Monday, February 27, 2017

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude.





Hey, It's Okay....



....to might be the only one who doesn't care to watch the giraffe give birth online.



....to have ordered a new camera. My current one is over 10 years old. This one is the Canon T6. I like that I can film videos with it. And it's WiFi capable!



....to can't believe my son will be fifteen on Thursday. He'll always be my baby boy.



....to think it's funny that everyone in my family wants to go out for their birthday dinner because I'm a lousy cook.



....to have teared up while watching the latest episode of This Is Us but have also gone, "Okay, but what happened to Jack?" I am so impatient.



....to be bummed that Bill Paxton died. I enjoyed him in so many movies, plus he was fabulous in the show Big Love.



....to have skipped the Oscars because The Walking Dead was on.



....to have had a blast at Sea World with my daughter. This was in a store. She didn't get a toy, because she has so many already. But she loves to look at them all.










Sunday, February 26, 2017

Things I Must Do When I Visit Walt Disney World

Disney World. It's a magical place. For adults. For kids. For babies.






We love it so much that we've been three times. In 2008, 2013, and 2015.



We'll be there again next month. If funds allowed it, we'd go every year. It's hard to explain how amazing Disney World is. It's difficult to write exactly how it makes me feel. But I do know it makes my son smile, and he's a teenager and doesn't smile much these days.



There are things I must do when I visit Disney World. Maybe one day I'll mix it up more and leave one of these out, but I don't know.






1. Stay on site! There are so many different advantages. Free transportation. Magic bands. Being able to either go to a park early or stay later than everyone else not staying on site. Being able to book dining reservations 180 days out and Fast Passes 60 days out. I highly recommend staying at a Disney hotel. I've stayed at the following: All Stars Music, Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside. I mean, look how gorgeous:


Plus there were other perks. A free boat shuttle to Disney Springs, for one, plus there was always night time fun for kids. Movie nights and other crafts were set up. We're staying at Port Orleans French Quarter again and they have a pool with a slide.



2. Eat at Be Our Guest. I've eaten there at lunch and dinner. The difference is the selection of food, plus with dinner you get to meet the Beast.







3. Buy custom outfits or shirts for my children. Since my son is older, he'll only wear Disney t-shirts and this will be our last trip where my daughter wears a custom dress. In the future it'll be t-shirts for her as well. But we had fun while it lasted.








(To see more outfits, I have a post on things girls can wear here.)


4. Take the Disney Magic Express from the airport to our Disney hotel. It's another reason to stay on site! Plus it'll take you back to the airport when it's time to go.


5. Pig out! Look, I'm on vacation and I walk a lot, so I don't feel guilty indulging.












We cannot wait to return to Walt Disney World.




Have you ever been?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When You Don't Have a Doctor's Excuse Note

"Oh shoot," I said as I drove my son Tommy back to school. "I forgot to ask for an excuse note." I shrugged. "Well, I'm the parent and I'll walk you in so it should be okay."

Tommy had his ADHD checkup. Since he takes ADHD meds, he has to be seen every few months to make sure he's growing properly since the medication can stunt growth. So far, it hasn't impacted him. And please do not lecture me on medication. I already wrote a post about why I don't feel guilty.

Anyhow, since Tommy had an appointment, he missed his first three classes at school. While we waited for his appointment, I took him to McDonalds, because yum. I love McGriddles, hot cakes, and hash browns. I could eat McDonalds for a week straight and be happy, but don't worry, I won't, because I need to fit into my pants.



I completely forgot to ask for an excuse note. Since Tommy is seen on base, sometimes they don't always ask if you need one and my caffeine hadn't kicked in yet, so I didn't think to ask until AFTER we were on our way back.

I ended up walking Tommy to the school office, signed him in, and the attendance lady was like, "I need a doctor's note."

I answered, "Oh, it's okay, I'm his mother and I took him to the doctor. It's where he was." I beamed.

The attendance lady was unimpressed. "We need a doctor's note or it's unexcused."



I completely get that there are parents who lie for their kids. If they slept in, they'll be all, "Oh, they were at the doctor, haha!" If perhaps they skipped class, to save face, a parent might be all, "Er...he was getting his braces tightened of course!"

But this was Tommy's FIRST ABSENCE. If they took the time to look him up, they'd see that he hasn't missed class once this year.

"Well. I can see if I can get a note, but it's an on base doctor and the chance of getting them on the phone is like 1%," I explained.

The attendance lady sighed and pushed over a blank piece of paper. "Write down where he was on this. Maybe we'll accept it but we really need a doctor's note."



I really think schools should allow at least THREE parent excuses. No note. I mean, what happens if Tommy is home sick? I don't always take the kids to the doctor. If it's a fever, it's common sense what should be done. I'm not wasting my time to take them to a doctor to be told rest and fluids. It just won't happen. Suppose Tommy misses a few days though? Am I not allowed to call and say he was home?

We were in Oklahoma last year and those rules were different. A parent could simply call in and explain why their children were absent, but schools in Texas don't mess around.

I filled out the paper basically stating that my son was at the doctor. I even left the phone number of the doctor, but again, the odds of someone actually speaking to a human being is slim to none. I don't know if it will be an excused or unexcused absence.


Is your school super strict about having a doctor's note?



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