Saturday, January 5, 2008

My non-resolution

After many previous half-hearted (and failed) New Year's resolutions, I have finally learned my lesson-- don't make resolutions!

Why is it that we decide in November or December certain things we need to fix, change or improve... but instead of doing it right away we wait until January 1st? If it's not important enough for you to do it rightthissecond, then it's probably not something that you will truly be resolved about.

One of the things that I've been meaning to do is allow Dash to be responsible for a meal every now and then. After all, he is a whopping 8 years old and he loves to eat. The other day it dawned on me that he is always the first one up in the morning.

**Enter my bright idea.**

Let him be the one to make breakfast-- and a hot breakfast at that! I know, I know... it's bordering on *genius*.

Yesterday morning he tiptoed to my bed and whispered "Mommy? Mommy! Can I make breakfast? In the OVEN?!"

In my half conscious stupor I said "Okay. You remember how to use the oven and turn it off, right?" He said he did and then I went back to sleep.

I woke up an hour later and as my brain became more coherent, I remembered our conversation from earlier. Man, did I ever hustle it to the kitchen!

Whew! It was still there.

And not on fire.

And the kids were all up and in a non-charcoaled state. Then I glanced over and saw these super-crispy looking rocks on a cookie sheet.

Me: Uhhh... Dash? How long did you put these in the oven?

Dash: For ten plus thirteen.

Me: Huh?

Dash: For ten plus thirteen!

Then it hit me.

Me: Hey, sweetie... when the directions say 10 dash 13, it means 10 minutes OR 11 minutes OR 12 minutes OR 13 minutes. NOT 10 plus 13 equals 23 minutes!

He got this look of Oooohhhh... Now I get it. Poor kid. But at least he tried and the kids didn't starve. They all had their fill of toaster waffles, cereal and a few tops off of the baked hockey pucks. :-)

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