Archive | February, 2011

Wild Olive Hoodie Giveaway!

26 Feb

I originally found out about Wild Olive Tee’s through another blog that I follow.  See their buttons over there to the right? 

They are currently holding a Hoodie Giveaway…..go check it out!

Wild Olive

Happy Birthday!

25 Feb

Happy Birthday Beautiful!  You have grown up way too fast.

(this is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us together)

Social Networks

24 Feb

I have re-written this post 4 or 5 times over the past couple of days.  At first this post was going to be about school bullies but each time I began to write about it, things kept leaning toward my dislike of children’s use of social networks.  So, I scrapped the bully post and I am stepping up on by soapbox to talk about social networks.

It’s not the social networks themselves that bothers me.  I have my own Facebook page as do my children.  It is what kinds of things are being said on the pages of the teenagers that are “friends” with my girls.

I randomly monitor what kinds of things are being said on my daughters’ pages.  I will also ask the girls to sign on to their page so I can randomly look at some of their friends pages.  The girls know I am doing it, they are usually sitting right there with me.  I do it because I want to make sure they are not associating themselves with the wrong type of crowds…ie; troublemakers or bullies.

This is what I want to say……WAKE UP PARENTS!!!!!!  It is perfectly clear to me that alot of parents do not monitor their children’s activity on social network sites.  I am shocked at the things that I see posted in “status updates” and then the responses to those updates.  Sexual comments, malicious comments, hurtful pictures posted with hateful comments.  These are 13 and 14 year olds people!  Kids…..KIDS! KIDS! talking about their sexual encounters.  My goodness, where are their parents?

The “cyber-bully” is also out of control.  These days it is much easier to make fun of someone when you are not face to face with them.   It’s bad enough that there are bullies in the school that relentlessly pick on other kids, but now it goes beyond the school playground (so to speak).  True, most kids are not going to be “friends” with someone who picks on them on a network site, but other classmates might be and kids never stop to think that it might be hurtful when they ask “Did you see what so-and-so said about you on Facebook last night?” 

I guess ultimately what I want to say is this……..Parents check up on your kids!  I am not sneaky about it, I flat out tell my girls that I am checking up on them.  My children are not perfect, comments have had to be deleted because I felt something was not appropriate.  I am constantly telling them not to make comments that have a hidden or double meaning.  I can tell when they are saying one thing but it really means another.  This is not acceptable to me.  Their “friends” have had to be blocked because of things I have seen on their pages. 

My kids do not like me any less because I do this, even if they did, I don’t care, I am the Mom.  They know I am not doing it because I don’t trust them.  I am just trying to raise my children to be respectful of others and make wise choices about who they associate themselves with.

He’s 11…What Can I Say?

12 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Enough is Enough!

5 Feb

First, the ice………

Now this…….

I just thought my car was stuck in the driveway before…….

Poor Duchess, her legs are so short all she can do is plow through the snow……….

We may be tired of the snow but you have to admit, it can still be pretty…….

I guess there is nothing else to do but curl up with the ones we love…….

Cabin Fever

2 Feb

This is just a small glimpse of what our world looks like here in the Hoosier state.  Look at how thick the ice is on the back of my poor Beetle.  We were hit with an ice and snow storm (depending on what part of Indiana you live in) beginning Monday night.  It is now Wednesday evening and we have been locked snuggled in our house for two full days.  Not that we haven’t stayed home for 2 days in a row before, it is just when you know you do not have the option to leave that makes you feel imprisoned.

We were prepared for the worst.  The candles were brought out of the back of the closet in anticipation of a power outage (which the local news was telling us was pretty much a guarantee) and I washed all of the stored blankets so we would not be cold when we had no heat.  We never lost power but we were fearfull of a tree falling on the house from the weight of the ice and the strong wind gusts.  These strong winds forced us to sleep in another part of the house which was safe from falling trees.  We have been very fortunate not to suffer any power loss or property damage.

The five of us have managed to get along pretty well (I have a reputation of “snapping” when confined too long).  The games were pulled out of the closet first thing Tuesday morning.  We have played Life, Clue, Rummy, 21, and countless games of scrabble.

The girls cleaned their room, my son got in some “hard to get” computer game time and I did some baking.

Maybe tomorrow we can have a movie marathon.  The kids are home from school for the third day and we could use a break from the board games.

When I go to sleep tonight maybe I will have dreams of a place like this……..

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