Thursday, September 23, 2010

What was I thinking?

Sometimes moms take on way too much. I'm terribly guilty of it.

I blame my mother. She doesn't read my blog, so I can do that.

With all the small kids at home, I've not really had the opportunity to volunteer in the kids' classrooms. Most of the schools around here have a no sibling rule and finding a babysitter isn't always easy. The good news for that is I'm totally off the hook for being room mom. I don't have to help out in the copy room. And teacher lunch duty? Nope.

The bad news? When there is something I do have the time and ability to help with, I tend to over do it.

This week was the perfect example.

Little B's school has the fall festival. They needed raffle items and goodies for the bake sale.

Normal parents purchase gift cards and prebaked goodies. If the parents have time, they'll crack open a box mix or scoop out all that cookie dough leftover from the last school fundraiser.

I can't do that. No. I decided to handmake an apron. Not a biggie since I have the etsy store (which sadly is empty because I've been spending so much time sewing and just giving it away.) I finished the apron last night around 11 and it was absolutely adorable. I wanted to keep it for myself.

Then the bake sale. I decided to make Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Butter Cream Frosting. The cupcakes were a snap. Cake from scratch really isn't that difficult.

The frosting was another story all together. First, homemade caramel from sugar and water. Second, heating egg whites and sugar over a double boiler than 10 minutes of beating into a meringue! And it wasn't over yet! That frosting took me 45 minutes to make...for FROSTING. Frosting is supposed to be the easy part. It's not supposed to take longer to make the frosting than it does to cook up the entire batter of cupcakes.

Once the cupcakes were frosted, I found cute little boxes for them. I stopped short of decorating them. I needed to get to watch Survivor.

This morning, I woke up late. And it hit me...The small boxes were not 9 year old boy on a school bus safe. I wasn't entirely sure they were 9 year old boy walking them from the car into the school safe, since he also had to carry the apron and his school books.

And this is where the "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING" comes into play.

Twenty minutes before we needed to leave, I decided to make a bag for him to carry everything. Normal families have plastic grocery bags to use. I have reusable totes. I have just enough for my groceries each week.

Thankfully, I have mad sewing skillz and whipped up a reusable grocery bag in those 20 minutes. I didn't get to finish it like I normally would, but it didn't look just thrown together either. Yay!

Amazingly, I managed to get Little B to school on time. The crossing guard was like "Hurry!" and the baked goods and apron didn't look like they were too poorly handled.

Danger Girl ended up being 10 minutes late to school. Not too shabby.


  1. Omgosh! I totally relate. Although sometimes, in my lazi- and late-ishness, I would've done a paper bag and had kids attach stickers and die-cuts while I re-smoothed the frosting over or glimmer-misted the boxes to give it the professional touch. (hee, hee! yes, I'm THAT mom, too!) Kudos to you for doing such a great job. Years from now, your kiddos will love and appreciate all that you did/have done.

  2. you people are MAD!!! Just MAD!!!
    Give me paper or plastic...and the boxed mixes are my salvation!!!

    Seriously...kudos to you for having the gumption to do it all!

  3. Yes I agree kudos to you mama! You rock!


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