Kids, Kringla and Copper! Oh My!

Saturday December 19th! Christmas break is here! Woohoo!  And I woke up at 6:30!! WHAT???  Oh well.  That is fine. We don’t have to get ready for anything today.  I can shower in peace, sit and relax in my quiet living room while I  eat my breakfast and enjoy the TODAY show.  SCORE!!!!

Reality check….the shower was fabulous, the breakfast uninterrupted bliss..the Today show, well I saw about 2 minutes and then Ruby woke up and it was quickly turned to PBS.  That’s ok, not a problem, it was still awesome!!!  Snuggling with my baby is perfect. That lasted about 5 minutes before she announced that she was hungry.  I tried to convince her that she wasn’t of course:) That didn’t fly.  I still tried though…I was so comfy!!  Never mind that I could hear her stomach growling.  Not one of my best mothering moments, but not one of my worst.  I knew the moment that I got up I would lose my seat, be summoned by the boysto get them breakfast and the day would begin and I’m not gonna say I told you so, but…

Yep…fast forward three days!! Why? Because that is what happens when you get up to fix breakfast OR get cereal out.  Time WARP, which seems to happen a lot in our house.    I just had to think for ten full minutes to remember what we did after I left my snuggly chair on Saturday morning. I had a conversation with my dad today. He was trying to tell me a story about a kid that was in my brother’s high school class.  He was a little frustrated because he couldn’t remember the name from 20 YEARS AGO!  And I couldn’t remember Saturday😕  Let’s face it, there are many days that my brain is on auto pilot.  Getting from point A to point B in a straight, curvy, or dotted line seems nearly impossible. AND somehow I make it.

So, Saturday the first full day of break we were gatherers! Serious gatherers! Because for the last few weeks we have been on survival mode!!  Sometimes people wonder what the kids do all day at home. They EAT!!  Remember those cute little babies eating and sleeping. Now it is just EATING.  As Ruby(4) would say, we need INFINITY food! So, we spent our day gathering things needed.  Important things, like everything that we need for the big family goodie day that my sister in law hosts every year 🙂




The afternoon was spent preparing the Kringla dough.  Kringla is a delicious buttery Norweigen cookie.

img_20151222_121502.jpgWe also gathered the ingredients for the other goodies we would be making.   OH! Then I went BACK to Walmart to get the oil changed because sometimes a wavy line is the only way. Why would I remember to do that when I was ALREADY there??  The kids are pumped!!  They love goodie day!

Sunday!!   We get up in the morning and I tell the kids that they all must shower and that I WILL be giving the boys a haircut. In our house this means extreme rebellion, so I have learned to choose my time wisely.  “We will not be going to Goodie Day until we are done!” Hoping this will suffice I hold my breath and close my eyes… Wishful thinking!

“NOOOOO!!!! You can’t do this to me.”

“I showered before my concert last week!” Like I said, survival mode.

“James is first!”

“Grant is first!”

And on and on……

We finally talk them into it, after my husband took one for the team and went second to give the other child time to process.  I am itching from hair, sweating in the small bathroom and relieved when the last child slips reluctantly into the chair.  The buzzers are doing a great job and then I…see….it!! LICE… It’s little, it’s MOVING!! I’m trying not to panic. Ahhhhhh…I know it happens to EVERYONE, and truthfully they really don’t gross me out that much.  I grew up in a family with two older brothers and one younger brother and I have now been through 13 YEARS of parenting.  I HAVE SEEN A LOT! However, the thought of trying to get rid of THEM seemed daunting to say the least.  I yelled for my daughter to yell for my husband Kyle to get out of the shower NOW because HE had to run to the store to get lice Shampoo!  

I then explained to my son that I would be giving him a VERY short haircut and why.  He was not happy😢😢.  He was even more unhappy when I made him stay in the shower until my husband got home not realizing that the shampoo has to be put on DRY hair. So the boy is mad, sad, cold, and will have to take ANOTHER shower which he despises!!  Not a great start to the day!  

I then realize that it is up to me to salvage the day.  We had tears..lots of them…and then we pulled it together. img_20151222_123424.jpg We listened to Christmas music, washed bedding, made Norwegian Kringla, washed bedding, made peppermint patties, washed hats and mittens, made more Kringla, and it was great.  Everything was going smoothly.  img_20151222_122910.jpg

Kids were rolling, kids were shaping, and Ruby was building Mt. St. Everest with flour. Really she actually said that! 

Grandma’s Norweigen Kringlaimg_20151222_123312.jpg

3 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Salted Butter

4 Eggs

2 Cups Buttermilk

2 Teaspoons baking soda (dissolved in buttermilk)

71/2-81/2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoons Salt

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Mix all liquid ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another.  Add dry ingredients slowly.  REFRIDGERATE OVER NIGHT!

Flour surface and hands.  Roll dough the size of your finger about 3 to 4 inches long and form in the shape of a pretzel.

Bake at 400 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes. Do not brown.

So, what do most rational people do after a few hours of semi normalcy? Adopt a dog of course!!  Meet the 8th member of the Brouwer family if all continues to go well;).   img_20151221_143710116.jpgCopper!!!  Tango is in heaven and as my good friend Hailey put it….

“What could possibly go wrong?  Things went so smoothly with Tango!”

Yep..we had our first puppy Tango for 5 days when he broke his leg.  He fits right in!  img_20151222_120938.jpg


Christmas break to be continued…….


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