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Monday, March 24, 2008

And now for the low points...

Alternate titles: The Airheaded Adventures of Me, How to Ruin a Perfectly Lovely Holiday

Up to this point, Easter was rather nice. Egg hunts, breakfast and adult interaction at the church. Family fun, decorated eggs and much laughter at home. Even Sunday morning was great! I woke the kids up, they ran downstairs, passed their Easter baskets and headed straight for the oven to get the Resurrection Cookies, because Christ's resurrection is the true meaning of Easter, not marshmallowy treats. And those cookies turned out better than last year. When they finally noticed the Easter baskets, they were both ecstatic over what they contained. They each got a basketful of sugar and a movie. Easter Bunny even brought me a movie. That's one smart bunny.


The Co-ed spent the night so I followed their Easter tradition and hid her basket. That was kinda fun...I might have to start doing that. So we have breakfast, get ready for church and out the door we go! We were only a few minutes late, which is pretty good for us. Sacrament was lovely (especially since I was listening instead of talking). Then comes Sunday School. I am sitting between the Co-ed and the Man (which is a nice change!) when, after 20 minutes, I happen to look around the room. I see a friend and remember that she was recently released from the Primary and can now sit with her husband.

PRIMARY!!!

I was supposed to substitute for da Boo's class today! I made a horrible noise and immediately jumped up and ran from the room. I checked in with the Primary. One of the moms was sitting with da Boo's class but was not teaching. Fortunately, the Primary President knows I am an gigantic airhead. Unfortunately, I had about 15 minutes to get a lesson together. I headed to the library to look through the manual. There's a special lesson for Easter and it had a handout for the kids. Of course, the copier was broken. So home I went! While making copies, I scanned the lesson and tried to calm down. I couldn't focus because I felt like such an idiot. This isn't the first time this has happened...and sadly, I'm sure it's not the last. I decided that instead of stammering my way through the lesson, I would do something else. I gathered up my supplies and copies. I raced back to church. The Co-ed and the Man had corralled da Boo's class. The Man escaped as quickly as possible but the Co-ed stayed with me (ain't she sweet?).

My brilliant plan was to teach them the Resurrection Cookies lesson. I had all the ingredients with me (except I forgot the eggs but oh well!) and went through it just like I had with the kids. One girl nearly threw up after tasting the salt but it went well enough. We did a few things from the lesson manual and then I gave them each a cookie at the end. All seemed well...for now...

Home again, I tried to relax and regain my strength after the whirlwind. It was then that I remembered I was supposed to say the prayer in Relief Society...dang it!

After falling into an exhausted and depressed sleep, I slept too long (of course). While Aunt Denise brought the traditional ham and the Co-ed made a fruit salad, I was supposed to make rolls, funeral potatoes and dessert (it's me, after all). After watching a cooking show on tv, I decided to make coconut cake and had purchased all the ingredients. But once again, this is me, people. I can't do something the easy way...so I tried a new recipe that took twice as long as I thought and had to make it fancier than expected by coloring the coconut. It turned out interesting. Cute enough on the cake plate but had an odd flavor, more like shortbread than like the cake I expected. Disappointing, after all that work. And if fell apart when I tried to cut it. But at least it was pretty, right? Right??


I think I need another nap...

10 comments:

Amanda said...

It was pretty:) I would have just taken the easy route and taught the kids the traditional Easter lesson and then played a few games and sing some songs:) No wonder your exhausted.....you ran all the way home and back and taught a great lesson:) I am the opposite of you...I always try to think of the easiest way to get a task done!

Kristie said...

The cake look gorgeous!! I am exhausted just reading about your day! No way I could have run home....church is a half hour away by car! Sounds like you did a great job of everything....you shouldn't be so hard on yourself. But after a crazy day like that, I say take 2 naps!!! (I love naps)

Jo said...

The cake is BEAUTIFUL! And after reading about all you had to do, I had to go lay down for a nap.
I can one up you on the airheadedness. I was a REGULAR teacher in RS, not a subsitute. I forgot I had to teach the lesson that day. You should have seen my face when they announced I had to teach. Ah well, no one died, not even myself, although a hole to jump into would have been nice...

Jo said...

The cake is BEAUTIFUL! And after reading about all you had to do, I had to go lay down for a nap.
I can one up you on the airheadedness. I was a REGULAR teacher in RS, not a subsitute. I forgot I had to teach the lesson that day. You should have seen my face when they announced I had to teach. Ah well, no one died, not even myself, although a hole to jump into would have been nice...

Debi said...

Jessie, You are so cute.... :)

Amber said...

I love the cake! Too bad it didn't taste as good as it looked huh? I'm also an airhead- but usually it involves forgetting to call a sub at all.

Bonnie said...

I have had days like this where you just want to make that noise that Home Simpson makes and go crawl in a hole. I bet you were glad to go to bed that night.
Yes the cake is beautiful. I usually have the opposite problem. The cake looks like poo poo and tastes fab. I hate it.
Have a good one
Bonnie

Jill said...

Wow.
You were more prepared for your lesson than I was for mine, and I started preparing the night before.

The cake is very pretty!

Emily said...

one word, baby
Calendar :P

Seriously, what is it with our family and holidays?
Ask mom if we have a family curse!
I was in bed all day... well that's not entirely true but that would involve more info then you need.
The cake looks great, but isn't it supposed to sit for like a day for the flavors to mellow and blend or something?

Love ya!
{{hugg}}

Nat said...

Ha ha! That is so funny! Your cake looks very pretty. Good job!

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