Today's dilemma involves a local jumping-around-on-inflatable-stuff place, which has school-vacation hours of 3:30-5:30 for "free jump" ("free" as in "no need to have a structured birthday party, you can just jump around," not "free" as in "doesn't cost $8.50 per child"). I could take the five children as a special holiday treat. It would cost $42.50, which is a large amount of money---but worth it if this creates a Favorite Childhood Memory. It would burn off some of the astonishing energy that is accumulating from being at home all day with many siblings and a stockingful of chocolate. But it's at 3:30-5:30, and the kids usually eat at 5:00, and this place is 40 minutes away from our house. Plus, it's $42.50.
From previous years' experience, I know that not everyone is as excited about calendars as I am. Every time I ask, hands clasped in girlish glee, what calendar everyone is buying THIS year, about 75% of you say "Uh, I just get a free calendar from the pharmacy" / "Uh, I don't use a paper calendar. That's kind of 1990s of you." But I am not squashed by your lack of enthusiasm! If anything, it fans the flames! I just posted this year's Calendar dither and I hope that if you and I are of like minds about the awesomeness of calendars, you will go leave a comment about what calendar YOU are getting. It's one of my top favorite comments sections of the entire year.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...