Heads or Tails #1

This weeks prompt for H O T is “Three things”

I learned quite a few things in 2008. I learned that I have a lot of patience for kids. A LOT. I worked volunteered at a learning center since the middle of summer and have been dealing with a lot kids. Some of them are good kids but a lot of them just have no home training at all.Which takes us to the second thing I have learned.

I learned that I am a pretty good mom. I have learned a lot of things about myself and how to handle Savie. She is a great kid but when I step back and look at how she¬† behaves in public and at home. She doesn’t act us as much as some of the kids at school.Which takes us to number three.

The influence the media has on our kids. We have had to tell some of the kids not to bring certain things to school. It A lot of what is on the Disney Channel is not ok, like Hannah Montana. Most of the other stuff is ok in small doses. The way the media takes a good educational show like Dora, Diego, Thomas the Tank, and others like that and use then to sell sugar-fied yogurt and cereal’s. There is a sugar limit. Most of the kids have been given the paperwork that says what foods are ok to bring and what-not but there are still the ones that send their kids, mind you they are 3 and 4 yrs old, with pudding, a Twinkie, a jelly sandwich, and a Capri Sun. That is a lot of sugar, way more then they really need. Very few get fruits like apples slices, banana’s, or maybe an orange or veggies for that matter like, celery, cucumbers, or carrots (wow those were all “c” foods, lol).

What did you learn last year? What do you want to learn this year?

Heads Or Tails

This week’s prompt for H O T is “This time of year”

I love/hate this time of year. I worked retail for 10 years so I have seen some of the worst behavior out of people at this time of year. Cutting in line, nearly running over people in the parking lot, pushing in the store, it was incrediable. I couldn’t believe that at a time of year when we are suppose to be “nice” and “giving” to each other can be so cruel and barbaic to each other. At least that’s how I felt my first two Christmas’s working retail. I was appalled at how such a beautiful time of year, with the lights twinking and the smell of hot apple cider and pine tree’s could get so ugly.

Even though my hometown wasn’t that big when I was growing up there were still some beautiful display’s around town by the local stores. Downtown Petaluma was always nicely done with wreaths on light poles and Christmas displays in store front windows that were not only selling the items in their stores but also setting a tone for the season.

That’s what I like about Bisbee. There is no big flashy display. There is a simple Festival of Lights, which we didn’t go to this year, where they sing Christmas carols, the cheerleaders perform and then Santa arrives. Most of the business’s have some display in their window, entered in the holiday display contest, and of course the lights.

Last year we didn’t do anything as a family on Christmas Eve but Savie and I drove around and looked at all the lights people had up. This year I doubt hubby will want to go (since he finds my seats uncomfortable and willing be working until late tomorrow) but we will again drive around looking at lights only this time we will have some popcorn to go along with it.

So I’m a little conflicted about this holiday. On one hand it’s a beautiful time of year with displays and lights and good cheer but on the down side things like this happen because we are way to commericalized.