Friday, June 29, 2007

another friday

I am up early for me. I have no idea why, but  I am upright so that must be a good thing.

Today I just have the same old shit planned. Clean up the house. Does anyone want to join in on all of this fun.

So last night I told Rusty about talking his dad and about hearing my dad talk. He just smiled and said "well you know they both loved you".

I called Dustin ( one of the marines) last night and asked if I could talk to his mom. So I called his mom and she was so shocked to hear from me, but that is o.k. I am good at shocking people. Talking to Dustins mom really gave me some insight into him, Now that I have talked to his mom I have something special planned for his quilt. I can't tell you guys because Dustin reads my journal! LOL

Amber was on my last nerve yesterday. What is it with teenagers? I have to remember that she is 17 and knows everything. So with that said..... Rusty found out last night that it is going to cost about $250 a month to have Amber added to our insurance. So we will not be adding her. That really pissed Amber off. I had to explain to her that while we can afford the $250 a month I do not feel that it is our responsibility to pay her car insurance.

Amber things I am being very unreasonable because I make her pay for her own cell phone and buy her own clothes.

I believe that it is called reality. I noticed that her shopping habits went way down when she had to buy her own stuff. Don't get me wrong we still buy her clothes for her birthday and for Christmas, but everything else is on her.  We will see just how bad she wants to drive once she gets back from her vacation.

I am so looking forward to next Wednesday, yes that is the fourth of July, but for me it means that all of the children will be going to my moms house! Yes, two weeks with no children. I can so see myself sitting on the beach for a few days.

After they are done at my moms house Amber will be going to Iowa for a few weeks to visit our friends. Nikki and Ryan will be coming home, and then Nikki will be leaving for a road trip to northern California.

It must be nice to be young and be able to just pick up and go.

With that said I am going to go get dressed and start my day.



lisa41076 said...

Kelli, I think you are a great mom !!!!!!!! Nikki will get over being mad at you, Hugs , have a good Friday, Lisa

seraphoflove9001 said...

She'll get over it....we make our kids pay for their own insurance and phones and cars...etc! :o) You're a good mom! :o)

deshelestraci said...

I love how when kids are spending the parents money life is good and when it is their money they are so sad!  I think it is a very good idea to let her pay her own insurance.  Less likely to drive poorly and teaches about reality just like you said.

plieck30 said...

You are teaching them what life is all about. Both my daughters had to buy their own car by working at the move theater and saving their money. Of course a lot of their friends had cars handed to them on a silver platter but I don't think they appreciated it as much. Paula

hsauls said...

$250 seems high, even for California... who is your car insurance with? Are you adding her as a primary driver or as occasional? Does she qualify for a good student discount? Shop rates, honey... What kind of car? I can help you with this... *smile*

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beckerb6 said...

I would love to pick up and just go. I don't care where right now I would just like to leave for a few days. But alas reality keeps me here working etc. DARN REALITY.
We didn't let our kids drive until they could afford to buy a car and pay the insurance. Better to teach them early than for them to expect hand outs for ever. I have a friend who is still partly supporting their 30 yrs plus son. They still won't tell him no. Stupid stupid stupid but that just my opinion for what it's worth.

mpnaz58 said...

I admire your resolve to make responsible adults of your children.  Do you know how many parents would give in to the whining because its easier??  Its not easy being a parent, and they may not appreciate it now (or ever!), but you are doing a great job!!  I love your journal, BTW, don't comment often, but always read!
xoxo ~Myra

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))Your doing the right thing,I know that in time,Amber will understand.I was so happy to get my first job,I wanted money.LOL.Because,when we was young kids,we didnt get it alot and I was ok with that at times.Have a nice weekend ad Happy 4th to you all!!!!!

cgtperkins said...

Those girls have been busy busy bees this summer. I wish I would have done things like that when I was their age......oh, I couldnt.....I got pregnant and married at 16!! Oh well, I travel enough now to make up for it and more!!! I would check around on the car insurance, that sounds really high, even for a teenager. Hope you are having a great weekend!!

nay0114 said...

I have a 17yo daughter too and when she gets her car in the next two weeks she already knows that she will be paying her insurance or part of it anyway. We don't buy her extras either, if she wants them she has a job and uses her own money to get them. Honestly, it has made her more apprecative when she does receive something out of the blue.. it's no longer expected which I like about the situation. Growing up is a hard lesson and sometimes tough parenting has to step in.
Wow the kids are traveling alot. When do you get a vacation or is that the vacation time without them?
Take care, Chrissie

lurkynat said...

dear Kelli, hey what a great entry!
kids are geat, but very hard on the nerves huh?