Look at me differently if you want to, I don't care. I balled my eyes out for about the last ten minutes of Toy Story 3.
Life lessons are around us everyday. Of course, the ones that make the most impression on us are the ones that either turn out really great, or leave us with that sickly feeling in our stomach.
Closing out the school year is such a mix of fear and excitement in our house. While the triplets are too young to do anything but enjoy school, Jack who is finishing out third grade is definitely at an age where he is ready to be done well before the last day of school finally arrives.
Hoping to save a few bucks this summer and still find ways to have a great time with the kids? Checkout the audio of our interview with David Mandt of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. We talked about some pretty smart ideas:
Well that's a pretty picture isn't it? And this is why sometimes you just can't trust dad with the kids. Now, it's not like I sent them down into the basement with sharp sticks and told them to play while I watched TV and drank beer. Although, maybe it's worse that I was actually playing alongside them when this happened. Maybe my only saving grace is that I wasn't the one wielding the stick that found it's way to Anna's forehead.
We've done a couple of interviews on the show in the last couple of weeks about all of the kids who are about to leave college with diplomas in their hands, ready to make their way in the world. Kate Brooks', You Majored in What?, and Ken Jedding's, Higher Education, both try to help kids find their way once they leave the comfy confines of college.
The Chicago Tribune has an article today about local school districts that do not want parents pulling their kids out of school on Take Our Daughters and Sons to work day (April 22). In the article the districts argue that when so many kids miss a day, the educator must basically re-teach that day. And in a time when educators are expected to accomplish a set amount with their kids in the year, with rigid testing that is federally mandated, it's just too tough on the schools. The schools are saying the date should be changed to summer, when the kids can easily attend work with their parents.
Okay everyone, what in the world are you doing? Kate Gosselin, who has ridden a tidal wave of reality fame from the once-upon-a-time cute to watch, "John & Kate Plus 8," to the ridiculous headline-grabbing lives the titular parents have been leading since their very public divorce, keeps getting voted back into Dancing With the Stars.
Is going to the movies something that is a lot of fun for your family, or something that turns into a big chore? For us it is getting easier as the triplets get older. The first movie we ever took Jack to was Finding Nemo, and we had a wonderful time - during the trailers. By the time the actual movie started Jack was busy scraping the black ju ju bees off the floor and we ended up leaving. Now that we have four, we have found that a mound of popcorn can keep them in their seats for a pretty long time.
Okay, this one won't win me any father of the year awards. Tommy (one of our 4 1/2 yr. old triplets) was sick this week. Now, Tommy is the best and worst of children from minute-to-minute. He loves being a helper. He helps fold clothes, washes himself in the shower (better than his 8 yr. old brother), likes to clean up, etc. He is a worker. I firmly believe Tommy will have his own business one day. He likes learning new things. At the same time, Tommy gets very angry when he is wronged. He never complains to mom & dad about what one of the other kids did to him. Instead he pinches, pushes, or screams and yells. So he is quite a package.