Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Deed

Okay Girls. After 25 minutes or so....two brand new triple blade razors...a little natural shaving cream...and a whole lot of concentration...

I shaved my hairy monster legs!!!

Woo Hoo! It looked like I gave a couple small children haircuts in my bathtub. I should've done a before and after photo. Especially when I had one done and the other looked like Johnnie's. It was freaky. I think I probably lost 2 lbs. in hair!

Go's your birthday...go's your birthday....

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Returns anyone?

Ok, so I went to return, or actually exchange, a shirt at Aeropostale for my niece's birthday. After coming out of there, I told Bill that if I had a blog I would totally write about here I am.

Bill took the kids to look at some sunglasses because he assumed I would be in the store for a while. I was in and out in 30 seconds. NO JOKE! Thirty seconds was all it took to get my exchange. On the way in I saw the exact shirt I had, but needed a different size. While picking up the shirt a sales woman asked me if I had an exchange (she could see my bag). I said I did and asked if she needed the receipt. She said nope, here you go, and took the old shirt out of the bag while replacing it with the new. I didn't even have to go to the register. Seriously, I was out in 30 seconds.

I found Bill and the kids and he looked at me like, what went wrong? I smiled and said, "That was THE best exchange I've ever had!" Props to Aeropostale for the best exchange ever!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Boys Will Be Boys...

What in the heck do I do with my two boys all day long now that Zoe is gone? My house is so quiet. It's kinda sad, but I feel like my mothering is not complete when she is not here. I totally know that I could do all sorts of stuff with the boys, but Zoe is always so excited about life and our adventures together. The boys are lacking in that dept. So, it's not as much fun to "do" stuff with them. I feel bad saying that. When Zoe is around she carries her side of the conversation pretty well too! :-) Boy, I miss her and it's only the first day! I wonder if I should Homeschool??

Seriously though, if you have any ideas on something fun for me to do with the boys that is inexpensive...give me your ideas!

The Party Weekend

Hey Coffee Queens!

Had a great weekend "partying" my tail off with you guys and all the babies! My little Muppet sure loves her new loot. She's been carrying most of it around in the Elmo Bag Shelly's gift came in. Sweet. Man, I can't believe 2 years has already passed!

Speaking of my little Mary Muppet, she's still napping! It's after 4:00 p.m.!!! What a crazy schedule. She won't like it but around 4:30 the Mommy Alarm Clock is rolling in there!

Hope to see you gals this week!

O. Mama

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Teaching Children About Money

Ok. I have a question regarding kids and money. Formerly, I have been of the thinking that kids DO NOT NEED Credit Cards. Cash would be the best and help them "see" how much money they have. Seeing how much cash they had left would help them to spend it more wisely.

I guess I'm living in the Dark Ages, but who carries cash anymore? I know I don't. My kids see me using plastic. For teens, carrying plastic is cool, and you can even get pre-paid debit cards to load teen's allowances onto. Whew! I know we are a few years away from this, but I guess I had my mind made up against Kids and plastic. Now I'm starting to have second thoughts. By the time our kids are old enough, God only knows what we'll be paying with. I guess my point is that Kids need to learn the way the world works under our supervision. They need limits set by us. If they carry cash only, then when they leave home, they'll have no idea how bank accts, ledgers, Credit Cards, etc... work. It's our job to train them in the way that they should go. I guess my parenting needs to step into this generation and develop new strategies! What's your opinion or do you have one yet?

I will say that kids need a foundation of understanding before you give them a pre-paid card. Maybe start with cash until they get the concept and then graduate to a cashless system. I have also heard of an excellent idea to help kids understand where your money goes. Even my kids have started saying, you don't need money, just use your card. I try to tell them that I have to put money in the bank first but they aren't old enough to understand. But, the idea is this: Take 1 paycheck, cash it, come home and make piles of money on the table to represent each bill that you must pay. At the end, you show the the puny little bit of cash left for misc. fun purchases, clothing, entertainment, etc... This helps them visualize that $1400.00 really is not alot of money! To a kid, I'm sure it seems enormous. This system helps the parents of the kids who are begging for stuff and say that you DO have money! LOL!

Kids and Money

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