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CJ...CONGRATULATIONS once again! I hope the wait will be worth it.
In the meantime everyone, enjoy a few photos, and this short video of the MASSIVE DUST STORM that moved through our city last night!
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A few years back, (wow - a few years!) I printed a post about water safety. I written mostly out of sadness and frustrations, after watching the local news programs. And, in the several years now, that I have been posting, this (unedited) version, from a few years back, is the ONLY time I have gotten a (semi) negative comment on a post. It was from another Dad blogger who had a family member who'd almost drowned, and was now a paraplegic. I never meant to offend, or hurt anyone, ever. Only to help by bringing attention to a huge problem in our area, and what should be huge, across the nation.
Here it is, edited and revisited for current times.
You can see, even Bella has stayed current LOL!
WARNING: This is Fatherhood Friday & Good Friday but the following is NOT a feel good posting. BellaDaddy's sharing important info on water safety. Therefore, if you were looking for a feel good, make you wanna smile all day type of posting, head on over to DAD EXCHANGE...plenty to read and feel good about there.
Here? Let's just say, someone needs to write this, and MORE need to read it.
Every year around this time, our local news is flooded with drownings and near drownings. ALL of which should NEVER have even come near to happening. Sadly, it does.
Every year, I sit and watch, tempted to change the channel or turn off the news altogether, simply because I find it extremely difficult to comprehend. HOW on earth do people lose track of their kids, even for that spilt second? No Clue. Every year, it is the same. Gates left open. No Gates at all. Parents napping while toddler crawls out doggie doors...etc...etc...etc...I will never be one to point fingers, however, I cannot advocate stupidity. We should ALWAYS be watching our kids...regardless of how tired, overworked, busy, etc...ALWAYS!, hoping, praying that this never happens to us, or anyone we know.
So, with that being said, please review the following tips. And remember,
In many states, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children one through four years age.
Children drown in pools, spas, buckets, toilets and bathtubs. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
A child can drown in less time than it takes to answer the telephone.
67% of all drowning deaths occur in their own backyard pool, spa or hot tub.
The majority of drowning incidents occur while the caretaker assumed the child was safely indoors.
25% of all children who have drowned or nearly drowned have had swimming lessons.
The risk of a drowning or near drowning is highest during the first six months a family has a pool.
For every drowning, an additional five near drowning cases are treated in the emergency room. Irreversible brain damage occurs in 3 to 5 minutes.
In California there are more than 330 people with irreversible brain damage because of near drowning incidents. Of this total more than 75 people are currently hospitalized at a cost of $120,000 per year for life.
Drowning is a silent killer. The victims don't cry for help. They are not getting enough air to breathe, so they don't have the extra air needed to call for help.
Drowning Prevention Tips
There is no substitute for adequate supervision. Children need to be watched. Never leave children unattended in or around pools or spas - not even for a second. Although accidents do happen, these particular types can be/should be, minimized!
Access to the pool or spa area should be limited by locked doors, windows and self closing, self latching gates on fences surrounding the pool. Latches should be above the reach of children.
Do not allow children to play in pool areas. Keep toys out of the area.
Keep rescue equipment such as a long handled hook and a ring buoy with a rope hanging near the pool.
Many floatation toys are thought to be lifesavers but they are not! They are only toys and should be used only as toys and with adult supervision.
Install a phone by the pool so you can answer it without leaving children unattended.
Always keep chairs, tables, or toys away from the pool or spa fence to keep children from using them to climb over.
Do not allow anyone of any age to swim alone. Drowning happens to adults too. When you are entertaining a group of children or adults, have a designated pool watcher who is responsible for keeping track of everyone.
Examples of safe water behavior by adults are important for young children.
Always completely remove a pool or spa cover before use to avoid the possibility of anyone being trapped and drowning under the cover.
Have members of the family take a swim class and learn CPR.
Pools Inspection List
Is the fence childproof with bars not more than 4 inches apart? If it is a chain link fence, the diamond shaped opening should be no larger than 1 3/4 inches.
Are the gates self-closing and self-latching? The self latching mechanism should be out of the reach of children. Is the self-latching mechanism at least 54 inches, from the bottom of the gate? If less than 54 inches, the latching mechanism should be located on the pool side of the gate.
Are all the gates kept locked?
Are all exit doors and windows leading from the house to the pool kept locked and secured?
Are pool rules posted in a visible location?
Is rescue equipment kept near the pool? A ring buoy with an attached line and/or a long handled hook.
Is the pool cover completely removed or properly installed? Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place.
Fathers Day is that day. the one where you want everything to go smoothly. It is MY day, after all. But, in the grand scheme of things....it is like any other Sunday. We have chores. We have to eat. We have to play. We argue,. Daddy yells...*SIGH* Another day.
THAT day. To remember Fathers Day past. Fathers Day! Dream of the future!
We wished them well, and offered to stay in touch. Hold their hands along the way if needed.
Yeah, they're gonna be just fine!
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Side Note: I didn’t tell the entire story, but, when we walked into the Safeway/Starbucks, the kid behind the counter asked: "Did you guys see the big wiener outside?" (I bit my lip)
So, really? LMAO!
Bella hasn't been feeling all to well, with a nasty cough - AGAIN! So, after school yesterday, I'd decided it would be fun to get her out of the house....and what better way than to 'feed da duckies!'
We have the most beautiful park, literally one block from our home. It has lakes, wildlife, skateboarders and even a small amusement park. Of course, there IS a golf course attached.
A train runs in the park, as do joggers, bikers and lots and lots of families. On any given day, you will see people flying kites, BBQing, having birthday parties, playing soccer, basketball and racing remote controlled cars.
It is great fun...beautiful and so serene.
Until we arrived HA!
Enjoy the video!
It all started because my partner and I started watching RUPAULS DRAG RACE, three seasons ago. We were hooked!....and then, eventually,. so was Bella.
Last season ( SEASON TWO) a drag queen named JUJUBEE was introduced...she, and she alone (at the time) became our instant obsession. We adored Jujubee...
She was catty, sarcastic, and yet lovable...and quite beautiful. Breathtaking in fact! We were rooting for her, all the way through, to win. Alas, she did not...but...we were certified (perhaps certifiable?) fans!
Flash Forward to the present:
About 2 months ago, I received an email announcing two of our favorite drag queens would be hosting a show here in our city. I emailed my partner, he agreed...we HAD to go. Especially since the VIP ticket offerings were for a "Meet & Greet" WITH JUJUBEE & JESSICA WILD ! We were beside ourselves when the tickets we purchased, turned out to be in FRONT ROW, CENTER!
YAY FOR US. Not only were we going to meet her, but we were going to see her...up close and personal. A little too personal for some HA! We were, literally, right upside of her skirt. And any of the other numerous performers...feet away...and just below...got some great pics though :-)
Bella was THRILLED! She knew we had to go without her, but she didn't seem to mind. (we don't get out allot without the little one, mind you) She knew she would have a fantastic time at our neighbor Tami's home...AND...
Bella asked Daddy top print out a picture of her..."so I can sign it - 'L-O-V-E B-E-L-L-A' and Daddy, you can give it to her. From ME"!
The show was great fun. Jessica Wild impressed the absolute hell out of the two of us. That chick can DANCE! Amazing, especially since she was dancing...all over the stage...in 4 inch stiletto's...DAYUM!!! BellaDaddy took 272 pics...of the show itself, and LOTS and LOTS of Jujubee and Jessica.
The time came...FINALLY....to wait in line for 45 minutes, to be rushed through, (they had to close the theatre at a certain time), to meet the coolest female impersonators...even next to RuPaul, these girls are AMAZING!!!
We get in, (rushed) hugz all around, and I leaned over and (hurriedly) told JuJuBee that we loved her and Jessica but...our almost 5 year old daughter was a HUGE fan...and handed her the pic.
JuJu looked at the pic, sighed that sweet gasp of "awwwww"...and asked: "Is this for ME"? I told her it was and she was so thankful and gracious!
Then more hugz, pictures and kisses....(all super fast and rambling on my part). Jessica Wild asked for our email address...so she can get copies of all the pics...
I think we made a few new friends!
We picked Bella up at 1AM, she had fallen asleep. The first things she says, when I wake her, in that cute little kid sleepy voice is, (along with a huge hug) :