Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sorry Rude Parents~ You've Been Busted.

Handsome and I have had so much fun in the car line the last couple days.  His Principal ROCKS, in my opinion.  I'm sure some parents feel differently.

Handsome attends public school.  He is attending the school we were zoned for as he entered kindergarten.  This year the school became a Fundamental school and bus service is no longer available.  All parents are responsible to drop of and pick up their children.  The school is also no longer a "zoned" school so some people come from other cities as there is a wait list to get in.

There are, however, some buses for before and after school programs and a couple school buses for the Special Education Pre-schoolers and a handful of handicappable students that attend the school.  The car line slows down behind these buses as it takes some time to unload the kids.  Some parents have taken it upon themselves to create a new line through the parking lot.  They cut the line, drive through the parking lot that the patient drivers are making sure not to block the driveways of.  They circle around and come out the way they came in so they don't have to wait behind the stopped buses.  It's. Just. Rude.

A couple days ago Mrs. J came down to the exit and stopped each car to explain that it was not a proper drop off zone and the parking lot was not monitored.  She told the parents they would have to wait in the line like everyone else.  I know this because we happened to be between the two drives of the lot and she came over to get Handsome out "because she was there."  I could tell she was a tad peeved at the parents not following the rules.

The next day she was again at the parking lot and explaining to parents the proper drop-off procedures.  Not. Happy.

Today she was actually blocking the entrance into the parking lot.  It was wonderful to see her taking action.  Standing up for the rest of us who keep silent except for our rants in the car, cussing out the line cutters.  We've been cheering her on daily amongst ourselves (Handsome and I) in the car.  It has been great fun.  I'm guessing by the end of the week she'll have everyone in line (pun intended).

Way to Go Mrs. J.  Can't wait to watch more of the action tomorrow!


Monday, March 28, 2011

I Guess I am Not Patriotic. Let's just play Medal of Honor.

**Spoiler Alert***
If you have not seen the most recent episode of Army Wives, stop reading, come back later after you have watched it.

I love Army Wives.  I did not grow up with a lot of Military families, in fact, I can't recall a single one.  When I moved to Virginia, I had the opportunity to meet several Military wives and Servicemen and women.  I respect all that they sacrifice to fight for our country but... I don't want to be a Military Mom.  My 7 year old thinks being in the Army would be cool.  I support him in all he desires... except this.  I can not imagine getting the news as Denise did on last nights episode.  This is not something I envision for my child. 

My neighbor is so proud of her son who is in the Air Force.  He was thinking of getting out and she is encouraging him to stay in.  I do not get this.  It is not my decision to make for them.  Maybe it's a difference of growing up surrounded by the Military versus NOT growing up with it as a part of your life.  My step-father was in the Navy and served in WWII.  This was before I knew him and before I was even born.  Hearing his stories kinda freaked me out but it still didn't seem all that real.  I can not imagine worrying every. single. day. that something awful would happen to my child.  It's not a sacrifice I'm willing to make.  Of course, if 10 years from now my son feels the same way he does now... I'll have to adjust.  Or change the way things are done.  Here's my proposal...

Instead of heading off to foreign countries to battle actual people and fight for other's causes, let's just set up a huge game of Medal of Honor, or some other simulated war game.  Let's have each participating country gather their best gamers and let them battle it out on the screen.  The rest of us could watch their efforts and cheer them on, knowing it's not real people being killed.  The innocent bystanders would be computer generated so we would not have to feel the loss for their families.  Each country could decide to concede to the winner and know that no blood was shed.  Win or lose, their land and structures would be in tact, all their people spared of horrible deaths. 

Then, I might let Handsome join in.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I see London, I see France...




I was never the girly girl.  I don't remember wearing a lot of dresses as a kid but I must have because I remember that song being chanted on more than one occasion.  I do know that if there was something I could hang upside down on, I was there


Now, having a girly girl of my own who not only insists on wearing dresses but can also rough it up when the mood strikes her, I want to protect her from having that chant sung to her, unless of course it's by me.  She's a little old for ruffles on the butt so when I heard about Sparkle Farms I just knew we had to get some.  The packaging was impressive and the bloomers even more so.

Super Cute Pouch


With this cute bag inside


3 Pairs of Sparkle Farms Bloomers



Very Cute and Comfy

With Sparkles on the leg


Cute and Confident
Sparkle Farms came to be when one mom went in a search for bloomers for her young daughter.  She wanted them comfortable, hygienic and affordable.  She came up short in her search and set out to "have made" exactly what she was looking for.

 Now she's sharing with the rest of us!

Made from a blend of cotton (95%) and spandex(5%) these bloomers are for today's little girls.  Providing confidence for them and a little for Mom, knowing that their underwear will not be seen.  They are currently being made for girls 3-7.

Let them be pretty and still hang upside down.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

What's on Your Personal Soundtrack?

Music is a great way to heal what ails you.  I've used music therapy (made that up) to help soothe a broken heart and to celebrate victories.  No matter what the occasion or what I'm feeling, there's always a song to go along with it.  The songs that really tell a story are my favorites.  I love love songs and upbeat dance music, anything that I can move too and understand all the words to.  Understanding the words has always been important to me.  I'm not a fan of screaming mumbo-jumbo, but that's just me.

There are so many songs that strike a chord and bring back specific memories and people.  Listening to the radio or the 80's station on digital cable always brings back a flood of memories.  Special times that have helped mold who I am today.  I love sharing that music with my kids and Handsome already has several of my favorites on his iPod.  He's also branching out to music that makes him feel something and that is awesome.  It's not rare for him to hear a song on the radio and ask to have it downloaded.  I love learning about him through his choices.

I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote the Pretty Little Liars Soundtrack and I am happy to do so.  Every song is filled with emotion and is relevant to the story line of the show. You can Catch Pretty Little Liars Mondays 8/7c on ABC Family, and visit iTunes to preview songs and pick up a copy of the album here. 

Here's a video by Fay Wolf talking about her song Your Love (from the soundtrack).



Putting music to scenes in movies or on TV can make or break the scene.  So much of our visual sense is enhanced by the right soundtrack behind it.

If your a fan of the show then you are already familiar with the music and can download it or purchase the soundtrack.  If you do not watch the show but are a fan of music you should check it out.

What is the soundtrack of your life?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thank You Mamye BaCote for Inspiring My Son

This letter came home in Handsome's homework folder today.  He really enjoyed receiving it and it motivated him to finish a school report, on his own, and without hassle. 

PRICELESS!

Can he get one every day?

Seriously.  I think this is a fabulous idea and wonder what other States are committed to education at this level. 

Anyone else get anything like this sent to your child?

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