Friday, April 29, 2011

An Anglophile is Born

"Helen, that's the princess."
"Who's that boy in the red?"
"That's the prince."
"Oooh. I like him."

That's my girl.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kindergarten registration packet

Dear Parents:

Please bring the following to Kindergarten registration:
  • Completed Student Health History form
  • Proof of dental examination and
  • Proof of physical examination because we don't believe the Student Health History form you filled out, and why don't you throw in a
  • Record of immunizations for good measure
  • State-issued birth certificate, not that cutesy hospital thing with the footprints that is clearly a fake
  • TWO proofs of residency, such as two utility bills, even though all utilities are paid to the city in one bill; your mortgage, even though you don't want to bring it because it's none of our business; phone bill, but not a wireless bill, even though many people no longer have land lines; TV bill, but it has to be cable, not dish; oh, and your driver's license doesn't count.
  • DNA samples from you, your spouse, and child
  • Knife to cut your finger to sign paperwork in blood
  • Flask to get through the day
We look forward to meeting you and your child. Except if you are late. Then you're out of luck.


The Kindergarten Team

Friday, April 08, 2011

The blogs have ears

In the middle of a LONG day of vision testing (Fun!) yesterday, the three youngest kids and I were forced to spend money I don't have on lunch. We had two restaurant choices, and we went with our beloved Eat n' Park, which is a local chain that is very supportive of the food allergic. (Hello, Silk soymilk on the menu! A separate gluten-free menu!) Awhile ago, I wrote that I wished they had a free treat for kids who can't enjoy their famous smiley face cookies. Did someone hear me? Because thanks to their new LifeSmiles program, they do! Kids can choose either a regular smiley cookie, a mini smiley cookie, or an apple. Is an apple as fun as a cookie? No, but it's WAY better than walking away empty handed while your brother and sister chomp on cookies.

Reading the menu while trying to nurse covertly in public, I also learned that they have a FarmSource program, where they buy their produce from local suppliers. Love.

Thank you, Eat n' Park. We'll try to visit more than once every six months.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Recipe and a Coupon

I made four-ingredient Fast and Friendly Meatballs last night, using ground beef instead of turkey because that's what I had, and Progresso Italian Panko Breadcrumbs. Dairy-free Italian breadcrumbs! They do exist! And they are good. Here's a link to a coupon for $1 off if you want to try them.*

Usually I make turkey sausage meatballs by rolling the sausage into balls and browning them. This recipe doesn't splatter the stovetop like the sausage ones do, and my kids like it better. We have a winner. If you want a dairy- and egg-free meatballs, check out Kelly's recipe.

*Why, yes, the coupon link above does go through the blog of one of TLC's Extreme Couponers. Shut up. Hoarders inspired me to clean my basement, and Extreme Couponing is making me take a second look at couponing. Now, if I start telling Scott to get some more wives, then we have a problem.