What To Do On Spring Break – Day 1

Last week my kids were on Spring break, all week long. The start of our Spring break was actually begun on the Friday before the break even was here. I had a phone call from my sister and it seemed she could use some time out of her house, so I ventured over to pick up my sister and baby niece Livy.

What do do on Spring Break Day 1

I just love how big Livy is getting, she is walking all over the place now and becoming quite the little character. I love watching her many facial expressions. I have spent a lot of time with my sister and Livy, so we have a bond that hopefully never breaks. Livy gets a little nervous when she thinks her Mama is out of sight, but overall she’s doing amazingly better with the separation anxiety and she seemed all too happy to have a girls day with her Mama and Auntie Quack Quack.

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Livy and my sister went grocery shopping with me and ran other errands with me that fine Friday. Shown here is Livy hanging tightly onto her Auntie’s wallet. I wonder if she thought Auntie had lots of money, soon she will realize that Auntie’s wallet rarely ever has any cash in it. Livy was very well behaved and seemed to enjoy grocery shopping!

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We finished our girls day with a little concert put on at the school, where Livy got to watch her cousin Aj perform. Livy did awesome in the concert and even was found tapping her feet to the beat of the music! It was a wonderful day, sadly the wonderful day had a moment after school when Aj was just worn out from having two concert performances and physical education that day. It was a major meltdown, one I haven’t seen in a long time with Aj and it scared little Livy. We got a handle on it and ended the day on a good note though. Sometimes I hate how much stress school puts on kids, they can only handle so much stimulation in a day, especially Aj.

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When we dropped Livy and my sister back to her place, I captured a pic of my daughter and her Auntie because, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a picture of them together. My sister was always there for me when Ki was a baby, just like I plan to be with my sister and her little girl. Family always comes first.

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After dropping my sister and Livy off, we headed to PayLess ShoeSource where the boys got to get new sneakers. The previous sneakers the boys had were completely worn out. Bad worn out, and it was time to get them some new sneakers. The boys were so happy with their choices! Since my daughter has a ton of shoes at her Dad’s home, I let her pick out sandals that were not of the flip flop type so she could wear them to school. The school doesn’t allow flip flops.

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We finished our day with normal bedtime routine, shown above is a pic of the boys and me before story time. Aj wanted to make a silly face and K-man is being his usual actor self. Day one of Spring break went well, or I should say night one because this day was technically a school day. I was a little nervous about Aj’s meltdown in the van after-school, but things panned out and we ended the day with warm fuzzies between a tightly bonded family unit. I love my life.

I Feel Invisible

Well, not me.

My daughter. The tween.

Says she feels invisible at school.

While driving down the road my daughter and I have most of our random conversations.

It seems, as of late, that is the easiest place for her to open up with whatever may be on her mind.

She is 10 and will be 11 in October. The tween years.

That middle stage of childhood. The testing  years of trying to find yourself and who your real friends are.

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Apparently at this age, everyone is dating. So says the daughter.

Of course, she isn’t allowed to date per say. While it’s fine with me for her to crush on a boy in school and say maybe that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. Dating? Like actually spending time together outside of school that isn’t a birthday party or something, is not happening.

While I thought she would be fighting me on this. She isn’t. It seems Ki has learned to trust my rules and instinct, even if she isn’t 100% in agreement with me. The agree to disagree technique works well for us because she understands my logic with rules.

Back to the story of feeling invisible….

Beauitful Daughter

Ki has this one friend. Apparently no more than one. While this is okay with her most times, there are times where it bothers her.

The thing is that Ki is who she is. She has her faults, everyone does. Ki is an individual who does not fit into any particular clique at school.

Many girls are now forming these cliques. You have the girls who can do whatever, who have minimal if any parental guidance at home. You have the girls who are below their age in maturity and emotional aspects, while also have stricter rules than I have in my home. And then you have girls like Ki,she is encouraged to be herself, find who she is and what works for her and also has set rules. So Ki essentially has this Mom/Best Friend relationship with me and in turn the kids do not think that is so cool.

Ki wears clothes that may not be the hit style this year. Ki is super intelligent, a high honor roll student. Ki is goofy, silly and loves to read.

Upon our discussion of Ki feeling invisible, I knew I had to redirect that negative feeling into something positive. After all, that is how I roll. I took a moment to ask questions as a way to open Ki’s eyes to the fact that she isn’t invisible to her peers.

First, I asked if she gets picked on? Ki replied no. I also asked if she still has only “one” friend as she has told me in the past months. She confirmed, yes.

Okay then. My conclusion was this and is what I told my daughter,

If you have no one picking on you and yet no friends as you think, then maybe it’s not that you don’t have any friends. Sure you don’t hang out and talk a lot with these other girls, but they don’t pick on you. These are girls who are aware of who you are and I bet they have a respect for you. While you all don’t play or hang out like you used to, you all are not fighting and name calling either.  This, my daughter, is called respect. So while you feel invisible, you are not, in all reality you are respected. That is the correct word to give this situation. And you need to stand tall & proud that your peers respect you.

After I said this to Ki she started to take in just what I had said to her. Ki verbally, out loud, while riding in the car with me started processing her thoughts in response to my citing that she is respected, not invisible. And then I could see a beam of happiness across her face, she was lit up, it sunk in and she was like “Wow. Thanks Mom. You may be right!”

Trick or Treat Time with Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales

Madeline is at it again with a new DVD called Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales that came out in stores on August 17, 2010. Our family was able to review a copy of this cute little girls new movie and we love Madeline’s adventures. This is a DVD that all three of my munchkins are able to enjoy and that is something to be thankful for. It’s rather hard to find movies that two young boys and an older girl can find interesting together. Madeline is just that!

About Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales on DVD

Join little Madeline, her loyal canine companion Genevieve, puckish next-door neighbor Pepito and her 11 delightful classmates from Miss Clavel’s Parisian school when Shout! Factory releases Madeline’s Great Adventures on June 29 and Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales on August 17. Sit back, gasp and laugh as Madeline and her friends encounter royalty and ghouls in these two collectible DVDs. A must-have for Madeline fans and DVD collectors, Madeline’s Great Adventures and Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales will each retail for $12.99.

Watch as Madeline and friends encounter their very own Arabian lamp, a visit from the Prince of Monaco, a band of pirates and even track down 40 charitable thieves in Madeline’s Great Adventures.

As if those thrilling adventures weren’t enough, get ready for an action-packed Halloween! Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales contains five spooky animated episodes making their DVD debut: Madeline’s Halloween; Madeline and the Mean, Nasty Horrible Hats; Madeline and the Mummy; Madeline and the Haunted Castle; and Madeline and the Spider Lady.

Inspired by the beloved classic books that introduced us to a dozen delightful girls who live in an old house in Paris covered with vines, Madeline’s Great Adventures and Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales are full of spirited fun and are sure to win your heart while providing hours of entertainment.

What the Happily Blended Blog Family Is Saying

Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales arrived in time for us to enjoy before Halloween was even thought of but now as Halloween is nearing we have enjoyed watching Madeline and friends in their wonderful adventures. Our family loves this and we hope that your family does as well.

Purchase Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales

The suggested retail price of this DVD is $12.99 and you can purchase it most anywhere to include Shout Factory! and Amazon in addition to most of your local shops so check out your local DVD store to see if they have Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales available.

“This DVD was provided for free to my family in order to facilitate this review based on our personal experiences. Shout Factory provided the DVD but our family provided our personal opinions.”

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