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Monday, January 26, 2009


Tonight after work I am going to a focus group. Here I will give my opinion on a topic and leave with CASH in my hand...$80 cash. They have drawing 15 minutes prior to the start for those who arrived on time so I have the chance to win an extra $20. Hmmm...what shall I buy with my $80...or possibly $100?

In other news Zman got all A's and one B on his report card Friday. He is the smart one in our family. We are very proud of him!!! I always tell him we only accept A's (calm down, he knows we will do whatever it takes for him to excel if he is having trouble) because I want him to work hard and not settle for less than he deserves. In doing so he realized on his own that he needed to study more...without us telling him.

Last year one of his girl friends Dary got her report and as we were walking home I asked Zman what he got on his report card...he told me "all A's". And then I asked Dary "what did you get" she replies "some A's, some B's and a few C's". I then shout "what C's?" and she procedes to tell me "at least they are not F's".

Later that night I was talking to Zman and I explained how some kids settle and they look at it like "well a C is better than an F" which it is but then it's easier to settle instead of working harder.

Soooooo who shows up to play Friday night; Dary. When she was leaving I said "Dary what did you get on your report card?" "straight A's" she said. "I am so proud of you" I said to her and she said "thank you" and funny thing is she remembered our conversation last year about the C's.

Afterward Zman seemed a little jealous.

Zman-Wow you are really proud of Dary aren't you.

Me-yes; she worked hard.

Zman-Are you more proud than me?

Me-Of course not; you are an excellent student and I am very proud of you. But I will be proud of your friends too for working hard.

Zman-Yeah ok.

He always gets rewarded with a good report card; I wonder what he will be picking out...probably a new video game!


Savvy Mode SG said...

back in the jr and high school, we get 100$ for each A if it's all A's and nothing if there is even an A-.

Savvy Mode SG said...

ps, i like your new header and design. very cute!

Lindsey said...

Love the new design!!!

Good job to Zman on his report card!

Mariah said...

Good for him, sometimes I think I pushmy kids too hard when it comes to school and grades. I need to remember that they are all different. And all A's for the 12 year old is simple, but not for the 9y/o

mamas smitten said...

Hey I love the new look! And what a sweet conversation you had with your son. Not to memtion his friend. :)

...love Maegan said...

so cute your little family is! I love your new blog layout too!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

We LOVE all A's in this house too!!!

Shorty said...

I'm diggin' the new blog decor...very cute! Congrats to Zman for the A's! I'm working on my little fella...he's got the C Syndrome at the moment. The next report card better be A's, or ummm.... I don't know what I'll do just yet. Good thing I've got several weeks to figure it out!

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

omgosh... my eyes popped out... very fun new look Rachel!

awesome job... whoop whoop rockin the grades!

yeah... we can boot scoot together! :)

big XO

Dallas Shaw said...

rachel- i want to be in a focus group. how? how???

The Wife O Riley said...

Love the new look!

Hmmmm....How much were those really cute shoes on the web?

Live.Love.Eat said...

Love the new layout girl! Good talk about not settling. I am looking forward to all that school stuff next year when the little guy starts kindergarten!

I used to do focus groups in NY but never down here. How did you get hooked up with that?

Megan said...

I like your new blog look! Hope you won that extra $20!! :)

missy said...

love your make~over!!!!!

J. Leigh Designz said...

WTG Zman! My 8 year old is not on an ABC type report card yet but he just did incredibly well on his.

Anonymous said...

Like the new blog design!

And way to go on the report card - I am sure that is exciting as a mother!

Sarah said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog, I think you and I must have been leaving a comment on Wandering DC at the same time. And I think your advice was spot on!!

Love your blog, can't wait to read more....how the heck do you join a focus group and get paid like that I want to do that!!! : )

mama's smitten said...

Hi Rachel, I have a luv'ly award waiting for you at my blog!

Miss Anne said...

i love doing survey groups!!!


congrats to your smartypants son!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, I LOVE your new blog look. It is very pretty. Great color combo! I am glad his friend got all A's. I am sure your little talk helped her. What video game will you get? We just got Sim Animals for the DS and I don't understand it. Kaish doesn't either.