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The Keith Family News

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Just one more...

Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!
I had to do one more, because it had room for everyone.....
Keithclan, 3:49 PM | link | 5 comments |

Monday, November 19, 2007

Gone for the holidays

Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!
I am way to busy right now to keep up with the whole blog thing (sure no one knows what that feels like). So I will say goodbye until the turkey is eaten and the presents are opened, but I thought I would go out with a hula......
Keithclan, 8:20 PM | link | 0 comments |

Sunday, November 11, 2007

This person is just crazy.....

But the fact that I won't leave the house without the beds being made or the dishes being done? And the toys picked up off the floor? Just in case someone were to break into my house or a fire were to start while we were gone and the police and possibly news should show up? That, of course, is perfectly normal.
Keithclan, 1:17 PM | link | 3 comments |

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Call me Debbie Downer

I am working on to future posts; one highlighting some products I have discovered and now can't live without, and the other about the "Halloween picture curse" my family suffers from. The only reason I have pics of Max in his costume is because I promised to pass some along to the costumes makers (you didn't think I made it, did you?).

But I have to pause to pass along this in case you live in a hole and haven't heard

Target, Toys R Us, Amazon and Wal-Mart, among other retailers are all scrambling to pull the latest hot toy off store shelves. Not because it’s almost Christmas and it’s considered a top Wal-Mart toy for 2007.

“Aqua Dots Super Studio” was being heavily promoted this season as a fun arts-and-crafts project that combines, “creativity and crafting to create multiple designs – just add water!”

Adding water or saliva is the problem.

In an unusually strong warning, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that a solvent used to manufacture the toy’s beads at a Chinese plant can, when ingested, convert into a chemical that’s found in the date rape drug known as GHB.

More than four million of the toys, distributed by the Canadian company, Spin Master are being recalled. They’ve been on store shelves since April and may be in a closet waiting to be wrapped.

In an unusually strong warning, the CPSC says consumers should take the toy away from their child and look for any stray beads that may have fallen from the craft kit.

CPSC’s Julie Vallese says, "Parents should take this very seriously. The consequences to children who ingest these beads is very serious."

5 Children Injured

The CPSC has reports of two U.S. children who swallowed Aqua Dots including a 20-month-old who became dizzy and vomited then slipped into a comatose state. A second child vomited, went into a coma and was hospitalized for five days. Both children have recovered.

Since last week, three Australian children were also hospitalized by the Australian version of the bead toy called Bindeez, Australia’s 2007 Toy of the Year.

A two-year old boy and 10-year old girl swallowed a quantity of beads and were both admitted to a Sydney hospital. The third child, a 19-month old was also receiving medical help after eating beads.

Seriously, people. What are we supposed to get our kids for Christmas? Lead testing kits? Is there a kit to test for GHB? Mine are getting paper, lead free pencils, and maybe Hazmat suits. So that they can play with their toys without fear of being poisoned.
Keithclan, 3:46 PM | link | 2 comments |

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

WARNING: May cause costume envy

Keithclan, 4:11 PM | link | 3 comments |

Monday, November 05, 2007

updates and new things to worry about (as if you already didn't have enough)

Thanks for input on the last post. I am not 100% sure what I will do about my concerns. I am not opposed to my children being exposed to different beliefs. I allow them to attend different churches with their friends, as long as their services don't involve snakes or exorcisms. I don't, however, think that it is unreasonable to expect our Church Home to be a place where she is taught what our religion believes. One of the draws to the Presbyterian church for me is the room for debate. I also love the focus on more of what TO do than what NOT to do, and a focus on a loving God more than a fear of Hell. What concerns me about this website is that it seems very passive aggressive to me: while it seems to be telling it's readers to share their faith in a loving way, it is at the same time stating that "Mo the Muslim" attends a "'church' (called a mosque)" and stating that if Mo becomes a Christian his family will disown him and even plot to kill him. It also states things as a matter of fact rather than opinion in an "if you are a REAL Christian this is what you believe" kind of way. I find that dangerous. Anyway, I am done talking about it for now. After talking to the youth director, I will probably either keep her out of the class for a while or send her with much discussion at home before and after classes. Too bad it's not Ashton who's in the youth, once she saw their latest attack on Hannah Montana, she would disregard anything they had to say!

Alrighty, now on to happier topics, Yay Halloween! We had a great one! I can't post pics until I get them developed (anyone remember what that word means?) because I dropped and broke my digital camera last Tuesday. But trust me, Max's Max from The Wild Things costume was the cutest EVER! And the candy? Oohh, the candy.... Did you know they make a dark chocolate version of Twix? And have you tried a Hersey's Smores bar? Heaven, I tell you. And since my children would rather have a sucker than a chocolate bar (more on what might be wrong with them in a moment) I have eaten my weight in chocolate daily since Thursday.

Now, why would a rational human being choose a boring sucker over a delicious chocolate bar? Here is a possible explanation. READ IT!!!! Because there are many products that haven't been recalled yet that contain lead. And it really irks me that I have to worry about putting an apple in my kids' lunchbox may give them lead poisoning. Because how many years have we know that lead is unsafe? and notice that it calls attention to the inside of your diaper bag, you know, where you carry pacifiers and teethers! Ridiculous, people. No wonder taper legged pants are back in style...
Keithclan, 3:33 PM | link | 1 comments |