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Archive for September, 2008

‘Tis a gift to be simple….

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Sand Buckets for All

Sand Buckets for All

On Saturday we celebrated Speed’s 4th birthday. 

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that preparing for the party consumed every free moment of my life for the weeks leading up to the party. 

It didn’t start out that way – we were just planning to have a few friends meet at the playground.  But as the date got closer I kind of whipped myself into a frenzy.  For example, I decided that since we were having the party at a playground that has a fantastic sand and water area, we should give each kid a sand bucket and sand toys to play with during the party.  Apparently, sand buckets are “out of season” now (despite the fact that it’s still consistently 85 degrees and sunny here) so I drove to eleven stores until I found them.   Once I had the buckets I decided they should be personalized to make each guest feel special and to avoid ”that’s MY bucket” squabbles at the party – so I stayed up for most of a night with a pile of paint-pens and 22 sand buckets.   (more…)

More winners and a great link

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Hi everyone!

Congratulations to this weeks Comment Giveaway Winners!  Sue will receive Two water babies dolls (by wild planet).  One is Caucasian, one is African American – you fill the dolls with warm water to become “the most realistic babies ever”.   And Megan will receive a basket of Toddler books including 6 board books, a couple of 2+ Kumon work books, 2 Tilly and Friends hardbacks and a Teddy Bears Picnic pop up book.

Congrats to all and keep commenting.  We’ll have new winners every week!

Also, I read a really sweet blog post today that I thought I’d share.  It’s by a mom who writes letters to her daughters for their birthdays.  I’ve been doing that for Speed and Whiz since they were babies and it has become one of my very favorite traditions (I love that it’s something that happens outside of the holiday tradition craze).  I can’t wait to give them to them on the day they head off to college…a brief record of all their brilliant, frustrating, funny, inspiring moments.

Do you have a cool non-holiday tradition that you do for or with your kids?   Share it here in a comment and you could be our next “Great Closet Clean-out” Winner!

I am (not) Mother of the Year

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Yesterday was a pretty normal day at our house.  I went to work.  The boys went to school.  Speed had a play date for the afternoon.  Whiz went to soccer practice.  We made a trip to WholeFoods on our way home…  Through it all, everyone seemed happy and healthy.  That is, until we sat down for dinner.

At dinner Speed was sitting at the table in front of his favorite meal in the world but wouldn’t eat a bite.  He kept saying “I’m too sleepy to eat”.  “I’m too sleepy to eat”.  I’ve been at this a few years now and I know that there’s no such thing as “too sleepy to eat”.  For once I’m a step ahead of him and I see through his ploy to leave the dinner table early and play.  I calmly said “Listen Speed.  You can stay at the table and eat dinner with our family or you can go up to bed.  Those are your only choices”.  Without a word he left the table and headed up to his room.  Deep inside I knew it had all been too easy, but still I began congratulating myself on my brilliant mothering. 

About 20 minutes later it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard anything from the littlest monster (unheard of).  (more…)

And the winners are…..

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Thanks so much to all who have commented to our new blog so far.  As promised we’re cleaning out our ‘treasure chest’ and active readers reap the rewards!

Congrats to this weeks winners!  Kim F. will be receiving Playmobil’s new Circus Ring - a really cool toy big top complete with trapeze artists, a ticket booth, and a lit stage.  Playmobil sets the stage and your kid’s imagination brings it to life!  Pam S. will be receiving Lego’s Technic Cherry Picker.  With a working motor and battery box, these are not your daddy’s Legos!

 Also, I saw a cute blog post about another mom’s first day of kindergarten experience that I thought you all might enjoy.  Click here to read it.  (And she also seems to be a fan of Education.com which is always nice!)

Keep leaving comments….more winners will be announced next week.

Hope you’re all settling into the new school year!

What’s Missing from Your Back to School List?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Back to school season is upon us, and with it comes a flurry of activity – and healthy dose of worry, too. Is my child going to make friends? Will he like his teacher? Are his backpack, his clothes, or his haircut going to signal “nerd” or normal?

For all the overstressed moms and worried dads out there, I have a cure. And it involves taking a minute to stop thinking about your child’s lunchbox, desk partner, and hairdo.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and picture this: kids around the world with no Jonas Brothers backpacks, no Miley Cyrus erasers, and no MP3 players. No pens or pencils. No teacher. No school. (more…)

God’s gift to moms

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I love Education.com’s back to school gear guide but I was feeling a little jealous that all the gear was for the kids!  Don’t we moms deserve a little treat for keeping the little darlings in one piece all summer and getting them back to the class room clean and healthy with all their supplies purchased and their lunch boxes packed?

One of my best girlfriends just sent me the perfect back-to-school mom gift and suddenly I’m not feeling quite as left out.   It’s a Busy Body Family Organizer.  Yes, I realize it’s sad – ok pathetic – that I’m this juiced about a calendar but …that’s my life right now!  The thing that makes the “BB Book” (as we now call it) is the way the weekly calendar pages are organized – kind of a chart with a column for each family member and a row for each day of the week.  So every morning I can look across a row to see what we have to accomplish as a fearsome foursome.  I can also take periodic looks down each column to make sure neither of my kids is too overbooked for the week.  It’s also pretty stylish and has some fun features like space to write your favorite take out places (not that I’VE ever had a last minute “there’s nothing for dinner” emergency). 

If you’re in the market for a new calendar, check this one out!