Anyways, we came home yesterday and are already back to our old schedule. Although I don't even want to think about unpacking my FOUR suitcases! The kids went back to school today after missing the whole month of February. Boy was Kaiden excited to see his old friends. Madelyn...well, she could care less at this point but she seemed to be fine after a rough morning. But, thanks to the teachers they saved the kids Valentine's Day bags full of cards and "goodies" from their classmates.
I was able to confiscate both the bags before giving them to the kids. Cause somehow I just knew that there would be all kinds of "treats" that wouldn't come close to meeting my approved list. And, sure enough, I was right! This is what I confiscated out of both kids bags:
Ugh. Is there not a holiday that can be celebrated without feeding crap to our kids?!?!? All this Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5 & 6, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Sugar, Dextrose and enriched flour is enough to make my blood boil and my kid's heads rotate 360 degrees. Poltergeist style. It's infuriating. Not to mention that when I picked Madleyn up today she had a white powder all over her mouth. When I asked her what she had for snack today (the parents rotate bringing snacks for the kids) she said she had donuts. And apple juice. Sigh.
From here on out I will be sending my kids to school with an "alternate" snack for the teacher to grab for them if the snack brought in doesn't meet my desirable snack list. I am willing to be a little flexible here, but donuts? Fruit snacks FILLED with every dye imaginable? No wonder our children may be the first generation to live shorter life spans than their parents.
By the way, my kids didn't even know that all this candy was in their bags before I took it all out and had a BLAST opening up their cards and playing the the other trinkets in there like plastic rings, slinkies, pencils, bubbles and tattoos. Proof enough that all the other crap in there is completely NOT NECESSARY!