since they changed it to one year, I am linking up! Sassy Sites has asked that we answer a few questions about ourselves for the link up. Here we go!

Why did you decide to start blogging?

I was given a world rocking diagnosis about one year ago. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (CANCER!). On my diagnosis day, I just sat down and started blogging. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head and needed a place for them to go. I had to figure out how do I process this diagnosis. How do I fight Cancer. OMG,  what about my kids and my family! What does life look like with the diagnosis and afterwards.

Before my d-day, I never really followed a blog. Never read them. Now I am absolutely addicted!

When you aren't blogging, what are you doing?

The real question to that is what am I not doing! I am a mom to a 14 year old boy, a 3 year old daughter. They each have their activities and that keeps me busy. I am a wife to a wonderful man. A daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, and an aunt. I cook. I am a DIY'er. And I work full time. Monday-Friday I work in public child welfare as a social worker.

What I do outside my work life is about bringing some balance to my world. I see a lot of yucky things in life. I like pretty things when I am not working. I scrapbook. I decorate cakes, I cook a lot! I am trying to learn to sew.Oh yeah, and I just started teaching myself some photography and PhotoShop. I am a novice at many things, and expert at none!

What is your blog about?


It's My Life. That might be the name of my theme song, but it is also what the blog is about. I am one huge contradiction. Some days I am deep in reflection and still trying to process through all the changes in my world since my D-Day (diagnosis day). Other days I am whipping up a new recipe or cooking up some good food. Maybe I am sewing a new project.
 
When do you find the time to blog?


I have noticed that since I started blogging I watch a lot less television. I blog when ever I can. Mostly when the Short Chic (my name for my three year old) is watching a Disney Princess Movie or is bothering her Daddy and not me. I have also been known to stay up late to put out a post. Or maybe I can sneak it in during the day?! Pretty much whenever I get a chance, I am blogging!
 
Why do you love blogging?


When I first started I loved blogging because people could stay caught up on what was going on and I did not have to tell my story a couple of dozen times a day. But since then it has provided a creative outlet that I never knew I needed. 
 
What is your favorite post so far that you've written?


My daughter's last birthday party is one of my favorite post.  Have I mentioned how much I love planning a good party?
A Fairy Tea Party  or even her first birthday party:  Old McDonald Had a Farm
 
Another favorite post is about how I cope when life is hard.
 
A Cure for a Blah Day
 
Oh yeah, and one of my great parenting moments!
 
Follow Up From You Know Where
 
 
Thank you Sassy Sites!! I love your blog and look forward to reading it daily!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Don't Want To Be A Grown-Up

It is summer time. It is sunny and hot. A great day to play in the sun and even take a dip in the swimming pool.  The Short Chic is spending her day playing hopscotch. I drew it out for her this morning on her Nana's driveway. (If you look closely, you will see she put her skorts on backwards; because she likes it that way!)





I am spending my day here. With the windows closed. No hopscotch for me. Instead, I am developing a new training. I wonder if anyone would notice if my skorts were on backwards?

Just kidding! Skorts are not allowed per the company dress code.

Monday, July 18, 2011

We Did It!!

The Hawks won the USSSA "A" World Series 14 and Under Championship yesterday.
I love the look on the pitchers face. It says it all. "WE DID IT!"

2011 Hawks World Series Baseball Team.
Our victory was truly a team victory. This team worked so well together. Everyone contributed to this win.

The Coaching staff getting showered with affection...or is that water?

The only bittersweet moment in the tournament is that The Boy was not at the championship game. He is on vacation with his father and missed it. Here is his trophy along side the team trophy. I can't wait to give it to him when he gets back home next week.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This is How We Do It!


How do we do it?

We do it one game at a time.

We started playing baseball Thursday night in the USSSA World Series. The structure of the tournament is  three games in pool play, seed and play single elimination tournament.  Our first game was against the Spartans from Lincoln, Nebraska. We won that first game but not without a cost. One of our players broke his fibula while sliding into home. While he was safe at home, he unfortunately is out of the tournament.

Sometimes, this is how we do it.


Friday, we played a double header. It is scorching hot here and of course the organizers want the little kids to play early. So, the big boys take the field during the hottest time of the day; 2-6. What does a team do when they have to play in that heat; they drink lots of water, put cold wet towels over your head when you can, and play ball!

Our second game was with the L O U D E S T team we have ever encountered, The PC Thunder from Ponca City, Oklahoma. And trust me, we have played against some loud momma's in the past but nothin' touches the PC Thunder fans. One of the grandma's from our team even wondered out loud if they were using microphones because they were so loud. We almost lost our lead for a moment, but our newest Hawk came in and shut them down and we walked away with our second win.

This is how we do it.


Immediately after the second game, we played our third against the Detonators from Denton, Nebraska. We have played our fair share of ball this summer. I have not seen our team play as well as they are playing in this tournament. Every member of our team contributed to each win. Our errors have been low. Our pitching is great  Our hitting is impressive.

This is how we do it.


The Boy will not finish the last few games with his team. He left for vacation with his father early this morning. He went to Palm Springs, California (It was 109 degrees there today). Even though he is not at the games, The Short Chic and I went to our fourth game tonight.

In the end, we finished pool play 3-0 and earned ourselves the second seed in the tournament play. We are three games from winning the World Series.

We played The Bombers from Columbia, MO. It started off as a pretty close game. Then our pitcher shut down their hitting and our bats got hot. Really hot. Kinda like the 93 degree temp. We won 12-7! We are now, two wins from winning the World Series. We have successfully made it to the final four!

That is how we do it.

We play ball at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. First we play the Diamond Kings from Clinton, Arkansas. If we win that game we will play for first place and the title of Champions.

Like other things in life. We just take it one game at a time. I do not allow myself to think about the Championship game because we have to win the next game. That is how we do it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wanna Trade?

Our weekend is going to busy with ....BASEBALL! For the last time this summer our boys are playing in a tournament this weekend.  But this is no regular tournament. This is the World Series.

One of the most exciting things besides winning at a World Series is trading pins. A lot of work goes into the pins.
You start with one of your pins. Find a team who has a pin. And trade. That simple.


It does not matter how old you. There are several age groups in the Series. The fun part is meeting as many players as you can.


So, if you happen to see us this weekend, ask us to trade. After all, we have a collection going.

We actually start playing baseball tomorrow night at 6:00. I am hoping we survive the heat. And the gate prices!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Whole New World!

I got glasses in the second grade. It is one of my most vivid memories of grade school.

We lived in Urbana, Missouri and my Momma and I went to Springfield. I do not believe it was just the two of us, I recall other people, but do not recall them specifically. We went to Pearl Vision Center in the mall.  What stands out the most is the drive home. For the first time ever, I saw road signs, billboards, speed limit signs and the scenery! I had no idea how badly I could not see until I could see.

I wore glasses from second grade, seven years old, until I was 16 years old. I remember showing up to our summer drivers education program without my glasses. That felt like freedom! I could see so much more. I could wear sunglasses.

Having a child, you just know that genetics is stacked against them. It was never a matter of if The Boy would  need corrective eye wear but a matter of when. Three years ago we got our first hint. The Boy's eye sight started to change. Not drastic. Just a dip. Enough that I purchased him a pair of glasses, "just in case". But they quickly developed dust on the case because he never needed to wear them.

That is, until this past school year. He came home saying he could not see at school. We dug out the "just in case" pair of glasses and they helped a lot. Then he forgot to wear them to his sports physical and he failed the eye test. So, we knew it was time. Off to the eye doctor we went.

Today, tradition repeated itself a bit.  The eye doctor had a cancellation and they asked us to come in. The Boy immediately became nervous. I pre-warned him about the little puff of air and then I find out 1) you do not have to do a puff of air until you are 21 years old. (really, it feels like I have always done the puff of air!) 2) they no longer us a puff of air. (That was GREAT news for me because I go back for my appointment on Thursday. I have something to look forward to!)

Without correct eye wear they asked The Boy to repeat the smallest line he could on the eye chart. I had to stifle a few chuckles because for the first time, he could not identify them. He is still arguing that the K was not in fact an A! In the end, the Doctor said maybe he could have been squinting a 20/30 out but realistically he is at a 20/40. Not bad, but enough to struggle and time for corrective eye wear on a regular basis.

His eye appointment. 
we opted to fit The Boy for contact lenses. He allowed the Doctor to put the first pair in. Then he went into an education class. He, of course, is struggling with putting them in and taking them out. Oh! how I recall those days. Thankfully, my next door neighbor growing up wore contacts and she helped me figure it all out.  It is even harder for him right now because of his broken wrist.  He can't really use his left hand to help him. So, for the love of a child, I am finding myself holding his eyes open until he can get the hang of putting them in and taking them out.

The Doctor putting in his first contacts. He did well. Now he just has to get use  to doing it for himself. 
It is a whole new world! Of course, he could still see the billboards and the signs. But that did not stop him from looking at himself in the mirror a few hundred times today. I think he muttered "WOW" a few hundred times on the way home. I just laughed to myself. Remembering that trip home from Springfield MO to Urbana.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Where I Have Been!

For the first time ever, I traveled really far from home to do my job; train.

I was asked to go to Unionville, MO to conduct a training on working with fathers in public child welfare.

Where is Unionville? Let me show you.

Yep, it is pretty much Canada. Okay...not really. But it pretty much Iowa.

I left Kansas City as soon as The Boy's baseball game ended Sunday and drove to my mother's home. She watched my two children while I went on further North to my Aunt's home in Trenton, MO. Her home was 2/3 of the way to the training site.

It was wonderful to see my Aunt and cousin. Together, she and I watched the Jaycee Dugard story last night on TV. WOW! I shuffled through so many emotions watching that news edition. I am angry at Phillip Garrido.  I am furious with his wife, Nancy Garrido. I am disappointed in the system that could have found her and saved her. (I might even be a little relieved it is not a public child welfare agency on the hot seat this time.) But most of all, I am amazed at Jaycee Dugard's resilience and strength. And her Momma, Terry, was amazing strength she has to never give up hope of seeing her daughter again.

I know if I had not been at my Aunt's home, I would not have watched this show. So, thank you Aunt Deloris!

Anyway, back to Unionville! After training all day, I drove all the way back to Kansas City. Nearly 160 miles of highway today. And not great highway. Most of it was two lane, stinks to be behind semi trucks and tractor driving.

UGH! I am exhausted and heading to bed. I just felt the need to check in with you all to let you know I am still alive!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Cure for a Blah Day!

My Saturday did not start off well.  I lost a coworker last night. A wonderful woman who was the absolute nicest lady you would want to meet. She was way to young to leave this world.  Her passing has left my heart heavy.

When my heart is heavy, I do things that make me feel good. With my mom in town for a short time, we met a friend at the city market.


I love it that I have now been to the market twice in one month.  We tried sheep's milk cheese. We sampled fresh peaches. I bought fresh herbs. The Short Chic wanted blueberries. The Boy got a turkey leg.  Oh yeah! The Boy was also interviewed for a documentary on Being an American these days.

After we got home, I do what I do the most when my heart hurts. I cook/bake. Today I made homemade guacamole.  My family tells me I have them spoiled when it comes to guacamole. So, today I taught The Boy how to make my version of guacamole.

 First you want to start off with the freshest ingredients you can find. I use avocados, red onions, limes, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno's, and kosher salt.  I have no idea how much of each item I use, I just add until it taste good to me. Funny enough, that is how my Momma taught me to cook.


The Boy helped me peel the avocados and then enjoyed using a potato masher to mash them up. After that, I added chopped tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno, and finished it up with some Kosher Salt. I prefer Kosher Salt to table salt and recommend investing in some if you would like to make some of your own guacamole.
The end result is one of the most yummy snacks you could ask for. My kids love it!


So, this afternoon full of heavy heart, I am hanging close to what is most important to me...My kiddo's. We shall enjoy one of our favorite snacks and introduce The Short Chic to a "new" movie, Monster's Inc.  It has been in The Boy's collection for some time. Now it is her turn.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Follow Up from You Know Where!

Yesterday, in preparation for today's follow up appointment for The Boy's wrist, the two kids talk me into picking The Short Chic up and taking her with us to The Boy's appointment. They are all excited to pick out the color of the cast.

We arrived for our 1:30 doctor appointment today at about 1:20. There were so many people in the lobby it took us over ten minutes to get through registration. Some where in the middle of registration, The Short Chic decides to have one of her very few potty accidents. Although I am still unsure if you make zero attempt to go to the potty is it an accident or an intentional omission??

The entire time we are waiting in the lobby, The Short Chic is not allowed to sit, for fear that some nice person is going to come behind us and get a wet backside. The Boy and The Short Chic decide to play invisible knives. Where this game came from, I have no idea. But they end up arguing over invisible weapons. "Mom, The Boy took my knife." "Mom, The Boy says he has guns, and I don't have any guns." Seriously, folks, invisible weapons!!


I have to end up sending The Boy to sit on the other side of the lobby, completely away from The Short Chic. By the time they call our names, nearly 1 hour and 15 minutes later, I am a frazzled mommy who desperately needs a cocktail or medication. Okay...maybe both!  I can't help but wonder, why in the world did I agree to this torture. Next time, she will stay home with the Nana.

As they are showing us to the casting room the nurse says, "We will put you in here in case you need to be casted." Not for one second did those words escape me, "in case you need to be casted."  What does that mean? He has a broken wrist, right? Why wouldn't they cast it?

Soon enough I got the answer to that question. But before that, The Boy and Short Chic have forgotten their invisible weapons in the lobby, and are trying to decide what color of a cast The Boy should get. They explore their options: purple (his favorite color), red (matches his shirt, shoes, and bracelet), orange (her favorite color), pink, (mommies favorite color but funny for The Boy to wear), black, blue, yellow, or glow in the dark!

 One hour and thirty minutes past our appointment time the doctor comes in and says the break is right on the wrist and is very lined up. I think he might even have called it a superficial break? He's suggestion is no cast and instead a splint. If we decide to cast it the cast will be short, before the elbow. The splint will be Velcro, we can take it off to shower.

The x-ray of the broken wrist. For all of you non-x-ray readers, I circled the break. The Doctor did point out that growth plates look good. 


The decision is  a no brainer to me. They do take more x-rays to make sure nothing has changed in a week. As soon as they are done, we are out of there. Just in time, The Short Chic is mad because I showed The Boy a photo on my phone. As we leave the doctor area, she is screaming and crying! Two hours past our appointment time.

The Boy and his splint. Yes, he can take it off to shower and even go swimming in it! 
And to end a wonderfully stressful trip to the Doctor, as soon as we pull in the garage, The Short Chic lifts up a hand in a fist and says, "Mommy, don't forget to take the knifes and guns inside!"  Oh how I prayed we left them behind!!