For six months Buttercup has been talking about her birthday party. She has been planning the affair complete with streamers, balloons, cake, and presents.
Two weeks ago I sent out the invitations to her preschool class and cousin CurlyMop. I quickly racked my brain and decided on cheese pizza for lunch. I figured cupcakes afterwards would be easiest. I whipped up frosting in 4 different colors and set out tons of different candies. The kids could decorate cupcakes!
The night before Amanda arrived with CurlyMop and as the kids played, I baked the cupcakes. It seemed to take a little longer than normal. But, I didn't think anything about it. (nor did it occur to me that my chicken dinner had taken twice as long to cook - but I blamed it on frozen, thick chicken breasts)
The FIRST sign of trouble (which was actually the 3rd or 4th sign except the whole longer cooking times slipped right through my mind) was a phone call. One of Dave's co-workers is on vacation and Dave is listed as Emergency Contact for the paper mill. At 10:30pm the mill called in a panic. The companies chemical pump had quit working. So, the next morning Dave left the house at 4:45am promising to return by 11am party time. Did I mention the paper mill is located 2 hours away?
The Costume Party began at 11am minus Dave. Three Princesses, one fairy, one Spiderman, one pirate, and one knight had a great time decorating their Goodie bags, and playing some games I came up with.
at 11:20am I turned on the Oven to preheat for the pizza. Dave arrived and the party moved outside for games. I told Dave to put the pizza in the oven.
The trouble began NOW! The oven never heated up to the temperature required to bake the pizza. It only reached 275°F/135°C as compared to 425°F/218°C.
Forty minutes later, the pizza came out the oven; the crust a bit floppy, yet cooked. (Frozen corndogs were in the microwave ready for cooking and I was sweating in a panic.) Dave had become ingenious and turned the oven to Broil, which heated the oven up quickly. The cheese browned nicely and the dough cooked.
One of the heating elements had gone out. The kids never noticed. The moms didn't seem to care but I did. It could not have picked a WORSE time to die.
The oven is old - I would LOVE to replace it with a brand-spankin' new gas one. Dave opened it up this morning and took a peek. Although I don't want to spend money on a new expensive appliance, a part of me was hoping the oven was a goner.
Nope - a lousy wire had come undone. Just one little wire. Dave simply re-wired it back on and now the oven is working again. (DAMMIT).
Okay - there was one REALLY great thing about the whole day. My sister, AMANDA!!! She was a lifesaver. Earlier in the week she wasn't going to spend the night. THANK THE HEAVENS she did - with Dave gone, Amanda helped me in the morning. We took turns holding the Caboose. She single-handedly turned our Family Room into a little girl's party, complete with the Streamers and Balloons that were so much wanted!
Even though that old Murphy's Law came to play, Buttercup enjoyed her day. And that is really all that mattered anyway.
Heather asked everyone to share their Sports Allegiances. Boy was THAT easy for me. I immediately thought of my alma mater.
GO COUGS is the cheer. BOO to the Huskies is the anit-cheer.
I graduated from WSU in 1994 and have been a Cougar fan ever since. And of course, whenever they play in the Apple Cup against the UW Huskies you can better believe who I am rooting for.
The Apple Cup started in 1900 when WSU was just a little agricultural college. And since that time the state has been split down the middle. If you live in Washington you are either a Cougar fan or a Husky fan. And if you aren't? You'd better choose a side. No UCLA fans allowed. Come November, it will be the Cougars I'm cheering for.
Jana, from Later...I'm Blogging, held a little contest a few weeks ago for her 1000th post and I was the lucky winner!!
Not only did I win a cute little heart pendant and a couple of books, but she made the adorable baby asleep sign.....which my children were so excited to try out.
The Caboose was sitting in his bouncy chair happily playing and Buttercup insisted that I rock him to sleep so she could hang it on the door. Right now he sleeps through their chatter, but I know only a few more months he'll be listening for them and naptime will be a struggle. Hopefully, this sign will help them remember to be quiet while he's napping!
From the Sequim Gazette by Avani Nadkarni Staff writer
Some people think they
have the most difficult occupation in the country — the Rygaards can prove it.
The Port Angeles-based family, who opened Rygaard Logging 16 years ago, was
chosen as one of “America’s Toughest Jobs” on the new NBC reality show.
Company president Gabe said he got a call from a Seattle-based film
institute asking if they would be interested. After he said yes, producer Thom
Beers of Original Productions, the company that has produced action reality
shows including “Deadliest Catch” and “Ax Men,” contacted him.
“We had an
interview and we got chosen,” Gabe said.
Before the Rygaards knew it, a
100-person crew came to their Monroe Road property toting cameras and boom
microphones and six out of the original 13 contestants — the others had been
eliminated in the other “toughest jobs” such as crab fishing and ice road
“We rigged up our big cable machine and ran the contestants
through a lot of stuff,” said Gabe, who was the main boss during the shoot.
After giving the six contestants, both male and female, a crash course in
the logging business, including climbing trees and working with the loader, Gabe
and the rest of the Rygaards put them to work. At the end, Gabe chose the two
weakest contestants and set up a head-to-head logging challenge to see who would
stay and who would go.
“It was a really good experience,” Gabe said. “They
liked us so much that (we will be a part of) the finale, as well.”
Gabe’s mother, Kathy, who along with her husband, Craig, grew up in Sequim and
is a Sequim High School graduate, watching dozens of crew members, producers and
contestants “invade” her home was a thrilling experience.
don’t know where they are going before they get there,” Kathy said. “It was
pretty fun to watch them out of their elements.”
The Rygaard family, that
also was featured on the “Today Show” on Aug. 25 as a kick-off to “America’s
Toughest Jobs,” expects to appear on the show in late September or early
Taking a peek on “the other side of television,” as Kathy put it,
was a unique experience for the Rygaards — they said it took 84 hours of filming
for just one 42-minute show and they went through the experience twice, once for
the regular show and once for the finale. Both were shot in June.
“It was a
rare experience,” Kathy said. “It shows people being themselves on television ?
“America’s Toughest Jobs” According to the NBC
Web site, “America’s Toughest Jobs” is a new “extreme competition series” that
plucks 13 men and women out of their “normal” careers and takes them everywhere
from oil drilling in Texas to logging on the Olympic Peninsula. Each show, the
weakest link is eliminated. Other “tough jobs” featured on the show include crab
fishing, ice road trucking, gold digging, monster truck driving, rodeo
bullfighting, working on a bridge crew and being on a search and rescue team.
The show, which premiered Aug. 25, airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC.
Jammin' starts 2nd grade Thursday. His teacher is Mrs. Toph.
Buttercup starts preschool Friday. Her teacher is Mrs. Topher.
Okay, those aren't their real names, but you get the idea. Can my brain get any more addled? I have trouble enough as it is calling the Caboose by his right name....now my kids have teachers with basically the same name.