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Top Toys
  1. Giga Ball - This yellow Giga Ball is a large ball kids can play in and around.Giant Plastic Ball like the ones you buy for hamsters, except you can put kids inside.
  2. Water Slide - Backyard water slide for kidsBack yard water slides rule the school! My personal favorite when I was a kid.

Top Children's Names

2006 Girls

  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Emma
  4. Abigail
  5. Olivia
  6. Isabella
  7. Hannah
  8. Samantha
  9. Ava
  10. Ashley

2006 Boys

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Anthony
  9. Christopher
  10. Joseph




Have you ever stopped to ask yourself just why we have children? What is it that makes us want to reproduce in the first place? I don't have the answer to that of course, although I do have my theories...

For women at least, it seems to be programmed into our DNA and embedded in our psyche at some very basic level; We need to have children in order to feel fulfilled in life and that we have accomplished what we were put here to do. Many will disagree with me on this point, and certainly there are exceptions, but for the most part our purpose is to produce children.

Here is a claymation video my son did for me on the topic of babies. It shows the perils of letting babies crawl around without a diaper!

The drive to bare children is so strong that it leads to all sorts of peculiar behavior, huge expenditure and also grief when the blessed event does not occur. At some basic level every woman wants to get pregnant even if the circumstances are not convenient, or her brain is adamantly against it. We can't help it....we were made that way.

I mean, if you look at life rationally, and especially if you live in a country of opportunity for women, why oh why would one choose to forego your freedom, much of your financial resources, and any chance of sleeping in for at least 20 years to have and raise children? Wouldn't it be more fun to travel the world, eat cake, go to the movies when you want, become a plastic surgeon or just nap on the beach?

There is really nothing rational about it, except for the fact that we need to do it, and that nature wants us to do it. The odds are completely stacked in the corner of the reproduction god. It would actually be better if certain people abstained from having children; and by certain people I mean people who really don't want to raise children, or are really, really bad at raising them, or want children for all the wrong reasons.

Problem is, people who fall into the "shouldn't reproduce" category rarely recognize themselves as such! You can't tell by looking at somebody, by how much money or education they have, or even by their own desire to do so.  You are also not locked into the "should" or "shouldn't group....many change groups with time, in either direction. So, to help out, I am putting together a list of what I have decided are the make or break qualities in the should or shouldn't question.

Stay tuned for my 3 minute check list test to guide you in making life's biggest decision! Pass the salt, please!

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Get Your Kids Reading
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Cat In The Hat
-Who can resist the cat with a twist? Start with Green Eggs and Ham for the little ones, and work up to Yertle the Turtle. Read it aloud in your crazy, radio announcer-mommy voice! You will have a blast!Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss.

Good Sites For Kids

  1. White House Kids Home Page


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