Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I took Pudding Pie for a morning wagon ride today and things went splendidly at first. She adores her wagon, when it gets wheeled out of her grandparents' garage she greets it with jubilant shrieks and immediately tries to upend herself into it.
We set off on our adventure and all was well until Pudding Pie loudly proclaimed she wanted "ou", that's Pudding Pie lingo for 'out'. I told her to wait a bit; we had quite a hill to climb and I wanted her in the wagon so I could use both hands to lug my cargo. Pudding Pie thought this was a weak argument and she said so. Our debate became rather heated, she started hanging herself out the side of the wagon, wailing for freedom. She wanted to pull the wagon herself. I explained that it was too heavy, she stuck to her guns.
I compromised and agreed she could walk beside me, 'helping' to pull the wagon. This didn't go well: once she had her mitts on the handle, she became focused on getting my hand off said handle. We were in the middle of a power struggle and the wagon was swerving all over the place as we tussled for control.
I imagined the neighbors peering out from behind drawn curtains and marveling at this curious sight. Finally, I used the unfair advantage of size and I wrestled her hands off the handle, dumping her back in the wagon. She cried foul and protested very vigorously for a good 10 minutes. I tried to think happy thoughts and labored up the hill with my unhappy passenger.
Back at the house I hauled her disgruntled butt out of the wagon and plunked her down on the grass. She didn't miss a beat, she hustled over and triumphantly reclaimed control of the handle.
I lay down on the grass and let her have all the handle control she wanted.
Having ‘won’, she soon lost interest in the wagon handle and moved onto bigger things, like my camera.
I think we've officially entered the Terrible Two's.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
Collectible Harry Potter Gold Pin
Thursday, September 11, 2008
As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our kids personal responsibility; to teach them what it means to do the right thing. The story I’ve just recounted came to mind when I visited Liberty Mutual 's The Responsibility Project. This is an entire website dedicated to helping parents talk with their kids about what it means to be personally responsible.
The site includes resources such as several short films, discussion guides, and a blog to help families teach and talk about personal responsibility. One of the films I watched was Transit, where a man witnesses a woman's purse being snatched just before he happens to board the same bus the thief boards. He goes from being just another passenger on a bus to having to make a tough moral choice.
Another film was Lighthouse, a beautifully animated piece, where a lighthouse keeper’s darkest hour turns out to be anything but - thanks to his altruistic community. Both films were thought-provoking examples of personal responsibility
The kids who vandalized my car while on their destructive spree were rounded up quickly enough. Apparently they vandalized several cars and a golf course, and they hadn’t been that discreet about their activities. The judge made them write letters of apology to delegated victims, and then he made them pay for the damages. My guy wrote his letter of apology, then sent me checks over several months until his debt was paid. I’m hoping those boys learned a lesson in personal responsibility, albeit the hard way.
Liberty Mutual has provided us with a great resource to help steer our kids toward making responsible choices in their daily lives. Visit The Responsibility Project with your kids, watch a few of the short films, then discuss with them what it means to do the right thing. Help steer them away from the kinds of choices those kids made the night they chose to vandalize the property of others, and you'll be one step closer to raising children who will contribute toward making our world a better place.
The rest of that day was a blur of shock, dismay, fear, and profound sadness. Like most of the nation, we kept our eyes on the TV, but there were little ones around and we really didn't want them to see what was on the screen, so we turned it on for only brief spells. Even so, it was bizarre to watch something more nail-bitingly sensational than the most high-budget, action-packed drama Hollywood has to offer, and to know it was cruelly real.
A few years ago, I took a book on CD out of the library. It was Let's Roll! by Lisa Beamer, wife of United Flight 93 hero, Todd Beamer. It had been over four years since 9/11, but I cried almost the entire book. It reminded me not only of the tragedy that day, but also of the heroism shown by everyday Americans.
May we never forget.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Props & Pans is offering readers the chance to win something from a great cause - and do something for a great cause. Help raise breast cancer awareness and give yourself a chance to win this DVD’s for the Cure set!
It includes the following 15 romantic comedies in special pink packaging, available for individual purchase beginning September 23, 2008:
A Walk in the Clouds
An Affair to Remember
In Her Shoes
Never Been Kissed
Thelma & Louise
There’s Something About Mary
The Princess Bride
Just My Luck
Little Miss Sunshine
When Harry Met Sally.
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(NBCAM material taken from www.nbcam.org)
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Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
**Updated venue and pricing information**
When it comes to high energy entertainment, there is nothing to beat the circus; It's a rite of passage I think every child should have the opportunity to experience. As a child, I longed to see The Greatest Show On Earth, I read books with circus themes, my sister and I would make believe we were gifted trapeze artists in the circus, and I even begged my parents to let me take riding lessons because I pictured myself some day doing all manner of gravity defying stunts while riding bareback on my circus pony. (I had quite an imagination . . .)
Because we lived in the back end of nowhere, I didn't get to go to the circus until I was in early adulthood, but when I did go, it was exactly the magical experience I had imagined and I was hooked. I've been to the circus several times since that first trip, the last while wracked with nausea during the early part of my pregnancy - the circus was in town and I couldn't bear to miss it!
Yesterday evening, my daughter and I watched Bellobration, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey souvenir DVD, and it was fabulous! She was thrilled by the Bengal Tigers and I just can't wait to take her to see the real deal, she'll be mesmerized! I know it will only be her first of many family pilgrimages to the enchanting world inside the Big Top.
If you'd like to create some magical memories, you can purchase tickets online by going to ringling.com and typing in your zip code to find the shows, and their pricing. And you can save 20% off your ticket price by using the code MCC!
This discount is available in the following cities:
Indianapolis, IN - Sept. 4-7, 2008
Kansas City, MO - Sept. 10-14, 2008
Grand Rapids, MI - Sept. 18-21, 2008
Denver, CO - Oct. 2-13, 2008
Boston, MA Oct. 8-13, 2008
Cleveland, OH - Oct. 24 - Nov. 2, 2008
Chicago, IL - Nov. 6 - 30, 2008
St. Louis, MO - Nov. 6-9, 2008
Auburn Hills, MI - Nov. 12 - 16, 2008
Highland Heights, KY - Feb 27 - Mar. 1, 2009
Cincinnati, OH - Mar. 4 - 8, 2008
Don’t forget to share this code with your friends, and visit ringling.com for more information on The Greatest Show On Earth.
WIN IT! I'll be giving away a pair of clown noses each to the first two commentors on this post, so tell me what you think about The Greatest Show On Earth!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Childhood is fleeting. If I had a nickel for every time I've said 'they grow up too fast', I'd be a rich woman. It seems one day we're bringing our precious newborns home from the hospital, and the next we're packing them off to college.
We don't want our kids to grow up too fast, we want them to feel special and to savor the joy of childhood, and it is with this sentiment in mind that Precious Moments®, the inspirational figurine and collectible company, has created the Precious Girls Club. The PGC is based on an all-new book series for girls that revolves around the life of Katie Bennett and a diverse group of her friends. Their world is brought to life through books, and through a virtual world where young girls can learn and play in a safe, wholesome environment based on the values embraced by Precious Moments®.
On the website, PGC members create their own characters, “shop” virtually, decorate their rooms, explore our town, socialize and play games. PGC games reinforce such virtues as helpfulness, kindness, responsibility, loving and caring. In addition to points, many activities award “virtual” virtue charms. And, it’s all fun!
The PGC is not only a safe place for girls to play and learn, it is also a great way for moms to connect with their daughters and positively influence their girls behavior in the real world. For example, you can help your daughter create her own Precious Girls Club. If she'd like to host a “real world” party, you can visit Katie’s online clubhouse together and download invitations, activities, recipes and craft ideas.
The first book in the Precious Girls Club series, A Little Bit of Faith, hits stores this month, and other PGC merchandise will be available in select retail specialty and gift stores and online at preciousmoments.com.
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This review is courtesy of MomSelect.com.