I have been basically invisible for the past week and for good reason. At 6:30am, on Mother's Day, my husband received the phone call from his father that his grandfather had passed earlier that morning. It wasn't the Mother's Day that any of us had anticipated to say the least. The focus of the day was completely shifted and we all went into overdrive trying to help my husband and my father-in-law process the news.
It wasn't a shock (so-to-speak), Great-Grandpa Sam was 97 years old. He had very recently been a victim of yet another heart attack which could have easily claimed his life that night...and honestly, I believe it was God's mercy on the family that we were blessed to have him for several weeks after that scare. This man seemed to just continue to go-go-go no matter what was thrown at him. Even when he said he was ready to go (which was a year ago), his body tried its darnedest to make it to that 100 year mark.
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Who wouldn't want to win a trip to Las Vegas?! In my case, just to have a break from the every day demands of being a mom would be such a treat. (which I love, but the demands of the job can take its toll) Well, this is the perfect chance to win a break and a little fun time.
Prize Package includes:
•4 day and 3 night accommodations at a 3+ star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV for 2 adults!
(25 years or older)
• A $500 dollar Funbook! (with cash, chips, meals, tokens & show tickets!)
Today we endeavored to participate in one of the oldest quick money making and household lightening events...The Garage Sale! Why is it that garage sales have to start so early in the morning? Who established the appropriate time to begin the sales? What on earth made them come to the conclusion of, "Oh, 6:30AM should be perfect."
I think that something along the lines of 8:00AM, or even better 9:00AM, is more along my lines of appropriate sale times. People are exhausted before that and the children that are toted around tend to just gripe and complain. (okay, maybe just the people holding the garage sales are exhausted)
My youngest sifted through her toy chest and came up with a number of items that were too young for her or were Happy Meal toys that were no longer wanted. It was so fun to see her excited about filling up her box with items to sell. She couldn't wait to start selling and collecting some $.
She even had to have the perfect outfit for this morning's event. And for her that was a no-brainer.
"I have to be fancy to sell my stuff mom."
My eldest had a different mindset for tackling this garage sale. She has been dying to get a pogo stick, so her Daddy decided that she needed to learn how to earn it. I agreed, it was about time that she fully understood that it takes effort to get the money needed to buy play things.
Here was the plan, which I thought might not work out so well, which was put into effect...
Buy some candy, granola bars and water.
Sell each item for $1.
Pay Dad & Mom for the purchase price of the product.
Pocket the profit.
Buy a new scooter.
Well, she did phenomenal! Not only did she sell enough to pay for the product, she made a profit!
AND she made enough to go purchase her new pogo stick!
AND she still has about 30 items left that she could sell to friends or at another yard sale!
PLUS...a couple who came buy actually have a pogo stick that they are giving to her for FREE! (she has no idea about this part...so Monday after school will be a fun reveal for sure)
At about the middle of the day, a walk became necessary...if for nothing else, just to step away and check out some of the other garage sales in the area. (it was a full community garage sale even) And along my walk I happened upon this lovely little dove perched up high spying on all of the activity below.
As for Dad & Mom, we got a little extra cash for some things that we needed to clear out. (but we are definitely in need of some sleepy time now)
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Oh my gosh! Have you ever come out of a week/weekend feeling that you now need a vacation from it all?
Last week was not my typical week...as I do not like confrontation one itsy bitsy bit. Since the beginning of the New Year there has been a shift in my 1st grader's classroom...a substitute covering while the regular teacher has been out on maternity leave. (as she rightly should be) At first all of the kids seemed to be excited about having a temporary teacher and had liked when she had subbed for the class before. Things have not turned out as all had hoped and let's just say that there have been far less happy days since the change has taken place.
Everything came to a head last Thursday when my daughter came home and burst into rivers of tears when I asked how her day went at school. When I tried to comfort her and probed for the reason behind the waterfall on her face I was told, "She told us to shut up!"
"Who told you to shut up?!" (mommy alarms are sounding and anger is brewing)
"Mrs. Teacher told us to shut up." ("teacher" is my censorship in an attempt to spare the teacher's name... out of respect)
"Did she say it to just one, a couple of kids OR the whole class?"
"She said it to all of us. I didn't see her but we all heard and got really quiet." She said her back was to the teacher when it was said but that everyone gasped and were quiet.
Sobs grow louder and tears are now falling like Niagara Falls.
"Please, please, PLEASE don't make me go back to school until Mrs. Peak comes back!!!"
At this point my heart is completely broken for my daughter...and I am on a mission to right whatever wrong has occurred.
Text messages begin going out to see if any other moms can corroborate the story with their children. It turns out the order was voiced at two children, but the entire class heard it and some thought it was directed to everyone.
Oh, let me tell you, this mommy's frustration level hit the roof and blew straight through! It was not the first time that inappropriate words had been spoken in the class...a few FAR worse than this before. (an "F" bomb overheard, "Little Sh**s") This was it!! I was done pushing things aside and hoping simply for issues to be resolved on their own. It was time for this mommy to take some action....and I wasn't the only one on a mission for resolution either.