Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Car Seat Law in Texas

SB 61 amends the existing statute regarding child passenger safety seats. The bill requires that any child younger than 8 years of age be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat unless the child is at least 4 feet, 9 inches in height. The fine is no more than $25 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense. The law also creates a new court cost for conviction of an offense under this section to be collected and used by TxDOT to buy safety seats for low income families. The law becomes effective on Sept. 1, 2009, but tickets for this offense cannot be issued until June 1, 2010. Police officers are allowed to issue a warning before that date.

I would just like to put all police officers on notice in my area that you may ticket me anytime. I may be the worst mother on the planet but my sons weigh more than their 11 year old sister, and sit more securely in their seats than her tiny little frame, and there is no way I'm putting them in any type of booster seat. I can no longer find shoes that fit Nathan, but you expect to have a car seat that's comfortable for him. 8 years?? 57 inches, are you kidding me! I don't think my 11 year old is 57 inches! They can ride roller coasters at Six Flags but have to have a booster seat in my vehicle. Garbage. Nope. God's just going to have to provide protection for them, and I better get my emergency fund increased to pay for all the tickets I'm about to start getting on June 1, 2010...

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School

Today was the first day of School and the kids had fabulous days!
Brooklyn started a new school, 5th Grade at the Intermediate Campus. She said she was super duper excited because her Language Arts teacher was cool and he had a whole library of books she could check out! Also, this year is suppose to rock because the emphasis is more on reading than writing. They're suppose to read 25 books this year, and she said, "I read over 35 books in 2 months, and we have like 9 months for school."
After dropping off Brooklyn, Nathan said, "Lone Star won't be as good this year because Brooklyn's not there." It was so sweet!
The boys said both their teachers were still "cool and fun." Nathan's class is exactly the same as last year, it's a program called Looping. He loves Mrs. Chatham and said the best part of the whole day was seeing all of his friends again.
Corban had his first full day of school today, and he loved Mrs. Carter. She was Brooklyn's looping teacher for 1st/2nd as well, and Corban agreed she's the best teacher. His two best friends from Kindergarten are in his class, so he's excited they'll be in his class three years in a row. (K,1st, and 2nd. . .looping as well) His favorite part of the day was making a piggie in Art class. Because of half day Kindergarten, this is his first experience with the Co-Curr classes, art, music, computers etc.
Despite a little mix up with Brooklyn's pick up, today was a blast for all. I enjoyed getting my haircut, and having a quiet day to work. I think I'll start missing them soon, but for now, it's really nice that they're back in school!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Boys Boys Boys

Fighting from the living room while the boys are trying to pick a movie to watch.

Corban: "Mom, Nathan's being a hypocrit and a liar. He said we both have to agree on a movie, and He's not agreeing with ME! UUUGGGHHHH"
Mom: "And do you agree with him?"
Corban: Silence followed by realization followed by "No."
Mom: "You need to keep looking through the movies until you find one you both are ok to watch."
Corban: "Oh, o.k. But mom, this is not going to be easy."
It never is son, it never is! Can school start soon please?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Computer Windows

So today around lunch the boys were both switching back and forth playing their Club Penguin accounts. I was busy working in the kitchen, and Nathan comes down the hall asking for my help. . .

Nathan: "Can you come help?"
Mom: "What?"
Nathan: "There's an error message on the screen."
Mom: Walking into the office "What's it say?"
Nathan: "It says there are too many Windows open, but the window is closed and so are the blinds. We even turned off the fan, but it still won't let us play our game."
Mom: "You turned off the what?"
Nathan: Pointing up to the ceiling "The fan."

Mom: Trying not to laugh calmly explains to him about Tabs on the browser as the red in his cheeks gets brighter and brighter.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Obsolete in 10 Short Years

So I drug an old Coach purse out of my closet today to use for a day trip downtown, and I discovered a treasure trove of stuff inside. An old wallet filled with obsolete items to make me smile. 10 years isn't really old, it's not supposed to be at least, but in these crazy times life changes so dramatically that 10 years seems like 100 in human evolution.
Here's things from my past that are no more. . . .
Remember Bank One, gone! My childhood home on Harlee, sold. Y2K scare warnings on your ATM receipts! We really thought the world was coming to an end!
I had like 7 of these coupons in my wallet. I remember going to have pictures developed every other week! It was a fortune! Never any more! Thank the Lord for digital. And poor Eckerd's. Over run by Walgreens and the stupidest name in stores, CVS.O.k. Not sure if these guys are obsolete, but I sure hope they are. Three of the biggest travesties in my life. . . our Expedition, my wedding photos, and this horrible excuse for a crown in my mouth! Oh, the Gold Crown card. Essential for any Beanie Baby Hunter. I was a professional, never left home without my cardboard, dot matrix printed membership card.Oh, these cutie pies. Can I just say their childhood is obsolete practically, they're BOTH in COLLEGE now! OMG!

Thank goodness Amy's teacher dresses are now obsolete! But can we just pause to remember how adorable Emily and Brooklyn were as babies, those days are certainly over, big girls that they are now. And the fact that we even carried around all these wallet sized photos in the first place. A bygone era. Now we just click on safari so we can pull up our blog on our iPhones to show off the latest greatest pics of our families.
But the most amazing transformation and most obsolete item of the last 10 years. . .

Jason's hair!

What will the next 10 years do away with? We can only imagine, and look forward to the laughs it will bring. . .