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Tuesday, October 5, 2004
8 year olds and birthdays
Agh, what to get an 8 year old girl for her birthday??? She's my own kid and I'm still clueless. Ab's birthday is Friday and I literally have no clue what to get her. I've thought of several things momentarily, but nothing is just standing out as perfect.

We went to the big WM tonight to buy a karaoke machine, but they don't carry them? HUH? How can WalMart, the beholder of all things good, cheap and redneck NOT carry karaoke machines??? My mother in law gave her a brand new $100 bill for her birthday and rather than allowing her to spend it on crap (Which she would do in a heartbeat. God forbid she SAVE it or anything)I suggested karaoke. I know I'm her mom and all, but I will have to say the kid's got a voice and if nothing else, being able to sing and record herself is only going to foster that talent and hopefully develop some confidence in her. BUT no one in our blessed little town carries them.

I am swiftly running out of time to do everything that HAS to be done by week's end. Tomorrow night is Sam and Addison's homecoming practice (They are the honor attendants, aka crown bearer and flower girl, for the queen coronation) BUT I can't go because I will have a house full of kids and not enough seats in my van. So once again, Grammy to the rescue. Mom's picking them up when they get off the bus to take them. Something's gotta give here...the whole stay at home thing is supposed to be so I can do things with my kids, but it seems that I spend so much time taking care of everyone else's kids that I'm neglecting my own. Yeah, something's gotta give. ANyway, boy did I digress... Okay so now that I'm obviously going to have to drive to Joplin to look for the ever-elusive karaoke machine, now I guess I'm going to bake her birthday cake tomorrow night and freeze it. Then Thursday when I only have 3 daycare kids, I'll run to Joplin. THEN Ab has a dr appt at 7:40 Friday morning (her birthday, bless her heart) for her checkup, we will then pick up cupcakes for her class, I'll drive her back to school, decorate her cake, gather my sanity somewhere, be back at the school by 2:30 for her party, pick up the school kids (adding an extra for the slumber party), head home to await the arrival of the remaining 4 giggly little girls anticipating a night full of sugar, squealing and screaming and my bestest friend and anchor, Tiff, who has agreed to endure the slumberless frenzy with me. Then Saturday morning I will get 7 little girls (Oh yeah, and myself) and my son ready for the homecoming parade, get him settled in the parade vehicle, herd remaining 7 still squealy, screamy little girls to a safe spot on Main Street to watch the parade, THEN round everyone up, drive everyone home and be back to the football field by 3 when the game starts. Didn't I start this post out by wondering what to get the 8 year old for her birthday? WHEN am I supposed to find time for THAT now????????????????

WHERE'S THE FREAKIN'CALGON?! And not the ancient Chinese secret Calgon...the Calgon that whisks away harried moms and housewives to a bathtub full of bubbles and peace. Do you think I can get that in a 55 gallon drum?

The Diva has spoken at 10:57 PM CDT

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - 10:32 AM CDT

Name: Babs
Home Page: http://babs.typepad.com

I know very little about karaoke machines. If they use extra tapes or cd's you could get those for her birthday present and pick them up when you go to Joplin - probably without having to make another stop. If not, you could get her a dress-up outfit/costume for her to wear while she performs on the karaoke machine.

I hope you find Calgon in a 55 gallon drum . . . you are going to need it after the weekend you have planned!

You could take a little stress off of yourself and buy a cake at Walmart. Little girls probably won't care that the cake is store bought. Just a suggestion to help you conserve your sanity!

Be sure to let us know how it all turns out and good luck!

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