Archive for December, 2010

The Hour Countdown

And the minute countdown

So it’s about 11:15pm on Thursday, December 30th. T minus 45 minutes to get the correct date stamp on this email newsletter and I’ve got a way to go.

My mind both full and empty as to how to fill up this commentary space.  So why not talk about resolutions? ‘Tis the season afterall!

I’ve got my personal New Year’s resolution, pretty much the same as last year…loose some weight.  This year my weight loss goal is bigger than last year’s.  Go figure, I am heavier this year than I was last year at this time.  I started out great creating a Facebook page called “Fat Girl in a Skinny World”.  It was a place where myself as well as others documented our daily successes and challenges of weight loss.  I had two previous successes with Weight Watchers, so I plugged into an old points program.  This time, I thought I could do it on my own (without the weekly meetings).  I was holding myself publicly accountable with the FGSW page. After two months, and a net loss of 4 pounds, I just quit. Read More…

I received my mailing for the Weight Watchers new program, Points Plus,  and “Join For Free” promotion.  This year, I will not fall down.  And if I do, I have a bit more cushion!

Now onto JAK’s New Year’s resolution.  In an effort to provide a more useful tool for you with this newsletter, JAK is committed to getting this weekly e-newsletter, JAK Happenings, out by noon each Thursday.  Imagine having this info delivered to you 12 hours ago?  I am, I could be in bed by now.

Happy New Year!


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The Christmas Bra

Yes Victoria, There is a Santa Clause

One would think that with having two teenage girls who have worked through the ranks of the “tween” years, that I’d be exceptionally prepared for just about anything my 8 year old daughter might throw my way.  Yah, right!

I just finished the gihugic project of sorting through the clothes of all four of my kids. Discard.  Carry over.  Donate.  Those were the 3 major stacks that consumed my life for way too long.  I’d be embarrassed to share with you how long this process took.

There’s about a six year gap between daughter #2 of 3 and daughter #3 of 3.  So all of those cute bib overalls….bye bye.  (I finally got rid of my own beloved bib overalls last year.  Love ’em!  Waiting for that comeback!) Among one of the few things I am storing for my 8 year old’s future use is all of the training bras we have.

As I start loading the 11/12 year old stuff into a rubber storage tote, darling 8 year old grabs them….”I need these!”, she grins. Seriously? Read more.

She was serious.  In fact, on Sunday, she started wearing those little things.  She’s eight.  She doesn’t need a bra.  “But everyone’s wearing them”, she chimes.

As we wind down the Christmas shopping and ask the kids to let us know of anything else they have on their list that they might have missed writing out in earlier lists.  Miss ‘Tween responds, “I want some more bras.  Like the one’s on those Victoria’s Secret commercials”.   Funny thing, she’s not in the least bit embarrassed to express her decision to wear a bra.  I was!  And it didn’t start until I was in 7th grade.

Girls (and everyone else) are exposed to female sexuality far more frequently and earlier then back in the days when I was growing up.  Victoria’s Secret targets a much younger shopper, especially with their Pink line.   Oh yes, one of my 15 year olds favorites.

Thank goodness I am Santa in this house.  Sorry, Victoria…this Santa ain’t buying!

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Be JAK’s Guest

Take Center Stage

For those of you who have subscribed to JAK Happenings for a while, you know that this space is typically dedicated to sharing my family life experiences and observations as a Racine mom, who is married, with four school-aged children.

I know some of the commentary here has started great conversations, stirred up some emotions, and perhaps initiated a little bit of controversy. We’ve had fun, now we’re movin’ on…
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Just Add Kids‘ focus is to deliver the most complete and up-to-date kid-oriented, family-friendly event and activity resource mostly with the Happenings Calendar of Events and this weekly email. JAK strives to serve all families with children 0-18 in Southeastern Wisconsin, with an emphasis on Racine and Kenosha counties.

With that in mind, Just Add Kids would like to know what happens in the ordinary day of other families living here in the greater Racine and Kenosha area.  Experiencing any life challenges or other situations that you’d like to share?  What are your passions as a parent? Tips? Or perhaps there is someone you know that needs to be put in the spotlight, whose story is relevant to other parents. We’re looking for guest contributors here who have a knack for written communication, and has something suitable and appropriate to share with JAK‘s audience of parents.

Let me know if you are interested, or if you know of a local blogger that I should be contacting whose musings would be of interest to JAK families.  Email JAK at


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Little Tikes, Big Bikes

Insurance Hikes

Maybe the holidays, coupled with two of my childrens’ December birthdays is making me a bit more melancholy these days.  Depression really hasn’t set in (I am quite happy, thank you!), just reflecting on the gift of ordinary days in the life of this aging parent.  So yeah, if you read last week’s JAK Happenings, I shared with you my thoughts on my “baby” turning seven.  This weekend we’ll celebrate child #2’s fourteenth birthday. Happy Birthday to my gorgeous, talented, brainiac daughter.

Another milestone we’re experiencing in our household is Read more. our oldest daughter’s new adventure in learning how to drive a car. Yup, she’s got her temps.  It seems like just yesterday I was pushing her around in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.  Now, she is grabbing at the car keys and every opportunity to hop into the driver’s seat.  Though she lacks in experience, she is quite skilled.  Still, my feet make it up to the dashboard (that’s my nervous reaction) at least once every trip when she’s driving.

So, of course with the exhilaration of car driving comes the question “Will you buy me a car for my 16th birthday?”  “Sure, honey,” I think to myself. “Why not?  I hope you like red and yellow plastic (again).”

I am so not looking forward to finding the extra green to add her onto the State Farm policy.  Maybe a trip to Flo is in order, they say you can name your own price.  Ya think?

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Growing, Growing, Gone

He’s Eight!  Ain’t it Great!?

Well, one would think so.  But, he’s my baby, and I can’t seem to accept it.  See?  I still refer to him as “my baby”.  What is wrong with me?  Is it my refusal to accept the fact that I am getting old?  Or is it because I know, just like with my older two kids, there lingers around the corner that unpinpointable day when his body will no longer be of the small snuggable variety, or he just doesn’t want to be physically coddled (at least in public).

So we’ll celebrate and have a great time.  I’ll post pictures of him through the years on my Facebook to honor this milestone.  I’ll smile in the process. And I’ll cry.  Read more.

As days, weeks, and years continue to come and go faster and faster, this birthday reminds me of how special each and every minute is with him. I’ll appreciate those spontaneous “I love mom”(‘s) that flow so naturally from his mouth or is drawn out thoughtfully in crayon on a white sheet of copy paper. He has said it, and has made hundreds of them.  And I know that there will come a time when I’ll long for the day that he was acting like a sugar overloaded nutcase at the dinner table.

A week or so ago, a friend of mine posted this video on her Facebook page.  Always so crunched for time, I typically don’t take the opportunity to view all of the videos my friends post, however, this one caught my attention. I “shared” it on the Just Add Kids Facebook page, and am sharing it here as well, just in case you are not on Facebook or missed it there.

Enjoy, “The Gift of an Ordinary Day”

and “Happy Birthday, my little man”!  I suppose I should consider changing that term of endearment soon, eh?

Just Add Kids


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