Monday, July 27, 2015

The Little Mermaid and Quotes of the Week

This past weekend, we went to see The Little Mermaid at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF). What fun! ASF did an excellent job on bringing this story to life. I imagine it was no easy feat making Ariel look as though she were swimming, navigating Eric's ship on stage and recreating song and dance sequences like Kiss the Girl and Under the Sea. By far, my favorite character was Sebastian for lots of reasons. I think the actor who played him and I would be great friends in real life.

Another aspect of the play I was very impressed with was the diverse cast and production crew. Well done ASF! Let's see more of that!

But perhaps the most memorable moment for me was these three one-liners expertly delivered by my very own family in rapid succession:

Blinky McStinky: "He's dressed like Eric, but he's not handsome like Eric."

Stinky Marinky: "I'm here to see Eric kill Ursula."

The DH: "Can we go to Red Lobster after this?"

Regular comedians this bunch.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quote of the Week

On forms of punishments:

Stinky Marinky: "Mommy, I prefer you to pop me instead of putting me in time out because after a pop I can go back and play. A timeout uses too much of my time."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LEGO Americana Roadshow

If you have little ones who love LEGO, then this post is definitely for you. The LEGO Americana Roadshow will be in Hoover, Alabama August 20th - September 7th. YAY!

There will be replicas of the US Capitol Building, The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Old North Church made entirely of LEGOs. How cool is that!

Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Saying Goodbye
This is the second straight summer we've had to watch friends pack up and move away. It doesn't get any easier, especially for the kids.

Next week, a good friend of mine will be moving to south Florida. Her kids actually left last month to spend time with their Dad in Georgia. Then last night, we broke the news to Stinky and Blinky that the family up the street will be moving to southwest Florida next month. Although we had been expecting this, the news still hit pretty hard.

Life in our small town is not easy. The natives are very tribal and are not welcoming to newcomers, regardless of race. Most of our friends tend to be imports like us, or transients waiting for something better to come along. As such, it seems like we're always saying goodbye. We are lacking the stability of long-standing friendships and watching our children grow with the same group of kids. It absolutely broke my heart when my daughter asked, "Why do all our friends move away?"

As I tried to console my children last night, I told them we can pray for another nice family with school-aged children to replace our neighbors and enjoy getting to know them. That's about all we can do.

If you are reading this, I hope you are encouraged to reach out to a neighbor or a colleague with young children, especially if they are transplants. A little kindness goes a long way.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quote of the Week

On long-term rewards:

Me: "Stinky, I am going to leave this $20 bill here. If you be good all week at VBS, I'll take you to the arcade on Saturday."

Him: "What's Grammy's number?"

Me: "Why?"

Him: "Well, if I can get $20 from Grammy, I can give you your $20 back and I wouldn't have to be good all week."

Me: face palm

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kids on Crawfish

I guess I must be missing seafood from home, New Orleans or both because on a whim Friday evening, I purchased a whopping 37 lbs of live crawfish from a local vendor.

When Blinky realized they were alive and biting, she perched herself on the dining room table until I had completely sorted and packed them all. At dinner, she decided she liked them after a few bites, but required them to be beheaded and peeled before they came anywhere near her.

In stark contrast, Stinky wanted to play with and examine them during prep but after one lick at dinner, literally, decided they were the most horrible thing he'd ever tasted. Go figure.

In any event, the DH and I enjoyed about 9 lbs that night in a crawfish boil and it was the most delicious thing we'd eaten in a while. If you can deal with a cook who never measures anything, here's what I did:
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • Add a very generous amount of a liquid seafood boil concentrate (I think these work better than those seasoning bags)
  • Add potatoes, corn on the cob, garlic cloves, and whole lemons cut in half (can also add Andouille sausage)
  • Add a heaping handful of creole seasoning
  • When the potatoes are nearly done, add crawfish (like most shellfish, they do not take very long to cook; the shell changes to a bright red when done)
  • Drain everything and season again with a creole seasoning
  • Enjoy

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quote of the Week

On trying to convince her brother that she could hear the ocean through her seashell necklace, "Stinky, you just have to believe."

Ah, innocence.