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Friday, September 7, 2007

Eww, somebody stinks!


I was in the bathroom getting my 2-year-old daughter ready for the day when the 3-year-old came in.

"Mommy, I have to boo boo."

"Okay, honey..." I moved out of the way so he could sit on the toilet. As I was leaving, he said, "Eww, somebody stinks!" He had his hands covering his nose and his mouth.

"Andre," I said, trying to suppress my laugh, "that's you! Boo boo stinks!"

He looked bewildered for a second then said, "Oooohhh."

The look on his face was too much to handle and I couldn't resist laughing. I guess he eventually got it because his giggles followed me out the door.
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Bee tragically killed


In a dreadful turn of events, Loreli Bee was beat to death when she accidentally stumbled into a rival neighborhood across town. Witnesses say she seemed disoriented. A passerby tried to help her, but it was too late.

It’s possible… right?

My imagination has always been active, but it really got to working when I saw a bee fly out of my van window this morning. I had encountered the bee, in a neighboring town, when I dropped off my teenage daughter at her high school. I tried to shoo the bee out of the van while I tended to the crying baby and ignored the incessant talking of the 2 and 3 year olds.

The bee finally flew out of the window, but returned moments later. (It was the lure of one of the kid’s fruit drinks sitting in the cup holder.) I kept a wary eye on it knowing that I had to get rid of it before I pulled off. I could imagine it flying into the baby’s rear-facing car seat and stinging her. At least the other two children would scream, or so I thought.

It refused to leave on its own so I took a heavy, blue baby blanket and attacked the bee. I knocked everything out of the cup holders including a recently sanitized pacifier, which was a small price to pay for getting rid of the bee. It had disappeared. I looked under the seat, in the diaper bag, in the blanket, but I couldn’t find it. I asked my 2 year old if she saw and she pointed to the sky. I didn’t believe her, but I didn’t have a choice so we went on our merry way.

Twenty minutes later, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. The infamous bee was struggling up the car door and it groggily flew out the passenger side window just as I was getting to my destination. I’m sure the stunned bee was bewildered by its location and accidentally stumbled into a tree or grassy area that was inhabited by a rival bee family…

It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? :-) (I hope you’re laughing with me and not at me!)
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

I'M A BLOGGING STAR!


My friend Carrie (check her out at Rantings of a Woman) gave me a blogging star days ago, but I am so bad about posting this stuff that I forgot. Thanks Carrie for such a wonderful and friendly gesture - it is so nice to know that my blog is read and liked! You're a star too!

I know I'm supposed to say who I give the star to, but please forgive me if I save that for another post! :-)
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Holiday Cheer Throughout the Year!

The holiday season begins next month: October is Halloween, November brings Thanksgiving and before you know it you’ll be stuffing stockings in December for Christmas. Don’t worry couponchief.com is here to help!

I know my oldest daughter wants a laptop like the ones sold by Dell and a myriad of other gadgets. My 2 year old and 3 year old want everything they see on television from action figures and Dora the Explorer dolls to musical instruments and Diego accessories so a visit to KB Toys is in order. And, I’m sure, even the baby has her eye on some new bottles and bibs so I’ll have to get to The Children’s Place or Kmart.

Whew, sounds like a lot to do and it sounds like I’ll be spending a lot of money. Not really because I’m going to try to do all of my holiday shopping through one source: couponchief.com, which is a one stop coupon deal and discount resource. If you’re like me, you don’t have time to look through the paper for discounts and deals, surf each site individually or travel all over town lugging your kids with you so couponchief.com is the perfect resource for holiday shopping… and when the holiday is over, you’ll still have a great source for shopping.

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Teenagers will pull away, just pull with them

When my oldest daughter, Amber, was about 10 or 11 years old people would say, “Oh no, wait until she’s a teenager you guys won’t be as close. And she’s girl, too! Sheez!” I would never receive or believe what they said. I was determined that my daughter entering her teenage years would not be the death of our close relationship.
When she was about 14 years old; I saw the signs: distancing herself, keeping her door closed, one-word answers… and for a second – just a split second – I almost backed off. I thought, ‘well if she doesn’t want to be bothered then I’ll just give her space.’ Then it dawned on me, like the V8 hit on my forehead, I was at the exact moment of the alienation. Maybe it’s teenagers who begin the alienating, but it is parents who foster it and solidify it.
I had a moment of fear. I was scared to say anything to her, scared I would say something wrong and, I admit it, a little scared of her. I knew this was the way that the teenage gremlins sneak in and steal the precious little children. So, instead of respecting her privacy, I barged in when her door was closed; I asked a million questions until she started talking again; I learned the new things she liked; I listened to her talk, I initiated activities together and I was there… ALL THE TIME!

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