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PTO, Friday! =)

Yeah, PTO (Personal Time Off) Friday, 10/9/09!

Oh, and more importantly my daughter Jai Lei’s 9th Birthday!  =)

The day started for me just like any other “week day” for me as my daughter was still going to School, however this morning went a little different as I took her to breakfast for her “birthday”!  We went to our usual place “Perkins” that is close by……..


Jai Lei BDay Breakfast

My daughter and me SPLIT our favorite:

Tremendous TwelveThree large eggs cooked to order, four pancakes, breakfast potatoes and four bacon strips.  NO, not the “healthiest option”, but hey it is a Special Day!  =)


Perkin's Breakfast1

Perkin's Breakfast1

Perkin's Breakfast2

Perkin's Breakfast2

After breakfast I dropped my “Big One” (used to call her little one but she isn’t quite LITTLE anymore) off at school and headed home. 

Today’s, PTO day was taken for the following reasons:

  • Daughter’s Birthday Breakfast!
  • Shopping f/Birthday Gifts (Mom & Step-Dad)
  • SPENDING TIME WITH THE HUBBY, as we just do not get much time together these days (accept at night for an hour or so while watching t.v.)!!!


Prior to departing outside in the heat of the day to hit a few stores (Nike Factory Outlet, Target, etc.) I snacked on a apple.



We were going to eat out but it was just way to HOT outside (95+ degrees in the middle of October), so we went home and I had a small salad with italian dressing for lunch, while the hubby had some soup his mom had made him.



 And, you might have guessed it…….today is “Pizza Friday”, and I made the below lovely for dinner




Quality Family Time: It’s All In The Balance!

If your nightly refrain is how tired you and the kids are, perhaps your family is struggling with how to balance work, school, and activities.  Here are some quick tips for juggling the various schedules and spend some quality time together:

Create a family night. The solution is simple and can create memories to last a lifetime. Whether it’s movie night, take-out night (think pizza or Chinese, for example), game night, or a family walk night, the key is that a night each week is designated for together time. Relax…and talk with each other! You might be surprised the things you learn from your kids on your special night.

Let your child choose his/her interests, and not you. Too many well-meaning parents sign their kids up for activities they’re truly not at all interested in or good at, then face conflicts and power struggles as a result. It’s another issue all-together if your child constantly begs to sign up for activities and then wants to quit, but kids at even a young age develop certain interests and dreams that they want to pursue. And, they most likely won’t be the same dreams you had either! Be careful to choose your battles and accommodate activity requests where practical.

Consider the commitment when making decisions. More and more activities are emphasizing additional practices and time requirements in today’s competitive world. You as the parent have to decide if a particular activity is appropriate for your child. Options for time-pressed families is to sign kids up for a recreation league vs. a select season; for pee wee-cheerleading instead of a year-round squad, for example.

Assign family responsibilities. If everyone in the family is participating in some type of activity, then general household chores may be harder to get accomplished due to lack of time. Have a family meeting and explain that in order to do these enrichment activities/sports/music, everyone will have to pitch in to make sure the clothes still get washes, dishes done, and table cleared. If you set expectations up front, any grumbling will be minimized. Even small kids can help set the table, clear dishes, or take out the trash cans to the curb.

Watch for signs of being overextended and adjust schedules as needed. If your kid’s grades starting plummeting or you get a note that says Emma often falls asleep after mid-morning snack, you may be asking too much of them. Keep in mind a child’s age, personality, and true interest in making decisions.

Plan “parent” only time! It is extremely important that the parent’s relationship be close and strong if you want your family to be the same as a whole. Make time for each other, even if it is not ever week, it is important.  Make a date and stick with it, plan a special weekend together or take a day off of work together and do whatever you want, kid free.  “If parent’s are happy, kid’s are happy!  =)

Above all, keep family first! Keeping your priorities straight will ensure a happier, better-adjusted family.

  1. lessonstolearn
    October 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Those are really good tips. Balance is such a tough thing to find and no one is perfect. But continuing to make an effort benefits everyone.

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your daughter’s birthday. She will always remember those special times with mom. She is absolutely beautiful, by the way!

  2. October 11, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Your daughter is beautiful. Happy Birthday Jai Lei!

  3. October 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Your daughter is cute, I love family time. I love Mom & daughter time…I still love doing it with my Mom. oh, eggs sound good right now. lol

  4. October 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    happy birthday jai lei! she is seriously SO ADORABLE!!!!

  5. October 12, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Your daughter is a doll! I have such a hard time balancing work, school and family. I feel as though I miss out on time with my daughter when I study as much as I should. When I spend a fun evening playing with my favorite girl, I get no homework done. Oh the woes…

    • October 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

      I TOTALY know how you feel! I do not go to school but I feel that way when it comes to working out (gym & running) time that takes me away from my family. It is difficult but important to do, as my Mom always said “you have to take care of yourself 1st in order to be a good wife, mom, etc. in life”! =)

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