May 2008 - Posts

The Best Toys
Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:24 PM

It is so interesting to find that children really are not that interested in toys. Yes, they are made specifically for children and most of them have beautiful, bright, eye-catching colors, however in doing a little asking around, it seems that they would rather play with plain cardboard boxes or make a toy out of string and useful household items. The toys that they really, really want and ask for time and again, do get some playtime. For the most part though, toys are not what parents think they are made for--to play with all of the time.

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The Fever is gone - on to other things
Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:00 PM

Well, I believe most of the sickness in our house is over and done with (this go 'round). Everyone is back to school and work and doing fine. Now we are about to go into the summer--lots of time off from school with almost nothing to do. I am furiously looking into summer activities/camps to see what the best fit is: dance classes, tennis camp, piano lessons, the list goes on and on. Who knew that having a sweet little baby would turn into so much time, work and planning? Our parents, of course. But who listens to them? (I sure hope my children never find this blog).

 

 

 

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Fevers
Friday, May 16, 2008 12:24 PM

 I had to pick up my little 4 year old from school today, she had a fever. I thought she had one this morning before school, but could not find the thermometer and so took the chance that she was just being a little fussier than normal. She did feel hot to the touch, so who knows why I ignored that. I was thinking though that maybe moms don't need thermometers. Really, if you think about it, here is how to do your own reading:

-If your child feels warm enough to the touch to concern you, keep them home from school.

-If your child feels hot and is acting lethargic, it's higher than 100 and either call the doctor or use whatever regimen worked for you the last time they got that hot.

-If you need support, call another mom who has been through this several times and ask her what she uses 'cause, based on their advice, it really doesn't seem to me like any of the doctors we have seen for a fever/virus has any children! 

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Update: The Kids and The Car
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 3:23 PM

I received a call from the police department. They were following up on the accident we had at school and are asking for an estimate of the damage done to my care. They said that they "are looking at the guy" that hit my car. Is he in custody? Well, no, because I have seen him twice at the school since the dreaded day. He is an older man and backs out of his parking space like a mad man each morning before school. I have not approached him, just have watched him drive by. He almost hit another car at the school the other day, so I hope the police have told him to watch himself. Maybe they won't actually contact him until I tell them how much it will cost to fix my car. I hope to get to my dealer today to get that estimate. I'm sure glad this was taken care of though. I kind of thought he was just some jerk who wasn't watching what he was doing, but now that I have seen him, I feel differently about the accident. Maybe he drove off scared? Maybe he didn't realize he had hit someone? or maybe he was a jerk that thought he could get away with it because of his age. Who knows? Maybe he has gotten away with it several times. Anyway, thanks to the kind man who got the tag number. I see that same tag quite often now, completely unknown to the driver... 

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We've Been Traveling - Orlando
Monday, May 5, 2008 3:24 PM

So our second (and last) family getaway for a while was to Orlando. Yes, the vacation capital. So much to do and no time to do it. So guess what we did? NOTHING. That’s right, nothing. We got a cool hotel, parked the car and didn’t move until checkout. There was a nice restaurant, swimming pools, Jacuzzi tub, mini golf, playground and more. Another hit with the kids and we didn’t even go to Disney this time. This year, we are all about quick trips to break up the monotony and I must say, it works for me!

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Stamp Prices are Going Up
Friday, May 2, 2008 11:05 AM

Well, along with gas prices, grocery prices and everything else, postal rates are increasing soon.

It will soon cost 42 cents to send a first class letter, so use those 41 cent stamps before May 12th! You might want to look into buying "Forever Stamps" which retain their value whenever you use them.

For more information visit their website

 

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The Kids and the Car
Thursday, May 1, 2008 3:33 PM

 

I just got a new car in 2007 and I am loving it. It has all the features that I wanted and it’s great for taking my kids to school. I was hoping that the only "wear and tear" that would ever happen to it would be my children.

Well, the other day, I took a day off work to go out of town. My day started out pretty normal, but when I took my daughter to school, I was backed into by another driver.  I get ready to get out of the car and speak to them and they just left the scene! I was so mad, especially since I was only taking my daughter to school for part of the day, since she didn't want to have an absence on her record (8 years old, going to Orlando and doesn't want to miss school---am I missing something here?).  At least no one was hurt, but this is a parent's nightmare, two kids in the car and completely helpless when it gets hit!


Thankfully, another driver behind me got the plate number so that we could pursue the matter. I have hundreds (maybe even thousands) of dollars of damage to my car and I sure ain’t paying for it! The police are looking for the driver and I sure hope this works out.

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