Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Whole Foods Ground Beef Special (Giveaway!)

For Labor Day, Whole Foods is running an awesome deal on ground beef! Nationwide, the stores are offering ground, grass-fed beef at a special price of $3.99/lb! Grass-fed beef is much leaner than grain-fed and considered better for you. As always, they have some great recipes on their website that would be perfect if you're throwing a Labor Day picnic. I think we're going to try the Bahn Mi Grass-Fed Beef Burgers this weekend. (We've been watching the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race show and I've been intrigued by the Nom-Nom truck that serves Vietnamese sandwiches)

If you don't make it in time for that sale, if you live in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, they're offering 20% off burgers from Saturday - Monday.

To sweeten the deal a bit more, Whole Foods has generously offered to send a $10 gift card to one of my readers!

Giveaway Name: Grass Fed
Mandatory Question: What's your favorite burger topping?

Enter this giveaway by filling out the giveaway form with your information. The form keeps track of all of your information, without exposing your information to the Internet.  I always delete the entries after submitting the winner's information.  Comments left on this entry are not entered into the giveaway. For all my giveaway rules, check out this page.

Giveaway will end on Monday, September 6, 2010!

*Disclosure: I received a gift card, and one will be provided to my readers thanks to Whole Foods Market*

Monday, August 30, 2010

I Love Shutterfly (and a Giveaway!)

Colin was born almost 10 years ago, and we got our first digital camera around that same time. I wasn't sure what to do with the digital photos, and remember trying out Shutterfly. I'll admit that I tried other online photo sites since then, but I have always come back to Shutterfly and don't even bother trying other sites (even when lured by free prints.)

Over the last decade, Shutterfly has helped me print my photos, create thank you note cards and holiday cards, and given me an easy way to put together photo albums by creating photo books.  (In fact, I just finished another one of our trip to Camp Verde this summer.)

Shutterfly has excellent customer service.  I have had only one problem in the last decade (they sent me the wrong photo book before the holidays.)  I emailed them the day the wrong book appeared, and they had my book sent to me within a day.

When anyone asks me to suggest an online photo source, the only place I send them is to Shutterfly. The pictures I uploaded 10 years ago are still safe on their servers.  The site is easy to use, and shipping is fast.

I couldn't be happier, but I'm even happier to tell you that I have codes for 10 cards for two of my readers to give away!

Giveaway Name: Shutterfly!
Mandatory Question: Tell me about your favorite photo.


Be sure to click through to the giveaway form to enter this giveaway. The form keeps track of all of your information, without exposing your information to the Internet.  I always delete the entries after submitting the winner's information.  Comments left on this entry are not entered into the giveaway. For all my giveaway rules, check out this page.

The giveaway ends on September 10, 2010.

How We're Adjusting

A couple people have asked how we're doing, and I'd say we're adjusting.  Today was the beginning of the 3rd week of school. 

Overall, it's been a positive experience.  The hardest part is things like tonight -- I worked today and pulled into the driveway in time for the boys to hop in the car so we could go to their music lessons.  Bo took Lydia to parent/tot baseball and we went immediately from music to the field so Nate could play coach pitch.

Game ended at 8, so we arrived home at 8:30 and ate some KFC that Bo picked up and now Nate is sitting next to me finishing up an assignment that must be turned in tomorrow.  And he still has to shower before he can get into bed so Bo can wake him up at 6:15.

When we were homeschooling, there wouldn't be any homework, and they wouldn't have to wake up at 6:15 tomorrow.  I know, we've been spoiled the last few years, but that is why this is an adjustment.

I met with Nate's teacher and speech therapist today to discuss the plan for him this year.  His teacher said that Nate is obviously a very intelligent boy, but he's struggling with time management and classroom management.  I expected this, and so did she, and she did say that every day he gets a little bit better.  He wants to strive to do his best, and sometimes gets frustrated.  We also talked about a test they do that involves oral reading that he bombed. He bombed it not because he can't read, but because he can't read aloud fluently. Just now he shared with me that he'll never earn a Blue Zone bracelet because he needs to score a 135 on this test in order to earn one (he scored a 32 last week)  We're confident that the score will increase as his disfluency lessens, but it'll be a long road.

Colin is also struggling with classroom management and learning the ins & outs of what's expected for various assignments.  He had a vocabulary assignment last week to use a set of vocabulary words in meaningful sentences.  He wrote sentences and used the words appropriately, but was scored down.  When we inquired as to the reason, we were told that he didn't define the word within the sentence -- he just used the word.  I understand the difference now, and I assume that is how this assignment has been approached for the last couple years.  Colin, however, just thought he had to use the words correctly.  His teacher did say that his sentences were very imaginative.

As for me, it's been as hard as I imagined it would be giving up the knowledge and control I had of their curriculum.  We are attending "Curriculum Night" tomorrow to learn more about what's being covered this year, but it can never be as specific or targeted as we did while homeschooling.  It's also hard knowing that our time is no longer our own -- there is homework every night, which must be done in addition to sports, music, and family time.  Previously, our schooling was completed during daylight hours and never slopped over into our evenings.  And, personally, I have much more energy to cope with schooling at 10AM rather than 7PM.

There is plenty of good as well.  Chess Club begins meeting tomorrow, and Colin is enjoying orchestra. Nate continues to receive an hour of speech each week and I don't have to scramble trying to figure out how to get him there. I have an almost completely booked calendar work-wise, so I know that this is necessary for our family right now.

Getting everyone out of the house by 7:15 is a struggle.  Homework is a hassle.  But I know we'll all find our groove, and we're looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Cheese Party

A couple weeks ago, we were in Whole Foods Tempe looking for some back-to-school snacks.  We were by the cheese display, and Nate was amazed at the size of some of the rounds of cheese.  He didn't believe me at first when I told him that was how some cheese was made, and then pieces were cut from the large round.

We talked a bit about cheese, and then I suggested we pick up a few varieties to try. He thought that was a neat idea, so we chose 8 different chunks of cheese and planned to have a cheese party.  We also picked up a couple different varieties of crackers.


It took a week or so, but one night everyone was home early enough that we were able to enjoy our cheese spread.  We had some delicious green grapes, and Bo would slice one type of cheese and we'd all try it.  Everyone was great about trying the different varieties -- even if some insisted on only eating Ritz crackers with their cheese.

Not surprisingly, we all loved the Wisconsin aged cheddar.  But, we also all liked Leerdammer (a semi-hard cheese with many holes like swiss, but not as strong) and I doubt I would have ever picked up a chunk of it if not for Nate's excitement.  In fact. of the 8 we chose, none were deemed yucky!

It was so much fun that I think we may make it a new tradition!  Our cheese dinner occurred a couple nights before school started this year, so maybe we'll tie it to every new school year.

On a completely silly note, here's an ad I found for Leerdammer cheese . . . it's so silly but it made me laugh!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Crayola Giveaway

My kids have been back in school for 2 1/2 weeks now.  We're still adjusting . . . some days I think that I'm adjusting more than anybody else.

Before they started school, we went shopping for supplies. Just like always, I purchased Crayola crayons. We've tried other crayons over the years, but I always go back to Crayola.  I love the way they glide across the paper, and during back-to-school sales they're always an awesome price.

Blog Spark and Crayola contacted me and wanted to send me a couple Crayola products, which I wouldn't refuse! We always need more crayons, markers and colored pencils! I was very interested to read about the efforts that Crayola is making to be environmentally friendly.

One of the cool things they do is use more than 26,200 solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, generating the energy required to make 1 billion of the 3 billion crayons Crayola makes each year! (equal to 60 million 24-ct. boxes!)  Living in Arizona, I think solar power is an underused resource, and wish that we could find a way to harness the sun to help us generate electricity.

You may have noticed that the markers now have a black barrel instead of white.  This is because the barrels are all made from recycled plastic bottle caps -- more than 1 million pounds of them!

This video shares more details:



If you need more crayons, I'd love to send you some!  Crayola (through BlogSpark) has a package of crayons, markers and colored pencils to send to one of my readers!

Name of Giveaway: Crayola
Mandatory Question: What do you do to conserve energy?

Be sure to click through to the giveaway form to enter this giveaway. The form keeps track of all of your information, without exposing your information to the Internet.  I always delete the entries after submitting the winner's information.  Comments left on this entry are not entered into the giveaway. For all my giveaway rules, check out this page.

The giveaway will end on September 1, 2010.

*Disclosure: I received Crayola product for my family, as well as the products to give away thanks to Crayola and My Blog Spark. All opinions and words are my own, the video was created by Crayola and embedded from their YouTube channel.*

Tell Me Thursday - Flagstaff

On Saturday morning, Bo took Nate to baseball and I took Lydia to a birthday party.  Before I left, I had been looking at cabins to rent, but they were almost 5 hours away.  While at the party, I texted Bo and asked him to look for a hotel in Flagstaff.

He did, and packed, so when Lydia & I got home, we were able to hop in the car and head to Flagstaff.  I had piles of laundry to do, and the boys had a bit of homework left, and . . . we decided to go anyway.

I'm so glad that we did!  About 1/2 way up there, the a/c in our van stopped working.  Thankfully, Flagstaff was about 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix so it wasn't so bad.  We were a bit concerned about the noise, however.

We were well on our way, though, so we kept going and arrived in the early evening. We stayed in the ugliest hotel room I have ever visited!  The place was clean, so I wouldn't call it a dive.  BUT!  The walls were red.  Very, very red.  And the bedding was black.  As was the dresser and tables.  And the epoxied bathroom floor. (As an aside, why do hotels/motels use carpet?  It is always filthy!  I'd much prefer a solid floor and I think it would be easier to keep clean.  Because, yes, while the place was clean, the carpet was filthy.)  The sheets and towels were just this side of threadbare.

It was cheap, however, and we were only staying one night.  (OH, I forgot -- there were striped curtains. Tan and cream and maroon.  Which were raggedly cut off at the bottom so they didn't cover up the air conditioner.)

We went for the sights, though, and after dinner we headed out to Lowell Observatory.  The boys were able to look at the moon through some of the telescopes, and we were able to listen to part of a lecture about the galaxy. We spent a couple hours there, and enjoyed it.  During our last visit, I purchased a membership, so we visited for free.

The next morning, we tried to find a place that might be able to look at the van, but didn't have any luck.  Bo looked around in the engine and decided that it should hopefully make the trip back home. We wanted to visit the Arboretum and the Planes of Fame Museum, but decided to choose one so we would make it home before dark. We chose the Arboretum, partly because I was pretty sure either our Boyce Thompson membership or our Desert Botanical membership would get us in for free. 

I was right -- and our Desert Botanical Garden membership meant that we could wander around without paying another admission fee. We all enjoyed the Arboretum at Flagstaff.  The weather was warm (not hot, not cool) and we were able to walk around outdoors and look at the many plants. (I'd include pictures, but they're on my other computer.)  It wasn't crowded, so the kids were able to wander freely (within eyesight) and they had a blast.

We headed home, and the van made it the entire way.  Thankfully, a good friend was able to help us get it fixed, and within 2 days I had icy cold air coming from the van.

It was a great weekend, and I love that my kids are great travelers. Thanks to our various memberships, the weekend was an inexpensive trip away from home!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Favorite Links of the Week

When I find links that I like, I tend to share them almost immediately on Facebook.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites here this week :)  Enjoy!

This site -- Smarthistory -- is amazing!  Tons of pictures & commentary about art through the ages. I was blown away and had a great time clicking through and listening to various people talking about great art.

There's a zombie adventurer living in my sister's house and she's keeping a blog for him.  Cracks me up!

I have always loved Calvin & Hobbes, and thought this was genius -- a searchable database of Calvin & Hobbes comics.  Unfortunately, it looks like there are copyright / server issues so the comics are no longer loading.  But, I'll still link in case they get things straightened out.

Interesting article from Newsweek about why teenagers seem to mature so slowly these days -- I think it makes a number of good points.

And, finally, a wonderful poem/video that I truly enjoyed this week!  (Video by Andrea Dorfman, poem by Tanya Davis)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tell Me Thursday - First Day

Yes, they survived.

When Bo brought the camera home and I saw this one, I almost cried for my crumpled on the curb boy.

But, they both did fine.  It wasn't spectacularly exciting (but was grade school ever?) They both found their classrooms, the bathrooms, the lunchroom and the bus home. The teachers were nice.

Colin came home with homework and was annoyed, but survived. He also told me that books were not exaggerated. (We had a conversation a couple days ago where he shared that he thought maybe he had read too many books talking about negative things about school.  I said that books are often exaggerated to create a good story.)

Nate admitted that it was a pretty good day.  The biggest complaint is that he has to sit next to a girl.  (When I tell him that most of his favorite people are girls -- me, his sister, his aunt, his grandma) he explains that it's different.  We're his FAMILY, she's just some girl. 

They will do fine.  I will do fine.  It's a new chapter in our ever-evolving life.

We chose to homeschool because it helped us have time when we needed it for the family, I liked my kids, liked doing things with them and felt that I could do a good job at it. (And it was great visiting museums and zoos when most kids were in school! It meant there were no crowds.) When we first made the decision, Bo was working extremely long, erratic hours.  Even 2 years ago, it was common that he would leave for work after 9 or 10AM and not return until 9 or 10PM. Those early morning hours meant the boys could spend time with him and we felt that was extremely important.

This year?  I'm working consistently out of the home. Bo doesn't have as many evening or weekend calls. Our lives have shifted and it makes more sense for the boys to attend the local school.  Will we ever homeschool again?  Never say never!  But, we are committed to completing this year to the best of all our abilities. We loved homeschooling, but that doesn't mean we can't make different choices.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Day (and the positives!)

 The boys headed off to their first day at our local public school.  This year marked the end of our homeschooling journey -- something we had discussed for months -- but it was still hard.

In the past, they had attended a weekly enrichment program for homeschoolers through the public school system, so we had these pictures for "First Day of School" the last 5 years. This year was different, though.  Instead of driving them to their program, they took a bus down the road.

I already talked about the hard parts of yesterday, but I wanted to balance it with some good parts. I have always wanted them to take music lessons, but a variety of things stood in the way. The school offers orchestra for the 4th grade and we told Colin he would be participating.

I believe music lessons are important and worthwhile and I think that he will enjoy it. He refused at first, but when we went back to the multi-purpose room after meeting the teachers, he saw a table for chess club.

Another pastime I think is worthwhile, and one that I know he enjoys.  So, I bribed him a bit and said that I didn't want to hear one more complaint about orchestra and I would sign him up for Chess Club as well.  He loved that idea, and Nate was happy as well.  (He was bummed he couldn't join orchestra yet!)

Lydia was still sleeping this morning, so Bo walked them to the bus stop. I'm anxious to hear how their first day went (especially recess!) and I don't feel very motivated to get much done today (although I have a to-do list that needs to be tackled.)  I think Lydia & I will go run some errands and wait for them to come home.

We had an amazing summer -- culminating for the boys with a trip with their dad to Milwaukee last weekend.  They had an awesome time with dear friends & their cousins (who they haven't seen in years) We're headed into new territory, but I know we're all up for the challenge!!

Wordless Wednesday - First Day

Back to School Rant

I try to be positive and look for the good side of things whenever possible.  I try to remember to always assume good intent in others. But, sometimes? I just need to vent and rant and this is one of those times. Expect me to return to my usual, upbeat self in this blog soon :)

We went to the school yesterday for "Meet the Teachers."  We went as a family, found their bus assignment, argued with Colin about joining orchestra, then headed to their classrooms.

The classrooms are nice-sized, bright and cheery.  The teachers seem nice. I know they'll be fine and I'm sure they'll learn new things and make friends.

But . . .

Colin's teacher made a comment to the effect of "By the time they get to 4th grade, I don't have to remind them how to find their bus, or lunch, or anything.  It's great!" So, I replied "Colin has always been homeschooled, so he may need a little prompting with those type of things."  And her response? "Well, don't worry!  I have an aide and I'll be here, and we'll get him up to grade level in no time, I'm sure!"

Ummmmmmm.  That's not what I meant.  I meant he might need help finding the bathroom or the bus -- not help getting him to "grade level."  His overall average in his online curriculum last year was high 90's and he scored above-average on the standardized tests.  I seriously doubt he'll have any academic issues this year -- but of course if I went down that road I worried that I would be immediately labeled as delusional -- since we all know that homeschooled kids are behind the curve. (even though the opposite is often proved via standardized tests and other means)

Okay.  Assume Good Intent.  Stay quiet. Plaster a smile on my face. Know that my boy will soon demonstrate that he is most definitely at grade level. Move on to the next classroom.

Where I let the teacher know that Nate has a stutter, but he worked with the speech pathologist on campus last year and his IEP is already on file.  We found out that her contract was renewed, and I sighed with relief as she was a wonderful speech therapist and helped Nate learn so many tools to improve his speech.

Then, I told this teacher that Nate had been homeschooled, but that he was looking forward to a new school year. To which she replied to him?  "Well!  You'll have recess!  That'll be great!"

I know I already ranted about this comment, but I just have to again.  I could almost forgive other stupid people for saying it. (And as a couple friends have commented on my Facebook status today -- "oooo, they'll get to use the restroom!"  "Hey! They'll get hot lunch!"  More inane comments, left just to make me laugh, which I appreciated.)

But, a teacher??  You're going to tell my son that the thing he has to look forward to in your class is RECESS? What about telling him about some of the things he'll learn this year?  What about letting him know what units are coming up? Those are the things that my kids would be excited to know about!

As homeschoolers, they had hours of recess each day.  That doesn't mean that they didn't learn, however. (Nate was also in the high 90's average for his online curriculum last year and also scored above-average on standardized tests.) My boys love documentaries. They love visiting museums and really learning about the exhibits.  They have many interests, from space to geology to history. Colin loves to read, and Nate especially loves to read non-fiction. 

They also love cartoons, Pokemon, Bakugan and video games.  But, we have always encouraged a balance and they truly enjoy documentaries and museums just as much.  My kids LOVE to learn.  It's one of the things I wanted to instill in them and so far I've done a great job at it.

Yet, this year I've sent them to school where everyone thinks they should be excited about recess. 

It's a bit discouraging. 

But, I'll continue to assume good intent and continue to do what we've always done at home. Expose them to lots of different things and encourage learning new things.  I am excited about a couple things at their new school, which I'll post about later when I share pictures from when they headed out the door.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back to School Clean Up! Seventh Generation Giveaway!

 School starts tomorrow!!  As I may have mentioned on Facebook, I spent the weekend cleaning house.  It was easy with Bo & the boys gone and it helped that I received a neat package from Seventh Generation (through BlogSpark) to assist in my cleaning efforts.

I like Seventh Generation products because they are natural and eco-friendly. I especially like that their botanical disinfectants kill 99.9% of germs (including the influenza A virus)   I used the wipes and spray cleaner to wipe down the surfaces in both boys' rooms as well as their bathroom and our kitchen.

I have a cleaning pack to give away to one of my readers that includes a roll of paper towels, a box of tissues, 2 packages of cleaning wipes, a bottle of cleaner and a great tote bag. Our schools requested a number of supplies, so I was able to donate our tissues, paper towels and one package of cleaning wipes to their classrooms.

If you would like to enter the giveaway for this package, you will need to fill out the giveaway form! The form keeps track of all of your information, without exposing your information to the Internet.  I always delete the entries after submitting the winner's information.  Comments left on this entry are not entered into the giveaway. For all my giveaway rules, check out this page.


Giveaway Name: Seventh Generation
Mandatory Question: What cleaning job do you dread?

The giveaway will end on August 18, 2010.

Here's a neat video about germs that Seventh Generation put together.




Yesterday, I posted a giveaway for a grocery gift card, and tomorrow I have another fun giveaway to post -- so feel free to enter them all!  Good Luck!!

* Disclosure: Seventh Generation provided me with the free product, gift pack and giveaway through MyBlogSpark *

Monday, August 09, 2010

Box Tops (and a $25 grocery gift card giveaway!)

Last summer, when I was lucky enough to attend Table Talk at General Mills, bloggers were talking about collecting box tops.  Since we were homeschooling, I never really thought about box tops (even though I remembered seeing them on packages.)  This year, the boys will attend our neighborhood school, and I have already seen requests for box tops on the school website.

Blog Spark asked if I'd share some information about ways to earn extra box tops at the Kroger family of stores, as school starts back soon, and I am happy to do so!

From August 8 to August 21, when you buy any 8 participating items from a Kroger store, you will receive $4 off of your purchase.  Some of the great participating brands include: Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Pillsbury Cookies & Biscuits, Kleenex, Huggies, Betty Crocker Brownies, Cottonelle, and Lucky Charms.

To make it even better, you can earn bonus box tops for your schools by registering at http://www.rewardyourschool.com/.  When you register, you'll automatically receive 5 bonus box tops and more custom offers to earn even more bonus box tops!

What's the big deal about box tops?  That's a question I asked last summer, and the moms I was with were more than happy to share their excitement about box tops with me!  Schools can turn in the box tops to General Mills and receive 10 cents for each one!  Schools use these funds to help fund extra-curricular activities, purchase supplies, or fill whatever need there may be.

I have a $25 gift certificate to Kroger (or any of their family of stores -- in our areas we shop at Fry's -- but their stores include: Kroger, Ralph’s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy) to give away to one of my readers!

Giveaway ends August 18, 2010.  To enter the giveaway, you must click HERE to fill out the giveaway form, and make note of the review name & mandatory question listed below. Entries left in the comment section do not count towards the giveaway.  All giveaway rules can be found on my "Giveaway Rules" page.

Review Name: Grocery Gift Card
Mandatory Question: Tell me your favorite extra-curricular activity

*Disclosure: General Mills, Kimberly Clark and the Kroger Family of Stores provided me with the gift card, information, and giveaway through MyBlogSpark*

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Thirteen Years Ago


Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

- Hafiz
Happy Anniversary to my best friend, love of my life, father to my babes, calm to my storm.

We may be spending today apart, but that doesn't dampen the love or respect I have for my dear, sweet husband.  Our marriage isn't about a single day, but every moment that is filled with love and caring. 

The past thirteen years are only the beginning of our lifetime together.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday Roundup

  • Bo & the boys headed off to Milwaukee yesterday.  There was some excitement as planes were canceled and travel plans shifted, but they made it there safely and have been playing ever since. 
  • I absolutely love technology.  Even though we are 2000 miles apart, thanks to text messages and camera phones I can be part of the fun of Wisconsin State Fair and a Brewers baseball game and Bo can see Lydia playing at the Museum of Youth and my new haircut.   Yet, I still miss them. 
  • I haven't worked for a week.  We had a great week of playing, visiting museums, shopping and goofing off.  I work tomorrow for a client, and then I'm off for another week.  My break will be over then and I'll be back to working 3 - 5 days/week. 
  • The boys start school on Wednesday.  Wednesday!! 
  • It seems like summer just started, but when I look back at all that we've done this summer, I realize that it is definitely coming to an end.  Colin turned to me earlier this week and said "Mom, this is the best summer I can remember with all the activities!"
  • I bought school supplies, and was surprised at the amount of office and cleaning supplies we were asked to send to their classrooms. Is this typical all over? Each class asked for 3 reams of copy paper -- as well as hand sanitizer, soap, plastic bags and more.  
  • And, finally, to give you a laugh -- here's a video I shot of Lydia earlier tonight.  My sister & I were laughing about something and she came in and told us firmly to stop laughing.  I picked up my Flip and recorded this.  Excuse the shaking from me laughing.

      Thursday, August 05, 2010

      Tell Me Thursday - Summer Fun

      Well, first I have to say that I hope my sister doesn't get mad at me for posting this picture.  But, I thought it was funny and I love this shot of the 3 of us!!

      It was from our weekend at the Arizona Grand Resort, and was taken with one of the waterproof cameras I picked up before our visit.

      We went digital years ago, and I haven't had film developed in I can't remember how long!  I didn't want to worry about our digital cameras, though, so I picked up 2 waterproof cameras.

      When Nate took a picture, Lydia wanted to see the picture right away -- as she is used to with digital cameras.  I told her that we'd have to wait, and Nate responded "No, really, how do we see the picture?"  He had no concept of film and waiting for processing.

      By the end of the first day, I saw that one had condensation on the inside of the case.  I was disappointed, but hoped that the film wasn't ruined.  The Monday after our visit, we dropped off the cameras and even I was shocked to find out that it would be 10 days before we could pick them up!  Then, I forgot about them completely until we happened to be in Target and I walked by the photo area.

      Unfortunately, the one camera did have damaged film, so we only got about 5 shots from that camera.  This was one of those shots, though, so I'm glad I had it developed anyway.   There were about 5 good pictures from both cameras, but it was worth it to have the memories on film!

      Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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