Sunday, September 20, 2009

right or responsibility?

If you take film to be developed and there are some questionable photos on the roll, do the people working there have the right or responsibility to call the appropriate authourities to report the images?? Take for instance this story, where the people to the roll of film to Walmart to be developed. There were some questionable photos with some kids naked. The police were called and the kids were removed from the home. Their computers were removed and more questionable photos were found on the there where the kids ran around the house naked too.. but again there are people that let their children run around the house naked. There are people that are ok with that. But does it cross a line when you take a picture of that child naked? Is it child pornography when you take a picture of your own child naked? What are you thoughts on this subject ? this story?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Managing Family Schedules

5 Things to Know About Managing Family Schedules
By Cristen Conger,

Today's families run at breakneck speeds. Parents toil away for 40 hours or more in the office. Kids are saddled with afterschool activities and homework. Weekend sports games, get-togethers and errands leave few spare moments to sit and smell the roses. Time is such a precious commodity these days that diligently managing your family's schedule is key to obtaining a work-life balance. Juggling multiple schedules around in your head can become overwhelming and increase your stress load.
By following a few simple tips, you can minimize the hassle of family scheduling and even pencil in some free time for yourself.

5: Stay Organized
Just like managing a project at in an office, organization is vital to handling your family's schedule. First, purchase a large calendar and put it in a prominent place in your home. For added accessibility, some Web sites offer free calendars that your family members can access online.
Start by adding information about school holidays, birthdays, sports games, recitals, doctor appointments and vacations. Then, when a new activity comes up, jot it down immediately. When dealing with multiple schedules, it may be a good idea to organize the calendar by name as well. Be sure to include the following five essential facts when recording each event: who, what, when, where and how.

4: Plan Ahead
Knowing when to plan for hectic days can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with managing a family schedule. If you've already set up an up-to-date family calendar, make it a daily habit to check it in the mornings. Amid the hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget Sally's haircut appointment in the afternoon or Johnny's evening guitar lesson.
On the weekends, take a few minutes to look at the week ahead. If you see an overloaded day on the horizon, you'll have more time to shift around activities or arrange for carpooling or babysitters. Leaving planning to the last minute, on the other hand, will only cause frustration and anxiety.

3: Share the Load
As a busy parent, sometimes you have to ask for help. When you're organizing the family calendar, look at who's responsible for accomplishing what. Is someone doing all of the transporting, while another has ample free time? Does one person have a large project coming up and might not be able to complete routine household duties?
Evaluate your resources and strategize ways to utilize them. If your neighbor's son is on the same soccer team as yours, maybe you could trade out carpooling days. If grandparents live in the area and want to spend more time with their grandchildren, perhaps they could hang out with the kids after school once a week. It's also smart to have a friend on stand-by in case of emergencies.

2: Prioritize
When compiling a family schedule, remember that there are only 24 hours in a day. If you pile up too many activities and outings, you diminish your family's quality of life. Certainly, some kids will want to pursue soccer, ballet, painting and horseback riding all at the same time, but it's up to you to teach the importance of prioritizing. Talk with them about what they would enjoy the most and can commit to long-term, and go from there.
If you need to free up time on the family calendar, first assess priorities, such as school and doctor appointments. When whittling down further, consider the importance of certain events to the people involved, any cost associated with canceling and time invested.

1: Schedule Time Out
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when managing a family schedule is to leave adequate room for free time. It's crucial for a busy family to slow down and spend time together to nurture relationships and relax. When looking ahead on your well-organized family calendar, keep an eye out for open evenings. These are good opportunities to pencil in a family movie or game night. Teenagers may be more resistant to staying at home, but sharing a meal at the least is essential.
In the words of John Lennon, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. Don't let time fly by without spending it with the people you cherish the most.


I watched this amazing show this weekend about this little bitty girl named Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley. I can't believe how much she has gone through and she is still going strong. You can read her story here. She is now 6. There was an update on TLC last night. Amazingly she is just getting stronger and her vocab is getting better and better as she gets older. They didn't think that she would live past 1 month. I was totally amazed by her story.

Then on National Geo chancel there was this story The World Smallest Girl. Loved this one too.. amazed that I had never heard about this before. She is just darling.. and soo trendy.. she is 16 .. and all of it too.. the makeup, clothes, etc.. soo cute.. but her limbs are bad.. she desperately needs surgery. They drew blood from her with this HUGE needle and here in america they don't do that, I don't understand why they had to do this from such a little person. Why can't they use a butterfly needle on her to get the blood that they need from her. That could make all the difference in the world for her. She desperately needs surgery for her legs but there is not a reason at all why in the world they would have to use that LARGE NEEDLE to draw that blood from her... you have to watch the show to understand what I am talking about but it is just wrong. Someone (A Doctor) from America should help her!!

On the homefront, the weekend was great!! Just lounged around with the boys this weekend.. which was great.. we watched movies and tv together.. those are the best times .. we just talk and hang out.. they really open up to us during times like that.. about life and girls.. it is great.. Bedtimes are different on the weekends.. more relaxed... Thanks to my friend Terri, I started weeknight bedtimes 30mins earlier to accomodate talking, xtra bathroom trips, forgetting things, etc., so we aren't having to yell come 9 pm get to sleep constantly.. by 9pm they are more sleepy, THANKS TERRI!! We find out this week if Chris will be on the A or B team for Football.. can't wait for that.. and football starts next week..oh boy... Boy scouts started yesterday too.. so everything is starting to get busy...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

20 Surefire Relationship Wreckers

1. Always end arguments by turning some deeply private secret he's confided to you... against him. Then add, "Screw you, you slobbering half-wit!"
2. Beg him to read your journal.
3. You know you shouldn't call him too much, so say to yourself, "I'm an adult. He's an adult. I refuse to play stupid games."
4. Call him repeatedly.
5. If he doesn't call back, email him. If he doesn't return your email, fax him a funny little joke. If he still doesn't call, drop by his office and surprise him with a "cute" card. If he's not at his office, drive to his house, wait for him at his front door and, when he arrives, tell him he can do anything he wants with you.
6. Ask him once a week, "So, where do we stand?"
7. Or, if you prefer a more dramatic scrotum-tightener, ask, "So where do we stand as a couple?" 8. Rarely wear high heels to bed.
9. Be the first woman in recorded history to actually tell a man exactly how many chaps she's slept with.
10. Fixate on the future. Focus on his taking you to the Bahamas for Valentine's Day
11. Always cry after sex.
12. Criticize his mother.
13. Do you own a pair of baggy maroon sweatpants? Wear them.
14. Is he feeling a tad overwhelmed by the serious turn your affair is taking? Surprise him with loads of expensive gifts for no reason.
15. Nag. Nag. Nag. Nag. Nag.
16. Giggle at his receding hairline.
17. Tell him oral sex makes you gag. Except when he does it.
18. Don't let him miss you (i.e., spend every blessed moment with/near/on/under/over him ‑- particularly those blessed moments when you feel bloated and paranoid).
19. Never have your wallet with you.
20. Let him know that every day is Judgment Day as far as you and he are concerned and that you'd rather be right than happy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Acorn Pumpkins

Want a festive decoration that won't clutter up your porch? Try a patch of mini pumpkins small enough to fit in your child's hand.

Orange acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint
Black permanent marker
Time needed: 30 Minutes or Less

1. Remove the caps from a handful of acorns.

2. Coat each one with orange acrylic paint, adding a bit of brown to the acorn's point for a stem.

3. Let the paints dry, then add a jack-o'-lantern face with a black permanent marker.

Tips: Warning: As several FamilyFun readers who made this craft found out, some acorns are infested with weevils. The weevils feed on the nutmeat while they develop over the summer, and when the acorns hit the ground in the fall, these insects know it's time to start chewing their way out and into the ground -- or your home. Reader Janie Foster offers a solution: before you start the project, bake the acorns in a slow oven to kill the weevils. Just be careful not to burn the acorns!

Foliage Friends

Use your imagination (and some paper, glue, and a pen or pencil) to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical menagerie.


Autumn leaves from your yard
Pencils, pens, or crayons
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding in your leaf piles. Below are some possibilities. When you've found leaves in your yard whose shapes you like, glue them to pieces of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to make your creatures complete. To preserve your creations, press them between two books.

2. MAPLE: These leaves have three main points and lots of smaller ones; count them as they flutter by.

3. ROSE: The rounded shape of this bush's leaves makes them look a lot like little shields.

4. BIRCH: As big and tall as this white-bark tree can get, its leaves are as small and as light as feathers.

5. GERANIUM: You might flip your wig if you find one of these wild-looking leaves in your yard.

6. BARBERRY: While this plant doesn't live underwater, its leaves resemble raindrops.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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life rules

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion, Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years,will this matter?
'27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone and everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."