Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Meme

I stumbled across Lina's blog Uncool and found this meme

Bolded statements are true about me.

  1. Father went to college
  2. Father finished college
  3. Mother went to college
  4. Mother finished college she finished when i was in junior high
  5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
  6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
  7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
  8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
  9. Were read children's books by a parent.
  10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18.
  11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
  12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed
  13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
  14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
  15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
  16. Went to a private high school.
  17. Went to summer camp.
  18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
  19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
  20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
  21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
  22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
  23. You and your family lived in a single-family house.
  24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
  25. You had your own room as a child
  26. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
  27. Had your own TV in your room in high school
  28. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
  29. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
  30. Went on a cruise with your family
  31. Went on more than one cruise with your family
  32. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
  33. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Almost there...

Kids grow up quickly and suddenly... one moment they are babbling, helpless, little bundles of drool, the next moment they are miniature people with opinions, their own set of likes and dislikes and they can communicate.  It is quite a miracle.

Here's another thing that amazes me. 

For the past seven years, we've had to purchase diapers.  This is from the time my daughter was born up to now. 

Seven years!

Seven years of buying poop and pee-pee collectors, in all of Pamper' different varieties:  Toddlers, Cruisers, Trainers, Swimmers. 

On only a couple of occasions, two different sizes.

I do have to say that we were lucky that diaper purchase for Vivian and Christian overlapped for a little over a month. 

I remember the time when we decided to stop buying Vivian diapers.  This period of time also coincided with us trying to get here in to a "no diaper" zoned pre-school.  We flat out told her:

We are not buying you any more diapers, you're a big girl and you know how to go to the potty and you need to go to school.

And, it worked. 

So, why am I blogging about this now?  Well...  these past couple of days, my son has been keeping his night time trainers dry!

I don't know if I'm happier b/c I can confirm the fact that my son is not going to be in diapers throughout High School and College, or that we're getting rid of another monthly expenditure.  (Yes, there was some celebration when we no longer had to buy baby food and formula)

Light at the End of the Tunnel...  here we come!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


There's something to be said about the conveniences made available to us with the creation of these large department superstores.  Wal-Mart, Meijer's, Target are all doing it.  Now a days, you can pick up some home items, clothing for the kids and this weeks grocery all in one place.  How great is that?

Furthermore, prices are so cheap, it's almost ridiculous to go somewhere else to purchase things.  Especially when it comes to kid's clothing or toys.  So, as a parent always watching how money is spent, I really have no choice.

Along with the good, there's always the bad.  Wal-Marts has always had a bad reputation of treating their employees like crap.  As well as roughing up manufacturers in selling items in bulk way below acceptable margins.  There are also numerous problems brought to communities and their small businesses when a superstore takes root in their area.

But, the one thing that gets me...  the biggest gripe I have is how large these places are.  And, consequently how it never fails that once we get to the farther point from the closest restroom my boy has to "go potty."


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