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When did I become a Taxi Driver?

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I hope I never stop loving my car because I really am spending more and more time in it. Along with the other hats I wear during the day my “taxi driver” hat is being worn a lot! It appears that each year my kids grow older we find additional things that require me to take them here, there and everywhere. I swear that my seat never gets cold because as soon as I get home I am right back out the door to go somewhere else.┬áMy kids are only involved in a few school activities, clubs and our church youth group. I don’t know how other parents do it whose kids are involved in many other outside activities.

I really think that car manufacturers could make a mint on the “taxi driver mom’s” if they included a kitchen and laundry room so that we could get more chores done while on the road and waiting in the car rider lines! Technology supplied us with all kinds of entertainment in our cars from radio, navigation systems and DVD systems so why not a microwave and washer? You are probably now thinking that they do make that. They are called motor homes. Believe me I have thought about it!

With gas prices rising it is a fear of mine on how these increasing trips everywhere will play out. I go through almost a whole tank of gas a week and I basically only travel within a 5 mile radius from my home during that week. We certainly want to encourage our children to participate in a variety of activities but I do worry how families can continue to afford all these trips with higher gas prices.

On the flip side I do love the time I can spend talking with my kids and connecting with them. We enjoy singing songs and talking about the day. My car has become the place to catch up with them even more than the dinner table anymore!

How many hours a day do you spend driving your kids?

The Hunger Games Series: A Teen Success

We all know how successful the Twilight, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings books and movies have been.  There is a new book series that is gaining momentum especially on the teen scene.  The first book of the series is called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  The Hunger Games movie based on the book is out March 23.  “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” are the other two books in the series.

My daughter who is in junior high was loaned the first book “The Hunger Games” during midterm exams when she had a ton of free time to read in between tests.  Within just a few days she was begging for us to go buy the next book in the series and a few days after that begging again for the final book.  Although my daughter reads she has never been so enthralled with a book or series.  She has read a few Harry Potter books but not Twilight so we do not have much to compare on those series but she is a huge fan of those movies.  My husband and I have both read the Lord of the Rings series and the whole family are also huge fans of that movie series.  We certainly will be in line for The Hunger Games movie when it is released March 23rd.  Based on her excitement for the books we hope the movie is a success and they film the whole series.  What other books have you or your children read that would compete with Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings and now The Hunger Games?