Bunkhouse Happenings Plus a Little Behind the Scenes

It has been an exceptionally exciting and busy couple of weeks in our house and on my blog. Take a moment to catch up on everything that has been going on.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Giveaway – You still have time to enter my giveaway for one Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney. To enter to win a Wimpy Kid book and read a review of the latest release, The Third Wheel, click here. Contest ends at 11:59 EST tonight. U.S. entries only please. You can read all about our ride on the Wimpy Bus here.

Elf on shelf Shrinky Dinks- What a cool throwback toy with The Elf on the Shelf Shrinky Dinks. This is a great gift and a perfect project to do together with your kids over the holiday break.

Parenting Magazine- I am in good company with Blind Mom, Inner Child Fun, and Beatrice Killam as Parenting Magazine featured one of each of our EOTS ideas in their L-O-Elf article on page 16 of the Dec/Jan 2013 issue. That was a ton of fun!

Server migration – I will spare you my sore details. Here is a shortened version minus all my pain this week. My hosting company pulled my site down because my traffic was too high. It is a great problem to have for a blogger but not for a hosting company who has other clients on the same server. The kicker was that I was fully aware of the strain my site had on their resources and they were helping me try to resolve the issue by upgrading. I made payment and then wham the next day they pulled me down and refused to put me back up until I moved to a larger server. Hello? We were in the process of resolving the issue one way but they changed their minds without informing me nor budging. It appears one hand didn’t know what the other hand was doing.

Instead of migrating to a larger server with them, I felt it was in my best interest to find a new hosting company who could provide better support during my migration to a larger server. A great big shout out to Liquid Web for the best heroic support ever! However, the original hosting company still refused to put me up so I could have a smooth transition.

The hard part for me is that this happened in the middle of my viral 101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas post and I have yet to recover my traffic. I try not to complain about issues I don’t have any control over and try to learn from my set-back. I am counting my blessings and am grateful for those who are still able to find me.

Heroism Award – My son was interviewed for a Heroism Award for saving a classmates life. I am so proud of my 10 year old for thinking quickly on his feet. In October, his teacher passed out peppermints to all the children during a standardize test to increase brain activity. During the test, one classmate got the mint lodged in his throat, stood up, put his hands around his own neck indicating he was choking. My son saw his distress, ran to him and performed the Heimlich Maneuver on his friend. The Maneuver dislodged the blockage and he was able to regain breathing. The teacher was also right there during the intense couple of seconds but my son was probably closer to him so he made it first. I don’t know if I could have reacted so well in the same emergency situation.

The boy was taken to the office so his parents could be contacted and returned to the rest of the day of school. He came up to my son at recess and thanked him for saving his life!

The best part is that my son learned the technique while earning a Cub Scout badge last year. Two dads from our school, a firefighter and an emergency medical personnel, volunteered to teach the boys life saving skills. Skills we hope we never have to use but thankful that they can be administered when required. I thank them for their volunteerism and knowledge!

The Heroism Award will take 2-4 months to be reviewed and processed but even without the recognition I am thankful my son was at the right place at the right time with the right skills from Cub Scouts. Our Cub Master and a fellow Cub Scout Leader are instrumental in leading this process for my son’s recognition and I am forever grateful. You know who you are!

Out of the Mouth of Babes – I couldn’t believe when my youngest son declared he wanted to be an Elf when he grows up. Read the short conversation here.

Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Throat Book Review – If you didn’t see my book review of this hilarious collection of holiday rants then you’ll want to read my review. If you didn’t know, she wrote an entire chapter about me and my EOTS ways .

EOTS – Our Elf, Buddy, has been up to his usual fun. Come back to see what he has done!

Back to Work – Now that all of my boys are in school full-time I felt ready to take on a job outside of the home and casually started to look think about finding one. When I least expected it, the PERFECT opportunity landed in my lap. I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity especially since I’ve been a stay at home mom for 13 years. My family has noticed some short comings around here though. The biggest one might surprise you because it’s not lack of dinners or laundry as one might expect. It’s a lack of napkins! Yes, napkins. I now make it to the store usually just once a week and every time I get there I have forgot the much needed napkins or it never made it onto my list. For weeks and weeks I have forgotten those buggers. I can’t even tell you how much my family has poked fun at me over the long time depleted supply of napkins! Apparently, using paper towels cut in half is a problem for them. Much to their happiness, we now have a large supply of napkins so that doesn’t happen again. Perhaps I should intentionally run out of paper towels next!

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