Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bike riding

We have a new favorite family activity. Andrey got me a bike for Christmas and then fixed up his. What about the girls? Emma has a little bike but I don't think she's big enough to follow along with us and poor Ellie has nothing yet. We couldn't afford one of those bike trailors after looking online. Andrey said one day, "We need to go to the DI today. We will find one there if we go today." Was it inspiration? I bet it was, because I have never seen anything like that at the DI. He walked in, went right to the back of the store, and there one was, just waiting for us to take it home. It was only $25. His work partner had just purchased one that was the exact same, but newer (obviously) for $500. Can you believe it!!!!? We lucked out this time.
We have fun, each night, loading up the girls in the trailor and riding all over the neighborhood. What a fun family activitiy. And this is a way for Andrey and me to get into shape for the Trek coming up in June (since we are the Ma and Pa for our ward). Hope you are all enjoying this wonderful warm beautiful weather.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hope all of you had a fun St. Patrick's day. We didn't do anything fun with the food (turning it green) this year, but we had a blast making tons of banana bread. The girls love to cook, so we had a fun day of doing activities that they really like. My mom has a special surprise for the family. The night before St. Patrick's Day, we all drop off one shoe each. She lines them up and in the morning, "oh my goodness" the Leprachaun comes and leaving goodies in our shoes. I took the girls over that morning and we followed the confetti (glittler of leprachauns and shamrocks) and found our shoes filled with all sourts of chocolate and chocolate coins. Emma was so excited. She couldn't remember how to say "Leprachaun" so she would call him the "little boy." Every day for a week, she would come into our room and ask if the "little boy" was there yet. It was a long weekend for her, but she had so much fun with the surprise. Ellie just wanted the candy. LOL. Thanks mom for sharing this experience with the girls. They then made crafts-Leprachaun men, for my family. Pictures to come later. Hope you all wore green so there wasn't any pinching. =0)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Parent Job Description

Parent Job Description

POSITION: Mom,Mommy, Mama, Ma or Mummy
Dad,Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION :Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent24 hour shifts on call.Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!Travel expenses not reimbursed.Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.Also,must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :None.Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :None required unfortunately. On-the- job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION :Get this!You pay them!Offering frequent raises and bonuses.A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.When you die, you give them whatever is left.The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered;This job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.


...but it's definitely worth it!