I'm back! The past two weeks I've been gone getting hitched, and then enjoying a beautiful honeymoon in Costa Rica. But as much as I loved paradise, lounging on the beach all day, checking out the rainforest and wildlife, marinating in a tropical spa.... Wait, where was I going with this? At any rate, it's good to be back...I think. ;-)
While I was away, several of the moms and dads kept the conversation flowing on the forums. Here's what's going on at SantaRosaMom.com this week:
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/dad-the-commisioner" target="_blank"><strong>Dad the Commissioner</strong> </a>
A dad was left feeling like a tyrant when he took his son's last few baseball games of Fall Ball because of some less-than-worthy grades. And while he feels he made the right decision in stressing the importance of his son's academics, he also feels like the worst parent in the world. Do you ever struggle with disciplining your child?
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/my-ex-gets-our-daughter-on-halloween-bummed" target="_blank"><strong>Kid-less Halloween</strong> </a>
A mom who shares joint custody with her ex is feeling sad about the fact that this year her 2-year-old daughter's visit with her father falls on Halloween. This means that mom won't be able to take her toddler trick-or-treating and enjoy a night of dress-up. She's looking for alternative Halloween events that fall around Halloween, and a lot of parents have suggested a bunch. Can you relate with missing out on holidays with your kid due to a divorce?
<a href="http://village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10651/kid-friendly-halloween-2012/" target="_blank"><strong>Speaking of Halloween activities....</strong> </a>
Don't miss the list of kid-friendly Halloween events we have listed at The Village in the days leading up to Halloween. The list keeps changing as more events are announced, so check back often. And if you have an event that needs to be included, leave it in the comments.
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/3-for-movie-theater-tickets-in-downtown-santa-rosa" target="_blank"><strong>$3 movies</strong> </a>
One of our moms reminded us on the forums that Third Street Cinemas is offering $3 movies at their theater. With the rainy season upon us, this is a great way to do something fun with the kids for very little money.
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/2012-pumpkin-patch-guide" target="_blank"><strong>Pumpkin Hunting</strong> </a>
Still need to find that perfect pumpkin? Looking for a place to take gorgeous harvest photos with the little ones? Check out our guide to local pumpkin patches in Sonoma County.
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/halloween-costume-ideas" target="_blank"><strong>Halloween costume ideas</strong> </a>
What are your kids going to be for Halloween? Are you dressing up too? Share your costume ideas, either past or present, or receive a little inspiration if you're still struggling with what to wear this year (like we are!).
<a href="http://village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10667/halloween-recipe-mummy-dogs/" target="_blank"><strong>Halloween Recipe: Mummy Dogs</strong> </a>
Ever since I introduced this recipe to the kids last year for dinner, they've been begging me to make them even when it's not Halloween! You'll love this really cute idea for mummifying your dinner.
<a href="http://village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10618/fulfilling-dreams/" target="_blank"><strong>And finally.....</strong> </a>
While I've only been doing Santa Rosa Mom for about 3 years, I've worked at the Press Democrat for 6. During these past 6 years, my family and I have experienced an incredible journey along the way. I share a little about that in a more personal blog at the Village. Thank you everyone for all your support and love over the years! I love you all back!