Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Hannah Montana ROCKS

Do you know Hannah Montana? She is awesome. It's really difficult to find a good show for your kids to watch these days. Even Disney comes out with some "ify" kid television. If you can't trust Disney, who can you trust? So here's a show about a preteen (I have two) who in her secret life is a pop-star. She hides it from everyone so she can live a real life as a pre-teen. I know the last part is a little bit over the top - who would hide it? But Miley is lovable, funny and truthful.

This is the real-life daughter of Billy Ray Cirus. That in itself is kind of funny because if you have a preteen (or close to) you remember Billy Ray Cirus for the one hit wonder of Achy Breaky Heart. Poor Billy Ray, he actually did more than that, but that's all I remember of him. Anyway, back to his wonderful daughter, Miley Cirus.

I took my girls (minus the baby, of course) to a Hannah Montana concert this past weekend. It was Sydney & MacKenzie's first-ever concert, so they were pretty pumped to begin with. Mind you, I didn't even tell them we were going until four hours before -- because I wouldn't be able to handle the "How long until we go...." questions.

Katy's first concert was the Spice Girls in 1998. WOW how things have changed (thank goodness!)

It was actually the Disney 10th Birthday concert, so Nothin' But Strings, B5, the Jonas Brothers, Aly & AJ were there too. They were all good, a GREAT kids concert. I was really impressed by the Jonas Brothers. You might think of them as the Hansen Brothers - which would be a shame because they are much better. You can check them out at Jonas Brothers

Back to Miley... she's great. I can't say enough about her and the Hannah Montana show. I am so glad to see something I am not afraid for my kids to be watching AND they still enjoy it. So check it out... mom might just like it too ;) Hannah Montana

posted at 12:31 PM

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
What happened to Halloween??

I love Halloween. It's so fun to all the children dressed up. The most fun are the children that are about three years old,walking from house to house, wondering what the heck is going on. But just as most things have gone by the way side (isn't that a funny saying?!) Halloween has gone too. Every year we get less and less Trick or Treaters in our neighborhood.

I think it's great they are giving families an alternative -- but I do miss Trick or Treating as it use to be. We had a great time this year. Our neighbor (my husband's other half) Danny, smoked fajita meat on the smoker and it was delicious! We hung out & played with Landry as the kids came and went.

Hope you had a great Halloween!!

I just read a post from a friend that we should be Catholic. Not that I don't have enough religious controversy in my life, I work at a Methodist Church, attend a Baptist church - pretending itself to be non-denominational, and I'm married to a truck driver that needs all the religion I can hand him on a daily basis, so why not be Catholic?!? The reasoning behind this is simple - they have the day after Halloween off - EVERY YEAR! Now there is reasoning. I had been saying we needed to change Halloween where it's like Thanksgiving. It can be the last Saturday of October every year. Why does it have to be October 31st? Thanksgiving is never the same date and we do it just great every year. It's just not fair to any of us, trying to get sugar loaded kids into bed and then up at the crack of dawn the next day. It's certainly not fair to the teachers :( So I say, change it! Next year it won't be dark outside until much later with Day-light-savings time being changed to the first weekend in November. This has good and bad. Some kids don't want to go out until it's dark outside.

So another observation, I was not rude, I handed the candy over, BUT -- I am not kidding you - I had more adults trick or treating at my house than children! And to top it off, they didn't even say "Trick or Treat" ! They just walked up and opened their bag! Several thoughts went through my mind, but I didn't say anything. We even had one parent holding their own bucket, holding their child, who was holding a bucket - ? A little confusing, but isn't Halloween for the children? Can't you just eat your kids candy -- do you really need your own bucket? I only had two out of four kids trick or treating and I have enough candy at my house for the Macy's parade.

Seriously, these people really need to a grip - or at least some manners. I remember teaching my kids to trick or treat, going with them from door to door, "What do you say?" (trick or treat) "What do you say now?" (THANK YOU and Happy Halloween)

So, I guess I was a little put out with some of the Halloween experience this year - but the kids were cute, the company was great and the fajitas were wonderful!

posted at 11:15 AM

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