Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Those over 30 will appreciate this...

If  you are 30,  or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every
 morning....
Uphill...  Barefoot... BOTH  ways. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay
a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If  we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!


2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen!
Then  you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the  mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!  Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!
 


4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!


5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it
 useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby!  Dig?


6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal,  that's it!


7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY
GOSH !!!  Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone  24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
 


8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the  collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!


9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We
had  the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and  'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square!  You actually had to use your imagination!!! And  there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died!  Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing!  You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to  change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!


11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait
ALL  WEEK for  cartoons, you spoiled little Brats!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat  something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
 


13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electro nics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly,  and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place! See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in the 1970's
or any  time before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd









Monday, September 20, 2010

Keeping on routines...

I find that keeping the kids on a routine is the easiest way to a stress free evening.

I'm very glad to know the kids are back in school. I don't feel the guilt of my kid's brain rotting over the summer because I'm not a perfect parent and having my kid's do worksheets to keep their learning sharp. Plus, because they are in school now, they have to be there at a set time every day so I know they have to be up at 7am in order to get everything running smooth in the morning.

Since school started at 9 last year and it's 8 this year we've had to tweak our previous timings and we've had to put the boys to sleep earlier. We've been getting them down around 8 - 8:30. This is different from the 9:30 - 10pm time we had over the summer. When we first got them down around 8:30 Joe and I looked at each other and didn't know what to do with all the extra time to ourselves in the evenings!

The boys recently had their allowance revoked because we didn't appreciate their bad attitudes lately. They are not happy about this. They realize that with no allowance they can't buy their toys at the store every other week. I also instituted a new rule - any toys left out and not put away go in a toy timeout and they have to do a chore or something good without being asked to get it back. Up until today they were on track to get their allowance back. They've been listening and picking up after themselves. Then today Joe asked Joey to pick up the toys left in the driveway so he could get into the garage. Joey said, ok, and then ran after Christopher (the neighbor) and never picked up. Joe was calm and told Christopher to go home and told Joey to get inside as he started to scream because he was so mad. This screaming and yelling went on for about 10 minutes in which we made him go to his room. He cried that he doesn't like the dark, so I opened his blinds. Then he started to scream he hates the silence. So I put on the radio and he said that doesn't count and started to wail again. At this point I told him he lost his allowance again this week. It was ridiculous. It was only 6pm and yet I think he was tired.

Now that Joey's in the first grade we need to work on words and reading for at least 15 minutes every evening so we've had to build that into the routine as well.

Another crazy thing is Joey has recently decided he doesn't like to eat animals. We have chicken for dinner and he won't eat it. He freaks out that it's an animal and it's been driving Joe crazy. I've told him that it's fine if he doesn't eat animals but that means he has to eat more fruits and veggies. Tonight he ate a bunch of broccoli, something he normally eats very little of. Perhaps this is a great way to get him to try new things?

Justin has been doing good. He's very excited that he's 4 now. He's a very good eater and will try just about anything I put on the table now. He's so cute. When he eats vegetables he shows me his muscles like they are instantly growing on his arms.

I've been trying to do better at cleaning the house and making sure it's picked up every evening. I actually took a break from cleaning to come blog since I actually wanted to blog for the first time in weeks. I've come to my blog a few times, started to write and just couldn't think of what to write. I have to be in the mood to write and I just wasn't. Yes, it's bothering me that I'm here writing when I should be cleaning the kitchen.

I've been hanging out with my neighbor Michelle quite a bit lately. She makes me want to be a better person. She's born organized so she's been giving me some tips to make things easier. One thing I've been doing is folding the laundry as it comes out of the dryer. She actually got me using my iron again. I hated ironing and now I iron. She makes me care what I look like and has been giving me tips on what fits and what doesn't. She's a great friend to me.

In July we re-landscaped the backyard and covered all the crab grass by expanding our flower bed and planting some new shrubs and flowers. The grass has been creeping over into the flower beds so I've been working like crazy trying to maintain it. When it gets overgrown it drives me crazy so I have to go out and pull it all up.

Christmas is coming. I can't wait. The kids are excited about Halloween this year. They are finally to an age where they BOTH are excited and have been talking about what they are going to be.

That's about all for now. <3


Saturday, September 4, 2010

The start of a long weekend

Friday was a lot of fun. I went to a party at my neighbor Michelle's house. Had a great time. Had about 12 ladies there and I had a few drinks. I laughed and just had a great time mingling with a bunch of crazy ladies. It is so nice to be in Texas and have friends here and to meet new people.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Time in a bottle

I wish I could capture time in a bottle. Especially time that I spend with my children where they are well behaved and just sweet little boys.

The boys started back to school on the 23rd so we're finally back into a routine. Joey has to be at school by 8, which is a new time since it was 9am last year. I take Justin to daycare right after and then I start work. Every day the boys are in bed by 8:30 and so they are tired normally at that time now. In the summer they were going to bed at 10 and that was just getting really old.

The 8:30 time must be ok with them because they are waking up on their own at 6am. *sigh*. In my opinion that is a bit early but at least I don't have to wake them up in the morning and have them mad at me because they wanted to sleep.

School has been going well for both boys. We've had a few incidents though. Joey is having issues with his FM radio ear piece (he's deaf in one ear so he has an ear piece that allows him to hear the microphone located on his teacher's shirt) and he says it hurts so I had to call on that today. I'm having Justin evaluated for speech to make sure he's saying everything the way he should. Joey said he was cold two days ago and had issues with his teacher because he wasn't listening and then rolled on the floor angry. I sent him to school with a jacket today and she said he did behave better.

I got a call from Justin's school today. Justin has a lovely habit of touching himself - all the time. He really does look like Al Bundy from Married with Children. I have honestly caught him sitting on the couch with his hand sticking out of the top of his pants. So I guess at school he was touching himself and then taunting children with his now not so clean hand. We had to have a discussion about that tonight at the dinner table. Seriously? I feel like one of those mothers that think to themselves, do I really have to tell my child, 'No touching your penis and then running after other kids in your class with your dirty hand.'. *sigh* is all I can say. Just one big *sigh*....

Joe recently sold his transformer collection. Now we had them out for the longest time for the boys to play with and all they did was break some of them and never really got interested in them. So we sold them on ebay. Joe was hoping for about $600. We ended up getting $1300 before fees and shipping. I can't believe it.

That said a week ago my canon digital rebel finally died. It's been doing some funky shaking thing when I take pictures with it and then when I started to use it the shutter closed and would not open back up. It finally died a slow death. We went to Target, Costco, Best Buy and Walmart and finally got the 12 megapixel one from Walmart and so part of the money he got from his toys we are paying off the camera. The new Canon Digital Rebel I got is awesome. It takes wonderful pictures. Even Joe was impressed with it.

It rained here yesterday and today and we needed it so badly. We've hardly had any rain all summer here and everything is quite parched. The other nice thing about it raining is it brings down the temperature so it isn't blazing hot. For awhile there in August we had 103 temps every day. I like it hot but that gets old after awhile. When we visited Michigan in the end of July through the beginning of August we had mid 70s temps and it was sooooooo nice. I almost didn't want to leave.

That's about it for now. :)