Friday, January 16, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Getting Kids to Eat Fancy French Food, Raisin Trees, and Living in "The House"

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday!


Phillip baked us a wonderful quiche for dinner on Saturday, which really confused the kids because we are a pie-making and pie-eating family. Quiche looks like pie, but it doesn't quite look like pie. They were suspicious.

So I told the kids it was quiche, which is French for "weirdo pie," and they cleaned their plates. Funny how a little presentation goes a long way with kids.


For the new year, each kid at church was given a little booklet of scripture verses to memorize throughout 2015. The booklets came with a blank cover to design however you wanted. My 10-year-old's cover was obviously inspired by

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Two thumbs way up.


Grocery shopping with my younger daughter is more challenging now that she's 3. Suddenly she's started asking for every item in the store (and by "ask" I mean she manhandles the box until it's destroyed and we end up having to buy it, anyway.)

Today was particularly bad because we went through the cereal aisle, or as I call it, the crack-cocaine aisle. I call it that because my daughter starts acting like a junkie as soon as we set foot in it. Her pupils dilate and she starts running all over, grabbing every colorful box of sugar cereal in her reach yelling, "Can we get these?? WHY NOT!?!"

I lucked out in the fall months because any time she asked for anything I could just wave dismissively and say, "Oh, Santa will bring us lots of candy at Christmas." I knew that would end eventually, but I wasn't really prepared.


We've had a package of raisins in the cupboard for as long as I can remember (not the same one, gross) because my kids love raisins. But this week Phillip brought this to my attention:

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So... they just picked the raisins off the raisin tree and put them in the canister, I guess.


Do you ever have one of those moments where all of a sudden you just realize midway through the winter, "Wait, we haven't gotten sick yet!" 


Well, this is a first for us. Just a few days ago I had the epiphany that all 7 people in our household have been healthy as a horse since autumn, not even one little head cold. 

I realize that I'm putting the kiss of death on this by typing these words. I'll be writing next week's Quick Takes from my deathbed, I'm sure.


I wasn't really paying attention to the radio in the car until the kids started laughing because the singer said "Hey it's your birthday, Mother made a cake." 

I turned the volume up and ended up loving the song. It's called "The House" by Air Traffic Controller, and I think I could listen to it all day. 

Not only is it fun to listen to, but it's also about the best part of having a big family. It's a non-stop party!


We fixed our iPad! Or more accurately, Phillip, who is amazing and can figure out how to fix anything (my kids are convinced he has magic powers,) fixed our iPad. I'm actually starting to wonder about the magic powers thing, too.

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I don't even know what this is a picture of, but it looks complicated.
The process included baking it in the oven to get the glue to loosen, scraping the cracked screen off with a razor blade, and replacing the camera and the Wi-Fi antenna with parts bought on eBay. And it works!

(While I was writing this post, Phillip looked over my shoulder and said, "Don't say that, I haven't glued the new screen back on yet." But I'm reasonably sure it's not going to burst into flames at this point, so I'm sharing the good news. I don't care if it's premature.)

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Anonymous said...

Always enjoyable. Your quiche quip reminds me of the time I made a spinach and tofu pie. The kids balked at the tofu until I told them it was marshmallows. They are having kids now and will pass on the "secret" ingredient. I hope you are keeping your blogs safe somewhere as I see a great book in the future.

Jenny Evans said...

I'll have to remember that one for the future. Spinach is tricky because the color gives it away - we've had "Frankenmuffins" at Halloween (green from copious amounts of chopped spinach) and "green eggs and ham" (chopped spinach mixed into scrambled eggs.)

I'm also considering your book idea. I'm thinking of the title "Keeping Your Crazy When the World's Gone Normal."