“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

I think what Robert Browning meant to say is, “a mom’s reach should exceed her grasp.”

At least, that’s the way I’m living this weekend.

Let me just say, that the next time I think it’s a good idea to bake Christmas cookies with three two-year-olds, the Bee, and a three-year-old, without an adult-to-child ration of 1:1, just shoot me in the head and go on with your life.

I’ll point out that the children who were not my own progeny were lovely and cooperative. My children, however, were (understandably) stressed about having to share all their toys and acted like wild animals protecting their turf. As did I. Sorry, Suzanne, for all the chaos.

On the positive side, we made many cookies, and only dropped one cookie-tray-full. The kids did have cute moments together, when the Potato wasn’t screaming in outrage (‘mine!’), and the Bee wasn’t jumping on the couch. My niece, the Butterfly, enjoyed the Sit N Spin (why is it that I can only find the Simon Says Sit N Spin? did they stop making the other kind?). And at the end of the day, my house is really no messier than it was two days ago…


December 11, 2005. random other things.


  1. ho replied:


  2. Suzanne replied:

    (Hey, I could have sworn I left a comment here a while back…)

    We had a great time, and the cookies were delicious (note past tense — they didn’t last past 3:00)!

  3. christie replied:

    hehe 🙂

    Sit and Spin? I didn’t know they made those still at all!

  4. Desperate To Be a Housewife replied:

    You had five kids in your house? All at once? THAT is an act of bravery in itself…let alone trying to bake cookies with them…

    You should get the Medal of Honour!

  5. Library Lady replied:

    You are a brave, brave, soul.

    Though I HAVE made pretzel dough and the like at the library with a group of small children, and since none of them were mine, they all behaved like little angels!

  6. Mere replied:

    Oh, yummy cookies! Our house has the odiferous markings of holiday baking too. LOL! And my helper? Yep, my 3-year-old! Good thing she gets bored when it’s time to put the dough on the cookie sheet. LOL!

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