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Do you hear that? Of course you don’t.
The sound of tranquility is so soft I can hear our dog snoring through her mid-morning nap from two rooms away, un-interrupted by squabbles over Barbie shoes.
I could wax sentimentally over the end of summer or the beginning of a new season, but I am feeling abit shell-shocked. Whatever craziness ensues over the summer break seems to cumulate to a week of off-the-chart insanity in the weeks before school:
* One Last Weekend Getaway – Sounds like a great idea, until you arrive at the cabin only to realize a geographic change is NOT going to change the fact that the 10-year-old still thinks she is still way too cool for the rest of the family.
*School Supplies – The purchase of the perfect pencils and binder set the tone for the entire school year. Did you know a second grade girl requires a minimum of 5 images of Hello Kitty and two monkeys amongst her gear? And a fourth grader…is too cool for anything offered by Target or Staples.
*School Fashion – FAIL. I gave up after suggesting the girls try on their things from last year to determine what was needed. The screech heard ’round the world: “LAST year’s clothes?! ”
*School Open House – Kicked it’s ass, thank you. I successfully navigated through the onslaught of PTO moms suggesting I volunteer for room mom, “reading buddy”, library helper and the like. I also walked right past the “Spirit Wear” table of school paraphernalia no one will ever actually wear without spending a dime. Again, too cool…
*The Cello – Yes, the little one, all 38 pounds of her, insists on playing cello. (If you knew her…). We have negotiated through the great debate with her music teacher and the music store found an instrument for her 44 inch frame. Who knew there is such a thing as a 1/8 sized cello – any smaller and they’d have to give her a viola.
The official start of the school year was yesterday. Although the temptation to return into the blissful yet snarky blogosphere was great, I decided to take the day to simply get my ducks in a row. I did more before 9 am than I was able to accomplish in an entire summer day; the occupation of “Chick Fight Referee” chipped away at any hope of productivity.
On my “Back to School Yay-Day” To -Do List was to bake a birthday cake for one of Clark’s many siblings. She is a lover of coconut, and I thought this frosting might be a great recipe to share with all of you. It’s great on a basic white cake; the entire cake can be frosted in the coconut fabulousness or use the coconut as a middle layer between the cakes and top with a dark chocolate frosting. If feeling “like a nut”, stir in roasted almonds:
2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered)
2 cups sour cream
12 oz. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Whisk together the sugar and sour cream first, then stir in the coconut. It’s that simple. The most difficult part is to remember to mix together a couple of hours ahead of time, it needs to sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two to let the sugar completely dissolve. Don’t worry, it makes enough to have enough “left over” to eat with the spatula.
This sits on our counter, perched atop a candle stand, Nola thought it was too cute to eat. Have I ever mentioned we have a pet coconut?
In my book…you get THE Trophy!
Congratulations on all of the above………..
MJ, Nonstepmom said:
Thanks (& Ive decided I need to dedicate time to finding an extensive summer school program for next year)
Good thinking….plan ahead. Always a good thing!
We got lucky on school supplies although the 7 y.o. wondered why his ‘red’ folder was a star wars folder. Can we say the night before school shopping and there was not a single red folder left in Target?
MJ, Nonstepmom said:
Totally! And we could not find a pack of plain yellow post it notes either, though still wondering what that item was doing on a 2nd graders list….
The frosting sounds like it would be good on a devil’s food cake!
MJ, Nonstepmom said:
Mmmm,.. or chocolate cupcakes…
The Domestic Rebel said:
Hahaha I can relate to both you AND your ten year old. I was once the “last year’s clothes?!” and too cool for school kinda kid, and now that my older, I see my sister doing the same thing. Never changes, does it? At least you survived.
Oh the paragraphs school supplies and fashion with a 10year old (it’s only going to get more fun!) I had to laugh. Don’t miss the hunt for the exactly right binder ( which is guaranteed to be the one that falls apart the fastest)
The coconut face is perfect – for any season – come to think of it.