Archive | July 2009

Et tu Vacuum?

Today was hot here, i mean super hot and muggy. These are the days that the boys normally want to spend outside while i wilt in the oppressive heat and moisture, however today they were happy to stay inside and play. That might be due in part to the bribing with stickers, i can’t say for sure.

My Dyson vacuum that i love above all other vacuums has succumbed to the vacuum curse that lives in this house. We have the canister model and the hose that travels from the canister to the back of the handle has pretty much torn off. I have no idea how this happened and am not super excited about it. I vacuum pretty much every day, with boys it is the only way to stay ahead of the game. So after much harping on my end, M has called Dyson (as the oh and holy Best Buy does not offer a warranty for this product ~that is billed as guarenteed not to break HA~, but Dyson offers a full warranty for 5 years) and they are sending us a new hose. YEAH I was worried that it would be like the Best Buy deal on vacuums, where you take them in to service and hear nothing for weeks and are then told they can’t fix it come in and get a new one and repeat for the next several years. Hopefully it doesn’t take long, we are going out of town to the in laws on Friday and i haven’t been able to vacuum in two days. I am SUFFERING people. The boys need to live in bubbles so i can look at them without thinking of the dirt they are tracking through the house.

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Blink and you miss it!

I cannot believe that at this point summer is almost gone! In less than a month i will be sending J off to first grade. There is so much to cram in before then! I have just been drowning in so many things lately and have barely been able to form a thought much less form a decent blog post. I am working on trying to get my craft area organized and get some stuff ready to sell on my etsy store so that i can earn some extra money to pay off the nine gazillion dollars that we owe in medical bills. I have also been dealing with J who has decided that i am a mean mommy and he doesn’t want to be around me, D who has declared war on #3 to the point of causing some serious injuries to #3, #3 who i snow dealing with a torn ear drum from D during some “play” in which daddy was “watching” them and #4 is just growing up so fast i can’t stand it.

Can you believe that Michael’s has their Halloween stuff out already? I mean totally random thought here, but any earlier and we will be taking down the Christmas trees and they will be promoting Halloween!

Enjoy your day everyone and remember to take the time to appreciate your loved ones and show them you care, each day with them is a gift!

This entry was posted on July 26, 2009. 1 Comment

School’s Out

With school being out most of us are faced with summer days full of kids running around and quite possibly if they are anything like mine, whining about having NOTHING TO DO!!! They only have forty million toys and every book known to man, yet are faced with a summer of nothing to do, endless boredom. OH THE HORROR! So in an effort to stave off the mind numbing “We’re bored!” and “What is there to do?”, I picked a theme for us to focus on and base activities off of for the summer. Are you ready? The theme for the summer is: The Ocean. I know big surprise and totally original.

My sister, my niece and my cousins (mom and daughter) come over an average of 3-4 times a week and so the activities i have been planning involve them as well. First we started off with the sun and i cut triangles out of yellow and orange paper and glued them around paper plates. The boys then painted on them what a sun looked like to them. I wrote the word “Sun” on mine (again so very original) and we practice reading the word.

Next i had some 12×12 blue sheets and some sand colored sheets that i taped to the wall making the water and ocean floor. From this point on we are just working on different crafts to fill our ocean. It is learning without all the boring lecturing and they are learning something. Each one has kept a little piece from everything we talk about.

We are still doing all the fun things that summer involves pools, sprinklers, lots of water things, playing outside, riding bikes, riding scooters and skateboards, cooking outside, eating icees, everything that one thinks of when they think of the summer. We haven’t gone to the beach yet, but it is on the list we just have to find the time. I find that the boys have a better time when they have things to focus on instead of just meandoring around. They like learning and who am i to not encourage that?

What are you doing this summer?

Summer Birthdays

My friend and i were sharing a quick moment at the sink while waiting for her much needed coffee to brew and were sharing stories of birthday parties. We both have kids that have birthdays during the summer and while we love our children, having a birthday party in the summer just sucks. You would think not and that it would be the easiest thing to plan, what with it being warm enough to just hold it by the nearest basin of water. Think about it though, summer is when families do things together, away from home, quite often. This mostly means that 99% of the children invited to summer birthday parties will be out of town or busy. That is quite hard to explain to a now 6 yr old.

We could call around to his friends and find out a date that works better for them, but then that is really no guarentee that they will come. Let’s face it life happens regardless of the season and i want my child to have a great birthday party. Here are some of the things that we did in order to ensure a little better turn out then prior years. I hope that this helps some of you with summer birthdays:

1) Deliver invitations for school friends close to the end of school so that they have something to plan for or around at the beginning of the summer. my son was in Kindergarten this past year and we handed invitations out during the last week of school, this worked out well as it was fresh on people’s minds when planning the beach trip.

2) Try scheduling the party the weekend before or after a holiday, or the first weekend after year round school starts. People are more likely to be in town at these times.

3) Let people know if you are planning on having a pool or water related party and make sure you are prepared to provide towels if needed for all the kids coming to the party. Very few people will be happy to show up to a party where everyone is playing in the pool and they have come unprepared.

4) Use your online outlets to your advantage. I post the event on my Facebook and Twitter accounts and make sure to update my CafeMom page and my blog since many of my local friends read that as well. This keeps the event fresh in everyone’s minds.

I would love to hear any of your ideas on how to encourage a good turn out for your child’s summer birthday party. I hope that these tips help someone with their party.