Monday, August 17, 2009

It's almost time!!

School days are fast approaching! I am making sure all of Jocelynn's things are ready for the first day of school. She has a bunch of extra things to bring in addition to her backpack & lunchbox. A roll of paper towels, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, a ream of colored copy paper. Oy! So much to get ready for such a little kid.

I am trying to figure out what to do with Anicah once Jocelynn is absent for the better part of the day. At this age, Jocelynn could speak full paragraphs. Anicah says a few things...mostly to convey an immediate need. Earlier she said she was hungry, but it came out as, "I HONKY!" Lol, I am just not sure how much I can do with her...I don't want to say she isn't smart, but she isn't even close to Jocelynn's (not comparing, just parallelling) level of understanding at the same age. I am just not sure how much I can do with her that she will "get". She is A LOT more active than Jocelynn ever was at this age. Jocelynn never climbed...Anicah climbs like a monkey.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Last complaint of the week, I promise!

I could scream. I think retailers are SO STUPID! Why would they pull out their fall items NOW? I realize a lot of the country is making the change to autumn, but NOT here! I would really just like a retailer to hold off by about 4 weeks before putting up the Autumn signage & clothing. Seriously.

I seem to be extra cranky this week!


So I bought this gorgeous bedding ensemble.
Eight pieces for $80. And since it was from Overstock, I only paid about $3 for shipping (LOVE THAT!). Anywho...It arrived one day, I pulled it apart & washed it, then folded it all neatly & put it away. My plan was to put my Queen bed into the girl's bedroom (to share), so that I can replace it with a King bed. (I briefly thought of doing 2 twin beds for the girls, but thought it would take up too much space in the room, and Jocelynn kept saying she would probably sleep in Anicah's bed so "Anicah won't be scared".) I finally order the King bed, and go ahead & put the Queen bed into the girls' room. I figure I can sleep on the sofa bed while I actually finish paying for the King bed & wait for it to be delivered.
I put the dust ruffle onto the Queen box spring. It doesn't fit. Hmm...Just a simple dimensional mistake?? I load the mattress onto the box spring (and ill-fitting dust ruffle). I get out the 2 mattress pads I have. One is fluffy, one is protective. And I think to myself, "Well, lemme just double check the fitted sheet, I'd hate to do all this and it doesn't FIT." And no surprise...the fitted sheet didn't fit. There are no dimensions on the sheets or dust ruffle. The dimensions on the comforter are appropriate for a Queen bed. I contact Overstock, they agreed to send me a shipping label so the shipping costs wouldn't come out of my refund (which is how it works...if I send something back, I pay actual shipping!). Then I see that the ensemble is no longer available AT ALL. I try to look for something similar, I really would like something with all the pieces...I think it makes it easier for me to find other things to match it later if necessary. I also think it just looks nice on the bed. I find 3, 5, & 7 piece ensembles...but they cost a LOT more than the one I originally purchased. I contact Overstock (emailed...after 3 days & no response, I call). Would Overstock be willing to pay the difference between my previous purchase & the purchase I'd like to make? Because, now in addition to purchasing the ensemble, I may have to also purchase additional sheets, or a dust ruffle separately.
After a long wait, the rep comes back on the line, "No, sorry, they won't do it, although I did really try to emphasize your problem & hoped they would do it." It never hurts to ask, I suppose. And additionally, "Since you've already returned the bedding, I'll push your refund through so you can buy something else..." That was nice of her. But I have a couple of coupons for Steinmart...and will stop in there today to see what they have. I bought my King bedding from Steinmart for a terrific deal. It was originally $200, but I paid $52! Love it!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I know how to read.

One of my biggest pet peeves is being handed or shown written material (slides, power point, booklets, handouts, whatever!!) and then HAVING SOMEONE ELSE READ IT TO ME. I learned to read before Kindergarten. It's been serving me pretty well since.

So at last night's "open house", a couple of people stood in the front of the room and read off slides so parents and kids understood what would be happening on the first day of school. This is the first year the school has been open, so I do understand that they have to set up everything from scratch...and then get parents to follow the rules from the start. Except this was a huge time waste.

Every last bit of the information that was given was information I found on their website weeks ago! I have been asked to come to this school 3 times already...each and every time a waste. First there was a "registration" process. Well, I had already mailed my packet in by mail a few weeks earlier. The automated call I received did not indicate that as a result, I would not be needed at the school that night. While I was there they said I could take care of Jocelynn's emergency card. I had already filled out that information on the application...whatever, I can fill it out on a card, now. They wanted a copy of my driver's license & Jocelynn's birth certificate. Neither of which they could do b/c they couldn't get the copier to work. I was allowed to order uniforms that night, but was not really prepared to do so monetarily. So I left after filling out the card.

I got a call from an actual person a few weeks later. The school still needed a copy of Jocelynn's birth certificate. I wondered if I should make the copy myself, but I knew that if I did they would say they needed to see that the copy was from the original...so I went without making a copy at home. When I arrived someone was talking about testing, scores, etc. I looked around & found a guy that looked like he belonged with the school. "Hi, I need to submit a copy of my daughter's birth certificate." Okay, I can take it. "No, I need someone to make the copy." We can't do that right now. Do you want me to take the original. "::sigh:: No, I don't."

Then last night was just horrible. I had to park in BFE, I'm holding hands with Anicah, who is holding hands with Jocelynn...and we are walking through some tall grass (well, in comparison to my kids). I stepped in a whole and nearly broke my damn ankle. I get into the building where they are doing the program...and about half the rows are empty on the side closest to the wall. A bunch of people stopped right into the middle of the aisle instead of moving down to the end. So, I had my choice of 1 or 2 seats for the 3 of us. I chose 2...and after 15 minutes left, b/c I realized I already knew all of this information. If this is any clue of things to come while Jocelynn is in this school...I hope the Army moves us ASAP!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Changes for a big girl!



Jocelynn starts school soon! I'm taking her tonight to her open house. Also picking up her uniform shirts! It's so weird. I am not worried about how she'll be at school or anything, b/c she did VPK for a while 5 days a week. She had her on days & her off days...but seemed to excel just fine academically & socially.

We downloaded her supply list a few weeks ago & have everything on the list...except for the planner we have to buy from the school. I am not sure what to put in her lunch box yet. She took a lunchbox to daycare for a while when she was 2 & 3. She ate everything at first, but halfway through, she stopped eating all together. Hrm. I don't want to feed her junk, but I don't want her to go hungry. She likes those uncrustable things...but I haven't found the wheat bread ones yet...even though I know I have seen them.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Australian Anti-Vax!

First, this isn't original...Was posted elsewhere and it sparked my curiosity.



The link that sparked my post!

Second: I am not Pro or Anti vaccination myself. Personally, I wish I did not have to vaccinate my children, but I have. I realize their general exposure to really deadly things like Polio, Pertussis, Measles, & Mumps are relatively low. That said, I know we come into contact with more people (from more places) now, than ever. We get our food from all over the world. The people who plant, pick, ship, & prepare our foods come from all over the world. They may be carriers of certain diseases that, when not properly vaccinated against, could easily pass to our families. (Typhoid Mary sound familiar?)

Third: Heavy metals are in a lot of things...more unnatural things occur in our foods & things we are daily exposed to than 50 or 60 years ago. So I do not feel you can blame vaccines for the high rate of autism. The autism spectrum itself is quite broad...from a kid who won't look you in the eye, to a kid who bangs his head into the wall repeatedly while screaming & fighting during any attempt at human interraction. It also occurs more in boys than girls. Autism according to Wiki. Ya know what else occurs more in boys than girls? A penis.

Anywho...I did want to pass on this blog/article, b/c I feel like if people are being deceived because they are ONLY getting their information from one place & thinking it's going to be unbiased they are wrong. BIG WRONG. Find different sources of information. If one person is telling you something you have *never* heard before...verify it. Find it at a different source unrelated to that person! Do what is best for your child...whether that means a vaccine or not. Just keep in mind that most of the side effects to the vaccines given to infants and children are mild compared to death. A few vaccine side-effects.

Little lies, or DUHHHH!!

I actually got this article from another blog...11 Secrets All Men Keep.

After reading it...I have to wonder, "Are men so dense they don't think women have already figured out most of these?" No offense to men in general, maybe it's just the writer of the blog that's...dense. But really, these are secrets? I could laugh out loud right now!

I won't give the explanation from the article, but I would like to go over each lie...

Secret #1: Yes, we fall in lust 10 times a day -- but it doesn't mean we want to leave you.
We know you look. And while I think for most men, it's a look-but-don't-touch policy...You can't tell me NO man looks because he's looking for something/someone else.

Secret #2: We actually do play golf to get away from you.
Really? You didn't think we knew this? Why do you think wives & girlfriends get so upset over it? You need an "absence" from home life? Way to be an asshole, there, bub. When was the last time your wife/girlfriend had an absence from anything sans kids, hubby, and home?

Secret #3: We're unnerved by the notion of commitment, even after we've made one to you.
Not. A. Surprise. Especially when you consider #1 and #2.

Secret #4: Earning money makes us feel important.
The majority of men [that I know/have interacted with] are competitive. In everything. Why would earnings be any different? My husband has even been competitive with our 5 year old.

Secret #5: Though we often protest, we actually enjoy fixing things around the house.
Yes, I figured this out when I said something like, "I'll just do it..." and my husband has jumped out of his chair to take whatever power tool I am trying to wield in my grip & takes over. Maybe it has a little something to do with showing off his manly prowess that he has to "help" his "wife in distress". Fine with me. I might chip a nail on that power drill.

Secret #6: We like it when you mother us, but we're terrified that you'll become your mother.
As illustrated when a man gets the slightest case of the sniffles and moans & groans on the couch all day. A secret of our own? Sometimes we like to baby you a little...but we're terrified if we spoil you, you will turn into a child.

Secret #7: Every year we love you more.
It really can't hurt to say that you love us more. It's nice to hear that we are appreciated and loved. However, not saying anything can cause the opposite effect in women.

Secret #8: We don't really understand what you're talking about.
Agree with me when you have no idea what I'm saying? And then you wonder why I get upset later over something you never remember discussing?? Surprise, this discussion you blew off was exactly what I was talking about! If you really don't understand, SAY SO! Tell us we need to explain it like you're a 5 year old if necessary. Smile, nod, and agree the next time you encounter a salesman & see where it gets ya. In a 10 year contract with a 47% interest rate, for a product you're not even sure exists. Smooth move.

Secret #9: We are terrified when you drive.
Ditto.

Secret #10: We'll always wish we were 25 again.
This should probably just be changed to "wish we were young & unattached again". And...Who hasn't??

Secret #11: Give us an inch and we'll give you a lifetime.
You mean smothering someone & near-stalking DON'T endear you to them?? I better cancel some plans I have later, then.

In summation...sorry, guys. Your secrets aren't as safe (or secret) as you thought they were. This blog post isn't meant to demean or make fun of any man I know (or love)...but I do think if any guys are thinking these things are really truly secrets, that I'd at least give them a chance to find some real secrets & maybe help things along. Some secrets may not be worth keeping.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mall Schmall.

Ugh. I hate the mall! Lol...I always forget that until I get my kids there...and they want e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. And they cry a lot...and today they ran around a lot more than normal...although it wore them out like CRAZY!!! I did still have fun, though...good company. :) Jocelynn and her little friend played in the arcade...on the child activity doohickeys...and during our food court lunch. Anicah is SO worn out. She is asleep right now. AWESOME! It was good to see some things that I would like to go back for when I'm sans kids.

I am not sure about shopping for clothes in the next couple of months though...cuz we have no clue where we are going...and what if we go somewhere where fall clothes are totally unnecessary? Once Eric gets the niftio laptop I sent him, he might be able to see some soft orders for after AIT. Which reminds me. I need to get him a sleeve for his laptop. I also need to run into Brandon soon and make a payment on our NEW KING-SIZED BED!! I cannot WAIT for that.

Still trying to get the girl's room together...trying to finish painting the headboard for their bed so I can move all that stuff around. Going to send the day bed w/ trundle to my mom...so she can put it in the girl's room at GRANDMA'S house. Fun!

Need to replace my cell phone already! I've only had it about 9 months. The jack where the charger hooks up is wonky. I have to hold it in place to charge. Nice excuse to sit around and do nothing for a bit, though. :D