Thursday, July 31, 2008

Don't you... forget about JCPenney

Has anyone else seen the new JCPenney back to school commercial?

It's a homage to "The Breakfast Club" and it makes me smile every time I see it. (I'd look for it on YouTube and post it here but I haven't been having any luck with that lately...)

I can't help but wonder as I watch it though, where is the cutoff? I mean, obviously my son has no idea that's it's a spoof of a classic movie... so at what age do they make the connection? Have today's college students seen "The Breakfast Club?" What about today's high school students? 

Is everyone who knows this movie out of school or has it held on to a younger generation in some way?

Ultimately, I guess it's probably aimed at parents like me anyway. Just like the resurgence of all the toys we loved as kids.

Which makes me feel really, really old.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Birds

Last week we had to go back to the pediatrician's office, and I happened to have my camera. 

I'm pretty proud of this shot... these are the baby robins, safe in their nest with their mother.

My wise, experienced 7-year old

Lately my kids have been making me laugh a lot.

In many ways, this summer has flown by - but in others it's gone nice and slowly. I'd like to think it's at least due in part to my conscious decision to just say no to activities this summer. Except for swim lessons, we've taken a well-deserved break from the runaround and it's been great.

Of course, it's about to come to a crashing end... as I was reminded just a few days ago while getting some stuff at Wal-Mart. The school supplies are out and I couldn't get over how crowded that aisle was- already. We picked up a few things I know the kids will need but I didn't pull out the list. I'm just not ready to fully commit - yet.

My daughter will be going to Kindergarten this fall and she saw a lunchbox she really liked, so we got it too. It makes me smile because it's very old school, metal with the latch. It reminds me of the first lunchboxes I had, until plastic became the new material of choice. I'm not sure, but I *think* I had a metal Muppets lunchbox. Elisabeth's is "High School Musical" and every day she looks at it longingly and talks about the day she'll finally get to take it to school.

Of course, she pointed out... she won't be taking it the first few days of school. And Ethan (the experienced soon-to-be second grader) corroborated this.

"First they'll teach you how to go through the lunchroom," he said. "They'll show her how to get her card and then go down in line and then hold it up..."

I'm a little fuzzy on all the details, but this is sounding like a fairly complicated system! In any case, I won't worry because after all, as Ethan said next -

"Don't worry Elisabeth... you'll get used to it. I've been doing it for TWO YEARS already."

Maybe it was the tone of his voice, but it really made me chuckle. And somewhere inside, I also breathed a little easier knowing that this time as I send a kindergartener off to school, I've got someone on the inside looking out for her.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Natalee Ann - July 6, 2006

This is Natalee Ann, my beautiful goddaughter who was born and died two years ago today.

I'd like to write something meaningful and profound today, but words like those are not coming. At least not right now.

Today should have been a celebration of a second birthday. For my best friend, there will be cake and there will be a celebration - there is just not a two-year old to share in it. 

Please keep Natalee's mother, father, two sisters, and all of their family and friends in your thoughts today.