Saturday, October 17, 2009

Domo Arigato!

Whew! What a week it has been. Between kids, my husband, my mother, work, school and girl scouts, this week has been a chart topper. Not bad, just busy. This week at school we had 3 events that spanned 4 days. Magnet Show-Offs on Tue and Wed, then Fall Production on Thurs and Fri along with dance marathon Fri as well. For those of you that don't work at a busy performing arts elementary school, that equals parents coming to the school by the masses! Parents that have to come to the office to sign in first, and always want to take their kids home after they watch the show. This also means that we in the office, don't get anything done because we're on crowd control. Luckily, even with shows galore, I was able to meet a huge deadline ahead of schedule. Unluckily, as soon as I closed the door on that deadline, another one came a knockin. October is a very busy month for the school district so don't be surprised if I don't post again until November. I will probably be sick of typing and looking at a computer screen.

Last night after dinner I decided to go to my favorite getaway, Target. I LOVE Target! The dollar bins and clearance racks delight me to no end. I spent over 2 hours, by myself just looking at everything. I'm such a bargain shopper and get excited every time a see a red reduced price tag. I found so many great deals and got some great holiday ideas for the girls.

This morning I headed out early to mail a package, but the post office was closed. Is it just me or does anyone else remember a time when the post office was open until Noon on Saturday's? Sine that plan was thwarted I headed to hell, I mean wal-mart for groceries. I was able to find a few items on sale, but not many. Damn economy, seriously! I would hate to go several different places for groceries, but I think I'm going to have to. Lowe's has the best meat prices, where Wal-mart has the best prices on fresh fruits and vegetables, and HEB has some insane combos where you buy one item and get 8 other items for free. I could give that a shot, and maybe expand our menus in the process.

This afternoon KB's friend came over. She's a very sweet little girl. Her mom is japanese and her father is malaysian. We enjoy our friendship with this family so we were all looking forward to her visit. THe girls made brownies while I started a pot of beef stew. The girls played barbies, ate popcorn and watched TV. After dinner I let them each have a brownie for dessert. H has never had beef stew before and she loved it so much she had 2 bowls!

Tonight will be quiet.... I hope. I also hope everyone enjoys what is left of the weekend. Sayonara!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A random act of kindness and an update.

My co worker and I have been planning a random act of kindness for about a week now. We decided to buy lunch for one of our less fortunate students, who also happens to have health problems. The child decided that he wanted chicken strips, and we were happy to get him some. I went to pick up his lunch at Bush's Chicken and the manager happened to be the person taking my order. When I told him I was buying lunch for a child at my school he just smiled and told me how nice he thought that was. I thanked him and drove on up to the window to pay and get the food. The manager totally outdid our random act of kindness and gave me the boys lunch plus lunch for the office staff, a gallon of tea and free meal coupons, all for FREE. I asked if I could at least pay for the child's meal but he wouldn't hear of it. He said we inspired him, and how touched he was to hear of us caring for a child enough to make sure he has a good meal. He continued to tell me how much teachers and school staff are under-appreciated and he wanted to show his appreciation. I was truly humbled. My co worker and I didn't think anything special about buying this baby lunch, but were touched to know that we inspired another person to commit a RAK. Giving is contagious, and I hope that in some small way I can encourage others to give selflessly.

And now an update. KB unfortunately did have the flu and spent a week out of school per doctors orders. a couple days after her diagnosis my mom came down with it making the flu toll count 4. Luckily my husband never caught the flu, and I hope it stays that way.

This week the girls are both back in school together, and life is almost back to normal. Yesterday Lil Miss's Brownie Troop met at the fire station in honor of Fire Prevention Month. She was able to Get in the driver seat of the fire truck and test out the thermal camera. She had a blast! Her troop leader took some pictures and plans on sending them into the newspaper. I hope she does, how fun for Lil Miss! KB had girl scouts tonight and her troop is planning a camp in for Oct 30th. She's excited to go, but as a over protective mom, I'm not sure yet if I'll let her go. Is that bad of me? I don't even know her troop leaders last name, so leaving her in her possession overnight scares me. We'll see, it's still a couple weeks away.

I guess that's it for now. I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the beginning of Fall. Please remember Fire Prevention Month by talking to your kids about fire safety, what to do in the event of a fire, and escape routes like doors and windows. Also, it's good to let your children know that firemen are there to help. Did you know that 80% of kids that die in fires, die because they hide from the fireman trying to save them? It's sad but true. Also October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I'm proud to say my Mother in Law is a breast cancer survivor and I will do what I can to support the cause. Click the "My blog cares" Button to the right to get the button for your blog. For every button placed on a blog, Diets in will donate $5.00 to breast cancer research. It's worth the copy and paste!