It’s Spring Break!!

Here they are all ready for church Easter morning.

Here they are all ready for church Easter morning.

It’s our 4th Spring Break together here on the blog and I think we’ve just about covered all the Spring Break topics — your teens going to party, whether to take a family trip or stay home, how late to let them stay up, how late to let them sleep. So I think we’re going to have to talk about news events this week. I’ll work on that today. But for right now I’m quickly posting a few photos from our Easter and giving you a couple of updates on past topics. I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend.

Couple of quick updates: The kids did awesome at all three church services. They listened and followed along and could answer questions about what was happening after the services.

Unrelated to Easter, my cell phone died last week, (I was holding in my teeth to wash my hands and it dropped into the sink. It only got a little bit wet but alas it was dead.) and so I did actually buy a new phone this weekend!! We’re calling it a birthday present (My birthday is on Thursday!!! I’ll be …. 38!). I ended up getting  Palm Pre and switched services to Sprint. I’m only paying $6 a more a month for service (unlimited data, texting, photos, video, cell to cell calls) than what I was paying before for just dialing my sad little phone!!! One of my big bosses had told me whatever I did not to buy the Palm Pre but I really, really like it. It’s very intuitive and easy to figure out!! I haven’t even used the book and already set up all my email accounts on it and they just feed one after another and I already know how to post photos directly to Facebook. So I just need to set up my contacts and calendar today and I’m all set. (The guys at Best Buy, who do not work on commission, said the early versions were not good but this one (touch screen) they really have all the bugs worked out and it is really good.) I tried out one of those Android phones and it was so confusing to me and way too much phone for me!!

Meanwhile, my children are in the kitchen getting their own breakfasts, which is only going to leave me a mess to clean up. I am predicting a week of sleeping in, reading Harry Potter books in the tree house and playing at the park. Doesn’t get much better than that. I will try to work in some newsy topics for you guys too!

47 comments Add your comment

YUKI

April 5th, 2010
10:04 am

cute. I love the way your boy is posing……too funny!

Guess you will find out sooner or later...

April 5th, 2010
10:04 am

…why the big boss at the AJC and many on this blog suggested that you not get the Palm Pre…

JJ

April 5th, 2010
10:14 am

Your babies are very beautiful!!!!!

SRH

April 5th, 2010
10:17 am

The kids look really cute – love the matching dresses. My sisters and I grew up on matching dresses so this brought back some fond memories. The Palm Pre was probably the best “mom” phone out there – since that is what you specifically wanted.

Cammi317

April 5th, 2010
10:18 am

The picture is adorable! I dropped my phone one too many times this weekend and had to get a new one also. Albeit, I replaced it with a simple Sanyo flip phone. I don’t need all the extra fancy stuff because I still carry a HP PDA in my purse as well. Working the first half of the week and spending the latter half of the week in Orlando with my daughter, my best friend and her girls. I can’t wait to get away from all of this pollen. Happy Spring Break everyone!

Becky

April 5th, 2010
10:18 am

Theresa, your girls looks so cute and Walsh looks so handsome..Love the dresses on the girls..

I know that you’ve been talking about getting a new phone and am glad to hear that you finaaly got one..As for your old one, take it apart and use a hair dryer(lowest heat setting) to dry it and it should still work..

As I said Fri., I’m working today, than am off to visit family and take the kids have a good time goofing off..

Hope everyone has a great spring break if that’s this week for you..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
10:21 am

For the last few years my Godmother has sent the girls matching Easter dresses for their birthdays — she always picks out really cute dresses.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
10:21 am

I think he knew the earlier phones had issues – but now supposed to be worked out.

Vork

April 5th, 2010
10:27 am

I have had a Palm Pre since June and I love it. The Web OS has good potential and I love how easy it is to sync with my Exchange Email at work.

Don’t listen to the haters Theresa. The Pre is a great phone.

Becky

April 5th, 2010
10:34 am

Vork..Thanks for the well wishes on my vacation..I’m sure that we’ll have a lot of fun..The boy is going to get to do “boy” stuff..Fishing, target practicing (sp?), just a lot of playing in the country..

Sorry for the misspelling in the last post..

deidre_NC

April 5th, 2010
10:39 am

no spring break here…love the pics of your kids theresa!! they are adorable…you son is a ham lol…i hope everyone has a great and safe spring break whatever you do!!!

DB

April 5th, 2010
10:43 am

Aw, Theresa, they are ADORABLE!! And I’m glad church services worked out so well for you. I had a Palm for several years and LOVED it, but it was an earlier version and the screen would sieze up at unexpected times — I got very good at quickly rebooting! It made me a little cautious about getting a new Palm, but my husband solved my dithering when he got me a Blackberry as a birthday gift — I’ve loved the Blackberry, but I miss the touchscreen. The trackball on the Blackberry goofs about as often as the screen did on the Palm. Enjoy your new phone – new gadgets are so much fun!

Smoked Oyster

April 5th, 2010
10:47 am

Should have gone with an Android platform phone. Open platform and open source equals more applications.

Oh well……

FCM

April 5th, 2010
10:50 am

The kids are adorable!

Here is on that B98.5 had on for SB this morning: A “mentor” of sorts (20 something) awoke to a voice mail from an 18yo friend. (parapharsed): “Susie, I got arrested for Public Drunkeness and Resisting Arrest. Please come bail me out, it is $1500. Please don’t call my parents. You have to come get me I cannot stay here any longer.”

OK— As a parent I would want to know my child was in jail. I would also hop that I had already established a relationship where the child could call me. Most of all I hope I raised a child smart enough not to do this in the first place!

“Meanwhile, my children are in the kitchen getting their own breakfasts, which is only going to leave me a mess to clean up” Get them to clean it up. It is all part of learning to be independent of Mom. Mom will get dumped on if she always cleans the mess.

JJ

April 5th, 2010
10:51 am

I love my blackberry, and have not had any problems with it at all……I’ve had it about 15 months. I really want the iPhone, but that will have to wait until Christmas…..

Vork

April 5th, 2010
10:57 am

I like the Android in general but as with anything that is open_source you have security concerns….

JJ

April 5th, 2010
11:05 am

My daughter is in town for the day/night. Her oldest sister had a baby Friday night, and she’s home to see her new nephew…..I get to take her to lunch today. And she is spending the night at home with me. YEA!!!!!

That’s my spring break story…….

Oscar Greasemanelli

April 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Don’t listen to the haters Theresa. Lawds!

Could we refrain from ghetto-centric references? Come on…

Michelle

April 5th, 2010
11:40 am

T-my message is gone!

JATL

April 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Cute picture! I love seeing all the kids dolled up in their Easter finery. We did the Callenwolde Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, and it was the madness I expected. Great photos though! Next year I’m organizing our own neighborhood egg hunt. So tired today -kids were up at 6AM yesterday eating peeps and chocolate bunnies…

Denise

April 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Very cute picture! Thanks for sharing.

Vork

April 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

@Oscar Greasemanelli

That phrase is hardly “ghetto-centric,” as you so eloquently put it. Cliche maybe, but it does convey my point.

And, to be completely honest, if you are that big of a prude you should probably not be wasting bandwidth by being on the Internet….

NFulton

April 5th, 2010
12:09 pm

Haven’t tried the hair dryer, but burying your phone in a bowl of white rice for 24 hours works too. My phone has been totally submerged twice (once my fault, once my child’s) and this worked like a charm!

Well, Theresa . . .

April 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

if you had put the phone in your cleavage, maybe it would not have fallen into the sink!! ;-)

Michelle

April 5th, 2010
2:38 pm

Totally off topic, remember our blog about prom dresses? Have any of you looked at the prom pictures posted? WOW! Some of the dresses are gorgeous, some are unbelievable!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

Phone wasn’t in my cleavage this time — it would have safe there!! It was in my teeth!!!

Michelle — I couldn’t find your post in the spam — something bad really happened to it –

John

April 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Great choice for a phone. Easily the best value for money. Great pictures

No topic today, someone has to stir the pot....

April 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

“I am predicting a week of sleeping in, reading Harry Potter books in the tree house and playing at the park”….and next week the latest article showing how SAHM’s do the equivalent of a $250K per year job will be posted.

DB

April 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

@No topic: Notice that she is posting while she is on vacation. Even $250K a year people get vacations.

DB

April 5th, 2010
4:08 pm

@Michelle: Did you see the discussion on the “Get Schooled” blog about the girl in Oxford, Alabama, who was one of 18 girls disciplined for improper prom dresses (i.e., dresses that did not meet the dress code)? What a hoot! Apparently, the offending girls had a choice between being paddled or being suspended for a couple of days. I’m still trying to figure out why they were even allowed in the prom in the first place, if their dress was so objectionable.

Michelle

April 5th, 2010
4:16 pm

@ DB, no I didn’t read that! I’ll have to go back and check it out! If they are going to post a dress code, then they should also enforce it AT THE TIME! Good grief! That doesn’t send a very clear message now does it?

theresa

April 5th, 2010
4:52 pm

I,m posting from my phone but it,s going to take too long …illl go to the compter…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
5:21 pm

Dear no topic today — You do realize that those numbers, which I don’t think we’re that high, are based on all the people that someone would have to hire to do all a mom’s jobs — so for example how much would someone have to pay for childcare for three kids for spring break if they were not home with them for the week??? How much money would pay a maid to come in and vacuum and mop the house, sort and wash three loads of children’s clothes, unload the clean dishes and load all the day’s dishes, make the meals and clean the kitchen. Because that’s what I’ve done today besides playing outside for most of the day with the kids, reading Harry Potter and doing three chemistry experiments with the kids on our porch. I’ve also been monitoring a newly potty trained child in panties all day. We’ve spent a large portion of the day trying to go to the potty so we don’t ruin our panties.

So lots of fun going on here today, but also lots of work that you would pay other people to do if a mom (or dad) wasn’t home on vacation or otherwise!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

DB — I had a friend growing up here in Atlanta that went to a local Christian school — I’m not sure if it still exists?? well the girls had to go to the school in the dresses weeks before the prom and have the administrators approve their dresses. There were lots of girls told their dresses showed too much chest (which wasn’t very much) and they were told to sew a piece of rigid lace or fabric to the inside of the dress to poke up from the neckline to cover the chest more thoroughly — I went to the fitting with her and I was just shocked since I went to a public school. these poor girls weren’t showing anything and their OK dresses were ruined by these rigid pieces of lace sewn into the bodice!! they may have even sewed it there – I can’t remember.

No topic today, someone has to stir the pot....

April 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

Fair enough, I’m glad you brought it up because now I feel really cheated from my employer. I should be getting at least $8K more a year for driving myself to work, because at $15 per trip to and from work, that’s what it would cost for a cab driver to drive me instead of driving myself. That’s pretty much the same analogy, right?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

no somebody’s taking care of your kids —- who??? who are you paying to do it if you are at work??? or are not off for spring break.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

I’m out — I’m not going to be baited anymore — I shouldn’t have even responded for the first time.

No topic today, someone has to stir the pot....

April 5th, 2010
5:57 pm

Just did the numbers, my dog (a german shepard) is my family’s home and personal body guard. He sleeps on premises, but is on call 24-7. He’s relied on to act as a deterent to burglars, alert the family in the event of an intruder, and to protect my family from bodily harm, up to and including sacrificing his own life in that pursuit. Assuming a modest hourly rate of $12/hour for the significant responsibilities, and 18 hour days of actual work time (assuming he’s doing the other 6 out of the goodness of his heart), that’s 126 hour work weeks, 40 at straight time and 86 at time and a half (I don’t give him double time on holidays since I feed him kibble and bits), that comes out to $2K/week, and about $104K a year. Hope he doesn’t come across this while he’s surfing the net during one of his milk bone breaks.

ZachsMom

April 5th, 2010
6:09 pm

No Spring Break here. Kid is at home alone during the week while I go to work. :-( I wish grown ups got spring break.

HB

April 5th, 2010
7:18 pm

I agree that SAHM’s time and work is extremely valuable, but I do find myself wondering if any of those who agree that these salary equivalency estimates are reasonable, are among those who last week felt it was fair to pay young in-home childcare providers, who I presume are expected to do activities with the kids, feed them, and often even drive them places, significantly less than minimum wage. Just curious…

No topic today, someone has to stir the pot....

April 5th, 2010
7:20 pm

@TWG….According to below, the fair market value of the services you describe on the high end is about 50K per year. More than that is inflated value..

From nannies.com

The following are some general weekly wage guidelines assuming a 45-50 hour work week and one or two children. All figures are in US dollars and representative of Year 2008 wages:

18 – 20 years old, or less than 2 years verifiable child care experience – $325-$450 live-in; $9.00-12.00 hour live-out. (7/2009 Fed. Minimum wage = $7.25/hr)

21 years or older, 2 or more years verifiable child care experience, no prior nanny experience (note that college education puts you to the higher end of the salary range) – $350-$550 live-in; $10-15 hour live-out.

Two or more years of nanny experience, and/or a college degree in a child related field – $400-800 live-in; $10-18 hour live-out, higher in major metro markets.

JATL

April 5th, 2010
7:41 pm

@No -have you ever stayed home with kids full-time? I’ve been a SAHM and I’m currently working TWO jobs -one outside the home during the day and another from home after the kids go to sleep at night. Let me tell you -I feel peaceful and relaxed compared to when I was a SAHM. It’s really tiring, taxing and completely intense. I pay my nanny $500 a week, but she gets to go home every day and all weekend. SAH parents never leave work! AND they’re horribly underappreciated. It’s a little bit sickening how much more I seem to be “valued” now that I’m “working.”

David

April 5th, 2010
11:26 pm

Not sure who you are, or where you are, but if you need help with your palm pre, you’ll find it here : – http://www.precentral.net/

Also to those knockers, take a look at laptop mags “March Smartphone Madness” winner :-)

DB

April 6th, 2010
12:30 am

@Theresa: They used to be called “modesty panels”, a v-shaped insert in a top to “bring the neckline up.” There were some outfits in the late 60s, early 70s that had detachable modesty panels, with two little snaps that snapped into the reverse of the neckline. Girls would wear the modesty panel out under their parents supervision, and then rip it off as soon as they got away from the house :-)

I’m betting that most of your friend’s dresses had the lace panel basted in — and they conveniently “tore” during the evening. :-)

Fred

April 6th, 2010
1:05 am

Still laughing over the cleavage comment. I THOUGHT it, but was for once in my life being polite didn’t say it. Turns out I didn’t have to lol.

Oh and Theresa? 250,000 bucks a year? Don’t kid yourself, if I offered you that much cash to abandon your kids and go to “work” you wouldn’t know whether to laugh in my face or spit in it. You known that. And in real dollars, it’s worth millions a year to your kids for you to do what you do. I know. I’m a SAHD. The difference is folks call me a fornicating lazy shiftless bum because I take care of MY daughter rather than ship her off to day care because mommy wouldn’t quit work to take care of her. Maybe she should be married to Stir the pot and they could raise their money while ignoring their kids……………..

misintheoldajc

April 6th, 2010
7:20 am

slick how she had the mcmansion in the background, how random, yea right.

Tiffany

April 8th, 2010
12:10 am

Your children are beautiful…thanks for posting the cute picture.