Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thank God For Big Sisters

Ahhhh...... (in case you didn't get it, that was a big sigh of relief), the dog is outside and doesn't want to come in and my oldest daughter took the kids to lunch and then swimming. I will have the whole house to myself with no noise. The television is off and the only sound you can hear is an airplane above and the sound of the fan. I had a headache by 10:40 am, yes am not pm. This house was a madhouse this morning, My two youngest were arguing with each other and complaining about everything more than usual this morning. Now, I get what my mother used to say "you kids can drive an iron man crazy." I get it now, it couldn't be more clear to me.
All mother's jinx their children. I was told growing up, "I hope your children turn out to be like you, so you will know just what I am going through." The jinxing stops here, I don't want my children's children to turn out screaming and fighting with one another all the time. That will make them my grandchildren and I will have to babysit them and visit with them. Then that just means I will still be dealing with the children fighting, even when I am old and gray. If I do, just please let me be deaf by that age and I will be able to just turn off my hearing aid when they start to fight and all I will be able to do is to sit back and laugh, because I won't be able to hear them.

Word Of The Day "Bonkers"

School is out for the summer and so are the kids. My house has seen a lot of traffic this week and it is getting difficult to keep up with all the little feet running in and out. Not to mention, our Gatorade, soda and snack stock is quickly depleting. With the exception of maybe one or two parents, most parents around here won't let children in the house to use the bathroom or get something to drink. So, where do they all head when they are out playing? To my house, because I don't have the heart to say they can't come in and use the bathroom or get something to drink. The other day, I was sitting and working at my computer and in comes my son with four other boys. They started walking through the living room and I was beginning to wonder when was the line of boys going to end for a minute. I don't get some parents, they don't have a problem with their child going to someone Else's house for bathroom breaks, drinks and snacks. But, they won't allow anyone else to even come in the house to use the bathroom if they all happen to be out playing by their house. I had so many kids coming in and out over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday. Finally Tuesday afternoon, I said no more kids in the house for the rest of the day. Because, even if they are two blocks away playing, they walk all the way over here for their bathroom break and to get something to drink. Our grocery bill always jumps up in the summer months when the kids get out of school. I think more parents should allow kids in to use the bathroom or to get something to drink to even things out a little bit. So, it doesn't put so much pressure on one parent. I would like to have a little chat with some of these parents.

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Dreaming of Saturday

The kids being off from school is really confusing me. I woke up this morning thinking today was Saturday. I reached over in the bed and noticed my husband wasn't in the bed and thought, "Oh, he must have got up already", even though he had already gave me a kiss goodbye. Then when it  comes time for the kids to go back to school, I will have trouble waking up to the alarm clock again and I will be rushing everyone off to school.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tickle Me Tuesday

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
~Author Unknown

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~Johann Schiller

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown

Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown. ~Author Unknown

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland

We'll let you be Obama for the day.

Happy Father's Day sweetheart, we love you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tick Tock

I was looking forward to sleeping in at least a little bit this morning. However, my internal clock had other plans. I turned off the alarms last night so, I wouldn't have to hear them this morning. What happens?  6:34, I am wide awake while the children are safely nestled in their beds sleeping like babies, while I am wide awake. The funny thing about it is there were times when I would sleep right through the alarm and get up rushing the kids around trying to get them out to the bus on time. Then there are mornings like these where I don't have to wake up and I am wide awake with no hope of falling back asleep. Old habits are hard to break.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Baby Graduated From The 5th Grade

My baby graduated from the 5th grade today. It was so hard, especially when Mr. Bateman announced they were the graduating class of 2018. I cried, then the teachers cried and I cried again, then when we went to go get her she was crying, because she was sad to be leaving the elementary school and I cried some more. Shh... even her brother had a few tears in his eyes, which I did not expect at all. That's when it hit me, my baby will be graduating in 7 years and my son will be graduating in 6 years. It's almost over and they will be all grown up and going off to college before you know it. Graduating the 5th grade is such a milestone in their life, next year she will be going on to middle school and everything will begin changing. Before I know it, there will be boys and dances then the prom. I am so not ready it for it.
My little princess insisted on wearing her pageant dress, she is such the little diva. Surprisingly, she wasn't the only child in a formal. There were a few girls in formal and one of our neighbor's boys was wearing a pin striped suit and top hat. It was too cute.

Comment Posting

Is anyone else having the same problem as I am with posting comments on google blogs? Mine isn't working unless it is a pop up box to post a comment. I would love to post comments, but for some reason it won't let me. Anyone know how to fix it?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies

The commercials for mascara drive me nuts. They all advertise long thick lashes. I have lost track of how much money I have wasted on mascaras, trying to get those long thick lashes. I have even invested in the false lashes. Which I regretted later, some of my lashes came off with the fake lashes and the look was just too fake for me.  Well, I have finally done it. I have found the mascara that actually does what it advertises, it gives you those long thick lashes. You can adjust the length and fullness of your lashes by how much mascara you apply. I curl my lashes then apply the mascara until I get the look I want.
Maybelline Falsies Mascara sells for around $5.00 to $7.00 in most stores. I prefer shopping at Rite Aid for my beauty products, because I get a discount every time I shop. Not to mention the $3.00 coupons you get on the bottom of your receipt if you go online and fill out their customer satisfaction survey, which only takes about 3 minutes.

Strong Middle School Get's A Big Fat "F" In My Book

I am so ready for school to be out this year. My son started Strong Middle School and I am not liking the new administration they have since my oldest daughter has went there. I am really disliking the school and wishing I could put my children in another district. I have had problems with the assistant principal on a couple occasions this year. First of all, they don't like to return your call unless your child is in trouble. Then when your child is in trouble they tend to exaggerate and don't have their facts straight. In two days, they can give you two different stories.
The assistant principal, formerly was the football coach of the high school team. He was forced to resign, because his brother was the assistant coach and was involved in an incident where he posted racist signs in the gym locker room about the opposing team trying to make it look as though the opposing team posted the signs. When the coach found out about the signs, he just ordered for the signs to be taken down, not even bothering to see what the signs said for two hours. In my personal opinion, I would think he was forced to resign for a reason. But, no one seems to be saying exactly why. It seems a little fishy to me that he had no clue what his brother was going to do.
Another incident with the school, the school gym teacher called me saying, my son was involved in an incident in gym class where him and some other students were throwing some basketballs at another student and he was taking it to the assistant principal and someone would be calling me. I waited all day worrying about my son and no one called. I made three calls to the assistant principal and him, nor anyone else returned my call. Finally on the fourth call, I asked the secretary about what was going on. She proceeds to tell me that my son's name was not on the list of the students involved in the incident in the gym class. Now, the gym teacher for some unknown reason pointed the finger to my son before he even knew who was involved in the incident.
Recently, my son had done something on the bus that he shouldn't have been doing and he got into trouble. Well after the last incident of him being accused of something he wasn't involved in, I asked questions. Apparently me questing him, irritated the assistant principal and when he hung up the phone with me, he said "She is the problem with society" to my son. I find it completely appalling and inappropriate for school administration to be insulting a parent in front of a child. I spoke with him and the principal regarding the comment, he denies the comment and the principal says, I don't believe he would say that and why would he say something like that he's an adult. Now, writing off him saying something like that based on the fact he is an adult is completely ludicrous and with him being in the position he is in, he is not going to admit to saying it.
So, then I contacted the president of the school board and got no response. Then I proceeded to email the the superintendent of the school district and got no response until I had called her office. I didn't get a call back from the superintendent, she had her assistant call me. Do you know what their response was? "Well, there is no proof that he said it to your son, there was only the two of them in the room and they will put the complaint in the superintendent's file.
Honestly, you have got to be kidding me. What is going to happen if there is a more serious complaint and there is only a student and a school administrator or teacher in the room? Are they going to sweep that one under the rug too? Are they not going to believe them, because it is a child saying it happened? We all know that adults do and say inappropriate things all the time and then deny it happening. If they know they can get into trouble for what they did, they are not going to admit to it. But I believe my son, because I talked to him about it on three separate occasions, when he described the incident his story stayed the same.
If the assistant principal gets away with it this time, what is going to stop him from harassing my son. He will feel like he can do or say anything he wants to, because no one will believe the child. He is in a position of authority over these children and that can be rather intimidating if he is saying inappropriate things to children. It can leave the child feeling defeated and that no one will believe them even if they tell someone. That is not a position I am comfortable with my child being in. Trust me if something happens again, I will contact the news and I will pursue it until the man is fired. My son is being punished for what he did, he is grounded and I talked to him about the situation. Two wrongs does not make a right. But, I feel the two incidents should be dealt with separately.
I felt I needed to pursue the situation for many reasons. First of all, a school administrator has no business saying something like that to child. Second, if he gets away with it once, he will do it again. Third, my son has two more years left at that school and my youngest will be starting the school in the fall and finally, if I am having these problems with the school, I am sure I am not the only one. I just wish more parents would speak up.
Then there was the time when my son was experiencing bullying on the school bus and the driver did absolutely nothing about it. I found out about what was going on when the kid got off the bus and followed my son right up to the front porch threatening to beat him up. I had to go to the school and talk tell them what was going on. It didn't stop there, a couple of weeks ago, some kids took his hat and was throwing it around on the bus and then when one of them got off the bus, another child threw it out the window to another student to take home. Still, the bus driver did nothing about it. This is the same bus driver, who was driving so fast she completely missed the bus stop and didn't even bother to come back for the kids. I ended up driving my son and another student to school. What about the kids whose parents had already left for work? I guess their only choice was to stay home for the day or walk.
There just seems to be so many ways Strong Middle School is failing the kids. Something needs to be done about it. I call the school and try and do what I can. But, it has come to the point where I think the school is looking at me as one of those parents who are a pain in the ass. One parent can't do it alone, other parents need to stand up and say something. Strong Middle School gets an a big fat "F" in my book.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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