Tuesday, December 11, 2007

So what was that exactly?

I decided to branch out in my food preparation for supper. Usually we stick with a meat entree, a vegetable and a salad. Occasionally I will include some kind of starch--potatoes, rice, biscuits or some sort of pasta. Tonight I tried couscous. Now before you become too impressed, it was a boxed version. In fact, it only took five minutes to prepare. To be specific, it was Parmesan couscous. I personally thought it was pretty yummy when I taste tested it after it was done. So I dished it out onto the plates and we sat down to eat. Just in case you were wondering, we had sticky honey chicken wings to go with it--very, very yummy. Anyway, after we prayed everyone dug in. The couscous seemed to be a big hit and brought the same question from everyone:

"What is it?" was the resounding chorus
"It's couscous." was my response
"Is it chopped up rice?" asked Sara
"No, it's couscous." I responded
"So what is it?" asked Joe
"Couscous!" I said
"What is couscous?" asked Joe
"Is this goose poop?" asked John
At this point the conversation went decidedly down hill. And ended with me stating very strongly "It is not rice, it is not potatoes, and it is definitely not goose poop. It is couscous!"

So I decided I should look it up on dictionary.com to find out exactly what we did eat this evening for supper.

couscous: a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina, served with vegetables and meat

Now, I'm sure you all know what semolina is, but I will provide you with the definition (just for my benefit, of course!)

semolina: a granular, milled product of durum wheat, consisting almost entirely of endosperm particles, used chiefly in the making of pasta.

Ahhh, I'm so glad we cleared that up. What I can assure you is that we did NOT eat goose poop for supper.

Maybe I never really matured to adulthood

I think I'm still a kid. Here are some recent examples that have rather proven this:
  • At the recent Christmas parade I was urging, rather loudly according to my husband, my children to make sure they got the "good candy" ("Mommy, please don't push me...")
  • Last night I was petitioning my husband to let my children jump and dive onto my couches in the basement. It is winter, afterall!
  • I was up around 4:30am really, really hoping for a snow day. I had the TV on at 5am so I could make sure I could plan out the day with the kids. Much, much to my disappointment, it just rained here so everyone went wherever they were suppose to be. Bummer.... (Sara: "But Mommy I really want to go to school" I guess I should be thankful for that attitude...)
  • And, last but definitely not least, I am perhaps the worst person in the world to give a present to before you are ready for me to open it. Yes, I still peek.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Another first for me...

Well, it is time for me to record another first in my life--the first time I have helped lead a children's Christmas program. We had our program tonight and what a wild ride it was to get there! I led the music portions. You have to remember that I am part of a smaller church so we don't have an over abundance of children. So pretty much everyone who is able to do a speaking part has a speaking part. That means if anyone gets sick we also don't really have any back-ups. So the director and I had some stressful moments before the Lord praying for sick kids and then today praying for the weather (church this morning was cancelled due to ice). But everything came through and all the kids did so awesome. I was so proud of them and what a rush it was for me. I think I'll be lucky if I'm asleep before midnight. I would share pictures with you, but since I was up front directing the music and Joe was sitting with Nathan in the back, alas we have no pictures of the kids--except John singing Jingle Bells. BTW, John was Joseph and was soooo adorable. His favorite friend got to be Mary and they really did make a cute couple for four year olds. Anyway, I know it got video taped and others had cameras so I'm hoping in the next few days to have some I can share with you. If not, I'm sure there will always be next year. And now it is time for me to kick back and enjoy my Colts whipping up on Baltimore.