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Baby's First Decade

March 14th, 2010 at 06:25 am

My youngest turned ten today. I think that's way harder for me to grasp than the fact that I turned 40 in February. In less time than he's been alive so far, he'll be heading off to college or trade school. Wow. I hope he earns lots of scholarships.

My sister's kids descended en masse on us, presumably to celebrate my son's birthday and not to eat us out of house and home. I hadn't really planned on doing anything other than making T pizza for dinner because it was what he wanted. We already celebrated his birthday and gave him his presents last weekend when his dad was home. Today was just supposed to be a mellow day. T didn't want any more than that.

I wasn't feeling good. I'm still not, been fighting a sinus infection that's not responding to meds, and I just really wanted a quiet day. R made the from scratch chocolate cake batter while I sat curled up in a chair in a blanket in the kitchen and read out the ingredients to her from my laptop. Then we discovered that mom's one cake pan was flaking.

I haven't brought in my glass cake pans or my metal rounds yet and I really did not want to have to drive with my head this full of congestion and buy a cake pan when I had good ones at home. Didn't want to drive back to the house either. Fortunately I had bought baking cups for making muffins and had my muffin tin here so instead of a birthday cake he got birthday cupcakes. I did put together the from scratch butter cream frosting but R stayed with it in the kitchen while it blended for the ten minutes. I love having a child who is old enough to bake with minimal supervision.

I had started the dough in the bread machine as soon as the cupcakes went in to the oven. They were cooled and frosted by the time the dough was done rising and I had assembled the pizzas and they were ready to go into the oven. I had only intended on using part of the dough to make one pizza but with extra mouths I suddenly had to feed I ended up using it all. Fortunately Mom has one of those ovens that has two parts so you can cook two things at once. I was able to cook them evenly and not one after another and they came out perfectly.

T loved his birthday dinner. He said it was better than Round Table Pizza and a bakery cake. Which made me feel pretty good, considering that from making it all from scratch, I spent around $12 where all that pizza and cake bought elsewhere would have rounded out around $60. The boys loved the food too and wished that their mother would cook like that. They said it was the best pizza they'd ever had. That made me feel good even if I was kind of annoyed with the whole day's change of plans.

I think I probably would have taken it better if I wasn't so grumpy from being ill and tired and if it had been planned and not suddenly thrust upon me. *sighs*

I had to go buy a few gallons of organic milk yesterday so I ended up with $3.58 in ones and change out of a $20 to add to the coin jar.

$60.28 beginning balance
+ 3.58 amount added
$63.86 ending balance

Yesterday I also paid $1079 on the credit cards and $375.14 on the mortgage.

6 Responses to “Baby's First Decade”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    Feel better. (You're entitled to be a bit grouchy when you're not feeling well.)

  2. Homebody Says:

    Did they invite themselves over?? Ha ha. Having sisters is the best! Spend the day laying around taking care of yourself today. Obviously R can fix dinner for you tonight!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I hope you feel better soon!

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Feel better!

    A decade? WOW. I'll be there in 3 years - it sounds absurd. They grow up too fast.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    My child is an adult now (22 in 3 weeks) but I am still hold those young years in my heart closely enough that I identify with people blogging about their 10 year olds and even toddlers! Time does get weird for a parent. Enjoy the time weirdness as it creeps up on you.

  6. baselle Says:

    That's a great teaching moment with the kids - not just the "pizza professionals" can make great pizza - and the best parties are the impromptu ones. Sorry, though, about that sinus infection - I'd be grouchy too!

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