November 2008 - Posts

A New Jacket
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:37 PM

Parents, have your children ever come home from school with clothes that they don’t own? My oldest child has come home many times without her jacket, but never with someone else’s! Well, my youngest has yet surprised us again. She went to school with what we call a nice, warm coat. She calls it a coat that makes her look “fat.” FAT! At 5 years old, less than 40 pounds, she is hardly fat. These shows for children on TV need to be edited before they are aired. Small children should not be worried about their weight when they are underweight!!!

Anyway, she wore the “this makes me look fat” coat to school, and came home with a nice, slim purple jacket; one that had another little girls’ name on it. I questioned her, she didn’t know where her coat was and since it was a high of only 50 degrees that day (we live in Florida, so that is cold) she said her teacher went and found a jacket for her to wear home. Her father did not realize that he had picked her up from school wearing another little girls’ coat and her older sister “forgot” that she wore a black coat to school. After several questions, I find out that her coat mysteriously ended up stuffed in her backpack and that her teacher was unaware she even had the coat. Needless to say, my daughter did not want to wear her own coat, but what lengths a child will go through to get a new jacket! The jacket is now back at school in the lost and found and I hope it’s owner finds it soon. Some mother is at home fussing at her daughter for losing that jacket and I feel sorry for her little girl. I hope they check lost and found regularly.

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Oklahoma Dog’s (I Mean Woman’s) Car Is Impounded
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:08 PM

Here is a really strange story from Oklahoma. It just goes to show that you must keep on an eye on “man’s best friend” at all times.

A woman went to the car wash, with her 70 lb pit bull in the car. As the woman was washing the car, the pit bull decided to go for a spin. He jumped toward the dashboard (putting the car in gear) and started his adventure. The car was in reverse at that, so I think that maybe he has been doing this for quite some time. The car was backed out from it’s spot at the car wash, driven onto a highway and made a loop around before stopping in an auto car wash lane. Ok, so not quite where he started out from, but still, pretty good for a dog. How well would you have been able to do that same, in reverse, without incident?

The car almost hit another car when backing onto the highway, however, other than that no accidents or injuries are reported in this story, so the dog and owner came away from the incident just fine. The officer on the scene joked about the fact that in 26 years of work, they have never had to leave the driver info blank on their report, but were waiting for confirmation of the dog’s driver  license.

However, because the owner had no proof of insurance (on her driving or the dog?), the car was impounded and the pair had to walk home. Imagine the verbal scolding that dog must have gotten on the way home. This woman arrives in her vehicle to wash it and has to return home on foot. Not pretty.

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“I Forgot”
Friday, November 7, 2008 9:53 AM

If you have children, then you probably don’t need to read any further than the title. How many times have you had to ask your child to do something as routine as:

-take a bath
-clean your ears
-choose your clothes for school
-finish your homework
-put your homework in your bookbag
-sweep the floor
-clean your room

….and the list goes on and on and on. But then, if they really want something they never “forget” to ask you about it. They also don’t “forget” when something they really want to attend is coming up in a day or so. And the most shocking of them all, they never forget when their teacher asks them to do something, just their parents.

My husband and I were trying to recall how many times we have asked our girls to clean up their room or take a bath before dinner. I think we maxed out at least at twice per week for the past year. So, does anyone have any suggestions for helping them remember what we ask like they would remember what their teacher asks? Maybe we should ask their teacher to ask them to clean their room and take a bath before dinner. That is something I might try.
 

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The Science Project
Thursday, November 6, 2008 4:14 PM

My daughter just did an interesting science project and I just have to write about it. About one year ago, I received an email that stated a small child died from drinking diet coke and eating a piece of mentos candy. Apparently, the reaction between the two was lethal. I told my daughter that if she was interested, she should do that as a science project. She did and the results were quite interesting.

First, we tried buying Coke classic and adding a mentos mint. Nothing spectacular there—we figured we would move on and find a different experiment. Then, we did some research and saw that the email mentioned Diet Coke, so we went and bought that. The results were really something. You can open a regular bottle of Diet Coke (we used the small bottles, not the 2-liter, since we wanted to do this several times) and there is the normal slight fizz you get when you open a soda. Then, add a mentos mint and step back! The soda shoots out of the bottle like a mini-volcano. Some poor little one took in this combination and it was reportedly deadly for them.

I told my daughter that there should be a warning on the bottle of this type of reaction. Who knows how many people might take that combination (I know, if you are going to drink a diet soda, why would you have candy with it). But still, at least she will be warning students in her class and spreading the word!

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The Fair Is Here
Thursday, November 6, 2008 3:44 PM
Well, it is that time of year in our area for the fair. The fair is so much fun for small cities and towns that don’t have much to do. Several different rides to enjoy and so much junk food you can hardly contain yourself. I will be taking my children to the fair this year for fun and food and I hope that the weather will be favorable for it. We had a cold spell come through last week, but it seems that things have warmed back up to the nice fall weather we love in this area. Mildly cool mornings with nice, sunny and warm afternoons.

It is kind of funny that although I have one daughter who would love to see all of the animal exhibits, my oldest daughter would prefer to stay away because of their unpleasant scent. Oh well, we’ll figure out a way to please them both.



 

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