Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What I Learned This Week #10

It's shaping up to be a busy week--shoot, a busy month. I never expected May to be so hectic, but we have birthday parties and shower invitations and Mother's Day events at both schools and graduation ceremonies for both schools. I just got an email from Miss Pink's teacher asking me why I didn't turn in an order form for her graduation pictures. Um...because the school has already taken my kid's picture twice this year, because they are trying to get more money out of us because they want to help us capture these precious memories that will NEVER COME AGAIN, so pay $50 for a picture package, you sentimental suckers! I decided I can take her picture in her miniature cap and gown for free.

So that is one thing I learned recently: I do not have to shell out money for school fundraisers. I keep repeating: "It is OPTIONAL. This is a PUBLIC school." I am still working on the guilt, though.

On the plus side for the school, I learned that Miss Pink is reading everything she can get her hands on. She reads ME books now. Can you feel my pride from here? I do still read to her, because she's into chapter books now. This summer, I plan to read several classic stories with her like The Secret Garden, which I think she will love. I just have to convince her to let me read her the Little House on the Prairie books.

Huh. I just learned that even though I am a good speller, "prairie" just looks wrong to me when I'm spelling it.

I also learned that I have been wrong about which groups sang certain songs I've known for years. My car flashes the artist and title onto a screen on the dashboard, which I LOVE because I hate liking a song and not knowing who sings it. But apparently the Eagles do not sing the song "Lights" (you know, "when the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay..."). Journey does. In fact, Journey is responsible for more songs than I realized. So now you know. I'm sure you will sleep better tonight.

One more thing: I learned that it's possible for my children to go from arguing with each other every 2.6 seconds, to laughing and playing together, all from me leaving them with their dad while I go somewhere else for an hour. I'll have to try that more often!

For other learning experiences, check out "What I Learned This Week" at Musings of a Housewife.



  1. I have never understood the need for additional fundraising for PUBLIC school. And I don't feel guilty for not buying the raffle tickets. (Yes my heart is hard as stone.)

  2. The schools do go a bit nutty-coockoo with all the fundraising. It's a shame that funding for schools has been cut so much that they have to resort to that.

  3. Fundraising drives me a little crazy too... I understand it and all, but with four kids... WOW. It gets to be too much.

    Loved this entry! I can't wait to read more of your blog!

  4. It is downright liberating to say no to school fundraisers. It's like enough already!!
    So proud of Miss Pink!!

  5. I usually make a direct donation to the school - I don't like the fundraising junk either. It's amazing how much the school needs above and beyond. I agree - kids are like the wind - they change moods, feelings in split seconds.

  6. I deal with that same fundraising guilt. Luckily I usually end up spending a small fortune at the silent auction (only because they have some great stuff) so that makes up for it.

  7. I will have to try leaving the kids to stop the arguing. They are driving me crazy! - Leann

  8. Great list.

    Our kids' school (equivalent of public) here has just moved into new buildings, so we are having LOTS of fund raising guilt here too.