Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lost my job

I don't even know what to say... I am shocked, angry, sad, hurt, worried and every other emotion you can think of. Restructured.... I HATE that word.

Best Laid Plans

So I have been working on balancing my life better so that I have more time to blog at least twice a week. Of course what happens? My husband has been sick and then Little J so I have missed a lot of work. I was then told I could not take any more sick or vacation time until I acrue more time. Of course who gets sick then? Me! Yup I feel horrible, tired, jittery and here I am at work trying to focus on what I need to get done. A mommy's work is never done.

Sorry if this makes no sense but I just had to get it off my chest and I cannot focus very well so I am probably rambling. Yup I am sick.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Little J is 1 Today!

I cannot believe that a year ago today, well 5:47pm to be exact I was seeing my Little J for the first time. I just cannot imagine my life without her in it.  I love both my girls so much.

Happy 1st Birthday Little J!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries Series

With the impending launch of the Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries series, Her Interactive created this short video to highlight the first title in the series: Shadow Ranch. But this is no ordinary video! You need to solve the mystery...and if you could win some great prizes from Her Interactive!  Watch the video, solve the mystery, enter the contest and cross your fingers. All entries must be in by February 15th. Good luck!

I am so excited and cannot wait until the launch! Another great addition to the Nancy Drew family.

2011 a review

Ok I know it is only February and the only the 3rd but this year has already been crazy for me. Here is a quick look at 2011 for Big J & Little J.

Thursday, December 30 (Not technically 2011 but close enough) - Mommy, Big J & Little J fly to NH with out Daddy. Daddy has a second job interview which is very important because he has not really had a job for over 2 years. Trip was not so bad considering we had to change planes in DC.

Thursday, January 6th - My 30th Birthday - Was having a miserable trip! New Year's Eve is very special to me and my husband and we were apart, my 30th birthday only comes once in a lifetime and he was not there. Let's not forget that he found out he did not get the job!!

Also during this whole "vacation" week Little J was not sleeping well which means that Mommy was not sleeping well. Also she refused to stay with anyone else for longer then a minute which meant that I was on duty 24/7. Not something I am used to nor is it something I wanted for my "vacation".

Saturday, January 8th - The best day every because we got to fly home!!! However.....We were evacuated from the airport in NH while the fire trucks came. So there I am standing out in the snow holding Little J and making sure I do not lose Big J. Big J was pulling her new rolling backpack and I was also pulling a rolling carry-on. None of us were dressed for snow since we put our "outer" coats in the suitcase right before checking it. Thankfully we were only outside for about 5-10 minutes. Now we had to work our way back through security before our flight took off which was in about 20 minutes. We had to wait on the first floor until more people had gone through the security line. When we were finally allowed into the security line they called our flight so we were able to cut in front of everyone else!  Arriving in DC for our flight change we basically ran to our other plane, getting there as they were calling final boarding. Poor Big J was asking me to go to the bathroom and all I could say was, "No, run!" A nice stewardess did take her once we boarded. We finally made it home and I could not have been happier.

Monday, January 10th - Snow day at work! Living in Charlotte, NC this does not happen often but when we do get snow the place closes down!

Tuesday, January 11th - Ice day at work - Another day off for me!

Wednesday, January 12th - Hubby wakes up sick so I get another day off of work.

Monday, January 24th - Get a call from Hubby that Big J might have broken her nose at school. Yup. She was walking up the stairs on the playground equipment with her hands in her pocket. So of course when she fell her nose was the only thing there to break her fall. After a trip to the urgent care we learned it was not broken just swollen and sore. It really did not bother Big J much at all. Well except for when Little J hit her in the nose and made it bleed again.

Friday, January 28th - Hubby has been pretty sick for the past few nights, still able to watch Little J. We pulled her out of daycare to save money so he watches her everyday. I leave work early to give him a break and some rest.

Saturday, January 29th - Hubby decides he is sick enough for me to take to the ER. Since we do not have insurance this means he is really sick to go. I bring Big J to her friends house so she can play and Little J, Hubby and I head to the ER. He gets in right away but Little J and I are left in the waiting room. After about 2 hours I get someone to take us to him and find out they are admitting him. I leave him there and head to pick up Big J.

Sunday, January 30th - Take the girls to the mall and kill time while we wait for Hubby. He gets an endoscopy and biopsy and some other tests. They send him home that night.

Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, February 1st- Hubby is on 48 hour bed rest which means he is not allowed to watch Little J, so I stay home from work. I go to fill his 4 prescriptions only to find out that one is $180 and the other is $200 a month!! I was able to get the other two but he really needs the expensive one.

Wednesday, February 2nd - I go back to work and Hubby is surviving. He has appointments next week for help to get his meds as well as other doctor appointments to find out results and next steps.

So that is my recap of 2011 so far. You can see why I said it has already been a crazy year!!

Am I the only one? Or are other people having crazy starts to the new year? Please share so I don't feel so alone!

iPad App from School Zone Review

Both my girls love our iPad or the rectangle as Big J calls it. I have found the iPad to be a great learning tool and a wonderful travel companion!! We would not have survived our trip to NH without it. We have a couple different apps designed just for children but one of our new favorites is by School Zone.

About School Zone:

School Zone Publishing Company began as The School Zone Learning Center in 1972. The Learning Center was a retail teachers supply outlet, specializing in sales to teachers, with two stores in Grand Rapids, Michigan. About 1974 schools instituted changes in educational methods that affected the home and schools. Changes included introducing new teaching methods in math and English and eliminating workbooks provided on a shared basis for home use. With these changes, parents experienced difficulty finding educational material for use at home. Local parents turned to the Learning Centers, requesting workbooks and other at-home teaching aids. In response, the Centers formulated six workbooks and printed 1,000 copies of each. The books sold out in six months. An expanded workbook series was developed and received equally enthusiastic acceptance. School Zone Publishing Company was incorporated in 1979. A new line of workbooks had been written and illustrated by late 1979. In January 1980, the line was printed and School Zone began operations. Market response was extremely favorable. The product line has expanded yearly and currently includes almost two hundred educational products including games and apps.

About the App -Preschool Pencil-Pal:

School Zone’s preschool learning app has all of that and more! Your child will touch, listen, laugh, and learn as he or she discovers important skills through play and practice. Pencil-Pal Preschool will introduce your preschooler to a barnyard full of activities. Sherman Sheep and the rest of the barnyard buddies will help your little one sharpen preschool skills in no time. After all, it’s more fun to practice letter sounds, shapes, numbers, and more with friends! As your child follows these lovable friends around the barnyard, from the movie theater to the art studio, he or she will gain essential early learning skills.

My Review:

Big J loves this app, especially the drawing and painting features. She loves to paint and draw and this makes it a mess free experience for mommy!! Other features include jokes and riddles, dot-to-dot, movies and learning game.

We also love the dot-to-dot because you can use numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters. I was watching Big J and was amazed that she did the uppercase letters perfect! The learning game teaches counting, color matching, lower and upper case letter matching and letter sounds.

The beginning of the app is very funny too.

You can tap each door, window or mailbox and there is some great sounds and animations to go along with it. Big J can actually spend a few minutes playing with this screen before moving onto a game.

Preschool Pencil Pal will be staying on our iPad for a long time.

You can purchase the Preschool Pencil Pal app ($7.99) and other School Zone apps at the Apple app store from your iPad, iPhone or computer.

I received a free copy of the Preschool Pencil app from School Zone for my iPad in order to review the product. All opinions are mine (or Big J's) and 100% honest.