Friday, November 17, 2006
Pirates of America

Yes, we have been invaded!!!
Life has been a flurry of activities lately, and pirates landed during the midst of it all. They came following a patriotic story surrounding Ft. McHenry and the birth of the Star Spangled Banner. I gave the boys a suspense filled edition of this exciting part of our national history, and their little imaginations produced some new characters - the "Pirates of America!" Their mission? To rid us of the British warships. It started with them jumping off the diner chairs (their ship) into the sea (blue bean bags). The longer they were pirates, the more their bravery grew until they were diving off the kitchen stools. Sadly the "sea" had to go after it began to spew "SOS" signals of white beans. Now the "pirates" are diving onto the carpets. (Yes, it is a little painful to watch.)
Aunt Joanna's Tuesday departure
produced a tale of woe for the boys. At the airport, Ethan began a muttering campaign of how it is not fair that she had to leave. We all enjoyed her and hope she is able to return in the future.
Like mother, like son. . .
and so continues the saga of Martha and Ethan. It all started with a treat sent by Grandma Sampson ~ brownie cutters, icing and sprinkles. We recently indulged, and Ethan helped himself to a little more indulging after the meal. I could not locate him after supper until he crawled out from under the table with icing tube in hand. :-) Oh, yes. He comes by that quite honestly. Numerous times my mother would get ready to bake only to find that cans or tubes of icing had the majority of their contents missing. I also cleaned out a whipped topping container or two. So, I could hardly be shocked at Ethan.
History has a tendency to repeat itself, correct?!

  posted at 11:21 AM  

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Ha! You are so funny!

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God's getting us back for our childhoods, isn't He?

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this same problem with my wife (angie). Icing missing cake toppings are not safe in our house (esp anything chocolate). If you find a way to break this habit please post!!!!!!

Angie' better half

At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please ignore my husband. He hasn't been taking his medicine regularly...

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Martha C said...

Mr. Gene Davis (Hopefully the medicated one is reading this:-),
It is not necessary to break this "habit" for over the weekend, I have come to realize it is not a "habit" ~ but a need. Some of us are privileged to be "icingly challenged." The best way to be "handled" is for loving husbands, other family members and friends to keep a constant supply on hand for their "icingly challenged" loved one.
(P.S. Could you please ship me a big choc chip cookie topped with icing from Kroger? That store does not exist in the southern US.)

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous the kroger company said...

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At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Les said...

I recall a certain birthday party for my son. We had to almost hide the cake in order to maintain any frosting on it! Now as Angie has stated regarding God's revenge, what happened in my case? I was ALWAYS such a good child!

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Icingly challenged, hmmm. Yes, upon careful consideration, I'm sure that's it! We need a support group--I'll bring the coffee and some icing. Could someone please stop by Godiva for hors-d'ouvres?

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Martha C said...

Now, Les, you imply that most of the icing was gone! After all, it was not a cake but a bunch of cupcakes put together, and I was just nabbing the smooshed icing between them. :-) I was thinking of all the people who did not want icing dripping on their fingers. Wasn't that thoughtful of me?! (Insert self~righteous sigh.) Hee. Hee.

Angie, You would have loved my Cincinnati neighbor~Marianne Brown. Of all wonderful talents, she was a cake decorator, and I was blessed to receive many batches of leftover icing! One time she gave me 9 cups worth! The sad thing is that I ate it all in about 1-2 months time. I discovered what a great dipping agent icing can be ~ crackers, pretzels and yes, even carrot sticks. :-)

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Les said...

You're right! You are always so thoughtful! I'm sure you did a great service to all those individuals who didn't want icing all over themselves. You are so kind.

Carrot sticks and icing? I wouldn't even do that!


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