Are you curbing expenses on your kids?

The Associated Press is reporting what many parents know from first-hand experience – they are cutting back on what they spend on their kids.

From toys to birthday parties, from swim lessons to private schools, parents are saying “No” more often.

” ‘Parents are cutting back across the board,’ said BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson.”

“In 2008, sales of toys fell 3 percent to $21.6 billion from the previous year. Children’s clothing fell 2.2 percent to $36.8 billion, according to the research firm NPD Group.”

“At RockNfun Music in Falls Church, Va., the number of people, mostly children, taking guitar, piano and other lessons has fallen 5 to 10 percent in the past four months, co-owner Kevin Glass said.”

“Paul Feciura, owner of Youth Sports, Virginia Training Center Inc. in Woodbridge, Va., said business has dropped 15 to 20 percent since last summer – even though the Beijing Olympics should have provided a boost. The company is trying to accommodate some hard-hit parents by reducing rates.”

And even the Tooth Fairy is responding to the recession with the average pillow payout dropping from $2.09 last year to $1.88 this year, according to a recent survey by DeCare Dental, a Minnesota-based benefits management company.

What are you cutting back on for your kids? Are you staying home for birthday parties and inviting fewer kids? Are you forgoing the youth league for baseball? Will you give up camp for the summer or pool memberships? Has your Tooth Fairy started paying out less?

By coincidence, the AJC has put together a lovely package about teaching your kids to be money savvy. I wanted to share all the links with you.

Allowance 101: How to make your younger kids money savvy

8 questions to test your teen’s financial savvy

Products to help your kids learn

More money-saving tips

78 comments Add your comment

DB

April 16th, 2009
7:17 am

$2 for the tooth fairy!? Holy cow! Our kids’ teeth were only worth $1 each. I had one friend who got all excited when her oldest child lost their first tooth, and left $10 — we all laughed and pointed out that it was “1 down, 27 to go”, and that mouthfull of baby teeth was going to cost her a fortune!

We’ve stopped music lessons, but only because she’s finished all her college auditions, and only has one more performance before graduation. I haven’t noticed a particular downturn in expenses — i.e., prom expenses, graduation announcements, etc., etc., and at their age, they are pretty much on their own with clothes, etc., except for special stuff (i.e., I forked over for the graduation dress). We did give up our neighborhood club membership because we’ve finished with summer swim league.

If anyone has teenagers and they have an opportunity to take Dave Ramsey’s financial management class for teenagers, I would strongly recommend it. I wish I had had a similar class when I was a young adult. My daughter LOVED it, and is much more choosey about what she spends her money on, now.

And now that the youngest will be in college, we will be saving a ton of money on private school tuition! After being at the same school since kindergarten, there was no way I was going to take them out their last year or two — but yeah, it’s been a bit of a stretch. With the HOPE scholarship, college will actually be cheaper than high school — whoohoo!

motherjanegoose

April 16th, 2009
7:32 am

I have been wondering how the summer posh camps are doing, as these tend to be filled with so many kids whose parents want to park them somewhere else for most of the summer. They are not cheap either.

Our daughter pays for half of her week at church camp…about $300 total.

As many of you know, we felt the pinch about 5 years ago and are now in recovery. No one gave a flip about our predicament then…”things will work out” but NOW it is an entirely different story if it is their pocket book.

I am going to look into the Dave Ramsey class…thanks DB. Off to schools and the airport for my LAST trip until the end of next month…HOORAH

We gave $1 per tooth but that was at least 10 years ago….inflation?

I commented on tipping ( see yesterday’s blog) and the service personnel that I run into tell me that their tips are WAY down. I irks me to see someone get off the airport shuttle bus and have the drive haul three bags and golf clubs to their Lexus or BMW and they do not even give them a $2 tip.
I drive a paid for Chevy and tip…maybe that is why I can tip….LOL!

Nadia

April 16th, 2009
7:53 am

Yes, we had inexpensive birthday parties this past year for my children and spent less on the gifts. This has more to do with them getting older, though, and being more aware of what things cost. I don’t want them to think we are going to spend a lot of money on gifts all the time and for them to get to the point where they expect that.

I have always been able to explain to my kids if something they wanted was too expensive, or if they wanted a cheaply made toy that was not worth the cost, I would explain that to them. Luckily, they have accepted my explanations. (I am that mom in the dollar store who won’t let their child pay a dollar for something because it is not even worth that much. It has gotten to the point where I can just say, “That is junk,” and they know that means it is not worth it.)

Our tooth fairy leaves $5 for the first tooth and $2 for the rest.

We did have to cut out gymnastics for a session, and I explained to the children that we did not have the money for it right now but would re enroll them when we did.

RJ

April 16th, 2009
7:57 am

We’ve definitely cut back this year. My daughter just had a birthday and was given a $100 gift card and two t-shirts (there were cute and only $5 each!). For us, that’s a cut. Typically she would’ve received at least $150 (she’s a teenager so we don’t buy her clothes anymore, she’s too picky!).

We won’t be taking a huge vacation this year and Friday night pizza is a thing of the past; we eat hotdogs instead lol!

Motherjanegoose I can’t imagine not tipping. I worked as a server for 3 years in college and I needed those tips to pay my rent. It’s a shame that people don’t want to pay for service. I drive a 10 year old luxury car, maybe that’s why I’m able to tip well too!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 16th, 2009
8:08 am

Hey RJ — We still do pizza night but we don’t order out — Publix has fresh dough that you can buy and make your own. You can freeze the dough if you’re not going to use it that night and then thaw it out that day. It makes a nice little pizza for about $3. I make the kids plain cheese and then do us a fancier one.

Photius

April 16th, 2009
8:14 am

Oh heavens no! After all, this how I show them how much I love them – by showering them with materialistic things – more than they will ever need. This makes me feel better for all of the long days at the office. I love my kids so much it hurts.

RJ

April 16th, 2009
8:30 am

What a great idea Theresa! I actually thought about doing that, but I honestly thought that it would cost a lot more! I’ll definitely give it a try tomorrow.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 16th, 2009
8:41 am

RJ — one jar of the pizza quick sauce will do for two pizzas but you may need 2 2-cup bags of cheese depending on your cheesiness — Only other advice is once the pizza dough is thawed you have to let it sit out on the counter for an hour before you can press it out — it seems to be a little bit resistant and I still haven’t quite decided if I’m overworking the dough or not enough — the kids love helping and eating — Rose usually makes the kids’ pizza for me.

momtoAlex&Max

April 16th, 2009
8:47 am

To MJG: I hear you on that one. Our bottom fell out 5 years ago too and no one cared. You find out REAL quick who your true friends are.

Now things are good for us and everyone else is complaining. I smile and nod and remember what they said to ME when things were tough.

JJ

April 16th, 2009
8:47 am

Theresa & RJ, most Fridays, before my daughter started working, we would have pizza and movie night. I would buy the small Boboli pizza crusts and we made our own pizzas. When my nieces would come over, we would all make our own individual pizzas. The kids had so much fun doing that. They looked forward to Friday’s at Aunt JJ’s…….

Yes I have cut back, but it doesn’t seem to help any. I’m still broke three days before payday. We live very simply, and frugal. I drive an 11 year old car too, paid off. My house is simple, nothing fancy. We don’t go out for meals very often, as I love to cook. I wear jeans and tennis shoes so no expenses there. I don’t drink much either, and very rarely go out. If I do go out its usually to a friends or they come to my house. I much prefer that, I really don’t care to go out much. It’s a waste of money. I’m putting in a “salad” garden this year, to save grocery money. I hope to have a little surplus to sell at the Suwanee Farmer’s Market this spring and summer……

I barely ran my heater this winter, and relied mostly on space heaters. Since I’m home alone a lot in the evenings, there’s no need to heat the entire house, and basement. I’ve closed off vents to rooms that aren’t used regularly, ie the guest bedroom, and the basement. I have four animals in the bed with me, so I don’t need any heat….why do they all want to sleep with me?..

momtoAlex&Max

April 16th, 2009
8:48 am

Sorry, I don’t mean that I laught at their predicament. It was just a figure of speach.

Kathy

April 16th, 2009
8:49 am

Nadia….good for you making the gymnastics cut. I know a lady who keeps her kid (who is only 3) enrolled in 3 different activities because the child “needs something to keep her busy” even though they do not have the money. Ridiculous!!!

We have been cutting back in some areas to save for a Disney trip in January. It will be Little E’s first trip so we want to have all the money we will need to go all out for that trip. We probably won’t take her back for a couple of years so we want to fit in as much as possible. We aren’t big spenders anyway. Can’t spend it if you don’t have it….oh, wait….that’s why the economy is in the crapper because people spend it even though they really don’t have it! Proud to say that we did not contribute to that mess. Sorry for jumping on the soapbox. On a side note, we are one of the lucky ones refinancing our house…lowering our rate 2 points and saving a couple hundred on our mortgage. WOOHOO!!!! Happy Thursday y’all!!

Michelle

April 16th, 2009
8:51 am

Theresa…good idea on the frozen pizza dough! Well, we don’t really give our little guy birthday parties (yet). We both work full time and it is VERY difficult to get something like this planned. Also, we are REALLY tight financially right now. I’d rather keep things close to home and get him a couple of extra special gifts instead a bunch of money to entertain a bunch of other kids! Today is his birthday in fact! He’s 6…where has the time gone?! I’ll be making him the cake he requested (home made chocolate brownie sheet cake), and celebrating at home with our immediate family!

I would LOVE to get him enrolled into swim lessons or put him in a baseball league, but we just don’t have the extra money right now. My short term budget goals for summer are to save enough for swim lessons as I think these are EXTREMELY important and useful for the remainder of his life!

We have also cut WAY back in our amount of frivolous spending and eating out! We used to eat out almost nightly! Now we spend most evenings at home with 1-2 dining out events during the week. We probably shouldn’t even do those, but with our schedules, it’s difficult not to! When we do dine out, we ALWAYS tip.

FCM

April 16th, 2009
9:13 am

I showed the title of the blog to a friend, and her comment was “Well, if your not cutting/curbing expenses on the kids during the recession, then your an idiot.”

Yes, in my house we have cut/curbed expenses. The kids actually don’t mind waiting to go to the $1 theatre to see a movie they want to see. There are still ‘exceptions’ (we were part of the $34 million of Hannah Montana last week).

Friday Pizza/Movie night…might just be the Disney Channel Movie and a bowl of ice cream (dinner having been something Mom made). Sometimes (again last week) it is actually Pizza and the Disney Channel.

Guitar lessons left when I lost my job last year. Said guitar needs to be restrung. One child plays Soccer (she loves it and gives her confidence). Otherwise no ‘paid’ activities….we hit the pool at the gym, the park, and the courts in the subdivision.

I keep saying we will cut back on dining out with friends…so I am working on having the folks we see come to our house for dinner. That worked for a taco night…I spent HALF what I would at the restaurant and fed 3 kids 2 adults with leftovers for another dinner! (This included margaritas, rice, chips & salsa, etc).

JJ

April 16th, 2009
9:24 am

FCM, when inviting friends over, have them bring a side dish, most people don’t mind bringing something. I gather with friends frequently. We have a tradition, the host provides the main course, and everyone brings appetizers, sides and desserts. It really helps with the budget, and everyone pitches in……I can’t wait to fire up my grill, if it ever gets warm!!!

Next weekend we are going to a friends for dinner, and Wii……

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 16th, 2009
9:48 am

I was just talking to a friend last night about mom’s night out — She was in a parking lot trying to find a spot to meet her friends from her child’s school. She commented she was glad they picked a cheap place but all the other moms seemed to be going there too.

I have to admit I did feel guilty last weekend with the fabulous hotel and night out when we have been trying to cut back and save. Michael kept saying we never do anything for ourselves and that was OK. We have done a really good job cutting fast food out. It’s easier when the big kids are in school. I’m worried about stopping too much this summer. I need to have stuff at home to make quick picnic lunches as we run out the door. We’re debating piano lessons for Rose this summer — it’s a good time to start, but … I need to investigate more on the cost.

Ooh — I want to throw out something we just learned and I’ll post the link — Military families can get really good deals at Disney World — I believe the military person could get a 5-day pass for FREE!! (Even retired — I think Michael’s Dad who was in for 25 years and retired with benefits, is going to get the 5-day free pass) and THEN the military person can buy 5 more 3-day pass for $99 each.
Check out the link — http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/01/28/16162-disney-parks-celebrate-us-military-with-free-multi-day-admission-to-theme-parks-in-2009/

JJ

April 16th, 2009
9:57 am

I’m the queen of cheap, frugal living…..I should write a book…..

That’s cool about Disney and the military families. I wish more places would recognize these families!!!!

working for a living

April 16th, 2009
10:19 am

OH yea, you can bet my 17 yr old daughter will be curbing some expenses after her 100+ mph speeding ticket, drivers course and reinstatement fees.

Teacher, Too

April 16th, 2009
10:21 am

I see kids who seem to have everything, both middle and high school-aged kids. I’m not necessarily opposed to kids having really nice “stuff,” but if they get it all too soon and haven’t earned it, what do they have to look forward to when they are adults and don’t make enough money to provide them with the comfort they are used to?

When I was young, if we went to fast-food restaurant, it was maybe once in a few months. We ate our meals at home. If it was a special occasion, perhaps we went out. Pizza night at our house was a frozen pizza. We seldom went to restaurants– my mother and father had that privilege. Even now, I seldom eat fast-food. It’s just not that good, and I hate giving up those calories for something I don’t particularily enjoy. I also take my lunch to school every day, so I don’t spend a lot of money during the week.

My parents were frugal, but we had everything we needed. I guess with older parents who lived through the Great Depression, they didn’t see the need to waste anything. My mom even reused aluminum foil (I remember having to wash the foil and styrofoam trays that veges come in!).

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 16th, 2009
10:48 am

I have added some new links in our Blogroll on the right — including a permanent spot for the Disney discounts for Military Families!!

JJ

April 16th, 2009
10:49 am

Teacher Too, my parents were very frugal also, but we had things we “needed”. When all my friends were getting cars bought by their parents, my father would tell me “you will appreciate that car more if you buy it yourself” and I did!!!! That man was so wise.

Anyway, they saved, and were frugal, and invested their money wisely.

I remember a friend in high school brought her lunch every day. She had to save her brown bag and the baggies and use them each for one week. I remember her sitting at the lunch table, cleaning out her baggies, and folding everything up nicely to be used again the next day. But then again, they had 9 kids……so they had to be very frugal!!!

Patiently Waiting

April 16th, 2009
11:05 am

Hello everyone! It’s been a while.
I have been watching expenses with my 4 month old. I believe I have done a pretty good job with not falling into traps by buying things that aren’t needed. I’ve watched toys I wanted and waited for good deals (BOGO). I am already discussing plans for christmas and birthdays so that we don’t set ourselves up with an expensive tradition.
As for the adults, we have cut out a lot of things to make sure we can get what we really want.

THERESA, where in publix is the pizza dough? I thought I was going to have to go to Trader JOes to get some.

Stacey

April 16th, 2009
11:07 am

We had to cut back on a lot of things a long time and we’ve had to postpone things like sports and music lesson because we simply don’t have the money. Weekly pizza night has become more like a monthly thing or we get the “take & bake” pizza from the grocery store.

We are sticking with Cub Scout though it has turned out to be a lot more expensive than we bargained for. My son is a really good kid and we want to have some kind of extracurricular activities so I’ve cut out pretty much anything of mine that isn’t absolutely essential. My husband and I both have to work in order for us to make it so summer day camp is a necessity for us. My son desparately wants to go back to the camp he attended last summer but we just don’t have the money. He will go to the Boys & Girls Club for the entire summer for what the other camp costs for two weeks.

b

April 16th, 2009
11:13 am

We have been in the position many are in several times because of the nature of my husband’s career. He has been let go 4 different times. The last time was a month after I lost my job so neither of us was working. I guess we are not cutting back because we are already pretty frugal that there isn’t a lot to cut back on. Also, if we eliminate everything, what are the people who are relying on our $$$ to do? It becomes a domino effect if we all stop spending.

I will say our expenses have grown. Our oldest is in college here in Georgia and luckily is under the Fixed for Four. With the HOPE, tuition is covered, but the fees keeping rising and we need to find $$ to pay that. Also, room and board are skyrocketing but next year off campus is what we are using and it is much cheaper. It was difficult to find a summer job this year though.

Our other expenses will remain about the same even with our youngest entering high school. We caught a break on tuition but signing early and going to the same school as we did for middle school. Still need to pay for the travel sports team, but the parents on the team decided last fall to cut back on the out-of-state tournaments and only do one in the fall and one in the spring. That helped a lot as both were within driving distances and there was a lot of carpooling.

I found a teacher at the high school who tutors in the summer and for a very reasonable rate so that expense went down almost $20 per week. We also rarely go out to dinner as my husband travels 85% so on the weekends he just wants to be at home. Clothes shopping is only for necessities like school uniforms or shoes or worn out items. We have not given up my gym membership (I need that both physically and mentally) nor the golf club membership because three out of the four of us play. We have had that so long that it is not a big expense and much much less than if we had to pay for every round we play. It may all seem extravagant but these are items we really enjoy. We don’t go on trips, actually never have as our vacation is always to see far-away family, which means free room and board. Our kids understand wise spending and we save a lot out of our paychecks every month, including 401K, rainy day fund, retirement funds and just plain old savings.

JJ

April 16th, 2009
12:57 pm

Hijacking for a moment……

Has anyone heard Susan Boyle from Britian’s Got Talent? I saw a news clip last night, and was blown away. Five people have asked me today if I saw it…..that woman was sensational!!! and she will be famous!!! If you haven’t seen her, go to YouTube.com……..you will be blown away!!!!!

Active Duty Mom

April 16th, 2009
1:02 pm

Teresa: If you are able to go to Disney World with your father-in-law included, check out “Shades of Green” hotel, which is for military:

http://www.shadesofgreen.org/

The rate is based on your rank and it’s right across the road from the Grand Floridian resort, so you’re right near a monorail. My mother and I stayed there when we both took a break and I ran the Disney Marathon and it was WONDERFUL! I must say for anyone who uses a wheelchair that they are truly one of the most accessible hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Do act quickly to make reservations, as they fill up quickly.

Other discounts available for military can be found at this link:
http://www.military.com/DC/DealIndex.jsp

There are also military hotels that are very reasonably priced for active duty and retired military. Google the Navy Lodge and Air Force Inn websites and you can find deals on rooms that are clean, safe, and about what you’d expect from a Holiday Inn.

For pizza, our family has a bread machine that makes pizza dough and a Pampered Chef pizza stone and we’ll make the dough and invite friends over who will bring one ingredient each and we’ll make homemade pizzas. My husband and I did this when I was stationed in San Diego (a very expensive place to live) and our kids love it!

Also, we don’t go to the movies anymore but subscribe to Netflix with the one movie per week plan and at less than $10, it is very affordable.

Fortunately we’re now stationed in the DC area, which has a boatload of museums that are predominantly free–would highly recommend this for a summer vacation.

Becky

April 16th, 2009
2:22 pm

We didn’t have a lot to cut back on..I’m already a thrift store shopper for clothes for me & the kids..I haven’t bought a purse from a dept. store in over 15 years..The kids love yard sales..We haven’t been to a movie but maybe once in over 10 years..My car is paid for..

We have family in VA, DC, TX & KY, so that’s where we do most of our vacations at..Of course the kids are still young enough to enjoy the small things in life that we do for them..They will be 7 in June & they are wanting a big party, so that will be our one big expense for them this year..

Joyce

April 16th, 2009
2:32 pm

I’ve seen the Publix pizza dough in the bakery section. Also, you can get the pillsbury rolled pizza dough if you can’t find Publix. Same concept; I don’t know how it compares w/Publix, but I do know that it was about $2.50 cheaper than the Boboli.

JJ

April 16th, 2009
2:55 pm

My mom takes us on vacations once or twice a year. She usually springs for the hotel/condo and one nice meal out. We take care of everything else, if she let’s us. She buys the groceries for a weeks stay in a condo. We pay for the entertainment.

The ocean entertains me, and it doesn’t cost anything. ;) All I need is a lounge chair, a good book, an umbrella and a cooler full of booze!!!!!

Teacher, Too

April 16th, 2009
3:14 pm

JJ, I’m with you on the ocean and such! During the summer, I am perfectly content to sit in a chair at the beach, book in one hand and a Corona Light in the other, the sun shining on me– and the sounds of the waves to relax me. It’s a perfect day. Fortunately, we have friends we can stay with when we need a beach fix. We are going to take a pretty expensive vacation this year, but I have been doing a ton of research and I’ve been watching the airfare. Since my vacation usually involves visiting my elderly parents, it’s not usually much of a vacation; I’m taking care of things that my parents are not able to do.

In the meanwhile, we have a beautiful backyard, a beach chair, a stack of library books, and a cooler– it’s not the beach, but it’s still pretty wonderful and inexpensive!

JJ

April 16th, 2009
3:28 pm

Teacher, Too – It’s the simple things in life, huh????? I’m perfectly content in my back yard too……..it doesn’t take much for me to enjoy myself……I bought a little kiddie pool last summer, so I can at least sit in it when it gets hot……My dogs think it’s their personal watering hole…

nurse&mother

April 16th, 2009
4:00 pm

We have cut back on a few things, not too much. But then again, we were already pretty frugal. My husband was just brought up that way. I on the other hand, was not. I have learned from him. I think I have just gotten older and wiser and realize the things that I really need (and the things I don’t).

The biggest thing that I am trying to cut back on is eating out (from meals to snacks). I have been cutting back on the little things that I get for my children (that are not needed). I was already starting to do some of these things. I am trying to teach my daughter about appreciating the value of money (should have started this a long time ago :-(

motherjanegoose

April 16th, 2009
5:04 pm

Checking in from Oklahoma….
Theresa, I also believe that Disney is having a special where you can get in FREE on your birthday. Some may want to take advantage of that…not me.
We are spending 2 separate weeks at the beach in 2 bdr 2 ba condos for $500 and $550 per week. No, I am not telling you where or I will not be able to go next year….everyone else will be there!
Please remember that if you DO spend time in another person’s condo, be gracious and get them something to show your appreciation…even a $100 gift card to a nice restaurant is much cheaper than you spending the money to rent your own condo ( see my post yesterday).
Teacher too…my kids know how much things cost and how nothing is FREE.
There are so many kids out there who drive nicer cars than many adults I know and Mom and Dad foot the entire bill…what are they learning?
Have a nice evening…I am off to a quiet dinner by myself!

DB

April 16th, 2009
10:33 pm

JJ – Yes I saw the Susan Boyle performance — WHOA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

Amazing voice, but not sure if it was just amazing, period, or just amazing considering what the expectation was vis a vis the “packaging”. I’m not a good technical voice judge, but from where I sat, she had a beautiful voice. Reminded me of Paul Potts, the guy who won it a couple of years ago singing “Nessun Dorma”, another guy whose appearance hid amazing talent. The YouTube clip of the performance has had over 25 million hits this week, which is almost a record.

JJ

April 17th, 2009
8:25 am

DB I went home last night and watched the entire performance. I got a bit misty. Good music and song always moves me……..I have such a love for music. My stereo is on 24/7 in my house…..there’s always music in my life….

FCM

April 17th, 2009
8:35 am

Even Clark Howard admonishes though who plan to go out but cut back the tip due to the economy/budget. If your not planning to tip try McD’s or Chick Fil A…otherwise budget the tip in your meal plan.

@JJ— Susan Boyle was awesome. My kids even liked it. What I hated was Simon’s smile, he is so going to take advantage of that woman and she probably has no idea what the contract she signed said. Also, the friends do bring things to the dinners too.

The Pizza dough is in the Bakery section at Publix. It is in the cheese section at Trader Joe’s.

JJ

April 17th, 2009
9:57 am

Who wants to hijack the blog and give us a fun Friday topic. It’s very slow for me at work today……….Anyone??????

motherjanegoose

April 17th, 2009
10:04 am

JJ…I am not in a clever mood today, so I will have to pass…LOL!
But I loved the whole Susan Boyle thing. My daughter and I watched it Monday night and I had tears in my eyes. What a voice!
I always love it when an unknown can become famous on sheer talent …hope she does!

JJ

April 17th, 2009
10:20 am

MotherJane, I think that’s the shortest you from you EVER…..LOL…..

And I agree with you about Susan Boyle. I plan on buying her album when it arrives……

nurse&mother

April 17th, 2009
11:05 am

OK, just now watched the Susan Boyle link. WOW!!!!! That was truly AWESOME! I am not easily impressed with singers. I am truly speachless! I too had the cold chills and tears! WOW! Truly deserving.

lynn

April 17th, 2009
11:52 am

We have not taken a true vacation in over a year now but we do live on lake front property so it’s not that big of a deal. I spend the majority of my free time laying out on the dock or riding the boat so all in all I’m pretty blessed :)

JJ

April 17th, 2009
12:10 pm

Well Lynn you need to have us all over……We can all bring food……LOL….and I’m sure someone will bring you a lovely Hostess gift for having us…….

Teacher, Too

April 17th, 2009
12:40 pm

Students are taking a test today, and I am worn out from grading papers. All I can think about is 4:30 and having an tasty margarita. I am definitely ready for the weekend.

Here’s a possible Fun Friday topic: What was the one thing you swore you would never say as a parent that you find yourself echoing. For example, when my sister and I had totally exasperated my mother, she would say, “Just wait until your father gets home…” I don’t have children, but I do find myself saying and doing things that always irritated me when my mom and/or dad did them.

JJ

April 17th, 2009
1:01 pm

Teacher, Too I love margaritas, and just discovered Patron tequilla. That’s good stuff. It’s expensive in the restaurants, but well worth it. I’m getting some tonight…….

OMG, I have a TON of things I hear myself saying to my daughter that I swore I would NEVER say. The first one that comes to mind is “I hope you have one just like you.” Oh Boy do I. My kid is EXACTLY like me!!!

Teacher, Too

April 17th, 2009
1:09 pm

JJ, my mom used to say that to us. My sister now has one who is just like her– a total handful. I have to just shake my head and think about how smart my mom is!

No use using good tequila on a frozen margarita. I like to split my frozen margarita with sangria. Yummy! It’s tasty and festive.

lynn

April 17th, 2009
1:21 pm

JJ – I can do that. We actually have a lot in common.

JJ

April 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

One of these days we need a meet and greet and see the faces behind the blogging……I think Lynn and I would be fast friends!!!! And I have a visual of everyone else……..

The other thing my dad used to say “if you lay with dogs you will get fleas”, but my all time favorite – “What did you learn?” Oh wait – “You are responsible for your own actions, and your actions have consequences”. I use that one all the time with my daughter!!!!!

lynn

April 17th, 2009
1:41 pm

I think i’ve overused “I told you so” way too many times. My daughter is just like me too and sometimes that’s not such a good thing. We definately don’t cross paths in the mornings!

Becky

April 17th, 2009
2:11 pm

What about “shut the door, do you think you’re heating/cooling the entire neighborhood?”

FCM

April 17th, 2009
2:16 pm

“You will pay the piper (or fiddler)” I hated hearing that….I think I am still paying him too!