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Saturday, June 24, 2006

 

Random Weekend Thoughts

It's going to be a beautiful weekend, so I'm going to get all my thoughts written down tonight and then go nowhere near the computer until Monday.

We had my son's party in the park today. I invited four of his friends and damned if, for the second year in a row, two of them didn't show up. The mothers told me they would definitely be there. The kids were excited about it. No phone call, no apologies. C'mon parents, that's just pathetic and rude.

Our neighbors packed up three of their kids and went to California for a week, leaving their 16-year-old daughter at home alone. The first night she had her 19-year-old boyfriend over for a little slumber party. Should I tell her parents about it, or just mind my own business?

In the past week my son has become addicted to Neopets.com. What a devious gimmick... Tell the kids that if they don't keep playing games and earning points, "Your pet will die!!"

There was definitely some sort of magic in the air the other night when both my kids announced, before their normal bedtime, that they were tired and wanted to go to bed. And both were asleep within fifteen minutes. That has never happened before, and probably will never happen again.

My daughter made up a joke: "What did one octopus say to the other octopus? Let's go get some octo-pie!"

We rented the 1986 Disney live-action film Flight of the Navigator. The kids liked it, but I was surprised to hear the words "G-d D-mn" and "sh-t" in the dialogue. It seems so unnecessary to have that kind of language in a film geared toward pre-teens.

We've also rented a number of those computer-animated Barbie movies for my daughter. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've enjoyed all of them, especially Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. But shhhhh... don't tell anyone that my son liked them too.

My daughter has recently become obsessed with temporary tattoos. She's currently sporting a skull and crossbones on her upper arm (a Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in). I hope this isn't a sign of things to come!

That's it... Enjoy your weekend!


7 Comments:

Blogger Hannelie said...

Your home sounds so like ours and normal Phil. Ok and once they are over Neopets it will be Ruin-escape another computer online game, my son loves it and it teaches him to work for money before he can buy stuff, very clever.
Their neopets died, don't tell the rspca!
I would 'by accident' dob the girl in and said something like 'oh she looked quite ok and safe, she had company over night', let her sort it out, I think it's just not on, unless the parents dont' care off course.
Sad to hear how swear words becomes a norm, makes our jobs as parents so much harder.
And yes, some rude parents for not even calling! Been there had it happened.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Be glad its your kid that's addicted to Neopets..... in my house, the resident Neo-addict is my wife.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Darth Daddy said...

I was suprised in "Daddy Daycare" to hear a few un-needed swear words.

Or in Cool Runnings, when they say "You a bad mutha" - could have easily substituted "dude" for mother. Gotta wonder what they were thinking.

Don't get me wrong - I like my swear words - just not in my Disney movies.

Shannon

9:29 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I'd rather my kids kill a neopet than the real thing! And don't worry, my son's favorite color is pink.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

I don't know if this would interest you but here is a link to a page where you can rent or buy moives where the swear words and violence have been edited out of.
http://www.cleanfilms.com/customerpraise.phtml

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry the last letters are PHTML

7:22 PM  
Blogger novaks8 said...

I would tell the parents.

I am a mom of a 19 year old girl.

I would want to know!

12:01 PM  

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