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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Name-brand clothes & children

I've always thought it a bit ridiculous that there are people who would spend $60 or more on a pair of infant shoes. Or $30 for jeans a toddler would wear. My thinking is that since children grow so quickly it's a waste of money to buy such costly items and once they get to toddler stage they will just tear up the clothes or get them too dirty to be effectively cleaned.

This is how I've thought since I had my first child more than 16 years ago. When she was born there were some parents buying their children costly items, but not as many as you see nowadays. Since I have three younger children I am once again noticing what other parents are buying their children. There is one child in particular that goes to the same daycare as my children and that child (who hasn't turned 3 yet) has nothing but name brands. Nike, Jordan's, Fubu... uh, that's all I can think of now, but you get my point.

Although I disagree with spending that amount of money on a baby's clothes I'm wondering if I'm somehow neglecting my children by not buying those costly brands. It's not like they don't have some name-brand stuff. Nike's that were bought on sale. Duckhead shirts. Maybe some Levi jeans and, of course, Gap... but those brands -- in my mind -- aren't on the same level as some of the others.

What do you think? Do you only buy your children name-brand clothes? And, if so, are they full-priced, in season wear? Do you think less of parents who buy name brands or less of parents who don't?

On a final note: I think it would be better to use the money to invest in a child's college education than their outer appearance. Hey, that's just one woman's thought!

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Attack of the spiders!

My home is being attacked by bugs. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration... last night just as I was about to get the two middle children ready for bed a spider with very long legs (looked like a Daddy Long Legs but not) scurried across the living room floor. Less than 10 minutes later in the bathroom, a similar spider that was much smaller slid down the wall.

This morning as I was combing the 2 year old's hair, she kept trying to tell me something and show me something that I didn't see. Well, turns out there was a tiny spider hiding inside of the baby's walker.

(Sorry, bug lovers, but all the spiders were terminated!)

I really dislike bugs. I've never adjusted to Georgia's gigantic water bugs (Where I'm from water bugs are called "silver fish" and they're small - almost cute). I can't stand the gnats that can infest an area in minutes... and spiders just give me the itches.

But as I thought about the spiders some more I wondered if there is a message or reason behind their sudden infestation. (I've recently been watching Montel and he's been talking about ghosts, spirits, etc.) So I did a little research on spiders and what some people believe are their true meanings and/or purpose.

I discovered, according to Global Psychics, "Spiders can also be a totem about creativity. Writing especially. Webs symbolize that you are the creator of your reality/world just like the spider. Think about what you are creating in your reality. What we think about/put focus on is what we attract through the Law of Attraction. Do you like what you are creating in your world? If not, put your attention on what you want not what you don't. What is your heart's desire?"

Now, instead of dreading the spiders invading my space, I'm going to... oh, who am I kidding? Although it's interesting what the psychics have to say -- spiders are still bugs invading my space. Squash! is all that's left to say!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy blogging

Carrie at Rantings of a Woman left this for me an eon ago, but I forgot to post it. I was having trouble with my computer and it crashed on me in the middle of like a thousand things. Luckily I had saved her comment in my email so it reminded me today!

Thanks for thinking of me Carrie. I love this... it is so sweet.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Research car quotes

I’ve been thinking a lot about getting a new mini-van. I originally wanted a Nissan Quest (it’s my favorite), but then I saw the new Dodge Caravan and I can’t decide. They both have excellent features that seem too good to pass up! (Maybe I’ll get both! LOL!)

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Friend or acquaintance?

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about blogging is the friends. I never thought that I would establish any true relationships through my blog, but I am happy to say that there are quite a few of you who I consider friends. I’ve found my blogger friends to be great “listeners,” reliable and caring.

I’m learning that I have few real-life friends and that I should not use the word friend so loosely (in real life). For instance, when my teenager first went into the hospital I later found out that someone who calls themselves my friend found out from someone else that she was there. That person never (not that day, the next day or even the next day…. As a matter of fact, almost a week passed before I heard from them) called to see how she or I was doing. They never called (texted, emailed, whatever) to say I’m thinking about you and I hope everything is okay. I understand that everyone has their own life and are busy, but – in my opinion – when you say someone is your friend… well, you know.

So, as I get to a certain point/age in my life, I realize that having true friends is a gift. (And being a true friend is a greater gift.) How do you know if you’re being a good friend? Do you have a lot of friends or a small group of close friends?
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