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Monday, August 28, 2006


Wow, I can’t believe the weekend is already over. It was time well spent. Though, obviously it didn’t feel like it was enough for us.

Friday, I received a call from my wife. She showed up at the Daycare to drop off our son and the promptly informed her that someone had stolen their vans during the night. Which mean they couldn’t transport to or from school. Good times… What kind of a jackass steals from a daycare? I’m hoping they have everything sorted out by Monday. If my wife or I had schedules as such that we could drop off or pick up from school, we wouldn’t need to have daycare at all.

Saturday was Tyler’s (fourth and final) birthday party. Some of you may remember that he wanted to wait until my wife came home from the UK before he had his big bash. It was a smashing success with a houseful of screaming 9-year-olds little angels. We played games, they played chase, roughhoused, and ran up and down the stairs, screaming like banshees for close to three hours. I’m pretty sure everyone had a good time.

Sunday, we (which you know…means me but with the encouragement of the rest of the family, lol) did a few minor house repairs and spent the rest of the day hanging out and watching movies.

Now, I’m off to talk to the daycare about what their plans are for providing transportation for all of their school age children.

So, how was your weekend?


At 4:36 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

Family, food, dogs, visits - lovely.

At 5:12 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Bummer about the day care vans. Who would steal from a day care?!? Idiots! I hope they find those bastards and let 'em rot in jail!

Kids can never have too many birthday parties! Ty is so lucky he got four! Party on, dude! Eat more cake! Woo hoo!

Our weekend was alright. We tried tidying up around here for next weekend's family visit. Wait a minute...this will be the in-laws' third visit down here to see us. How many times have you been down here? ZERO!! Start pumping some gas, cuz! Hee hee! I understand you guys are busy, so we'll come see you at Christmas. It'll be so nice to get back to real civilization with Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and sushi. Lake Jackson sucks! I hosted a surprise baby shower for a friend at church yesterday. I can finally post about it now. I think she reads my blog sometimes, so I didn't want to ruin the surprise before.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger lime said...

the dipshit who stole the vans ought to be strapped to the front of one of them and be driven all over town that way while the side of the van bears plackards proclaiming his crime. ooooh, that i were a judge with the authority to enforce creative sentencing.

our weekend was bittersweet. we hosted a surprise (almost) sweet sixteen party for one of my daughter's friends whose father was suddenly transferred halfway across the country. they move in two weeks and she turns 16 in november. my daughter and i wanted to make sure she got to celebrate the occasion with the girls she has grown up with. she was quite surprised and it was a really great time for the girls. this group of girls has been together since preschool days. i'm just sorry to see them go. goodbyes suck.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Sounds like you guys have been busy. That sucks about the vans.

My weekend was boring. I need to get out more.

Have a great Monday!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Ballpoint Wren said...

I see that you did the house repairs AFTER the three hours of roughhousing on Saturday. Smart move!

At 10:10 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

That sounds great, Bernita.

We definately need to make the trip, Leslie. I just don't know when that will be.

Oh, I think you would make an awesome Judge, Lime. Especially handing out sentences like that. :D

You too, Carrie. Maybe we could help with the getting out more. The next time we have a night out, maybe you and Adam could come with...

Lol, Bonnie. No sense doing the same work twice and there's always a risk of something getting broke with that many kids roughhousing. :D

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

James, you should try cursing those fools who stole the vans. No - not that cursing... but the kind that uses some voodoo involving needles, candles, and maybe an old grandmother.

That's what I did when someone stole 'leafy' (my silk palm tree) from my front door. Try it. But you have to think of something really nasty, like, maybe they have eternal hangnails and althlete's foot and ingrown hair under their arms. Something like that.

In the meantime, I do hope the daycare can figure something out.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, you want a horror writer to think of something creatively nasty to curse these people with? I like the way you think. :D

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Southern Writer said...

I read: Today was Tyler's (fourth and final)birthday party, and alarms started ringing in my head. Oh, no! Something happened to Tyler? You nearly gave me a heart attack. I must have missed posts about previous parties. Geez, don't do that! Glad y'all had fun.

Lime has the right idea about the thieves. It kind of reminds me of the parents who make their kids stand on the street corner with a sign that says, "I stole a candybar," or whatever. I imagine that would be humiliating enough that the kid would never do it again. I don't know ... which do you think is more effective or more damaging - grounding, spanking, or humiliation? I'm not a parent, so thank God I don't have to make those kinds of decisions.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Oh, I didn't realize how I worded that. Sorry, lol.

Wow, I really like that new picture. Very cool.

I think the punishment should fit the crime, and I hav no qualms about doling out a spanking when other methods have failed, but I think humiliation could well be the single strongest deterent for a child (barring one with phsycological problems where punishment only fuels deliquent behaviour.) When my son, acts (ed?) up in public, I used to make him drop and do pushups. It didn't matter if we were in Walmart, the grocery, a nice restaurant. I would point the actions that brought such punishment down on him for all to hear. Oh, and of course, he would have to sound off with what number of pushup he was on. 1 sir, 2, sir, 3 sir,

After a few months of this (which didn't start in earnest until the summer before his sixth birthday), he realized I was going to do it everytime he mouthed off or stepped out of line in public. You know what? He is on his best beahvior nearly every single time we step out that door.

I was very hard on him from an early age, but it payed off. He's only nine and I can honestly say that I haven't had to give him a spanking in over a year and he hasn't don't push ups in nearly six months. My guess is we won't have a lot of disciplinary problems with him from here on out. The spankings, though I strongly feel have there place, had less to do with this phenomonon than his fear of being humiliated in front of his peers.

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Geez, stealing from a daycare. That's pathetic. What did they work out James?

At 11:29 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Yes, it is, Sandra. And I don't know yet. I just woke up a few minutes ago, because I spent the night in the emergency room and I didn't leave there until nearly 7 CST. In fact maybe I should post about that.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

I was just fixing to say that something must be wrong since you didn't update.

I hope everything is okay.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, I've been better...but then, I've been a lot worse too. :D


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