So This is What a Real Winter Feels Like Back to school for the new year and already at home for a snow day We finally got the kids back into the groove of going back to school after the long holiday break and BAM! A SNOW DAY! A real snow day, we had about 4 inches of snow in the area, which is more snow then we had all of last year and the most snow the kids have seen. So we decided to venture out into the snow and even got Grandma to join in on the fun. Of course there is always a wipe out or two! This is the face you make while snow is rolling down your back under your clothes. No day out in the snow is complete without a snow ball fight. Just when you think Mrs. M has the upper hand, this happens. Overall it was a fun time for ...

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Have you ever noticed how everyone seems glued to their little phones? I find even catch myself as I’m passing by windows, my elbow craned and my nose buried in my phone. I wonder if we’re all addicts, or if much has changed over the years. Once, not too long ago, we were all gathered around small black and white television screens. Before that, it was a box that carried sound across America, and before that it was newspapers and talking. We’ve always been predisposed to media, so perhaps this new trend of multi-screen viewing isn’t all that new. Still, it did seem to happen overnight and it’s enough to wonder where we’ve been and where we go from here. Home Networking Advances in the technology we use in home networking are driving the trend in multi-screen viewing. Because little Sally and Johnny aren’t forced to use one device, they seek entertainment elsewhere. ...

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Being a mom is a lot of work, now imagine taking care of an entire group of 4th graders on a field trip, now that’s hard work! Sure, being a chaperone has its perks, you get to have fun with your kid and you get to see how your child does in an educational environment. For some parents, their first field trip could be frightening. How can you counter these fears? Preparation and anticipation! Thus, I have compiled a list of suggestions on how chaperoning for your kid’s field trip can turn out successful! Who knows, the kids might end up considering you the cool mom. Know What’s Expected Usually before departure, parents are briefed on where they’ll be going, what the schedule will look like and what will be expected from them and the students. Sometimes, teachers give chaperones a first aid kit, which is important because most kids are accident ...

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An Extended Drive Event San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, driving across the state in the FJ Cruiser Last week I spent way too many hours strapped inside a car, it started with my typical 2 hour round-trip drive on Monday, then a three hour trip to San Diego and back on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I drove to work again and then drove to Sacramento that same night and came back to LA on Sunday. That is just too many hours on the road for me. The only plus side of doing so much driving is that I was able to do some of it in the Toyota FJ Cruiser. For our trip to Sacramento we tested out the FJ Cruiser to see how it handled as a family vehicle. The kids instantly fell in love - but who doesn’t driving a new car. Even though our trip was only a weekend turn ...

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