Saturday, July 31, 2010

August means School Registration

OK~ Here in Iowa school starts in almost two weeks!  August 17th to be exact.  The sad part of this matter (in this Mom's opinion) is that it starts before the Iowa State Fair has even ended.  The Iowa State Fair runs from Aug. 12th-Aug. 22nd.  Summertime usually means family vacations, family reunions, and just time for some R & R. It's always nice to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather.  Here in Iowa, our Winters can be somewhat brutal. Once the school year begins to roll, it is so easy to get caught up in everything and forget about our families!  I guess there's not much this Mom can do, accept register my 10th Grader for school and pray that he smiles for his school picture.  In 8th Grade the poor kid never even had a school photo- due to the absent mindedness of his Mother!  No money on picture day, no pictures to purchase!

Does school start so early where you live?  In our school district some of the buildings do not have air conditioning, which means August can be pretty brutal in some of these classrooms.  In this Mom's opinion, which really doesn't matter- it would make more sense to go later into June when our weather tends to be cooler and wetter.  Our local swimming pool also misses out on some potential income~ a short Summer season for all.  Seems to be the way folks want it!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Message for Moms of Kindergarteners

OK~ I've noticed a lot of my twitter friends tweeting about their children and their first day of Kindergarten this school year.  I cannot stress to you how important it is that you actually do REJOICE on this day.......Maybe I'm a little backwards~BUT~ when our youngest started Kindergarten, I can honestly say I was doing a happy dance!  I did walk him to his room, took a stroll around, said, "See ya after school!" and headed out of the building.  I can honestly say I walked around several Moms that were wiping their tears and sobbing......I was smiling!

Moms~ This is a Happy Day!  Be excited, don't be sad~ OK~ tears of happiness, I can go for those.......Don't be sad!  When our oldest started Kindergarten, I do recall I was relieved to get him off on his own......And wham...In the blink of an eye~ He's now 19 1/2 years old!  Life happens, don't let it drag you down!  Shed a tear or two if you MUST~ but in all seriousness, look at that first day of Kindergarten as a milestone within your family.  Life moves on and Moms need to learn to let their children experience life- sometimes this means Mom won't physically be there, but Mom will always be with them in spirit!

Trust me, you don't want to be known as "The Helicopter Parent" once your child gets to high school or college~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Has this ever happened to you?

OK~ We pull into a rest area with our car and this is what we ran into.  Have you ever experienced this?  We sat here for quite a while, as our car would not fit through.  Not sure what our options would have been~ we waited......Kind of patiently! Now, I would like to think that the person that was sitting in the car with me would not park like this at a rest area.  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, July 26, 2010

This frontload washer~ UGGHHHHHHH

OK~ Most of you know that this washing machine has been a royal pain in my hubby's side!  Well, more water was leaking out of this crazy thing!  We now have two tire patches (or are there 3) in this rubber drum thing? This was the latest one.  Washer is on hold until all is dry!  Fingers crossed that it will not leak!  I'm assuming something keeps poking holes in this rubber drum- I can't imagine what life must be like for a Mom with little kids.  My boys are 19 & 15 and the occasional pen makes it through the wash. I do believe a pen was a culprit for one of the holes.  Not sure how this new one even came to exist!  Moms with little kids must go nuts, as I know that little kids bring home tons of things in their pockets.  But then again, maybe those Moms have time to make sure ALL pockets are empty!  Maybe I better get better at that!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm ready for a new week~

OK~ This past week was VERY crazy......From visiting the Iowa Driver's License Station for the 11th time with my 15 year old son, to two flat tires~ this Mom is ready for a quiet week.  Looking ahead~ it's not quiet!  Mohawk Trapshooting Committee Meeting, selling bandanas for PTO while RAGRBRAI cruises through Iowa, and taking Wally back to the Vet to have his infected eye re-checked!   I can't say life is boring......

The highlight of my week was watching Garret, who's 15, interact with 17-18 Pre-schoolers at VBS this past week.  He really, really enjoyed his time with these kids.  I still laugh when I think back to the parent of a flag football team that he helped coach a couple years ago (he volunteered with our local parks and rec dept) ~ this parent says to me, "Garrett is really good with kids.  I'll bet he wants to be a teacher!"  I looked at them and said, "I'm sorry but he really does not like school!"  That was one of the years I was on speed dial with the Principal!  Thinking back, you know~ he is finding his way~ and he enjoys kids!  You never know, he may be a teacher someday.  I wish every teen or tween would take the opportunity to volunteer through their local parks and rec dept. or their church.

I have seen the positive experience this has provided my son and my wish is for other teens to hop on the wagon and make a difference in the lives of these younger kids!  I do understand that everybody is busy~ but, if EVERYONE was busy~ we probably wouldn't have a problem with teens and vandalism, underage drinking, etc..........the list continues!   I can't change the world, but I can pray and offer some advice here and there!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, July 23, 2010

The AARP Membership Discounts Notice

OK~ This Mom is questioning her age....How old do you have to be to be considered a senior citizen?  My mailbox (e-mail) box is constantly receiving messages from this wonderful organization called AARP. They do send me e-mails about Discounts, upcoming events, etc....... Just another e-mail to read (or not) in this Mom's opinion.... After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The road to the Driver's Permit~

OK~ Garrett was 15 in May and had no desire to get his permit.  He tried a couple times in May of 2009 and did not pass the test.  Time has passed and we just decided it's time that he go and get this.  Well, I've spent many days sitting at the Driver's Licensing place- btw- interesting place to observe people!

Yesterday he Passed!  He only missed one~ yippee.....Well, all went well until he failed the eye test!  What?  I am like- HELLOOO???  You have got to be kidding me.  So, over to the eye Dr.'s office we went.  They were able to see him at 12:45 p.m. today.  He had been wearing his eye glasses due to the fact that his contact lenses began falling out left and right in June and I had thought, "Well, the closer we get to school, we will then take him in to get new ones!"  Well, we were forced to go in!

Boy, does this Mom feel rotten.  The eyeglasses that we thought were the pair that were upgraded in January 2010- had been updated in 2006!  Still pondering as to where the updated eye glasses are...........I'm amazed that he could see anything, and even shoot clay pigeons!  He now has contact lenses that he can see out of and a driver's permit in hand!  What a road to get there!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My 24th Wordless Wednesday Post

Toyota~ 2009 Corolla~Reasons Why I Love my Car

OK~ My 2009, Red Toyota Corolla, is a couple years old and I can say that I really do love this car.  When I purchased the car, the gas mileage was the most enticing part of the car.  The terrific gas mileage is something that I still love about this car, but it has many other great features.

You know, when you have a car that easily fits a family of four, it is really, really nice to be able to pull into one of those parking spaces labeled "compact car."  It's quick, easy and simple to maneuver through those crazy parking garages in larger cities.  I don't live near a big city, so when we visit one, the size of the car makes it very easy to meander through and find the ultimate parking space.

My 2009, Toyota Corolla is comfortable, reliable, and dependable.  It gets me from Point A to Point B, without problems.  The fact that our boys were getting older, did not warrant two people riding around in a mini-van 90% of the time.  My Toyota has served us well.  Four people do fit comfortably, but in our case, the fact that two of us were riding around in it most of the time, this was a perfect fit for our family.

I have also been amazed at what I have been able to stuff into the trunk of this car.  Several chairs, sports equipment, and lots of groceries are some of the things that have been stuffed in here.  Just another great feature that I appreciate, when it comes to my 2009 Toyota Corolla.

*I'm participating in a Toyota/twitterMoms campaign, which inspired this post.  My opinions, thoughts, and feelings are my own.  As a TwitterMom, I'm eligible for a courtesy gift of $50.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm here to pick up my son's phone

OK~ Has this ever happened to you?  I get a call from Garrett from school.  His cell phone has been confiscated for being used during the school day.  So, I have to tromp into the school office to pick up his cell phone at the end of the school day.  I head in there to pick it up.  I state who I am and that I'm there to pick up my son's phone.  They then tell me, "We don't have his phone!"  Ok, what is going on here.  I then tell them, "He called me and said that I needed to pick up his phone."  Garrett then tells me, "Well, Heather was kind of using it and ........"  Ok, I now know that he has loaned his cell phone out to a girl!  We then have the discussion of NOT doing this, not good practice!

Tonight I see Heather, at VBS, and she is sporting a nice, new cell phone.  I said, "Heather, I like your phone.  I'm glad to see you have your own phone!"  She says, "Yeah, I like to use Garrett's when I'm grounded from mine!"  I tell ya, these teens are sneaky~~~~~~~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Three reasons it is time for school to start

OK~ Here's WHY it is time for school to start.  A 10th Grader and that is it at this house.  Where did all of those years go?  Time really does fly by quickly....when you are having fun, right?  Here's WHY school needs to start~

  1. Garrett says, "I'm tired of video games.  I'm ready for school to start!"  Woah, take me back on that one................This statement truly stunned this Mom, coming from a 15 year old that claims to "hate" school!
  2. The lights really need to be out by 10:00 p.m.- not 2:00 a.m.~ Anybody know if that helps reduce the power bill?
  3. I am ready to have my kitchen back.......Too many "things" drug out of the cupboards....A 15 year old boy EATS A LOT!!!!!!!!!!

School will be here before I know it~August 18th, as a matter of fact.......This Mom is ready for her old routine, although some of the crazy things Garrett & the dogs do ~ do make me smile!  It's always interesting to find what they have caught in the raccoon trap that sits in the sweet corn patch~ our farm cats, to stray cats, but no raccoons yet!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Living the life~

OK~ Here's the scoop~ these two have it made!  Not a care in the world, wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry about ANYTHING?  Relaxing in the grass and avoiding the fleas~ at least I don't think they have fleas.  You can see the humidity/haze in the air here.  We have had many hot/humid days this summer~ Gotta love summer in Iowa~ these two do!  Now, if I could get my 19 & 15 year old boys to relax like this, my mind could relax! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Workplace Etiquette

OK~ As a Mom to teens, I'm always hoping that adults and responsible citizens will set an example.  We all know that our own kids think we are crazy when we tell them they should not text while driving, eat too much pizza, talk on their cell phones while at a check-out in a store~ So, what's a Mom to do when she and her 15 year old son are sitting in the local Iowa Driver's License office and an employee is checking her smart phone???????  I know my 15 year old is watching this..........Isn't there a line that is crossed in ANY work place?  I was totally in dismay as I watched~ My 15 year old will be looking  for a part time job in the near future and he will probably think it's acceptable to break out the cell phone at any given time during the work day~ HELLLOOOOOO??????  Am I missing something here????  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Teens and Texting

OK~ The news in Mechanicsville, Iowa is grim.  Just July 1, a new law went into effect that states minors can no longer text while driving.  On July 5, a lively 17 year old teenager was texting while driving.....she is no longer with us.  Teens, as well as adults, are engrossed in texting 24/7.  We, as adults, need to lead by example and NOT text while driving.  The law in Iowa does not pertain to adults, but it sure wouldn't hurt any of us to NOT text while driving.  We all know that cell phones are attached to the hips of our teens- but, we really need to find something different for them to think about.

This young, lively 17 year old was on her way to the store to buy pink frosting for a cake she was baking with her boyfriend.  To top things off, she was not wearing a seat belt.  This young lady was ejected from the car, and died from her injuries.

The complete story can be read here ~ in the Des Moines Register.

Many argue that eating, putting on makeup, dealing with kids, etc.....all can lead to accidents as well.  If we educate our teens and let them know that teens ARE dying because of texting while driving~ it just might sink in!  As with the usage of seat belts, it took years for drivers to accept the fact to buckle up.  The irony here, this teen didn't buckle up either.  We have a long way to go when it comes to teens and driving in Iowa.....My own family has been touched through the death of our 17 year old nephew~in 2005, in an auto accident~ He was wearing a seatbelt, was not texting, but did lose control of his car................

So sad........My prayers go out to this family that lost this vibrant young lady!  Texting while driving kills~ it's as simple as that! I am kind of happy that Garrett (who is 15) has not touched his cell phone all week- I've noticed it on his dresser in his room.......Not a bad habit!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My 23rd Wordless Wednesday Post

Teens & Dogs~ is there a comparison?

OK~ Seriously, if it is NOT a kid at my house, it is a dog!  Skipper is sitting outside the open window crying to get in the house.  What?  It's a beautiful day outside- you know what?  He's just like a little kid.....Remember when your kids were little (maybe they still are) and you could not get away from them?  Well, I can remember I was so thankful when I got a rechargeable phone for my kitchen, some 15 years ago.  I could take the telephone into a room, and lock the door, and still talk on the phone without a child hanging on my leg!  But, I would still have to hear the knocks, pounds on the door- "Mommy, Mommy, let me in!"  Anybody else experienced this????

Now that I have a 19 & 15 year old, my boys are happy when I lock myself in my room!  Go figure.......Now, if I can train this crazy black dog to just lay down under a shade tree, my day would be perfect! At this point, he could even head out and prance through our Iowa sweet corn patch!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Text messaging~ a blessing and a curse~

OK~ Here are the three text messages that Todd & I received from our boys while we were away for three days.

Message #1 to Todd from our 15 year old
Buy some fireworks and bring them home for me

Message #2 to Me from our 19 year old
Mom, Skipper tried to put the food box in his kennel so Wally (our other dog) couldn't eat~ (Yep, a large blue container, that is as big as his kennel, go figure).

Message #3 to Todd from 15 year old
Dad, here is the address of a fireworks store somewhere in Colorado

With teens and cell phones, you never know what you are going to read on the other end! The message may be a blessing or a curse.....With our boys, you never know!  We did not bring any fireworks home with us and our dogs did both eat!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

So you wanna visit a national park~

Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park~ July 9, 2010

OK~ I just returned from a really quick, but fun trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  Yesterday was an absolute perfect day for hiking!  The most frustrating part of getting into the park was the entrance gates.  Now, this is not the first time we have visited this national park, or any other one.  Some helpful advice I would like to give to those of you contemplating visiting a national park.

  • When you approach the entrance gates, there is a fee and more than likely a growing line of vehicles behind you.  The people in these toll booths are, in our eyes (hubby and I) a little too knowledgeable.  

People~The visitor center is staffed with extremely helpful people to answer your questions.  Please, do not hold up the entrance lines with questions such as, "Oh, there is a fee?"  "Could you show me on a map how to get to Camp Site "A" in the back country?"  Yes, we heard and seen it all! The people that worked in these entrance booths obliged and assisted park visitors- maps were brought out, papers were exchanged, and the list continues......

National parks have spent a lot of money on beautiful aesthetic visitor centers, and have spent some money staffing them with people that know their stuff.  If people would use these centers for these purposes, the process of entering our national parks would be much more pleasant for everyone involved.  

We were not on a tight schedule, but we could see the tension building in several park visitors around us.  And yes, I did notice these people had their money or returning park pass in their hands.  Use some common sense when approaching the entrance gates at our national parks.  If you really have no clue as to what the fees are and have questions that need answers, utilize the visitor center~ our U.S. Government has spent our tax dollars, so we might as well use 'em!

After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Here we go~

OK~  Here's the conversation at lunch today between Todd and I ~ after the tent is up!

Me:  Oh, we have a spatula.  As I'm looking at boiled (cooked) hot dogs on the camp stove.

Todd:  We don't have tongs?

Me: NO

Todd:  A fork, or something to that effect?

Me:  Oh yeah, a plastic fork in the packaging from Wendy's drive-thru.

Todd:  You have got to be kidding me.....

Me:  Here ya go!

This is what happens when you plan a camping trip- with a tent that you have borrowed from someone else- and throw the get-a-way together in less than 12 hours.......Tent is pitched at Glacier Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park~A message to the trail, I'm coming tomorrow!

Hey, it worked!  It's truly amazing how plastic ware works! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What? What? What? Can you hear me?

OK~ The 4th of July holiday week-end was really fun!  Lots of family, friends and good food.  Todd & I attended a concert on Friday night July 2nd, at a local park.  The concert was outside- we were feeling somewhat on the old side.  Our ears were ringing when we left and we were toward the backside of the park.  Now, tell me, how do any of those people hear anything that were sitting next to those big speakers?

A reality check for this 40 something Mom~ I guess 20 years ago, I probably would have thought it was OK to sit that close to those speakers.  Ear plugs are a worthwhile investment and I do believe that many people need or will soon need hearing aids!  Maybe many needed hearing aids, so the loud music was not a problem. Just my observation..........After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Oh yeah, and all the garbage that people can't seem to place in the garbage cans---I guess that's another blog post!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July-2010!

OK~ All of friends, have a safe and fun 4th of July!  We sure enjoyed the Mason City Fireworks last night~Fun people and a fun time! Now, if the rain can hold off so Clear Lake can have fireworks tonight~ Fingers are crossed!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Teens and this new Iowa cell phone law

OK~ We all know that we all probably should not do it!  It's probably best to get in the habit NOW~ Do NOT talk, or text on your cell phone while driving!  In Iowa teens 17 and under can no longer use their cell phones while driving.  So, how do we adjust the minds of our teens~ It's gonna be tough for a lot of these "addicted" teens to give this up.

A thought:  Have teens turn their phones off and place them out of reach when they get behind the wheel of the car.  The temptation to make a call, send a text, answer a call will NOT be there.  I also think that we as a society need to get used to the fact that people, of all ages, are NOT available 24/7.  With all of this new technology, we all expect everyone to be available to us ALL the time!  This also needs to change.

Ahhhhh.........back to the days of a corded house phone- no cell phones- could you go back to that time?  Could you adjust?  I think I'd have a hard time adjusting, but would like feeling unconnected to technology now and then!

Here, in Iowa, adults might as well step up to the plate,as well.  Set an example to your teens.  Remember, just as parents have eyes in the back of their heads, our teens are also watching our EVERY move!  Therefore, all drivers need to turn their cell phones off and put them out of reach when they get into the car.
After All, It's All In a Mom's Day!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This Mom's doing a Happy Dance~

OK~ I am outside, come in .  Garrett had been wearing his eyeglasses and VOILA~ his contact lenses were in his eyes.  Major, major accomplishment- he is 15 years old, been wearing contacts for approximately 3 years and Mom has had to put them in!  He took it upon himself to put them in!  Yes, there is hope!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?