When it comes to gift giving and long distances it’s always important to make sure things will arrive on time. I like to give gifts for Easter to friends and family that don’t live near me. I usually send items via the post office. This time of year the line is not nearly as bad as it would be if I needed delivery before Christmas in December.
My grandparents are very special to me and I always remember to send them something. This year I’m sending them a homemade gift basket that Lady Bug and I put together. She drew a couple of pictures for both of them to hang on their refrigerator. She also painted a cute little plastic light catcher for a window. I’ve added a jar of my grandmother’s favorite blackberry jam and some of my grandfather’s favorite salami. It doesn’t sound like much but with the inclusion of a family picture of Lady Bug and I the basket is complete.
My grandparents are happy with nothing at all. I just like to send them a little something to let them know we are thinking about them.
When Christie brought home the new m audio oxygen 25 from guitar center I was really surprised how small the keyboard was. I didn’t expect that she would be very happy with the device at all. But within minutes of plugging the USB keyboard into her computer, she was playing music with a big, silly grin on her face, and I was happy that she was happy. I didn’t dare ask her how much money she paid for it – I didn’t want to ruin the moment!
Do you let your children play with electronic devices? Does your child have his or her own personal IPad, IPhone, IPod, Kindle Fire, Nook, or similar device that can connect to the internet? If so, I’m curious to know about the boundaries and rules you have put in to place regarding it’s use.
How closely do you monitor what your children are doing on these electronic devices? Do you sit with them and participate in the activity or do they get to have free time alone to use it all by themselves? Have you placed time restrictions on when the devices can and can not be used? Is there a time limit when the kids do get to use it? Do you use it as a reward or privilege or just something they can use whenever?
My daughter can use my IPad to play on the applications I have downloaded for her as long as her chores are done and she has made good choices during the day. I do limit the amount of time she is on the IPad but it depends on what she is doing. I let her play on the learning apps for almost as long as she wants as long as they are the educational apps and not something like baking cupcakes or dressing up a doll. I want her to view learning as fun and there are many applications that help me accomplish just that.
Jason was really psyched when the new rocktron all access from musicians friend arrived, but he was really angry when Stephie’s dog chewed up the instruction manual that came with it. I don’t know how many times I’ve warned them not to leave papers lying around on the floor! Maybe now they’ll start to pay closer attention to my warnings and pick up after themselves a little bit better. In the meantime, I’ve gone online and found a replacement instruction manual that we could print off online. Thank goodness for the Internet – it has saved the day again!
Ladybug and I gave each other manicures today. I let her pick out whatever color she wanted to use. We used her new Strawberry Shortcake nail polish set. She painted my nails the light bright pink and put yellow polk-a-dots. I let her use one of my dotting tools to add the little polk-a-dot shapes. She had soo much fun that she asked if she could do my toes too! She painted my toes dark pink and put green dots on the corner of each nail. She’s soo creative. This isn’t the normal polish designs I could wear to work so good thing it’s a holiday weekend.
When I went to paint her toes she kept giggling because the toe separates were tickling her feet. It took me awhile to get her to settle down but eventually she did. I painted her toes the dark pink color and added light oink flowers with a yellow center. Her fingers were done in the light pink color with green polk-a-dots. We had soo much fun painting each others’ fingers and toes that I think we might make this a regular mommy daughter date at least once a month.