February 2009 - Posts

Send Your Graduation Invitations Early
Monday, February 23, 2009 4:24 PM

A woman in Oregon was invited to attend her nephew’s graduation from high school. What an exciting event…to see a new baby born, watch them grow, go to Kindergarten, go to middle school and before you know it, they are graduating high school.

The only problem with the invitation is that it arrived 22 years late! She found the invitation in her mailbox last week and it was mailed and postmarked June 2, 1987! The “roaming” invitation was mailed from Toms River, NJ to La Grande, OR and somewhere along the way, got lost for 22 years or so.

The fact that the aunt did not attend the graduation was “noticed but dismissed”, since she lived so far away. A spokesman for the US Postal Service noted that the envelope might have been stuck in a machine or misrouted and delivered to the wrong address. The mail did arrive opened, so the misdelivery is highly likely.

So the next time someone tells you “it’s in the mail”, it very well may be, just give it a few years to arrive.

I can’t imagine receiving a letter, invitation or any other sort of mail more than 20 years later, but it sure does encourage me to find alternate ways of paying my bills. At least that wasn’t a 22 year old check! I don’t think the woman’s age was mentioned, but I think it’s nice that the aunt was still around to receive the invitation herself. I wonder if her nephew also mailed one to her to attend his college graduation? Or maybe his wedding? Shoot, by now, he might have sent one for his child’s pre-school graduation.

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Octuplets Born To A Mother of Six!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:06 PM

I have been hearing in the news, off and on, about a single mom who has given birth to octuplets. Yes, she had 8 babies at once! Well, it wasn’t until today that I have heard more about the real story and I am just amazed.

I have two daughters who are spaced apart by a little bit over 4 years and I am constantly calling my best friends for support when I feel I can’t handle the pressure of being a wife, a mom, a full time employee, etc, etc and here she has 8 children at once. I haven’t even gotten to the best part of this story yet. She already has 6 children at home and she lives with her mom and dad. Her mom was interviewed and let’s just say she is not real happy with the situation. Personally, I think that this is crazy. 14 children to support is out of this world. I think about things like:

-How do you find a vehicle large enough for everyone to travel in? In fact, how can she bring the 8 babies home? Will they have to make a few trips to and from the hospital?

-The house is a 3 bedroom. Now let’s see: with the grandparents in a bedroom, that leaves 2 bedrooms for the other 15 people in the house. How many beds does it take to sleep 14 children and their mom? We’ll see.

-How in the world can you take care of the grocery “bill” for 14 children?!? My monthly groceries might as well be a mortgage payment and we are a family of 4. Will they eat at the dinner table in shifts?

-I have watched shows like “John and Kate Plus 8” to help me see that raising children is easy for me. I can twice recall having a really bad day and then watching their show and realizing that it wasn’t so bad after all. They had twins and then 6 children (yes, I forgot the multiple word for this one). What a crazy life!

-Will diapers be donated by those who want to make money from her story, or is she going to have to finance them?

Obviously, I could go on and on. I can’t tell from looking at her whether this mom wanted to be in this situation, but she is, so I wish her and her family, the best.

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Grocery Shopping: Individual vs. Family
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 1:03 PM

 How do you prefer to do your grocery shopping? Do you like to go by yourself and do you save money that way or do you spend more?

I like to go alone, because I get in, get what the family needs, and get out. When I go with the family, it seems that the grocery bill increases by, let’s say, 100%! Mostly because of our small children, who don’t have the slightest clue as to what a budget is. That want to buy everything and now I see why grocery stores place certain products at their level. To make sure they don’t miss out on the opportunity to beg their parents for it. Do we give in? Of course we buy some of what they ask for, not nearly all of it, but enough to do some damage.

The crazy part about all of this is what happens a few days later. You have gone shopping, you have put away all of these groceries and then the kids come to you hungry. So you naturally say: “why don’t you grab some of the (insert snack here) that you asked for at the store until we get dinner made.”

Guess what the response is? “No, I don’t want any of that.”

Now don’t get me wrong, if they ask us to buy it and we were not going to buy it in the first place, they do have to eat it. I am just baffled by the fact that they don’t want what they asked for. Do you ever buy groceries and not want them later on? I don’t mean a certain day where you just don’t feel like eating it, I mean EVER!

Oh, the joys of parenting.

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She Needs Glasses
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 12:53 PM

My oldest daughter has always been very good at reading and she just loves school. She loves to learn new things and most importantly, she loves a challenge. We recently found her squinting a lot when she reads and we have been asking if her eyes hurt or if she has a headache. Since she doesn’t know what the end result will be if she says “yes”, she usually answers “no.”

After discussing this with her teacher, we found that she is doing the same thing in her classes at school, hence, we set up the dreaded appointment to have her eyes examined. She was so nervous that day. We just couldn’t get her to relax. We wanted her to understand that it is normal and that many people have had to have their eyes checked in order to see if they need to wear glasses in order to relieve the strain on their eyes. Many of our family members wear glasses, so it is pretty normal. This didn’t seem to relax her any, though.

She finally meets the doctor and takes some simple and painless tests that determine she is far-sighted. We also found out during this appointment that she does get headaches at the end of the school day, when she is trying to do the most reading. She did very well on her eye exam, but didn’t like having “puffs” of air blown into her eyes (who does).

Anyway, we pick up the new glasses this weekend and life will be back to normal. Of course, now that we have “invested” in some prescription glasses for her and since she is not the best at keeping up with her belongings, we sure hope that they won’t get lost. Lost at school, lost at home, lost at a relatives house, just lost.

If anyone out there is willing to start insurance that covers children losing or breaking their eyeglasses and needing a replacement pair, I’m willing to sign up!

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