Blockbuster Total Access Gift Card Promotion

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This is just a quick note to let everyone know that Blockbuster Total Access is running a new promotion where you get 50% off your first month plus a free $25 Visa gift card* just for signing up. So…

You can get their 3-at-a-time movie plan for one month plus the $25 gift card in return for just $10 for the first month ($19.99 thereafter). Moreover, unlike Netflix, you can exchange your movies in their stores which gives you more bang for your buck.

Click here to apply.

*You have to remain a member for six months to qualify for the gift card

Published on May 8th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
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Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy: It Worked!

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For those of you that have been following along at home…

Just over a month ago, our six year old had a tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy, in part because of chronic ear infections. Everything went smoothly on the day of his surgery, and he was home by late afternoon.

All in all, he recovered from the procedure relatively quickly. The low point was a good bit of ear pain on Day Six. While we were warned about this in advance, it was still tough to see him so uncomfortable.

Late last week, I noted that he had come down with a cold without getting an ear infection, suggesting that our problems were solved.

And then…

Over this past weekend we started to wonder. He was really snotty (in a physiological, not behavioral, sense) and we were starting to think that he might be developing an ear infection. Well… He had his one month followup with the ENT specialist on Monday, and there was nothing but good news. No ear infection, and his hearing has improved dramatically due to less fluid in the ears. Awesome.

Published on May 7th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
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School Pictures are a Scam

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I remember back when I was a kid. We had school pictures once a year, and they were a pretty big deal. Everyone got dressed up, our moms combed our hair extra well before we left for school, and then our pictures (no matter how goofy) ended up being displayed throughout the house.

Well, it’s still a big deal, but… It now happens twice a year and the packages have gotten much bigger and more expensive. It seems that the new expectation is for us to buy pictures during both the fall and the spring.

On top of this, our preschool takes pictures twice a year, as well. The real bummer for us this past week is that they sent the proof home and Son #4 (three years old) promptly snatched it off the table and lost it. Not a huge deal, right? Well… For whatever reason, the proof costs far more than a regular picture, and we’d be on the hook for it if we didn’t return it by today.

The real bummer of this is that the proof has a big watermark across it declaring that it’s the property of the photographer. Thus, even if it eventually turned up, it would be of no use to use.

Thankfully, under intense questioning, he had a moment of toddler clarity and told us he had slipped it under the carpet in the living room (we have a large area rug over hardwood in that room). Ah, yes, of course… We looked high and low, but not quite low enough.

Published on May 2nd, 2008 - 10 Comments
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Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy: No More Ear Infections?

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It’s really too early to say for sure that our problems are gone, but… Our son came down with his first cold since having his tonsils and adenoids removed. And guess what? No ear infection. Woohoo!

Given all the troubles we’ve had in the past, including multiple sets of ear tubes, we’re hoping that we’ve finally turned the corner.

Fingers crossed…

(Or maybe I should cross my eyes.)

Published on May 1st, 2008 - 2 Comments
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Nervous Tics in a Ten Year Old – They’re Back

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After a good, long run, our ten year old’s nervous tics came back this spring. Once again, he’s been experiencing involuntary blinking and has also been wrinkling his forehead. I don’t think it’s all that apparent to casual acquaintances, but it’s incredibly obvious to us.

It’s hard to say exactly what (if anything) triggered it this time around. While his tics have been stress-induced in the past, his last bout occurred in the absence of any apparent stressors. Moreover, he hasn’t experienced anything particularly stressful in recent weeks.

The only thing that I can think of is that his tics re-emerged right around the time of his spring buzz cut. Perhaps that sort of change to his appearance made him feel a bit self-conscious? That doesn’t seem particularly likely, as he actually likes having his hair buzzed. More than likely, that was just a coincidence.

As before, we’ve gone out of our way not to draw any attention to it. Rather, we’re assuming that it will just go away on its own as it always has in the past.

Published on April 17th, 2008 - 18 Comments
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Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy: One Week Later

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Well, it’s been one week since our six year old had his tonsils and adenoids out. All in all, things have gone smoothly, though there have been some bumps in the road.

First and foremost, the Lortab that he was taking to control the pain made him nauseated. While nausea is among the last things that you want when recovering from throat surgery, there’s a fine line between controlling the pain and throwing up. Unfortunately, he crossed that line on Saturday and we ended up backing him down to just Tylenol during the day with Lortab being reserved for bedtime (we were told to avoid ibuprofen).

The other bump in the road came very early on Day Six. We were told that his ear pain would be the worst on Day Six, and they weren’t kidding. We were awoken between 1:00-2:00 AM by a little guy with extreme ear pain. Unfortunately, he was so uncomfortable (and so out of it) that he refused to take any medicine. After a few minutes of cajoling, we finally got the medicine down his throat and got him settled back down. The balance of the day was filled with a good bit of discomfort. The good news is that today (the morning of Day Seven) he reports that his ears are feeling “good.”

Hopefully the worst is behind us. He’s still out of school, and we’re not sending him back until Monday. The earliest the doctor said he could possibly return is tomorrow but, since the next few days are critical for his healing, we decided to hold him out Thursday and Friday and give him the weekend to recover more fully.

Published on April 9th, 2008 - 5 Comments
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Upromise $10 Signup Bonus

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If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways to save a few extra bucks for college. With that in mind, I wanted to point out that Upromise is currently offering a $10 bonus for creating and activating your new account (it’s free!). In case you’re not familiar with Upromise, it’s a college savings program that allows you to earn cash rewards on your everyday purchases. [more]

Published on April 4th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
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Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy for Our Six Year Old

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Our six year old had his tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday. And guess what? Today he’s not a happy camper… [more]

Published on April 3rd, 2008 - 11 Comments
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Three Year Old Birthday Party: Go, Diego, Go!

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Hmmm… I was just sifting through partially completed drafts and realized that I never published this back when I wrote it last November. Oh well, better late than never. Here goes…

Our youngest turned three earlier this week and, despite all of the germs flying around our house, we managed to squeeze in a happy little birthday party. We had originally planned on celebrating with family in the midst of our Thanksgiving travels, but we had to scrap those plans due to illness. Fortunately, we already had the necessary party supplies on hand, so we just changed venues.

As it turns out, this party was quite a milestone for our family. First of all, it marks the official end of the “terrible twos” in our household (though two has never been a particularly difficult age for us). Second, this was the first time that we actually dined in our new dinette.

As far as the “party” itself goes, it was a very simple affair. Since we hadn’t planned on being in town, there weren’t any outside guests. Rather, we just decorated the dinette with Diego (of Dora the Explorer fame) party favors, ate cake and ice cream, and lavished our newly-minted three year old with gifts. As disappointing as it was to have to stay in town for Thanksgiving, a quiet week to ourselves was just what we needed.

Published on March 26th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
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The Buzz Cuts are Back

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One of the first signs of spring has visited our house… Three out of four of our boys are once again sporting buzz cuts. It’s not secret that I cut my own hair, and in the summers we buzz the boys as well.

The lone holdout right now is our six year old, whose hair has recently garnered compliments ranging from people telling him that his hair “looks like gold” to someone saying that it’s “delicious.” As long as that keeps up, I suspect he’ll want to keep his hair. The good news is that his hair grows the slowest of the four, so it still hasn’t gotten shaggy.

What this means in practical terms is that we now only have to worry about one case of raging bedhead before getting the boys out the door to school. And guess what? The boys love this as much as we do. No more combs running through scraggly hair, much less of a rush in the wee hours of the morning, etc.

Published on March 19th, 2008 - 3 Comments
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