It’s tough being a girl in this house. – Part 1

I know that growing up with 3 brothers will prove to be difficult for Ruby, but not quite yet.

The boys have started up little league for the year, and with it comes all the gear.  Baseball pants, bat, gloves, cap, balls, and oh yea, THE CUP.  How they love that cup. They love putting on their little jock straps and then knocking on the cup with their knuckles.  “Look Mom! (knock, knock) My weiner won’t hurt if i get hit here (knock, knock).

I  am not sure when that difficult moment will come for Ruby, but when I see her walking through the family room with a freshly used cup held up to her ear while pretending it’s a phone and saying “HI!”, I have to laugh.  Of course, I quickly scold whichever boy took his cup off after baseball practice and  carelessly threw it on the family room floor before dinner. . . and the beauty of the situation is that I know exactly who did it. . . each boy has his own cup with its OWN color. That way, when I find THE CUP on my counter, in my purse or in Ruby’s ear, I know which kid to yell at.  Tonight it was Tommy and of course, he tried to deny it but when he realized that she was holding the red one, Game over.

Poor sweet little Ruby had no idea that she had her brothers sweaty cup up to her face, but we all had a good laugh.  Even Tommy.

Skye - February 17, 2011 - 4:16 am

I can so relate to the boy dominated house! Even though we’re even at 2 & 2, the age the boys definitely means that we spend more time at baseball practice than dance lessons.

Skye - February 17, 2011 - 4:19 am

I can so relate to the boy dominated house! Even though we’re even at 2 & 2, the age of the boys definitely means that we spend more time at baseball practice than dance lessons.

1 week in.

We just finished our first week back at Calvary and WOW! To say that I am impressed is an understatement. On the first day, Tommy came home with long division and algebra, when we were in public they were still on their times tables! He had to actually study (the first time all year) for his spelling test because the words were challenging. He got discouraged when he didn’t simply know the answer and had to work at it, but after sitting down for 1 hour and hammering out the problems with his Dad, he had it nailed! He was greeted with an entire stack of home made cards that the kids had spent their time creating. Beautiful cards and most of them had a full paragraph inside.

…”When we heard you were com’in back we were not surprised!! Your pretty darn COOL, and kenw you would come back. Your 1 cool kid! You Rodk, & wer’e so glad. “WELCOME BACK”!

Lucas had a very good week as well. His favorite part was the girl that sits next to him, BIG SURPRISE! I got a little nervous when he pulled out his homework and he had MATH AND SPELLING WORDS as well as complex problem solving pages, but he totally embraced it and stepped up to the challenge. On his first spelling test ever he got 8/10. I was impressed and I’d even say that one of the words was missed because he wrote his d backwards, so it didn’t really count as missed ’cause he knows how to spell it! 😉


I am infamous for my “rules”.  So much in fact that when I first began caring for my nephew at the beginning of the school year, he often said “Tia, you have TOO MANY rules”.  I have rules about how we behave, how we groom ourselves, about sports gear, about eating…I have rules about everything. In fact you can find my rule book HERE.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a warden or Mommy Dearest (NO WIRE HANGARS!, EVER.) but with as many kids as I have through my house on a daily basis, the rules really do help.  You have to BE CLEAR and spell everything out for them so that there is no grey area.

One particular area that had been driving me batty the past few months is when it’s bedtime and all the boys scramble for one last snack when not even a full hour before, they were TOO FULL to finish their dinner. Groaning and moaning.  I’ve said NO, sent them to bed only to find that they’ve come down somehow (probably Lucas as he is the stealth-y boy) smuggled up food to their room.  SOOOOO, tonight I saved their remaining food and left it on the counter for them.  When they came in to get their snack, I simply pointed out to them that if they were hungry, they could finish up their dinner and have some water, otherwise it was off to bed.  They all looked at me, then looked at each other and ran upstairs.  Wow!  It worked!  Wait, maybe this is a little Mommy Dearest-ish.  Isn’t there a scene where she saves Christiana’s food for days and keeps putting it in front of her?!  Well at least I wouldn’t serve them it in the morning if they didn’t finish . . .maybe just as leftovers.

Click Here to see Rodarte Rule Book

mom - February 5, 2011 - 1:57 am

Ha Ha!!! So what are Ruby’s chores? :-)

anji - February 5, 2011 - 3:37 pm

To annoy her brothers and destroy everything in her path!

melissa - February 8, 2011 - 8:50 am


Cowboy Burgers and Grilled Asparagus

A good old standby, and usually a summer favorite, but in the spirit of football I made this tonight!  Everyone always asks me what I eat, since I don’t eat meat. Well, you can see my veggie burger next Ruben’s on the grill.  That’s what I eat when I prepare this meal for the boys.

What goes Into it?

Ingredients Burgers:

  • 1 Pound 85% ground beef  (I buy the grass fed organic type)
  • 2-4 Jalapeños (depending on heat) with the seeds and veined removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp fresh ground black pepper
How do I make it?

Combine ingredients in a bowl and combine thoroughly. Roll in to 4 equal balls.  Place ball on a paper plate, put a piece of wax paper over the top and press to shape.  Form with your hands to make sure it’s all stuck together and then put next ball on top and cover again with wax paper..repeat until all are made. You’ll have a nice stack of burgers.

Pop onto 500 degree grill for 3-5 min on the first side then flip.  Half of the way through cooking on the second side top with a slice of cheese (cheddar, pepper jack what ever you like) and let cheese melt.  Remove from grill and serve on toasted rolls, preferably fresh flaky ones.  These were onion rolls that I used tonight, but you could use any type. Slather the rolls with your favorite spreads…I use Mayo and Dijon then top with tomatoes, lettuce and red onion.

Ingredients Asparagus:

  • 1 Bunch asparagus (thin, not woody!  They have to be fresh otherwise this is NOT yummy but chewy and yucky) By woody I mean, look at the bottom of the stems. Are they dried out? Do they look yellow and thick?  Then they will NOT taste good.
  • 6 Garlic cloves, Minced
  • 4 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
How Does he make it?

Wash Asparagus and cut off at least the first inch, off of the bottom of the bunch.  Place in to Ziploc with olive oil, salt and minced garlic.  Seal and toss to coat.  Let sit refrigerated for 1-2 hours.

Throw onto the grill about 2 min after you start cooking your burgers (put them on a bit cooler part of the grill).  Make sure to rotate them often and remove when you are putting the cheese on the burgers and place them into a covered dish.  Serve hot, although i have been known to eat all of the leftover cold ones as I am washing the dishes!

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