Happy 9th Birthday To My Sweet Daughter Today

Happy Birthday little girl whose name means beautiful in any language.  You are the sweetest, kindest, best-swimmer, best artist, best sewer, best big sister, best daughter, daddy’s little girl, smartest, funniest, most-giving human on the face of the universe and you will also remain so.

 

Love,

Mom who will never-ever be deserving enough to be honored with your presence.

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Wanted: A Hand-Cranked Ice Cream Machine

Wanted: Found

Wal-Mart has the electric ice-cream makers on sale for $15.00.  You save $4.99.  Maybe next year I will save up for one of the $160.00 hand-cranks.

I made ice cream for my daughter’s birthday.  I used a recipe from my childhood with plenty of eggs, carnation milk and fresh peaches.  Yum!

Old-Fashioned Churn

Old-Fashioned Churn

Childcare And After/Before School Care In The Houston and Katy Area

Take Care Of Your Little Ones.  They Are So Precious.

Take Care Of Your Little Ones. They Are So Precious.

Texas schools start on August 25th.

Time for busy parents to make those difficult  and heart breaking decisions.  If only Mrs. Doubtfire and Nanny McPhee were real (sigh).

Here are some childcare options in the Houston and Katy area (I am not endorsing any of these options.  I am only gossiping.  Always click on the link for more info):

Collaborative For Children, an organization in Houston which provides  childcare search services and assists with early childhood resources.  Call them to speak to a CSR or search on the website:

1-888-833-6805 or 713/600-1234

http://www.initiativesforchildren.org/families/index.html

Craigslist (search with caution and care) :  http://houston.craigslist.org/kid/

Go to the Katy ISD Parents page for more childcare options:  http://www.katyisd.org/parents/parents.htm

Texas Department of Health and Family Services:

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission also has a website with a search page where you can input your zip code and find all licensed/registered childcare providers in the area:

https://www.211texas.org/211/search/childservices/childcare.do

Private:  word of mouth is also good.  A friend of mine is offering before/after school care for students who attend Rhoads Elementary in Katy, Texas.  Reply to this post with a comment and I will give you  additional information.  I will not publicize your contact information.

The YMCA provides before/after school care for elementary schools in the Katy ISD area.

Last year Katy ISD stopped sending flyers home in the Tuesday folders.   Many parents did not know that the YMCA offered before/after care at most schools was an option.

http://www.katyisd.org/files/parents/before_after_YMCA.pdf

Here is the fee schedule:

http://66.162.125.52/kenlay.aspx

The YMCA does not offer care at all Katy schools so please call them and check on where they offer services.  The fee for before and after care is $285 for members of the YMCA and $315 for non-members.

If the fees are a little expensive for you or if like me you have more than one child than please contact the YMCA and they will charge you a fee based on family income which may end up costing you less than the fees posted.  You will have to provide your tax forms and W-2s for verification.

Hope that helps.

Back-To-School Sales and Backpacks Tax Free Shopping In Texas

Hannah Anderson Boy's Backpack

Hannah Anderson Boy's Backpack

They Are So Cute!

UpdateSam’s club has backpacks for under $15.00.  They are not the roller/wheeled ones but they look sturdy.

The backpack is not listed on the website but it is in the store.

 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/search.do?searchtype=simple&catg=3721&simplesearchfor=backpacks&simpleitemtype=1&iid=07-25-08_HomePage|RisingSearches

Check out the Disney Store for backpacks and lunchkits.  I bought my son’s backpack last year from the Disney Store for 50% off about one week before school started. 

The upper portion of his backpack did tear but I managed to repair it with my sewing machine and all was well.   In other words, I would go with a more expensive backpack and not go with the cheapest.

Today I visited the Academy Sports and Outdoors  store on the Grand Parkway and I-10. 

http://www.academy.com/index.php

Academy JanSport Backpack

Academy JanSport Backpack

They have a very nice roller wheeled backpack for $19.99.   They are great for the price but they do not have the automatic release on the handle which I think the kids need when they are at school.

For some reason Academy does not have the wheeled $19.99 backpacks listed on the website nor are they located in the section next to the “school backpacks”.  The wheeled backpack is located next to the doggie kennals in the back aisle of the store.

Academy also carries JanSport backpacks for $29.99 and up which have a one year warranty for things like a broken zipper. 

The wheeled JanSport backpack starts at $59.00.  Here is the JanSport website if you want to read up on their warranty:  http://www.jansport.com/js_warranties.php

 

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Girls' Skirt From Hannah Anderson Last year I purchased a  really sturdy messenger backpack for my daughter at Hannah Anderson, a store located in the Galleria.   The one I bought from Hannah Anderson last year held up so well that there really is no need for me to buy another backpack this year. 

They really have some of the most uniquely designed backpacks and the cutest children’s clothes (see backpacks above).  

They also carry matching lunchkits and pencil cases. 

The lunchkits attatch to the back of the backpack.  They offer free catalogs on their websites.Hannah Anderson Messenger Bag From Last Year

The kids really are required to carry too much on their backs everyday to school but that is something I need to comment on in my other blog.

Here is the website for the Hannah Anderson store:  http://www.hannaandersson.com/category.asp?id=toys_backpacks+%26+more&cm_re=Fall%202008-_-Mouse%20Over%20Navigation-_-Toys%20Backpacks%20More

Their clothes are mostly made of that soft cotton. 

Check them out!

School Supplies On Sale Now

Brown Pig  at Target

Brown Pig at Target

Update:  Wal-Mart is stocked and ready to be shopped.  The lunchkits are now at 6.98.  They will be gone by August 1st. 

 Texas Sales Tax Holiday on August 15th-17th

Lunchkits For 6.99 At Wal-Mart

Lunchkits For 6.99 At Wal-Mart

Texas schools start on August 25th.

School supplies are in stock and on sale at Target.  The word “in stock” is the most important thing to keep in mind.

I got a 10 pack of Bic pens for .50 and several of the plastic folders with pockets for .29.

I also picked up a Hannah Montana dry erase board in the $1.00 section.  They are great for writing grocery lists and “things to do lists” on.  Buy now for Christmas.

Target School Folders With Pockets

Target School Folders With Pockets

Hannah Montana Dry Erase Board $1.00

Hannah Montana Dry Erase Board $1.00

Target Signs

Target Signs

The regular paper folders with pockets were .10.

Learn from me and shop early.

Last year I waited until the week school started and I had a hard time finding those plastic folders with pockets.

Target Back-To-School Shopping

Target Back-To-School Shopping

Stock up on the crayon packs for the little ones. Crayons are usually broken and worn down by January.

Kid Waterpark Near Houston For Summer Fun

http://www.splashwaywaterpark.com/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=35

Splashway Family Waterpark, 5211 Main St. Sheridan, Texas, 979-234-7718. 

 

Our Inflated Pool In Back Yard

Our Inflated Pool In Back Yard

Here is the website:  http://www.splashwaywaterpark.com

The waterpark is located about 90 minutes west of Houston. 

 My daughter wants to go to Schlitterbahn but I am afraid of the crowds and the $200 price tag entry fee for a family of four (not including gas).  I really don’t want to be standing in line with a bunch of wet people after paying $45 smackeroos.  I think that this little waterpark might be a happy compromise for our family.

Back-To-School Shopping At Wal-Mart

School Supplies Bought At Wal-Mart

School Supplies Bought At Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart, Katy, Texas
Wal-Mart, Katy, Texas

Texas Sales Tax Holiday On August 15th – 17th.

Glue sticks are 20 cents. My kids burn through those sticks like candy plus if you leave the top off they dry-out.

Crayons are .20 cents.  Notebook filler paper is .5 cents.

Wal-Mart has started putting out some of the back-to-school supplies. I have a feeling that this is the year you might want to stock up early.

You know all about Wal-Mart. I don’t think I need to supply a link.