But those simple and plain names are a thing of the past. Here is what is hot now and guess what? You can even get a book to guide you with your baby’s name selection. Back in my day, we just asked Grandma, then made sure it wasn’t anything that she suggested.
Via: Chronicle Books
When the kids were younger, I limited their TV viewing time because I was very mean and wanted them to grow up with at least half a brain. When I did let them watch TV, it wasn’t just anything on the tube, the shows had to be suitable – to me, of course.
One of their favorites were the KidSongs videos and songs and we played the videos over and over until you could probably see through the tape. They often will reminisce about some of the songs so when I happened to stumble upon the KidSongs site with downloadable songs to record to a CD or an iPod, I couldn’t resist.
Thirteen songs and $13 later, I had some of their favs downloaded and burned to a CD that I decorated with photos. This get me exactly 13 seconds of appreciation – they did love it but the jury is still out whether it was worth it. Once again, I feel victim to my fond memories of my child-rearing past. Now I will probably get spammed with announcements about new releases. Too bad there are no songs with accompanying videos about kids fighting, screaming and tantrums. It would provide some balance, that’s all I am saying.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~ Albert Eienstein
My friend’s grandchild came to visit and fell in love with my Gazelle, treadmill and exercise ball. Most kids are drawn to them while I can resist with no problem. The only issue we have had was a lost tooth when one little guy turned on the treadmill and didn’t move fast enough and got a face full of tread. Luckily it was a baby tooth.
While this little guy was enjoying my exercise equipment and removing some of the multiple layers of dust with his activity, he told his mom that she should go to a concert with his dad and then drop him off here to be babysat. That would actually be fine – it would probably be fun. Tiring but probably fun. The only problem is that I would rather be at the concert too. (But then I remembered that my niece told me that the going rate is $10 an hour … for watching someone exercise… hmmm)
Too bad my kids are pretty territorial. If I told them I was babysitting someone else’s kids, they might be a bit perturbed, like I should be sitting their kids instead. We won’t mention that they don’t have any kids yet, but that is beside the point.
Another first – my son woke up early this morning. I heard him talking on his phone at 8 AM. This can only mean that there is a new “person of interest” that warrants early rising. And so it must be for any grandchildren in my future to ask for me to babysit them.
I was babysitting the night High School Musical premiered last year. I watched with the kids and we sang along to the lyrics. I was making $12 an hour. ~ Monique Coleman
Signs you are a sentimental slob manifest themselves when your kids are young but become a hindrance to a neat and organized home by the time they are college-aged.
Be on the lookout for the following signs you are a sentimental slob:
- You keep wrappers from gifts (even plastic packaging).
- The area under your bed is crammed with items, some older than your firstborn.
- You keep 3 copies of the same photo in case you might lose one.
- You can’t throw out your sippy cups.
- You make excuses for your clutter like you do your weight.
- Your garage isn’t for vehicles.
- You have items with Cabbage Patch, Care Bear, Strawberry Shortcake, Smurf logos on them in your basement, attic or in closets.
- Your kids bedrooms are not used much but you look in them like some type of shrine like for sailors lost at sea.
- You plan a garage sale to sell your cluttery sentimental items but you are unable to part with most of them so you don’t make a lot of money.
- You start considering old coloring pages your kids did as “art” and frame and hang them in your family room.
If you have identified yourself in any of these typical behaviors, I suggest that you start buying your large storage containers now to begin a planned and organized saving program for them. Their contents will make one hell of a bonfire when they finally put you in the home.
“Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.” – Guy Debord
The sounds coming from my second floor bathroom are pretty common. Lots of bubbling, gurgling, and an occasional squeak. A few years ago that would have been from the kids, but today it is from the fifteen gallons of wine fermenting in my new wine cellar that is upstairs. In the bathroom no less.
Yes, the kids brought home a science project for adults and just like the old days, left it for mom to finish while they one went on a trip and the other back to work.
So my brother calls and asks if I can watch his two young daughters and all I can think of is giving them a bath straddling the three huge containers of fermenting wine juice. And what will they tell the teacher about their weekend?
Not only do I have to watch the cat, now I have wine duty. And both of the girls already checked in on the wine to make sure that I had correctly followed the directions for the next step. Newsflash. It is not rocket science, more like baking as you measure yeast and stir. I think I can handle it.
They asked if I would make them labels for their bottles and I was to come up with the name. Oh that is my specialty. Vino di Flush. Chateau Potty. Nature Calls. In the Drink. Ripe Wipe. Niagara Trickle. Back ‘o Noir. I could go on all night.
“We will serve no wine before it’s time.” Orson Wells