Friday, September 13, 2013

Take 2 – September Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to another Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Insomniac's Dream
Anni's Bubble
My Personal Accent
Outsmarted Mommy
Black Sheep Mom
Home on Deranged
Evil Joy Speaks
Dates 2 Diapers
Rocks, No Salt Mommy
The Momisodes

My subject is Tell us your worst back to school horror story. It was submitted by The Insomniac's Dream. Here goes:


I bet you think I’m going to tell you about a time I myself went back to school. If you’ve read this blog before you know that I really try to take these prompts in an unexpected direction. So I’m not going to tell you about a time when my butt got dragged back to school kicking and screaming. I’m going to tell you the horror story of my youngest son’s first day of Kindergarten.

I wrote a post a year ago about my favorite holiday B-T-S. You can read it here: B-T-S. I told a part of this story in that post. Thanks to The Insomniac's Dream, here’s the whole story:

My two boys are a year apart in age so they’re a year apart in grade as well. Consequently it was just one year after my first son started Kindergarten that I found myself sending my second son. He’d have the same teacher my older son had the year before and I already knew that some of his friends would be in his class. We were ready to go.

A week before school starts there’s a “back to school night”. The school was about 3/4 of a mile from my house so we walked. We went into both of the boys’ rooms, talked to the teachers, set up supplies and talked about the first day. The Principal was there and, since I was very active in the classroom my older son had been in the year before, the Principal knew me. He took me aside to tell me that I shouldn’t worry about getting emotional the first time I sent my youngest off to school. He’s seen many Moms cry over the years.

I know he was trying to be supportive. And in retrospect it may have been a little off-putting when I answered “Cry? Are you kidding? I’ll be dancing in the streets”. The look on the poor guy’s face was priceless, by the way.

At the time, I had a whole group of friends with kids the same age as mine. So there were a lot of us who were sending our youngest to school for the first time. We all met up at the school that fateful morning, took copious amounts of pictures and dropped our kids off in their classrooms.

Then we all drove back to my house for a Champagne brunch. We talked and we laughed and we drank. No one hit anyone, pushed anyone, ripped anything out of anyone’s hands, needed help in the potty, screamed or cried. We ate and we talked and we laughed and we drank some more.

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Breakfast Puffs

“You’ve gone off on a tangent, Karen” you’re probably thinking. “This is supposed to be a worst back to school horror story” is most likely going through your head.

No, I haven’t forgotten my prompt. Here’s the end of the story: we ate and we talked and we laughed and we drank. But did we watch the clock? Were we there to pick up our babies after their first day of school?

Ummmm, no?

And once we realized it we were not exactly feeling like we should drive.

So if you happened to have been in my neighborhood all those years ago, and you witnessed the herd of Moms jogging towards the school in their high heels wearing panicked expressions, you no longer have to wonder what the heck that was all about. Now you know.

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Breakfast Puffs
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 package (20 oz) Simply Potatoes, shreds
1/3 cup frozen chopped onion, thawed and drained
10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 TBSP pimentos, chopped
7 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Makes 18 puffs.
*Mix all the puff ingredients together well.
*Distribute evenly into all 18 cups.
*Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen. Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

38 comments:

  1. Hysterical! Sounds like a great way to spend the first day back to school...minus the jogging part of course. ;)

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    1. Yeah, that jogging part was a killer. Especially in a group of panicked women!

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  2. Love it! I will definitely be trying this recipe. So happy to be apart of the secret swap. It has been super fun reading the stories!

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    1. So glad you joined in. Loved your post as well, great addition to the group.

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  3. Okay, spewing coffee right now. I didn't see that coming! Bet you all couldn't show your face at the PTA meetings for years.

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    1. Yeah, hard to live down forgetting your 5 year old on his first day of school.

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  4. OMGosh...That's the best freakin' BTS story I've ever heard. HANDS DOWN!

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    1. LOL, turns out it's a better story in retrospect than when it's actually happening.

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    1. Way better to be publicly humiliated in a group. And at least we're laughing at it now.

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  6. Hahaha ... I love that you baraged the school in high heels to get the kids! Best end ever! LOL

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    Raising-Reagan.com

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    1. Thanks, Lanaya. We had sore feet and sore egos. We felt like the worst Moms ever.

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  7. Oh man!! My youngest starts Kindergarten next year and, while I've had the chance to adjust to her being gone with Head Start, I'm still a little leery about it. But I would have LOVED to see you ladies getting your jog on!

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    1. We had such a fun day, but I would love to have had it end on a better note than that embarrassing jog!

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  8. That is awesome. Why have I never thought of a champagne brunch to celebrate the sweet sweet freedom of BTS? Shoot, I shoulda moved west...

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    1. There's always next time. Start planning now . . .

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  9. Hahaha! I forgot my oldest in Kindergarten. twice. It was mortifying...

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    1. HA, you beat me by one. First time was so mortifying I never did it again.

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  10. This breakfast puffs look awesome. I sent my youngest to pre-school this week. For the first time, I am remembering what it is like to be me by myself! I like it, even though there was a lot of sniff sniffs (on my part). A brunch to celebrate me sounds needed!!

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    1. I joke but it really was hard sending my baby off to school for the first time. Of course the Champagne Brunch made it a whole lot easier.

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  11. I am so glad you got my prompt!

    I can't stop laughing. I have a visual of a herd of moms in their heels, slightly tipsy, arriving late at the school, sweaty and panting and gasping for air. :)

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    1. That's exactly what it looked like. Are you sure you weren't there?

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  12. i LOVE this story! Wish I had thought of a mom brunch for the first day of school for the kids!!

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    1. It was SO much fun. Well, until the unfortunate ending, that is.

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  13. Haha! That's priceless! I love the unexpected twists and turns.

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    1. I do tend to head off in different directions. Hopefully that makes it a more interesting read.

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  14. This is hilarious. I would have loved to have seen you moms running down the street. I am sure it is a day you won't forget.

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    1. I'm sure we were quite the sight running up the street together. And I bet a lot of people wondered what in the world it was all about!

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  15. OMG - that is the BEST!!!!! LOVE IT! I can see this 'herd' of moms running towards the school all happy and sad and mortified. And you know what - I LOVE IT! I LOVE that you all had such a good time you weren't worried about your babies all day...you got to be women!!! Not just moms!

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    1. It really was a fun way for the women to spend the first day of school. We actually did it for the next few years as well.

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  16. 1: Funny Story

    2: What a way to Celebrate, if you will, finally having the house to yourself again after 5+ years.

    3: Would love to see a pic of the "herd." Ha!!!

    Have a great weekend, Slu

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    1. I think a lot of people would like to see a picture of that herd. Unfortunately we didn't have time to stop for group pics, LOL.

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  17. LOL! That must have been a sight. Maybe you all needed those breakfast puffs to soak up the booze!

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    1. Well, maybe breakfast puffs along with a jog and a feeling of panic would work.

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  18. I thought you were running a race that I didn't know about! LOL! Too funny. At least the kids were waiting altogether!

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    1. We were actually running a race that we hadn't known about, LOL.

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  19. Just think, next year there won't be a 'back to school' horror story. Well, hopefully.
    Love the little breakfast cups, similar to a breakfast casserole but in bite size pieces.

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    1. Yes, they really are based on a favorite breakfast casserole, but made in a grab-and-run version.

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