2011 Summer Reading Programs for Kids


Posted by Candy | Posted in School, summer fun | Posted on 25-05-2011

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It’s that time again! As many of you know, my entire family are all big readers, my kids included. We always – always! – do the Summer Reading Programs and my kids LOVE it!

Here’s a rundown of what I’ve found so far (feel free to let me know of others!)

1. Barnes & Noble – read 8 books and a get free book from their list

2. Borders – reading 10 books and get a free book from their selection in store

3. Half Price Books – Read 15 minutes per day (600 total in June and July) and get $5 gift certificate (I was hoping they were doing the weekly thing this year – that was great to go each week – and we always spent way more than the $5 LOL)

4. HEB – Read 10 books and get some prizes (a t-shirt and maybe some other stuff?)

5. Austin Library – Set a personal goal, read that many books and turn it in to get a free book from their selection

Ahhh… Austin.


Posted by Candy | Posted in Home and Garden | Posted on 26-11-2010

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Fall 2010

See that photo? It was taken a few days ago… today’s high is supposed to be 55 and a low of 27.

Welcome to Austin!

I guess I’d better turn on the heater now, we’ve had the A/C going since March!

A little Webkinz rant…


Posted by Candy | Posted in Home and Garden | Posted on 19-04-2010

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A trip to Cracker Barrel and a new webkinz makes a happy girlSo, my kids are Webkinz freaks. Especially Cassie.If you don’t know what those are, count your blessings. They are basically stuffed animals. BUT they each come with a code. If you enter the code into their website, you can start an account and play with your animals online and add them to your account so you have a house with a bunch of Webkinz. I think Cassie has something like 19 of these things.

When you buy one of these overpriced stuffed animals, it comes with one year of service. So, by my math, that means my kid should have like nineteen years of Webkinz time, right?

Um. Not so much. It only gives you one year from the time you enter the code. So you have to buy (or enter a code) at least once per year. It’s not even the point that my kid won’t get at least one per year. She’s obsessed and when she’s not obsessed, she won’t buy them anymore or care about the online thing. It’s not the point, it’s kind of a rip off.

But that’s the rule and if you look under Account Expiration on the FAQ page, you will see it.

Just kind of lame. Having said that, they did help a friend out when they had a house fire earlier this year. I’m still annoyed though.

Heard From The Backseat…


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 08-03-2010

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CIMG0282.jpgJamie has lately shown he has quite a little sense of humor. He made a little joke and I proclaimed “You are such a little nerd!”

To which he replied, “I’m not a nerd, I’m a computer geek!”

Ahhh… at least he knows who he is :)

Our Magical Snow Day in Austin, TX


Posted by Candy | Posted in Home and Garden | Posted on 24-02-2010

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I’m sure everyone was sick of me giggling and acting like a crazy person on my social networks yesterday. You have to realize that this is the first time I’ve ever seen snow that was enough to even make a snowball. I grew up near Charleston, SC then moved to Honolulu, HI and now am here in Central Texas. My mother has a photo of me in the snow. I was probably 5 or 6, but I don’t remember it.

But this… this was COOL. At 7am, I was picked up by a friend, we were going to go downtown to a meeting and come back before it started getting nasty. Heh, Yeah, we made it less than 5 miles in 45 minutes so turned around and had breakfast together, where we sat by a window and watched the sleet turn into big fat snowflakes.

I think that was the coolest thing, I didn’t realize that snowflakes get that big, it was like fluffy quarters falling from the sky.

The kids were allowed outside a few times yesterday, but well… as you see, I went and got them a couple of hours early. The snow was looking melty and well, I wanted to play :) It snows here once every 8 years or something, I doubt they missed much.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Poor kids, we made them come in every 20 minutes or so, their little hands were red. We simply don’t have winter gear here. *laughing* We put socks (went through a LOT of pairs too) on their hands, but it was wet snow, so it only helped a little. We did find some gloves for Cassie eventually, but they got wet too. Jamie insisted on wearing shorts after his pants got wet from snow. Cassie even got to make a snow angel. How fun is THAT?

Anyway, some photos… I have more, but my card reader won’t turn on and I can’t figure it out (where’s my tech guy???)

After the kids and I got home, I took a quick call (while the kids made a mini snowman and played), we had a snowball fight (which I lost MAJORLY), Cassie and I made a little snow person family on my windshield
The snow family (the melting edition)

The kids HAD to eat snow too. Just required. Nope, not yellow ;)
Eating snow... Cuz they CAN

By the time Tom made this with Cassie and the girl next door, it was mostly sleet bound together with snow and a little melty, but they did it! We also weren’t prepared for snowmen so the hair was from Halloween a few years back, the scarf is one a friend made me (thanks, Dy!), the mouth and nose were cheetos, the eyes were hershey’s kisses and the buttons were M&Ms. *laugh* Hey, do what you gotta do!
If it's mostly sleet, is it still a snowman? (Punk rocker edition)

The school started 2 hours late this morning, so we got up 30 minutes late (Jamie has TONS of homework/corrections to do before Friday, poor kid). Tom made eggs and bacon and we enjoyed watching the snow start to melt.

It’ll be 55 today and 60 tomorrow. Ahhh… Austin.

Okay, Okay, I caved…


Posted by Candy | Posted in Home and Garden | Posted on 23-02-2010

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I’m so weak.

Took kids outta school early for… Uh… Doc appt?

Took kids outta school early for... Uh... Doc appt?

One quick client call and them I’m totally in on the snowball fight (we can actually make a few!)

And yes those are socks on their hands… we don’t have mittens cuz ya know… it’s Austin, for crying out loud!

Quarter-size snowflakes in Austin, TX (video too!) And me!


Posted by Candy | Posted in Home and Garden | Posted on 23-02-2010

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I live in Anderson Mill (way NW Austin). I realize those of you up North thing we are all crazy. If it snows even a little bit, we all start to lose our marbles, but it’s so pretty and I’ve only seen snow a few times – never stuck or anything. Not sure if it’s going to stick today, there’s a lot of water/sleet on the ground, but it is GORGEOUS falling down, big fat flakes. The video doesn’t do it justice. Kinda wish the kids were home to enjoy it…

That noise is water in the rain gutters… lotsa sleety rain this morning before the purdy snow hit.

Update: Took another one when it started coming down harder… wondering if I can sneak out with my camera…